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

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I am planning to travel with my son 12y to india early july for 5 weeks this was a sudden plan and i have done very little research. I am looking for ideas on what would be doable during this time. would like a cross section of activites and happy to cram things in as would like to see as much as i can in this time... Tall order i know but any ideas.

Tina

2. Posted by kalpesh09 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

July is the onset of monsoon here. It'll not be as comfortable to travel with son. There are lots of Historical places worth seeing, but I don't think a 12 old boy will enjoy it. It'd be better to visit Hill stations in the north like Manali, Delhousie, Mussoorie, Darjiling. The popular Delhi-Agra-Jaipur corridor will also be a good choice. Goa has a different charm in monsoon. I'd recommand to visit Goa. Visit to Haridwar-Rishikesh and Banaras is also highly recommanded. Most of the Sanctuaries will be closed during this period. Since Rajasthan receive very little rain, you can visit many exoic places there.

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

i hope u thought about vaccinations and anti-malaria? for 5 weeks you best go the golden triangle (Delhi-Agra-Jairpur) and also visit Rajasthan (the state west of the golden triange). for me this is the most beautiful part of India and 5 weeks are just enough the enjoy it the fullest. train and busconnections are good and cheap. for the rest u should pay attention on your health. hygiene is very bad in India. never drink water from the tap (only from sealed bottles). take care with salads (which could have been washed with tapwater), meat, fish and dairy products. it should be prepared fresh. consider to eat vegitarian food in India since that is quite safe.

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

Quoting kalpesh09

July is the onset of monsoon here. It'd be better to visit Hill stations in the north like Manali, Delhousie, Mussoorie, Darjiling

I would not go to these places during monsoon. the views will be bad and it will quite grey up there all day.

5. Posted by rajat1979 (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

Hi
Though the rains would provide to be a bit of a bother but even monsoons has a charm of its own. You can enjoy the lush greenery of Kerala, come to Kolkata, got to Varanasi, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. It will be a different type of experience but just be careful and take proper care. If you need any help for East INdia let me know i can help you out. The best part is that you will find very less tourists and hotels will be cheap also.
Look at the Silver Lining in this rainy cloud.:)]
Rajat

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

In July,the monsoon would have set in and Rains would quite widespread.Rains in Kerala, Coorg and Goa are considered beautiful.
As you have decide the time, try to make the most of it.

All urban Indians have stopped drinking water from public taps.Safe drinking water is available everywhere. If you follow basic hygiene by washing your hands frequently, there won't be any health issue.

A 12 year old might like the beaches, the mountains and the desert.
South India has a pace on its own and you may find it far developed from the rest of the country in offering you a variety of choices.

The ECR at Chennai has an Aristes Village,the Dakshinchitra which displays real amazing houses from various parts of India as well as n number of entertainment pionts for children including sea-lion shows.

Welcome to India!

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

Quoting Shrinagesh

All urban Indians have stopped drinking water from public taps.Safe drinking water is available everywhere. If you follow basic hygiene by washing your hands frequently, there won't be any health issue.

So u are saying that water from the tap is drinkable in India?

8. Posted by tinalf (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Thanks for all the responses very helpful.
We are currently living in malawi africa have been here 3 years and very used to back packer style travel, bad toilets, malaria and poor water so not toooo green about these things.

I also forgot to say son is 12 going on 20 and loves travel. He particularly into wildlife and is an advanced diver so further suggestions around these topics could be useful.
thanks again
Tina

9. Posted by vipingoyal (Full Member 16 posts) 9y

Rajasthan is one of the best destinations.Jaipur ,jodhpur,Jaisalmer pushkar are simply superb.

10. Posted by mohit_sa (Full Member 59 posts) 9y

Hi Tina,

I would also recommend Rajasthan along with the Golden Triangle. There are a lot of things there that will capture a child's imagination. Moreover, Rajasthan being one of the drier states, the monsoons would not be much of a hassle except for in the bigger cities.

For adventure, Rajasthan offers safaris on camels, horses and in jeeps. Its a totally different way to look around the place. The horse safaris for example let you cover short distances during the day and you end up spending the night in a new town every night.

Goa and Kerala are fun as well in the monsoons. So for 5 weeks, you'll just need to decide which part of India are you going to go to this time.

Mohit