India’s weather can be appropriately apportioned into three zones – the north, the south and the hill provinces – and into three distinct seasons: winter, summer and monsoon. Meanwhile, a country with speckled religious traditions, there is constantly some reason for celebrating something, so festivals and events flourish, see below for more details.
India’s climate arrays from everlasting snows of the Himalayas and the tropical environments along the coasts, to the continental climate of inland areas. There are also many local and seasonal changes. In general, the best time to visit India is after the southwest monsoon.
October to March is the cool season and the best time of year in Prominent India. The weather is beautifully anticipated in winter, with blue skies and bright sunshine in maximum regions. Portions of the south and east see a short-term spell of rain from the northeast monsoon, whereas snow and sleet make the extreme north very cold and often inaccessible.
Summer, from April to June, is hot and dry in most parts of the country, and humid along the coasts. The hills are specifically beautiful at this time of the year.
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October – April
Whole Country Barring Parts Of Himalayas
April – May
May – September
May – September
October – November
October – April
Kerala & Goa
January – May
January – July
South West Coast
Mid Oct – June
All National Parks
Fabulous time to explore Rajasthan: warm in the day, icier at nighttime. Delhi, Agra and Madhya Pradesh are perfect with cheery sunny days, but be cautious for cold sunsets safaris! South India is hot day and night. Commonly peak time across whole country.
The heat and moistness is beginning to build up in most areas in this pre-monsoon period. The omission is Sikkim and Uttarkhand where the environments are perfect, with sunny dates and clear mountains views. It may be overly hot for several in the northern and central states (as high as 40 degrees!) Wildlife watching can be amazing in Madhya Pradesh, but it’s really HOT.
The monsoon arrives throughout the country and brings respite from the moistness and there will be some very hefty rainfall, although mostly in short, sharp bursts. The beaches are not so worthy in the south and tourism mostly winds down in those areas.
Commonly, the monsoon is starting to disperse and mid-August onwards is a decent time to visit Rajasthan as weather is near the low 30’s. It’s low, for the most part sensibly dry and hotel prices are down. It is well worth deeming for family visits during stretched school holidays.
Temperatures are still skyscraping, but calmer compared with the months of May or June and by October it’s sneaking back into peak season throughout most of the county. Adequate weather in September makes Rajasthan very striking for anyone desiring to escape from the crowds. It is also a good time to visit Ladakh.
This is peak season for most of the country and an excellent time to visit India excluding the mountainous ranges where it can be very cold (particularly around Sikkim). The south of India energies into peak season, with wonderful touring and beach weather.
India has a festival more or less every day of the year. So why not mingle your trip to match with one of them and see places you may not have measured before.
|January – February||
For 3 days this otherwise sterile land is full of colour, music and celebration. The famed Gair and Fire dancers swing to traditional music, alongside exhibits of the memorable past and rich culture. A turban tying competition and a Mr. Desert challenge are held. The grand ending is an excursion to the sand dunes at Sam where visitors get pleasure from camel rides, folk dances and musician’s performing arts on the sand.
Makar Sankranti Festival
For earth inhabitants, activities of the sun are big news. The Indian solar calendar is based on them. In mid-January the sun pierces into Makar Rashi or House of Capricorn – which is the 10th sign of the zodiac. At this time the sun begins its Uttarayun, a journey towards the northern hemisphere. The first day of the journey is called Makar Sanskranti and on this day people throng to the holy rivers to enjoy a sacred dips. This day is packed with happiness, kindness and friendship and sesame ladoos and sugar drops are dispersed as a symbol of the need to be liberal and kind to everyone.
|Hindu Festival||Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh|
It is an indication of the conclusion of winter and the commencement of spring. The night before the full moon, crowds get together and light huge bonfires to burn the dried leaves and branches of the winter. People flings coloured water and powders (Gulal and Kumkum) at each other while singing and dancing. In Anandpur Sahib, Sikhs rejoice a special festival Hola Mohalla on the day after Holi with a display of ancient martial arts and mock combat.
