With India being such a vast country there is somewhere to visit at all times of the year. To run through the months 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 your travel dates are.
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. Up in the northern part of India, in particular Rajasthan, warm dry days and cool evenings offer a great climate for sightseeing, although you may experience some fog in the mornings. For a colder but fantastically scenic trip the Himalaya’s will be perfect for you, with often clear views across the mountains.
February is one of the best times to visit the whole of the country making it important to plan and book ahead. The fog leaves the northern states and the colder evenings warm up, making everywhere a pleasant temperature with sunshine and blue skies.
The pleasant warm, dry weather continues into March making it another fantastic month to visit India. By the end of the month the heat is picking up across the central and southern parts of the country. Holi festival is celebrated in March (the exact date changes each year) where coloured paint is thrown all over the country to celebrate the victory of good over evil. It is an amazing festival to be part of but hotel prices do rise and availability can become an issue so do plan ahead.
If wildlife is a big part on your trip to India then April is a good time to visit. Water is scarce and temperatures rise so watering holes are busy with animals, and enjoying safaris in the morning and evening will be pleasant in terms of temperatures. If Easter falls in April then try not to plan the trip last minute as hotels do get very busy.
Temperatures get very hot in May, sometimes reaching 45 degrees with high levels of humidity, which can make travelling extremely uncomfortable. A positive to travelling at this time of year are the low rates hotels offer so you may be able to secure a very good value trip if heat does not bother you. Hill stations will still be cooler and so it is worth considering spending more time on the higher ground.
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, especially in the southern states.
The monsoons continue throughout July across most of the country and is therefore classified as low season. There are plenty of festivals going on however, as people celebrate the rains, so it can be a very exciting to be in the country. In Ladakh, in the very northern area of the Himalayas, the good weather continues.
In August, the trekking season in the Himalayas reaches its peak. The rest of the country is in the depths of monsoon but these do mean that the Ganges are at its highest and it is the best time to cruise on the Ganges between Varanasi and Patna. These do get booked up in advance however so do plan ahead.
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 hotels can offer better value. The south and the Himalayas are still not 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.
With Ladakh out of season, the rest of the country comes into peak season. In the north the wet weather is swapped for sunny, warm days whilst in the south showers may still break through from time to time but this maintains the beautiful lush green scenery it is so famous for.
Diwali, the festival of light and the largest festival in India falls either in October and November, and whilst it is busy and therefore planning in advance is advisable, it is a beautiful time to visit the country.
November is the beginning of the cool, dry season making it the ideal time to visit most of the country. In the south there is the chance of more rains but Delhi, Varanasi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Agra are ideal. Goa and central India are also still pleasant.
With the south now enjoying relatively cool temperatures, sunshine and clear skies it is a very popular time to visit this part of the country for Christmas, so do book in advance to get the best accommodation. The north is still pleasant but evenings and mornings are cooler. During the festive season, flights can be at their most expensive at this time of year.