India July monsoon - when to go where
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jun 19, 2013 9:49 PM Last Post By: backpackerdan0914
Apr 17, 2013 8:44 AM
India July monsoon - when to go whereHey everyone! My boyfriend and I are going to India from June 30th to August 8th and we'd like to see as much as possible at the - for this time - best weather.. I've been trying to find out whether the monsoon follows a certain logic in its direction, but when I look for average rainfalls in July in different cities, it seems like they differ a lot, no matter whether the city is in the North or the South..
So here's my general question: When we arrive on June 30th would it be best to go south immediately or would it be better to stay in the north first and then go south? I've read that the monsoon is worst in the very beginning and after that you have daily rainfalls but not continuously with sunshine in-between.
Or is it just really impossible to tell in advance? :)
The places we have on our minds at the moment are Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, maybe Calcutta, Mumbai, Goa, Kerala..
(other suggestions welcome).
Thanks in advance!
Apr 17, 2013 9:53 AM
Apr 17, 2013 10:47 AM
2You have pretty good idea of monsoon, it's very unpredictable. Sometimes, you have rains going on for a week, at other times it'll be as dry as a desert. Forecast for this year is supposed to be fairly good rainfall, but it'll not be same for every place.
Anyhow, since you are here for just over a week, you don't have limited options. During these humid months, I'd rather go to a hillstation, but I guess you'd like to see Taj Mahal most of all.
Day one after the flight, try some sightseeing in Delhi
Day 2 in Agra
Leave for Varanasi the same day. Staying in Agra isn't worth it.
I don't know, what attracts foreigners to Varanasi, but i guess you can spend a night and a day in there. Ganga river will probably be flooded,
If interested, you can also try Orchha and Khajuraho.
Goa , Kerala, Calcutta(Kolkata) will not be possible unless you are travel by air and spend less than a single day in any of the above mentioned places.
But if you can take flight back home for Mumbai, you can give Goa a try.
Parts of Kerala are supposed to be great during rainy season, but I've never been there, so can't comment.
You'll have to make a choice really, either go South or stick to North. 8-9 days are not enough for both.
Apr 17, 2013 1:43 PM
3Well, averages will give just that: averages. They're not useful to try to predict for the future, because the future can bring anything. You might have continuous rain every day, sporadic rain or a large dry spell.
However, Delhi is very hot and humid- till the monsoons start, days in Delhi frequently go above 40C and even July is very humid. Mumbai is wll-known for flooding- which can be disruptive to travel- and heavy rain halts air travel as well.
I live in Bangalore, in Karnataka and it's generally more pleasant here. Not too hot, and although it can rain heavily, flooding isn't a concern except in the low-lying areas. Areas such as Coorg nearby become very lush and cool as well.
Apr 18, 2013 3:50 AM
Apr 18, 2013 4:47 AM
Apr 18, 2013 11:53 AM
6but when I look for average rainfalls in July in different cities, it seems like they differ a lot, no matter whether the city is in the North or the South..
would it be best to go south immediately or would it be better to stay in the north first and then go south?
Better to start with south and then head to north in case you want to follow the monsoon. If you want to avoid the monsoon then start from north. Monsoon usually begins by Jun 1 at Kerala and then by July-Aug reaches north.
I've read that the monsoon is worst in the very beginning and after that you have daily rainfalls but not continuously with sunshine in-between.
Yes. In Kerala pattern is Medium (Jun 1)- then heavy - medium - low - very heavy - medium - very low - medium (september)
Most places look very fresh in Monsoon especially
Forests - Thekkady
Green Landscapes - Kerala, Goa
Beaches - Kerala, Goa
Apr 18, 2013 8:23 PM
Apr 19, 2013 2:17 AM
8Monsoon comes to the north a little later,so it's pretty hot till about 15th july. You could start wtih the south. Rajasthan is beautiful in the monsoons(though a little hot), and the western ghats are absolutely beautiful. And places like hampi in the interior receive very less amounts of rain anyways.
Apr 20, 2013 5:00 AM
Apr 24, 2013 3:07 PM
10Hi there I was in north india in july last year and i stayed around the rajasthan area and only experienced a few down pours toward the end of july. the locals told me the rains were about 2 weeks late though. it was verrry hot though. probably 43 degrees on average everday. sounds like a plan to start in the south and work your way up.
Jun 19, 2013 9:49 PM
11we are currently in mombai, we arrived here yesterday from srinagar, i would advise you to stay away from india altogether! worst monsoon for 60 years and the people here really are not friendly towards westerners unless you are willing to constantly pay out money. we are debating at the minute where to go now becuase the monsoon has engulfed the whole of asia and doesnt look like it is going to slow down anytime soon. sorry to put a downer on your trip we just dont want others to have the same experiences as we have had.
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