will I boil in april?

#1 Feb 15th, 2006, 18:13
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hi. i'm now in anjuna, goa and plan to stay around here for a week or so. then i hope to go south, visiting maybe hampi and doing a kerala backwater trip. i plan to stay in the south for march and then in april head up to delhi for a couple of days (by plane if my budget allows) and then having a look at maybe a hill station as i understand the country will be pretty much boiling in april (i leave april 24th from mumbai).
any tips on any of this would be great. i have of course read the info on the seperate places but the more advice the better.
in p[articular i would like to know somewhere cool to go to after delhi. i'm worrying that in april it'll be like an oven everywhere. is this over dramatic?
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answer: yes, you will boil in the lowlands

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Originally Posted by strawberry in p[articular i would like to know somewhere cool to go to after delhi. i'm worrying that in april it'll be like an oven everywhere. is this over dramatic?
thanks guys
Dharmsala, Shimla, Almora, Naini Tal, etc are spitting distance from Delhi and will be cool(er). Generally north or south makes no difference; it's high or low (elevation). After March you want to head for the Hills wherever you can find them. (Then in June-July the rains will start in many hill places as well... )
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Heat in April

There are plenty of places to go in April to avoid the heat as you can see from the other messages. I just wanted to say I was in Delhi last April and I didn't find it at all debilitating. The evenings are wonderful and I really didn't find the heat bad at all during the day.
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Hi there,

Hope you had a nice train journey to Goa. I would suggest going to the north first if you want to avoid the April heat and then head south if you wish to keep cool. The south will not be so hot although I have travelled in the north in the summer months of April, May and June with temperatures going up to 50 degrees Celsius on some afternoons when I went to Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh and even the electricity goes off at that time so you are left with nothing to cool yourself except a hand held folding fan!!! I am sure you will not see such high temperatures in April, but even 40 to 45 is not unusual at those times in the north of India. You will definitely feel good if you visit a hill station like Dharamshala, Nainital or Shimla to cool off if you visit Delhi during that period. Hope this helps.

BTW, good to see you have not yet changed the dates for your ticket back home which means that you are enjoying India after all!!! Take care.

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India = hot, except at high altitudes and six weeks of winter in the north.
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Chennai is very hot and humid in May and June, 40-plus.

Kerala less hot, but monsoon starting in June.
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Yeah, already too hot for me in the South (Kerala and Tamil Nadu) and it's only Feb, fer kryinoutloud! Strawberry, take care not to turn into marmalade/jam!

May want to finish with a hill station or two in April, or, plan on plenty of down time/recovery time in the air conditioned comfort of some hotel if the plains are unavoidable in March/April.
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thanks for all the advice guys.
i have to say though that already i'm trying to stay well clear of air conditioning. its amazing when you're in it but adjusting again when you get back out of it is difficult.
been reading a lot about the hill stations and gonna try an dpick some out soon. in panjim at the moment and i know its a little off the topic buit i found a dominoe's pizza. was completely shocked.
and aadil, i've read far too much of this website to do anything too drastic on the first week, but i wont pretend it didnt cross my mind
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too hot?

i am planning visiting south india on April 2nd fortnight and i'm getting a little frightened because what i'm reading about temperatures... Is it usually too boiling? I still don't know the exact places i'll be able to visit because it depends on the best flight rates... i'd like o visit kerala, or maybe Mumbay and Goa...(depending on the place i'll land, i only have 15 days and it's my first trip to India). thank you very much for your advice, it's a really great forum... i planned a really fantastic trip to tamil Nadu last year that failed because of the visa 4 days before departure...i hope this time everything will be ok... thank you...and sorry for my poor English!
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Originally Posted by pau i am planning visiting south india on April 2nd fortnight and i'm getting a little frightened because what i'm reading about temperatures... Is it usually too boiling? I still don't know the exact places i'll be able to visit because it depends on the best flight rates... i'd like o visit kerala, or maybe Mumbay and Goa...(depending on the place i'll land, i only have 15 days and it's my first trip to India). thank you very much for your advice, it's a really great forum... i planned a really fantastic trip to tamil Nadu last year that failed because of the visa 4 days before departure...i hope this time everything will be ok... thank you...and sorry for my poor English!
Welcome to India and hope you get your visa first this time around!!! I am sure you will find it pretty much the same if you are from the south of Spain where you also experience similar high temperatures though not as much as it is down here but I guess you will be used to it. Temperatures in the south of India are not too much compared to the north where it is really boiling but it is dry heat and unlike the south coastal areas where it is a bit more humid than the north makes it better than the dry sandy atmosphere in the north which can sometimes be deadly too. I was in Khajuraho in June when it reached 50 degrees Celsius and a Spanish friend travelling with me almost had a shock from the heat to which she had earlier said she was much used to in the south of Spain!!! But in April it will be a bit less at around 37 to 44 degrees in most of north India. It all depends on which places you visit here at that time. In Mumbai it will be roughly 33 degrees at most going to 37 at midday on some days and same in Goa but a bit cooler than Mumbai. You will get by without much problems I am sure, so don't worry too much about the temperature and just ensure you wear long sleeved clothes and long trousers instead of shorts or short sleeved shirts or dresses. Helps to keep the sun off your skin and wear a cap with a large shade to keep your head and face out of the sun!!! Sunscreen lotion is recommended and drink plenty of water all the time along with dehydration salts like Electral available in plenty at any chemist or pharmacy shop for about Rs4 to 6 for a sachet at the most. One a day is good enough to compensate for the loss of essential body salts that you tend to lose in the hot sun out here. That's the only thing that works and preferably stay indoors at midday if possible (though I never had any problems at that time too as I am used to moving around the whole day even at those higher temperatures without much of a problem). If you are planning to go south this time too then it should not be too much of a problem in Maharashtra (including Mumbai), Goa, Karnataka, Kerala or Tamil Nadu on the coastal areas. In the interiors it does get pretty hot and dry too so be careful. Hope this helps dispel your fears and hope you have a splendid time out here in India. Take care and enjoy India!!! BTW, your English sounds fine to me, don't bother too much about it over here you will be understood even if you don't speak English too well!!!

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thank you very much, aadil!!! Really nice to hear that about temperatures! I am from the north coast of Spain, which is quite cooler than the south's, but i usually feel nice with high temperatures (not 50 degrees!!). I've been to Thailand two years ago and it was really hot and humid and i could bear it with no problem, but i'm taking your advice about the drinks and about keeping on the coast to be able to survive! Thank you very much again!! I'm sure i'll enjoy very much!!!
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Where to travel in April?

Hi! I have nearly 3 weeks to spend in India from 8th April - 27th April 2010 and am not sure where it would be best to travel.
I can either fly into Delhi and after heading to Agra travel in a circuit around Rajasthan through Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and then back to Delhi OR I can fly into Mumbai and travel to Aurangabad, and onwards in a circuit to Bidar, Hyderabad, Bijiapur, Hampi and then to Goa and up through North Goa before heading back to Mumbai.
Can anyone advise me which itinerary would be better weather-wise? I was planning to travel in March but now Iíve had to push the trip back to April I am really worried about the heat and humidity (especially coming from London where itís freezing at the moment!!) Thank you so much!
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I don't know about the south but I know from experience that Delhi last April was hot as hell and so debilitating that I didn't feel like running around as I usually do there. Jaisalmer and Bikaner must be even worse! Of course, the weather is so irregular everywhere these days - you might be lucky and have just a warm April instead of a hot one.

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