India Travel Guide: When (Climate) and How to Go

A trip to India makes you take your eyes and thoughts away from reality and seems to catapult into another planet, so different, heterogeneous, and crazy. Walking from courtyard to courtyard, we can almost hear the “Sufi music” coming from a nearby sanctuary and if we are lucky we can admire the graceful dancers dancing on gigantic checkerboard floors.

The itineraries that India can offer are varied: from the tour along the banks of the Ganges that runs through the main cities of the north with Jaipur , Varanasi and Agra with the fascinating Taj Mahal, the monument dedicated to the most beautiful and known love in the world; to the trip in Rajasthan to the discovery of the land of the Maharajas, between impregnable forts, majestic havelis (traditional Indian houses), music, dance, colors … or with the itinerary in Ladakh and Kashmir , called “little Tibet” for the beauty of the landscape: snowy peaks, strong perched mountains, sand dunes and camels for a unique and unforgettable journey.

And if you’re looking for something more, why not venture south to the jungles of Kerala? In India nothing really is missing, once in life, it must be lived absolutely!

When to go and climate

In India the climatic factors are so diverse that it is impossible to choose a meteorological period better than others for the trip, but, in principle, in most of the country, the most pleasant months are those that go from October to March. In the far south the monsoons mean that tending, the best time goes from January to September, while Sikkim and northeastern India are more attractive from March to August and Kashmir and the mountainous regions of Himachal Pradesh are more practical. Between May and September. The deserts of Rajasthan and the northwestern Himalayan region offer the best of themselves in the monsoon season. The trekking season in the Indian Himalayas lasts roughly from April to November, although it varies greatly depending on the course, the altitude and the region. The sky is very clear very good season is from January to March.

How to get

The main international airports of India are Mumbai (Bombay) and Delhi, but many international flights also arrive in Calcutta and Chennai (Madras). Generally, flights from Europe arrive in India early in the morning, which can be quite uncomfortable if you have not booked the hotel and you do not like wandering in the dark for an unknown city.  There are many options to get around India – by Flight, by car, bus, and trains, but possibly the most unique way its luxury trains like palace on wheels that take you back when Maharajas ruled there empire.

The place where you can buy the cheapest tickets is Delhi, followed by Calcutta and Mumbai.  International flights to neighboring countries can be very cheap: especially between Calcutta and Dhaka (Bangladesh), Delhi and Karachi (Pakistan) and Tiruchirappalli and Colombo (Sri Lanka). The most common air routes between India and Nepal are Birganj-Raxaul, Sunauli-Gorakhpur and Kakarbhitta-Siliguri. Whether from Kathmandu or Pokhara you are heading to Delhi or another location in north-western India, the most convenient entry point is Sunauli; to reach Calcutta or most of the cities of eastern India, Birganj is the best place to cross the border; and getting to Darjeeling is easier by calling at Kakarbhitta.

It is quite easy to travel by air between Calcutta and Dhaka. The only border currently open between India and Pakistan is located between Lahore and Amritsar. The crossing can take place by train or by road; at other points, the border can only be crossed by the road. There is currently a bus service between Lahore and Delhi that operates four trips a week.

Phuentsholing is the point of entry and exit border between India and Bhutan, but it is necessary to have a butane visa to enter the country that must be requested at least 15 days before embarking on the trip to an agency accredited by the Bhutan Department of Tourism (www.tourism.gov.bt). Thanks to the 2006 cease-fire, the border between India and Nepal has been reopened.

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