When talking about the Indian climate, the first thing that comes to mind is the characteristic monsoon cycle between the month of May until the month of October, which is super rainy and humid, for some it is an attraction for others it is a total evasion like time to travel. Consequently, the most pleasant time recognized by most tourists is “The cold-dry season between the month of November and February” right in the middle of the extreme tropical climate, since this is after the monsoon rains, but It is also located before the extreme heat that accumulates from the month of March.

However, the cold season is not necessarily the most pleasant for all destinations in India, as this exotic country is defined by its vast variety of territories rich in culture, art and yes! In tropical climate, being the most extensive country in the entire subcontinent, besides having both mountainous and coastal areas, certainly the climatic conditions may vary between the northern region in contrast to the southern region during the year. For this and much more … 

We show you the most pleasant times according to each place and other aspects that you must take into account before choosing your travel date.

The first!

Before we begin, the first thing we need to know is that the Indian climate is divided into three seasons; The hot season (between the month of April and June ) where the temperatures can reach 45º, the monsoon season (between the end of June to November ), where it begins in the southeastern part of the country, which gradually extends to all the rest of the territory, and the  cold season (between the beginning of the month of December to February), which highlights the contrast between the northern zone with the most extreme cold season and the rest of the country with a moderate and pleasant temperature. Therefore, the influx of visitors are concentrated in 3 tourist seasons :

– High season : it occurs between the month of December to March . To visit the Golden Triangle and other attractions is “The most pleasant time” recognized by most tourists, it is also the time of higher prices and greater influx of people, therefore reservations should be made well in advance. Meanwhile, in the cities of the far north does not have the same tourist influx, since the cold is extreme from December to January.

 

– Intermediate season : right in the monsoon season between July to November , the intermediate season is located, if you are looking for a complete experience in the style of India you can enjoy rains followed by the sun shine in places like Ladakh or the south of Kerala.

 

– Low season : from April to June , the beginning of this season is characterized by the strong heat in April, which increases between May and June. From the month of June begins the monsoon season that is spreading producing much heat and humidity from the south to the north, as a result there is much competitiveness in accommodation prices and low tourist influx in the main cities. However, in the mountainous areas of the far north it is the ideal place to overcome any fatigue and heat of the time.

 

As we have mentioned before, the great extension of the Indian territory makes the climatic condition totally different from the north to the south, so we can enjoy a vast variety of places in a single trip, which has been a tourist attraction not only for its characteristic climate but also for its cultural festivities.

 

Cultural festivities as a tourist attraction is an important quality to highlight, since these events follow a calendar different from the Gregorian (Western calendar), which can be the Lunar calendar (a complex system based on astrology) or the Islamic calendar (which falls approximately 11 days before each year and 12 days before in leap year), for this reason it is very important to be aware of the festive dates, and not to relate them to the Western calendar.

India in January

Having already passed the post-monsoon, the weather is super nice in the month of January, especially if your main destination is in the city ​​of Delhi and its surroundings. On the other hand, the mountainous areas of the north remain completely cold.

What to do and enjoy in January:

  1. Republic Day , civic-military commemoration of the founding of the Republic of India on January 26, 1960.
  2. International kite festival , marking the end of winter fill the skies with colorful kites mainly in Ahmedabad, city of Gujarat.
  3. Skiing in northern Jammu, Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Hachimal Pradesh have many skiing and snowboarding opportunities at all levels, which are very economically accessible.
  4. Massive pilgrimage of Hindu devotees concentrated in KumbMela and the Ganges river.
  5. Do Safari , is one of the ideal times for trekking and hopefully observe some Tigers or Leopards.

India in February

A month with the best of the cold and the warmth of the sun in spring, the time where you can admire in all its splendor the tigers of Bengal in the parks or the snow leopards descending from the mountains in the safaris. There is still a cold climate sometimes warm in cities like Delhi , Rajasthan and Agra as well as in the central zone, which is a good opportunity to enjoy a complete package to all its attractions.

