Best time to visit – Summer or Winter in India?

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India is a mixture of languages, religions, cultures. A flourishing democracy with a vast population holds its diversity geographically. It has wetlands of Sunderbans in the eastside, hot deserts of Thar to the west, and large beaches from Goa to Kerala, along with rocky unsteady terrains of the north. The snow-capped Himalayas at the North is remarkable. There is no particular time to travel to India. You can travel to India during summer, monsoon, or Winter. 

  India undergoes 3 seasons unambiguously – summer from March to May, rainy season from June to September, and Winter from October to March. Thus, perfect travel weather in India is considered during dry months from October to April. We split this subcontinental state into 5 regions. 


The Himalayas

Best Time to visit: Summer (March-May)

The Himalayas are the cause that India does not solidify in the winters. This row of mountains prevents the icy cold winds arising from Central Asia. The Himalayas are the origin of various rivers of India which flow in this country. It is a heritage that preserves this motherland.

The Himalayas have alpine mountains with evergreen foliage and a chilly environment for the entire year. The topography comprises foothills such as Shimla, Dehradun, and Darjeeling, with the increase in height at the peaks.

 Traveling to the foothills is possible for the whole year and is pleasurable in every possible way. December and January hold chilly temperatures down to about 10°C. Summers from March to May are enjoyable, holding temperatures to about 13-19°C. There is heavy rainfall between July to September.

 The temperatures fall considerably when you to high altitudes. Summers have a chilly environment, monsoons don’t exist, and snowfall occurs in Winter. The temperature plummets by 6.5°C, each 1000 m on an average. Heavy snowfall occurs in February. Leh-Ladakh and Kashmir fall in this range. Thus, the best time to explore the mountains of the Himalayan area is summer(March to May).

 North India and Rajasthan

Best Time to Visit: Winter (October-February)

 Rajasthan and North India stay in the spotlight of the Indian subcontinent. These regions approach near the equator and get warm by the downward latitude.

 Punjab cities such as Amritsar, Chandigarh, UP’s Agra, and Delhi- India’s Capital covers North India. North India is mostly visited during winters as summers make the weather unpleasant. The best time to go to Delhi is from October-March months as temperatures fall to as low as 8°C in January. 

 People mostly visit the Taj Mahal in Agra during the November-February months at noon to avoid a fog environment that hinders beauty.

 Rajasthan is a desert state on the west side and includes hot, scorched sands of the Thar desert. Thus, Rajasthan is as hot as burner during summer, holding temperatures about 45°C. Winters are freezing, dry, and enjoyable, with main festivals and cultural festivity going around. There is a fall in temperatures to 10°C. Rainfall is rare. The best time to explore Rajasthan is from October to February, with Diwali- the festival of lights being around. Night camps on New Year are well-known in Jaisalmer dunes. Holi (February-March) is the main festival in Nathdwara (a pilgrim city of Lord Krishna close to Udaipur).

 Western and Central India

Best Time to Visit during Winter, early Summer (October-April)

The Western region of India holds a topography with a diverse atmosphere. Aravali Ranges, Deccan Plateaus, fresh waters of the Arabian Sea meet Mumbai’s seashore and Goa beaches.

Mumbai and its regions are humid with a touch of marine life. The temperature range is about 27-38°C and makes the atmosphere hot enough for the whole year. These regions undergo heavy rainfall from June to September. Winters have a chilly atmosphere, and temperatures fall by 16°C till January. This signifies the ideal time to visit Mumbai. Ganesh Chaturthi is an illustrious festival of Mumbai, and the celebration is carried out for 10 days in August-September.

When we go down south towards Goa, the temperatures tend to be very pleasant. Goa has an amusing climate for the whole year. The temperature falls to differ during summers and winters and ranges between 24-32°C. During the monsoon, the atmosphere is damp and has about 994mm of rainfall between June and September. However, October is the onset of tourist arrival in Goa, and this persists till April-May.

 The central region of India is an exclusive blend of traditions and topography. Madhya Pradesh is the most visited tourist place and has Ujjain Kaal Bhairav, Khajuraho caves, and Gwalior, etc. Central India is enclosed by land and is nearby to the equator. The temperature falls in the range of 38-40°C in summers (March to May). Winters are chilly, and temperatures plummet to near 11°C in December. The perfect time to visit Madhya Pradesh is between November and February. Nevertheless, main festivals such as Kumbh Mela of Ujjain are celebrated during the summer.


East and North East

Best Time to travel: Winter in Tropical destinations (December-January), Summer in Mountainous Areas(April-June)

East cities such as Kolkata are humid, dry, and wet seasons. June to September is particularly monsoon months with heavy rainfall and bright days. Thus, the best time to travel the East is December to January.

North East’s varied climate cannot be compared with any other region. Heavy rainfall occurs between June to September, and winters originate from December to February. The mountains freeze up, roads are blogged due to snowfall. Temperatures are about 7-10°C in winters. The best time to travel with crystal skies is during summer and has 10-25°C temperature. The tourist period in North East initiates in April and endures till late June.


The above blog makes it crystal clear that there is no best time to travel to India. It is based on the place and climate. Himalayas, North East India, Western and Central India, North India, and Rajasthan are India’s best places to travel. It all depends on the weather- summer, monsoon, or Winter.  

Also Read: Best places to travel in December on a budget




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