July-August as such is not the great time to visit India extensively. It's rainy season, it rains heavily in most part of the country, if monsoon is good. Monsoon has not failed in recent times. It may affect your very busy schedule.
However, it's great to be in Goa, in particular,in Monsoon. I love that. It's green, sea looks great. Hills are full of small streams of water. But you can't swim in the sea. It's prohibited due to rough condition. You may plan as below.
Arrive in Delhi. Then, spend couple of days to see Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Continue to visit Varanasi and Khajuraho, then proceed to Ajanta & Ellora (great paintings and sculptures, 2000-1500 years old). From there, can go to Goa, via Pune or Mumbai (Bombay). Goa via Pune will be shorter distance than via Mumbai. You can enjoy Goa for 4-5 days, then can go to further South to Kerala. You can see Ernakulam, Thekkady and Munnar. Please try to spend a day or two in a Spice Garden near Thekkady or Munnar. It's little costly but worth a stay. From there move to Bangalore. You will get a direct flight to Bangkok from Bangalore.
Trust this gives you a broad idea of travelling in India during rainy season. Please let me know incase you need any further information.
Have a nice trip.
I noticed you are extremely knowelgable and wondered if you might be able to spare a few minutes to help me with my itinery. I fly into Cochin in August and we have 4 weeks before we fly out of Delhi. What are the best things to see and do at that time of year? We would like to experience the real India including temples, wildlife, scenery etc....
Thank you so much for any help, I don't want to miss out on anything as I have always wanted to visit India and want to make the most of every second!
Yes, August is not concidered as the best time to visit India but if you have decided then there is no problem. It will be raining in india. Indian rain will be giving you the best and the worst experience of your trip.
The must see places are...
North and central India
A) Leh (02 Nights)
b) Amritsar (Wagha Border)(01 Night)
c) Jaipur (02 Nights)
d) Pushkar (02 Nights)
e) Udaipur (02 Nights)
f) Khajuraho (02 Nights)
G) Varanasi (02 Nights)
A) Mumbai (02 Nights)
b) Goa)(03 to 05 Nights)
c) Kerala (It is a beautiful state you should spend 06 Nights here)
D) Mahabalipuram (01 Night)
Here's a handy checklist of things that you should get along when you come to India. While most of the things are available in India, there may be some difference in quality and price, and it's always a good idea to have familiar things around you. These all things are for a complete tour of India. There are chances that you may feel that few things are not required for your tour please ignore them:
•A pair of shorts.
•Long cotton skirts for women.
•Light colored shirts and T-shirts (cotton).
•A hand towel.
•Good number of cotton underwear.
•Few warm sweater or jackets as it will be winters in North India.
•Sandals and easy slip-ins for frequent removals while visiting temples. Cotton socks to wear when you find the floor of such sites hot. Slippers if there are frequent long distance train travels.
•A pair of sneakers.
•A set of formal clothing.
•A small, handy and effective torch to be always carried along.
•A multi-purpose knife set like Swiss Army knife.
•Water purification tablets if visiting remote locations where mineral water is unavailable.
•Sunscreen lotions (High factor)
•A pair of binoculars.
•A lightweight bed sheet.
•Mosquito repellent or mosquito net (lightweight, permethrin-impregnated).
•Hands and face tissues.
•An inflatable pillow. Neck-rest pillow for long bus journeys.
•Shampoo and conditioner.
•Water bottle (handy)
•A small bag to be tucked at back to carry essential things while on sightseeing.
•Air cushions for hard seating.
•Contact lens cleaning equipment.
•Short wave radio.
•Your prescription medicines, if any, in labeled containers.
•Medicine for diarrhea (Imodium, Lomotil) and an upset stomach (Gelusil).
•Medicine for cough and cold, such as pseudoephedrine tablets (Sudafed) and cough syrups (Tossex, Linctus Codeine).
•Pain-relieving medicines, such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin (Crocin, Disprin).
•Decongestants and antihistamines (Avil, Benadryl) for treating allergies.
•Antibiotic ointments (Neosporin), bandages, Band-Aids, surgical adhesive tape, sterile gauze, cotton-wool buds, corn pads.
•Medicines for preventing motion sickness, such as dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) and anti-nausea drug promethazine (Phenergan).
•Anti-infective ointments like cetrimide.
•Dusting powder for feet against fungal attack.
•First Aid kit alongwith syringes, needles, disposable gloves, scissors, tweezers, nail clippers, pocket knife, thermometer, and mirror.
•Chapsticks and vaseline are useful for colder climates; and a steroid cream (Eumosome) is helpful to relieve the itching caused by insect bites.
