What is the best time to visit Delhi?

While October to March is the best time to visit Delhi because of cool weather. However, some weeks in late November to January should be avoided because of heavy smog cover. February and March have great weather and relatively clean air to travel outside. Delhi experiences extreme temperatures in summer and winter seasons. The summer months (April to July) are scorching hot in Delhi as the temperature might rise to 45 degree Celsius. Temperatures fall a little during the monsoon season (August to September) and certain days can be good for roaming around.

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Month High/Low (°C) Rain
January 19°/ 9° 5 days
February 24°/ 12° 2 days
March 28°/ 16° 7 days
April 35°/ 22° 2 days
May 40°/ 26° 1 days
June 42°/ 29° 1 days
July 36°/ 27° 22 days
August 34°/ 26° 21 days
September 34°/ 25° 15 days
October 33°/ 21° 2 days
November 29°/ 17° 3 days
December 21°/ 9° 2 days

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Delhi in Winter (December - March)

December to March is the best time to visit Delhi as the weather remains pleasant and this is the time for various events and festivals. However, for a few weeks, sometimes extending to a month or more can be impossible to travel in Delhi because of smog, a thick cover of smoke and fog. This typically happens starts around mid-November and one of the primary causes for this has been cited as burning crops in the fields of nearby states. The smog is dangerous and it could become quite difficult to breathe and travelling during this period in Delhi is strictly not advised.

Irrespective of the weather in Delhi, Christmas and New year eve are celebrated in the city with great joy. The city comes alive with various shows and concerts. There are lots of places in Delhi to enjoy the nightlife and it's advisable to make your plans a little in advance as the places get booked quite soon.

February and March have relatively clean air and during these months, one can cover the various historical monuments and capture their cultural significance. You can visit the art museums and watch beautiful paintings, havelis and frescos.  For nature lovers and photographers as well, this is the best time to visit as the season enhances the scenic beauty of the city. Therefore, for weather and cultural reasons, these months are the best time to visit Delhi.
Winter morning in Delhi
Winter morning in Delhi Source

Delhi in Monsoon (July - September)

Delhi receives only a little amount of rainfall between the months of July and September. Generally, the rain showers are strong and typically last a few hours when it becomes quite difficult to travel outside. However, there are hardly 10-15 days in the entire season when it would rain as much. However, rains also bring down the temperature and it becomes a great day to travel if it's not raining outside.

Although it is not the proper tourist time, one can enjoy the grandeur of the rain-drenched city during these months. Delhi has a lot of quaint cafes where you can spend some quiet time in a cafe, sipping coffee and reading a book while you watch the rain pour. During the rainy season, one can go around the lanes and taste favourite street foods like samosas, chaat, shawarmas and momos.

The foodies can also take a ride to Murthal for having the tastiest paranthas in Delhi, in one of their dhabas. Art lovers can attend the various art festivals organised in the monsoon. Red Earth's monsoon Festival is a complete delight for art lovers. When there are light rain showers, one take a paddle ride in the various lakes of Delhi.

Monsoon season in Delhi
Jama Masjid on a cloudy weather day in Delhi Source

Delhi in Summer (April - June)

Summers in Delhi is hot and dry, with temperatures ranging from 25 to 45 degrees. Although this is not the right time to visit Delhi, many tourists visit during this time as well. Ample amount of water to keep yourself hydrated and sunglasses are required when you sightsee during the day time. There are some fun activities you can do in summers.

There are malls where one can shop and go ice skating. One can plan to spend a Sunday morning in Gurgaon to watch the Raahgiri day, a social initiative undertaken by an organisation in Gurgaon. Here, one can enjoy activities like playing Ludo, yoga, cycling etc. You can head to Khari Baoli to enjoy the lip-smacking golas. For foodies, the absolute delight during the summers is the International Mango festival held every year in summers.

Besides, one can indulge in the summer pool parties during the day and visit the various clubs during the nights. You take a night walk in the Chandni Chowk when cold winds blow and enjoy the vibrant culture and rich heritage of Old Delhi in those lanes.

Summer evening in Delhi
Humayun's Tomb in Delhi Source

Events in Delhi

Nh 7 Weekender

28th - 29th November

Area 79 Music And Arts Festival

12 - 13th April

Area 79 is a fun, innovative cultural festival which takes place in New Delhi. A wide variety of events spanning across musical and other performing arts take place. It's aim is to acquaint the Indian (Read More) crowd with an international experience of Alternative Music lifestyle and culture.

India Art Fair, Okhla

31st January - 3rd February 2019

Held in New Delhi, India Art Fair is one of the leading international art fairs held in South Asia. It is a four-day event that celebrates the art and culture of India. By giving an insight into the d (Read More)evelopment of the artistic scenario of the country and by providing a platform to artists and artisans to showcase their talents; India Art Fair is an extensive program. With numerous Indian and International artists presenting their works, the India Art Fair brings together organisations, art charities, national art institutions and galleries.

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International Mango Festival

Yet to be announced

Celebrating the 'King of fruits', the Mango festival is a must visit for all mango lovers. Organized by the Delhi Government in alliance with Delhi Tourism, more than 1100+ varieties of mangoes are pu (Read More)t on display here, which includes the popular as well as some rare species. Through this exhibition, different types of mangoes from all over the country are brought together in one place and trading of the fruit is encouraged.

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India International Trade Fair

November 14, 2019, to November 17, 2019

The ‘India International Trade Fair’ is an annual event held at Delhi's Pragati Maidan, between 14–27 November. The event, organised by the India Trade Promotion Organization is one of the largest tra (Read More)de fairs in the world, both terms of exhibitor and visitor participation. Since its inception in 1980, it has evolved as a significant international event that sees involvement by the business communities from numerous countries, and an equally enthusiastic turn around of consumers and visitors

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Delhi Photos

Red Fort (Lal Quila) - Historical Mounument in Delhi Occupies an area of 254.67 acres
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