The beautiful country of India is blessed with some of the most enchanting and ethereal places that you can ever dream of. Yet, if you visit even the most amazing place at the wrong time, then your vacation might get spoiled. It is quite important to find out the best time to visit India if you wish to enjoy it to the fullest. 

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The climate in India is not the same in every state. However, it can be mainly divided into summer, winter and monsoon. The best time to visit India is usually October to February, however, there it depends from place to place, and the kind of atmosphere you prefer.

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Summer Season

The summer season is not a preferable time to visit India, however, it is the best time to visit India if you are heading to places like Shimla, Kullu, Darjeeling, Manali, the North East, or any other hill station. It is also a good time to embark on the Himalayan treks and the Chota Char Dham Yatra. 

India gets quite hot and humid during Summers, which lasts from May to June. You should avoid places like Jaipur, Delhi, Agra, Kolkata, Mumbai, and the Southern States during this time. 

The Monsoon Season 

A lot of tourists also claim that the monsoon season is the best time to visit India since every part of the country is flourishing with green valleys and a lovely earthy scent. It is quite a different and unique time to come to India. During the monsoon season you can visit places like- Kerala, parts of Maharashtra namely-Lonavla, Matheran, Mahabaleshwar and many more, even Goa if you wish to see this coastal town change into a meadow of greenery. Monsoon is also great if you are looking to get some Ayurvedic massages in Kerala. As per old Indian traditions, monsoon is the time when our pores open up allowing is to rejuvenate and refresh ourselves. 

Monsoon in India starts from June and ends by September. It is also a good time if you are on a budget, since being an offseason in India, the prices of airfares and hotels can get quite cheap. However, beware of flooding and waterlogging during this time. 

The Winter Season 

The peak tourist season in India starts from November since the winter leads to wonderful weather in India. You can relax in the beaches of Goa or Gokarna, stay at a houseboat in Kerala, head off on a pilgrimage in Varanasi, or eat at your heart’s delight at Kolkata. During November you can also visit Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and other such places since the temperatures are quite pleasant. 

The months of December is especially bustling for places like Goa- known for its Christmas and New Year celebrations, Mumbai- which gets a little cooler but not too cold during this time, and most of the Southern places. 

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In A Nutshell

  1. The best time to visit India if you wish to visit places that get too hot during Summer is from October to May. You embark on the Golden Triangle Tour during this time as well. You should also traverse the Southern states during this period. 
  2. The best time to witness the culture of India is January, for its Kite Festival and the Republic Day parade at Delhi. March for the colourful festival of Holy, and from October to November for festivals like Durga Puja in West Bengal and Diwali all over India.
     
  3. July to August is a great time to go hiking and head off trekking trails. You should also visit places known for their wondrous waterfalls during this season- like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Meghalaya.
  4. May to June is the best time of year to visit india and head off to heavenly and cold places like Kashmir, Auli, Zero Valley, and to embark on the great Himalayan treks like the Neelkanth Mahadev Trek or the Chota Char Dham Yatra.