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Weather in India in July – India Someday
Weather in India in July – India Someday

AN OVERVIEW OF WEATHER IN INDIA IN JULY

In July half of the year has passed and India has seen all possible climates already: from snow to heat to rain, from dryness to humidity and from cold and hot temperatures. By end of June the monsoon covers the most of the country with a thick and wet blanket of clouds and weather in India can be called nothing else but wet. From Kerala in the south to the Himalayas in the north, from Rajasthan in the west to Sikkim and Darjeeling in the east, it rains regularly and heavy in all regions. Find out more about the effects of the rain season and how it can impact your travels in this blog.

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Most locals will be still quite happy with the weather as the hot summer months are finally over and the rains provide a cooler and fresher air to breathe. Temperatures drop between 5 and 10 °C on a monthly average. Rivers, waterfalls and lakes fill up and therefore the agricultural industry becomes busy. It is a great time for farmers but also for trekking and tropical nature enthusiasts.

SOUTH INDIA IN JULY

Kerala faces slightly less heavy rain showers in July compared to June but it rains more often and long-lasting in this month. It is a great time for trekking and national park visit but we aware of the blood-sucking ledges. But if you prefer less wet holidays with lots of sun July might not be the best time to visit Kerala.

The constant rain can also cause interruptions for travels and activities. In Goa many resorts, restaurants and shacks will be closed from May to September, similarly at the beaches of Kerala. If you find a resort that stays open though you can catch great discounts on stays, even at luxury stays. And both Goa and Kerala offer lush greenery in the countryside.

If you still decide to travel despite the humid and wet weather we would recommend to concentrate on the Western Ghats, a 1600km long mountain range listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site parallel to the coast of the Arabian sea. The region is covered with national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, forest reserves as well as charming hill stations. You can’t just find various wild and unique flora and fauna species in those hills but also endless fruit, tea and coffee plantations. And in July they offer cooler temperatures and less stuffy air than in the cities and plains of India. Wayanad, Munnar and Thekkady are such places but also the Dudhsagar Waterfall Hike in Goa. Ooty in Tamil Nadu is very popular amongst domestic tourists to flee the annoying conditions of the cities in the monsoons.

Tamil Nadu doesn’t face the entire power of the rain season in July yet as the monsoon hits this region later from August to November with the wettest month being November. But even here it can be quite cloudy and therefore cooler in July. Tamil Nadu tends to be very hot in the rest of the year (except winters) so it might be a great time to visit, especially if you come mainly for the sightseeing of temples and religious monuments.

NORTH INDIA IN JULY

By end of June and beginning of July the monsoon has also hit Rajasthan and the other central and northern regions with full power. All the popular cities of the North like Jaipur, Agra, Delhi, Varanasi, Rishikesh and Amritsar face the highest precipitation and number of rainy days in July and August.

Even though the sun doesn’t shine often through the heavy clouds the temperatures just drop slightly and the humidity increases. Travelers who prefer humid heat to dry heat should come to Rajasthan now but it will leave you feeling exhausted if you are physically active.

The cooler regions at the foothills of the Himalayas seem like a good escape but don’t underestimate the power of the monsoon when it hits the mountains and cloudburst appear. The regions of Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarkhand have experienced many such extreme weather events when suddenly a huge amount of water was dropped in very less time. In 2013 thousands of residents, tourist and pilgrims were killed near the holy temple of Kedarnath when a landslide caused by such a cloudburst came from the mountains and carried away everything in its way. Even though that happened in June, cloud bursts and landslides are more common in July so keep this in mind if you want to travel and trek in the mountains despite the rain.

If you want to escape the heat and the monsoon all together and enjoy stunning landscapes in the mountains, Ladakh or Lahual Spiti might be the best destination in India in July for you. The state in the most northern part on India in the midst of the high mountain ranges of the Himalayas offers breathtaking views and great opportunities for hikes. Ladakh is also called the cold dessert for a reason as the precipitation is very low up here. In July the temperatures are at its maximum high for this region but rarely reach higher than 30°C. But it is also the main tourist season for this part of India so be prepared that it won’t be as tourist-free as the rest of India.

The east stream of the monsoon winds hit the north east of India by beginning of June and some regions like Meghalaya get an intense amount of rain. Rather plan a visit to this region after October.

July certainly offers a rather difficult weather in India. It rains a lot, it is humid and it might get hot. The sun shines rarely and flooding and landslides are common. But while the cities might be less hospitable due to the dense infrastructure and lack of drainage systems, in the rural areas and especially the hill stations will welcome you with lush greenery and strong impressive waterfalls. . The very north of India in the Himalayas offers the best choice of travel destinations in June as the temperatures are moderate and the precipitation low.

