Hill stations are best enjoyed from mid-September to mid-December and then from March to mid-July. Elsewhere on the net, recommend are the India Tree and India Mike as great and more comprehensive online India resources.Ladakh is best visited from June to September, when most other parts of the country are in the grip of the monsoon. " on the road (theft, illness, scams), it's important to keep the whole thing in perspective.Although far from a low light, three days in a boat seeing few animals and mangrove after mangrove has limited attraction.
It's hard to understand and explain just why somewhere so often dirty, hot, ugly and full of hassle has such an appeal.
The answer lies enigmatically with it being often the exact opposite.
What you will find here should give you a good background, but if you have decided these are some of the countries you want to visit and need more planning information then you are strongly recommended to complement what you find here with a planning guide. For somewhere as huge and varied as India, the introduction and 'not to be missed' chapters in the Rough Guide are strongly recommended.
If you are set on going and need a guidebook or reading material please see a list of recommended guides/books here (go on, have a look! If you want to read fiction, you are in luck as some of the world's best writers originate from India and Asia in general.
All guides/books can be viewed in more detail and click-through purchased with Amazon in the UK, US or Canada.