•Condoms and contraceptives.
•Passport and VISA. Keep separate photostat copies.
•Confirmed air tickets for all sectors.
•Clearly filled up vouchers of your tour operator with all service details.
•Contact persons' names and round the clock numbers.
•All confirmed hotels names and addresses.
•Confirmation faxes/letters/e-mails from tour operator, hotels and other service providers already booked.
•Complete information on itinerary, sights, and important places of assistance.
•Spare passport-size photographs
•International driving license.
•All permits, Indrail passes and other documents if applicable.
Hope the proposed details are perfectly in order.
Thanks so much for the very informative advice. I can't wait to get there now!
im currently in india, have been here two months, flew into chennai at the start of dec but it was a cyclone so ended up getting a flight stright to trivandrum!
Tamil Nadu can be done in the month you are there with good weather.. from there if you want go up the west coast, id say go to bangalore and to cochin... from there you can go up the konkan railway all the way along the coast and a great way to go into bombay is to sail into the gateway of india... no hassle at the gateway epesh if you get the 1st or 2nd ferry in... to do that, go to murud janjira for a night or however long you want and then get a bus and then the ferry... its all explained in lonely planet! I had a fab time in Bombay, afetr hearing lots of horror stories i was literally shaking with fear arriving there but ended up loving it and I'd go back tomorrow if i could! from bombay we travelled futher into maharastra visiting the hill station of matheran, that was fantasic and is a good place to go when it is hotter, its more an indian tourist place but its definately worth going... note the toy train is not running sadly...
from there i went to pune and then to aurungabad... ellora caves are far better than adjanta in my experiance... the paintings are hardly there now so you dont see much apart from rock... i hated pune to be honest... it was very busy and overcrowded... it was how id imagined bombay to be... we ended up going back to pune to fly from there to delhi... it cost us 125 pound thats for two people and included transport to pune from aurungabad... not bad a price... we didnt fancy the 30hr train to delhi! delhi is a dirty smelly place, loads of hassle, guys shouting at me in my ear so loud they could of damaged my hearing, jaipur very similar, didnt like either... however we have spoken to people who had a great time at jaipur so it all depends on where you end up and how tired you are etc... the more tired and stressed you look the more hassle you get!
in rajhastan now... loving it... udaipur is worth a visit... lake pichola is full for the 1st time in 11 years and looks very nice... pushkar is a cool laid back place...
it all depends on where you are flying into i guess... i think we have found northern india easier by doing southern india first, also one thing we learnt pretty quickly is when going somewhere like bombay, delhi... the bigger cities, they are all loads busier at weekend espesh sundays when people are not working, also more beggars go into these places then to hit on the tourists so try to avoid the bigger cities at weekends... it worked quite well for us... and if you do want to give to the beggars just keep the coins in your pocket and give them 2-3 rupees...
if you want any more information on anywhere in india, please msg me... i will try my best to help you... not been everywhere obv, its just too big to do that but i have just come up the west coast which is what you say you are going to do...
Thanks so much for the advice. (And to everyone else too!- you've all been great!)
Can't wait to get there!!!
Abhilash .... u may be a budding member but def not a budding traveler for sure.... pretty exhaustive list.
Am going to save it for sure.
I´m new in this forum, so I want to say hello to everybody.
Well, I´m going to India on August and I want to ask for comments about the route I have planned. I have only one month in my holidays (sic):
Delhi, 2 or 3 days -----> Mathura (Janmashtami Festival, 1 or 2 days) ----> Agra (same) ------> Varanasi via Khajuraho -----> and then Rajasthan or Himalaya and then back to Delhi...
Any comments? I think that could be a bit ambitious to go to so many places.
I appreciate every advice you people can give me.
Thanks in advance.
Hey for sure go to utranchal..perfect months for himalayas!
Warm during the day and chilli in the night.
I travelled there last july..it was perfect i stayed in Giniyala and Pokhri...2 untouched villages..full of natural beauty.
[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]
I wanted to follow-up on traveling in India in August. My fiance and I are planning an August honeymoon and want to go to India.
This is our first and potentially only trip to the area. Taking into account the monsoons and heat, would we be better advised to go to popular first trip destinations (delhi, agra, jaipur, and perhaps varanasi) or is the weather so bad that it would be better to consider delhi, agra and then to head north to Utranchal or Himchal Pradesh?
Are the great sights so great that it is better to bear the heat and rain?
We are coming from the US, and like typical Americans, will probably spend 2 weeks in India and 2 weeks in Thailand.
Thanks in advance.