What is the best time to visit India?

Which is the best time of the year to travel to India? Which months are best suited for travelling across India? Use the tips provided here to chart your itinerary. Know the best places to visit, according to the month of your travels.

India is huge in size and stretches across varied climatic zones, which means that the country witnesses different weather patterns. It is best to gather information on places of interest in India before you arrive. If you are looking for warm, sunny and dry weather then the idyllic time for your visit would be between October and March. The weather is quite pleasant, with clear blue skies.

December and January tend to be a lot colder in the northern plains, and there is snowfall in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir. The temperatures drop in the rest of the country as well. Most parts of the country experience fog during these months with it being very dense in places in and around the national capital. The Himalayas can get sub-zero temperatures, but the sky is clear and allows amazing vistas of the snow-capped mountain ranges.

The temperatures begin to rise in April and start peaking by May. But, it is still possible to tour parts of the country. The humidity levels during this period are high and there is the likelihood of thunderstorms and heavy showers.

If you are planning to travel to the southern states then November is a good time. The temperatures dip and the monsoon is done, by then. The countryside and the forests are lush because of the abundant rainfall.

In contrast to the rest of India, Leh in Ladakh can be accessed between June and September. The magnificent Taj Mahal is a sight to behold all year round – but night viewing of this splendid marble masterpiece is an altogether different experience, the Taj shimmers under the moonlight.

To help you plan your Indian holiday, I have created a month wise guide of weather conditions, with suggestions of where to visit etcetera. Some bit of prior planning is essential when visiting India.

Visiting India in January

It is still cold in most parts of the North, with temperatures falling to single digits in the Northern Plains. The higher mountain ranges in Himachal and Kashmir receive heavy snowfall, making it ideal for a bit of skiing. You need to wrap up and stay warm though with the mercury falling to sub-zero temperatures.

Temperatures in the Southern States hover around a comfortable 20 to 24 degrees Celsius. The hill stations in this belt have temperatures dropping as well. However, hotels get booked fast, so ensure you have a confirmed booking, before heading to any of the Southern States.
The nights in Rajasthan are extremely cold during this period. However, it's a good time for sightseeing, anywhere in the country.
Heavy fog can be the only deterrent, as it delays flights and slows traffic on the Highways. The fog generally dissipates before noon.

Visiting India in February

The weather begins to warm up and the foggy days are almost done. This is a nice time to travel across India. The sun is pleasantly warm and it begins to signal spring. Hotels tend to be booked at this time, as a lot of tourists arrive. Make bookings in advance, before you arrive, to avoid unnecessary hitches.

Visiting India in March

Fine weather continues, but it does not long last. March signals the end of winter. The mercury begins to rise gradually, but it is still a good time to travel. The weather continues to favour travellers. March is also the month when the festival of Holi is celebrated across different Indian states.

The date for Holi is determined by the lunar calendar, so there is no fixed day assigned to it. It's a festival of colours, where people smear brightly coloured powders on each other. They also throw plain and coloured water on each other. It's fun, but it can also ruin your clothes.


Wear clothes that you can discard and slap on liberal amounts of moisturiser on exposed skin to avoid skin damage. Slather stay on hair conditioner on your tresses to prevent hair damage.

Visiting India in April

Temperatures begin to soar, country-wide, and this makes it the best season to spot wildlife in reserve forests. Since there is a scarcity of water, sightings at water holes are common. All Wildlife Forest Sanctuaries conduct regular jeep and van safaris. As daytime temperatures are quite high, animals go into hiding. The best time for animal sightings is in the morning and late evening, when it's cooler.
Hotels are generally booked during this period too, so make your reservations in advance.

Visiting India in May

You can avail of good bargains on accommodation in the plains, as hotels slash their tariff considerably. The temperatures rise and can touch 45 degree Celsius in the plains. The climate is uncomfortably hot and sultry in most parts.

Desert accommodation and camping sights generally close during this month. Wildlife safaris can still be enjoyed, but remember to stick to the early morning and late evening schedule. The hills in the North as well as those in the South, have a relatively better climate. However, locals head to these destinations, to beat the heat, so finding a place to stay can be problematic if you haven't made your bookings.

Visiting India in June

June is uncomfortably warm. The plains reel under the heat. There is no respite from the blazing sun and the searing heat. The plains witness hot winds, and parts of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab face dust storms. The country awaits the arrival of the monsoons. It is generally humid with a few thunderstorms.

This is the best time to head to Ladakh. It is a cold desert with the most awesome landscape. This is one trip that every traveller to India must make.

Visiting India in July

Most part of the country is still hot and humid, though the rains usually arrive by this time. It is the monsoon season and unexpected showers are common. Life can be disrupted due to water logging in cities like Mumbai and Delhi. Vehicles can get stranded or move at a snail's pace.
The weather in Ladakh continues to be perfect and you can enjoy breathtakingly beautiful views of the Himalayas from across the Ladakh plateau. Camping, trekking etcetera can be enjoyed in Ladhak.

Visiting India in August

The monsoon rains bring some respite and the temperatures become bearable. The rivers surge with water, making them suitable for cruises. River cruises are organised along the River Ganges, between Patna and Varanasi. There are other cruises too on the mighty Brahmaputra, the Mahanadi and the Hoogli. These are not grand, luxurious yachts or ships, but comfortable enough. Bookings are done in advance, so make sure you get yours confirmed.

