What are the Farm Activities in North India?
India is a store house of different cultural, ethnic, religious, linguistic traditions. If you plan for North India Tour you have couple of opportunities to come in contact with the rustic life and traditions besides the visit of the famous places of North India. You should be very careful in planning your schedule as what to include in your itinerary and which farm activities in north India are suitable according to your visit of these places.
I am trying to assimilate the popular farm activities of North India tour according to the months of the year. If you are doing golden triangle tour and you are interested in farm tour in India , you can prolong your stay in India for doing some farm tour. The best place for such activity tour would be Punjab. You can plan for 4 to 5nights Zirakpur-Patiyala tour program.
What farm activities in north India are Expected in January?
If you travel to North India in plans of Delhi, Agra or Punjab, you have enough cultural opportunities. You get to see the architectural marvels like the Qutub Minar, the Taj Mahal, and the Golden Temple etc. Above all in this tour you can enjoy the country side and farming activities. So far as January is concerned you get to see the wheat fields and the fields with flowering mustard. You also have a golden chance to spend the time with the sugarcane farmers. Thus you can imagine how the farmers are harvesting the sugarcane. This is a labour intensive Job where you have to cut the part of sugarcane by using sickle leaving the stumps beneath. The upper part of the shoot is also cut and used as green folder for the animals. Later the sugarcane is loaded in the tractors to be supplied to the sugar mills.
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February would mesmerize you, why?
Perchance during your tour of India plains in February; you get to see the harvesting of mustard what is rap seed. You see the fields with the people cutting the mustard plant and the boxes full with honey bees. The honeybees are back to the boxes as their sources of nectar are dried up with the ripening of the mustard pods. The people after cutting the plants pile them and leave on the grounds for certain days. Later they trash them or apply the traditional way of using animal walk.
This time as well you can see the sugarcane harvesting process. This can be seen easily in the states of Uttar Pradesh and parts of Punjab as well as in Maharashtra.
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March gives you the pleasure of wheat fields
This is the month when farmers are happy and worried both. They are happy as they are looking for the new crop in good condition and feeling perplexed when they hear the thunders. Lots of times the entire wheat crops are devastated on account of heavy hailing.
This time you can visit the wheat fields. Normally the wheat is in full bloom and farmers are ready to apply the last irrigation. You get to see how the farmers irrigate the fields by making furrows and they make temporary drains and release the water though these channels. This time of the year you get the chance to be a part of Holi and Baisakhi festivals.
In April celebrate harvesting with local farmers
If you happen to visit North India in April you find the bliss of watching happy farmers engaged in the mirth of harvesting. There was a time while there were no use of machines in the farming in India and it was very tough task of harvesting. Farmers used to get ready to reap the wheat by the beginning of April by using sickles and make heaps of wheat. They used to pile up wheat in a harvesting zone of the village, may be a orchid or Panchayat approved area. Couple of days later while the moisture used to be out ,they used to spread the entire harvest and leave animals to walk over it. Later the use of thrashers eased this. Now with the use of modern combines their harvest process is done within couple of hours.
In April one more thing you can enjoy is the visit of the mango orchids and that is becoming glad on the voice of cookko bird. You become elated to see the small mango fruit hanging to the branches.
The Month of May to be Enjoyed Watching Mentha Fields
The month of May and June are the dry months of year in North India. This time less farming activities are done and farmers after the harvest of wheat involve in merriment and playing of cards. But some hardworking farmer with the proper irrigation facilities dare to grow mentha and Maize during this time. Both of these crops need much water.
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Those who do sugarcane farming are involved in preparing for the next crop. The stumps are kept well and nourishment of fertilizers are given. You know the crop of sugarcane lasts for 3 or 4 times. Once you cut it, next year you do not need to replant and from the stem, the pants again sprouts up.
June gives you the pleasure of Rice plantation
North India is one of the largest producers of rice. If you happy to visit the plans of northern India in the month of June, you have the chance to see the paddy before plantation. You see the farmer being prepared for rice plantation. Hundreds of people going the muddy fields with water up to the knee and kneeling down is implant the sapling. Lots of rats come out from these idols and run hither and thither.
In this month the horticulture lovers can enjoy the Indian mango Gardens. Thus are plenty of mango gardens close to Agra in the district of Bulandshahar Aligarh, Farukhabad etc.
July makes your heart dance like Peacock
This is the monsoon month in India and in this time you see the fields with the crops of maize, mullets and paddy. The gardens in India are full with lush like the fields. The sight of dancing peacock everywhere, the essence coming from the metha fields and breweries will captivate your heart at the grit sight.
August is the full time for farmer
In this season farmers full elated as they have nothing to do. The monsoon provides rain showers and they have no care for irrigation. There is plenty of grass all around for the animals. This time you can see the beauty of all fields laden with the rice crops.
September is busy time for Potato farmers
In the month of September as the monsoons are over, the North Indian farmers prepare for the potato plantation. They approach the cold storage to take their potato seed out and prepare their fields with plaughing, applying couplet and making farmers.
October is the month for Paddy harvest
Normally close to the festival of Diwali, the harvest of paddy is done. The small scale farmers do it manually and pile up the corn at some place. After on interval of a week they thrash the corn and thus get the grain out of husk. Later the winnowing process is done.
November gives you the delight of wheat farming
In the month of November the farmer prepare the sawing of wheat. Earlier it was done manually. Presently tractors are applied to do that. After few days later the sprints come out of the fields.
December is the start of harvesting of Sugarcane
This is the start of sugarcane harvest as the sugar wills are open now and provides permission to bring the produce at the factory gate for weighing. The farmers cut sugarcane and load it on tractors.