When to visit India

India is a vast country and there is somewhere to visit at all times of the year, but generally speaking the best time to travel is between October and March. Below gives you an idea of the best times to visit different regions, month by month. This may help you decide the best time to travel to the area of India you would like to see, or perhaps choose the type of trip you would like to experience depending on when you can travel.

January

January is great for visiting the southern part of the country as warm, dry weather make for a welcome winter break. This does bring with it busy hotels so it is worth planning in advance. In the northern regions of India, in particular Rajasthan, warm dry days and chillier evenings offer a great climate for sightseeing and exploring, although there is often heavy smog in the mornings (particularly in the cities). For a cold but wonderfully scenic trip, the Himalayas are a great choice with crisp clear views across the spectacular mountains. 

February

February is one of the best times to visit the whole of the country and also the most popular; it is important to plan and book ahead! The seasonal fog starts to lift in the north and the evenings are less chilly, with most places enjoying pleasant temperatures and dry weather. 

March

The pleasant warm, dry weather continues into March and it is another popular month to visit India. By the end of the month the heat starts to rise, particularly across the central and southern parts of the country. Holi festival is celebrated in March (the exact date changes each year) where brightly coloured paints and powders are thrown all over the country to celebrate the victory of good over evil. It is a vibrant and exhilarating festival to experience, but do note that hotel prices can rise and rooms get booked up very quickly – so best to plan ahead! 

April

If wildlife is a key part of your travel plans,  April is a good time to visit. Water is scarce and temperatures are rising so the watering holes are busy with animals and provide great opportunities to spot the wildlife! The early morning safaris are less chilly too. If Easter falls in April then try not to plan the trip last minute as hotels do get very busy.

May

Temperatures get very hot in May, sometimes reaching 45 degrees with high levels of humidity, which can make travelling and sightseeing uncomfortable, particularly during the peak heat of the day. However, great deals can be had across hotels as rates start to fall in to low season, and we can plan excursions early in the morning and later on in the day to avoid the midday heat. Hill stations will be a little cooler, so it is worth venturing up to higher ground during your trip.

June

Ladakh in the very north of the Himalayas with stunning scenery, amazing walks and a strong Tibetan culture, is now accessible. This is the best place in the country to visit over the summer months with clear, sunny days. Due to its high altitude warm layers are still needed. Throughout the rest of the country the monsoon is looming with high humidity and regular thunderstorms.

July

The monsoons continue throughout July across most of the country. The monsoon season is a great time to experience an Ayurveda retreat, the ancient Indian form of healing and wellness. In fact, the monsoon plays an important role in traditional Ayurveda and links to rejuvenation. In Ladakh, in the very northern area of the Himalayas, the good weather continues.

August

In August, the trekking season in the Himalayas reaches its peak. The rest of the country is deep in to the monsoon season and the water levels of the mighty River Ganges can peak. 

September

The rains begin to clear in September so it can be a great time to visit Rajasthan, if you don’t mind some mixed weather, as hotel rates can be lower. Visiting the south is less advisable at this time of year as the rains can still be quite persistent. Up in Ladakh the season is drawing to a close but it is still possible to travel.

October

With Ladakh out of season, the rest of the country enters the start of the peak travel season. Beautiful day time temperatures, sunny weather and comfortable evenings creates the perfect climate for both exploring and relaxing.

Diwali, the atmospheric festival of light and one of the largest festivals in India, falls either in October and November. As with Holi, it is advisable to plan well in advance! 

November

As with February, November is an excellent time to visit India. Pleasant day time temperatures, dry weather and comfortable evenings can be enjoyed before the cooler temperatures and potential fog of the winter months becomes a feature. 

Diwali, the atmospheric festival of light and one of the largest festivals in India, falls either in October and November. As with Holi, it is advisable to plan well in advance! 

December

With the south enjoying sunshine and clear skies it is a popular time to visit for the Christmas and New Year holiday, so do book in advance to get the best accommodation (do note hotel prices are at their peak, and often festive Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve dinners are automatically built in to the hotel rates). The north is still pleasant but temperatures are cooler and heavy fog can feature, particularly in the mornings and in the cities. During the festive season, international flights can be at their most expensive so do bear this in mind.