The best time to visit Gujarat is during the winter season, i.e. between October and February. Since it is a dry region and experiences high temperatures and humidity; visiting the state in the monsoons (July to September) may also be a good idea especially in the regions that receive less or no rainfall. During summers, i.e. between March and June, the temperature soars high, making it difficult for travellers to explore most of the attractions, but there are some places worth visiting like the Saputara Hill Station and the natural reserves that provide quite some respite in the scorching heat.
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Gujarat in Summer (March - May)
Summer season in Gujarat is dry and arid which begins in March and goes on till June. The day-time temperature stays around 41°C while after sundown it hovers around 28°C, making it one of the hottest and driest states in India. There are, however, some locations that tourists can explore during summers. The southern region of Gujarat stays comparatively cooler than the north-western region. Saputara is a famous and the only hill station in Gujarat. It experiences comparatively pleasant temperatures, making it a frequently visited place in the state. Some major nature reserves are also located in the state. These can also be explored during the season. Nature enthusiasts and animals lovers can spend hours observing the wildlife thriving in the sanctuaries. Blackbuck National Park, Gir Forest National Park, Vansda National Park are some of the reserves that one can visit during the season.
Gujarat in Monsoon (June - September)
The state receives a varied pattern of rainfall in its regions. The northern region is more dry and arid in comparison to the southern and areas like Saurashtra and Kutch receive less or no rainfall. However, the major cities in Gujarat like Ahmadabad, Jamnagar and Kutch receive some amount of rainfall during the peak season. Overall, the state receives an average annual rainfall of 800 mm and the temperature hovers around 35°C. The humidity at above 62% is extremely high and could be a mood spoiler for some. Travellers might want to avoid visiting at the beginning of the season as these cities majorly face water shortage just before the monsoons begin. Some might think of hitting the seashores for water sports as there is scanty or no rainfall, but that is not advisable too because the sea is not calm and most facilities are shut during the season for safety reasons.
Gujarat in Winter (November - February)
During the winter season, Gujarat experiences temperatures between 12°C and 29°C. The climate remains pleasant and comfortable all through the day between October and February, making it a perfect environment to explore the tourist attractions, heritage hotels, majestic palaces, forts, ancient ruins, the natural reserves/ wildlife sanctuaries and monuments of religious importance. Champaner Pavagarh Archaeological Park, Gir National Park, Rann of Kutch, Sabarmati Ashram, Girnar, Adalaj Stepwell, Kalo Dungar, Jama Mosque are some of the attractions that one can explore. The attractions may get crowded at times, but the charm cannot be denied, and one will gather enough memories to cherish for life.
If visiting during this season, tourists can also get a peek into the traditional festive celebrations. The festival of Navaratri which is a ten-day festival dedicated to Goddess Durga is celebrated every year in October. It signifies the rich culture of the region and is considered to be religiously important to the locals. Locals dress up in colourful traditional attires, perform sacred rituals and enjoy folk music and dance, especially Dandiya and Garba. The famous Rann Utsav is held between November and February on the desert of Rann and includes folk music, dance, games, entertainment, exhibitions etc. that keep the tourists entertained throughout their trip. Vautha Mela and Shyamlaji Mela are also celebrated in November. Sankranti and the Kite Festival are celebrated on 14th January every year. In the same month, Modhera Dance Festival is also held. All in all, winters are the best time to see and experience the vibrant colours of Gujarat.
The International Kite Festival is among the most prominent festivals that are celebrated in this State. Ahmedabad, where the main event takes place, becomes an abode for visitors from all over the world. During the week leading up to the International Kite Festival, the local markets are flooded with numerous kite buyers and kite sellers. The most popular kite market is the Patang Bazaar, which stays open for 24 hours a day during this festival.