Weather in India in August
This article will give you some insight in the weather in India in August. India has three seasons: Winter, Summer and Monsoon. Unfortunately, August falls right in the rainy season which lasts from the beginning or middle of June until the end of September. This means that there can be heavy durable rainfall in most regions across India in August. This article will also give you some inspiration into some of the best places to visit in India in August.
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. At this time of year, you can get off-season bargains for hotels, even for luxurious accommodation, across your stay. Further, you can enjoy most places to yourself with minimal number of tourists so your experience can be more authentic. For more information on travelling to India during the monsoon, check out our blog.
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weather in 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.
In the Thar desert 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.
In particular, 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.
Check out some route options to travel in the North here.
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weather in the mountains in august
In the Northern Himalayas down to central India below Delhi and Agra, you will find that the showers are not as heavy and do not last as long. Temperatures tend to cool down during the rains when it is cloudy and overcast and the countryside turns green.
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 are usually most popular cities in this region and often face lots of rain so outdoor activities are almost impossible to come by. If you would like to go to Leh, a flight might be a better idea than going by road.
Arhabal, Kashmir, India
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weather in south india in august
Kerala and Goa usually receive very heavy rain during the monsoon. It does reduce opportunities 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 very humid, especially close to the seaside, the hill stations become popular destinations among domestic tourists. Wayanad, Munnar and Thekkady in Kerala offer lush green nature and mesmerising views.
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.
The rocky surroundings of Hampi, where you can explore temple and palace ruins of an ancient empire, might be worth a visit as it can get very hot and dry in central India during the rest of the year. Check out a possible trip route to Hampi here.
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where we recommend
We recommend trying 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), have been rather weak over the last years, so it can get still very hot and humid without the cooling effects of the rain.
Northern India, in particular can be great place to visit in India in August. isn’t extremely hot due to the rains, there are off-season discounts for most accommodations and services, fewer tourists or crowds, and the beautiful countryside. Keep in mind that every rainy season is different and sometimes it can rain more in some years than others. It’s definitely more humid than in the winters.
All in all, it is possible to travel to India in August. If you enjoy backpacking with cheaper costs and more authenticity due to fewer 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.
For more detailed information about the weather in India in August, or for any help planning your perfect trip to India, feel free to contact us!