|When To Go (India)
|India has three major seasons - winter - summer
and the monsoon. Winter months (November-March) are bright and
pleasant, with snowfall in the northern hills. Summer time (April-June)
is hot in most parts of India, and it is then that the numerous
hill resorts provide cool retreat. During the monsoon, rainfall
is heavy along the west coast between June and September, and
along the east coast between mid-October and December. It is
beautiful to see the sand dunes shift and move to the will of
the winds, but not at all pleasant to be caught in a sand strom
coming off the Thar. In winter Rajasthan is dry and cold and
the skies a translucent blue. There is little rain and the monsoon
winds often pass Rajasthan by leaving the prickly thorny bushes,
acacia trees and other native vegetation to pick up what little
dew the night bring with it. Pumps and tube wells lift water
for agricultural irrigation but farmers often get only a few
distribution of water, particularly in the more arid areas of
Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer, is systematically organized.
India has tropical weather. One cannot speak of the climate
of India, or else one must speak of several different India's.
The subcontinent has eight climatic zones all of which only
have the monsoon rains in common. But even the monsoon comes
to different parts of the country at different times. And you
can fly in the space of a couple of hours through a range of
weather from the cold crisp air of the mountains to the burning
dry heat of the Rajasthan Desert where summer temperature regularly
reach 45°C and beyond.
|Hill Stations in India
|Hill stations have long been popular among Indians
and foreign visitors alike for providing a relaxing and salubrious
retreat from the heat of the plains. Further information on
some of the places mentioned here may be found by consulting
the information above. These include: Kashmir: Leh in Ladakh,
Pahalgam, Srinagar and Gulmarg for lakes, houseboats, good hotels,
tourist reception centers. Himachal Pradesh: Shimla (various
types of hotels, tourist bungalows), nearby Kufri (winter sports
center, skating rink, skiing facilities), Kulu, Manali (reasonably
priced hotels, log huts, travelers lodges and tourist bungalows).
Uttar Pradesh: Nainital boasts a lake boat club, Almora, Mussoorie,
Ranikhet (reasonably priced hotels, tourist bungalows, clubs,
youth hostels), Ropeway (hotels and tourist bungalows). West
Bengal: Darjeeling, RA, Kalimpong for mountaineering. Maharashtra:
Khandala, Lonavla, Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, and Panchgani. Meghalaya:
Shillong. Sikkim: Gangkok (RA, hotels). Tamil Nadu: Ootacamund,
Udagamandalam, odaikanal and Silvery Lake – hotels, tourist
When to go India has such a wide range of
climatic factors that It's impossible to pin down the best
time to visit weather-wise. Broadly speaking october to march
tend to be the most pleasant months over much of the Country.
In the far south, The monsoonal weather pattern tends to make
january to september more pleasant, While Sikkim and the areas
of northeastern India tend to be more palatable between March
and August, and Kashmir the mountainous regions of Himachal
Pradesh are at their most accessible between may and september.
The Deserts of Rajasthan and the northwestern Indian himalayan
region are at their best during the monsoon. The trekking
season in the Indian himalaya runs roughly from april to november,
Though this varies widely depending on The trek, altitude
and region. The Ski season is between January and March. It's
worth checking the dates of particular Festivals - You may
be attracted by them, or conversely may want to avoid the
chaos and jacked-up prices that attend them.
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