Plan your trip to India in June with us now and we will suggest the best places to enjoy during this travel time.


Weather in India in October – India Someday
Weather in India in October – India Someday

Overview of Weather in India in October

What’s the weather like in India in October? It’s the beginning of winter. It’s also the beginning of the travel season. That means rates are still low, but climbing. The rain has just passed and it might be a bit hot. It gets cooler as the month progresses. Humidity is low, and that’s a great blessing. Up north, the winter is near. We’re basically caught between hot and wet and cool and dry.

Festivals in India in October

October brings with it a huge host of festivals. Navratri, Durga Puja and most importantly Diwali. You can’t miss these. Durga Puja in Calcutta is full of singing, dancing and culture. Diwali is an ethereal festival in Varanasi in particular. Light delicate clay lamps and set off fireworks with children.

Almost all of the country is accessible during this month. Only Leh-Ladakh is cut-off by the snow.

Since it’s the very beginning of the season, travel is cheap. If you can book in advance, you’ll save big. Indians are also travelling a lot because of the festivals. Try and avoid that rush. If you’re coming in for Diwali, book well in advance. Hotel rooms will still be cheap but travel won’t.

 


Weather in India in March
Weather in India in March

What’s the weather like in India in March?

India in March signals the end of the winter season and the beginning of the excruciatingly hot summer. It’s still more likely to still be pleasant than April or May, though.

Where should you go in India in March?

It is a good time to visit parts of North India apart from Rajasthan. That means Amritsar, Rishikesh, Dharamshala. Anywhere in Himachal Pradesh, Shimla and Manali are also very pleasant. Hill stations were invented exactly for this reason. So climb those mountains and beat the summer heat!

South India starts getting hot in March.It won’t be as pleasant as January or as hot as April-May. The beginning of off-season means that it’s a lot less touristy and easier to travel. That means cheaper accommodation and travel and empty beaches. It’s not a good time to see the temples as it may get too hot.

Last but not least, the North East. It’s a great time to discover these off-beat states. Green , blossoming and bursting with culture. The food is delicious and the people lovely.

Festivals in India in March

March is also when the festival of Holi is celebrated and that’s an unmissable Indian experience. Colour, fun, food and just a little bit of intoxication. What more could you want?


Weather in India in August
Weather in India in August

An overview of weather in India in August

India has three seasons: Winter, Summer and Monsoon. Unfortunately, August falls right in the rain season which lasts from beginning or middle of June until end of September. This means that there can be heavy durable rainfall in most regions across India in August.

But even though it’s mostly off-season for tourism in India, it does not mean you can’t travel. India has more than one climate zone and one needs to differentiate between them. Furthermore, there is no such thing as bad weather, as my PE teacher used to say. There are only wrong clothes and an unsuitable attitude.

The main advantages of this time of the year:

  • You can get off-season bargains for hotels, even in the luxury section across your stay. Great time for backpackers!
  • You can enjoy most places to yourself with minimal number of tourists so your experience can be more authentic.

SOUTH INDIA IN AUGUST

Kerala and Goa usually receive very heavy rain during the monsoon. It does dampen plans of exploring the state of Kerala or relaxing on the beaches of Goa. When it rains, it will rain for hours, it will be heavy, and it may rain for an entire day. Then it can clear up for a couple of days and not rain at all.

However, the countryside comes alive during these months. It is gorgeously green and the rivers and lakes are teeming with water. Since it can get still pretty hot and especially close to the seaside very humid, the hill stations become popular destinations among domestic tourists. Wayanad, Munnar and Thekkady in Kerala offer lush green nature and mesmerizing views.

The rocky surroundings of Hampi where you can explore ancient temple and palace ruins of an empire long gone, might be worth a visit as it can get very hot and dry in central India during the rest of the year.

But  try to avoid visiting the state of Tamil Nadu in August. The rains during the first monsoon – Tamil Nadu faces a second phase of Monsoon in December –  these have been rather weak here over the last years so it can get still very hot and humid without the cooling effects of the rain.

Visit Goa and Kerala in August if you want to enjoy off-season discounts, stay at a lovely luxury resort for less than half the cost and enjoy having the place to yourself. Having a swim in the ocean might be a little dangerous due to the strong currents coming with the south-west monsoon but many of the discounted resorts have pools. Goa becomes very hilly and lush the further you travel away from the coast.

Here you can hike to the Dudhsagar Waterfall which is amongst the five highest of India but definitely the easiest accessible.

