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India in May.. Is it really that bad?

Old Mar 16, 16, 10:13 pm
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India in May.. Is it really that bad?

Looking to go India in May this year partly because I need to get away and partly because I want to use up my remaining 80k AA miles for 2x one ways in EY 388 F.

Decided on India and was planning a week in Rajasthan and a week in Kerala. However on doing some more research it appears I have picked the absolute worst time of year to visit. 40degrees + seems to be the norm I could go to Sri Lanka but have already been and would rather try somewhere different. Northern India also interests me however I don't think it would suit my girlfriend as much and it would seem a shame to go to India and miss the places I am most interested in.. So this begs the question.. Is it really that bad at that time of the year. Has anyone travelled at this time and seen plenty and enjoyed their vacation? Or does anyone have any suggestions for much better places that will be cooler?

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Originally Posted by pogonation View Post
Looking to go India in May this year partly because I need to get away and partly because I want to use up my remaining 80k AA miles for 2x one ways in EY 388 F.

Decided on India and was planning a week in Rajasthan and a week in Kerala. However on doing some more research it appears I have picked the absolute worst time of year to visit. 40degrees + seems to be the norm I could go to Sri Lanka but have already been and would rather try somewhere different. Northern India also interests me however I don't think it would suit my girlfriend as much and it would seem a shame to go to India and miss the places I am most interested in.. So this begs the question.. Is it really that bad at that time of the year. Has anyone travelled at this time and seen plenty and enjoyed their vacation? Or does anyone have any suggestions for much better places that will be cooler?
May is rather miserable in large parts of India, particularly in the Golden Triangle area most commonly checked out by foreign tourists -- just not usually in May.

Himachal, Arunachal, Ladakh and Kashmir have pretty good weather in May. Hill stations, mountain localities, and tea country should be relatively good places to check out weather wise, but the issue is that they also tend to be rather popular times for other tourists too.
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Old Mar 18, 16, 3:25 am
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may & june are possibly the 2 worst months to visit north india....i would avoid it if i were you....
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Old Mar 18, 16, 4:11 am
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Originally Posted by pogonation View Post
Decided on India and was planning a week in Rajasthan and a week in Kerala.
RJ will be as hot as a baking oven in May. Kerala will probably not be so bad, but not really comfortable either.
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Old Mar 18, 16, 5:16 am
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
RJ will be as hot as a baking oven in May. Kerala will probably not be so bad, but not really comfortable either.
In May, Goa is pretty bad; it's bad enough in April already. Much of Kerala is very hot in May too, but the weather in Kerala is not as extreme at its extremes as it is in North India.

Personally, I'd head up to around Arunachal, Himachal, Ladakh and Kashmir at that time.
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Old Mar 18, 16, 5:26 am
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It would be hot for sure specially Rajasthan and other northern Indian states.

Southern India might be better but rainy season starts there too and might play spoilsport.
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Agree with others above - I've been to India twice in April and already getting very hot (still just bearable). May would be uncomfortable.
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Old Mar 20, 16, 2:50 pm
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Would recommend September - February for Northern India. If you have to do May, would suggest the hill states north/northeast of Delhi.
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Old Mar 20, 16, 6:47 pm
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Thanks for all the replies. Suppose you have confirmed my fears. I have booked a DEL-AUH-LHR(-NCL) in EY F today for the beginning of June. I will have to take a look into the northern regions but ultimately, I can always change it to September/October time free of charge. Was really hoping to get there sooner but might make more sense just to postpone
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Old Apr 1, 16, 3:38 am
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Uttarakhand is easily doable.
http://uttarakhandtourism.gov.in/
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Old Apr 14, 16, 8:53 pm
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Don't. Just don't. BLR was at scorching 40 degrees Celsius last week. And Bangalore, by and large is the metro with better climate.

I'd suggest moving it to Fall. Its much better climate wise pan India.
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Old Apr 30, 16, 7:18 am
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May you are looking at Dry heat which is worse as the a/c's are that effective. Its when the humidity kicks in does it get better.
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Post mid - May is good in Kerala when the south easterly monsoons / winds start blowing in. My parents are in Kerala right now and its hot during day but cooler at night. They mentioned they had early monsoon drizzles last evening. So I would definitely keep Kerala option open and the remaining days in Sri Lanka. Good thing is Lanka is hardly an hour from major airports in Kerala.
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Not sure what the OP think of the hill stations but the northern ones are lovely this time of the year.
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Originally Posted by GUWonder View Post
May is rather miserable in large parts of India, particularly in the Golden Triangle area most commonly checked out by foreign tourists -- just not usually in May.

Himachal, Arunachal, Ladakh and Kashmir have pretty good weather in May. Hill stations, mountain localities, and tea country should be relatively good places to check out weather wise, but the issue is that they also tend to be rather popular times for other tourists too.
You can ask Raacho Trekkers for any queries related to travel in Himachal especially in Kinnaur and Spiti region
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