September to October V October to November?

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I am looking at another trip to India this Autumn, and thinking to get the 2 month e-visa this time.

I envisage another whizz round on the trains, all over, with a few days resting up in between.

I love the long train rides and watching India both inside and outside the trains.

So, will September and October give the best weather balance, or October and November.

I know Nov to Feb is the main season, but am concerned that foggy weather in the north might be more frequent from November onwards?

Just turned 65 this week, so nothing too taxing is planned!

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Depends on where you want to go, i suppose. For Delhi and surroundings i'd pick Oct-Nov anytime. The fog in that area isn't really a major problem yet, it starts in earnest in December-January. But keep in mind, that's for the Delhi area.
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Oct to Nov will be better unless you want to experience rains. usually Fog doesn't start before Dec in North India
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Hey Ed,

More specifics? North or south roughly? Also, what do you intend on doing outside the train?

If it was me, I'd say Sept/Oct inside the train, Oct/Nov outside it. End of rains will be nice and lush (and may even catch some rain whilst safely ensconced) but for the R&R days in-between (particularly if on any beaches) I'd head over slightly later.

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Did you ever come South in December/January? The weather is really nice: like a good English summer day.
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As to specifics, there are few... Last couple of trips I flew into Trivandrum in September, hoping to see/feel the monsoon, but I missed it both times. I then took a train to Delhi and more trains to all points north, east, south, and west. It is moving on, anywhere, that appeals to me nowadays... sitting and observing.

I did visit the south, Nick, in Jan/ Feb, but that was in 1984. We stayed in the newly constructed "railway retiring rooms" at Cape Cormorin, or Kanyakamari as it is called these days.

I confess I get bored sitting around waiting to go back to India each year, so try to make a case to set off earlier every time!

I have just booked a last minute flight today, going to USA in 6 days time, so that should satisfy my "gypsy wanderlust" till the proper Indian tourist season starts...

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North India, Oct/Nov for reasons others have mentioned.

Rest of India, Sept/Oct, but this recommendation is not underlined. You may miss the tail end of the monsoon again, although many places are lush green post monsoon.
Oct/Nov will do almost as well.

(Psst, Nick, the weather is never 'really nice' in the deep South except in the hills. Give me the British weather anyday.)
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You can still catch a part of monsoon in maharashtra and parts of MP in September.
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You can think of Meghalaya during Autumn. The waterfalls would be full, caving and also trekking to the living root bridges, marine fossils etc will also be possible. 7-10 days will be good enough.
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Originally Posted by capt_mahajan View Post (Psst, Nick, the weather is never 'really nice' in the deep South except in the hills. Give me the British weather anyday.)
Well, if arround 30 in the day and barely 20 in the night, with an occasional shower doesn't make you happy, I don't know what will! I guess you just got used to hurricanes!

According to Mrs N, it is really nice in Bangalore, right now. She's in for a rude reminder when she returns home in a couple of days, although hopefully she has avoided the worst of the 40-plus days this year.
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Thanks to global warming and the changing weather patterns, monsoon is generally delayed these days and we get plenty of rainfall till at least early October (at least that is the case in the eastern part of India). So, If you want to experience rain, late September/early October would be a good time to visit places like Meghalaya (as Karikor pointed out rightly). September is a great time to visit Ladakh, Spiti and other such high mountain deserts, as the passes close in October.

However, if you are planning to visit hill stations (not trekking) and see mountain ranges (e.g. the Kumaon region), November would be a better time, as the weather is generally more clear (less chance of cloud/rain).

For seasides and trips in the plains, I would personally prefer November, or even December, as the weather is generally better. The temperature is also suitable for day-long trips.

Another note: This year the Durga Puja/Dusshera is in late September. Just in case you are interested in Indian festivals, you should come in late September, as a lot of the major festivals Durga Puja (in Bengal), Dusshera (in North India), Diwali (all over India) will fall within a month's length.

So, yes, it depends on what you find to be most appealing.

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