Rajasthan - October vs. November?

#1 Jul 23rd, 2008, 01:38
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Hello all,

We're a couple in our early 30's getting ready for our first trip to India! We'd like to visit Rajasthan for about 2 weeks in either early October or early November.... The question is which month is preferable?

The airfares are a bit cheapter in early October, but I imagine the weather might be cooler & drier in November, and there will also a chance to see the Pushkar Camel Fair - and to celebrate my husband's birthday there!

Seems to me that there will generally be more activity in the region at the beginning of November, for better or worse. Will this bring more trouble than it's worth? I've heard that there are school holidays following Diwali, and that it's a busy travel time with higher prices, etc. Seeing as how this will be our first trip to India, we may have our hands full contending with the "normal" Indian activity and crowds, without the added bustle of festivals and fully-booked hotels. So perhaps early October is a better bet....?

Anything I'm not thinking of? Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
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Welcome to IndiaMike.

If you're thinking of the Pushkar camel fair, prices do often go sky high during the mela at some places. Apparently, however, there are places that are not pre-booked and often they are inexpensive -- certainly by Western standards.

Rajasthan is 'way cooler and less humid in October or November than NYC in July.

Yes, things can get really crowded, especially in the southern part of Rajasthan, during the Diwali holidays. Mt Abu is probably already completely booked!
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Thanks for the reply, wonderwoman. It's comforting to know that we won't be any hotter in India this fall than we are right now!

Do you know whether there are school holidays the whole week after Diwali? The festival starts on October 28, and I believe it goes for a few days, with fireworks, etc... Would the first week of November be very busy in Rajasthan?
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*I* certainly don't know about school holidays, but someone local will, hopefully, drop in and reply.
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October is not as hot but if u r looking for camel fair than definately u must come in November.The hotels will be much expensive but u will enjoy the fair for which people prefer to pay more but still they don't get the accomodation sometimes.
So,if u have already planned to come to India than u must celebrate your husbands birthday in a wonderful Camel fair which will be the memorable birthday treat for ur husband & for u.
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Out our way early November will be slightly cooler than early Oct. The camel fair in Pushkar should be in the days prior to Nov.13 when the full moon is. School holidays vary tremendously according to States, but I doubt that it would be a huge problem for crowds after Divali. Here it seems to be the week prior to Divali when the crowds come. The dates on my calendar for Divali are 28 and 29 Oct. After that it all dies down quite rapidly.
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We visited Puskhar in 2005 and left the day before the real fair begins.
During those days there were already a lot of camels and other animals. There are none festivals then but the prizes are still
low and it is not too crowded.
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Hi all -

Thank you for your insights! We finally decided to take the trip in October, in the interest of lower airfares and (hopefully) lower accommodation prices & fewer tourists. Although I would've liked to see the camel fair, I think dear hubby was honestly a bit intimidated by the idea of all those camels in one place....

But I'm sure we'll find plenty of excitement in India, regardless.

Again, many thanks to you all!

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