August - North, East or West?

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I have managed to secure 3 solid weeks off from work - the bad news is the only month I'm able to take such a long period is August.

I've taken Mrs NB South on her first trip to India, so looking to avoid the South completely on this trip. Therefore I'm looking at any suggestions across North, West and East that either avoid the dreaded monsoon or thrive in it.

My original plan was Kolkata/Sunderbans/Darjeeling but that's looking like a likely wash out. Other option would be Delhi, Manali, McLeod Ganj etc, but imagine landslides are an issue.

Help! Am I missing anything? Anywhere else you can think of that's not in the South?

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Yes yes, Himachal + Ladakh sounds good. But do stop in delhi so that we can have a couple of meals together!!
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August is a miserably grumpy month. I agree with others about Ladakh.
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Keep in mind that Ladakh sees its peak tourist season in August. Spiti sees fewer tourists than Ladakh and can be done from Manali.

It's a good time to be in central India - jabalpur, Bhopal (sanchi and around) and round it off with a visit to odisha - this circuit will have even fewer tourists than Ladakh or Spiti, allow you to do train rides. Also bastar is particularly nice in monsoon. See my TRs for some ideas and theyyam , jorgereverter and I think vonkla have been to odisha hills.
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Originally Posted by atala View Post Ladakh
Will I be able to get a bus at that time? I ask as Mrs NB has congenital heart disease and had a valve replacement and Iím slightly concerned about altitude sickness / heart issues if she acclimatises quickly.

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Originally Posted by BholeBaba View Post Yes yes, Himachal + Ladakh sounds good. But do stop in delhi so that we can have a couple of meals together!!
I will fly in to Delhi no matter what BB. So lunches and dinners are definitely on the cards!

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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Keep in mind that Ladakh sees its peak tourist season in August. Spiti sees fewer tourists than Ladakh and can be done from Manali.

It's a good time to be in central India - jabalpur, Bhopal (sanchi and around) and round it off with a visit to odisha - this circuit will have even fewer tourists than Ladakh or Spiti, allow you to do train rides. Also bastar is particularly nice in monsoon. See my TRs for some ideas and theyyam , jorgereverter and I think vonkla have been to odisha hills.
Good point RE Spiti. What about going to Kashmir and up that way towards the mountains?

Otherwise central India is a good shout. Will look in to it now. How hot will it be?

Thanks everyone!

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If you are concerned about acclimatization then the best option would be to take a train to Jammu and a bus to Srinagar. From Srinagar there would be buses to Leh which will halt in between most probably at Kargil overnight and then leave for Leh. This was take care of the acclimatization part. So Delhi - Jammu - Srinagar - Leh - Manali - Delhi could be good option for 18-19 days assuming that the first couple of days would be spent in Delhi having lunch and dinner with BB.

If possible you could have a lunch or dinner at Yeti, flavored milk at Shake Square, Butter Chicken at Have More, chaat at Prabhu Chaat Bhandar, Litti Chokha at Pot Belly, Bihar Niwas.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post So Delhi - Jammu - Srinagar - Leh - Manali - Delhi could be good option for 18-19 days assuming that the first couple of days would be spent in Delhi having lunch and dinner with BB.
Great shout. Always wanted to visit dal lake so this will kill two birds with one stone!

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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post It's a good time to be in central India - jabalpur, Bhopal (sanchi and around) and round it off with a visit to odisha - this circuit will have even fewer tourists than Ladakh or Spiti, allow you to do train rides. Also bastar is particularly nice in monsoon. See my TRs for some ideas and theyyam , jorgereverter and I think vonkla have been to odisha hills.
What about Delhi, Bhopal, Varanasi, Odisha (puri, Bubaneswhar), Kolkata, fly to Delhi?

This will likely be my back up plan if Mrs NB is worried about the altitude or the whether in the mountains change closer to the time.

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Varanasi is prone to flooding as is Kolkata. Other places are good choices. With Delhi, Bhopal, Odisha and a few other places in MP - khajuraho , orchha if you've not been, it'd be a good three weeks worth.
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Originally Posted by NomadicBoo View Post What about Delhi, Bhopal, Varanasi, Odisha (puri, Bubaneswhar), Kolkata, fly to Delhi?

This will likely be my back up plan if Mrs NB is worried about the altitude or the whether in the mountains change closer to the time.

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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Varanasi is prone to flooding as is Kolkata. Other places are good choices. With Delhi, Bhopal, Odisha and a few other places in MP - khajuraho , orchha if you've not been, it'd be a good three weeks worth.
No idea about the effects of the monsoon but maybe the following is an option
Delhi - Bhopal, train to Pendra Road for a visit to Amarkantak. Eventually break this journey in Jabalpur to visit Marble Rocks.

From Pendra Road there is a daily train to Bhubaneshwar.
Depending on your interests and time Chilika Lake, Puri, Konark and Bhitarkanika are some options from there.
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Often difficult to know how much weight to give to "advice", but this is from the UK Foreign Office:

Jammu & Kashmir

The FCO advise against all travel to Jammu and Kashmir with the exception of (i) travel within the city Jammu, (ii) travel by air to the city of Jammu, (iii) travel within the region of Ladakh. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the city of Srinagar and travel between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. The tourist destinations of Phalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg fall within the areas to which the FCO advise against all travel...

At least you know, you don't have to take it as gospel!

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Personally, I wouldn't risk visiting Kashmir (Srinagar and around) even though I have ten days off coming up and absolutely no plan.

Oh and while we're all ideating, how about Meghalaya ? It's supposed to be great in the monsoon? It's not a full three weeks worth but I suppose you could combine it with something else - karikor can tell you more.

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