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11. Posted by Rupali_Singh (Inactive 4 posts) 2y

Hi Elliots,

Much more people goes in June & December month for visiting this destination with your family and friends.

12. Posted by Rupali_Singh (Inactive 4 posts) 2y

India is a the best country for sight seeing! I wish to travel there as well.

Cheers!!!

13. Posted by elliots (Budding Member 57 posts) 2y

Thanks Rupali

14. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 2y

Given your time frame and depending on how you end up arriving and leaving. I might consider flying into Delhi and going straight up to Manali in the mountains. Delhi is stinking hot in June, as is Rajasthan and its rainy anywhere south at that time. The monsoons havent quite made it to Manali by then and it can be beautiful with still some snow on the mountains.

From Manali there is loads to go explore, on day trips. By July/august you should be able to make the land crossing over to Ladakh. From Leh the capital in Ladakh you can fly back to Delhi or over to Darjeeling. Darjeeling and Sikkim are some of my favorite memories of India. The views are amazing and again its a totally different culture. Its nothing like India at all.

From Darjeeling you can head back down by train and on to Varanasi. Varanasi is really a test of how you can handle India! Its pretty full on but worth it. If you can time it to be back over to Delhi for November you can then book a tour of the Taj on a day trip or over night, and then book a taxi to take you round Rajasthan. November puts you in Rajashtan for the Camel fair in Pushkar. Taking a taxi sounds a little crazy but in India with two people its quite common and affordable. If you let your hotel arrange a driver make sure you meet him before you leave and that you like him and he can speak good enough english. In fact no matter who arranges it, make sure you do this.

this brings you up to December and you can then fly down to Goa, (book early) for some beach time and some very interesting Portuguese history. From Goa you can return to DElhi and fly home.

Air Asia is currently having a sale and they can be very cheap from Mel to KL then from KL with them again to India.

Edit, ah yes go check out my profile here for the pictures of India, might give you an idea of the place.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Feb-2014, at 20:10 by Dodger ]

15. Posted by swaroopa (Inactive 9 posts) 2y

Hi Elliots,

Welcome to India. If you are planning your trip in the month of June-December, i think weather will be very hot in India. Totally you are planning for 7 months, i hope its better to visit North-India in he months of June-August, being hill stations atmosphere will be some what child. In the months of September -October it will be a rainy season, you may find some unseasonal effects too. November-December are the best seasons to enjoy anywhere in India. You can spend your time in South India at the end of the trip.

Thank you.

16. Posted by elliots (Budding Member 57 posts) 2y

Thanks Swaroopa

17. Posted by aesta1 (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

Given that you have several months, include Nepal in your itinerary. It is so close to India and most people who went to India were glad to be in Nepal after their India trip. It is really not in your face and a glimpse of Mt. everest if you're not trekking is worth it. The country offers so much with so many world heritage sites still alive with worship and activity.

18. Posted by elliots (Budding Member 57 posts) 2y

You're right. Thanks Aesta1

19. Posted by palmvillage (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y

If you planning your trip to india in month of may-July. I think, The weather of india is very Hot.I suggest you that you have to visit in month of October to january that time ia hill atmosphere. This time Entire India is celebrating their festival. you have to see different indian cultures.

20. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 2y

I was in India in May and June last year, and as a few other people have pointed out it's too hot to be anywhere other than the very north of the country. I ended up spending a lot of my time in the hill station of McLeod Ganj in a little mountain village called Dharamkot. The weather was perfect - so pleasant!

Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj (Tibetan colony) are well worth visiting, and if I had had the time I would have travelled up to Ladakh, as the roads are open there in June. There is a very small window each year to access Ladakh by road and June is the recommended time to visit there.

So, with my limited knowledge of India, I would be saying start in the north and work your way south! :)

Have a great trip. I spend all day every day daydreaming about going back. Such an incredible country and incredible people. :)

namaste
evelyn