Best Time To Visit India

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What is the best time to visit India?

The best time to visit India is between October and March however, since India has a diverse topography every region can be visited during different seasons of the year. October to March majorly covers the winters and beginning of summers. The summer months of April to June are typically sweltering and should be avoided. People generally visit the hilly areas during this time which leads to higher crowds and competitive prices in those regions. After the scorching heat of summers, monsoons transform the terrain into a captivating place, but the levels of humidity and precipitation may not be something one was looking for, but it can be good news for those who wish to travel on a smaller budget. Whereas during winters, the temperature in most regions falls in the night time but is pleasantly average or quite high during the day.

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Winter in India (October - January)

Tourists can cover most of the destinations/ attractions in India during winters. They get to escape the monsoons that have left the country under a dense green carpet and allow exploring most of the locations at any time of the day. Specific regions also receive snowfall around December-January making it an apt travel destination for those coming from hot or moderate temperature zones. One can get to traverse through hilly landscapes, see mesmerising views and even converse with the locals as they enjoy their stay in India. One thing that tourists should remember that almost all the famous hotels/ resorts are fully occupied during the season, so booking in advance is much recommended.

Weather and Temperature: Winter in India extends from November to February, with temperatures varying from 5°C to 25°C (41°F to 77°F). The average temperature in each state differs. However, it ranges between 20 to 26°C in central, eastern, western, south-western and southern India while it is between 10 to 17°C in the northern and north-eastern regions. 

Why Should You Visit: This is the best time to explore the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur) and Rajasthan, experiencing their rich cultural heritage. The weather is also perfect for wildlife safaris in national parks like Ranthambore and Jim Corbett.

Significant Events: Participate in the vibrant celebrations of Diwali, witness the Pushkar Camel Fair, and revel in the music and dance at the Sunburn Festival in Goa. India also has a number of annual festivals in the winter season that include Diwali, Desert Festival of Jaisalmer, Camel Festival of Bikaner, Holi, the Festival of Rann (Rann Mahotsav) in Kutch, Goa Carnival, Mount Abu Winter Festival, Christmas, New Year, Kite Festival of Gujarat, Sankranti, Lohri, Pongal, Magh Bihu etc. Each festival is a celebration of the rich culture of the region and its traditions. The festivities are full of colour and happiness. Most of these are accompanied by music, dance, skits and storytelling that keep the legends associated with them alive for the world to know.

Places to Visit: Some of the best regions to travel during winters are Rajasthan, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand or any region located at the foothills of the Himalayas, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, West Bengal, Kerala, Chennai etc. Tourists can choose to explore the heritage monuments, museums, heritage sites, go on a jungle safari or participate in an adventure sport during the first half of the day or in the early part of the evening to escape the afternoon heat. Indian coastlines are the best for sunbathing and swimming in the ocean in this season too.
  • Delhi, Agra, Jaipur (Golden Triangle): Immerse in the historical and cultural wonders.
  • Ranthambore National Park: Witness diverse wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • Goa: Enjoy the sun, sand, and the vibrant festival scene.
Things to Know: Pack layers, as temperatures can drop significantly in the evenings. Some areas in the northern plains may experience fog, affecting travel plans.

Tips to Plan a Visit: Book accommodations in advance, especially during festivals. Explore the desert landscapes of Rajasthan during the day and enjoy cultural performances in the evening.

Spring in India (February - April)

Spring in India, typically from February to April, ushers in a delightful season with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F). It's an ideal time to explore the blossoming landscapes, witness vibrant festivals, and enjoy pleasant weather. This period marks the end of winter chill, offering a rejuvenating experience as nature awakens with colorful blooms and a sense of renewal.

Why Should You Visit: Spring is perfect for witnessing nature's beauty as flowers bloom, turning hills and valleys into a picturesque canvas. The weather is pleasant, making it suitable for outdoor activities, sightseeing, and cultural experiences. It's an excellent time to explore India's diverse flora and fauna.

Significant Events: Engage in the exuberance of Holi, the festival of colors, where locals and tourists come together to celebrate the arrival of spring. Experience the cultural richness of festivals like Baisakhi in Punjab and Bihu in Assam, each offering unique traditions and celebrations.

Places to Visit:

Kashmir: Witness the blooming tulip gardens and enjoy the serenity of Dal Lake.
Darjeeling: Explore the tea gardens and revel in the panoramic views of the Himalayas.
Udaipur: Visit the City of Lakes and experience the vibrant Gangaur Festival, celebrating the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Things to Know: Pack light clothing, sunscreen, and comfortable footwear for daytime exploration. Nights can be cooler, so carrying a light jacket is advisable. Be mindful of local festivals and events, as they may impact travel plans.

