First Time: Northern India in May -- Advice

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Hello, I will be traveling with a friend to Northern India in May 1-11: we have about 9 days all told. This is the first time in India for either of us, and we chose the North because we are aware of the heat.

I am open to suggestions about which Northern state or states to visit: we are interested in culture, food, wildlife (would love to see elephants, monkeys and tigers and such), natural beauty, especially the mountains (but not hiking as such).

I would be very grateful for help planning -- north east, north west, north central? Totally open. Thanks in advance!
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Originally Posted by fauro View Post This is the first time in India for either of us, and we chose the North because we are aware of the heat.

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oh my god. I do not understand. Can you explain what you mean exactly?

During May the north is an open oven save for the mountains.
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The advise we were given is to get as far north as possible, and there will be places where the heat is not as unbearable as other places. I'm just not sure where those places might be . . .
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Originally Posted by fauro View Post The advise we were given is to get as far north as possible, and there will be places where the heat is not as unbearable as other places. I'm just not sure where those places might be . . .
Ladakh, Himachal, and Uttarakhand.
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Uttarakhand sounds very promising. What would be a good itinerary for 8 or 9 days? Best places to visit?
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You better visit Kumaon region and include Corbett for wild life ,you should visit Nainital,Kausani and Binsar for stunning mountain scenery

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Originally Posted by BholeBaba View Post Ladakh, Himachal, and Uttarakhand.
Is Srinagar/Kashmir not yet recommended for foreign travellers?
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Originally Posted by fauro View Post What would be a good itinerary for 8 or 9 days? Best places to visit?
Read http://www.indiamike.com/india/uttar...lmora-t116678/. Similarly use the search box to read more about places that would interest you.
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Originally Posted by Rasika View Post Is Srinagar/Kashmir not yet recommended for foreign travellers?
Yes, that's another option of course. Many tourists, both foreigners and Indians, visit Srinagar and other places in Kashmir- Gulmarg, Somarg etc
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As far as I am aware, Kashmir in general is not recommended as safe for foreign tourists, as per the British Foreign Office, although Leh and Srinegar are exceptions.
While in India recently, I mentioned this to Indian folk, and they were surprised.
Dunno what the true picture is, but I would exercise some caution.

Shimla was the "summer capital" in the (bad old) days of the British Raj, so might be a good place to expect less heat.
I imagine Kulu and Manali would be cooler as well, and maybe Dharamsala ?

Height above sea level is the thing to look for, I understand...

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During May the north is an open oven save for the mountains.
Fauro is from Rome. The heat of a Roman summer is similar if not hotter than May in North India.

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