When is the best time to go to India?

Do you dream of discovering the land of the maharajas? Taking a trip to India is a unique experience that will allow you to explore a country with multiple facets that never fails to captivate visitors.

The country is suitable for tourism all year round, as while the climate in one region may be less favorable, in other parts of India the weather conditions can be pleasant, even ideal.

If you wish to explore the entire country under ideal conditions, the best time to visit India is from November to the end of March. The only month to avoid is May: the intense heat waves preceding the monsoon can be challenging to endure, but if it's not a problem for you, go ahead!

When to visit India based on your interests?

  • For trekking in the north and mountain trekking, opt for the months of June to October, during the summer. The rest of the year, snow is abundant and treks are reserved for professionals.
  • To enjoy the beaches, the dry season, between November and April, is ideal. During other months, showers are not uncommon.
  • For a safari in Indian national parks, go between November and March. You will then have the best chances of seeing elephants, tigers, monkeys, and lions.
  • To witness cultural events, join the jubilant crowd at the end of winter. For example, don't miss Holi, the festival of colors, which takes place every year in March.



Where and when to go based on the weather?

Map of the best times to visit India
Map of the best times to visit India ©whereandwhen.net

Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Port Blair, Middle Andaman Island ...

February and March
83°F to 86°F°C
0 to 3 days
85°F
January, April, November and December
83°F to 88°F°C
3 to 14 days
83°F to 88°F
May and October
85°F to 88°F°C
17 to 19 days
85°F to 88°F
June, July, August and September
85°F to 86°F°C
21 to 25 days
85°F

Eastern India
Darjeeling, Kolkata, Puri...

January, February, November and December
50°F to 94°F°C
0 to 3 days
72°F to 83°F
March and October
59°F to 101°F°C
1 to 10 days
79°F to 86°F
April, May, June, August and September
65°F to 112°F°C
0 to 29 days
83°F to 86°F
July
70°F to 94°F°C
15 to 30 days
85°F to 86°F

Goa
Panjim, Canacona, Mollem...

January and February
90°F to 97°F°C
0 to 1 days
83°F
March, April, May, October, November and December
86°F to 103°F°C
0 to 12 days
83°F to 86°F
September
83°F to 86°F°C
12 to 18 days
83°F to 85°F
June, July and August
79°F to 86°F°C
13 to 30 days
83°F to 86°F

Gujarat
Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot...

January, February, March, November and December
76°F to 103°F°C
0 to 2 days
74°F to 83°F
April, September and October
85°F to 108°F°C
0 to 14 days
81°F to 85°F
May, June and August
85°F to 110°F°C
0 to 20 days
83°F to 86°F
July
86°F to 94°F°C
7 to 24 days
85°F

Himalayan North
Manali, Ladakh, Rishikesh...

March, October and November
16°F to 94°F°C
0 to 9 days
January, February, April, May, September and December
5°F to 106°F°C
0 to 20 days
June
36°F to 108°F°C
2 to 15 days
July and August
45°F to 103°F°C
6 to 29 days

Karnataka
Bangalore (Karnataka), Hampi, Mangalore...

January, February and December
81°F to 95°F°C
0 to 3 days
83°F to 85°F
March, April, May, June, October and November
81°F to 106°F°C
0 to 27 days
85°F to 86°F
September
81°F to 90°F°C
9 to 19 days
83°F
July and August
77°F to 90°F°C
5 to 30 days
81°F to 83°F

Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode...

January
85°F to 97°F°C
0 to 3 days
83°F to 85°F
February, March, April and December
83°F to 101°F°C
0 to 20 days
85°F to 86°F
May, September, October and November
85°F to 94°F°C
5 to 21 days
83°F to 86°F
June, July and August
83°F to 88°F°C
8 to 30 days
81°F to 85°F

Maharashtra
Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur...