What to do and enjoy in February:

  1. Skiar and snowboarding is still possible.
  2. New Tibetan year , the great celebration of Losar, the most important moment for all Buddhists.
  3. Safaris , the best time to enjoy wildlife in parks or reserves in the Himalayas.
  4. Tour to the “Golden Triangle” the moderate climate will facilitate all the adventure of the tour.

Suggested package to visit in February:

Golden Triangle Tour, India

 

India in March

It is the end of the season most visited by most tourists in the year, the heat begins to feel strongly in most cities and it starts to rain in some northern cities, but it is the month where wildlife is still more visible where flowers and plants embellish every place.

What to do and enjoy in March:

  1. Safari , the best time to visit the reserves of wild animals.
  2. Holi , a festival among colored dust and bonfires to celebrate the beginning of spring, one of the main festivities of India.

India in April

If your trip to India is combined with safari, the best time to travel is in the month of April, especially if you want to photograph animal life. However, you should take into account that it is the month when temperatures rise exuberantly and you should be prepared for this climatic condition, although you will undoubtedly have the best view between animal life and flora, since unlike last month at this time all nature stands out in degradations of greens and other vibrant colors.

What to do and enjoy in April:

  1. The beaches in Goa and Kerala , before such heat the best thing is the coasts if you want to relax.
  2. Easter , commemoration of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in small Christian communities.

India in May

The month where the heat exceeds 40º in most of the states of India, is really hot and at the same time very wet as a sign of the pre-monsoon era. This month is characterized by being located in the low season and because of the high degrees of heat it is not advisable to visit the big cities, nor is it the best time to observe wildlife . However, Mayo is ideal for trekking in the mountainous areas of the north.

What to do and enjoy in May:

  1. The Mango season , this month begins the season of the most delicious fruit in India.
  2. Trekking begins the trekking season where you will enjoy several programs and events on the routes.
  3. Accommodation in the mountains and enjoy the panoramic views.
  4. The beaches of Goa and Kerala are still an ideal option for this month.
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India in June

If you plan a stay in the mountainous areas of India this month may still be an option, regarding the climate June is very similar to May high degrees of heat and humidity on the eve of the monsoon, the best refuge are areas such as the mountain ranges of Himalayas, Ladakh and the southern mountains.

What to do and enjoy in June:

  1. Trekking , still enjoy the trekking in the pre-monsoon season.
  2. Accommodation in the mountains and enjoy the panoramic views.

India in July

The monsoon season has come along with the start of the middle season, if the monsoon is one of your travel expectations, this is the ideal month. To start a trip in the monsoon season it is advisable to be equipped and keep in mind that in this month a great storm may block your route or you may have to change your plans. However, this month can offer you a very tropical Indian experience, you can enjoy cities like Varanasi, Ladakh, Sri Lanka and other major attractions around the country.

What to do and enjoy in July:

  1. Take a boat ride on the Ganges river , where the river grows to a high level to enjoy a boat ride.
  2. Ramadan , a celebration where Muslims concentrate on praying to God by fasting to purify themselves for 30 days.
  3. The festival of snakes , a Hindu celebration where he worships snakes. 

India in August

The rains and monsoon storms are still the protagonists for much of the month, most of the wildlife parks are closed. But it is the month where you can visit the main attractions of the famous “Golden Triangle” with a monsoon touch, since in cities such as Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Varanasi the temperatures are around 30º and the rains or storms are momentary.

What to do and enjoy in August:

  1. Stroll through “El Triángulo Dorado” with a touch of rain and humidity.
  2. Take a boat ride on the Ganges river , where the river grows to a high level to enjoy a boat ride.
  3. Visit Ladakh , this month its jungle areas are at their best.
  4. Eid al-fitr , celebration of the end of Ramadan where Muslims celebrate for three days.
  5. Independence Day , anniversary of the independence of the British in 1947.
  6. Rafting season , starts the very popular rafting season in Rishikesh.

India in September

The rainy weather begins to soften in most of the territory, even in the state of Rajasthan begins to dissipate. In this month, you have better opportunities to visit the main attractions of the famous “Golden Triangle” , as well as to enjoy the stay in Rishikesh, Haridwar, Khajuraho, and the mountainous areas of Kerala. In this month it is not advisable to go to the mountains in the far north due to the torrential rains or to the southern coasts because of the precipitations.

