When is 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 with each region offering different cultures, 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 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 monsoon season in South India, so it isn’t the best time to visit.

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 with our seasonal chart.

The Best Time to visit India – by season


India is predominantly considered a winter destination with a good climate from September until April. These months offer the best weather, although some of the higher temperatures are not for everyone. Bear in mind that Christmas is a very popular travel time and the December and January months are the most expensive as it is peak season.

During these warm months, wildlife are more visible as they venture out of hiding for water.

The lofty Himalayas are to be avoided during winter as many of the roads and resorts are closed.



March can be a lovely time to visit India as you can tie your trip in with a wonderful festival such as Holi or take advantage of the beauty of the green hills and wandering wildlife.


Why spring is a great time to visit India



The months of May to September are best avoided for most destinations, but they are the perfect time to visit Kashmir, Ladakh and the Himalayan foothills. This is because it’s the only time of year that many of these destinations are accessible by road. May and June are also good times to visit North East India.



October and November are great times to visit most regions (except Kashmir and the Himalayan Foothills). The monsoons have passed by in the south leaving vibrant greenery and new beginnings. However, if you’re looking to spot tigers and wildlife, this is a more difficult time as grass and leaves are long, providing plenty of cover.

When to visit India – by region

Our short overview shows 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


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


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


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.


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


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


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



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


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


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


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

We hope we’ve shown you the best time to visit India! 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.