Munnar hill station, Kerala

Munnar hill station, Kerala

Photo by Bimal K C (Flickr Creative Commons)

India Geography

Photo by PlaneMad (WIkimedia Commons)Semi-arid wasteland near Tirunelveli Photo by PlaneMad (WIkimedia Commons)

India is the seventh largest country in the world, with the second largest population.  To the north it borders Nepal and China, to the east Bangladesh and Myanmar, to the south the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, and to the west, Pakistan.  Everywhere you go there is great diversity, in both the landscape, and the people.  A visit to India is like visiting many different counties.

India is broken down into 6 regions, 7 territories and 28 states, which are also linked to the languages spoken there.  We’ll run from north to south, at the very top of the country is the area known as Himalaya North which includes Kashmir.  The most famous mountain range in the world gives this areas its name, there are some wonderful places to visit in this region, although those at higher altitudes must be done on foot, not a motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle.  

Next are the Plains, including the Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, this is also home to India’s capital Delhi, and in the very centre of the region there are dense forests with lots of nature and animal reserves.  Western India is home to the famous holiday resort of Goa.  It is also where you will find Rajasthan, and Gujarat, where visitors can see elaborate palaces, cities and forts as well as India’s biggest city Mumbai.  

The region of Southern India has popular, and less well known, island resorts as well as Tamil Nadu and beautiful Kerala with its backwaters.  A visit here has something for everyone from golden beaches to hill stations, and tropical forests.  

The last two regions are the country’s most rural and undiscovered areas for any visitors, let alone those with a motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle.  Eastern India, home to Kolkota, or Calcutta, and North Eastern India, which is full of tribal states and famous for its tea production.

India has three seasons, summer, winter, and monsoon season, and each of these seasons is very different depending on where in the country they occur, for example, winter in the Himalayas is much different to winter in Goa.  The one season to definitely avoid is the monsoon season, of which there are two, the southwest, and the northwest.  The southwest monsoon causes rain throughout the whole of the country, and runs from June until September; the west coast is the area that takes the brunt of these rains.  The northwest monsoon season lasts from October to February and is probably more destructive due to occasional cyclones, the residents in the north east of the country are the unfortunate ones who are affected by both monsoon and are recorded as the area of the world that receives the most rainfall.

India may be extreme but it has mountains, jungles, rivers, deserts and beaches, and for visitors who enjoy meeting the locals and seeing some wonderful sights, a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday in India will certainly be something to remember for years to come.

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