Weather in India in October
The weather in India in October is what lends it the name ‘in-between-month’: the monsoon is over but it can rain at times. It can get hot but the winter slowly starts at the end of the month. The tourist season hasn’t started yet but the room rates are slowly rising. October also brings a sheer variety of weather zones to India.
While the retreating monsoon hits Tamil Nadu and Kerala, it starts to snow in Ladakh and Uttarkhand in North India. While it can get hot in central India and Rajasthan, the cold takes over in the hill stations up North. A tour all over India will require some extensive packing as a result. Confused? Read through our article on the weather in India in October and get inspired by discovering the best places to visit in India in October.
October experiences a few showers and is a good time to travel across India.
weather in North India in october
Rajasthan can be very hot in the day time, up to 35°C (95°C) and higher. Rain in Central India in October is rare but not impossible. The temperature drops in the night, so pack a sweater and socks for dinners outside or an overnight-camel-safari. Find some popular travel routes for Rajasthan here.
The main tourist season starts around mid-October so even though the room rates aren’t hitting their maximum, the prices aren’t as low as they were in the previous month.
Rajasthan can be very hot in the day with rare chances of rainfall but temperatures tend to drop at night.
weather in the mountains in october
October is the perfect time to hit the mountains up north and northeast. But don’t go too far in: the high altitude regions in Uttarkhand, Himachal Pradesh and in Ladakh (Jammu, Kashmir) get very cold. You might even face snow and if so, many roads and villages will be cut off due to the weather conditions. However, you can visit Rishikesh, Shimla, Manali, Dharamsala and the surroundings without issues and even enjoy great hikes and clear views. Pack some warm clothes too as it can get cold at night! Read more about adventure travel routes in the Himalayas here.
A trip to the hill stations up north like Shimla, Manali, in October would be a good idea. You can enjoy hikes and clear views.
weather in South India in october
Kerala receives a good amount of rain in October as the retreating monsoon from the northeast (the second monsoon hitting India every year) arrives. Showers are not as heavy as those in June or July, but heavier than in September. The rain can come with heavy downpours and long lasting storms. It is not the best time to visit the beaches, but is certainly fun in the mountains. The landscapes are lush green and lakes, rivers and waterfalls are swollen with water. It can get quite warm in the lowlands and cool in the mountains with temperatures varying from 16° to 30°C (86°F). We’d recommend preparing for every weather change possible: from drizzle to storm, from cloudy to sunny, from hot to cold. See four popular routes for Kerala here.
Karnataka’s climate is almost the same as Kerala’s but there is less rainfall. It is also a very viable route for backpackers.
Tamil Nadu’s main rain season starts mid-October and lasts until mid-December. The region receives less rainfall in the south-west monsoon from June to September and therefore it gets really wet in the last quarter of the year. It’s better to avoid the east coast like Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram and Chennai in October.
In Goa business is slowly picking up by the middle of October with many resorts and restaurants reopening for the new season. South Goa is still slow and won’t be very hospitable until November. However, the beaches of north Goa are warm and welcoming. It can be hot and it might get stormy on some days but that should be a rare occasion.
Karnataka receives a good amount of rainfull but it is still less compared to Kerala.
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The weather in India in October is generally warm and mostly dry in many places. However, it remains unpredictable, so it is best to come prepared for a variety of conditions. We’d recommend the mountains up north and northeast. Cities such as Rajasthan and Mumbai are likely to reach mid 30°C at this time of year. Further, there are some fabulous festivals happening, like Diwali and the Camel Festival in Pushkar.
The festival of Diwali is usually celebrated in the month of October or November and travelling during this time would let you experience this amazing festival.
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