India is a tropical country that has four seasons that do not correspond to those of other continents. In many parts of India, the weather does not include autumn and spring. The summer in India runs from late March to June; the monsoon runs from July to September, the post-monsoon seasons runs from October to December while Winter runs from January to March.
To help you determine regarding the best time to visit India, it is important to be aware of the temperatures of some of the states during the different seasons. However, you should note that the temperatures can vary depending on the state and you can even find significant temperature variations within the same state.
The following are some of the temperatures you can expect in states such as Delhi, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh.
Summer: 24°C to 45°C
Monsoon: 20°C to 40°C
Post Monsoon: 15°C to 30°C
Winter: 10°C to 25 °C
The Month-to-Month Guide to Visiting India
January is a great month for sightseeing in Rajasthan because of the cool nights and the warm, dry days. However, it is important to realize that fog sometimes lingers in the mornings, which can limit your sightseeing. The southern states are a great option in January since they offer a warm, sunny escape, but properties tend to fill up fast in Kerala in January. You can experience some of the best mountain views in the Himalayas, but you will have to keep warm.
February is when the mist and fog starts clearing up in the northern states. It is one of the best time to visit India since almost the whole country is sunny and warm. However, you should be aware that hotels are booked well in advance, which means that you should consider planning to avoid disappointments.
March is one of the most popular months for tourists visiting India. The weather is great, and it is when the Holi festival is held. The Holi Festival is a colorful, fun event where everybody celebrates the victory of good over evil. The date when the festival is held varies from one year to the next.
The temperatures increase throughout India in April, which makes it the best option for wildlife viewing in the parks. Water is usually scarce during this period, which means that water hole sightings of different animals are common. Temperatures during the day are usually quite high, which is why you should consider going for excursions only in the mornings and evenings. Hotels tend to be quite busy during Easter, so ensure that you plan if you don’t have flexible travel dates.
Hotels in India usually offer great value during this month, but you should be wary of the incredibly high temperatures and high humidity that can be rather uncomfortable. Desert accommodation usually closes during this period as do some camps. Wildlife sightings in May are at their best early in the morning or evening.
June is when the beautiful Ladakh region is accessible and provides a complete contrast to the rest of the country. The days are usually clear and sunny in June, but you might require layers for warmth. Humidity is high during this month as the rest of the country awaits the monsoon and thunderstorms are frequent particularly in the southern states.
July and August are the two months that provide the best weather and amazing views across Ladakh, while elsewhere in the country, celebrations are underway thanks to the arrival of the long-awaited monsoon rains.
The months of August and September are ideal for cruising along the Ganges between Varanasi and Patna due to the continuing rains as well as higher water levels. Departures are usually booked well in advance, which means that you need to plan.
September marks the end of monsoon and can offer great value in Rajasthan. However, the weather in the surrounding regions in September is still mixed. Ladakh’s season usually draws to a close in September, but you can still travel. It is not advisable to travel to the Himalaya and southern states until the rains have cleared.
October marks the beginning of the peak travel season since it sees the end of the rains in the north and the return of warm, sunny days. Unpredictable showers may linger in the south, but they help create the lovely verdant scenery. October 2nd is Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, which is celebrated as a national holiday.
November is probably one of the best months to travel to India. It offers great weather and plays host to many festivals. Rajasthan hosts the Pushkar Camel Fair, while Diwali also known as the festival of light is characterized by celebratory fireworks, buildings covered in lights, and beautiful candle displays all over the country.
December is ideal for visiting the south of India. It is usually quite warm and sunny and quite a popular option for Christmas. However, you need to make arrangements in advance to secure the best accommodation. The northern part of India has lovely temperatures during the day, but it is usually much cooler in the evenings and mornings. December flight prices are some of the highest, so ensure that you book early whenever possible.