Wanting to know peoples opinions on what is the best time of year to visit India.
I am planning to spend around 4/5 months in India sometime between January - August 2010. I read somewhere that this is an ok time to visit India but I would like to know a second opinion on that?
Any help would be great.
You are giving yourself a long time in the country, which is fantastic - you will need it.
There are several weather areas - the south is the hottest - December/February is the best time to travel there, but by the time March arrives, you'll really notice the humidity. I live in a sub-tropical climate, and by the end of my stay in southern India in early March, it was getting very sticky. Different parts of southern India will vary in temperature and humidity, but overall it will be a warm experience.
Northern India stays at a more bearable temperature for longer, but by mid-April the temperature starts soaring until the monsoon hits - check this excellent link on the timing of the Indian monsoons
. Up to that time, temperatures in the north (including Rajasthan, Delhi, Kolkatta etc) can reach 50 degrees celsius - not nice at all! My suggestion is to head to the high lands in the mountains, as it is the only pleasant place in India during those months.
Once the monsoons cool things down, and assuming there isn't too much flooding, you can head back into northern India - but it is still going to be warm. Most people travel to India between October-March due to the heat. However, mountain lovers go during the April-September period.
Would the south of India be compared to Queensland, Australia?? I am going to be in India for a month in March 2010, I was planning to stick mostly to the south on the assumption that the north would be cold - I guess not!!
Hello Renee, I see you are a fellow Brisbane person - so the comparison will be easy :-)
South India in March will be the equivalent of a warm summer's day in Brisbane - about the 32-35 degree mark. Humidity will generally be a bit more than Brisbane. Even though I found it to be okay, some of the Europeans I met were having difficulties.
Unless you are heading to the mountains or even the foothills, you will find that the north of India is going to suit you just fine. The nights can be a bit cool up there (especially in the desert regions and the hills) but it is on par with the standard winter's night in Brisbane.
That sounds perfect! I was trying to keep in the warmer climates as to not weigh me down with a lot of winter clothes. Thanks TC =)
Ye thanks TC thats soo useful...