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Best Time to Visit India (Beautiful Traditions & Culture)

Mitchell Wnek

Mitchell Wnek, Updated October 18, 2022

India attracts millions of visitors each year for near-endless opportunities. Plains and mountains, beaches and rivers, and bustling cities hold something for everyone. Experience India from breath-taking landscapes to gigantic cultural festivals. 

The best time to visit India is between December and early March when the weather averages about 70 F, and the travel costs are reasonable. Visiting from March to April is also popular for attending events like the Khajuraho Dance Festival and the Goa Carnival. Moreover, lodging rates drop up to 60% in July, during the rainy season. 

When Not to Visit India

The months between May and September prove to be the worst times for India’s weather. India is massive at 1.27 million square miles, roughly one-third the size of the United States. Weather conditions will vary depending on the specific region you visit. 

Temperatures in May reach as high as 113℉ in northern areas like Delhi. The summer months also mark the monsoon season. Eastern cities such as Kolkata will experience heavy rains for up to 16 days in one month. 

Different areas may have drastically different climates, though. In our monthly breakdown, we will explore which times will work best for you. 

Cheapest Month to Visit India

June through September is generally the cheapest time to visit India. The days are usually hot, humid, and rainy with intense thunderstorms. In Delhi, daily rain chances remain consistently around 70%. 

Because of the poorer weather, tourism crowds will be at their lowest for the year. Therefore rates for travel, lodging, and attractions are up to 40% less in the summer months. 

July is when you have the best chance of finding deals on hotels and airfare. Multi-day travel packages are heavily discounted. Hotel and other lodging rates may drop up to 60% from the peak season depending on the area and local events.

Best Time to Visit India: Month by Month

January: Best for Skiing in Auli

The average high in northern India is 68℉ and average low of 47℉. Eastern India has an average high of 77℉ and average low of 56℉. Southern India has an average high of 83℉ and average low of 62℉. Western India has an average high of 86℉ and average low of 62℉. 

Skiing in Auli, Uttarakhand is always popular in January. The higher elevations (9.544 feet) makes for a lot of snow and great skiing conditions. Lodging costs are very reasonable compared to ski resorts of other countries

If skiing doesn’t catch your interest, the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan has plenty to offer. Markets and shops are filled with locally-made goods and food. The Jaipur Literature Festival also makes this the busiest time for tourism, therefore make reservations at least three months ahead.

All modern cities in India throw a huge bash for New Year’s Day. There are concerts, festivals, and feasts happening all throughout the country.   

February: Best For Couples Exploring Udaipur

The average high in northern India is 74℉ and average low of 47℉. Eastern India has an average high of 77℉ and average low of 56℉. Southern India has an average high of 83℉ and average low of 64℉. Western India has an average high of 88℉ and average low of 68℉. 

February is a dry month in northern India. Due to the overall cool temperatures and lack of rain, crowds will be larger than most of the year. Travel costs will fluctuate depending on the specific region. 

 Visiting the world-famous Taj Mahal in Agra is ideal this time of year. Delhi’s Red Fort is also very popular with international visitors. 

Rajasthan is home to Udaipur, widely known for romantic getaways. The city’s gorgeous lakes and breath-taking havelis (traditional mansions) attract countless couples each year. 

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March: The Festival of Colors (Lathmar Holi)

The average high in northern India is 85℉ and average low of 62℉. Eastern India has an average high of 91℉ and average low of 62℉. Southern India has an average high of 91℉ and average low of 72℉. Western India has an average high of 90℉ and average low of 73℉. 

Temperatures begin climbing in northern India and monsoon season is steadily approaching in the south. But the warmer temperatures make for a perfect time to experience the Himalayas. Buddhist towns like McLeod Ganj offer peace and serenity if you’d like to avoid the bustling cities. 

March is a good shoulder-season month to explore the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur). The three sites make up the most popular route in India. You can travel to all three by car or train in five to seven days. 

Lathmar Holi (festival of colors) is a gigantic and truly unique festival. Men, women, and children literally throw colors at each other using bamboo rods. You can join in on the fun or observe from a distance; either way Holi is an absolute blast. 

April: Best For Trekking the Himalayas

The average high in northern India is 96℉ and average low of 72℉. Eastern India has an average high of 95℉ and average low of 77℉. Southern India has an average high of 92℉ and average low of 72℉. Western India has an average high of 91℉ and average low of 72℉. 

The peak season for traveling comes to a halt in April. Temperatures in the north become scorching and the monsoon season takes hold in the south. There are still great places to visit and an opportunity to save up to 30% on travel costs

Spring is a great time to visit the Himalayas. The days can reach up to 90℉ but the nights are much cooler in the 50s. Pack for all types of weather if you plan adventuring the Rupin Pass or Kedarkantha Treks.

Wildlife tours are a great time in central India. Watering holes are populated by tigers and indigenous flowers are in full-bloom. 

May: International Yoga Contest in Delhi

The average high in northern India is 102℉ and average low of 80℉. Eastern India has an average high of 95℉ and average low of 79℉. Southern India has an average high of 90℉ and average low of 72℉. Western India has an average high of 91℉ and average low of 82℉. 

