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Weather in India in May
Weather in India in May

What’s the weather like in India in May? May can be a terrible time to follow the prescribed routes around India. Whether it’s the Golden triangle or the Goan beaches. Temperatures soar and humidity beats down oppressively as the monsoon gathers force to break in June. Even if the rain comes early, it doesn’t bring lasting coolness for a few weeks at least. It alternates between heavy, endless downpours and scorching heat that has mist rising of the streets in seconds. At first glance, it would seem like a trip in this month would be an absolute disaster.

Look a little closer and you’ll realize that this unforgiving heat has a little silver lining. As the snow melts away in the upper passes, great swathes of the Himalaya suddenly become accessible by road. It’s the best kind of trip. aesthetically, considering the charming routes. Also for your health, since the gradual ascension can save you from debilitating altitude sickness. The snow never clears completely, so there’s still a beautiful blanket across the valleys, but the cold is reduced to a lovely, gentle chill. The world up there is completely different, and a side of India that’s absolutely cut-off to visitors for the rest of the year. It just goes to show, there’s never a bad time to be in India.


Weather in India in May
Weather in India in May

The weather in May can make it a terrible time to follow the usual routes, whether it’s the Golden triangle or the Goan beaches. Temperatures soar and humidity beats down oppressively as the monsoon gathers force to break in June. Even if the rain comes early, it doesn’t bring lasting coolness for a few weeks at least. It alternates instead between heavy, endless downpours and scorching heat that has mist rising of the streets in seconds. At first glance, it would seem like a trip in this month would be an absolute disaster. The weather in May takes no prisoners.

Or is it?

Look a little closer and you’ll realize that this unforgiving heat has a little silver lining. As the snow melts away in the upper passes, great swathes of the Himalaya suddenly become accessible by road. It’s the best kind of trip aesthetically, considering the charming routes. Even for your health,since the gradual ascension can save you from debilitating altitude sickness.

The snow never clears completely, so there’s still a beautiful blanket across the valleys. Still, the cold is reduced to a lovely, gentle chill. The world up there is completely different. It’s a side of India that’s absolutely cut-off to visitors for the rest of the year. It just goes to show, there’s never a bad time to be in India.


May Escapes
May Escapes

Summer’s in, school’s out. There’s not many places left now where you can beat the heat in May and do it without seven thousand other sweaty bodies crowding in on you. Or are there?

We’ve brought you a list of our top picks for this May. All fall into the categories of both cool (weather-wise) and super-cool (as in off-beat).

Corbett National Park

Dense, mist-encased jungles cling tight to the slopes of the Kumaon Hills. Jim Corbett was once hailed as a hero for getting out his gun and saving the locals from the native man-eating tigers. He then became an even bigger hero when he turned to their conservation. The Tiger Reserve, named after him and made famous by his classic Jungle Book, is now home to 220 big cats. May is the perfect time to see them. As the summer heat whittles down the vegetation and dries up those feline throats, the animals must move further and further out of hiding and toward the major watering holes. Not that tigers are the only attraction. These 1318 sq km of pristine forestland in the Himalyan foothills are home to wild elephants, sloth bears, langur monkeys, rhesus macaques, peacocks, otters, chital, sambars, hog deer, barking deer, leopards, mugger crocodiles, gharials, monitor lizards, wild boars and jackals and more than 600 species. Must we go on?

Getting there: Take a flight, train or car from Delhi to Ramnagar. Alternatively, you can also head out from Lucknow, Chandigarh or Dehradun.

Sikkim

No matter which direction you head in this little Himalayan state, there is only beauty. Bright carpets of rhododendron spill down the slopes of the valleys in the north. Towering masterpieces of religious statues loom over you in the South. The East’s vibrant city lights are perfectly offset by the oceans of serenity that are the ancient monasteries of the West. Go for the sights, stay for the spirit.

Getting there: The only way to enter Sikkim is by road through West Bengal, so you can first fly into Bagdodra or take a train to Siliguri and head out from there. From here you can catch a government bus or hire a jeep to Gangtok. Foreigners will need to obtain a Restricted Area Permit (or Inner Line Permit). These are available quite hassle free at your entry point into the state, or can be pre-arranged at Sikkim travel desk in Darjeeling (inside the Old Bellevue Hotel in Chowrasta district), and from Sikkim Tourism Center in Siliguri located at the S.N.T. bus stand. Carry a couple of passport size photos with you.

Shimoga

Here’s one for those of you down south, who’d like to cool off but don’t want to travel all the way up north for snow. How about some waterfalls instead? Start your trip at the Jog Falls for some breath-taking waterworks and then move to Kodachari Peak teeming with life in its deep forests. Keep some time out for the numerous temples and heritage sights. Finally, remember to savour that drive through Agumbe, or better yet, trek it!

Getting there: You can take a train or bus directly into Shimoga from Udupi or Mangalore. Udupi is accessible by train and Mangalore by air.