|Hindu Festival||All North India|
Guru Gobind Singh created the Khalsa (Sikh brotherhood). The holy book of the Sikhs, Granth Sahib, is taken in a convoy, led by the Panj Pyaras (5 senior sikhs) who are emblematic of their leaders. This is followed by feasting and enjoyment. In Kerala the festival is called Vishu. Displays of grain, gold, new clothes, flowers, fruit and money to ensure a prosperous and healthy new year ahead.
|Sikh Festival||Punjab, Assam, Kerala & North India|
For 2 days from the 10th day of the 6th month of the Ladakhi calendar, the Hemis monastery turns into a large stage where monks and tourists gather together for the well-known masked dances to celebrate the birth of Guru Padmasambhava. Artists wear intricated, bizarre costumes and masks similar to legendary animals and illustrating the tempers of the gods. Celebrations starts with sounds of trumpets, cymbals, drums and small bells and classically slow dance actions tell the story of the age-old fight between good and evil. Hemis is one of the largest monasteries of Ladakh and most likely the richest. It is located on the left bank of the river Indus in an imaginative valley about 40 km from Leh. It is whispered that Hemis was built in the 17th century by Stagtshang Raspa under the support of King Sengge Namgyal and since then it has become a leading centre of Drugpa Buddhism. Almost 4000 metres above the monastery is a cave used as a place for those wanting to perform long, arduous penances.
Rath Yatra Festival
The word Juggernaut springs from Lord Jagannatha, the presiding divinity of the state of Orissa, India. Lord Jagannatha, (Vishnu) supremacy comes from his wonderful temple at Puri, flanked by his sister, Subhadra and younger brother, Balabhadra. During June and July all three deities are taken in a grand, pageant in specifically made huge chariots called Rathas. The Puri Rath Yatra is perhaps the most famous ride that any god can take in India and is world famous for the crowds that it attracts. Passionate devotees nearly lose their lives in the milling crowds and under the huge wheels, while trying to touch the sacred rope that is used to pull the chariots.
|August – September||
This harvest festival greets the spirit of the devout king Mahabali from external exile and to pledge him that his people are happy and wish him well. Elephants are included in a demonstration and righteous women are heralded with boat races.
|A harvest Festival||Kerala|
|October – November||
One of India’s most important Hindu festivals celebrated with a lot of joy all over India. It marks the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king, Rayana, and the victory of good over evil. On the tenth day, ‘Vijayadasmi’ day, massive effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnath are placed in huge open spaces. Rama and his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana appear and shoot arrows of fire at these effigies which are full of explosive substances. The result is a deafening blast.
|Hindu Festival||Throughout India|
|October – November||
Pushkhar Camel Fair
To fascinate local camel and cattle merchants to do business in holy Kartik Purnima festival while a mass Hindu bathing ritual takes place in nearby Pushkar Lake. The camel act takes place thru first starting days of the festival, after sometime or some days, the center moves to increased religious celebrations. It is one of India’s most renowned events, with thousands of camels congregating in the Rajasthani Desert.
|Camel Festival||In the small city – Pushkar, near Ajmer, situated on the edge of the Thar Desert in the state of Rajasthan.|
|October – November||
In Northern India Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. Sikhs celebrate Diwali, for the reason that their sixth Guru, Guru Hargobindji returns from a great victory. In Southern India it is celebrated for God Krishna killing the wicked king Narakasura. In eastern India Diwali celebrates the demolition of Bakasura by the Goddess Kali, the goddess of strength.
|Hindu Festival||All over India|
The festival was started in a proposal to support Indian classical dance and held at Konark Temple where this beautiful dance form has been cultivated since ancient times.
|Annual Dance Festival||Konark, Orissa|
India’s highest religious celebration, held every four years cyclically at one of the four cities of northern India: Allahabad, Haridwar, Nashik and Ujjain, leading up to the Maha Kumbha Mela, held every 144 years. The last one engrossed 120 million pilgrims.
India’s chief Muslim festival, celebrating at the end of the holy month of Ramzan.
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