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What is the best time of year to visit India?

India is a magical country to visit all year round. However, it is possible to get a lot more from your visit if you choose to travel at the best time of year to visit India.

The country’s weather is famously diverse and can differ greatly depending on what region you visit on your trip. Therefore planning your trip for the right time can have a key impact on what activities you can do and how much enjoyment you get from your vacation.

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Below we’ll explain when the best time to visit India is and a little more information about the many regional variations you’ll find in the country.

What is the best time of year to visit India and why?

The best time of the year to visit the Republic of India is often said to be from October to March. These months are the most recommended as they will allow you to avoid the intense heat and humidity felt in the summer months and the extremely wet monsoon months.

The majority of the Indian subcontinent sits in the tropics of the Northern Hemisphere and is therefore prone to especially hot and sticky weather from April to September. Additionally, the monsoon season often affects the southern areas with heavy rain and occasional flooding. If you’re planning to visit one of India’s many beautiful beaches and coastal areas during your vacation this is a time of year to avoid.

What are the best regions of India to visit and when?

India is, of course, a very large country with many distinct regions. Each has its own characteristics and particular weather patterns. During the months of October to March, there are slight variations in the climate that may require extra careful planning.

The Himalayas

Best time to visit:
February to May

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The mountainous Northern corner of India adjacent to Nepal and Pakistan offers beautiful views and tall peaks. Of course, being the Himalayas it is best to avoid traveling to this region during the mid-winter months as the weather is likely to be cold and snowy.

Delhi and the Surrounding Area

Best time to visit:
October to March

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This Northern central region is the place to go if you’d like to visit India’s capital and the nation’s most famous tourist destination: The Taj Mahal. October to March is considered the ideal time to visit although be aware early morning fogs can occur between November to January. If you’re planning to visit during that period of the year it’s better to go later in the day to get the best views of the monument.

Kolkata and The Bay of Bengal

Best time to visit:
October to January

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In the East of India and adjacent to Bangladesh, the city of Kolkata is considered by many to be India’s cultural capital. The city and the surrounding area experiences a wet and a dry season with the wettest weather occurring from June to September.

Central India

Best time to visit:
October to March

This is probably the hottest and driest part of India you can visit. For that reason, it is better to travel to this region during the coolest months of the year when you’ll be able to move around and visit the many historic forts surrounding Jaipur and Rajasthan more comfortably.

Mumbai and the Surrounding Area

Best time to visit:
October to May

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The weather is temperate and warm all year round in Mumbai and its surrounding areas. Mumbai itself is India’s largest city in terms of population and combines both historic buildings with towering new glass skyscrapers.

It is worth bearing in mind that the region experiences very wet weather between June and August, so it’s best to plan any trip during that time of the year around that.

Goa and Konkan region

Best time to visit:
October to May

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Goa is the place to visit if you love the beach. Unlike many popular seaside destinations in the Northern Hemisphere, Goan beaches are best enjoyed in the winter and spring, when the weather is drier.

June to September is the rainy season and despite numerous out of season discounts at a lot of the hotels, it isn’t the best time of year to enjoy the sun and sea on the Indian coast.

Kerala

Best time to visit:
September to March

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Kerala sits at the Southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent in the heart of the tropics. Like Goa, it is one of the best places to enjoy a relaxing beach holiday. The area experiences a heavy monsoon season between June and August with daily rain showers in the afternoon until as late as December.

However, perhaps the best time of all to visit Kerala is in spring when the weather is hot and dry. In short, perfect weather for the beach.

What are the seasons in India

While India experiences a broad variety of weather patterns, there are three main seasons which occur across the whole subcontinent:

  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Monsoon

Of course, there are some regional variations with winter being much harsher in the Northern Himalayan regions of the country whilst summers and monsoons are often more severe in the Southern coastal regions. Like many more equatorial zones, these more southerly areas have more distinctive wet and dry seasons.

With a little bit of forward-planning, any trip to India can be enjoyed to its maximum with few worries about the famously varied weather. Don’t forget to make sure you are fully prepared to fly before you travel with an approved India Tourist Visa so you can enjoy the stunning sights and landscapes safely and securely.