Best Time To Visit India
Climate in India
The most influential feature of the subcontinent's climate is that the wet season or monsoon. It breaks off the coast of Kerala in late May and works its way northeast across the country over the subsequent month and a half. During the monsoon, there are showers of bright sunshine between regular and prolonged rains, and widespread humidity can be intense.
At the height of the monsoon – particularly within the forested regions of the northwest and thus the low delta lands of Bengal – floods can severely disrupt communications, causing widespread destruction. In the Himalayan foothills, landslides are common, and the entire valley system can be cut off for weeks.
When is the best time to visit India?
The best time to go to most of India is during the cold, season between November and March. Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, India, and Madhya Pradesh are ideal this point of the year, and temperatures remain comfortable in Goa and central India.
The heat of the south is never less than intense but it dies down in May and June. Aim to stay in Tamil Nadu and Kerala between January and March.
However, from March onwards, the Himalayas become more accessible to climbers. The trekking season reaches its peak in August and September while the remainder of the subcontinent is drenched rain.
By September, the monsoon has largely retreated from the north, but it takes a few more months for the clouds to completely disappear from the far south. On the east coast of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and south of Kerala, the second wettest occurs between October and December, when the "northwest" or "retreating" monsoon arrives from the Bay of Bengal. Until December, however, most of the subcontinent enjoys clear skies and comparatively cool temperatures.
What is the best month to visit India?
The best months to explore India would be November or February. These months are within the shoulder season between the height tourist months of December and January, but before the monsoon starts across the country.
Visiting India in winter.
The most pronounced difference between the climate of North and South India is visible in mid-winter. For example, Delhi may be devastated by cold winds blowing from the icy plains of the Himalayas, the Tamil plains, and coastal Kerala, more than 1000 km to the south, still shrouded in the hot post-monsoon sun.
Visiting India in December to February
The months of November, December, and January are the peak tourism season for Goa's beach towns. At this time the coastal areas have post-monsoon dry weather and cool temperatures. This is also the season when most of the famous club nights and parties in Goa take place.
On Christmas and New Year, Goa is overwhelmed with domestic tourists as well as international visitors. If you are planning to travel here in December and January, we recommend that you book your transport and accommodation well in advance.
Meanwhile, in Delhi, the winter months are the worst for the city's air pollution levels. It is in winters when Delhi experiences its worst smog.
When to visit India in Spring
As spring picks up, the center of the subcontinent begins to warm again, and by the end of March, the thermometer reaches 33 °C across most of the Gangetic plains and the Deccan Plateau.
Visiting India from March to May
Holi, the festival of colors, falls in March. If you are lucky enough to be in India during the Holi festival in March, you will experience a wonderful atmosphere of fun, festivities, and bright colors.
March is also considered the best time of year to visit wildlife parks in central India like Ranthambore and Kanha.
In the northern parts of the country, the temperature reaches a height of 36°C to 40°C, especially in Delhi.
On the coast, places like Goa and Kerala receive heavy rainfall and intense humidity in the month of May.
The temperatures peak in May and early June, when one can head back to the hill stations. Over the land of the Baking subcontinent, warm air builds up and absorbs moisture from the southwest, triggering the onset of the monsoon in late June, bringing relief to millions of Indians.
Visiting India in summer
Summer marks the beginning of the monsoon season in most parts of the country. Most parts of the country will receive heavy rainfall during the summer months, making it humid and difficult, especially in rural areas.
Most of the domestic and international tourists flee to the Indian countryside and visit the hill stations in Leh and Ladakh. If you visit India during the monsoon season, you should pack waterproof clothes and sturdy shoes.
Visiting India in June to August
Avoid the country's coastal areas during the summer months, as the conditions worsen and most Goa beach resorts are closed. Instead, head to the countryside of Tamil Nadu and Goa and visit some of the hill stations in India.
In the north of India, July and August are great months to go to Capitol Hill stations of Ladakh. India also manages to avoid monsoon moisture and rainfall as compared to other regions. Prices also drop outside of peak tourist season, so this is a great time to bargain.
When to visit India in Autumn
The autumn months are relatively comfortable for those who want to visit India. Once the rain stops, visitors return to the main attractions of India.
Visiting India from September to November
October and November are suitable times to explore Delhi and thus the Golden Triangle tour, because the temperatures are more bearable, almost like February and March.
However, during October and November, you can meet a lot more tourists at popular destinations and sites. Crowds can become a problem for places like the Red Fort or the Taj Mahal. At this time, both domestic and international tourists visit the capital.
September and October are good months to visit Kerala, as it has a more comfortable climate with lower humidity, cooler air, and wind.
Diwali, one of the biggest festivals of India, takes place at this time of the year. The festival of lights usually begins in October or early November.