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11. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

If you are lucky, you may experience 50 degrees Celcius!
Otherwise, cross the border to Pakistan, it's even hotter over there. ;)

12. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

If you are lucky, you may experience 50 degrees Celcius!
Otherwise, cross the border to Pakistan, it's even hotter over there. ;)

Hey Micheal. You have an impressive list of countries you visited. You have covered all continents. Why don't you go to India? That one is missing big time on your list. Its a continent at itself.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 17, 2007, at 5:17 AM by wouterrr ]

13. Posted by Shrinagesh (Full Member 102 posts) 9y

North India is much much hotter than the South.
Rajasthan the hottest. Just have plenty of water to
prevent dehydration.

South is hot too but never reaches the level of North
except some parts of Andra Pradesh. Kerala is manageable.
Karnataka too.

There are pleasant hill stations and you can make a hop there
inbetween for refreshment.Kodaikanal , Ooty and Yercaud in TamilNadu are great even in the hottest of summers.
Mt Abu in Rajasthan can bring pleasant air. Idukki District in
Kerala too. Mysore and Bangalore as well as the Mangalorean terrains can
be pleasant.Ofcourse the Himalayas are wonderful.

Another advantage in Summer is that there are numerous Festivals in India then and they can bring intensity to your existence, just by watching them.

14. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Shrinagesh

Another advantage in Summer is that there are numerous Festivals in India then and they can bring intensity to your existence, just by watching them.

Also the accomodation is much cheaper. In fact many things have a discount because of summer (off-season).

15. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting Utrecht

If you are lucky, you may experience 50 degrees Celcius!
Otherwise, cross the border to Pakistan, it's even hotter over there. ;)

Hey Micheal. You have an impressive list of countries you visited. You have covered all continents. Why don't you go to India? That one is missing big time on your list. Its a continent at itself.

Yep, it certainly could be considered a continent itself (Antarctica is missing as well by the way;). Actually, it's very low on my 'to do' list. But so was Cuba, and I loved it anyway. Maybe I will visit Calcutta and Darjeeling first, because Bhutan is high on my list.
And I really want to visit some parks where I can see the Asian lion (Gir) and tiger (altough that's luck of course). And Rajastan and the Taj Mahal.
But the big cities, the Himalaya and the south (Kerala) and beaches around Goa or even Orissa and the centre, it really doesn't make me enthusiastic strangly.

16. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Actually, it's very low on my 'to do' list. But the big cities, the Himalaya and the south (Kerala) and beaches around Goa or even Orissa and the centre, it really doesn't make me enthusiastic strangly.

May I ask you why? Is it too hot? Is it too crowded? Do you think its only for lazy hippies (which I am definitly not)? Its a typical country and definitly totally different then all the other countries you visited.

17. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 9y

Rajastan should really be taken off your itinerary for that time of year, being a desert it would be unbearably hot at that time. I went there in june, and although i was very lucky to always stay ahead of the monsoon rains. It was too bloody hot for me. Goa would still be possible, although be careful of swimming in the sea at that time as the tides can be dangerous. As ive said in previous posts, at that time of year we had all (and i do mean ALL) of benolim beach to ourselves. it was paradise! and as everybody else has suggested the himalayas are beautiful place to spend the hot hot months. have fun!

18. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting jennygro

Rajastan should really be taken off your itinerary for that time of year, being a desert it would be unbearably hot at that time. I went there in june, and although i was very lucky to always stay ahead of the monsoon rains

June is the hottest and stickiest month in India. This is the worst month to travel. I was during April in Rajasthan which was quite OK (but still 40 degrees). Until half May it is bearable. After that it is inferno and should you do anything very, very slow and drink buckets of water.

19. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting Utrecht

Actually, it's very low on my 'to do' list. But the big cities, the Himalaya and the south (Kerala) and beaches around Goa or even Orissa and the centre, it really doesn't make me enthusiastic strangly.

May I ask you why? Is it too hot? Is it too crowded? Do you think its only for lazy hippies (which I am definitly not)? Its a typical country and definitly totally different then all the other countries you visited.

To be honest, I really don't know. Seriously, I think there are magnificent landscapes, cities, people, animals, culture, nature etc. etc. I don't mind the hot weather actually, nowadays the north is perfect to visit probably. I don't like crowds in general, but that doesn't prevent me from travelling to big cities or crowded countries.
I guess I can only tell when I have visited the country. But indeed there are some negative aspects that comes into mind when I think about India:
Beggers al over the place, 99,9% change of getting sick (and I like indian food so much, so I probably will be sick). But maybe one thing I hate most is the corruption in one particular way: they say the protect the tiger (my favorite animal), but I know for money the let poachers do whatever they want. The tiger program has not worked yet, they tell you that more tigers live in their National Parks, while others say it's less. In general, I think Indians don't like their lovely nature and are more interested in money, just as Chinese people.
And unfortunately, that's not only my opinion, it's based on facts as well.

20. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

In general, I think Indians don't like their lovely nature and are more interested in money, just as Chinese people.
And unfortunately, that's not only my opinion, it's based on facts as well.

That is a huge generalisation, especially for someone who has never been there!!!!

I'm sure if you asked one of the 400 million Indians living below the poverty line they may not entirely agree with that. They would probably say they are more interested in getting food on the table or teaching their kids to read and write. Afterall, one of the main causes of poverty is illiteracy and over 40% of the population is illiterate.

I would love to know what "facts" you have based this on Utrecht....

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 21, 2007, at 6:20 PM by ikey ]

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