Visiting India in September

This time of the year is perfect for a sojourn in Rajasthan. The weather is pleasant, as it marks the end of the rainy season. Desert nights can get nippy, so come prepared with a light jacket or jumper. September is good for a visit to most parts of the country.

Southern trips, especially to Kerala are not advised because the rains will still be lashing the state. The Himalayan region too will be having spells of rain. The Ladakh tour season draws to an end, but you might still be able to travel there.

Visiting India in October

October is the peak tourist season; this is when most international travellers arrive in India. The rains are done for the year, in the North, and the climate here is gorgeous. The sun is not too sharp and the temperatures remain pleasant. Though the same cannot be said about the South, unpredictable showers continue to wet the ground. However, the rains do not make things gloomy; on the contrary, the effect of the rains is amazing – everything around turns lush green creating a spectacular verdant panorama.

The festivals of Durga Puja, Dusherra and Diwali are celebrated around this time. The puja is a big event in West Bengal but is also celebrated in other parts of India. Dusherra coincides with the puja festivities. These two festivals are followed by Diwali, the festival of lights and fireworks. On Diwali night you'll witness a dazzling display of fireworks, no matter which part of the country you are in. It is an amazing time to be in India.

Visiting India in November

November is probably one of the best months to travel to India. The weather is exceptionally calm and pleasant, with the hint of winter setting in. There are festivals galore (note that Dusherra, Puja and Diwali can sometimes fall in November).

A five-day camel and livestock fair is organised in Pushkar, in Rajasthan, each year. Herdsmen along with an estimated 50,000 camels and livestock descend upon Pushkar – it's an incredible sight. From Pushkar moving around other places in Rajasthan is convenient.

Visiting India in December

December is an ideal month for a trip to Goa or to the southern states, particularly Kerala. The weather is wonderful at this time of the year – warm and sunny, in a subdued way. Christmas is celebrated with gusto in these two destinations, because of the high numbers of Christians living here.

December is also peak season for tourism in India. Hotels get booked in advance and flight charges are usually at their highest – an early booking will get you better airfare.

Temperatures in the North remain comfortable, though early mornings, late evenings and nights can experience a dip.

Lastly, India is quite different from the rest of the world. It has varied traditions and culture. Educate yourself on the do's and don'ts in India, to avoid embarrassing yourself.

Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer, with years of experience, creating content for varied online portals. She holds a degree in English Literature and has worked as a teacher and as a soft skill trainer. An avid reader, she writes on a variety of topics ranging from health, travel, education and personality development.

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Author: Partha K.08 Mar 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 4

The author has written an excellent article for the foreign tourists visiting India. It is an informative article which would serve the purpose of foreign tourists. However, I feel that the author has forgot to mention the eastern-most and westernmost parts of India, i.e., the North-Eastern states and Gujarat.

So far as North-Eastern states are concerned, I personally prefer to visit these states during monsoon. The states become lush green and we can see many wild animals in the forests of North-East. However for the tourists, especially foreign tourists, October to February would be the most ideal season.

Gujarat becomes resplendent during the Navratras. Navratras generally come during October. So, October to December is the most ideal time to visit Gujarat. During this period, tourists can also visit Gir forest and Kutch and enjoy Kutch Rann festival (generally commences on 1st November every year).

Author: Juana08 Mar 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2

The lapse (if I may call it so) was intentional. It is not possible to cover all the states and all the events in one article. Such detailed information can only be available in tourist handbooks.

I had intentions of writing another article with supplementary information on the locations that haven’t been covered in this article. In doing so, I will be able to link the two articles. Since there will be two articles on the same topic providing different information, I am likely to attract more visitors to my pages.

Anyhow, thank you for providing the details about Gujarat and the Northeast.

Author: Venkiteswaran10 Nov 2017 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 4

Though this article is mainly written with aim of tourist from abroad, it is equally useful for the domestic tourists also.
The domestic tourism mostly coincides or peaks with the long holidays or vacation for school & college holidays. In India in general April to June is the mid-summer vacation. Domestic tourism peaks in these times. As Indians can better tolerate the temperature in the southern states, the domestic tourism will be more in the southern states and the northern and north eastern hills sectors. Hence rooms and transport to these places will have the load during the summer months of April to June.

November to February will be generally favourable period in India for all kinds of tourists.Those domestic tourists like senior citizen and elders who need not depend on school/college holidays can select this period.
Depending on how they can tolerate col weather, they can select the places and month for visit.

Author: Juana05 Feb 2018 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 5


You are right, families plan their holidays based on when schools go on vacation.

However, in recent years, another group of domestic tourists has emerged. I am referring to the single, employed youth of the country. They generally plan short holidays on long weekends. Making trips to nearby places of attraction.

The urban middle-class has come to realise the importance of quality, family time and they too pack their backs for quick getaways. Destinations that draw more crowds are ones that offer a lot, in terms of entertainment. Goa, for instance, has a lot of footfall from domestic circuit. I lived in Vishakhapatnam for many years and witnessed an inflow of tourists there too. Rajasthan has its share of international and domestic tourists – the major draw being festivals that attract tourism. The ones that come to mind are the Pushkar Fair, Camel Festival and Nagaur Fair.

Travel companies offer affordable packages these days that offer convenience, making it easier to plan a trip.

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