I will be travelling between April and October next year before I work in Oz for a year. From April to June I want to spend about 2 months in India. Could someone please help me with an itinerary. I was thinking of flying into Delhi and away from Mumbai.
My plan so far was to go from Delhi => Agra => Jaipur => Jodhpur => Jaisalmer => Gaya and Bodhgaya => Calcutta => Mandu => Mumbai => Ajanta/Ellora Caves => Goa => Mumbai.
Do you think this looks like a good plan or do you think it might be wise to miss out Gaya, Calcuta and Mandu and concentrate on Western India?
Well, you couldn't really pick a worse time to be in India, and where you go will greatly depend on the weather. If you don't mind extreme heat, you should be alright for the first half of your trip, but in much of the country, expect temps well into the 40s during May. By June, things will start to get a bit wet. The monsoon starts in the South sometime around then, and Kerela and Goa will be nice and wet towards the end of your trip, as will Mumbai.
I'm not an expert on the monsoon in India since I've never been there this time of year, but I know you would be wise to plan accordingly. Do some research and find out what regions are the best during this time. I suspect you'll find the mountains to be a good option for some of your trip.
degolasse is right - the sun is going to be blazing guns starting end april-may. Especially, ur first lag which covers delhi, jaipur, jodhpur will be have scorching heat as theses places are land locked and yea, jaisalmer jodhpur fall in desert land!
Take care, to carry a cap or better an umbrella, a lot of sunscrean, lot of water...
monsoon starts of around june end/july in western part of the country like mumbai - last year, the rains were very bad and a lot of flights got postponed cancelled... etc - so make sure u have enough spare time and a flexible schedule just in case u get caught up due to reasons beyond ur control!
Your itenarary misses out on the best part of India..Southern India. TamilNadu with her exuberant culture( Do you know that thousands of classical music programmes are held in Dec/Jan in Chennai)especially the magnificient Temples and the few remaining Palaces are a sight to behold. Kerala's greenary and waterways are extraordinary. Try and make a trip to these two states and you will witness a different world. Mail me if you want any advise.