Best Time to Travel to India – Your Month-by-Month Region Guide

There are only two seasons in India “wet” and “hot”. It is either pouring down or very hot. Here you find some specific details for the best time to travel to India. This article breaks it down to location, month and events.

Quick tip: no matter where your travel destination in India is located, avoid the months of March to May as it is extremely hot no matter where you go.

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The Indian mainland comprises of four regions: the great mountain zone in the north, flat to rolling plains of the Ganges and Indus rivers, the desert region in the west, and the upland plain in the southern peninsula. The lowest point is at the Indian Ocean and the highest point is Mount Kanchenjunga at 28,209 ft (8,598 meter).

The climate of India can overall be classified as a tropical monsoon one, except the Himalaya region, marked by relatively high temperatures and dry winters.

The four seasons are:

  • Winter (from December to February)
  • Summer (from March to June)
  • South-west monsoon season (from June to September)
  • Post monsoon season (from October to November)

December, January and February is “winter” for India.  A great time to travel India as it is much cooler and more comfortable.  Temperatures average is 70°F  (21°C), but the maximum temperatures range from 47°F (8°C) in Jammu and Kashmir to 90°F (32°C) in Kerala and gets cooler in the evenings.  The Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir region are the coldest and under snow over these months.

June to July is monsoon season for most of India, so it is very humid with plenty of rain. There is no exact date, monsoon can arrive early or late – and may not conform to an expected pattern. You may experience a few hours torrential downpour followed by sunshine; on the other hand you may have days or weeks of overcast skies and drizzly rain.

If you travel India at this time of year it is useless using any rain gear like plastic raincoats, as within ten minutes you’ll will want to throw them off because of the humidity. Most locals just carry an umbrella at all times and simply accept the fact that they will get drenched often and have permanently muddy feet.

From April to November is a good time to visit the Himalaya regions of Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir. The temperatures are cooler than in the south. Kashmir does´t have a rainy season so you can trek all the way through to November.

From April to August it is pretty hot across most parts of India. Unless you are used to travelling in tropical climates, it is not a great time to visit India if you are looking for a relaxing, peaceful vacation.

Best Time to Visit India by Region? We’ve Got Answers!

best time to visit India himalaya

As you reach higher into the Himalaya the temperature drops the higher you climb, by about 3.5°F for every 1000 feet (6.5°C every 1,000). The heaviest snow falls happen from December to February at elevations of 5,000 feet and higher (1,500 meter). This can make travel difficult or even impossible in some areas.

Jammu and Kashmir on the plains are hit by heavy rain and humidity during the monsoon, from June to August, but the mountain regions are cooler. Roads can be closed because of snow from December to March.

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) and Darjeeling (West Bengal) have distinct seasons, but traveling is possible year-round. December and January are certainly the coldest months, temperatures in Darjeeling drop to freezing temperatures at night, and days peak at around 50°F (10°C) only. In June and July temperatures are more comfortable at 55°F (13°C) to 66°F (19°C). Both areas have a monsoon season and Shimla is a few degrees warmer year-round. Shimla has a shorter wet season from July to August while Darjeeling experiences heavy rain from June to September. In conclusion: September to November and thereafter from February to May making the best month to visit Shimla.

Don’t underestimate how cold in can get in central India in December and January.  Prepare with woolly hats and gloves and a hot-water bottle for the nights.

besttimetovisitindiadelhi

The best time to visit New Delhi is during winter time, from October to March, as temperatures are more moderate and it is relatively dry. Nights can get chilly from Nov. to February with temperatures dropping to 46°F (8°C), and highs in the low 70s (20s°C). It can be also be foggy and freezing in December and January. October and March are much warmer with temperatures rising to 86°F (30°C). May and June can get very hot with lows around 79°F (26°C) and highs reaching 104°F (40°C) on average. Hot, dry winds are common too, and even some dust storms occur. It is like the whole area is weeping with relief when the monsoon rains finally starts in July. From July to September it´s monsoon season, with rising humidity and heavy rains, worst in July and August.

besttimetovisitindiaagraBest time to tour Delhi and the Golden Triangle is between February and March, and October November for most tolerable temperatures, but you will get the crowds at popular sites.

The best time of day to visit Agra´s Taj Mahal may vary according to the season you visit. When traveling to India from November to February, fog can sometimes obscure the view at early mornings, so it is best show up later in the morning or in the afternoon. For the rest of the year the best time catch the amazing view is around sunrise, there are fewer tourists and the midday heat is yet to set in. Keep in mind that Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

besttimetovisitindiarajasthan

Central India is a tropical desert, and temperatures within Rajasthan are pretty much similar to nearby Delhi which you can check above.

If you´d like to visit Rajasthans mountain region May and September are the best months to visit, with orchids in May, and alpine flowers blooming in September.

