Travelling with kids next July/August 2011

#1 Oct 19th, 2010, 21:20
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Hi all,

I have been contemplating whether to travel to India with my then 22 month old daughter and my aunt in July next year. We would leave at the start of July, my aunt would stay with us for 4 weeks then my partner and his other 8 year old son would join us and we would stay until the end of August. This is unfortunately the only time of year we can possibly go.

Is this madness to go during the monsoon season with kids?

Ive been looking at all the flooding in Delhi and elsewhere at the moment. Delhi is where we would fly into, does it always flood during monsoon?

I have been to a lot of the popular spots in Northern India before like Srinagar, Leh, Manali, McLeod Ganj. I know id have to go north to avoid some of the rain but would I end up traveling over a lot the same old ground?

What other places are there that might be ok that maybe isnt up north?

The main concern is really the kids. We are not going to go if were going to be totally washed out and miserable!

Any help you could offer us would be really greatly appreciated!

Thanks a million,

All the Best,

Alice
#2 Oct 19th, 2010, 21:40
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Go through this thread if you haven't already http://www.indiamike.com/india/journ...journal&j=9402 It gives you a fair idea of how to travel with kids.

Regarding rains, I think Tamil Nadu will be dry compared to the other states in India during that time of the year. This is the case normally but can not predict anything about the monsoons.
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Hi!!

1. The weather pattern is very unpredictable. This year we had an amazing monsoon season, but can not predict how the monsoon will be like in 2011.

2. The major problem after good rains is the conditions of the roads deteriorate and then road travel in between cities might get a bit bumpy.

3. This year the rains were a bit too much hence a few places got flooded. If the rain pattern next year is the same as this year then the best would be to avoid hills as there you get lot of landslides. And as a result you might get stuck.

4. Around Delhi, the best option in July/ Aug will be Rajasthan which comparatively gets lesser rains and it will have good weather too.

5. Or the best will be if you can delay your trip to Aug/Sept.

Good luck
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sam things i will suggest delay it till sept. you can see my pictures i clicked them on the way to leh in sept last year,roads are not good atll coz of rain in july and august and even major chances of waterborne diseases for kids.if you want to go north come in march-april-may. for anywhere else in india oct-nov.
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Thanks for the advice but July/August is the only time we can go- its then or never! Ive booked tickets for July 20- Aug 25. were thinking of possibly heading to tamil nadu ive heard its not too wet there. It was unusual for Leh to get flooded wasn't it? I thought it usually escapes the flooding
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We went to India just a few years ago with our then 18 month son. My wife is from Andhra Pradesh, we figured it would be safest to start there in her home town...

26 days of constant vomiting, fever, diarrhea, and we were done. Won't be going back until our kids are significantly older, probably around 8yrs.
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Thumbs up hi

hi
welcome to India
i dont think so what other says about your plan to visit in india in monsoon
here are few things and you can have a memorable stay in india just dream holidays here in india
spend one week in rajsthan or more time even you can use palace on wheel(royal railways experience)
spend one week easily with any of the spa resorts to gain health for your kids and aunt like ananda in Himalaya in rishikesh
you can spend one month in leh with nature although natural disaster can happened anywhere in the world but that was exceptional. you can spend one week in srinagar,
there are plenty of option in india except this.
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Smile August in India

Hi
We went around similar time in 2009 and visited Kerala this was our schedule
Day 1- 6/8- Arrival Cochin.
Transfer to Bolgatty Island resort. Halt .
Day 2- 7/8- Sightseeing Cochin and halt at Bolgatty
Island resort -
Day 3- 8/8- Early morning move to Alleppey to view Nehru
Boat race and evening halt at Waterscapes
Lake Resort -
Day 4- 9/8- sightseeing&halt at waterscapes,kumarakom
Day 5-10/08*Transfer to Thekkady. Sightseeing & halt in Aranya Nivas.*
Day 6-11/08 Transfer and proceed to Munnar. Halt at Tea county.
Day 7-12/08Sightseeing and halt at Tea county, Munnar.
visited :Mattupetty dam, Eravikulam National Park,
Tea Plantations, Water falls
Day 8-13/08Departure from Cochin airport
we had also visited Agra as our base was Delhi
Rain did not interrupt our schedule much except one day in Kerala otherwise it usually rained at night time.
I plan to go again this year around the same time.While risk of rain interruption due to Monsoon is there, but then again you take that risk and it is compensated by value for Money and Monsoon beauty that one can not see otherwise! Secret is built a base and not to over pack your schedule.
Good Luck
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Originally Posted by Alice Robinson View Post Is this madness to go during the monsoon season with kids?
I hope not as we're going in August too! Although our kids will be a fair bit older - at 13 and 10 - than yours.

I've been to India in monsoon before and for us then rain did not affect our enjoyment or stop us doing this we wanted to do. A couple of times it rained so hard but we just did something else for a couple of hours. Luckily we didn't experience any floods.

Many people do say that monsoon is a nice time to see India and there's obviously advantages such as lack of dust, greenery, etc.

I can't speak about travelling with a toddler but last time our youngest was 8 and our trip was a breeze. I can't think of anything we did that was harder because we had kids in tow. Yes we watched them like hawks but we'd do that in London or any other city.

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