Best Time to Visit Assam

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What is the best time to visit Assam?

The best time to visit Assam is from September to May when temperatures range from 15°C to 28°C, with minimal rainfall and flourishing landscapes. March to May, Assam is adorned with blooming orchids, enhancing the region's natural beauty. In April, Assam celebrates Bihu, the harvest festival, adding to the joyous ambiance.  Additionally, Wildlife enthusiasts can explore renowned national parks like Kaziranga and Manas, as summer (March- May) is ideal time. Note: Kaziranga National Park is closed from June to September. While September and October strike a balance between favorable weather and fewer crowds, the winter months can get a bit chilly with temperatures being mildly pleasant perfect for sightseeing, although temperatures can drop to 8 degrees at night. However, the monsoon season may present challenges due to unpredictable weather conditions. 

Peak Season (October to March)

  • With temperatures ranging from 10°C to 30°C, the weather is ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing.
  • From March to May, Assam is adorned with blooming orchids, adding to its natural beauty. Wildlife enthusiasts can embark on safari adventures in renowned national parks like Kaziranga and Manas. 
  • During this time, the region experiences a surge in tourist activity as travelers flock to explore its diverse landscapes and cultural heritage. 
Off Season (June to August)
  • Characterized by heavy rainfall and high humidity, temperatures range from 25°C to 35°C.
  • The region experiences reduced tourist activity due to challenging weather conditions, including flooding and travel disruptions.
  • Despite the lush greenery and blooming flowers, outdoor activities may be limited.
  • However, adventurous travelers can still enjoy unique experiences such as river cruises on the Brahmaputra River.
  • The off-season offers a quieter ambiance for appreciating Assam's natural beauty, albeit with unpredictable weather.
Shoulder Season (September, April to May)
  • Temperatures range from 20°C to 30°C, offering comfortable conditions for outdoor activities.
  • This period strikes a balance between moderate rainfall and mild temperatures, with blooming flowers enhancing the region's beauty. 
  • The shoulder season allows visitors to enjoy favorable weather and engaging experiences in Assam without the crowds of the peak tourist season, making it ideal for wildlife safaris and trekking adventures.

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Assam in Summer (March - June)

Weather and Temperature:  In the hill regions of Assam, such as Haflong, the summer temperatures are milder, ranging from 15°C to 25°C. These areas offer a cool respite from the heat. In the plains and low-lying areas like Guwahati, Dibrugarh, and Jorhat, temperatures range between 25°C to 35°C. The weather can be quite hot and humid during this time.

Rainfall generally starts in Assam from late June. While the entire state experiences significant rainfall, areas like Cherrapunji and Mawsynram, located near the Assam-Meghalaya border, receive some of the highest rainfall in the world.

Popular Destinations and Activities
  • Kaziranga National Park: Famous for its one-horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga offers jeep safaris and elephant rides. Wildlife sightings are abundant, but the park closes by the end of April.
  • Majuli Island: The world’s largest river island offers a tranquil escape with its unique culture and Satras (Vaishnavite monasteries). Activities include boat rides, exploring the Satras, and interacting with the local Mishing tribe.
  • Guwahati: The bustling city offers visits to the Kamakhya Temple, Umananda Island, and Assam State Museum. The Brahmaputra River cruises are particularly scenic during this time.
  • Haflong: Known as the "Switzerland of the East," Haflong is perfect for trekking, camping, and exploring local tribal culture.
  • Bohag Bihu: Celebrated in mid-April, Bohag Bihu marks the Assamese New Year and is celebrated across the state with great enthusiasm. The festivities include traditional music, dance, and feasts.
  • Rongali Bihu: This festival, also part of the Bohag Bihu celebrations, includes community feasts, Bihu dance performances, and cultural shows, primarily in regions like Guwahati and Dibrugarh.
Things to Know & Tips for Planning
  • The heat and humidity can be intense, particularly during the daytime, making outdoor activities uncomfortable for some travelers. Additionally, occasional rainfall and thunderstorms are common during this time, which may disrupt travel plans and outdoor excursions.
  • Pre-Booking: It is advisable to pre-book accommodations, especially in popular tourist areas like Kaziranga and Majuli, as they can get busy during the festival season and school holidays.
  • Guided tours, wildlife safaris, and cultural experiences are readily available. It’s wise to book these in advance to ensure availability.
  • Precautions
  • Carry insect repellent, as mosquitoes can be prevalent due to the humidity. Ensure you stay hydrated and wear lightweight, breathable clothing.
  • As the monsoon season approaches, pack rain gear such as waterproof jackets and umbrellas.

