The best time to visit India

India is such a vast country that the climatic conditions in the far north bear very little relation to those in the extreme south. While it is monsoon season in the tropical south, there is snow in the northern Himalayan regions. As a general rule the climate in the north of India is cooler, central India is hot and dry and the south is tropical (hot, humid and wet).

 

India has a three-season year known as the hot, the wet and the cool. The coolest and driest time to visit is between October and February. Temperatures during this time are ideal for sightseeing. Following this period is the hot and dry season which runs from around March through to May, when temperatures reach their peak. During this time the heat can be intense particularly in Rajasthan and lofty hill stations such as Darjeeling and Shimla provide a popular respite from the heat.

 

June to July signals the start of the monsoon or wet season that continues until around the end of September and affects the whole country. It is very humid during this time of year and the days are punctuated by intermittent rainfall. National parks are closed during the monsoon season(excluding Periyar which remains open).

 

During November and December there is a second, shorter monsoon,which affects India’s east coast. The states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka receive most of their rainfall during this time.

 

 

North India Climate

 

North India - Delhi

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 7 9 14 20 26 28 27 26 24 18 11 8
max temp °C 21 24 31 36 41 39 36 34 34 34 29 23
rainfall mm 23 18 13 8 13 74 180 173 117 10 3 10

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

 

North East India Climate

 

North East India - Darjeeling

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C -17 -15 -10 -5 -1 3 5 4 2 -5 -12 -16
max temp °C 1 1 4 7 10 12 12 13 11 8 5 3
rainfall mm 4 88 160 218 242 409 751 72 344 148 39 14

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

 

West India Climate

 

West India - Mumbai

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 19 19 22 24 27 26 25 24 24 24 23 21
max temp °C 28 28 30 32 33 32 29 29 29 32 32 31
rainfall mm 3 3 3 0 18 485 617 340 264 64 13 3

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

 

East India Climate

 

East India - Kolkata

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 13 15 21 24 25 26 26 26 24 24 18 13
max temp °C 27 29 34 36 36 33 32 32 32 32 29 26
rainfall mm 10 31 36 43 140 297 325 252 114 114 20 5

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

 

South India Climate

 

South India - Kochi 

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 23 24 26 26 26 24 24 24 24 24 24 23
max temp °C 32 32 33 33 32 30 29 29 30 31 31 32
rainfall mm 17 18 19 72 184 484 352 274 190 282 105 29

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

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