What to do and enjoy in September:

  1. Stroll through “El Triángulo Dorado” with a softer touch of rain and humidity.
  2. Take a boat ride on the Ganges river , where the river grows to a high level to enjoy a boat ride.
  3. Start of the Trekking season in the mountains of the south zone in Kerala.
  4. Rafting season, full rafting season very popular in Rishikesh.

India in October

The month when wild life opens its doors, most parks open their doors before the end of the extreme rainy season. This month is the best time to photograph animal life, since as a result of the constant rains all nature has been re-empowered in life and can be captured some animals such as the tiger, the unicorn rhinoceros or leopards in the distance.

 What to do and enjoy in October:

  1. Stroll through “El Triángulo Dorado” with a softer touch of rain and humidity.
  2. Take a boat ride on the Ganges river , where the river grows to a high level to enjoy a boat ride.
  3. Beginning of the Trekking season in the mountains of the southern zone in Kerala and in the northern mountains in Himalayas.
  4. Rafting season, full rafting season very popular in Rishikesh.
  5. The festival of Lights , Diwali is equivalent to Christmas for Christians, which is celebrated with lights, fireworks, lamps and gifts by important religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism in October or November according to the lunar calendar.
Also read:   Experience the colors of northern India and southern India

India in November

The intermediate season ends to kick off the high season in India. November is notable for its leafy parks, green and high rivers grown because of the post-monsoon, but it is also the most pleasant period of the monsoon, since in most of the territory the rains are mild and the temperatures moderate which makes more accessible and enjoyable for tourists to visit both the monuments and markets as well as the parks throughout the country, except for the state of Tamil Nadu and some parts of Kerala that still frequent heavy rains.

What to do and enjoy in November:

  1. Stroll through “The Golden Triangle” , this month is much more accessible to visit all attractions but there is also more influx of tourists.
  2. Take a boat ride on the Ganges river , where the river grows to a high level to enjoy a boat ride.
  3. Trekking season in the northern mountains in Himalayas.
  4. Rafting season, full rafting season very popular in Rishikesh.
  5. Jeep safari 4 × 4 , in most parks nature challenges you to an all terrain adventure this month.
  6. The festival of Lights , Diwali is also sometimes held in November due to the variation of the lunar calendar, which is celebrated with lights, fireworks, lamps and gifts by important religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and the Jainism
  7. Relaxing with an ocean view in Goa may be an option in November the rains ceased with a semi-sunny climate but not so warm.
  8. Trekking on camels in Rajasthan , start of trekking season on camels in the dunes of the Thar desert, the best season to enjoy animal life and its surroundings. 

India in December

December welcomes you to the beginning of the most pleasant climate with low humidity along with the most beautiful and vibrant festivities of all times, dating back to the beginning of the highest tourist season in India, everyone wants the best experience that India offers in December. On the other hand, in the area of ​​the extreme north temperatures begin to drop a lot, if your destination is the Himalayas prepare for a very cold trip.

What to do and enjoy in December:

  1. Stroll through “El Triángulo Dorado” , the beginning of a drier climate to visit all the attractions but there is also more influx of tourists.
  2. Take a boat ride on the Ganges River , enjoy a boat ride with a less humid climate.
  3. Trekking season in the northern mountains in Himalayas.
  4. Relax on the beaches of Goa beginning of the best season warm weather bright sun.
  5. Marriages in India , this month is special to celebrate marriages or “Baraat” (the bridal procession of the couple) between white horses, jewelry, beautiful saris, fireworks, music and flowers are present around the country.
  6. Full season of birds , enjoy more than 1000 species of birds that are exhibited in the nature reserves due to the winter migration season from November to February.
  7. Trekking on camels in Rajasthan , full season of trekking on camels in the dunes of the Thar desert, the best season to enjoy animal life and its surroundings.
  8. Christmas in Goa and Kerala , due to the Christian influence in these cities the birth of Jesus is celebrated in a big way, with lights, music and gifts.

The best time to travel will always depend on what you want from India and the destinations you will visit, for any of the options it is always better to be prepared, especially if it is your first trip.