What is the best season to visit india?

Whats is the best time to visit India?

The best time to visit India is from October to March. India is large with diverse weather patterns.

Best time to visit the Himalayas

  • Himalayan foothills, Darjeeling and Shimla travel is possible year-round
  • June and July temperatures range from around 13°C (55°F) to 19°C (66°F)
  • Darjeeling experiences heavy rain from June to September, while Shimla has a shorter wet season from July to August.

Best time to visit Delhi

  • From October to March is dry and moderate
  • Chilly from November to February 8°C (46°F) to 20s (70s)
  • October and March are warmer with Max 30°C (86°F)
  • May and June are hot between 26°C (79°F) to 40°C (104°F)
  • Hot, dry winds are common with some dust storms
  • July through September is the monsoon season
  • November to February, fog can sometimes obscure your view in the early morning of Taj Mahal

Best time to visit Rajasthan

  • Tropical desert are with temperatures similar to nearby Delhi and Agra
  • Udaipur summer is degrees cooler
  • Jaisalmer, there is very little humidity and rainfall.

Best time to visit Kolkata

  • Kolkata is fairly warm weather year round
  • Winter in December and January 9°C (48°F)
  • February through April, with June 26°C (79°F) to 35°C (95°F)
  • Humidity rises as heavy rainfall June to September

Best time to visit Mumbai

  • Mumbai best time to go is from October to May
  • Wet from June to September

Best time to visit Goa

  • India beaches in Goa has pleasant temperatures year-round
  • Monsoon season from June to September brings a huge amount of rain
  • October to April there is very little rain at all.

Best time to visit South India

  • Closest to the equator so temperatures are hot year-round
  • Rain falls from June to August

What is the best season to visit india?

Monsoon

  • From June to September
  • Different regions in India have diffferent pros and cons in moonsoon.
  • Problem with Monsoon:
    • Can rain heavly for days
    • City streest flood quickly
    • Clothes don’t dry for hours
    • Heat feels very discomforting
    • Mountains have cloudbursts and landslides
    • Airports and air traffic can get shut down because of heavy downpours.
  • Pros of Monsoon in India
    • dry brown grasslands and forests become lush and green
    • farmers welcome the season with full productivity
    • lakes and rivers as well as waterfalls fill up and become stronger than ever.
    • Low tourism hence you get a lot of the sights to yourself
    • Best time in India to visit for budget-conscious backpackers
  • Places to Not Visit in Monssoon
    • Goa and Kerala get a lot of rain and humidity
    • Avoiding the coastlines/beaches
    • beach resorts close from April to September
    • Himalayas like Rishikesh, Dharamshala, Manali, Shimla, Kasol, Sikkim, and Darjeeling face heavy rainfall & landslides
  • Places to Visit in Monssoon
    • Wayanad, Munnar, Thekkady, Dudhsagar Waterfall Hike in Goa
    • Ooty in Tamil Nadu
    • Munnar in the Western Ghats
    • Kashmir, Leh, and Ladakh is great to avoid Indian Monsoon – July and August are the absolute ideal times to go visit
    • Mountains, like the Nubra Valley near Ladakh
    • Rajasthan with range of boutique and heritage hotels
  • Temples of Holy City- Varanasi and Khajuraho, forts and palaces of Rajasthan etc.
  • Perfect time for those who want to enjoy the festivals of North India

Summer

  • From the end of March until the monsoon
  • Really hot in the central/flat India (up to 45 to 50 degree Celsius)
  • Places to Visit in Summer in India
    • Visit the Himalayas or the northeastern part of India
    • Spiritual haven of Rishikesh
    • Visit the exiled Dalai Lama in Dharamshala
    • Hill stations like Shimla, Darjeeling
    • Ladakh becomes accessible by June
    • UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wayanad, Coorg, Munnar and Conoor

Winters

  • During winter and spring tourists can enjoy Northern part of India
  • Between Mid-October to Mid-March
  • Visit the historical monuments of the major cities like Delhi and Agra, the

Mixed Farming Project By Farhataas

Idea: Improve livelihood security with Integrated farming.

