12 days april/may. varanasi too hot?

#1 Apr 6th, 2006, 00:12
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Hey board, i have finally registered after a couple months lurking. I am going to be in India for a very short time the last week of arpil and first week of may. Our trip consists of flying into goa, 3 days there, 4 days in kerala, and then it was going to be 5 in bombay, but all of us going are obsessed with varanasi. It's surprisingly quite doable to get up there for 2 days, thereby cutting one day out of kerala and one out of bombay. BUT

how hot is it going to be?

I don't know when i will ever be in india again, and varanasi is one of the places I want to visit in this world, so the travel stress and what not is something i can accept to go there, but if it's going to be insanely hot, then realistically this canadian winter attuned body isn't really gonna cope anyway is it? I just don't want to spend all that extra effort and time and then not be paralyzed by the heat in the end....
#2 Apr 6th, 2006, 13:51
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The North Indian plains resemble a furnace in May, and Varanasi is no exception. The day time temperatures will be in the late 40s(degrees celsius). Only you can decide whether you'll enjoy Varanasi under such conditions.

I feel you'd be better off spending 2 days in Mumbai and 3 at the nearby hill-station of Matheran.

And yes, I'm sure you'll return to India. Make your second trip in winter and spend all the time you want to, at Varanasi.
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#3 Apr 7th, 2006, 10:13
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Originally Posted by SHIMLA The North Indian plains resemble a furnace in May, and Varanasi is no exception. The day time temperatures will be in the late 40s(degrees celsius). Only you can decide whether you'll enjoy Varanasi under such conditions.

I feel you'd be better off spending 2 days in Mumbai and 3 at the nearby hill-station of Matheran.

And yes, I'm sure you'll return to India. Make your second trip in winter and spend all the time you want to, at Varanasi.
had never heard of matheran befoe, think it sounds brilliant, thanks!

Have decided to skip varanasi for the moment...when in india will leave it open to debate whether to go or not. for now; 5 days in goa/kerala, and 6 in bombay/surrounding areas......thanks for the advice
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Goa & Mumbai both will be hot & sultry... avail aircon rooms for ur stay....
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Originally Posted by tuvan had never heard of matheran befoe, think it sounds brilliant, thanks!

Have decided to skip varanasi for the moment...when in india will leave it open to debate whether to go or not. for now; 5 days in goa/kerala, and 6 in bombay/surrounding areas......thanks for the advice
You're welcome !

Matheran is a tiny hill-station near Mumbai, approachable by both rail(toy train from Neral) and road. It has got good walks and panoramic viewpoints.

The added attraction of Matheran is the local confection called "Chikki", made primarily from jaggery. There are many varieties - Cashew Chikki, Whole Groundnut Chikki, Crushed Groundnut Chikki, Sesame Chikki, Coconut Chikki, Almond Chikki, Mixed Chikki; and you also get chocolate and strawberry fudge!

Enjoy !

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