India: Weather, Best time to go, Where to go?

Get the best time to go to India from seasonal norms in many locations like Taj Mahal (Agra) or Hampi, below.

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When is the best time to go to India?

India is ready for a tour all year round, because if the climate in one region is less favourable, than in other regions the climatic conditions can be pleasant or ideal. In order to choose when to visit India and discover the territory, both in the north and in the south, it is important to simply emphasize the period from mid-November to late March which is the perfect timing from a the weather's point of view. One will have the opportunity to relax in the beautiful region of Rajasthan or marvel at the splendors of the Taj Mahal without having to worry about the upcoming temperature.

The months of May and June are the hottest and according to the region, rain can be heavy or moderate. For this reason, hiking and trekking in the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir or for enjoying the climate in Himachal Pradesh, this period can be interesting. Furthermore, as tourists are few at this period of time, one is faced with a unique chance at discovering a world totally apart and authentic.

So, when is the best time to go to India? Here's some more information to help you in your decision:

  • The best months to go to Delhi are January, February, March, April, October, November and December
  • On average, the warmest months in Delhi are May and June, and the coldest month of the year is January
  • The rainiest months in this city are July and August
  • The cities with the best climate are Manali, Dharamsala, Hampi and Nandi hills (Nandi betta), with good weather at least 9 months a year
  • The sea temperature is suitable for swimming all year round in Kerala (Munnar)

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in India for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

Month Our opinion View Details
very bad to perfect* India in january
very bad to perfect* India in february
very bad to perfect* India in march
very bad to perfect* India in april
very bad to good* India in may
very bad to good* India in june
very bad to good* India in july
very bad to good* India in august
very bad to good* India in september
very bad to perfect* India in october
very bad to perfect* India in november
very bad to perfect* India in december

When to go to India by city

Delhi

Best time to go to Delhi

The best months to go to Delhi are january, february, march, april, october, november and december.

Jaipur (Rajasthan)

Best time to go to Jaipur (Rajasthan)

The best months to go to Jaipur (Rajasthan) are january, february, march, april, september, october, november and december.

Kerala (Munnar)

Best time to go to Kerala (Munnar)

The best months to go to Kerala (Munnar) are january, february, march and december.

Kolkata

Best time to go to Kolkata

The best months to go to Kolkata are january, february, march, october, november and december.

Mumbai

Best time to go to Mumbai

The best months to go to Mumbai are january, february, march and december.


Climate and Weather in India

A very vast country among the continent of Asia, India has a very wide access to the sea and many inland neighbors such as China, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Thanks to its great extent in latitude, India boasts a wide variety of climates and temperatures that allow for enjoyment all the time and in all seasons, depending on where one is. In order to best describe the Indian temperatures, we can divide the country into two: Northern and Southern India, where the seasons are not quite the same.

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Climate in Northern India

Hot and humid in the summer, Northern India at this time may face climates that are very hard to bear. The end of the monsoon season, that ranges from June to September, does not help in decreasing the overall temperatures, despite the very heavy rainfalls. Beware though, because in the winter the temperatures can drop significantly and sometimes well into the negative, particularly due to the presence of several mountains.

The West

Very green, this part of northern India which is located along the Western Ghats, benefits from an almost tropical climate with lush vegetation. During the monsoon season, the rains are abundant.

The Indus Region

The climate of India in this part of the country, which is particularly home to the cities of Rajasthan and Jaipur, is fairly barren. Despite the fact that it is very hot during the day, one can feel the cool settling in once night falls.

The North-East

The north east including Assam, Sikkim and the eastern Himalayas is surprising with its lush vegetation, savannas and rainforests. Greenery is of course a result of the many rains during the monsoon season. Due to the mountainous regions, the temperatures fall very very low - both at night and in the winter.

Climate in Southern India

The summer climate of southern India is quite painful to endure, due to the high heat and high humidity that prevails throughout the entire season. Furthermore, there are less temperature fluctuations than in the north of the Ganges, except towards the southern tip where it is generally much hotter. During the monsoon season from June to September, but equally in November and December towards Madras, the country is completely covered by the continuous rainfalls.

The Southern Tip

The southern tip is one of the nicest parts of India and it is very hot, allowing for the enjoyment of the many beaches within this area of the country. Therefore, towards Pondicherry, the same temperatures are enjoyed as its neighbor - Sri Lanka and its capital, Colombo. It is important to note that the monsoon season extends until November or even until December in certain years.

The West Coast

The climate is mild, however, this part of India has a very long rainy season. The latter affects five to six months of the year, characterized by particularly heavy rainfall.

South East

For the southeast coast of India, especially around Madras, the risk of cyclones is quite important, just as with its neighbor, Burma. In fact, the Bay of Bengal is highly and commonly exposed to natural disasters.

Central India

The center of India, unlike the northern and southern parts, is particularly dry. The winters are also quite mild and dry with rather dangerous temperatures in the month of April. During the monsoon season, which ranges from June to September, the rain is rare and rather irregular.


Temperatures and rainfall in India

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of India and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Delhi, Jaipur (Rajasthan), Kerala (Munnar), Kolkata and Mumbai, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities..


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Is this weather information for India reliable?

Climate data for India has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for India allows us to determine the average for each month in Delhi, Jaipur (Rajasthan), Kerala (Munnar), Kolkata, Mumbai, Andaman Islands, Bangalore (Karnataka), Chennai, and 39 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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