When is the best time to visit India?
The peninsular India is famed internationally for its serene beaches, exquisite Hindu Temples, breathtaking hill-stations and picturesque natural wonders including beautiful waterfalls and natural lakes. Choosing the right time to visit your favorite Indian holiday destination can really make a big difference to your overall Indian holiday experience.
Whether you are a local traveler or an international traveler, flying out at the right time to your preferred destination in India is the key to having a great vacation time. Read on to find out when is the best time to visit India.
What time of the year is best to go to India?
Although India is a year-round destination, you need to keep in mind that certain destinations are better enjoyed during certain seasons. The peak season for tourism in India is during the months of October to March when the weather is at its best and ideal for sightseeing. The average temperatures in India can vary from as low as 0 degrees centigrade in the northern regions during the winter season to as much as 40 degrees centigrade in the southern regions during summer.
India has a tropical climate and it is quite common for most regions to experience these four seasons: winter (December to February), summer (March to May), monsoon or rainy season (June to September), and autumn or post monsoon season (October to November).
Considering that India is a vast country with diverse regions, it’s hard to find the same weather conditions across two different geographical regions which are far away from each other in a specific season. For instance, during winter season (October to February) the hill-stations of India near the northern Himalayan peaks get really cold with extreme temperatures while the serene beaches of south India still have the warmth of the hot sun that is an essential part of any beach vacation.
Lesser-known fact about the spring season in India:
Having said that there are four main seasons in India, we need to bring out another interesting point- the regions close to the Himalayan peaks like Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh experience an additional season known as spring. It’s worth a mention here that the Indian festival-Holi, also known as the “festival of harvests” or the “festival of colors” is a highly celebrated festival in the Gangetic belt of North India and it marks the beginning of the spring season in this region. Spring season lasts for a brief time between winter and summer seasons. Down South, there is no difference between spring and summer seasons and hence you will not find spring season at all in the south! Spring season is ideal for sightseeing the scenic spots like Manali, Shimla, Gulmar, Leh and Spiti.
Summer in India:
Summer season begins after the winter season and this also is the time when most schools in India are closed for summer vacations. Summer season (March to May) is by far the best time to visit North India and is perfect for a summer escape to the comfortable hill-stations of the country of the likes of Manali, Darjeeling, Nainital, Leh, Ooty, and Kodaikanal. Hill-stations are popular summer getaways among most travelers for the basic fact that they are located at a very high altitude with a pleasant cold weather round the year that is essential for beating the hot summer sun.
Winter in India:
Winter season (October to February) is one of the best seasons in India for adventure enthusiasts for indulging in sports like trekking, skiing, and snowboarding. Our top picks for hot winter destinations in India for adventure sports include Manali, Ladakh, and Srinagar. The must-dos at these places are:
- Taking a road trip on the Manali-Leh-Srinagar circuit for exploring the beautiful countryside and the picturesque natural landscape
- Trekking on the most dangerous Chadar trek in Zanskar region of Ladakh. The trail is only accessible in winter when the Chadar lake gets frozen and solidifies to form an icy trekking trail!
- Trekking in the Pir Panjal Mountains
Monsoon in India:
The Monsoon season in India commences during the first week of May just before the summer season is nearing its end; it starts in the southern state of Kerala with the southwestern winds bringing heavy showers of rains to this region. The rains during the Monsoon period are crucial for cooling the already prevalent summer heat waves. Contrary to the general opinion that rains can spoil a vacation, the monsoon time in India is actually the best time to visit South India. Monsoon is ideal for exploring the southern states of Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, and Karnataka which pride themselves for being home to some pretty beaches, amazing wildlife sanctuaries and rich historic sites.
Having got a big picture about when is the best time to visit India, it’s about time you started making a travel itinerary for the places you want to visit in India. Have your cheap flights to India booked on Indian Eagle right away!