How To Travel In India
Ah India, what an incredibly diverse land you are. Confronting, outstanding, frustrating and exotic, travel here may not always be the most straight forward of tasks but persevere with this most enchanting of countries and you will have adventures that will remain with you for a long time to come. Over the next couple of weeks, I’d like to share my experiences of exploring this magnificent part of Asia; I may not yet have covered even a quarter of this vast place, but what I lack in geography, I more than make up for in enthusiasm!
It’s important to remember that India is not just a country, it’s a sub-continent, with climates and terrain about as varied as any country can get. Mention India to anyone and it’s likely they’ll conjure up images of camels, deserts and temples; sure there’s no shortage of these iconic symbols but India really is so much more than that. There are beautiful beaches in Goa, lush jungles in Assam and don’t forget about the colder climates – after all a significant part of the Himalayas are in India! So from snow to sunshine, mountains to monsoons, India really does have it all.
This array of environments means it’s very important to time your trip to India depending on what you want. It’s all very well wanting to chill out on a Keralan beach paradise for 2 weeks but go in June and you may well be reaching more for your umbrella than for your bikini. Likewise the mountain ranges of Himachal Pradesh offer some excellent trekking opportunities but in December and January some routes may be closed due to snowfall. India generally has 3 main seasons; hot (April to June), wet (June to September) and cool (October to March). However these seasons can vary depending on the area of the country and proximity to the equator. It’s also important to remember cool in India can still mean temperatures of over 20 degrees!
VWI’s projects are all in the Rajasthani city of Jaipur, where the weather generally follows the pattern mentioned above. So depending on how well you can handle the heat, chose the time of year you travel carefully! Sun cream, a hat and conservative clothing are advisable all year round as even in the winter the Indian sun can be very strong but a waterproof jacket is an absolute necessity during the monsoon period. Likewise the mornings and evenings can be rather chilly in December and January so warm clothing is certainly required. The below link is a good guide to Jaipur climates;
However, like anywhere in the world, the weather doesn’t always stick to the rules so the most important tool to pack is a flexible attitude! Do get in touch if you want any more information about any of VWI’s projects and we’ll always be happy to help. Until next time…..