Livelihood is activities, entitlements & assets by which people make a living. Assets can be classified as follows.

  1. Natural/biological Assets (land, water, common-property resources, flora and fauna)
  2. Social Assets (community, family and social networks)
  3. Political Assets (participation, empowerment)
  4. Human Assets (education, labour, health and nutrition)
  5. Physical Assets (roads, clinics, markets, schools and bridges)
  6. Economic Assets (jobs, saving and credit)

Sustainable Livelihood is activities, entitlements & assets by which people make a living that can also cope with & recover from shocks and stresses (drought, civil war and policy failure)

Strategy adopted during the green revolution seem to be getting outdated under the challenging conditions of this new century. New systems like alternative agriculture, natural farming, organic farming, Integrated Farming, Mixed Farming etc are being proposed at various conventions.

There have been many problems that have been rising due to conventional agriculture. Lack of crop diversification, poor breeds of animals/birds, farm mechanization, mono-cropping, poor seed replacement rate, terminal water stress and poor marketing infrastructure facilities etc to name a few and any new system must work on the following points

  1. Reversing sick soil to healthy soil through low cost approaches in existing penury.
  2. Introduction of exotic breeds of livestock suitable for stall feeding .
  3. Standardisation of methodologies/approaches for generating gainful rural self employment through improved agricultural technological interventions.
  4. Low cost organic farming practices

There have been many problems that have been rising due to conventional agriculture. Lack of crop diversification, poor breeds of animals/birds, farm mechanization, mono-cropping, poor seed replacement rate, terminal water stress and poor marketing infrastructure facilities etc to name a few and any new system must work on the following points

  1. Reversing sick soil to healthy soil through low cost approaches in existing penury.
  2. Introduction of exotic breeds of livestock suitable for stall feeding .
  3. Standardisation of methodologies/approaches for generating gainful rural self employment through improved agricultural technological interventions.
  4. Low cost organic farming practices

At Farhartaass we are trying to setup a new Mixed farming project. This is a type of farming which involves a type of agriculture that involves a combination of

  • Building
    • Farmhouse
    • Pond
    • Solar
    • Greenhouse
    • Biogas
  • Livestock – Raising of cattle, goats, dairy, sheep
  • Growing of Grains (rice, wheat, millet, or maize) field crops, fodder and green manure.
  • Kitchen Garden: Growing of Vegetables
  • Mini Orchard/Fruits-
  • Flower Crops & Aromatic Plants –
  • Medicinal Plants –
  • Fishery –
  • Poultry –
  • Vermi-compost Unit –
  • Apiculture – Beekeeping
  • Mushrooms –
  • Sericulture – Silk Farming

Initially this will be setup for self-consumption and for early supporter later this will be converted into commercial scale by learning from countries like US, Japan. primary function of this project is cultivation of crops along with rearing of animals for meat or milk. We will have Vegetables, cereal crops, and keep cattle, sheep, and poultry on same farm . We will try to make this a self contained as possible by using dung from the cattle as fertiliser for the cereal crops.

Land to be Used

We have 3.5 Acrs of good agricultural land for this project. The land is flat and ready for cultivation.

There are 2 approach we can go with. First model is assuming we can get irrigation the other is for non-irrigation.

IRRIGATED ECO SYSTEM

Segment 1: Bullock pair: 1 Cow : 2 Poultry birds : 60 Kitchen garden Construction of farm pond (Fishery), farm house, Poultry cage, Cattle shed and Vermicompost unit as per the specification

Segment 2: Horticulture crops like Mango & Fig/Guava inter-cropped with vegetables like Bhendi, Ridge gourd and Leafy vegetables

Segment 3: Maize followed by Bengal gram

Segment 4: Bt-cotton

Segment 5: Part 1: Jasmine Part 2: Marigold Part 3: Watermelon

NON-IRRIGATED ECO SYSTEM

Segment 1: Desi cow (Khilari) : 1 Goat : 5 +1 Kitchen garden Construction of farm pond (Fishery), farm house, Cattle shed and Vermicompost unit as per the specification

