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1. Posted by ajaslan (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi everyone,

My fiance and I are planning an August honeymoon and want to go to India, but are very concerned on how good an idea this is given the weather.

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 heading 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.

2. Posted by Afrodiziac (Budding Member 33 posts) 9y

The tem in august is gonna be around 31 deg celsius approximately with high humidity, which u gonna sweat. The rains r gonna be thereas well....n they are really unpredictable especially with high tides it can get voluptous....the north india like himacAL WILL BE GREAT WITH BETTER VIREWS.

3. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

In August you will probably be fine in Rajasthan. I spent the month of August there in 2004 and didn't get a drop of rain the whole time. Himachal Pradesh however rained every single day while I was there in very early August, it was muddy, and landslides blocked the roads. The thing with Rajasthan is that its mostly a desert. So even in the monsoon you get little rain. Of course as ajaslan said, it's unpredictable and it will be different from year to year, but you will probably be safe in Rajasthan. I didn't find the heat overly oppressive that time of year - the real heat in in April/May before the monsoons begin. And yes, the sights of Rajasthan are good enough that it's worth bearing the weather.

I have a couple recomenations about your itinerary too. You are on a honeymoon so I would suggest heading to a couple places that you will find romantic. Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur all present the same type of places - a large dirty, hectic, and unromantic city, with a couple great sights to see. They are good for a day (maybe 2 for Dehli) to see the main sights (like the Taj), but they aren't places you'll want to stick around in, and they won't be all that exciting for a honeymoon.
Further into Rajasthan however you will find some fantastic towns to visit. Jaisalmer has got to be one of the most fairytale like cities on the planet, and if you find a nice hotel in the fort with views over the town, then there's hardly a more romantic place to be. And then of course there is a camel ride in the desert at sunset. Udaipur as well is often considered one of the most beautiful cities in India and would be great for a few days of relaxing along the lake. You can find a nice hotel with a view of the lake, or even better, splurge on a room at the Lake Palace Hotel, which is on an Island in the middle of the lake (if it's not dry, which it often is) and up there amoung the nicest hotels in the world. Many people like Jodhpur as well, and it would be worth a stop on the way between Jaisalmer and Udaipur. Many find Pushkar incredibly over touristed and spoiled by the backpacker atmosphere, but I still loved it and found something romantic in it. A sunset over the town from the surrounding hills, or an early morning on the quiet lake will definelty make memorable honeymoon moments.
So if you want a really nice honeymoon in India I would recomend this route. An added bonus is that you will have a better chance of good weather in this region. Though Varanasi is probably one of the most fascinating towns in India, if not the world, I woud say that on such a short trip, it's best to leave it out. Your time will be better spent visiting nicer towns in Rajasthan. If you can give yourself more than two weeks to see this region than you would be doing yourself a favor, but if not, I'm sure you can fit a few of the highlights in. Consider hiring a car and driver which can get you around really quick and can allow you to stop just for a day or less in some of the less desirable towns like Agra without having to arrange the next bus or train and releying on their schedule. I'm not sure about costs, but many people hire cars for their whole rajasthan tour and I don't think it's too expensive.
Maybe do something like: Delhi (1 day) - Jaisalmer (3 days) - Jodhpur (1 day) - Udaipur (3 days) - Jaipur (1 day) - Agra (1day) - Delhi. The time left over will be travel days. And if you can add a few more days in there, add Pushkar, or take more time to relax in the towns you go to.

4. Posted by scifo (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Quoting ajaslan

Hi everyone,

My fiance and I are planning an August honeymoon and want to go to India, but are very concerned on how good an idea this is given the weather.

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 heading 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.

In the months of August u would be getting a respite from the heat as the temperature would start dropping by a few degrees. But the humidity remains there. But the problem is that the ancient and heritage monuments in India is that much beautiful, that most people dont care about the weather..

5. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

hi ajaslan,

August will be raining season..... i would recommend u to go to Kerala backwaters and have a calm, soothing, relaxing n romantic cruise with the rains falling around.....Nothing can be better than having ur honeymoon amongst the rains... I have been to kerala many times...do let me know if u need more info.

Regards and all the best
Arif

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8. Posted by traveler1 (Full Member 190 posts) 9y

hey
its true that august would be monsoon season in india...however, entire india is not lashed with monsoon weather with equal intensity everywhere.

delhi, agra, jaipur, and varanasi .... are regions where the monsoon is not too harsh...so it would be ok visiting these places...temperatures would vary from 30deg C to 36 in August

so i guess u should go ahead & have a great honeymoon
all the best
cheers!

9. Posted by TravelInd (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hello

You can surely enjoy any part of INDIA in August.

The best places to visit are Jaipur, Agra etc.

You can get a lot of infomration about INDIA, and you can also opt for hotel booking online.