AN OVERVIEW OF THE WEATHER IN MAY
The Indian Summer begins in mid march and lasts till mid June. Normally the first thought while travelling in India in May, would be that it would be extremely hot. And though that is right for most parts of the country, there are few destinations which are perfect to visit in May.
The golden triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur should be avoided unless you have the spirit to endure 45s (Centigrade). Yes this does mean missing out on the Taj but there is always the next time. The Coastal regions of Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu are hot and humid but for people looking at tanning out in the sun could not ask for a better time. t is also considered off season so you might get a bargain at some of the hotels. The best region to travel would be the Himalayas in the north or North East. The roads to reach Leh and Ladakh would just about be opening and the mountains have the perfect weather. If you are keen on spotting a tiger and able to bear the heat then the summer months have the best probably.
What to wear in Summer would be light and comfy clothes, cotton shirts and pants or even linen are ideal. If visiting the mountains specially Leh carry a light jacket. Its also best to carry a umbrella, cap and plenty of sunscreen.
SOUTH INDIA IN APRIL
TAMIL NADU AND KARNATAKA
South India is hot and humid for the entire duration of the summer. the humidity might lead to some rain showers if you are lucky, but the only way to escape the heat is to head towards the hills in kodaikanal or Conoor. The coffee plantations of coorg and the national parks of Kabini are also great during May. Overall the weather can be a little energy sapping but there are enough cities to visit.
KERALA AND GOA
Kerala is famous for its beaches and backwaters. But in the summer it is better to visit its rainforests (Wayanad) and tea plantations (Munaar). The hotels do offer great offseason discounts, so just picture a warm sunny day, with you sipping a cold drink while lazing in the pool in one of the many boutique hotels in Kerala.There is no better way to enjoy the natural beauty of Kerala. The beaches of Varkala or Marari are also a good option to get a nice tan this summer.
Goa, is always a good destination to visit, and though the hotels might not be operational and some of the famous restaruatns closed for offseason, goa always has something to offer. The Summer is a great time to explore the rain forests in Goa and even the Dudhsagar falls
HIMALAYAS IN APRIL
The Indian tradition in this time is simple. You should always head straight for the hills. And by hills we mean the Himalayas. The enormous range is bathed in sunlight and as the snows start melting you will see plenty of waterfalls. The temperatures are nice and pleasant ranging from 15 to 25 degrees.
Head to Himachal, Uttarkhand, Sikkim or even Arunachal and experience the sweet cool air caress your hair as you climb through scenic hairpin bends. Hardwood-floored homestays will greet you with open arms . You’ll find not only sweet tiled-roof cottages but also local chocolate and wool sweater economies. You’ll find whitewashed chapel and serene Buddhist monasteries at every turn You can even ride a toy train to reach the summer capitals of Darjeeling and Shimla. Escape tourists in quaint villages of Shoja, Kotgarh in Himachal or Itmenaan in Uttaranchal.
You can visit Leh and Ladakh, but the roads to Pangong or Nubra would probably not be open yet as the passes would still be snowed in. Kashmir though is very easily accessible, and it is flower and cherry blossom season.
NORTH INDIA IN APRIL
The temperatures in Varanasi, Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra in general are in the mid forties. We recommend to avoid these regions during the summer as the high temperatures, these are accompanied with some unpleasant winds. Though in case you wish to stay in the luxury hotels and palaces you can get some fantastic discounted rates.
May is also the ideal for tiger safaris. So Ranthambore or Kanha or Bandhavgarh are national parks worth visiting. As the safaris are often early in the morning or in the late afternoons, you would never really be in the scorching afternoon sun.
TO SUM IT UP
Visit Leh and the Hiamlayas in May. Next look at visiting the tea plantations in the North east or in Kerala. And let North India (Delhi, Agra, rajasthan) be a destination you visit later on when the weather cools down. Let us know if you are planning a holiday to India this May and we can customize your trip for you.