A trip for every season!
Being a tropical country, India is a land of many seasons. Its climate ranges from tropical in the south to temperate and alpine in the north. The Himalayas in the north and the Thar Desert in the west are key influencers to the climate of the country. If you are a travel freak, India is one-stop platform for you to explore every season. Let’s explore where to visit & when….
While the country experiences dry, hot and extreme weather conditions making it extremely difficult to step out, hills offer the desired respite from the excruciating heat. All the key hill stations like Nainital, Dalhousie, Manali, Srinagar, Shimla, Mussoorie witness a great influx of tourists during this season. It is also a good time to visit the various national parks across the country if you are a wildlife enthusiast as the creatures become more visible during this period owing to their search of water in the warmth.
While monsoons offer some great scenic and lush green beauty to the eyes, they are generally considered an off season period for most of the travel destinations across the country. But it is the apt time to visit and soak in the rare beauty of Leh & Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in Northern India.
Winters that is the period from November to beginning of March is ideal to visit any part of India. As the country experiences hot, dry, dusty and humid climate from March to June it becomes extremely difficult to travel. June end to early October many parts of the country witness monsoons which again make it extremely difficult to travel.
Western Himalayas: Srinagar is best from March to October; July to August can be cold and damp in winter. Shimla is higher and therefore colder in winter. Places like Gulmarg, Manali and Pahalgam are usually under several feet of snow from December to March and temperatures in Ladakh, which is a high altitude desert, can be extremely cold. The mountain passes of Ladakh are accessible from July to October.
Northern Plains: Cities like New Delhi, Varanasi, Lucknow and Patna experience an extreme range of temperatures and are typically warm from April to mid-June, falling to almost freezing at night in winter between November and February. Summers are hot with monsoons between June and September.
Central India: Madhya Pradesh state escapes the very worst of the hot season, but monsoons are heavy between July and September. Temperatures fall at night in winter.
Western India: November to February is most comfortable, although evenings can be fairly cold. Summers can be extremely hot with monsoon rainfall between mid-June and mid-September.
Eastern India: Weather in states like Orissa is defined by cooler weather from October to February, scorching heat from March to May and unavoidable drenching from the monsoons from June to October.
Southwest territory: The most pleasant weather is from November to March. Monsoon rains fall anywhere between late April and July. Summer temperatures are not high as Northern India although humidity is extreme. The coast benefits from some cooling breezes. Inland, Mysore and Bijapur have pleasant climates with relatively low rainfall.
Southeast Zone: Tamil Nadu experiences a northeast monsoon between October and December and temperatures and humidity are high all year. The hills can be cold in winter.
Northeast land: March to June and September to November are the driest and most pleasant periods. The rest of the year has extremely heavy monsoon rainfall.