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When is the best time to visit India

Generally speaking, the weather in India can be divided into three seasons – summer, winter and monsoon. As India is such a large country with with diverse weather patterns and you'll find the best time to visit varies from region to region with mild winters and roasting summers occurring thanks, in part, to the natural barrier of the Himalayas. The season between October to February is regarded as the winter season and seen by many as the best time to visit India. During this time, temperatures are cool and dry, making the ideal conditions to take in the highlights and hidden gems of India. Temperatures will always be warmer in the south, with comfortable coastal beach weather.
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Month by Month Guide To Travel in India

Visit India in January

January is one of the best months to visit India due to its pleasant temperatures and low precipitation. Winter has fully arrived all over the country which means the temperatures will drop to their lowest point of the year. Cold nights in Rajasthan and the north clear for warm, dry days are a norm although fog can linger in the mornings while Delhi hosts big Republic Day celebrations. However, the weather in January in India can really vary depending of which part of the country of you are visiting. Southern states are popular as a warm, sunny escape; properties in Kerala, Cochin and Goa do fill up quickly though. Some of the best mountain views can be experienced in the Himalayas, but best you pack warm for any circumstances.
When is the best time to visit India - January

Visit India in February

February is one of the ideal times to visit almost any place in India, with balmy weather in most non-mountainous areas and fog and mist clears in the northern states. February is also a month when the festivals and fairs are raining cats and dogs in different parts of India; the country in fact is like how Salman Khan would quote it ‘Too Much Fun’. Therefore, if you have travel plans in February, you are going to attain a lifetime experience as there are way too many events and festivals that you could have expected. Hotels do get booked up well early, so it's important to plan in advance.
When is the best time to visit India - February

Visit India in March

March is a wonderful month to travel, enabling people to beat the winter ending with a fresh attitude and lots of fun, both in the sun and at a variety of festivals across the country such as Holi festival. The colourful paint-throwing event is great fun as everyone celebrates the victory of good over evil. The pristine beaches and islands like Andaman and Lakshadweep down south get busier. If you love snow then heading out north would be ideal time for adventure in Himalayas. The hill stations in India looked rejuvenated after a long winter, and welcomes visitors with enthusiasm. The northeast destinations of India are expected to see rains starting to set in. Wildlife is easier to spot as animals come out to find water.
When is the best time to visit India - March

Visit India in April

The heat has officially arrived in most places, making April one of the best months for seeing wildlife in the central parks. Water is limited, so sightings at watering holes are frequent. As daytime temperatures increase, we'd recommend excursions in the morning and evenings only. April is rewarding those travelling to pristine beaches in Goa, Kerala, Cochin; tropical islands and some gem of hill stations in South India, as well as the biodiverse Western Ghats (Ooty) and Nilgiris (Munnar). The Northeast, meanwhile, is wet, but it’s peak time for visiting Sikkim and upland West Bengal. Hotels are very busy over Easter, so plan well in advance if your travel dates aren’t flexible.
When is the best time to visit India - April

Visit India in May

It's hot almost everywhere. Really hot. Hotels offer great values during May, but we do warn of the very high temperatures of up to 45°C and the humidity, which can be very uncomfortable. Festivals take a back seat as humidity builds up, awaiting the release of the rain. Some camps close, as does desert accommodation. Wildlife sightings continue to be at their best early in the morning and early evening, though, and in the mountains it’s pre-monsoon trekking season. Picturesque Himachal Pradesh and down south hill stations in Western Ghats offer balmy escape as well as romantic getaways for newlyweds, whilst cloud covered mountains of Meghalaya and nature trails in Tirthan Valley, Shimla with its distinct colonial charm are also worth your attention.
When is the best time to visit India - June

Visit India in June

June is low, low season for travellers in India on account of the heat, but a good time to trek up north. The stunning region of Ladakh is accessible from June and offers a complete contrast to the rest of the country. Days are sunny and clear, but you will need layers for warmth. Meanwhile, the rest of the country is awaiting the monsoon; humidity is high and thunderstorms are frequent, especially in the Himalaya and southern states. With schools and colleges closing at this time of year, June becomes best time for family holidays in India for domestic travellers.
When is the best time to visit India - May

Visit India in July

With the monsoon picks-up pace, and your days in the cities are nothing more than just usual spells of showers, with many remote roads being swept away or unpassable. Do not curse the season for being stuck inside, instead pack your bags because monsoon brings a time when you can actively communicate more closely with nature. Consider visiting Ladakh, where the weather’s surprisingly fine, or do a rainy-season meditation retreat, and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in some of the best locations of Coorg and Kerala. Elsewhere in India, celebrations are underway due to the arrival of the much-needed monsoon rains.
When is the best time to visit India - July