Segment 2: Amla, Guava Custard apple & Sapota + Bengalgram

Segment 3: Red gram + compatible mixtures ( Bajra, Navane, Sesamum )

Segment 4: Part 1: Sunflower Part 2 : Jowar

Segment 5: Part 1: Cluster bean Rotation basis Part 2 : Dolichus

Getting Involved

Options for For locals

Options for For Indians

Options for For Non-Residents

Farhataas Integrated Farming Strategy

Our main strategy will be to establish more sustainable agriculture. We will develop a system that involves attention to detail and continuous improvement in all areas of a farming and related agricultural business through informed management processes. We will try to combine modern tools & technologies with traditional practices.

We will focus on  environment, soil characteristics, landscape positions, genetics, and ecology of plant and animals.

It involves management practices, goals and lifestyles of humans, social constraints, economic opportunities, marketing strategies and externalities including energy supplies and costs and impacts of farm policies.

Systems also reflect natural resources available and the impact on their use, wildlife issues, target and non-target plant and animal species, micro-organisms, and indeed all of the definable and indefinable factors that ultimately interact to result in an outcome that is never constant.

Our new strategy will focus on few mains goals like

  • Agricultural Income Upgrade
    • Higher Per acre Income – Increase productivity and profitability per acre over conventional agriculture
    • Regular Monthly Income – Agricultural income comes in crop harvest season hence is not regular. Integrated farming fixes this.
  • Balanced food – To get major nutrients from single land like proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and other nutrients.
  • Cut Down Agricultural Inefficiencies
    • Recycling of resources – Like using livestock waste as fertilizers
    • Adopting new technology to improve agricultural efficiency and productivity.
    • Input-output efficiency – closely monitor what goes in and what comes out. How much invested and what returns we get.
  • Modern Crisis Management
    • Unemployment – Combing crop with livestock enterprises would increase the labour requirement significantly
    • Energy Crisis – Effective recycling technique the organic wastes available in the system can be utilised to generate bio-gas
    • Fodder Crisis – Plantation of perennial fodder trees on field borders.
    • Timber Crisis – Plantation of fuel and industrial wood trees on field borders.

Some of the challenges we anticipate will be as follows. We we try to address each of them separately in upcoming articles. We will need help of experts and volunteers and mentors to make this happen. There are 4 parts of the project

1) Research 2) Implementation 3) Manage & Maintain 4) Produce 5) Storage, sale & logistics

  • Soil and climatic conditions of the selected area
    • Establish a document with the complete details on soils profile and climate of this area
    • Then Find out what crops and livestock is best for the current selected location.
  • Availability of the resources & labor
    • Make a list of all related resources needed
    • Make a document for what kind skilled-unskilled workers we will need in the entire operation.
  • Market Conditions
    • Who will be the Buyers?
    • How will the Product reach the end user.

Filed visits will be conducted in India to visit various Integrated farming projects run by various agricultural institutes/ state governments etc. Here is a small list of projects to be visited.

Bonfire festival of Lohri

Goodbye Cold, Welcome Warmth: Bonfire festival of Lohri


Lohri celebrations at Farhataas, India

As the fire is lit, people’s faces glow with joy, and the celebration of Lohri gets underway. It is an event to celebrate the end of the dry and cold days of the North Indian Winter.

Lohri, is typically a North Indian festival especially celebrated in the breadbasket of India, the Punjab. Its origins can be traced to various folklore and religious beliefs. It is mainly believed to be the cultural celebration of the winter solstice and hence it marks the end of the bitter cold winter, the beginning of longer days and basically more sunlight. It also marks the harvesting of the Rabi crops.

Lohri has many counterparts all over the country, be it Bihu in the far eastern state of Assam or Pongal in southern Tamil Nadu. Other festivals like Makar Sankranti and Uttarayan also happen around the same time and the basic sense of celebration is similar.

