delhi/agra april/may--just HOW hot and humid?

#1 Mar 15th, 2009, 01:15
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i'll be arriving in delhi the evening of thursday, april 23, and will be in india through late saturday night, may 9, or for roughly 16 days. my plan (as the good folks in another sub-forum know) is to spend the majority of my time in uttarakhand. i'll probably base in landour, making day trips or some over-nighters--rishikesh, haridwar, gangotri, maybe even amritsar, but no firm plans made or necessarily desired.

if i decide to spend the vast majority of my time in the north, i can obviously be more ambitious with my plans. however, if i use this trip as an opportunity to see the taj and some sights in delhi--something i wasn't able to do last trip and which i really would like to do--i won't try to cover as much ground in uttarakhand.

so here's the question, which really is dispositive of how i plan my 16-day trip: just exactly how physically miserable (or not) could i expect to be in delhi and agra that time of year? i've consulted the climate chart in the appropriate sticky and read the historical weather data at weather underground. it seems that, yes, the temps will be really high, 95-105ish F, on average. (sorry, you know how backward we are here with our F v. C). some IM members have said it'll me murderously humid as well, but WU suggests the humidity that time of year actually will be in the 30-40% range--not so humid at all. that could make all the difference to how hot it feels.

i visited vietnam, laos and cambodia in july and it was pretty damned hot. not so bad that i didn't want to do/see anything, but hot enough some days that i was a bit less motivated to see temple x, y, or z, and "must-sees" sometimes got shuffled to the "eh" list. also, new york summers can be pretty damned bad, too, because it's hot and humid and the buildings hold the heat. still, i manage to survive, though AC is a prerequisite. admittedly, i'm sort of a wimp and really don't like or fare well in the heat, but think i could survive a few sticky hours at the taj or other sights. sitting here in new york in late winter makes it hard to bring to mind how hot "hot" is, though.

in the end, i now it's relative--one person's unbearable heat is another's warm day and all that. still, i'd welcome others' experiences of it that time of year, and am open to persuasion or dissuasion. if there's close to unanimity from you all that it just really isn't the time, that's fine, to. i'd just like to draw up a plan either way.

similarly, i'm considering corbett, as i know it's when the chances of spotting a big cat are best, but if it's still a longshot and i'd just be miserably hot, well, i'll just make haste on up to landour.
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I was in Agra and surrounding regions (varanasi and Rajasthan) in May. It was definitely hot and humid. But I welcomed it as I could draw on the horrible Canadian winters to push me through
I'm sure if you have been in SEA in July, you can probably handle it.
There were some days where the humidity and heat was just unbearable and staying back in the hotel, playing cards and drinking cool lime soda and mango lassis under shelter of any sort of shade was the only solution. Rather than walking every square inch of a monument/palace/temple I was happy to just sit and see what I could or skip in all together. I tried to get as much done as early as possible and return to the hotel in time for a snooze or quick shower (I developed a habit of showering up to 5 times a day - which might be an indication of hot/humid it was) before heading out in the evening again.
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always hot, sometimes humid. mostly dry.
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It's really not that draining in the North because of the lower, on average, humidity levels. Regardless, it's not a bad idea to get going as early as possible in the morning(for maximum air freshness & traffic ease in the larger centers), take lunch, rehydrate and possibly a siesta during the midday when the sun is at it's peak - and then head back out in the mid-afternoon for, ding-ding, round deux!
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it wont be humid here in Delhi at that time. Having said that, however.....and there's always an "if", last year there was about 2-3 weeks of very hot dry weather in April - and then unexpectedly it started to rain.....a lot. Consequently the humidity went up and it lasted for ages (the upside of all the rain is that the water shortages and powers cuts were a lot less then the previous year). It was a very weird summer last year.

Personally I find the dry heat ok. You just have to remember that even if you feel fine - chances are you're still sweating and loosing a lot of water, so important to keep up the intake of fluids.
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thanks

thanks for your replies. it seems that spending a few days in delhi and hopping over to see the taj before heading to landour is feasible--if i have a bottle of water in one hand and a parasol in the other. i think it will also make for a more diverse and interesting trip overall.

on a related topic (i.e., comfort), what's the mosquito situation like in delhi and agra in late april, early may? (and in uttarakhand, for that matter.) perhaps, like the humidity, it depends on how much it rains?
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I've seen many a skeeter on December evenings, hovering outside my open air corridor surrounded room in Delhi. It was dry & cool at about 36f-44f degress at the time. They most likely had had their wings deiced at the local hangar where they do that kind of maintanence on those critters.

Regardless of season, there are always pockets of water where they can thrive & survive, so never be too off!guard ..... however covering or 'deeting' the ankles, wrists & other choice biteable places at/in appropriate times/places should protect you 99% of the time.
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Originally Posted by PeakXV View Post They most likely had had their wings deiced at the local hangar where they do that kind of maintanence on those critters.


they'll outlive us all, those things. nuclear holocaust? hell, survivors will still need mosquito nets! grrrr....

will plan for the worst (by packing deet--SOP), and hope for the best. thanks, peak.
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as peak said - they are always around. Last year they were more prevalent around april because as mentioned earlier - it was raining a lot more. Consequently I think the incidents/number of cases of malaria and dengue were a lot higher last year as well.

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