Visit India in August

August is the time, when monsoon season has already set in every corner of India. Although the showers tend to be going stronger, but this is prime time to visit Ladakh, Manali or Shimla. The continuing rains and higher water levels mean that August (and probably September) is likely the best months for cruising along the Ganges, between the holy city of Varanasi and Patna. Departures get booked up well in advance so plan early. Some travellers love tropical areas, such as Kerala, Backwaters (Alleppey), Cochin, Munnar or Goa, this time of year: the jungles are lush, green and glistening in the rain, and rainfall is sometimes only a few hours a day.
When is the best time to visit India - August

Visit India in September

Arrival of the month of September means the wet monsoon season in Rajasthan starts to recede away, making way for clear skies and the next season, although weather is still mixed in the surrounding regions. Ladakh’s trekking season gradually comes to a close but travel is still possible. In between the heavy downpours, there’s still plenty of sunshine and beautifully hot temperatures, so you can relax on the beach and explore the cultural sights. The southwestern region of Goa is hot and sunny, with average highs of 31°C and lows of 27°C. It’s still very wet with 250mm of rain expected through the month, but the worst of the monsoon season has now passed. Further north and inland in New Delhi, temperatures are slightly higher in the daytime reaching around 33°C in the peak of the afternoon, while nights are cooler with an average low of 24°C.
When is the best time to visit India - September

Visit India in October

India is a huge country with diverse landscapes ranging from tropical coastlines to vibrant cities, snowy mountains and dry deserts. In October the weather in India varies depending on which region you visit, but most parts of the country are getting drier as the monsoon season comes to an end, and travel season starts to kick off in earnest. October sees the rains end in the north and the warm, sunny days return, in the south showers help create the beautiful post-rain greenery and lushness. In popular holiday destinations such as Goa, temperatures are very hot this month so you’ll need to be careful in the intense heat. Also, Mahatma Ghandi’s birthday is celebrated on the 2nd October and is a national holiday.
When is the best time to visit India - October

Visit India in November

One of the best months to travel anywhere in India, November offers blissful climate as well as multiple festivals. The Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan is a unique event to witness, while Diwali, the festival of light (which sometimes takes place in October), encourages beautiful candle displays, buildings covered in lights and celebratory fireworks all over the country. The hottest temperatures are on the beaches on the south coast, while the cities including the capital New Delhi are slightly cooler at this time of year. With such big changes in temperature from day to night, you’ll need to come prepared with summer clothes and warm layers.
When is the best time to visit India - November

Visit India in December

December is peak tourist season for a reason: it's an escape from the cold elsewhere, you're guaranteed glorious weather (except for the chilly mountains), the humidity’s low, the mood is festive and the beach rocks. In Goa on the southwest coast of India, the average temperature in December is a warm 27°C, reaching highs of 32°C in the peak of the day and dipping to 21°C after dark, making them a very popular option for Christmas. The north has lovely daytime temperatures with highs of 21°C, but mornings and evenings are much cooler with lows of a cold 8°C and sometimes foggy. Flight prices are among their highest in December to secure the best accommodation
When is the best time to visit India - December

Events & Festivals

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    (Early March) Holi Festival is a Hindu festival that marks the arrival of spring. Known widely as the Festival of Colour, it takes place over two days, and is a celebration of fertility, colour, and love, as well as the triumph of good versus evil.