The name Lohri, is also traced back to a lot of sources. Some say it came from the name of Saint Kabir’s wife, Loi. Some others believe it is ‘Loh’, which means fire, from where the name was derived. Eating of Til or sesame seeds and Revri is an integral part of the festival and people believe the name came from joining the two words, Tilohri, which later became Lohri.

The day starts with children visiting all the homes in the neighbourhood, performing songs folk dances and collecting sweets, and occasionally money.

The onset of the evening marks the lighting of a bonfire, which is a central aspect of the festival.  People offer sesame seeds, popped corn, gurh or jaggery and sugar candy to the lit fire and sit around it. Traditional music and dance follow with great fervour. Men perform Punjabi folk dance of Bhangra around the fire, and the women usually perform the traditional Gidda dance.

A jolly mood ensues and the celebrations go on till late at night until the fire dies out. The next day is the first day of the month of Magh the harbinger of warmer days.

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Socio-cultural Impacts of Tourism

Social impacts of tourism refers to changes in the lives of people living in destination communities.  Cultural impacts of tourism refers to changes in the arts, artifacts, customs, rituals, and architecture of a people.  The term socio-cultural impactssocio-cultural impacts refers to changes to resident’s everyday experiences, as well as to their values, way of life, and intellectual and artistic products.

 

SOCIOLOGY OF TOURISM: Defining Society, Culture and Impacts

 

NEGATIVE SOCIO-CULTURAL IMPACTS OF TOURISM CHANGE OR LOSS OF INDIGENOUS IDENTITY OR VALUES Tourism can cause change / loss of local identity and values by:

  1. COMMODIFICATION
  2. STANDARDISATION
  3. LOSS OF AUTHENTICITY / STAGED AUTHENTICITY
  4. ADAPTATION TO TOURIST DEMANDS

 

NEGATIVE SOCIO-CULTURAL IMPACTS OF TOURISM

Standardization •Destinations risk standardization in the process of satisfying tourists’ desires for familiar facilities. •While landscape, accommodation, food and drinks, etc., must meet the tourists’ desire for the new and unfamiliar, they must at the same time not be too new or strange because few tourists are actually looking for completely new things. •Tourists often look for recognizable facilities in an unfamiliar environment, like well-known fast-food restaurants and hotel chains.

 

Positive Impact:

In order to attract more tourism special emphasis is given on overall beautification of the surroundings, regular planting of trees and landscaping are done to enhance aesthetics. Huge investment is done to improve the facilities in the area like sitting areas, shades, proper sanitation, drinking water etc. More emphasis is given to preserve the monuments, heritage structures to attract more tourists.

 

Negative Impact:

Any kind of development requires some interference with the nature. Overdevelopment comes at the cost of nature. There may be damage to the natural flora and fauna. Local people are displaced for want of coastal area development. With more people in the area, more natural resources are required which leads to depletion of natural resources. Waste disposal problems crop up and without proper measures to handle this problem it may worsen the situation. Due to more footfall, more transport, more noise, improper waste disposal, pollution increases in the area and disturbs the ecological balance of the region.-

 

Economic Impact

Tourism industry has contributes to the economic growth of a country through factors like industrialization, education, advance technology, higher number of qualified professionals, opening up of foreign markets, liberal trade policies and better advertising and strategic marketing.

The above factors collectively boost the economic reserves of the region thus leading to rise in income and better disposable income. Tourism can also benefit economies at regional and local levels, as money comes into urban and rural areas which in turn stimulates new business enterprises, greater markets and promotes a more positive image of the area. The income generated helps the national balance of payments, earning revenue through direct taxation, as well as from indirect taxes on goods and services purchased by the tourists.

 

Political effects

Whereas the virtues of international tourism have been extolled as a major force for peace and understanding between nations the reality is often far removed from his utopian image. Long-haul travel between developed and developing countries is increasing annually and is bringing them into direct contact with each other. People come from widely different background and with every contrasting life styles and levels of income. Where these disparities are very great the political as well as the socio-cultural consequences may be severe.