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Trip Report India in May - It was hot, but tolerable

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When I started planning my trip to India, I noticed on this board a few questions about India in May so I thought I would give a brief description on my experience in May. I was there for two weeks, returning on the 20th of May. I started my trip in Delhi and went on the overnight train to Khanti (no roaches and bathrooms weren't completely disgusting), then a two hour drive to Bandhavargh. After 4 days in Bandhavargh I went to Agra, Baratpur, Jaipur, Samode Palace, Neemrana Fort and back to Delhi. In Bandhavargh it averaged around 110 F (42-43 C) in the afternoons. It was tolerable in the morning, but after 9 am it started to get hot. The evening drives started out warm, but after the sun started going down it was much better. The only downside was I stayed at Tree House Hideaway and it was too hot in the afternoon to sit on the balcony and enjoy the surroundings. What I enjoyed the most was the lack of tourists. So if I have to sweat a little who cares, the fact that I wasn’t in a packed jeep with a bunch of other people was well worth it. Agra was about the same temps, but it was Jaipur and Samode that was hotter. The two days I was in Jaipur the temperature posted on the sign in the pool was 46 C (114 F). There were some people who were lying by the pool in the afternoon, but I stayed in the shade and had a Kingfisher to cool me down. At Samode, the staff said it was 47 C (116 F), and it was even too hot for them. I had a balcony that was shaded in the afternoon, so I sat out there and caught up on some reading and it was fine. If you do things early in the morning, and in the evening, it is tolerable. I suggest relaxing in the afternoons, or do some shopping in the air conditioned stores.

I very much enjoyed my time in India thanks to Mr. Singh of Legends and Palaces. I normally don’t use a travel agent, but on this trip I’m glad I did. Everything was arranged for me so all I had to do was show up and enjoy. He was most helpful on advice and I had a lovely dinner with him on my first night there. I will definitely go back to India, will definitely engage Legends and Palaces again, and I would go in May again.

I know this isn’t as detailed as some of the other reports, but I just wanted to let people know my experience in May. You will need a good sunscreen, a baseball hat along with a light weight long sleeve shirt is good for game drives, a good book, drink a lot of water, and wear lightweight clothes.

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