Assam in Monsoon (July - September)

Weather and Temperature: In the hill regions, such as Haflong, temperatures range between 20°C to 25°C, providing a relatively cooler climate. In the plains, like Guwahati and Kaziranga, temperatures hover between 25°C to 32°C, with high humidity levels.

Assam experiences heavy rainfall during the monsoon season, which starts in late June and lasts until late September. The wettest month of the year is usually August. Areas such as Cherrapunji and Mawsynram, close to Assam, receive some of the heaviest rainfall, impacting nearby regions. While most areas receive substantial rainfall, certain pockets may experience comparatively less, but rain is widespread throughout the state.

Popular Destinations and Activities:
One of the best things about visiting Assam during the monsoon is witnessing the region come alive with vibrant greenery and blooming flowers. The heavy rainfall rejuvenates the tea gardens and forests, offering picturesque views and opportunities for nature enthusiasts to explore the lush landscapes.
Additionally, the monsoon season is an excellent time for river cruises on the Brahmaputra River. Despite the rain, travelers can embark on scenic boat rides to admire the scenic beauty of Assam's waterways and witness local life along the riverbanks.
  • Surrounding Kaziranga National Park: Although the park remains closed due to flooding, the surrounding areas offer a lush green landscape and the chance to see migratory birds.
  • Majuli Island: Visit for its serene beauty and to witness the river Brahmaputra in full flow.
  • Haflong: Ideal for a peaceful retreat amidst the hills with waterfalls and lush greenery.
  • Guwahati: Explore the Kamakhya Temple, which sees fewer crowds, and enjoy the city's vibrant monsoon festivals.
  • Bihu (Kati Bihu): Celebrated in mid-October, marking the end of the monsoon season, primarily in rural areas.
  • Ambubachi Mela: Celebrated at the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati in late June, drawing thousands of pilgrims.
Things to Know & Planning Tips
  • Pre-booking is recommended due to the unpredictable nature of the weather. Some accommodations might offer discounts during the off-season. Generally cheaper compared to the peak tourist season. 
  • Adventure activities may be limited due to rain.
  • Be prepared for travel delays and roadblocks due to heavy rains and possible flooding.
  • Mudslides and landslides are also common in hilly areas, posing safety risks for travelers.
  • Carry insect repellent and take precautions against waterborne diseases.
  • Stay informed about weather forecasts and avoid areas prone to landslides or severe flooding.
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries and National parks remain closed during this time.

Assam in Winter (October - February)

Weather and Temperature: In the hilly areas such as Haflong, temperatures range from 10°C to 15°C, offering a cool and pleasant climate. In the plains, including cities like Guwahati and Jorhat, temperatures range from 12°C to 20°C, making the weather mild and comfortable.

Popular Destinations and Activities
  • Manas National Park: Experience a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its diverse wildlife, including tigers and elephants. Participate in jeep safaris and boat rides on the Manas River.
  • Jorhat: Visit the Tocklai Tea Research Institute and nearby tea gardens. Explore the historical monuments and museums.
  • Tezpur: Explore ancient temples and archaeological ruins, such as the Agnigarh Hill and Mahabhairab Temple. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Brahmaputra River.
  • Silchar:Visit the Khaspur ruins and the Bhuban Hill Temple. Experience the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of the Barak Valley.
  • Guwahati: Visit the Kamakhya Temple, one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites. Enjoy a river cruise on the Brahmaputra River. Explore the Assam State Museum and the Umananda Temple.
  • Kaziranga National Park: Go on a wildlife safari to see the famous one-horned rhinoceros. Birdwatching is popular, with numerous migratory birds visiting the park during winter.
  • Majuli: Explore the world's largest river island and its unique culture. Visit the various Satras (Vaishnavite monasteries) and witness traditional dances and crafts.
  • Sivasagar: Discover the historical monuments of the Ahom dynasty, such as Rang Ghar and Talatal Ghar. Visit the Sivadol temple complex.
  • Haflong: Enjoy the serene beauty of Assam's only hill station. Trekking and nature walks are popular activities here.
Festivals Celebrated
  • Magh Bihu (Bhogali Bihu):Celebrated in January across Assam, marking the end of the harvest season. Enjoy traditional feasts, bonfires, and various cultural performances.
  • Ali-Ai-Ligang:A significant festival of the Mising tribe, celebrated in February/March. Features dance, music, and community feasting.
  • Dehing Patkai Festival:Celebrated in the eastern part of Assam, showcasing the region’s rich cultural heritage through music, dance, and adventure activities.
Things to Know & Planning Tips
  • It's advisable to book in advance, as popular places can get crowded.
  • River cruises in Guwahati, adventure activities, and wildlife safaris in Kaziranga and other national parks require advance bookings.
  • Occasional fog and mist may affect visibility, particularly during early mornings and late evenings.
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