The best time to visit India

Two of our most frequently asked questions are “When is the best time to visit India” and “Where should I visit in India”. One of the most wonderful things about India is the diversity you’ll find in each state. Every region of India offers a different culture, scenery and cuisine, along with some very varied weather.

While the intense heat from the glowing sun is lovely if you’re heading to a beach, it isn’t so favourable when you’re sightseeing at busy attractions that might not offer much shade. And instead of the bright sunny days, you find in many countries during summer, June to September is the monsoon season in South India, so definitely not one of the best times to visit India.

And what sort of holiday would you choose? Do you want to discover iconic temples and buildings, see wonderful wildlife, or enjoy amazing scenery? Luckily many of India’s states offer you the chance to experience all of these, but it’s definitely worth thinking about what you’d like to see and do before planning your Indian tour. So hopefully our guide to the best time to visit India will help!

The best time to visit India

It may seem like a daunting task to work out the best time to visit India, but we’re here to help. We’ve compiled a short overview to show you the highlights of each region, along with the best (and worst) times to visit.

North India and the Golden Triangle

Sunset Camel Ride ,Thar Desert, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Delhi

City life, culture and food

Guide to the Golden Triangle India Gate
Oct-Mar   Holiday season
Apr-June  Extremely hot
Jul-Sep    Cooler with occasional showers
Nov-Feb   High season, chilly at night

Rajasthan

Deserts, safaris and culture

Sunset Camel Ride ,Thar Desert, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Oct-Mar:   Holiday season
Apr-Jun:   Extremely hot
Jul-Sep:   Warm, with occasional showers
Oct-Mar:  Holiday season, can be chilly at night

Uttar Pradesh

World Heritage Sites (Taj Mahal)

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Apr-Jun: Extremely hot
Jul-Sep:  Cooler with a chance of showers
Oct-Mar: Peak season, can be chilly at night

Varanasi

Ganges river, spirituality & temples

Where should I visit in India Varanasi
Apr-June:   Very hot (45°C+)
Jul-Sep:     Cooler with showers
Oct-Mar:    Best time, chilly at night

India Himalayas

Himachal Pradesh

Snowy Mountains, Monasteries and Temples

The Queen of Hills, Shimla
Oct-Nov: A good time to visit just before winter sets in.
Dec-Feb: Cold & Snowy
Mar-May: Summer. Best time to visit.
Jun-Sep: Monsoon season

Leh & Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir)

Culture and Stunning Scenery

Thiksey Monastery, Leh, Ladakh
Oct-Mar:   Cold and snowy
Feb–May:  Nice warm days
Jun–Sep:  Summer. Best time to visit and the entire region is accessible by road.

Uttarakhand

Adventure, Tigers and Trekking

Ganges River, Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Nov-Feb:   Cold and snowy
Feb-May:   A little warmer
May-Jun:   Best time to visit
Jul-Sept:   Possibility of heavy rain
Sep-Oct:   Warm and vibrant after the rain

Kolkata and North East India

Sikkim and Eastern Himalayas

Culture, Mountains and Tea Plantations

Lachung Valley, Sikkim
Mar-May: Best time to visit
Oct-Nov:  Sunny, a good time to visit
Nov-Feb:  Heavy snowfalls – best avoided

Kolkata

City style, Sightseeing

Flower Market, Kolkata, West Bengal
Mar-Jun:   Hot and humid with occasional rain
Jun-Oct:   Very rainy
Nov-Feb:   Best time to visit, cool weather

Karnataka & Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu & Puducherry

Architecture & Culture

Lycee Francais, Puducherry, (Pondicherry)
Mar-Jun:   Hot and humid
Jun-Sep:   Heavy rain
Oct-Mar:   Milder weather
Nov-Feb:   Best time to go

Karnataka

Wildlife, ancient ruins, palaces, hill stations, beaches

Why spring is a great time to visit India Hampi
Oct-Mar:   Best time to visit
Apr-Jun:   Hot and humid
Jul-Sep:   Monsoon season

Kerala

Kerala

Backwaters, beaches and culture

India with Teenagers houseboat
Apr-May:   Hot and humid
Jun-Sept:  Monsoon season
Oct-Mar:   Holiday season
Nov-Feb:   Best time to go

 

West India, Gujarat & Mumbai

Goa

Beaches, yoga, nightlife

Beach Shacks, Goa
Nov-Apr:   Main tourist season
Dec-Feb:   Busy with great weather
Jun-Sep:   Chance of rain but still a nice time to visit

Gujarat

History, Culture, Tribal Villages, Wildlife

Traditional Dance, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Nov-Feb:  Best time to visit
Mar-Jun:  Very hot, dry and also humid
Jul-Sep:   Monsoon

Madhya Pradesh

Wildlife, Forts, History

Tiger, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Oct-Mar:   Best time to visit
Apr-Jun:   Very hot during the daytime
Jul-Sep:   Monsoon season

Mumbai

City life, culture and food

Bandra Worli Sea Link Bridge, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Jan-Feb:   Best weather, not too hot
Mar-Jun:   Very hot and humid
Jul-Oct:    Rainy
Oct-Dec:   Warm and still humid

 

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

History, Beaches, Scuba Diving

Amazing Sunset, Havelock Island, Andaman
Oct-Nov:   Start of the tourist season, may rain often
Dec-Mar:   The best time to visit, mostly warm and dry
Apr-May:   Can get hot in the afternoon
Jun-Sep:   Monsoon (to be strictly avoided

If you have any questions or a tour in mind, we’d be happy to help you start planning. Please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.