I'm traveling India for 6 months. Where is the best place to start (August)?

#1 Aug 2nd, 2018, 18:10
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Hi, I land in New Delhi on August 6th. I am very flexible with regards to where I go first. Ideally I would like somewhere that isn't going to be too rainy (if that's possible in August!). At the moment I am thinking maybe somewhere within Rajasthan. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Western Rahjasthan will be a good idea. Have a look at cities like Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.
I assume you are going travel by train. If so, are you aware off the fact that trains are often fully booked in advance?
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That's great thanks. No I wasn't aware of this. I would like to travel by train at least to start with. I may get a motorbike but I am undecided at the moment. I will look into booking trains from New Delhi.
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Consider flying from Delhi to Leh in Ladakh which isn't affected by monsoon, then head to Manali in Himachal Pradesh going over some of the highest passes & motorable roads in India. Monsoon will be over in H.P. by end of Aug & you can chase it south, be in Goa or better still Gokarna for Xmas by the time you get to Kerala/Timil Nadu it will be Jan/Feb & temperatures & humidity will have started to decrease.
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Thanks! Ladakh looks stunning. What you have suggested sounds like a great idea. If I wanted to take bus(s) to Ladakh, where should I stop on the way? Can it be done on one long bus ride?
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It can, but it wont be comfortable. You should look through the ladakh section of this forum to get some idea about altitude effect and plan accordingly.
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Originally Posted by jhgw View Post Thanks! Ladakh looks stunning. What you have suggested sounds like a great idea. If I wanted to take bus(s) to Ladakh, where should I stop on the way? Can it be done on one long bus ride?
If you can afford it, flying in is best option it's not expensive. You will land at 11,000 ft above sea level & the flight over Himalaya's is spectacular. You will need to acclimatise to high altitude for first few days. You can get a bus from Manali in the very north of H.P. but it's a verreeee verreeee bumpy journey & you are going to go over 17,000+ ft passes where you are likely to be very ill with altitude sickness, so it's better to come back this way once you have acclimatised, you can do the rocket run by share jeep from Leh to Manali in around 14hrs, leaving Leh around 1-2am arriving Manali around 2-3pmish, it's a stunning journey/adventure which you will remember for the rest of your life. If you can't afford the flight & want to go both ways by road then consider travelling from Manali to Keylong & stay in Keylong 2-3 days to acclimatise before continuing to Leh.KK
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