Best Time to Visit the Indian Subcontinent

Updated: 13th May 2020

Seasons and Weather

Unlike Europe and North America, the climate in the Indian subcontinent revolves entirely around rainfall. Rather than the four distinct seasons many of us are used to, this part of the world generally experiences just two climates: wet and dry. In the Indian Subcontinent, when it rains, it pours, as the monsoon sweeps across nations, bringing the land back to life as it goes. With this in mind, it is important to plan your journey carefully.

Annapurna Mountain range - Nepal - On The Go Tours
The months between September and November are ideal for trekking in Nepal

Warm and Dry Season (March-May & September-November)

For the majority of the region, the warm and dry season is the best time to travel. In the south of India, the rains will have significantly dissipated by this point and the sun will be shining virtually every day although there might still be some clouds. The Himalayan region in the north of India is at its prime during these months as the rains will have dried up but the real chill of winter is either yet to arrive or already gone.

Sri Lanka maintains a reasonably stable temperature throughout the year so you hardly need to worry about being cold. The warm and dry seasons fall between the country’s two monsoons, making them the best times to explore the country. The southern coastline is particularly beautiful at this time of the year, as are the national parks, having just been rehydrated by the rains.

In Nepal, the peak season for trekking falls in the second warm and dry season (September – November). At this point, the air is at its clearest and the views of the mountains are truly breathtaking. The rain will have finished and the temperature will be pleasantly cool during the day. Bear in mind that if you plan on booking your trek for this season you will be travelling during the country’s most popular season, meaning you may find many destinations and activities more expensive and crowded. The same rules apply for Bhutan with the added bonus of the rhododendrons blooming between March and June, painting the landscape with bright, beautiful colours.

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