Best Time to Visit India
Wondering when is the Best Time to Visit India? Well, The best time to visit India is ideally between late October to the end of April. However, India has a very distinctive climatic pattern and a different method of conceptualizing seasons. The winters are mostly pleasant with moderate temperatures and almost no precipitation. The summer months of March, April, May and June and October, November though, can get unbearably hot. From mid June to September, the monsoon winds bring heavy rainfall across the entire subcontinent.
Therefore, the weather in India is an important factor to consider, while picking the best time to visit India. Festivals also play a large role in deciding your travel plan and itinerary. Understanding and accounting for all of these varied factors while planning the ideal holiday to India can be quite a task. Simply hit the Plan your trip button and we’ll help simplify it all. Let us help you travel your way, keeping in mind all you interests and requirements while exploring the best of this vibrant subcontinent.
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WHEN IS THE MONSOON SEASON? HOW IS IT LIKE?
The monsoon starts in June and lasts until September. It’s an exotic concept to those travellers coming from more moderate climate zones. People then think the monsoon is anything from a constant drizzle to short but heavy rainfalls to tropical storms and gales. But India is a big country with multiple climate zones and therefore the monsoon develops differently in various areas of India.
However, and we don’t want to sugarcoat it, it rains a lot! Not like a British drizzle or the one shower for a couple of minutes you get in Southeast Asia. It can rain for days and heavily in the tropical areas of the west coast and the north of India. The cities have an almost non-existent drainage system and the streets flood quickly. On top of that, there is the humidity, your constant travel companion. The rain can cause cloudbursts and landslides in the mountains. Airports and air traffic can get shut down due to fog and heavy downpours.
On the bright side…
Even though it can sometimes be quite unpleasant and it might not be the absolute best time to visit India, there are benefits to this season. The natural world comes to life; dry brown grasslands and forests become lush and green, the farmers welcome the season with full productivity, and lakes and rivers. as well as waterfalls, fill up and become stronger than ever.
Many avoid India in the monsoon, which means you get a lot of the sights to yourself. Moreover, it’s the best time in India to visit for budget-conscious backpackers who like to get the most ‘bang out of their buck’. Many hotels offer their rooms for much less, often half the cost compared to other months.
Not even the heavy downpours can bring India to a standstill.Plan your trip
PREPARING FOR THE MONSOON
Technically, you can travel anywhere as you are both physically and mentally prepared. Some areas, however, might be more enjoyable than other. Goa and Kerala get a lot of rain and humidity. We’d recommend avoiding the coastlines. Beaches lose their charm and strong currents make swimming dangerous. The beach resorts and shacks close in April and don’t open again until September or October. So it’s the best time to hit the countryside and beautiful hill stations. Wayanad, Munnar, Thekkady and even the Dudhsagar Waterfall Hike in Goa are such places. Ooty in Tamil Nadu is very popular among domestic tourists to flee from the heat of their cities. Munnar in the Western Ghats is famous for its tropical mountain climate as well as tea plantations. Check out Rachel’s two week trip across South India, definitely possible in the monsoon just without the beaches.
Escaping the Monsoons in North India
If you want to escape the monsoon all together and enjoy the mountain landscapes, Ladakh might be the best place for you. The region boasts of breathtaking views and great hikes. It’s called the cold desert as the only precipitation here is snow. July and August are the absolute ideal times to go visit. Check out Coralie’s trip to Kashmir, Leh, and Ladakh.
Rajasthan has less rainfall every year and some rural parts don’t get any rain, especially in the Thar Desert. With a varied range of boutique and heritage hotels that lower their prices during this time, it’s a good time to visit Rajasthan. Check out Henning’s trip through Rajasthan,
From June to August, it is best to avoid the mountains or the Himalayan region of India. Rishikesh, Dharamshala, Manali, Shimla, Kasol, Sikkim, and Darjeeling face heavy rainfall and consequently many landslides. It’s impossible to trek and you’d be compelled to stay indoors most of the time – not the best way to spend your precious time in India.
Escape to the mountains, like the Nubra Valley near Ladakh, during the monsoon season, and enjoy the paradisaical landscape.Plan your trip
WHEN IS SUMMER AND HOW HOT DOES IT GET?