In the western part of the Aravalli Hills including Jaisalmer, there is very little humidity and rainfall, while to the eastern part the climate is more sub-tropical. The driest areas, Jaisalmer for example only gets 4 inches (100 mm) of rain a year. Almost all of the rain in Rajasthan and central India occurs in the month of July and August.

besttimetovisitindiakolkatta

Kolkata has a tropical climate with fairly warm weather year round, marked by a distinct dry and wet season. In December and January, temperatures drop to around 48°F (9°C) at night while daytime maximums reach 78°F (27°C), but is dry with relatively low humidity and little rain.

From February through April it starts to heat up, June marking the height of the hot season with an average min. of 79°F (26°C) and max. of 95°F (35°C). Humidity in the wet season rises and heavy rainfall is to expect from June to September. As rain can be heavy for a few days they are always followed by some clear sunny days.

besttimetovisitindiamumbai

While Mumbai is a monsoonal destination the best time to visit is from October to May, when there is almost no rain at all. From June to September it is wet, especially in July and August. In July there is an average of 34 inches (868 mm) of rain. Temperatures are fairly stable year round, lows vary from 61°F (16°C) in January to 70°F (26°C) in May, and peak temperatures rise from 84°F (29°C) in the winter month to 91°F (33°C) in summer time.

best time to visit india goa

If you plan to visit India´s beaches, Goa enjoys pleasant temperatures year-round. Low temperatures are around 75°F (24°C) most time of the year, and only drop a few degrees from December to February while rising a few in April and May. High temperatures are mostly around 90°F (32°C), in monsoon season from June to September, they drop a few degrees. But monsoon brings tropical downpours, peaking in July with 39 inches (994 mm) and average of 27 rainy days that month. The rain eases in September. But on the other hand hotels offer huge discounts and you can save a lot on accommodation. Best time to visit: October to May as there is very little rain at all.

besttimetovisitindiakerala

The south of India and Kerala is close to the equator so temperatures are hot all year-round. Temperature rarely drops below 72°F (22°C) (72°F) and peak is around 88°F (31°C). Hottest months are May and June with maximums of 93°F (34°C). Most of the rain pours down from June to August, with heavy rains prevalent throughout the days. From September to December, there are rain showers in the afternoon only, leaving the rest of the day pleasant for touring.

If you like hiking in Kerala’s Western Ghats are best to visit outside the monsoon peak in July and August. Houseboats don’t tend to be rented out during July and August either. March is generally the perfect month for hiking holidays in India.

According to ancient Ayurveda tradition, the monsoon season is ideal for rejuvenation therapies as the pores of the body open wide and allowing them to fully absorb the aroma-therapeutic oils and treatments.

No Speculations, Best Time to Go to India by Month.

If you have a fixed month for traveling to India in mind, but not sure where best to go? Check out our recommendations on where to go when in India. You can plan that your perfect holiday in India whatever month you’re visiting.

Visit India in January

There are pretty cold nights in Rajasthan and the north, clear dry days, making January a great option for sightseeing; although fog can linger in the mornings. Some of the best mountain views can be experienced in the Himalaya, but you need to wrap up warm. The Indian states in the south and the beaches in Goa are popular for a warm, sunny escape. There are also some unique festivals and celebration happening in January.

February

This is one of the best months to travel as nearly the whole country, as it is warm and sunny and also fog and mist clears in the northern states. A great time to visit Delhi and the Golden Triangle. On the other hand hotels will get booked up well in advance, so it’s important to plan ahead.

March

This also a very popular month to visit India, the weather is good and the popular Holi festival is happening. This colorful paint-throwing event celebrates the victory of good over evil and is great fun as everyone. Check out for more festivals and celebrations below.

“Best time of year to visit India for tiger and elephant watching is during the hottest, driest months, April, May and June, as tigers come out in search of water.”

April

Now temperatures increase country-wide, making April a great months for seeing wildlife in the central parks. As water is limited, sightings at watering holes are more frequent now. As daytime temperatures can get very high, excursions in the morning and evenings are best. On the other hand hotels are very busy over Easter, so book well in advance if your travel dates aren’t that flexible.

May

Temperatures can get up to 45°C in some regions and the humidity can be very uncomfortable too. Some desert accommodation close. Wildlife sightings are still at their best early in the morning and early evening. Rajasthan’s mountain region is lovely in May with orchids in bloom.

June

The stunning region of Ladakh, between the peaks of the western Himalaya and the vast Tibetan plateau, is accessible from June and offers an unexpected contrast to the rest of the country. Days are sunny and clear now, but you will need layers for warmth. Elsewhere in India is awaiting the monsoon; humidity is high and thunderstorms are frequent, especially in the southern states.

