heat/elopement in Jodhpur in april/may

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View Poll Results: How hot is it in Jodhpur (Rajasthan) in April/May?
warm 0 0%
hot and dry but doable 1 8.33%
hot and humid but doable 0 0%
hot and dry but its so hot i wanna stay in my hotel during the day 5 41.67%
hot and humid but its so hot i wanna stay in my hotel during the day 1 8.33%
so hot and dry i want to stay in my hotel all day/night 2 16.67%
so hot and humid i want to stay in my hotel all day/night 1 8.33%
so freaking hot that i want to leave india 2 16.67%
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#1 Feb 7th, 2010, 20:41
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hi all - my first time to india (hopefully). Just wondering, I keep reading how bad the heat is in India in April May and I am wondering if these are people that get hot really easily or if it actually really IS that hot? I live in Japan, and the summers here are pretty humid and hot..I have been to Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia in December/January and I could handle it. I also visited Thailand and Cambodia in April/May. I am just trying to gage how hot it actually is and if I can handle it. Also, I have fallen in love with the Blue City in Jodhpur and am hoping to elope there so if you have any info about that too, that would be great!

Thanks!
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Only yesterday, I was saying to my wife, "Maybe after another five years of Chennai, I'll go and see if I can stand the Rajasthan heat.".

Rajasthan summers go into the centigrade fifties.
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eek. but maybe when the weather is in the fifties, it will still feel like the mid thirties? once it gets hot, doesnt it all kinda feel the same?
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Not really. It is not great fun once the eyeballs start burning.

(Some people can stand the heat, some can't. My brain stops working when it is that hot, but I know others who can stand the heat quite well.)
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#5 Feb 7th, 2010, 21:06
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No way. Even the 40s don't feel like the mid-30s. At the moment, it is around 30C here, and I am feeling comfortably warm. At 35C I'll be hot. At 37C I'll start being uncomfortable. At 40-plus, even though I like Chennai's humid heat (a little like Japanese summer?) I'll be choosing to stay indoors.

But... If I had just come here from UK, for instance, even now I would be uncomfortably hot and sweaty. It takes weeks and months, not days, to acclimatise.

This is being subjective. The objective side of this is that these temperatures are dangerous to your body. People die --- and that's people who are acclimatised, maybe all their life --- in those temperatures.

The dry Northern heat may even be more dangerous than our Southern humidity too. You may not realise how much fluid you are loosing, and how much danger there is of heat exhaustion or even sun stroke.
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Not really. It is not great fun once the eyeballs start burning.
You have a way with words, capt!

Incidentally, loafy... the Capt spent some time living here in Chennai, and doesn't like it because it is far too hot!

One of our members has lived for many years in Rajasthan: she just leaves for the summer.
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And this is me - I can't stand the heat, and like Captain, my brain no longer functions. My life becomes like gaol, living inside with the air conditioner day after day after day. Hence the mountains' retreat.

I leave mid-April this year and am going for four months - even July was horrible last year so have decided to stay away another month before facing that hot, humid weather which it is in July and August.

Seriously Loafy, every day is above 40'c from mid-April onwards, and it is dry heat. In May it reaches the 50's - I have been here in temps of 56'C and 60'C and this was in the shade. No fun at all. Jodhpur is only very slightly cooler than Jaisalmer, maybe a couple of degrees in the day, but it is reaching 50'C in May.

It is doable by going out very early in the morning, and by 10.30 a.m. or so you will want to escape the sun. Bear in mind that all these thick stone buildings absorb the heat and slowly become like ovens over time. You will need either air conditioning or a water cooler. A/C is quieter than a cooler, which are very noisy contraptions and you have to make sure the water levels are kept topped up.

Having said all this (and believe me 40'C does not feel like 30'C, it feels exactly like 40'C and darned hot) you might reconsider your Jodhpur visit to the milder months from November through to end of March!
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And if there is one thing I would loose all interest in, at those temperatures, it is eloping.

Errr... where does this elopement come into it anyway?
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sigh.....i have wanted to come to india this whole time and just thought the blue city would be perfect for what we want.... another thing, is that we are only able to go at this time and we have so many other plans coming ahead, that if we dont go then, then i dont think we will be able to make it to india for years....

any suggestions of cool places to go in india during march/april?
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also, if you guys can, please vote in my lovely poll of the levels of heat in jodhpur in april /may !
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Your poll needs one more option: "So freaking hot I want somebody to shoot me."

When it gets to a certain point, which it can and does in Rajasthan, even breathing is difficult.

Also, I didn't know elopements were planned ... especially not so far ahead of time.
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#11 Feb 8th, 2010, 08:50
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I was planning to go in June, but have decided that it would be a complete waste of time, and hence have changed my itinery, i mean whatīs the point if you canīt leave the blasted hotel
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Elope to the hills is my suggestion - at least up in the higher altitudes you can lead a normal life. No need for fans even if you are just above 2,000 metres.
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Your poll needs one more option: "So freaking hot I want somebody to shoot me."
Well put and describes Delhi at times as well..
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Add the power outage, and what do you get? The ac room instantly becomes an oven. Open the door and the heat blasts you back in. Sound of the generator is music to the ears...
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That loo (the name for the hot summer's wind) is literally a furnace blast - blowing at more than 50'c and whipping the desert up into sandstorms which we call 'undi' (Hindi for blind). Undi can go for anything up to 10 days, and even Jodhpur is affected by these. They are most common in May and June.
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