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North to South or the other way?

#1 Sep 20th, 2009, 03:19
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I'm travelling to INdia for the first time in NOvember with my girlfriend. We have three months but as we are on standby flights we are flying in and out of Cochin. We really want to get the best out of north and south. Unsure whether to jump a domestic flight to delhi as soon as we arrive in november before winter gets too cold then work our way down or to start in the south and head north. Any ideas?
#2 Sep 20th, 2009, 03:47
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Domestic flights have become quite expensive for foreigners. Unless you are in the Himalaya it doesn't really get too cold for white people in India, although you Antipodeans are a bit soft. Seriously, the coldest I've ever seen even in Darjeeling is 4 degrees C. Where I come from, that's spring. A better bet for you would be to head north and take the Konkan railway to Goa/Mumbai.
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Well if tickets are baught well in advance, they are much cheaper then you buy near to the date of travel.
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If you have any plans on visiting the Himalayas , its better to visit them at the start of your trip. Winter does not set in North India until well into December , November is just change of season and quite warm sometimes in the plains.

If you are arriving end of November , it's best to fly north and visit the mountains before winter. However, if you are coming early November , you could work your way up by train , covering some of the tourist spots on the way leaving Kerala/Goa till the end of your trip , since you will be exiting from Cochin.
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I agree re the mountains - visit those first. November is a great time to go - views are clear and the weather is not cold. During the day it's mild and sunny - I went to Nainatal early November and was wearing a cotton salwar kameez with just a shawl for mornings and evenings. Living in Dunedin you won't think this is cold at all!

December -January are good times for travelling Rajasthan. And again not cold in my book (I'm from Christchurch originally and I have to disagree with you abracax, we Antipodeans are pretty tough!).

I found the South in January too hot even, and escaped to the Nilgiris and Palani Hills to get the ideal climate for me. So yes, my suggestion is head North first then make your way to the South.
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#6 Sep 24th, 2009, 07:08
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wow, thanks for all the help! We def keen to get to himalayas so think we will get up there straight away. any idea whether trekking is possible at that time? good places to check out himalayas from, routes etc?

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