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#1 Sep 3rd, 2014, 04:45
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I have been given the green light to take off 5 weeks from work to travel through India in January or Feb.

My planned destinations are Delhi, Jaisalmer Jodhpur, Jaipur, Varanasi, and possibly Kathmandu.

I've read about fog, which is a concern for me.
If I were to arrive in Delhi around January 10th-15th, and finally arrive in Varanasi and Kathmandu in early feb would there be much fog issue?

Trying to find a way to work away from the fog, but within the months my work has given me to work with.
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Originally Posted by Tyler Hawkins View Post I have been given the green light to take off 5 weeks from work to travel through India in January or Feb.

My planned destinations are Delhi, Jaisalmer Jodhpur, Jaipur, Varanasi, and possibly Kathmandu.

I've read about fog, which is a concern for me.
If I were to arrive in Delhi around January 10th-15th, and finally arrive in Varanasi and Kathmandu in early feb would there be much fog issue?

Trying to find a way to work away from the fog, but within the months my work has given me to work with.
People who live in Delhi can provide more accurate info on the fog, but my thought is that the chances of fog decrease as February is approached.

Since you have 5 weeks, you might think about starting your trip in the south of India where fog is not an issue. You didn't mention your budget constraints or what your interests are, but Tamil Nadu, Hampi, Mysore, and Kerala might interest you.

You can check my travelogue in progress which is currently working its way through Tamil Nadu for an idea of what there is to see there.
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I've lived through winter in Varanasi twice. Fog usually arrived sometime in December, maybe tastes of it in late November. The first winter I spent I asked my bansuri guru when the fog would lift. Without hesitation he said January 14. I kinda laughed. He didn't. Swear to Shiva, it cleared January 14. Pretty much the same my second winter too.
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Thank you for the responses

Darmabum, funny! I've heard mid January is pretty accurate. I'll probably get to Delhi around the 15th then.

David, I would preferably land in Delhi and stay in the north... however a warm beach in January would be nice
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Do check Davidx2 Travelogue, it will definitely inspire you.
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North India can get very foggy on some mornings, especially before 9 am, and sometimes at night. December and January tends to be much more foggy than from February onwards, but as with any place weather conditions are unpredictable.

Rarely is it constantly and continually foggy though. Typically it is intense for a specific morning (and the prior night) but clears up by afternoon, only to return on another day a week hence or something. Intense and enveloping fog is more a particular morning or evening occurrence, it isn't an everyday occurrence.
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I was aware that prebooking train tickets in October and November would've been necessary, far in advance because of holidays. Would this still be true around Jan/feb? Or could I at least purchase the ticket a day or so in advance from the train station?
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Think in terms of holidays, not necessarily months . . . here's a list to get you started . . . to let you know - Shivaratri is a BIG one!

portalseven.com/calendar/Holidays_India.jsp?year=2015
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Originally Posted by Tyler Hawkins View Post I was aware that prebooking train tickets in October and November would've been necessary, far in advance because of holidays. Would this still be true around Jan/feb? Or could I at least purchase the ticket a day or so in advance from the train station?
I'd purchase as far in advance as possible for any distance over 300 kms, especially for AC classes. Holidays or not, trains are very popular.
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At least you should register by Cleartrip an IRCTC.
On sites as erail you can find information about the availability during the whole reservation period.
Keep an eye on this and base you decisions on that information.
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Hey Tyler.. You better Reserve Your Tickets in advance and use irctc site .. thats the official site of indian railways.
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IRCTC accepts only AmEx credit cards. That also should be safe key registered. If a person wants to boom tickets from outside India and they don't have an AmEx card using IRCTC would not help.

They will have to use Cleartrip or Makemytrip to book tickets.

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