Which months are off-season months in India?
The beginning of May until the end of September is considered off-season for tourism in India. The period is divided into two seasons weather-wise i.e. May to June—summer months and July to September—monsoon season.
May and June are relatively busy months for tourism in the Himalayas as schools are out for summer in India and a lot of families plan trips to hills to escape the heat.
What is travelling during off-season like?
If differs a little from region to region and depends on whether you plan to visit during the summer or the monsoon months. Other than in the Himalayas, you can expect to see a lot less crowd and enjoy great discounts on accommodation.
Summer off-season months – Expect really hot weather. You must prepare yourself for the heat, travel slow and pick accommodation with air-conditioning.
Monsoon off-season months – July onward the heat gets more bearable, often the weather can be in the mid 20’s. However, depending on which region you plan to visit you will encounter at least a little rain, with heavy showers in several areas.
At India Someday, we strongly recommend tours to North India during the monsoons as the rains are light and the region does not receive prolonged spells of showers. All in all, you end up enjoying pleasant weather, light rains, green countryside, off-season discounts and see very few tourists.
Tips for travelling during off-season
- May and June are the hot months. They’re better avoided unless you plan to spend time in the Himalayas. Despite the fact that it is holiday season for Indians and the Himalayas are popular you can still enjoy a great holiday in there during these months
- July to September are the monsoon months. They are still considered off-season months for travelling in India. Kerala receives a lot of rain during these months However, we believe it is a great time to tour North
- Across India you will enjoy fabulous hotel deals. Expect budget hotels to be 30% cheaper and upper end hotels to be up to 50% cheaper. India has an amazing collection of palace and boutique hotels, that suddenly become affordable during this
- September marks the end of the off-season in India. It is increasingly considered as low-season, rather than off-season. While you might see a few more tourists, the monsoon showers have usually receded by then. The countryside is gorgeously green. We believe September is probably the best off-season month to visit India.