January, February, March, November and December
83°F to 103°F°C
0 to 4 days
77°F to 85°F
April, May and October
88°F to 112°F°C
0 to 10 days
83°F to 86°F
September
81°F to 90°F°C
11 to 18 days
85°F
June, July and August
79°F to 101°F°C
10 to 30 days
83°F to 88°F

Northeast of India
Guwahati, Imphal, Dibrugarh...

January, February, November and December
67°F to 88°F°C
0 to 5 days
March, April and October
76°F to 97°F°C
2 to 22 days
May
76°F to 95°F°C
14 to 29 days
June, July, August and September
76°F to 94°F°C
15 to 31 days

Plains of India
Delhi, Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Agra (Taj Mahal)...

January, February, March, November and December
68°F to 97°F°C
0 to 3 days
April, September and October
86°F to 108°F°C
0 to 12 days
July and August
85°F to 104°F°C
9 to 20 days
May and June
99°F to 113°F°C
0 to 8 days

Rajasthan
Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur...

January, February, March, October, November and December
72°F to 99°F°C
0 to 2 days
April and September
90°F to 106°F°C
0 to 9 days
May, June, July and August
86°F to 112°F°C
0 to 19 days

South East of India
Hyderabad, Chennai, Pondicherry...

January and February
81°F to 94°F°C
0 to 5 days
79°F to 85°F
March, April, June, July, August, September and December
79°F to 104°F°C
0 to 22 days
81°F to 88°F
May, October and November
79°F to 106°F°C
1 to 25 days
83°F to 88°F

To get all the information about the climate and weather in India for a specific month, click on the corresponding link below:

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Climate and Weather in India

Seventh largest country on the planet, India is located in Asia, with China, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh as neighbors.

In general, the climate in India is tropical and dominated by the monsoon, with three seasons:

  • Winter, from early November to late March: the weather is dry and sunny.
  • Summer in April and May: the temperature rises sharply.
  • Monsoon season between early June and late October: torrential rains water some parts of the country, while others rarely see the sun.

Extending widely in latitude, it is one of the few countries in the world to have almost all climates. Thus, the weather in India will be very varied, different from one region to another, but also depending on the relief. But overall, we will differentiate between Northern India and Southern India.

India: Taj Mahal à Agra

Climate of Northern India

The northern part of the country is actually very vast and experiences different climates depending on the regions:

  • Rajasthan has a desert climate, especially around Jaisalmer. In summer, days are hot, even scorching, but temperatures are more pleasant at night. The hottest area is the Ganges plain (around Varanasi), with temperatures reaching 45-48°C. The monsoon period lowers the temperature and the rainfall remains reasonable. In winter, it can be cool, especially in the northern part, but overall temperatures are pleasant: between 20 and 25°C (77°F) during the day.
  • In the northwest, below Rajasthan and along the Western Ghats, the region is very green and enjoys an almost tropical climate with lush vegetation. During the monsoon, rainfall is abundant.
  • In the northeast, in Assam or Sikkim, the vegetation is lush, with savannas and tropical forests. Unsurprisingly, the monsoon season is very rainy, but the summer is pleasant, with temperatures less torrid than in neighboring regions. Despite the presence of mountains, winters remain mild and dry, with maximum temperatures around 20°C (68°F) during the day.

Learn more:

When to visit Northern India?

Climate of Southern India

In southern India, the climate is tropical, with little temperature variation between seasons. Here are the observed variations:

  • The monsoon is significant, with torrential rains. However, it is rare for the rains to fall continuously; they are rather punctual and violent "showers," mostly in the late afternoon. Note that this period lasts from June to September, except in the Madras region where it occurs in November and December. When it is not raining, the sky is often overcast, with an average of 3 hours of sunshine in Bangalore in July.
  • Average temperatures range between 30 and 34°C (94°F) throughout the year, with little difference between day and night. However, the ambient humidity can make them difficult to bear during the rainy season.
  • Inland areas, especially high-altitude stations like Ooty or Kodaikanal, are much cooler. It is in these reliefs that the British sought refuge to escape the coastal climate.

Learn more:

When to visit Southern India?

