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Dealing With Seasons in India – Part 1

Indian Climate can be very as daunting as it varies from -30 in the Himalayas to 50 degrees in the desert of Rajasthan. Before you start your planning tour trip to India, its must to have a brief about the weather you are to deal with. The two extremes are the Hot summer and the wet monsoons.

Seasons in India can be broadly divided into just two, Summer and Monsoons. Spring and Autumn last just about 15 days.

Summers in India range from April to September and can be pretty harsh, unless the place you come from has the equator passing through it. The hilly areas however, have a pleasant climate all year around and attract a lot of tourists during summers. A city like Delhi can feel like an oven, the heat is pretty suffocating and to add to it, the loo wind makes it worse. Here are some essentials to help you beat the heat.

Apply a lot of sunscreen, unless you really want the tan. Also, goggles are a must. Wear a cap or a hat to protect your head. Take care of the kind of clothes you wear, loose fitting cotton casuals would be most comfortable. Drink plenty of water and fluids to save yourself from getting dehydrated. Lemonade is a pretty refreshing option too as is the easily available tender coconut water. Tender coconut water contains sugar, fiber, and proteins along with vitamins and minerals.

Take care of the food you choose. Avoid oily and rich food, instead, switch to salads and fresh fruits that naturally contain water, like water melon – in fact this fruit contains nearly 92% water and up to 14% of vitamin C. This will add to the moisture content that you will lose through sweating.

Carrying moisturized towelettes is also a good idea as some areas can get extremely humid.

If you are on a volunteering trip to India and have limited means, (read: non AC accommodation), here is a tip that might come in handy to help you make yourself more comfortable while indoors. When you feel warm indoors hang a wet sheet by an open window. This way you will get cool air from the water as it evaporates and blows toward you from the open window. A better idea is hanging it over a stand fan or a table fan if you have one.

If everything else fails, take a break and head to the nearest hill station! 😀

While Monsoons in India are definitely welcome post the sweltering summers, it mostly overstays its welcome! There is every probability that it may dampen your travel plans. Coastal areas like Mumbai and Odisha often face floods during the monsoon seasons. Personally, barring the flood scene, I feel monsoons can be pretty enjoyable and would be an especially unique experience for you if you are in India for the first time. With a few pointers, you would be good to go. Just very basic things that we’re sure your mother would’ve already told you about.

  • Carry an umbrella or a raincoat
  • Wear flip flops or crocs
  • Avoid wearing full length trousers; you don’t want to step into a puddle while in your expensive, ironed trousers.

Before making elaborate travel plans make sure you check the weather forecast for the week. On a lighter note, here is a fun post on India RealTime, the Indian chapter of Wall Street journal – 19 tips for the Monsoon.

Read on! http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2013/06/17/19-ways-to-cope-with-the-monsoon/