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Best Time to Visit India

Best Time to Visit India

When is the best time to visit India?

The best time to visit India depends on which part of the country you travel to. We are happy to plan the best India tours for you depending on what you want to see and do. To help you decide, here is an overview of when to holiday in India.

  Most Ideal Low Season

OVERVIEW

With sunny days and dry weather, January is one of the best times to visit India. Daytime highs in the South and West such as Mumbai, Gujarat, and Rajasthan, are around the mid-80s. The Golden Triangle region is chilly during evenings and early mornings. The mountains of Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh receive snow during this time of the year.

WE RECOMMEND

  • Float down the Kerala backwaters on a houseboat
  • Join the Republic Day festivities in the nation’s capital
  • Witness a one-of-a-kind Camel Festival in Bikaner

OVERVIEW

The mountains are cold but the rest of the country in basking under a warm sun. It’s time to indulge in some winter fun in Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. The southern parts of India are bathed in sunshine as is the Golden Triangle region and central and northern parts of India.

WE RECOMMEND

  • Ski down the slopes of Auli in Uttarakhand
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh
  • Visit India’s most iconic landmark – the beauty in white – the Taj Mahal

OVERVIEW

Temperatures start inching upwards during the month of March. It starts to get hot all across India with temperatures touching 90°F. It’s a great time to visit the Himalayan states as spring flowers bloom across the valleys.

WE RECOMMEND

  • Celebrate the colorful festival of Holi in Mathura
  • Sip on some of the finest teas in Darjeeling
  • Set off on scenic treks around Dharamshala

OVERVIEW

Soaring temperatures across the country make hill stations an attractive destination. It’s prime wildlife viewing season as hot temperatures and dry weather drive animals to watering holes in search of water. Mercury readings hit 100°F in northern and central parts of India. Humidity levels are also on the rise making sightseeing a challenging affair.

WE RECOMMEND

  • Birding enthusiasts will love the chance to spot a variety of avifauna in Corbett National Park
  • Visit picturesque Kashmir for the Tulip festival
  • Marvel at the majestic Kanchenjunga from idyllic Pelling

OVERVIEW

It’s hot and sultry across most of India. The only exceptions are the states in the far north which include Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh and hill stations. Daytime highs in the Golden Triangle and Kolkata cross the 100°F mark while in the south readings are just slightly lower at around 95°F.

WE RECOMMEND

  • Come face to face with the majestic tiger at Kanha National Park
  • Savor the king of fruits – the delicious mango
  • Travel the Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh

OVERVIEW

Heat and humidity levels are high in West Bengal, Rajasthan, and the Golden Triangle region. Thunderstorms become more frequent as the monsoons start to move in. Except for Ladakh, which sees dry and sunny days making it a good destination to travel to.

WE RECOMMEND

  • Explore the colonial history of Shimla
  • Find your peace in Rishikesh
  • Discover the extraordinarily beautiful landscape of Ladakh

OVERVIEW

The monsoon sets in firmly bringing in torrential rains across most of the country but particularly in western, central and southern India. This can, sometimes, lead to flooding. Some states, like Rajasthan, receive less rain making it a good tourist destination during July.

WE RECOMMEND

  • Escape to beautiful Mt. Abu in Rajasthan
  • Discover cascading waterfalls and pristine lakes in Lonavala, Maharashtra
  • Trek through a bed of wild roses and geraniums at the Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

OVERVIEW

The country is right in the middle of the monsoon season. Precipitation levels are high and the scenery turns lush and green. It’s the perfect time to check into a heritage hotel or ayurvedic resort and enjoy the warm hospitality that India is known for.

WE RECOMMEND

  • Delve into the rich history and culture of the maharajahs at Udaipur
  • Breathe in greenery and freshness at Munnar
  • Witness the battle of boats in Allepey

OVERVIEW

The monsoons are on their way out. In Rajasthan, the rains have completely stopped leaving behind a lush, green scenery. The south still receives a significant amount of rain.

WE RECOMMEND

  • Sign up for an Ayurvedic retreat in Kerala
  • Visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab

OVERVIEW

October is considered the start of the tourist season with rainfall levels and temperatures dropping across the country. It is the month of festivals in India with Navratri/Durga Puja and Diwali (October or November) being celebrated with much pomp and show across the country.

WE RECOMMEND

  • Travel the popular Golden Triangle route
  • Revel in the grandeur of the Durga Pooja celebrations in West Bengal
  • Dance along with locals in the colorful Navratri celebrations in Gujarat

OVERVIEW

Pleasant temperatures and sunny days make November a popular month to travel to India. Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in most parts of the country. In the south, Kerala and Tamil Nadu still receive rain.

