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India's vast size means that there are numerous weather patterns. Generally, the best time to visit for warm, dry and sunny weather is between October and March. During this time, the north offers clear blue skies; however, December and January are much cooler with potential fog, while the higher Himalaya can be very cold, but with clearer mountain views. Increasing temperatures in April and May can result in excellent value trips, but you can expect high humidity and thunderstorms. The best time to travel to India's southern states is from November onwards when the monsoon has ended. Juxtaposing the rest of the country, Ladakh in the far north is accessible between June and September. The iconic Taj Mahal is a beautiful sight; plan ahead with some flexibility and we can arrange for you to visit under a full moon.

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Month-by-month guide to traveling in India

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Visiting India in January

Cold nights in Rajasthan and the north clear for warm, dry days, making January a great option for sightseeing; although fog can linger in the mornings. Southern states are popular as a warm, sunny escape; properties in Kerala do fill up quickly though. Some of the best mountain views can be experienced in the Himalaya, but you need to wrap up warm.

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India Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Agra 72°F 1" 79°F 0" 90°F 0" 100°F 0" 108°F 1" 106°F 2" 95°F 8" 91°F 11" 91°F 5" 91°F 1" 84°F 0" 75°F 0"
Amritsar 66°F 1" 73°F 1" 81°F 1" 93°F 1" 102°F 1" 104°F 2" 97°F 8" 93°F 7" 95°F 4" 90°F 1" 81°F 0" 70°F 1"
Calcutta 81°F 1" 84°F 1" 93°F 1" 97°F 2" 95°F 5" 91°F 12" 90°F 15" 90°F 13" 90°F 12" 90°F 6" 84°F 1" 79°F 0"
Chennai 84°F 1" 88°F 0" 91°F 0" 95°F 0" 100°F 1" 100°F 2" 97°F 4" 95°F 6" 93°F 5" 90°F 9" 84°F 13" 84°F 5"
Cochin 90°F 1" 90°F 1" 91°F 2" 91°F 6" 90°F 15" 84°F 29" 84°F 28" 84°F 15" 84°F 12" 86°F 12" 88°F 6" 90°F 2"
Darjeeling 52°F 1" 55°F 1" 63°F 2" 68°F 3" 70°F 7" 70°F 19" 70°F 29" 70°F 22" 70°F 16" 68°F 4" 63°F 1" 57°F 0"
Delhi 70°F 1" 75°F 0" 86°F 0" 97°F 0" 104°F 0" 104°F 1" 95°F 8" 93°F 9" 93°F 4" 91°F 1" 84°F 0" 73°F 0"
Goa 90°F 0" 90°F 0" 91°F 0" 93°F 0" 93°F 3" 88°F 31" 86°F 38" 84°F 21" 86°F 10" 90°F 5" 90°F 1" 90°F 0"
Jaipur 73°F 0" 77°F 0" 88°F 0" 99°F 0" 104°F 1" 102°F 2" 93°F 8" 90°F 8" 93°F 3" 93°F 0" 84°F 0" 75°F 0"
Jodhpur 77°F 0" 82°F 0" 91°F 0" 100°F 0" 108°F 0" 104°F 1" 97°F 5" 91°F 5" 95°F 2" 97°F 0" 88°F 0" 81°F 0"
Ladakh 27°F 0" 28°F 0" 39°F 1" 50°F 0" 55°F 1" 63°F 1" 72°F 1" 70°F 1" 64°F 1" 54°F 0" 43°F 0" 32°F 0"
Mumbai (Bombay) 82°F 0" 84°F 0" 88°F 0" 90°F 0" 91°F 0" 90°F 22" 86°F 35" 84°F 24" 86°F 14" 90°F 3" 90°F 0" 86°F 0"
Shimla 50°F 3" 54°F 3" 61°F 3" 70°F 2" 77°F 2" 79°F 6" 72°F 16" 70°F 12" 70°F 7" 66°F 2" 61°F 1" 54°F 1"
Varanasi 75°F 1" 81°F 0" 93°F 0" 102°F 0" 108°F 0" 102°F 3" 91°F 11" 90°F 11" 91°F 8" 91°F 1" 84°F 0" 77°F 0"

Trip ideas and travel guides to exploring India

Sadhu in Varanasi
India
Holi festival
India
James in an auto rickshaw with the driver and his family, India

March is considered the best time of year to visit the wildlife parks of central India. However, if you can stand the increased heat in April the thinner vegetation and the lower waterholes provide an even better chance to view wildlife; especially the elusive tiger.

James, Indian Subcontinent Specialist