July

Again Ladakh offers ideal weather and incredible views, whilst elsewhere in India, celebrations are underway due to the arrival of the much waited for monsoon rains.

August

August and September are the best months for cruising along the Ganges between the holy city of Varanasi and Patna, because of the higher water levels. Here too river cruises get booked well in advance so plan ahead.

September

September offers fantastic value in Rajasthan with beautiful alpine flowers in bloom, while weather is still mixed in the surrounding regions. Ladakh’s tourist season comes to a close but tours are still possible. A trip to India, especially visits to the southern states and Himalaya regions are not advised until the rains clear up.

October

Peak travel season starts. The rains end in the north and the warm, sunny days return finally. Unpredictable showers can still remain in the south, but only to help create a beautiful verdant scenery. Mahatma Ghandi’s birthday is a public holiday celebrated on the 2nd October.

November

One of the favorite months traveling to India, as it offers wonderful weather as well as multiple festivals. The Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan is very special, while Deepawali, the festival of light (takes place in October/November), encourages beautiful candle displays and decorative rangolies, buildings covered in lights and celebratory fireworks take place all over the country.

December

December is ideal for a trip to southern India – it is sunny and warm, making this a very popular region for Christmas travel. The north has lovely daytime temperatures, but mornings and evenings are much cooler and sometimes foggy. It’s important to plan well in advance to secure the best hotels and accommodation also flight prices are among their highest in December so book early if possible.

Best Time to Travel to India for Colorful Festivals

best time to travel to India for festivals like holi

India is host to a variety of colorful events and celebrations throughout the year. Here’s your guide to some of the best Indian festivals.

Lots of wonderful celebrations taking place in January, from the Kite Festival in Gujarat, to the Bikanar Camel Festival in Rajasthan or the celebrations for Republic Day. Especially New Delhi festivities are wonderful for tourists to witness.

Bikaner Camel Festival

This is an annual event and homage to the ships of the desert, including a range of colourful camel performances from dances to races. You can expect to see fire performers, swirling human dancers and dazzling fireworks. The festival is held in Bikaner (Rajasthan) in late January every year.

Kite Festival in Gujara

Uttarayan, the International Kite Festival, is held every year in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and is celebrating the change of season, marking the movement of the Sun into the northern hemisphere and marks the end of winter. The kite flying competition and a 24 hour bazaar are the main attractions. Best place to view the celebration and the thousands of kites in the sky is from the Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

The beautiful fort city of Jaisalmer (Rajastan) hosts a festival in the desert, including camel racing, turban tying, and you won’t believe it, the longest moustache competition. It´s held end of January or in the first few weeks of February, a great option for first-time visitors to Rajasthan as it emphasis on local heritage and culture.

Holi Festival of Colour

Celebrating the arrival of spring, but holds a mythological importance – the triumph of good over evil. India’s Holi festival is by far the most colorful festival and it’s most popular with western visitors. The paint-throwing festival is noisy and good fun; just remember to take some old clothes which you don’t mind being covered in paint all over! Find the date for next Holi below.

Hola Mohalla

Is taking place a day after the Hindu festival of Holi usually. The 3-day Sikh festival is an occasion to demonstrate martial skills in simulated battles with dramatic mock martial arts battles daring displays of archery and weaponry. The Hola Mohalla festival is held in the town of Anandpur Sahib (Punjab), see the next date below.

Hemis Festival

Hemis Festival is held annually in the Buddhist monastery of Hemis (Ladakh) to honor the 8th-century Indian Buddhist master, Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche. The monasteries courtyard is filled with pilgrims, ceremonial items are placed all around the monastery, traditional music and mystic mask dances and secret plays are held. Please check out the next festival date below.

Ganesh Chaturthi

The Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu festival is running for 11 days and honors Ganesha, the Hindu Elephant-Deity. Numerous images and sculptures of Ganesha are made and paraded through the streets and installed in temporary shrines.

Durga Puja

Celebrating the Mother Goddess and victory over an evil demon, Durga Puja honours the divine feminine energy with huge decorated stages that exhibit statues of the goddess. The colourful art works is accompanied by live music and paraded through the streets only to be immersed in local rivers. Durga Puja is celebrated for four days mainly in Kolkata and around West Bengal, see next date below.

Diwali Festival of Light

Families come together all across India to celebrate Deepawali , the festival of light. It´s the triumph of light over dark and good over evil. Small lamps and candles are lit and placed outside homes with firework displays at night. Over the course of five days various prayers and rituals take place. This is a unique time to check into a B&B or guesthouse to share the festivities with local families. It is falling in either October or November, check out the next date below.

