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When is the best time to visit India?

The best time to visit India is between October and March, when the weather is more likely to be warm, sunny, and dry.

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.

Ladakh, located in the far north, is most accessible between June and September, when the rest of the country experiences monsoon season.

The best time to visit India’s southern states is from November onwards, once the monsoon has ended.

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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

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"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in India

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Visiting India in December

December is ideal for a trip to the south of India - it is beautifully sunny and warm, making it a very popular option for Christmas, but it's important to plan well in advance to secure the best accommodation. The north has lovely daytime temperatures, but mornings and evenings are much cooler and sometimes foggy. Flight prices are among their highest in December so book early if you can.

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