Best Time to Visit India
Thanks to India’s diverse topography, the country is a year-round holiday destination. India primarily has three seasons – summer, winter, and monsoon. However, the weather conditions vary across different states in the country. Each season in a different state has a unique experience to offer to the travellers. In order to understand the weather of India to plan your trip better, the below categorization can be helpful:
Summer Season in India:
The summer season in India is between March and June. It is the time when the mercury rises up to 50℃, which beckons scorching sun and humidity almost in all parts of the country. The average temperature in the summer months ranges from 33℃ to 40℃. Summers give a solid reason to plan a holiday to the mountains in India.
March and April are the spring months in India when a large variety of flowers bloom across the country. March gives the opportunity to witness one of the most important festivals in India – Holi, the festival of colours. It is also considered an ideal month to visit various national parks in India.
The Himalayan state of Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Sikkim make for the best destinations to visit in the summer season. The weather in these destinations stays cold to pleasant even in the peak summer months of May and June.
Monsoon Season in India:
The monsoon season in India commences around mid-June and ends in September. Having tropical and sub-tropical climatic conditions, India receives heavy rainfall in monsoons. The temperature drops comparatively and stays between 25℃ and 35℃ but the humidity level rises to an extent of uncomfort.
During the monsoon season, beaches and Goa and Kerala become mostly inaccessible, however, this season is perfect to explore the countryside and other regions of these two states and that of Tamil Nadu.
In the monsoon months, a grand celebration of festivals like Janmashtami and Ganesh Chaturthi can be witnessed in Maharashtra. In Odisha, the monsoon month of July is the time to see yet another grand celebration of Jagannath Rath Yatra. In Kerala, one can witness the unique snake boat races in the monsoon months.
Monsoon is a good time to visit Ladakh, where due to high altitude, the rainfall is scanty. Jammu & Kashmir and Rajasthan are also the best destinations to visit in the monsoon season. In Uttarakhand, monsoon treks like Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib can be done. Himachal Pradesh too, has a number of treks open in the rainy season.
Winter Season in India:
The winter season in India begins in October and continues till February. This period is considered the best time to visit India. Although, there is a considerable difference between the winter in North and South India. In the northern part of the country, the temperature can go below sub-zero, while in southern India the temperature stays between 20℃ and 30℃.
October and November are the months when the celebration of two important festivals in India, Dussehra and Diwali can be witnessed. In December, Goa can be seen packed with tourists for the celebration of Christmas and New Year.
The Himalayan states of Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, and Sikkim receive heavy snowfall. Those who love snow and adventure, can certainly plan their trip to these destinations in the winter season. Treks like Chadar/Frozen Lake in Ladakh open for adventurers amidst the chilly winter season in India.
Winter is the best time to visit South India, where the weather is quite pleasant. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana can be best visited in winters. The day time isn’t too hot which makes sightseeing so much more comfortable.