Best time to visit Rajasthan is between October and February which is the winter season. July to September can also be an excellent time to visit as the mostly dry and arid state receives some amount of rainfall, but the humidity and the temperatures are mostly high. The state also experiences extremely high temperatures during the summer season which begin in March and last till June. Compared to the summers which are sweltering and dry, the temperature remains warm and pleasant throughout the day during winters which is the perfect time to explore all the palaces, temples, and forts. Also, the major fairs and festivals of Rajasthan are celebrated around this season. The nights during winters get very chilly, and one should avoid getting out during the nights.
Summer season in Rajasthan starts in March and lasts until June. This season is quite extreme as the temperature could go as high as 48°C during peak day-time hours. The scorching heat makes it uncomfortable to explore the attractions in the state. It is better to avoid visiting the cities during summers. However, there are specific destinations which offer a suitable climate for exploring like Mount Abu, Kumbhalgarh or Ranakpur where the temperature ranges between 24°C and 33°C. It is, however, always advisable to check the weather and temperature forecast of the place before heading out.
Regardless of the temperature, the summer season brings a load of festivals and fairs for one to enjoy. Braj Holi is celebrated in March. It is a 2-day festival dedicated to Lord Krishna. The Jaipur International Jazz and Blues Festival are also held in March. The month also sees the Dhulandi Festival which is celebrated with colours and water to mark the beginning of the spring season. The famous Rajasthan Festival is celebrated in March too. April brings the Gangaur and Mewar Festivals and May, the Summer Festival of Mount Abu. All in all, there’s a lot one can witness even when the temperatures soar sky high in Rajasthan.
July marks the beginning of the monsoon season in Rajasthan which goes on until September. The temperatures drop across the state when it rains; however, the humidity levels increase incredibly as the monsoons progress and can go up to 77% in some regions. Most regions receive low or moderate rainfall; however, some parts experience heavy showers during this period. Hailstorms are also frequent in specific areas. The rains transform the otherwise dry and arid landscape of Rajasthan, and a beautiful green carpet appears to add to the charm of the beautiful state. Attractions like the national parks, lakes and forts on the hilltop are mesmerising at this time. Alwar, Bundi, Mount Abu, Banswara, Jhalawar, Udaipur and Pushkar are some of the places tourists can visit during the season. One can also witness the festival of Kajli Teej/ Teej Festival which is celebrated in August.
From October, the winter season begins, and it goes on till February. The temperature mostly hovers between a minimum of 2°C and a maximum of 33°C. During the peak season, the night time temperature sometimes drops below 0°C. It is considered to be the best time to visit Rajasthan since days are pleasant, and desserts are not too hot. So exploring the tourist attractions is quite convenient and enjoyable for the tourists. The peak hours of the day may not be as comfortable, and it is advisable to only stick to indoor attractions instead of the outdoor activities.
Like several other states, some of the most important and loved fairs and festivals are celebrated during the winter season in Rajasthan. Abhanari Festival, Navaratri, Dussehra, Rajasthan Kabir Yatra, Adventure Festival and the Marwar Festival are celebrated in October. November brings the Chandrabhaga Fair, Bundi Festival, Pushkar Fair and the Kolayat Fair while in December one can witness the Winter Festival of Mount Abu, Ranakpur Festival, Kumbhalgarh Festival. January sees the famous Camel Festival while in February, the Desert Festival is held. With so many events that demonstrate the vibrant and colourful culture of Rajasthan, winter season, undoubtedly, is the best season to visit Rajasthan.
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