NORTH INDIA IN AUGUST

While Delhi, Agra, Varanasi and Rajasthan also receive rain during the month of August, the intensity is never the same as in South India.

Especially from the foothills of the Himalayas in the north down to central India below Delhi and Agra the showers are not as heavy and do not last as long. The temperatures cool down during the rains when it is cloudy and overcast and the countryside turns green.

In the Thar dessert of Rajasthan there might not be any rain at all. If it rains it is strong but doesn’t last long. After a couple of very hot months during the first half of the year the monsoon months bring some cooling moments to the region.

August can actually be quite a nice month to visit North India. It isn’t extremely hot thanks to the rains, there are off-season discounts for most accommodations and services, less tourist crowds and the pretty lush countryside. But every rain season is different and sometimes it can rain more and in some years droughts become an issue. It’s definitely more humid than in the winters.

 MOUNTAINS IN THE NORTH

August is a good month to visit Leh and Ladakh as the weather is clear with minimal or no rain. It can already get cold, especially in the second half of August so be sure to pack some woolen clothes.

The rest of Himalayas, i.e. Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Sikkim and Darjeeling  get a lot of rain during the month of August and landslides are very common. Rishikesh, Dharamsala and Manali as the most popular cities in this region often face lots of rain in August so outdoor activities are mostly impossible.

If you would like to go to Leh a flight might be a better idea than going by road.

All in all, it is possible to travel in August to India. If you enjoy backpacking with small spending and more authenticity due to less tourists, then August is the time for your adventure. Just pack a rain jacket and gum boots and be prepared to spend some time during heavy rains indoors with some ‘chai’ and a good book.


Weather in India in September
Weather in India in September

An overview of Weather in India in September

What is the weather in India in September like?

Most travelers don’t know it, but September is a great month to visit India. It marks the last month of the monsoons. It usually means lighter rains or heavy rains but only in short spurts. Overall India in September is drier and sunnier than the months of July and August. It is also the last ‘off-season month’ for hotels in India. Hotels in India offer fabulous discounts during off-season.

North India is drier than South India. Kerala can still receive persistent showers during the month of September.

Weather in North India in September

North India is a great region to visit in the month of September. The rains are usually light and in short spells. The countryside comes alive in shades of green, the rivers and lakes are teeming with water. The days are sunny and the temperature can vary from being pleasantly warm to hot. Never too cold, even at night.

Overall, the rains are hardly an obstacle in North India and more so in the month of September. Off-season rates, low number of tourists and sunny days make North India a great region to tour in September.

A lot of the touristy activities would not have kicked off yet. For instance, in Jaisalmer you may not be able to do an overnight camel safari as it is still off-season. All National parks in India only open towards the start or the middle of October.

Weather in the Himalayas in September

September is considered to be the post-monsoon month for the Himalayas. It means clear weather with no or less chances of rain and temperatures that are pleasant without being too cold. Visibility in the Himlayas of the distant peaks is best during the post monsoon months. (i.e. September onwards). September is a great time to relax at a Himalyan hill station or set out on treks.

Weather in South India in September

Depending on which part of South India you are touring you will encounter either little or a lot of rain. Kerala is usually still very wet during the month of September. Very pretty as it is very green, but heavy rains are common. Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are usually dry during the month of September. The days are sunny and hot.

Weather in Goa in March

September is quite an in between month to be in Goa. It can be wet, but showers are not as heavy. You can get a week of little or no rain and very sunny days too. However, the waters are still rough during the month of September. South Goa is still very dead as it is off-season. North Goa would slowly be kicking into action with shacks, restaurants and activities opening up.

India Someday recommendations for traveling in India in September:

With off-season rates and a lower number of tourists, September is a great month to tour India. North India and the Himalayas would be the best region to tour. However, a South India tour of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka is perfectly possible. One can still look at spending a little time in Kerala and or Goa as it can be very pretty.


Weather in India in December
Weather in India in December

India in December is laden with festivals and holidays and never a moment to spare in between. As the North gets out its winter wardrobe, the sultry cities of the South simmer down to a perfect temperature. Sunny afternoons are capped off with cool, sweet evenings. Beaches are flooded with soft breezes and the deserts of the north grow cool.

The North-Eastern monsoon will just be weaning itself off the East Coast, so factor that into your plans as well. The first month of the tourist season comes with a corresponding rise in prices. It’s all worth it because of the weather alone. If you’re booking through us, we’ll even ease the price hike.

