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When and where to visit in India

23rd Feb

India – when and where to go

 “When is the best time to visit India” and “Where should I visit in India” are two of our most frequently asked questions. One of the most wonderful things about India is the diversity you’ll find between each state. Each 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 monsoon season in South 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 it is you’d like to see and do before planning your Indian tour.

It may seem like a daunting task to work out the best time to go on holiday to 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

Delhi 

City life, culture and food

Donkey in the streets of Delhi
Oct-Mar   Holiday season
Apr-June  Extremely hot
Jun-Sep   Cooler with occasional showers
Nov-Feb   High season, chilly at night

Rajasthan

Deserts, safaris and culture

Donkey in the streets of Delhi
Apr-June:   Very hot (45°C+)
Jul-Sep:     Cooler with a chance of showers
Oct-Mar:    Peak season, can be chilly at night

Uttar Pradesh

World Heritage Sites (Taj Mahal)

Taj Mahal, Agra
Oct-Mar    Holiday season
Apr-June  Extremely hot
Jun-Sep   Cooler with occasional showers
Nov-Feb   High season, chilly at night

Varanasi

Ganges river, spirituality & temples

Evening prayers in Varanasai
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

Shimla Rainbow Houses
Jan – Feb: Cold and snowy
Feb – May: A little warmer
May – Sept: The best time to visit
Sept – Nov: Also a good time

Leh & Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir)

Culture and Stunning Scenery

Changla Pass
Jan – Feb: Cold and snowy
Feb – May: A little warmer
May – Sept: The best time to visit
Sept – Nov: Cold and roads are shut

Uttarakhand

Adventure, Tigers and Trekking

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

 

Kolkata and North East India

North East

Culture, Mountains and Tea Plantations

Bihu Dance
Mar – June: Sunny with occasional showers
June – Oct: Beautiful in the mist and rain
Nov – Feb: Clear skies but can get chilly

Kolkata

City style, Sightseeing

Victoria Memorial
Mar – June: Hot and humid with occasional rain
June – Oct: Very rainy
Nov – Feb: Best time to go, cool weather

 

Karnataka & Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu & Puducherry

Architecture & Culture

Airavatesvara Temple
Mar – June: Hot and humid
June – Sep: Heavy rain
Oct – Mar: Milder weather
Nov – Feb: Best time to go

Bengaluru

City life, sightseeing

Victoria Memorial
Oct – Mar: Best weather
Apr - May: Start of the off-season, hot and humid, not the best
June – Sep: Heavy rain

 

Kerala

Kerala

Backwaters, beaches and culture

Performing Kathakali Art Dance
Apr – May: Hot and humid
June – Sept: Monsoon season
Oct – Mar: Holiday season
Nov – Feb: Best time to go

 

West India, Gujarat & Mumbai

Goa

Beaches, yoga, nightlife

Performing Kathakali Art Dance
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

Performing Kathakali Art Dance
Nov – Feb: Winter (best time to visit)
Mar – Jun: Summer (From April it’s the peak of summer and the weather is hot, dry and also humid, making daytime extremely uncomfortable)
Jul – Sep: Monsoon

Madhya Pradesh

Wildlife, Forts, History

Performing Kathakali Art Dance
Oct – Mar: Best time to visit
Apr – Jun: Very hot during the day time
July – Sep: Monsoon season

Mumbai

City life, culture and food

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Dec - Feb: Best weather, not too hot
Mar - Jun: Very hot and humid
Jun - Oct: Rainy
Oct – Dec: Warm and still humid

 

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Andaman & Nicobar Islands (Port Blair & Havelock)

History, Beaches, Scuba Diving

Havelock Beach
Oct – Nov: Beginning of the tourist season after the heavy southwest monsoon showers, may rain often
Dec – Mar: The best time to visit, mostly warm and dry
Apr – May: Summer
June – Sep: Monsoon (to be strictly avoided)