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Hi, I'm Hans. I'm a midwesterner of WASP roots. I"m wanting to go on pilgrimage to Northern India and Nepal next May to pay homage to Shakyamuni Buddha since I finally can make it happen. Travelling has led to some adventuresome times. I'm psyched to be a part of a forum of others who have had some incredible journeys and continue to do so. I pray for relief for those killed and hurt in Nepal and India as a result of flooding and climate change. Hoping things will work out next spring but life tends to throw curve balls-so we'll see...
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Hello and welcome!

Hope you get to make your journey
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Welcome to Indiamike. I wish you luck for your plans.
Can you go to India a bit earlier than May (mid-Feb to March would be ideal), since that is the peak of summer there?!
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Hello, Atala! Thanks for the welcome. Travelling earleir would be a smart idea. I was hoping to go near the time of Saga Dawa, Buddha's birth, enlightenment and parinirvana. Actually, I have a narrow window to do that because I have to be back at work by May 28th even though Saga Dawa is May 29th. Perhaps March would be better. What is April like in Bihar? I guess I could Google that...
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Namaste, Nick, thanks for the welcome. /\
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Originally Posted by Hans Schneider View Post What is April like in Bihar?
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Originally Posted by Hans Schneider View Post Perhaps March would be better. What is April like in Bihar?
March is hot, but bearable; April gets very hot. Bihar is extremely dry. I would not want to be there at that time, not as a traveler.

You said you want to visit India and Nepal. With a U.S. passport you can get a 10-year visa; you need a multiple-entry visa for India in case you want to visit Lumbini. One cannot re-enter India through a land-border with an e-visa, in case you were thinking to get that. That is a problem for Buddhist pilgrims, with Lumbini so close to the border and to the rest of all the Buddhist sites.
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Originally Posted by atala View Post March is hot, but bearable; April gets very hot. Bihar is extremely dry. I would not want to be there at that time, not as a traveler.
Here is a good description of the weather in Bihar through the months:

"Summer
The hot weather sets in March and lasts until the middle of June. The highest temperature is often registered in May which is the hottest month in the state. Like the rest of the northern India, Bihar also experiences dust-storms, thunder-storms and dust-raising winds during the hot season. Dust storms having a velocity of 48–64 km/hour are most frequent in May and with second maximum in April and June. The hot winds (loo) of Bihar plains blow during April and May with an average velocity of 8–16 km/hour. This hot winds greatly affects human comfort during this season."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_Bihar


Here is another good overview:
https://weatherspark.com/m/111069/4/...in-Patna-India

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