Pushkar Camel Fair

Held each November the Camel Fair in Pushkar (Rajasthan) is a truly incredible sight, with around 50,000 camels and goats, along with horses and cattle are bought and sold. Camel races are held along with bridal competitions, various dance performances and bizarre longest moustache competitions. In recent years a cricket game between a local team and random foreign visitors has also featured. Have a look at the next date below.

Best time to travel to India in 2017

To help plan your visit to India in 2017 here’s an overview of festivals and events:

  • January 14th-15th 2017 – Camel Festival (Bikaner, Rajasthan)
  • January 14th 2017 – Kite Festival (Ahmedabad, Gujarat)
  • February 8th-10th 2017 – Jaisalmer Desert Festival (Jaisalmer, Rajasthan)
  • March 13th 2017 – Holi Festival of Colour (all over the country)
  • March 13th 2017 – Hola Mohalla (Anandpur Sahib, Punjab)
  • July 3rd-4th 2017 – Hemis Festival (Leh, Jammu and Kashmir)
  • August 25th 2017 – Ganesh Chaturthi (all over India)
  • September 26th-30th 2017 – Durga Puja (Kolkata, West Bengal)
  • October 19th-23rd 2017 – Diwali Festival of Light (countrywide)
  • October 28th – November 4th 2017 – Pushkar Camel Fair (Pushkar, Rajasthan)

India climate list of popular travel destinations in India

Have a look at the official weather forecast for India here: http://www.indiaweather.gov.in/ Below you´ll find a India climate list of some popular travel destinations in India including the average daily temperatures (in °C), as well as the amount of rain (in mm).

CityJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Agra22°C
14mm
26°C
10mm
32°C
10mm
38°C
4mm
42°C
13mm
41°C
51mm
35°C
207mm
33°C
272mm
33°C
127mm
33°C
30mm
29°C
4mm
24°C
5mm
Amritsar19°C
27mm
23°C
28mm
27°C
38mm
34°C
19mm
39°C
17mm
40°C
53mm
36°C
207mm
34°C
182mm
35°C
94mm
32°C
14mm
27°C
6mm
21°C
15mm
Calcutta27°C
14mm
29°C
22mm
34°C
29mm
36°C
51mm
35°C
125mm
33°C
299mm
32°C
375mm
32°C
338mm
32°C
303mm
32°C
141mm
29°C
26mm
26°C
8mm
Chennai29°C
16mm
31°C
3mm
33°C
2mm
35°C
11mm
38°C
36mm
38°C
56mm
36°C
108mm
35°C
149mm
34°C
118mm
32°C
239mm
29°C
325mm
29°C
122mm
Cochin32°C
20mm
32°C
4mm
33°C
50mm
33°C
141mm
32°C
387mm
29°C
727mm
29°C
706mm
29°C
375mm
29°C
305mm
30°C
306mm
31°C
165mm
32°C
49mm
Darjeeling11°C
17mm
13°C
16mm
17°C
44mm
20°C
86mm
21°C
170mm
21°C
492mm
21°C
731mm
21°C
568mm
21°C
397mm
20°C
112mm
17°C
15mm
14°C
4mm
Delhi21°C
15mm
24°C
9mm
30°C
12mm
36°C
4mm
40°C
11mm
40°C
38mm
35°C
200mm
34°C
233mm
34°C
108mm
33°C
25mm
29°C
3mm
23°C
5mm
Goa32°C
0mm
32°C
0mm
33°C
0mm
34°C
12mm
34°C
79mm
31°C
792mm
30°C
959mm
29°C
536mm
30°C
261mm
32°C
133mm
32°C
32mm
32°C
11mm
Jaipur23°C
9mm
25°C
8mm
31°C
7mm
37°C
3mm
40°C
14mm
39°C
50mm
34°C
196mm
32°C
211mm
34°C
84mm
34°C
11mm
29°C
3mm
24°C
5mm
Jodhpur25°C
3mm
28°C
3mm
33°C
3mm
38°C
2mm
42°C
7mm
40°C
31mm
36°C
123mm
33°C
126mm
35°C
57mm
36°C
4mm
31°C
3mm
27°C
2mm
Mumbai
(Bombay)
28°C
0mm
29°C
1mm
31°C
0mm
32°C
0mm
33°C
11mm
32°C
551mm
30°C
885mm
29°C
620mm
30°C
366mm
32°C
66mm
32°C
5mm
30°C
1mm
Shimla10°C
69mm
12°C
65mm
16°C
73mm
21°C
44mm
25°C
59mm
26°C
150mm
22°C
394mm
21°C
314mm
21°C
168mm
19°C
44mm
16°C
13mm
12°C
30mm
Varanasi24°C
22mm
27°C
9mm
34°C
11mm
39°C
3mm
42°C
9mm
39°C
86mm
33°C
281mm
32°C
281mm
33°C
192mm
33°C
36mm
29°C
7mm
25°C
5mm