Climate in the Himalayas

In the far north of India, the regions of the Himalayas, such as Ladakh and Kashmir, experience a mountain climate. Naturally, the higher the altitude, the lower the temperatures, and the weather can vary greatly from one valley to another.

The seasons are more similar to those we experience in Europe:

  • Summer, between June and October, these regions are spared from the monsoon. The weather is beautiful, making it the best time to discover the wonders of the Himalayas.
  • Autumn and winter bring rain at the foot of the mountains and heavy snow at higher altitudes. The temperature gradually drops, but generally remains close to 0°C (32°F) .
  • Spring is the rainiest season, although not necessarily very abundant.

Climate in the Indian Islands

It is rarely thought of, but India has two archipelagos with a tropical climate:

  • The Lakshadweep Islands are located in the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Kerala. Rain falls from May to mid-December. The best time to visit is therefore between December and February, before the intense heat of March and April.
  • The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are located in the Bay of Bengal, close to Myanmar. The monsoon is more abundant and lasts longer: from May to December. Therefore, prefer the months of January to March to explore this region.

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, Thiruvananthapuram, Panjim, Jaipur and Agra (Taj Mahal), as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.


Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in India

Find out when India has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in India

The months with low numbers of tourists are: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November. The number of visitors to India is high in: December.

  • Very low season in India: January, February, March, April, May, July, August and September.
  • Low season in India: June, October and November.
  • Peak season in India: December.

Figure: Visitor index for India month by month


Average price for flights to India

A return flight between Melbourne and Delhi is generally cheaper if you go in may ($ 832 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 507 more for your airline ticket to Delhi if you go in december.

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Where to go in India?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Delhi74°F81°F92°F104°F112°F112°F103°F97°F97°F97°F88°F77°F
Thiruvananthapuram92°F94°F94°F92°F90°F86°F86°F86°F86°F88°F88°F90°F
Panjim92°F92°F92°F94°F92°F86°F83°F85°F85°F90°F92°F92°F
Jaipur76°F83°F94°F103°F108°F108°F99°F94°F95°F95°F86°F79°F
Agra (Taj Mahal)76°F83°F95°F106°F113°F112°F101°F97°F97°F97°F88°F79°F
Bangalore (Karnataka)85°F88°F94°F97°F94°F86°F83°F83°F83°F83°F81°F81°F
Chennai83°F85°F88°F92°F95°F94°F92°F92°F90°F88°F85°F83°F
Darjeeling59°F65°F72°F76°F76°F77°F76°F76°F76°F72°F67°F61°F
Hyderabad86°F92°F99°F104°F104°F94°F86°F86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F
Kolkata85°F92°F99°F104°F103°F101°F94°F94°F92°F92°F90°F85°F
Mumbai90°F90°F94°F94°F94°F88°F85°F85°F86°F92°F94°F92°F
Pondicherry83°F85°F88°F92°F95°F94°F92°F92°F90°F88°F85°F83°F
Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)79°F86°F97°F108°F112°F108°F97°F95°F94°F94°F88°F81°F
Kochi90°F92°F92°F92°F90°F86°F85°F85°F86°F88°F88°F90°F
Kozhikode90°F92°F92°F92°F90°F86°F85°F85°F86°F88°F88°F90°F
Canacona90°F92°F92°F92°F92°F85°F83°F83°F85°F88°F90°F92°F
Mollem94°F94°F94°F94°F94°F86°F83°F85°F86°F90°F94°F94°F
Jodhpur76°F83°F94°F103°F108°F106°F99°F95°F97°F97°F88°F79°F
Udaipur79°F86°F95°F103°F106°F101°F92°F88°F90°F94°F88°F81°F
Ahmedabad86°F94°F103°F108°F110°F104°F94°F92°F94°F99°F95°F88°F

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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, Thiruvananthapuram, Panjim, Jaipur, Agra (Taj Mahal), Bangalore (Karnataka), Chennai, Darjeeling, and 204 other cities.

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

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