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Best Time to Visit India

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The best time to visit India is between October and March when your chances of clear blue skies are greatest. However, the higher Himalayas can be very cold and foggy during this season. Increasing temperatures in April and May can result in excellent wildlife trips, but you can expect high humidity and thunderstorms.


September is off-season for most of the country and still warm enough to be comfortable with layers. The national parks are closed, as are many temples, but one can experience some incredible cultural events. This would be an excellent time to visit India.
October marks the opening of national parks for sightseeing across the country, but it's also high tourist season. Hotel prices will be higher, but you'll have more choice and availability in some areas. National parks will open across India, except for Kaziranga which is closed for breeding. It is also the beginning of fall, which means great weather and comfortable temperatures. 
November to February is the peak season to visit India, which coincides with the winter season in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Sightseeing and wildlife watching in the country are best during this time as it gets chilly in the late evening and early morning at night making it comfortable for travel activities, with daytime temperatures between 17 to 25 degrees centigrade. Domestic and foreign tourists flock to India, increasing demand for hotels, planes, and railways. During these months, some luxury hotels will charge peak season surcharges.
December to January is still peak season but it's also the busiest. Between Christmas and New Year's, supplements are applied, but the period before and following is often slow in India. For no other reason than the holidays. First and foremost, Americans do not travel after Thanksgiving to Christmas. The market is also slowing down due to the fact that it is only the beginning of the year.

The season for the Taj Mahal is best from December through Mid January, but fog can disrupt air travel and make it difficult to visit early in the morning. 
Rajasthan sees lower temperatures in the morning and evening but higher heat midday, therefore, it is essential to wear warm clothing, like gloves, touks, etc. During the summer, Kerala also experiences high temperatures, but jackets are rarely required due to the steady pleasant breeze.
March. It's starting to get warm in Northern India, with the late 20s and early 30s being possible by Mid March, but still comfortable during the evenings. This is a peak season time and great for wildlife viewing, as well as being a great time to get some incredible photography shots. Rajasthan's arid climate causes temperatures to soar. Wildlife parks need a light jacket in the morning and evening. This month, air conditioners are needed.

April is great for wildlife but scorching across the country. Most places will reach 40°C. If you don't mind the heat, it's an excellent time to vacation because the peak season has passed. The wildlife parks are perfect for seeing incredible wildlife, such as tigers beside the water. There is a need for plenty of air conditioning and hydration. Some hotels begin off-season pricing as early as the 15th of April, but most wait until the 30th.
May is the month when it starts to get really hot. And this is a time when the wildlife parks are getting ready to shut down from June until October. Prices in Rajasthan and Kerala are likely to drop as the season's change, but high temperatures may hit in the late 40s.

June to August is the rainy season in India. Traveling during this period is risky and not recommended. Nonstop rains can severely damage transportation systems, which could make it impossible to get around.
Best Time to Visit Northern India’s Monasteries
May to September. The summer months are the ideal time for visitors to the Northern Indian state of Ladakh. Monasteries and cultural sites can be seen in this impressive landscape, which is dominated by mountain peaks, lush green valleys, rivers, and lakes.
The months from November to April are better for spotting Snow Leopards, but tourism is low in the winter - so if you want to avoid crowds head for the hills in summer!
Best Time to Visit India’s National Park for Wildlife Viewing

If you want to see India's national parks during their driest, coolest months, the best time to visit is between October and February. They also have very reasonable prices with fewer people visiting at this time of year. Avoid the hot, rainy monsoon season from July to September because this is when the country's national parks close down.

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Taj Mahal in sunset light, Agra, India



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