With the celebration of Dura Pujo in September-October, the tourist season is declared open in West Bengal during this period. During November and December, exclusive tourism festival called Teesta Tea and Tourism fest are celebrated, it is a great time to visit the city as these festivals are real fun to be a part of, there are multiple activities, water sports, cultural events happening. It is like the whole of Kolkata has come together at one place to extend a warm welcome to its tourists. The weather remains pleasant as it gets colder, the mountains of Darjeeling experience heavy snowfall in the later half of December impacting the connectivity. Tourists then start coming from late January till March as the weather continues to be pleasant.
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Purulia in Winter (October - February)
Winters from October - February is the best time to visit Purulia concerning weather, as the temperatures range between 3°C and 20°C. The days are charming, pleasant and comfortably cool. The nights get nail-bitingly cold, so it is recommended to take wools and jackets to keep the cold at bay. This is the tourist season in Purulia – hotel prices are hiked, but they are still cheap when compared to other cities. Make sure to book your stay in advance to avoid last minute hassles. Stroll through the villages of Bhawanipur, Cheliama and Deulghata as you explore Jain, Buddhist and Hindu relics. Discover the wonders of local culture as you explore Panchkot Palace and Kashipur Palace. Lounge by Saheb Bandh Lake and watch the birds fly by, drinking in the serene atmosphere.
Hiking and trekking are the best winter activities at Purulia. Ajodhya Hill comes alive with rivulets, waterfalls, brooks and streams that are replenished by the monsoon. You can spot exotic vegetation and animals during your trek, and the cold weather makes it ideal for hiking. You can camp under the stars and watch the Milky Way too, at Matha forest. Rock climbing courses are also offered here.
With October comes the famed Navaratri festival, a nine-day extravaganza commemorating the Goddesses of the Hindu faith. During these nine nights, the entire city is decked with lights, colours and beautiful idols of the deities. Durga Puja is a special prayer offered to Goddess Durga, the fierce warrior deity. The original Bengali depictions of the goddesses are a treat to the eyes indeed. Get your hands on the miniature replicas of these famed idols – they make for great souvenirs too. Watch the traditional Bhuang dance and prepare to be enthralled by the gorgeous spectacle on display. The Tushu festival is held in December and is truly a riot of colours. Poush Sankranti is a harvest festival held in January. This is the perfect occasion for you to taste the famed Bengali sweets, each holding a burst of exquisite flavours and delectable treats.
Purulia is perfect for photographers and culture enthusiasts looking to learn more about the eclectic traditions of the locals. Different festivals are held all year long, making it ideal for you to explore different rituals at different times of the year. The cheap prices make it perfect for travellers and backpackers on a tight budget. Great weather, astounding cultures and great trekking opportunities make this city a must-visit!
Purulia in Monsoon (July - September)
The monsoon in Purulia lasts from July to September which drastically changes the climate. With temperatures dropping between 20°C and 30°C there is reasonably high precipitation, which may hamper your sightseeing plans. The air is humid and cold, and pleasant at nights. Ajodhya Hill and Joychandi Hill are a sight to behold in the monsoon, with the rains giving a new lease of life to the verdant vegetation of the Dolma Range. Experienced trekkers looking for a challenge are bound to enjoy the rewarding hike up Ajodhya Hill. The Manasa festival held in August invokes the traditional Snake Gods and sees stunning folk performances that go on well into the night. Chata Parab is a celebration held in September, which is marked by colourful folk performances that go on all night long. Bhadu, a fertility ritual is held in September too.
Purulia in Summer (March - June)
Summer sends the mercury soaring to a maximum 41°C in Purulia, especially in the afternoon. With a minimum of 23°C, the evenings and nights are quite pleasant and comfortable. The dry air ensures that you don’t feel too balmy as well. June is the hottest month of the year, so it is not advised to plan a trip to Purulia in June. March and April are the most comfortable off-season months to visit Purulia as there is not much rainfall and you can go sightseeing in the evenings. Off-season prices are a steal too. Visit the Panchet Dam, Futiari Dam and Murguma Dam and take in the breathtaking views. Take along an umbrella and a bottle of water to stay hydrated, and make the best use of the great off-season prices in Purulia, as the famous sites are not that crowded too. This makes summer the best time for tourists on a budget to visit Purulia. You can go trekking in the Ajodhya hills and enjoy the picturesque views of the valley. Keep in mind that it is not advisable for novice trekkers to attempt trekking at Ajodhya in summer as the heat may make it too difficult to do so.
Summer also heralds harvest festivals and celebrations in the local villages to beat the heat. These celebrations serve as a distraction from the harsh life of the communities. Shiber Gajan is one such festival invoking the Hindu God Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Locals dress up as the deities, sing and dance as they invoke the blessings of the sacred couple. The intricate costumes, colourful accessories and soulful music are a must-watch indeed. Disum Sendra is a hunting festival at the Ajodhya Hills, where young boys set out at night to prove their manhood. Take a sip of the famed Mathul juice as you join the hopeful hunters. Rohini Utsav is a harvest festival celebrated in May. Village walks and heritage walks are a great way to understand and appreciate the nuances of local culture. The locals are friendly and welcoming.