Tips to Plan a Visit: Plan your itinerary around local festivals to immerse yourself in the cultural celebrations. Check for seasonal discounts on accommodations and activities. Enjoy outdoor attractions during the day and savor local cuisine in the evenings for a complete springtime experience in India.

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Monsoon in India (June - September)

For those who desire to experience the romance with Indian monsoons, exploring the hill stations and some countryside locations is a good option. It rains quite a lot in India between June and September, sometimes till mid-October. Tourism may not seem at its best, but it can be good news for those who wish to travel on a smaller budget. Hotels and resorts offer rooms at almost half the price plus one can get to explore dense forestation, lush green meadows and even walk amidst clouds as they travel to higher altitudes. The coastlines, however, is a big no because of the torrential downpour, the strong currents and absolutely no scope of beach exploration, sunbathing, swimming and water sports.

Weather and Temperature: Monsoon season runs from June to September, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). The average annual rainfall in India is between 300 and 660 mm. 

Why Should You Visit: Visit the lush green landscapes of Kerala or the picturesque hills of Meghalaya. Monsoon is also a great time to witness the grandeur of waterfalls, such as Jog Falls in Karnataka.

Significant Events: Experience the unique festival of Teej in Jaipur, marked by vibrant processions and cultural performances. Tourists can also get to witness the important festivals that are celebrated in India during the monsoons. For example, Shravani Mela, Naag Panchami, Onam, Raksha Bandhan, Gokulashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Navaratri, and Dussehra. Some of these festivals were initially celebrated only in specific regions, but today one can find the citizens celebrating them enthusiastically all over the country. The traditional ways of merriment, however, can be experienced by tourists if they visit the states. Locals wear traditional attires and perform rituals in temples/ homes and cook traditional cuisine with seasonal crops.

Places to Visit: The hill stations are perfect for exploring the densely covered mountains, watch the enchanting valleys from atop and locate fiercely gushing waterfalls, serene rivers and lakes. Some of the most exciting treks, hikes and nature walks are arranged during monsoons. Of course, one needs to be fully prepared to explore India during the season because it rains heavily (some regions receive torrential rains), the humidity is very high (between 50 and 79%), and certain areas experience floods and landslides that affect interstate, intercity and intracity travelling. Nonetheless, a thrilling voyage in the lap of nature is assured for those who wish to get mesmerised.
  • Kerala: Explore the backwaters and lush greenery.
  • Meghalaya: Witness the living root bridges and scenic beauty.
  • Karnataka: Visit Jog Falls and other natural wonders.
Some of the best places to cover in India during monsoons are Munnar, Ooty, Wayanad, Kodaikanal, Matheran, Mahabaleshwar, Coonoor etc. Meghalaya, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Jammu and Kashmir are the most visited states in India between July and October. Most of the hills stations like Lonavala & Khandala in Maharashtra, Munnar in Kerala, Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu, Coorg in Karnataka and Mussoorie in Uttarakhand receive ample rainfall, creating a paradise for nature lovers and trekkers.

Things to Know: Be prepared for heavy rainfall and humidity. Some areas, especially in the Himalayan region, may experience landslides.

Tips to Plan a Visit: Carry waterproof clothing and footwear. Check the weather forecast regularly and be flexible with your travel plans. Visit cultural and historical sites in between rain spells for a more enjoyable experience.

Summer in India - (April - June)

The months of April to June experience scorching heat in most parts of the country. People generally visit the hilly areas during this time which leads to higher crowds and competitive prices in those regions. Ideal for exploration in the northern regions, this season is perfect for trekking in the Himalayas, with destinations like Manali and Shimla offering a respite from the scorching heat in the plains. Experience vibrant festivals such as the Mewar Festival in Udaipur and the cultural extravaganza of the Khajuraho Dance Festival during this warm and adventure-filled season.

Weather and Temperature: Summer in India spans from March to June, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 45°C (77°F to 113°F).

Why Should You Visit: Summer is ideal for exploring the northern regions, including Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. These months are perfect for trekking in the Himalayas, with destinations like Manali and Shimla offering a respite from the scorching heat in the plains.

Things to Know: Carry light and breathable clothing, stay hydrated, and be prepared for high temperatures in central and northern India.

Tips to Plan a Visit: Plan your activities during the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the peak heat. Choose hill stations or coastal areas for a more pleasant climate.
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