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When is the best time to visit India?

India is a vast country with varying terrains, from the snow-capped mountains of the north to the stunning white sand beaches of the south. Unsurprisingly the weather can vary significantly from one region to another, however it is primarily a tropical country with four main seasons – ‘winter’ from December to February, ‘summer’ from March to June, ‘monsoon’ from July to September and ‘autumn’ from October to November.

When is the best time to visit Northern India?

(Delhi, Lucknow, Agra, Varanasi, Ramathra, Bandhavgarh National Park, Panna National Park, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodpur, Kanha National Park, Khajuraho)  

September to April is the best time to visit Northern India. The days are warm, the nights are mild, and there is very low humidity and no rain. Please just bear in mind that in March-April and September-October it can get exceptionally hot during the day, making sightseeing difficult. Evenings in Delhi and in Bandhavgarh, Panna and Kanha National Parks can be cool and you’re advised to take a jumper or lightweight fleece, plus you’ll need a sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses.  

From December to February Northern India gets very cold. It can drop to near freezing in the early mornings and evening, so you’ll need to pack warm clothing such as fleece jackets, gloves and a scarf.

When is the best time to visit Southern India?

(Cochin, Munnar, Kolkata, Madurai, Chennai, Kerala Backwaters, Marari Beach, Mumbai)  

The best time to visit Southern India is during the dry season from October to March as the days will be hot, but not unbearable, and the nights warm. Average daytime temperatures are typically between 21ºC to 30ºC and night temperatures are between 6ºC to 20ºC. In the hills it is considerably cooler and you can expect temperatures to drop to just a few degrees above zero at night. Rainstorms can occur throughout November, however the storms are usually short and the sun normally comes out quickly afterwards.  

In April it starts to get very hot and humid in Southern India, and then the monsoon rains strike the coast of Kerala in late May or early June. Temperatures are in excess of 35 °C from May-September and there’s heavy rainfall throughout the day, therefore these months are not a great time to visit southern India.

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