I'm heading to India for 6 weeks in July/August with my girlfriend and three other lads (bad time of year I know but we're all teachers!) I just have a couple of questions and am looking for a bit of advice if anyone can help.
(1) We plan on spending 3 weeks north and 3 weeks south, is there anywhere that we def. should not miss??
(2) Is it possible to get a visa on arrival in Mumbai international airport? (We're Irish)
(3) Is there anywhere at that time of year where we might get even a small bit of sun?!!
(4) Will we encounter any issues in India travelling as an unmarried couple?
Thanks a million,
1) Ladahk is perfect that time of year, and it's a wonderful place to visit. Rajasthan isn't a bad bet since it's mostly desert and doesn't get as much rain as most places. I would recommend Jaisalmer, Pushkar, Udaipur, and Bundi. Don't know about the south that time of year - I would say you are looking at a pretty wet time.
2) Nope. Unless things have changed very recently, you have no choice in the matter, you get your visa in advance.
3) Same answer as 1.
4) No issues. My ex and I travelled for 6 months as an unmarried couple and no one cared. The concept baffled most Indians that we met along the way, but it caused no problems with hotels or with the way we were treated.
Have fun, it's a pretty wild place.
Good Reply by Degolasse.
Visa on arrival is not applicable.(things havent changed recently)
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
Don't miss the Taj Majal while you're in Northern India. I wouldn't spend more than a day in Delhi; Jaipur is worth a couple of days.
As the others have said, you can't get your visa on arrival. (There are 11 nations that can, but Ireland isn't one of them.) Leave yourself at least a couple of weeks to get your visa in case of any delays.
I also travelled with my partner in India and we had no issues.
In 3 weeks North, you can cover golden triangle Delhi-Agra-Jaipur. Other places you can visit are Chowki-dhani (during your visit to Jaipur - day trip), Ranthambore National Park (near Jaipur), Udaipur, Varanasi and Khajuraho.
In South India, visit Cochin-Munnar-Thekaddy-Kumarakom-cochin or Cochin-Varkala-Kollam-Thekaddy-Munnar-Cochin or cochin-kumarakom-alappuzha-kollam-varkala-thiruvananthapuram (to fly back). While in South India, do experience ayurveda.
You shall not face any issues travelling as unmarried couple.
Plan your trip well, book hotels/transfers in advance and enjoy your vacation.
you are welcome to Nepal also.If you will do then contact me.
My friend and I are going to India/Nepal for the month October. Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur, Agra, Jodhpur, Kathmandu, Udaipur, Cochin, Mumbai. Any words of wisdom you can impart will be great. I am a little worried about bugs/mosquitoes.
Ganesh1522, we will be going from Kathmandu to Nagarkot and are hoping to catch a good glimpse of Mt. Everest. I have been reading that many times Mt. Everest is obscured by fog. How true is this?
Thanks to everyone.
Because of heat and high temperature during this season, you have to go to a much cooler and pleasant places. Some of the amazing summer retreats in North India and South India are as follows:
In North India Shimla, Nainital, Mussoorie, etc. These all are hill stations and you will enjoy definitely in Summers. In South India Ooty, Kodiakanal, Munnar, Maysore etc these all Hill Stations are also good.
Leh Ladakh in the month of June to September is the best time to visit as it is the only season when the passes are open. The temperature is cool and can go up to 33 °C. Summers are the ideal time to go to Leh as the skies are clear and offer panoramic views of the mountains. The average day temperature ranges from 20° to 30 °C.