India Climate Guide

Destination
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
18ºC
16mm
19ºC
25mm
23ºC
53mm
24ºC
86mm
25ºC
180mm
25ºC
341mm
25ºC
381mm
25ºC
363mm
25ºC
244mm
23ºC
135mm
21ºC
32mm
18ºC
7mm
23ºC
22mm
26ºC
9mm
33ºC
11mm
38ºC
3mm
41ºC
10mm
39ºC
96mm
33ºC
299mm
32ºC
290mm
32ºC
208mm
32ºC
37mm
28ºC
8mm
24ºC
5mm
31ºC
28mm
31ºC
40mm
32ºC
58mm
32ºC
146mm
31ºC
329mm
29ºC
674mm
28ºC
546mm
28ºC
379mm
29ºC
284mm
29ºC
320mm
30ºC
215mm
31ºC
54mm
9ºC
66mm
11ºC
63mm
15ºC
70mm
20ºC
45mm
24ºC
61mm
25ºC
163mm
21ºC
411mm
20ºC
343mm
20ºC
172mm
18ºC
44mm
15ºC
13mm
12ºC
29mm
23ºC
8mm
27ºC
5mm
33ºC
5mm
38ºC
1mm
42ºC
7mm
40ºC
57mm
34ºC
290mm
31ºC
314mm
33ºC
122mm
33ºC
11mm
29ºC
2mm
25ºC
4mm
28ºC
32mm
29ºC
9mm
31ºC
9mm
33ºC
18mm
36ºC
50mm
37ºC
45mm
35ºC
82mm
34ºC
154mm
34ºC
114mm
31ºC
229mm
29ºC
285mm
28ºC
144mm
28ºC
0mm
28ºC
1mm
30ºC
0mm
31ºC
1mm
32ºC
11mm
31ºC
556mm
29ºC
835mm
29ºC
566mm
29ºC
341mm
31ºC
68mm
31ºC
6mm
30ºC
1mm
-3ºC
12mm
0ºC
10mm
6ºC
10mm
11ºC
7mm
16ºC
7mm
20ºC
4mm
24ºC
14mm
24ºC
16mm
20ºC
11mm
13ºC
3mm
7ºC
3mm
1ºC
6mm
Month

Jan
18ºC
16mm

Feb
19ºC
25mm

Mar
23ºC
53mm

Apr
24ºC
86mm

May
25ºC
180mm

Jun
25ºC
341mm

Jul
25ºC
381mm

Aug
25ºC
363mm

Sep
25ºC
244mm

Oct
23ºC
135mm

Nov
21ºC
32mm

Dec
18ºC
7mm
Month

Jan
23ºC
22mm

Feb
26ºC
9mm

Mar
33ºC
11mm

Apr
38ºC
3mm

May
41ºC
10mm

Jun
39ºC
96mm

Jul
33ºC
299mm

Aug
32ºC
290mm

Sep
32ºC
208mm

Oct
32ºC
37mm

Nov
28ºC
8mm

Dec
24ºC
5mm
Month

Jan
31ºC
28mm

Feb
31ºC
40mm

Mar
32ºC
58mm

Apr
32ºC
146mm

May
31ºC
329mm

Jun
29ºC
674mm

Jul
28ºC
546mm

Aug
28ºC
379mm

Sep
29ºC
284mm

Oct
29ºC
320mm

Nov
30ºC
215mm

Dec
31ºC
54mm
Month

Jan
9ºC
66mm

Feb
11ºC
63mm

Mar
15ºC
70mm

Apr
20ºC
45mm

May
24ºC
61mm

Jun
25ºC
163mm

Jul
21ºC
411mm

Aug
20ºC
343mm

Sep
20ºC
172mm

Oct
18ºC
44mm

Nov
15ºC
13mm

Dec
12ºC
29mm
Month

Jan
23ºC
8mm

Feb
27ºC
5mm

Mar
33ºC
5mm

Apr
38ºC
1mm

May
42ºC
7mm

Jun
40ºC
57mm

Jul
34ºC
290mm

Aug
31ºC
314mm

Sep
33ºC
122mm

Oct
33ºC
11mm

Nov
29ºC
2mm

Dec
25ºC
4mm
Month

Jan
28ºC
32mm

Feb
29ºC
9mm

Mar
31ºC
9mm

Apr
33ºC
18mm

May
36ºC
50mm

Jun
37ºC
45mm

Jul
35ºC
82mm

Aug
34ºC
154mm

Sep
34ºC
114mm

Oct
31ºC
229mm

Nov
29ºC
285mm

Dec
28ºC
144mm
Month

Jan
28ºC
0mm

Feb
28ºC
1mm

Mar
30ºC
0mm

Apr
31ºC
1mm

May
32ºC
11mm

Jun
31ºC
556mm

Jul
29ºC
835mm

Aug
29ºC
566mm

Sep
29ºC
341mm

Oct
31ºC
68mm

Nov
31ºC
6mm

Dec
30ºC
1mm
Month

Jan
-3ºC
12mm

Feb
0ºC
10mm

Mar
6ºC
10mm

Apr
11ºC
7mm

May
16ºC
7mm

Jun
20ºC
4mm

Jul
24ºC
14mm

Aug
24ºC
16mm

Sep
20ºC
11mm

Oct
13ºC
3mm

Nov
7ºC
3mm

Dec
1ºC
6mm

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