WE RECOMMEND

  • Travel to the Andamans for a blissful beach vacation
  • Explore the ruins of Hampi in Karnataka
  • Experience the magic of Diwali in the holy city of Varanasi

OVERVIEW

With dry days, low humidity levels and glorious weather, December is one of the best months to travel to India. It’s peak tourist season so plan your trip well in advance if you want to visit the country during this month. The month is packed with festivals, events, and concerts. Rest assured, you won’t have a dull moment.

WE RECOMMEND

  • Be mesmerized by the vibrant culture and expansive white desert of the Rann of Kutch
  • Welcome the New Year in Goa
  • India’s party capital – Attend classical music concerts and visit ancient temples in Tamilnadu
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Lady standing near Taj Mahal, Agra, India - Best Time to Visit India

Best Time to Visit India by Region

Best Time to Visit North India

The best time to visit North India is from October to March. The temperatures vary widely between the plains of the north and the deserts of Rajasthan. Generally, the temperatures in the main season are consistently pleasant, it is dry and often up to 34°C hot. In the winter, however, it can cool down to around 0°C, especially in the evening. Rajasthan, on the other hand, is one of the country’s hottest regions so if you are planning a Jaipur tour or a Udaipur visit, the cool season from November to March is best, although rather warm.

  • Main season: October to March
  • Peak Season / Winter: December and January
  • Rainy Season: July to September

Best Time to Visit South India

The weather in South India is heavily influenced by the monsoon. In Kerala, it is rather sultry and hot throughout the year, with temperatures up to 33°C. In summer, temperatures of up to 45°C can be unpleasantly hot in southern India. During the winter months, on the other hand, the weather is most pleasant. In the higher regions, it becomes relatively fresh in the evening with 15-20°C.

  • Main season: October / November – March
  • Summer: April – June
  • Rainy Season: June / July – September

Best Time to Visit Central & West India

For Central & West India tours, prepare for warm to very hot weather in summer and a pleasant climate in the winter months of October to March. Ideal for a wildlife safari, the region is typically rather hot and humid near the coast and dry in the interiors between April to June, until the monsoon rains arrive in July. The weather in Central and West India can be very hot and sultry, especially along the coast. In the interior of the country, however, the heat is rather dry. February and March are the best months to go on an Indian safari.

  • Main season: October – March
  • Summer (Not recommended): April – June
  • Rainy Season: July – September

Best Time to Visit East India

The best travel time for East India travel is during the months of September / October to March. The entire region shines after the rain in June-August turning lush green.

Best Time to Visit the Himalayas

The temperatures, and therefore the best time to visit the Himalayas, vary according to altitude and latitude. During the day it is pleasantly warm – up to 22°C – while it can be cold in the evening and at night. During the monsoon, the chances of landslides are very high. In winter temperatures can drop to -14°C. The Himalayas at this time is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders.

  • High season: March – June, October – November
  • Winter: December – February
  • Rainy Season: July – September

Best Time to Visit India’s Islands & Beaches

The beaches of India experience a tropical climate. The best time to travel to India for a beach holiday is during the months from November to March. Then you can enjoy long hours of sunshine and average temperatures around 30°C. During the monsoon season, some rain showers can be found. The beaches are often flooded due to the high seas, and swimming is not possible due to strong currents and waves.

  • Main season: November – February
  • Low season: March – April, October
  • Rainy Season: May / June – September
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What to Pack

Carrying a shawl, stole, or scarf offers protection from the heat and dust, and can also be used to cover the head in holy places. Please carry a comfortable pair of flat shoes, since you will be walking quite a bit during your sightseeing tours. Light cottons or even light woolens (for areas closer to the Western Ghats, e.g. Ooty and Kodaikanal) are ideal. 

As a rule of thumb, visitors to the larger cities like Delhi, Mumbai, or Bangalore will find that a mix of Indian and Western clothing is acceptable and is worn by many young Indians. However, in many popular tourist destinations like Rajasthan, modesty in dress is recommended. Clothes with plunging necklines and hemlines above the knee are to be avoided. 

Please also keep in mind that modest behavior is also appreciated as public displays of affection, even between spouses, is considered in bad taste in many parts of the country.

Incredible India! What a treat this country is to the senses – wrapped up and presented in the warmth and hospitality of its people. Royal palaces, ancient temples, breathtaking scenery and so much more await you in this extraordinary country!

Ranjana Kishinani, Senior Travel Consultant

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