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When And Where Not To Visit In India

When And Where Not To Visit In India
A view of Panchchuli Peak as seen from Munsiyari in Uttarakhand, Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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We are ditching the usual and for a change bring to you places that should not be on your travel wish-list. And we are going season-wise

If you have ever found yourself thinking of visiting Tawang during winter or doing a trip to Kutch in summer, then this if for you. India is blessed with beautiful destinations and equally amazing (read 'extreme') seasons. We always suggest you where and when to plan your next holiday, but for a change, we bring you places when and why you should not visit.

During Winter
Auli in Uttarakahnd is a great destination for snow and skiingWinter is coming! These are the days when most people get excited by the mere idea of cold wind hitting their faces, wrapped up in warm clothes, sipping hot beverages--list is unending like the layers we put on. During winter, strike off Tawang, Leh/Ladakh, Khardungla off your list. Lachung in Sikkim is a delight in late December (but only if white winter is what you're looking for). Auli is great in December and you can try your skills at skiing. Shimla is another great destination if you want to see snow. But steer clear of up north because roads will remain blocked by snow. If you are from places that don't get to experience real winter, you can always head to the hill stations of south, northeast and north India.

During Summer
Yumthang Valley in Lachung, SikkimSummer in some parts of India mean easy, breezy sunny days and then there are places hot enough to melt plastic products and wax at room temperature. The notorious hot summer days of northern, western and central India can be very off-putting. Steer clear of Delhi, Nagpur, most cities of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Mercifully, these hot cities are also in close proximity to some of the best hill stations. In north India, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu & Kashmir provide the much-needed respite. Northeastern states sound like a good option but they are not. Monsoon starts early (as early as March/April), though February-March can be very pleasant and if you are lucky enough, you might even get rain-free days to holiday in the northeastern part of India. Hill stations o Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra are beautiful during this time of the year.

During Monsoon
Lahaul-Spiti district in Himachal PradeshYou DO NOT want to be in the northeast and southern parts of India during this time as these parts gets heaviest rainfall. But there is an unexpected exception--Goa. Monsoon in Goa is an experience to be had. During off-season, Goa has some of the cheapest hotel offers! Rafting in Mhadei River and exploring the hinterlands are some of the things you can do around this time of the year. The time is July to September, the time when everything feels fresh and rain-kissed. If rain doen't bother you then head to the hills of Uttarakhand like Valley of Flowers, Munsiyari, Lansdowne; Agumbe in Karnataka, Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu, Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal Pradesh.

During Post Monsoon/Autumn
The beautiful temple town of Orchha in Madhya PradeshPost monsoon or as well call it "best time to travel". October and November are a blessing to all. There is no place in India not suitable for this time of the year. After harsh winter, summer and relentless monsoon, this period comes as a great break. This is also the time when the sun is not shining too hot, there is a chill in the air, just the perfect time to make people want to pack their bags and travel. Be it to north, central, east, west or south, you can simply pick a destination of your choice and head out.

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