What is the best time to visit Santiniketan?

Santiniketan, the abode of peace, is best visited during monsoons and winters, i.e., between July and February. Other than the days when there are heavy rains, the climate remains overcast with light showers, making for a decent time to explore the rich culture of West Bengal. The climate remains comfortably cool throughout the day allowing tourists to explore every aspect of the beautiful abode whether it is set indoors or outdoors. Some may even choose to visit during the transitional season of spring which occurs in March. The weather is warmer compared to the winter season, but pleasant and comfortable. Summertime, between April and June, is not recommended to tourists because of the high-temperature the region experiences, making it the most inconvenient time of the year.

Weather in Santiniketan

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Monthly Weather in Santiniketan

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 13 26
February 17 30
March 21 33
April 25 36
May 26 37
June 27 36
July 27 33
August 27 33
September 27 33
October 25 33
November 19 30
December 15 27

Santiniketan in Winter (November-February)

For those who wish to explore Santiniketan in its entirety without having the worries of unexpected heavy rains or scorching heat waves, the autumn/ winter season is the best time to visit. The region experiences autumn between October and November while winters last between November and February. The maximum temperature hovers around 29°C while the minimum is about 13°C. Therefore, the climate remains pleasantly cool all through the day allowing tourists to explore every attraction at the location. So whether one visits to explore the abode of peace, to seek inspiration amidst nature or to pay homage to Kabiguru, Rabindranath Tagore, this is the best and the most recommended time to visit Santiniketan. One must visit the Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary, the Uttarayan Complex, Hind Bhavan, Tagore’s Ashram, the Visva Bharati University, the Amar Kutir, Kala Bhavan Sangeet Bhavan and Cheena Bhavan during their visit. The season also brings Pous Utsav/ Pousmela which is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Santiniketan. This fair draws a large number of tourists and is one of the most awaited times of the year. One can get to witness the colourful and authentic forms of folk art including handicraft, music and dance which are unique to the region.
Kalo Bari Santiniketan
Kalo Bari Santiniketan
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Santiniketan in Monsoon (July-September)

July brings the mesmerising season of monsoon which lasts till September. The climate makes a beautiful shift as it becomes cooler after the first few showers. Usually, the region receives light to moderate rainfall (average annual rainfall of around 130 mm); however, there are occasional downpours that could put a halt on the travel plans. So it is necessary that monsoon travellers keep a close tab on the weather forecast when visiting Santiniketan. Nonetheless, this is when visitors are bound to witness an environment so perfect to stroll around Santiniketan amidst lush greenery, underneath the grey skies to absorb its enchanting beauty. Carrying rain gear is highly recommended. The light and pleasant showers embellish the surrounding, making the ambience lively and rejuvenating for the tired soul. But because it is monsoons, tourists need to be aware that the levels of humidity can get high making it a wet and sweaty time of the year.
Udichi Santiniketan
Udichi Santiniketan
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Santiniketan in Summer (April-June)

The summer season in Santiniketan begins in April and lasts till June. This is when the region experiences the highest temperatures. May and June are the hottest and the driest months of the season when the temperature easily reaches 40°C during peak hours. It can sometimes even touch or cross 42°C making it a highly inconvenient time to explore Santiniketan. Any outdoor activity during the season is an exhausting affair and, therefore, the season is not recommended to tourists at all.
Kala Bhavan Santiniketan
Kala Bhavan Santiniketan
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Events in Santiniketan

Poush Mela in Santiniketan

24th - 26th December 2019

Poush Mela is the occasion when Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, along with twelve others, adopted the Brahmo. The Mela is the remembrance of this very day on the 7th Day of the Poush month. The fair is a perfect example of the amalgamation of different culture and traditions. Performances by students of Santiniketan are what lie in store for you if you happen to visit the place in December.

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