Much is said about the Indian summer, about its scorching heat and humidity. About avoiding them for certain travel destinations. However, summers in India have their own charm. The skies are a rich blue against a golden yellow landscape. In much of India, these two colours dominate, highlighted only with a flaming-red flourish of the Palash flowers (Butea monosperma).
In many parts of rural India, summers are also a wedding season. Perhaps that makes a family gain a member, helping them plant crops in the soon to arrive monsoons. Summers are the time for many of the most delicious fruits like mangoes, litchis, jamuns, pani-phals, water melons etc. Traditional non-alcoholic drinks like lassi, chaas, kokum serbet etc are natural coolants. In the coastal stretches of Maharashtra, the abundance of wild cashew nuts in this season makes certain unique dishes possible, like cashew nuts with dried prawns.
Summers are a great time to visit our wildlife sanctuaries. The tourist crowds have dwindled. The deciduous forests have shed most of their leaves, the shrubs have dried up, making sightings of mammals and birds much easier. Thirsty animals hang around the remaining water bodies of the jungle, and this is one of the most certain times to spot the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger.
In central and north western India, summers days can be terribly hot, but nights can be pleasant. Early mornings and late evenings can be a great time for exploring, while afternoons can be spent indoors editing images, or just plain lazy napping after a sumptuous meal of seasonal vegetables.