I'm going to be visiting India during the Wet season, sometime from July through to September (August is looking the most likely). This is due to my German girlfriend working in Pakistan this year and the only time we can meet up, due to her work and my university commitments, is during India?s wet season.
I have been to India before; I travelled widely for 5 weeks in 1998 (Bombay, Goa, Madras, Delhi, Rajasthan), and know moving around India can be frustrating and the touts relentless.
We are looking at meeting up at a major city, probably either Bombay or Delhi, staying there for a week, and then looking to go to somewhere for about 2 weeks. I would have liked to have gone to somewhere along the coast near Goa for two weeks and relax in decent accommodation (i.e. air-con, cable etc.), but the weather may interfere with this (I?m don?t know if during the wet season if it rains constantly or sporadically and if the sun shines or not).
Any recommendations for locations for a relaxing time in India during the wet season?
Somewhere scenic with interesting history and much choice in local cuisine would be perfect.
Any advice will be much appreciated.
I was in India in 2003 for the wet season it didn't hinder our progress too much in fact I think we were quite lucky in that it didn't rain that much!
What about a hill station? Dharam Sala is really interesting because of the Tibetan Buddhist influence and a very relaxing area! lots of great walking to be had too.
Thanks for your reply. How long is the train journey from Delhi? Or did you take a bus?
That might be one of the places with better weather at that time of year.
Why not go all the way up North to Ladakh (I don't think it ever rains there and you won't need air conditioning). Not so sure that's the spot for "relaxing" or "cable", but it's definitely "scenic" and has plenty of "interesting history". .
hey hon, not too sure, it was definately overnight, and perhaps one of the less enjoyable bus trips of my life, the roads are preety bad up there, I fell asleep and we went round so many bends, I actually fell off my seat on one of them
anyway, I think it's about 14 hrs maybe twelve?
hope that helps
Suggest you to arrive at Madras ( now called as Chennai).You can go to
Yercaud hill station near Salem in Tamilnadu. Not a wet season in Tamilnadu until early Oct.
Yercaud is about 40kms from Salem which is connected with number of trains from Madras.
I think Himalaya is a better choice than South during summer. There are many places to visit in Himalayas and things to do : relax, trek, wander, raft...
Some regions like Kashmir Valley around Srinagar are avoided by the mansoon, but you might be reluctant to go there, although a shikara ride on the Dal Lake is probably one of the most romantic things to do in India.
Anyway other regions are at their best during the wet season, like the Valley of Flowers in Uttaranchal.
Finally visiting Taj Mahal in summer is the best period to avoid mass tourism (but not touts).
Finally visiting Taj Mahal in summer is the best period to avoid mass tourism (but not touts)...
Don't the "touts" ever go on vacation?
farooq (or anyone),
Do you think Kashmir (and Shinagar) is a safe destination now, or is it still too dangerous there?
Thanks for those ideas.
With 4 weeks to kill we could take in a couple of places. I've been to Madras previously and liked it and nearby Pondicherry (the French food was awesome in the latter. Yercaud hill station near Salem in Tamilnadu sounds good.
I'm not keen on long bus rides, 2-4 hours max for me, so not sure if the Himalaya's will be right for us.
Ahh farking Touts - I haven't got to the Taj Mahal yet, so might venture there.
Thanks for the ideas. I will do some more reading up in the Lonely Planet and if anyone else has some suggestions, fireaway.