March - July itinerary

#1 Jan 11th, 2018, 05:19
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  • jegger is offline
Hi to everyone!

I am planning a trip to India with my girlfriend between beginning of March (or rather end of February, in time for Holi) and end of July (5 months). I have done some climate related research but still feel unsure about the itinerary.

Beginning of March: Fly into Delhi
March: Rajasthan
April: Agra, Varanasi, landroute to Nepal (no specifics so far) , then fly back to Delhi,
May: continue to North via Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Kashmere, Ladakh, then fly out of Leh (in order to avoid taking the bus a second time - as has been recommended to me)
June/July: head south to Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu

1. Does it sound generally reasonable?
More specifically:
2. Is it worth taking the detour around Nepal or can the time be equally well spent in the northern Indian regions we have planned to visit anyway?
3. A more (geographically) straight-forward itinerary would be to head straight up north from Rajasthan in April and then visit Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand in May - but does not seem as favourable in terms of climate?
4. While by now I am confident enough, that Monsoon season can be nice in Kerala, is it a better options to head down south already in May and skip some of the northern destinations?
5. Will be get some beach time either during the Monsoon period in Kerala, or in Goa before Monsoon hits there, or in Tamil Nadu, which to my knowledge is mostly unaffected by SW Monsoon?

Thanks for your advice, I appreciate the content on indiamike enormously!
#2 Jan 11th, 2018, 15:10
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  • zafermac is offline
2. Detour to Nepal is better idea, while North India is too hot (except Himalayas).

3. Rajasthan in April is very very hot.

4. Monsoon season is NOT good in Kerala.

5. No chance to swim in any beach during Monsoon.

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