May is typically the hottest month of the year. Rainfall will start increasing as the monsoon season approaches. Eastern India will see close to 4 inches of rain, but the rest of the country should remain fairly dry. 

Spiti, in northern India, is very popular in May. Explore the Kye Monastery and Trilokinath Temple. Look over the vast landscapes carved with rugged roads. Pin Valley National Park is also beautiful if you don’t mind the heat. 

In Delhi, the international yoga contest attracts thousands each year. The event brings together yoga practitioners and philosophers and winners of the contest receive cash prizes. 

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June: Best For Outdoor Adventures in Ladakh

The average high in northern India is 101℉ and average low of 83℉. Eastern India has an average high of 92℉ and average low of 80℉. Southern India has an average high of 84℉ and average low of 70℉. Western India has an average high of 89℉ and average low of 81℉. 

Northern India will not be as affected by heavy rains as the rest of the country. Rainfall in Delhi averages 2 inches in June while western cities like Mumbai see almost 16 inches. 

Ladakh is in the northernmost region of India and is stunning in June. The area is home to pristine trails, lakes, and mountain ranges perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. A 7-day trip is recommended to get the most out of a Ladakh trip.

The International Mango Festival takes place in Delhi. Not only are there more mangos you have ever seen, but music and dancing brings the city to life. 

July: The Big Indian Food Festival

The average high in northern India is 95℉ and average low of 82℉. Eastern India has an average high of 89℉ and average low of 80℉. Southern India has an average high of 82℉ and average low of 69℉. Western India has an average high of 86℉ and average low of 79℉. 

Rainfall hits its peak for most of India in July. Kolkata averages 10.7 inches of rain while Mumbai averages 23.4 inches for the month. 

The Valley of Flowers is very popular in July. The literal valley of flowers is located in Uttarakhand and gives serenity to thousands of visitors. Flowers are in full-bloom, ideal for cycling tours or hiking. 

In July, Bangalore hosts The Big Indian Food Festival. The huge 2-day event showcases delicious food from each state in India. 

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August: The Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race

The average high in northern India is 92℉ and average low of 80℉. Eastern India has an average high of 89℉ and average low of 80℉. Southern India has an average high of 82℉ and average low of 69℉. Western India has an average high of 85℉ and average low of 79℉.

Rainfall remains high in August. New Delhi receives 6.7 inches and Kolkata averages 10.7 inches for the month. 

August is a good time to stay north to avoid heavy rainfall. Delhi has unforgettable local restaurants and markets to explore. Markets are now open past 8:00pm so you can make the most of the Indian nightlife. 

The Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race is one of the most popular Indian events in August. Thousands of men meet at Punnamada Lake in Alleppey for a thrilling snake boat race. 

September: Best For Traditional Festivals

The average high in northern India is 92℉ and average low of 77℉. Eastern India has an average high of 90℉ and average low of 79℉. Southern India has an average high of 82℉ and average low of 68℉. Western India has an average high of 87℉ and average low of 78℉.

The rainfall begins a dramatic decrease in September. Cities like Kolkata see 5 to 7 more days of sunshine for the month. 

At the end of monsoon season, the state of Kerala celebrates Onam. The celebrations take place through the first week of September. Traditional music and performances throughout the area are a great way to experience India’s culture and customs. 

For a spiritual experience, Pitru Paksha Mela celebrates prayer for deceased loved ones. Flocks of Hindus visit Gaya for this ritual. Mythology says the ritual was started by Lord Buddah. 

October: Best For Island Hopping

The average high in northern India is 89℉ and average low of 67℉. Eastern India has an average high of 88℉ and average low of 75℉. Southern India has an average high of 82℉ and average low of 68℉. Western India has an average high of 80℉ and average low of 73℉. 

Average rainfall remains low now that monsoon season is coming to its close. October is a good time to explore southern India now that the storms have subsided. 

Radhanagar Beach is a fantastic tourist destination on India’s east coast. Nearby there are 37 islands open to tourists that provide unique experiences. Havelock and Neil Islands are India’s best options for diving and snorkeling.

Jodhpur Marwar Festival is by far the most popular festival of Jodhpur. Locals and visitors gather to celebrate the idols of Rajasthan with music and dancing. 

November: Mangalaya’s Wangala Festival

The average high in northern India is 81℉ and average low of 56℉. Eastern India has an average high of 84℉ and average low of 66℉. Southern India has an average high of 80℉ and average low of 65℉. Western India has an average high of 91℉ and average low of 73℉.

November is getting into India’s peak season. Travel expenses will begin to increase up to 40% from the monsoon season. West coast beaches in Goa are a picturesque paradise. Golden sands and long coastlines bring in tons of backpackers each year. 

If you’d like to dive into India’s native culture, the Wangala Festival is Mangalaya’s largest harvest festival. Dancing, beating drums, and horns fill the area with excitement. Correspondingly, the slow-cooking competition will ensure you never get hungry. 

The Puri Beach Festival takes place in November and is packed with fun events. Displays of sand and rock art line the beaches. There are also boat races and huge dance performances. 

