Help with itinery!!

#1 Jan 10th, 2006, 04:00
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Hi everyone!!
I have 6 weeks off in the summer- Aug 1st- Sep 16th and was really hoping to go to india, but the climate is pretty wet then. I know it totally varies all over the country but it looks like ive picked a pretty awkward time. Has anyone travelled in india during the monsoon season...? Need advice!!! What about Sri Lanka aswell???

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#2 Jan 10th, 2006, 04:13
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August is the peak monsoon season in most parts of India especially the ones most people travel to see!!! So you will either have to use raingear all the time but hope it does not rain too heavily to disrupt your travel schedule and things are not too gloomy for you to see all the sights in India. After mid August things should be better down south as well as in the north as it does not rain too much in these areas after the middle of August. Hope this helps and wish you could arrive here at a better time to enjoy the beauty of the place.

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#3 Jan 10th, 2006, 04:28
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Kimberley - if you can find it, look up a book called "Chasing the Monsoon" by Alexander Frater. Good description of both the monsoon and the experience of traveling in it. Have a great trip. Scott
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I was in India from July 25 to Aug 25 and it was fine. We avoided Rajasthan and Mumbai as it was flooded beyond belief, with death tolls higher than Hurricane Katrina, and we had a great time. Only sparse showers. We were in Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad. The trick is to track the monsoon and beat it. Just as we left one place, it got drenched. It was like clockwork because we stayed one step ahead.
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Ah, but you need to be a good weather forecaster for that. HAHAHA!!! True, in the north there are not too many wet days but nowadays one cannot be sure of anything as the weather patterns are changing constantly and churning up surprises after surprises. Who would believe Delhi having snowfall?!!! OK, it was only frost but still pretty cold for the place!!!

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I was in Tamil Nadu for the monsoon in June, July & August 2005.

It was the wettest year on record for 120 years!

When I was back in November and December 2005 it was still raining and flooded in many places.

However, this was the worst scenario. I have been in S. India in other years during the monsoon and enjoyed every minute of it!

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Originally Posted by Darmabum Kimberley - if you can find it, look up a book called "Chasing the Monsoon" by Alexander Frater. Good description of both the monsoon and the experience of traveling in it. Have a great trip. Scott
Does someone know if this book has been translated in Italian?
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Monsoon is certainly nice in certain parts and you can visit the place known for the heaviest rainfall in the earth CHEERAPUNJEE located in Meghalaya and place called MANDWA in Madhya Pradesh and forests and tea gardens of Northbengal can be an option too.....
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Monsoon has its magic too. Goa is a woderful place to enjoy the monsoons, thundery black clouds over extremely lush green paddy fields. After mid August rains are not a big problem in the north but heat & humidity are. Spend a bit more & avail Aaircon rooms where ever possible. Water borne diseases will be on the rise & water contamination is a matter of concern so personal hygine & drinking purified/bottled water are required. Mosquitoes are a problem too, use repellants.

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