Where to go in December

If you want to focus your stay down South, it’ll be very pleasant. Check out some of the beautiful ancient cities like Hampi that lie away from the coast. They can be impossible to visit in the summer.

If you can carve out two weeks for the trip, you can try this route.

It’s also a great time to explore the deserts of Rajasthan. The temperatures can drop quite sharply at nightfall so be warm. If you have something ambitious in mind, like a long trek, now’s a good time. December means not having to worry about dehydration or heat-induced headaches. If that sounds interesting to you, you can read more about it here.

If you still feel the itch to travel but can’t decide if it’s the right time, drop us a line. You can contact us at thinkingindia@indiasomeday.com and we’ll give you all the help you need.


Weather in India in May
Weather in India in May

AN OVERVIEW OF THE WEATHER IN MAY

The Indian Summer begins in mid march and lasts till mid June. Normally the first thought while travelling in India in May, would be that it would be extremely hot. And though that is right for most parts of the country, there are few destinations which are perfect to visit in May.

The golden triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur should be avoided unless you have the spirit to endure 45s (Centigrade). Yes this does mean missing out on the Taj but there is always the next time. The Coastal regions of Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu are hot and humid but for people looking at tanning out in the sun could not ask for a better time. t is also considered off season so you might get a bargain at some of the hotels. The best region to travel would be the Himalayas in the north or North East. The roads to reach  Leh and Ladakh would just about be opening and the mountains have the perfect weather. If you are keen on spotting a tiger and able to bear the heat then the summer months have the best probably.

What to wear in Summer would be light and comfy clothes, cotton shirts and pants or even linen are ideal. If visiting the mountains specially Leh carry a light jacket. Its also best to carry a umbrella, cap and plenty of sunscreen.

SOUTH INDIA IN APRIL

TAMIL NADU AND KARNATAKA

South India is hot and humid for the entire duration of the summer.  the humidity might lead to some rain showers if you are lucky, but the only way to escape the heat is to head towards the hills in kodaikanal or Conoor. The coffee plantations of coorg and the national parks of Kabini are also great during May. Overall the weather can be a little energy sapping but there are enough cities to visit.

KERALA AND GOA

Kerala is famous for its beaches and backwaters. But in the summer it is better to visit its rainforests (Wayanad) and tea plantations (Munaar). The hotels do offer great offseason discounts, so just picture a warm sunny day, with you sipping a cold drink while lazing in the pool in one of the many boutique hotels in Kerala.There is no better way to enjoy the natural beauty of Kerala. The beaches of Varkala or  Marari are also a good option to get a nice tan this summer.

Goa, is always a good destination to visit, and though the hotels might not be operational and some of the famous restaruatns closed for offseason, goa always has something to offer. The Summer is a great time to explore the rain forests in Goa and even the Dudhsagar falls

HIMALAYAS IN APRIL

The Indian tradition in this time is simple. You should always head straight for the hills.  And by hills we mean the Himalayas. The enormous range is bathed in sunlight and as the snows start melting you will see plenty of waterfalls.  The temperatures are nice and pleasant ranging from 15 to 25 degrees.

Head to Himachal, Uttarkhand, Sikkim or even Arunachal and experience the sweet cool air caress your hair as you climb through scenic hairpin bends. Hardwood-floored homestays will greet you with open arms . You’ll find not only sweet tiled-roof cottages but also local chocolate and wool sweater economies. You’ll find whitewashed chapel and serene Buddhist monasteries at every turn You can even ride a toy train to reach the summer capitals of Darjeeling and Shimla. Escape tourists in quaint villages of Shoja, Kotgarh in Himachal or Itmenaan in Uttaranchal.

You can visit Leh and Ladakh, but the roads to Pangong or Nubra would probably not be open yet as the passes would still be snowed in. Kashmir though is very easily accessible, and it is flower and cherry blossom season.

NORTH INDIA IN APRIL

The temperatures in Varanasi, Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra in general are in the mid forties. We recommend to avoid these regions during the summer as the high temperatures,  these are accompanied with some unpleasant winds. Though in case you wish to stay in the luxury hotels and palaces you can get some fantastic discounted rates.

May is also the ideal for tiger safaris. So Ranthambore or Kanha or Bandhavgarh are national parks worth visiting. As the safaris are often early in the morning or in the late afternoons, you would never really be in the scorching afternoon sun.

TO SUM IT UP

Visit Leh and the Hiamlayas in May. Next look at visiting the tea plantations in the North east  or in Kerala. And let North India (Delhi, Agra, rajasthan) be a destination you visit later on when the weather cools down. Let us know if you are planning a holiday to India this May and we can customize your trip for you.