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December: Best Month For Honeymoons

The average high in northern India is 71℉ and average low of 48℉. Eastern India has an average high of 79℉ and average low of 58℉. Southern India has an average high of 80℉ and average low of 62℉. Western India has an average high of 89℉ and average low of 68℉. 

Rainfall is extremely light in December averaging .5 to 2 days of rain across the country. It is the most popular time for international visitors so traveling costs will be at their peak.

The Kutch festival is Gujarat’s most popular event taking place over the course of 65 days. The festival begins in late November and lasts until February. Camping is a favorite activity in Kutch, overlooking beautiful white sands and a vast spread of stars. 

Lakshadweep is a favorite destination for newlywed couples to enjoy their honeymoon. Private beaches ensure you have time to yourselves. There are a myriad of luxurious resorts to choose from. But you will have to obtain a permit online prior to visiting.

Best Time to Visit India to Avoid Crowds 

The months between May and September are the least popular times to visit India. Crowds will be at their least due to the monsoon season. The east and west coasts, along with southern India will see very large amounts of rainfall. 

Northern India at this time is a great option for those looking to avoid crowds. The monsoons don’t affect areas like Delhi as much, but visitors and travel costs still remain at their lowest for the year. 

Best Time to Visit India’s Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is a popular route traveled by tourists in India. It is made up of three cities: New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Each city offers its own unique experiences. It takes roughly 4 to 6 hours to travel from one location to another. 

In this famous circuit, you can visit some of India’s most popular landmarks: Humayun’s Tomb (Delhi), Taj Mahal (Agra), and Hawa Mahal (Jaipur). The Shatabdi Express is a train that can take you to all locations if you do not want to drive. 

Some visitors are able to pack the adventure of the Golden Triangle into 3 to 5 days. But seven days are recommended to make the most of your trip. 

Spring is the best time to travel The Golden Triangle. Temperatures aren’t quite at their peak and rainfall is still low until the summer months.

What Should I Avoid in India?

Indian locals are typically very forgiving when it comes to tourists’ apparel and etiquette. Though, being aware of local customs may help provide a better experience with the locals.

Outside of beaches, locals dress conservatively, especially those in more rural areas. Men and women both wear apparel that covers their legs, like pants and dresses. Strapless tops are to be avoided, though it’s not likely someone will tell you otherwise. 

While exploring India’s amazing cities, it is best not to directly point at someone or something with one finger. This may be considered to be rude. Instead, point out with an entire hand or thumb. 

The left hand is considered to be unclean in India. Avoid eating with your left hand when you are in a restaurant. This goes for handing something to someone as well. 

Public displays of affection are seen as inappropriate in India. While it is unlikely you will be chastised for this, it is best to respect their customs for a nice and easy-going trip. 

Do not be offended if locals ask seemingly intrusive questions. It is considered polite and respectful to inquire about someone’s life. Instead, use this custom to your advantage and feel free to ask others questions as well. Good first impressions with locals can make your visit that much better. 

How Many Days are Enough in India?

The length of your visit to India can depend on what you would like to accomplish. India is a large country of over 1.27 million miles. Deciding how long to stay can easily become overwhelming. 

A 3 to 5 day visit is great for exploring one or two cities. In the busier winter months, expect wait times and crowds to be larger. Larger crowds mean you may want to plan more time to see everything you’d like. 

Most tourists are able to accomplish The Golden Triangle (New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur) in 5 days. To really experience the fun and culture the cities have to offer, 7 days may be more appropriate. 

A 2 week visit is the best length of time to get the most from your trip. Trains and car rentals are available for traveling to multiple destinations. Travel agencies have 14 day itineraries that can help you perfectly plan your stay. 

Which Month is Too Hot in India?

The summer months in India can be brutal if you are not used to the heat. Late summer marks the monsoon season also bringing in, at some times, 100% humidity. The combination of high heat and humidity may prove to be overbearing

The hottest month in India can fluctuate depending on the specific region. Northern India (Delhi) is sweltering in May and June. The high temperatures average 102℉, though it is common for temperatures to reach up to 112℉. 

The hottest month on the east coast near Kolkata is May. The average high is 95℉ and the highest recorded temperature is 111℉. 

Western and southern India have similar average temperatures. April tends to be the hottest month in these areas with an average high of 91℉. The highest recorded temperature is 108℉. 

If you are planning on visiting India in the summer months, it is vital to understand the weather patterns beforehand. April and Early may have much less cloud cover and can create a dangerous situation for those unprepared. 

Which is the Most Beautiful Season in India?

There is no contest that Spring is the most beautiful season in India. During the day, the temperatures may be in the high 80s. Nights cool down to the low 60s in some areas making nightlife much more refreshing. 

In early March and April, flora and fauna is in full-bloom. Areas like The Valley of Flowers are stunning in the spring. Photographers from all over the world visit to make the most of the picturesque landscapes. 

Wayanad, Kerala is a great spring option for nature lovers. The area is less-populated and home to many waterfalls and trails. The Chembra Peak, the highest peak in the area, attracts visitors making the most of their spring break.

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