August - North, East or West?

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Thanks for all of the comments and suggestions.

I've bought and started reading Chasing the Monsoon by Alexander Frater. My view is instead of trying to work around the monsoon I'll embrace it!

Still hoping to get to Ladakh but Mrs NB is concerned with altitude because of her heart condition. So we are checking with the doctors and if it's a no go then it will be full on Monsoon fun!

As an aside, great first couple of chapters to the book; who knew monsoon's were so complex!

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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Personally, I wouldn't risk visiting Kashmir (Srinagar and around) even though I have ten days off coming up and absolutely no plan.

Oh and while we're all ideating, how about Meghalaya ? It's supposed to be great in the monsoon? It's not a full three weeks worth but I suppose you could combine it with something else - karikor can tell you more.
I'm continuing to ideate .

Flights in to Guwahati are cheap from Delhi. So now I'm looking at (somehow!) covering all of the below. No idea what's possible in August!

Darjeeling
Sikkim
Gangtok
Shillong
Cherrapunjee
Meghalaya

Otherwise, I will look at maybe just Meghalaya and maybe Puri/Konak etc.

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Shillong and cherrapunjee (sohra) are in meghalaya. Get a map!!!

Darj can be good in monsoon but sikkim is landslide prone.
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Although you cannot visit Odisha's tribal areas as described in this thread is still a good reading.
The Chandoori guesthouse in the Koraput region is worth a visit on its own.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Shillong and cherrapunjee (sohra) are in meghalaya. Get a map!!!

Darj can be good in monsoon but sikkim is landslide prone.
I don't need maps with experts in hand

Awesome thanks. In all seriousness I have my map at home so will be thrashing out a potential route from there.

Then I will post it here and wait to be told it can't be done because of rain .

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Originally Posted by vonkla View Post Although you cannot visit Odisha's tribal areas as described in this thread is still a good reading.
The Chandoori guesthouse in the Koraput region is worth a visit on its own.
That looks great, thanks Vonkla.

Definitely adding that to my list.

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Meghalaya in August will be lovely. Lots of hidden jewels can be discovered everyday. Waterfalls will be spectacular.
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Tickets booked!

3rd of August to 26th August in and out of Delhi.

Will figure the plan out closer to the time (based on monsoon weather!).

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Still hoping to get to Ladakh but Mrs NB is concerned with altitude because of her heart condition. So we are checking with the doctors and if it's a no go then it will be full on Monsoon fun!

As an aside, great first couple of chapters to the book; who knew monsoon's were so complex!

NB
Hi NB,

I wouldn't risk going to Leh with heart condition. Spiti routes are notorious for tourists getting trapped even having to be airlifted out if Sutlej floods.

Himalaya's can be a bit depressing after continuous hours/days of rain, but it's glorious when the clouds part, the sun comes out & the mist rises. My experience in McLeod, Manali etc is a few hours heavy rain then sun comes out, never had a problem travelling on buses in H.P. in August, last two weeks tend to be better than first two. KK
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I wouldn't risk going to Leh with heart condition. Spiti routes are notorious for tourists getting trapped even having to be airlifted out if Sutlej floods.

Himalaya's can be a bit depressing after continuous hours/days of rain, but it's glorious when the clouds part, the sun comes out & the mist rises. My experience in McLeod, Manali etc is a few hours heavy rain then sun comes out, never had a problem travelling on buses in H.P. in August, last two weeks tend to be better than first two. KK

Thanks KK.

Yeah shes a little apprehensive about it and that alone worries me due to the power of the mind!

Shes keen on Rajasthan (which Ive been to a gazillions times) but thinking maybe a short stint there for 7 days as Ive been in August and it wasnt too bad before flying to either HP for manali etc or Guwahati (for cherrapunjee) or just travelling across mainland India in to Orissa.

I also have a fourth option to fly south as Id like to see the snake boat race at Alleppey plus Ive never been to Ooty or Madurai but having been south on my last couple of trips I really want to stay north!

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Hi NB,

All of the choices mentioned sound good. Odisha in monsoons is a magnificent sight, as Jorge's photos show, and I second Vonkla's recommendation for a visit to Chandoori Sai, near Koraput. You can read more about it in my travel report - http://www.indiamike.com/india/odish...yssey-t196060/
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I also have a fourth option to fly south as Id like to see the snake boat race at Alleppey plus Ive never been to Ooty or Madurai but having been south on my last couple of trips I really want to stay north!

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Ooty would be a good place to chill, but stay just outside the town in one of the old Raj G/H's, it reminds me of the lake district, but in Victorian times. Best toy train I've been on.
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Thanks KK and TYD.

TYD - lovely photologue and definitely getting close to the top of my list.

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Originally Posted by NomadicBoo View Post Great shout. Always wanted to visit dal lake so this will kill two birds with one stone!

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Anyone been to Jim Corbett or Naintanal in August?

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