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Seasons and Weather

Ordinarily, the weather in India can be divided into three seasons – summer, winter, and monsoon. The coolest and driest time of the year to visit is between October and February, which is regarded as the winter season and seen by many as the best time to visit India. The temperature is moderate which will let you explore the hidden gems of India in these days. Temperatures will always be warmer in the south, with comfortable coastal beach weather.

Following winter is the summer season which is hot and dry, lasting from March through to May, when temperatures reach their peak. During this time the thermometer can be intensely warm in the central and southern reaches of the country, making it an excellent time to head to the north and higher altitudes of the Himalayas, and the lofty hill stations of Shimla and Darjeeling.

May signals the start of the monsoon season, which begins in Kerala on the south-western coast, bringing with it regular downpours interspersed with sunny hot intervals that gradually work their way up the country. It is very humid during this time of year and the days are punctuated by intermittent rainfall. At the height of monsoon season, there can be flooding in some lowland regions and most national parks close during this time (excluding Periyar, which remains open). Come November and December another monsoon hits southern India, sweeping in from the Bay of Bengal. The states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka receive most of their rainfall during this time.

Best Places to Visit in India by Month

Know when you’re traveling to India but not sure where best to go? Check out our guide on where to go when in India to help plan that perfect holiday whatever month you’re visiting.

Climate | Delhi

TEMP MIN °C 7 9 14 20 26 28 27 26 24 18 11 8
TEMP MAX °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

Climate | Darjeeling

TEMP MIN °C -17 -15 -10 -5 -1 3 5 4 2 -5 -12 -16
TEMP MAX °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

Climate | Mumbai

TEMP MIN °C 19 19 22 24 27 26 24 24 24 24 23 21
TEMP MAX °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

Climate | Kolkata

TEMP MIN °C 13 15 21 24 25 26 26 26 24 24 18 13
TEMP MAX °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

Climate | Kochi

TEMP MIN °C 23 24 26 26 26 24 24 24 24 24 24 23
TEMP MAX °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
Camel Festival India


Unsurprising for a country with such religious, cultural and natural diversity, India is host to a variety of colorful festivals throughout the year whether it’s in the scorching deserts of Rajasthan or the streets of Goa. Here’s our guide to some of the best of these festivals.

Bikaner Camel Festival

This annual event includes a range of colorful camel performances from races to dance displays, all designed to pay homage to the ‘ships of the desert’. As well as this visitors can expect to see swirling human dancers, fire performers, and a dazzling fireworks display. The festival is held in Bikaner in late January each year.

Sankranti Kite Festival

A Hindu festival celebrated across India, Makar Sankranti as it is officially known as one of the country’s most popular events. Around the 14th January each year, people everywhere mark the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Makara (Capricorn) with a focus on kite flying. The skies are filled with kites known as patangs with entertaining kite fights – the aim of the game is to chop down other kites and be the last one flying. To the delight of children in the crowds, those kites unlucky enough to be hit are then their’s for the taking. The city of Ahmedabad marks the festival with particular aplomb in the form of the International Kite Festival when a dazzling flock of kites is flown in the air from dawn to dusk.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

The beautiful fort city of Jaisalmer hosts a desert festival with events including camel racing, turban tying, and the longest mustache competition. Held towards the end of January or in the first few weeks of February, a quirky festival is a great option for first-time visitors to Rajasthan with its emphasis on local culture and heritage.

Holi Festival of Colour

Celebrating the arrival of spring and new beginnings, India’s Holi festival is its most colorful festival and it’s most popular with visitors. In fact, a number of countries across the world now hold their own Holi celebrations with colored water and powder threw at others dressed in white and bonfires lit the night before. In 2017 Holi falls on the 13th March.

Hola Mohalla

Usually taking place a day after the Hindu festival of Holi, this three-day Sikh festival is an occasion for Sikhs to demonstrate their martial skills in simulated battles with dramatic mock martial arts battles (or Gatka as they are more commonly known), daring displays of weaponry, archery and wrestling. The Hola Mohalla festival is held in the town of Anandpur Sahib on the 13th March 2017.

Hemis Festival

The annual Hemis Festival is held in the Buddhist monastery of Hemis in the state of Ladakh to honor the 8th-century Indian Buddhist master, Padmasambhava. During the festival ceremonial items are placed around the monastery, the courtyard fills with pilgrims and traditional music and dance performances are held. The festival highlight is the gathering of the lamas around the central flagpole performing the mystic mask dances (Chams) and sacred plays. In 2017 this festival falls on the 3rd July.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Running for 11 days from the 25th August 2017, the Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu festival honors the elephant-headed god Ganesh with numerous images of Ganesh made and paraded through the streets and installed in temporary shrines. At the end of the festival, the clay idols are immersed and dissolved in a nearby lakes and ponds.

Durga Puja

Celebrating the Mother Goddess and warrior Goddess Durga’s victory over an evil demon, Durga Puja honors the divine feminine energy with great pandals — decorated stages that exhibit statues of the goddess Durga. Live music accompanies the colorful artworks and at the end of the festival, the statues are paraded through the streets to be immersed in local rivers. Durga Puja is celebrated in West Bengal, particularly in the city of Kolkata on the 26th September 2017 for four days.

Diwali Festival of Light

Families come together all across India to celebrate Diwali Festival of Light and the triumph of light over dark, good over evil. Small diyas (lamps) are lit and placed outside homes with firework displays at night. Over the course of five days, various prayers and rituals are performed and it’s a wonderful time to check into a guesthouse to share the festivities with local Indian families. In 2017 Diwali starts on the 19th October.

Pushkar Camel Fair

Held each November the Pushkar Camel Fair is a unique spectacle with thousands of camels bought and sold, alongside horses and cattle. As part of the fair camel races are held along with longest mustache competitions, bridal competitions, and various dance performances. In recent years a cricket game between a local team and random foreign visitors has also featured. In 2017 the fair kicks off on the 28th October for a week period.

2017 Calendar

To help plan your 2017 visit to India here’s an overview of festivals and events.

January 7th-15th – International Kite Festival (Ahmedabad)
January 14th-15th – Bikaner Camel Festival (Bikaner)
February 8th-10th – Jaisalmer Desert Festival (Jaisalmer)
March 13th –Holi Festival of Colour (countrywide)
March 13th – Hola Mohalla (Anandpur Sahib)
July 3rd-4th – Hemis Festival (Leh)
August 25th – Ganesh Chaturthi (countrywide)
September 26th-30th – Durga Puja (Kolkata)
October 19th-23rd –Diwali Festival of Light (countrywide)
October 28th – November 4th –Pushkar Camel Fair (Pushkar)

There’s also a number of national holidays in India and on these dates many businesses and some tourist sites will close for the day so plan your visit accordingly.

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