From mid March until the monsoon starts towards the end of June, as well as October and November, it can get really hot. In the central and flat parts of India temperatures go up to 45 to 50 degrees Celsius. But that shouldn’t stop you from visiting India. In fact, it gives you the perfect chance to explore the northern region or rather the mountains of India.
Summer in India is the perfect time to visit the Himalayas or the northeastern part of India. You can venture to the spiritual haven of Rishikesh, which lies on the banks of the Ganges River. You can even visit the exiled Dalai Lama in Dharamshala. British hill stations like Shimla or Darjeeling are great to visit, while thrill seekers can trek in various regions of North India. Ladakh becomes accessible by June. Take a look at Stephanie’s spiritual voyage through the north for some inspiration on a travel route through this region.
All along the western coastline runs the massive 1600km long Western Ghats mountain range. It contains beautiful hill stations, a variety of flora and fauna, and forest and natural reserves that give it the much deserved validation of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wayanad, Coorg, Munnar and Conoor are some of the places you can visit to escape the heat
Every time you leave the plains and enter the mountainous regions between the summer months, you immediately feel the change in temperature and air quality. Since off-season folr tourism in India starts in April, you’ll already save substantially on hotel bookings. Except in the northern mountains where tourist season is at its peak in April and May.
Summers in India guarantee clear blue skies, a beautiful golden hour, be it morning or evening. Every Photographers paradise.Plan your trip
WHEN IS TOURIST SEASON in india?
The best time to visit India, and hence when the tourist season starts, is from November to the beginning of March. This is when India faces mostly moderate temperatures in the south, central and the flat parts of North India and really cold weather and inaccessible routes in the far north.
If you plan your holiday during this time, it is best to book at least three months in advance to get the best pick of hotels at reasonable rates and hassle free train reservations. The prime tourist destinations such as Rajasthan, Agra, Goa and Kerala get quite crowded. During Christmas and New Years in particular, Goa is completely packed with domestic as well as international tourists.
Having said this, it’s not just the benefit of cooler temperatures. If you like meeting other interesting travellers, and you like the buzz and excitement while you travel, then there’s nothing quite like seeing India in peak season. Check out our tour ideas, almost all of which, could be executed in these months.
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WHEN ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT INDIAN FESTIVALS?
There are few events and festivals in India that make them some of the best times to visit India. So, if you can, time your travel around them, it’ll only further add to the charm of exploring this vibrant country. Diwali, the festival of lights is usually in October and sometimes at the beginning of November. Holi, the festival of colours, is in March. August and September are celebrated across the country with countless, diverse harvest and religious festivals. These include Ganesh Charturthi (festival for the elephant headed god), Onam (ten days harvest festival in Kerala), Navratri (nine days festival to celebrate the 9 incarnations of Goddess Durga) and Dussehra (a religious festival based on Hindu mythology).
While it’s great to see and take part in local festivities and ceremonies, a lot of festivals are intimate family celebrations. Therefore, it would be best to stay at a homestay either north or south at that time. Just before and after festivals, trains get booked way in advance and flights are extremely costly. This is because most Indians travel to be with their families. So, try and do the same and book well in advance.
The festive seasons may not always coincide with the holiday dates you had in mind. If you just give us a shout, we’ll help you plan the ideal trip while making sure you experience a traditional festive celebration or cultural event. There’s always something great going on in India, and we know exactly when and where.
The Holi festival, the festival of colour, will leave you spellbound, with crowded streets and people painted in vibrant colours.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best time of year to visit the Taj Mahal?
The best time of the year to visit Taj Mahal would be between October to March. And do remember that the Taj Mahal is closed every Friday.
What are the best months to visit India?
The best months to visit India are November and February. These are not peak season like December and January and the weather is pleasant and comfortable.
What is the best month to visit Delhi?
The best time to visit Delhi is between October to March. But, we recommend dates toward February and March.
What month is monsoon in India?
Monsoon hits different parts of India at different times. In west coast and northern part of India the monsoon starts from mid June and end in September. While the east coast of Tamil Nadu and Orissa it rains between October and November.
Which city in India has the best weather?
The most optimum weather for cities in India would be Bangalore. It has moderate climate all through the year.
Also, check out our Blog weather series for the different months in India. If you’re still not sure when and where to travel to when visiting India, plan your trip with us and we can help you figure it out.