The best guide for visiting India at different times of the year

Because India is so big, there is so much to see and do. That alone makes it an interesting tourist destination, but when is the best time to visit? All year round really, although what’s best to do here varies with the seasons. That’s why a definitive guide to visiting India at different times of the year is needed.

December to March is the best time to visit beaches and national parks.

Want to take advantage of India’s warm weather and relax on the beach? If so, you’ll probably want to visit India from December to March. There’s less rain and humidity and plenty of sunshine to enjoy the beaches. This time of year is also ideal for visiting the country’s national parks, as wildlife is usually more active. If you’re here at this time of year, you’ll have a good chance of seeing tigers in places like Kanha.

April to June is incredibly hot, but all the tourist spots are usually quiet.

One of the drawbacks of exploring India in winter is that it is the peak season for tourism. If you prefer to visit India when it’s quieter, you should go in the low season, April to June. Not only is India one of the cheapest countries to travel to, but you’ll have no trouble visiting all the tourist attractions. The only downside is that the temperature can become quite uncomfortable, with the heat continuing. However, if you’re used to the heat, the off-season can offer many great opportunities.

From July to November, it’s worth exploring India’s various mountains.

If you love hiking, July to November is the best time to visit India. Although this is the monsoon season, it is only a real problem in the plains. The weather is much more pleasant at higher altitudes, which is why people tend to explore the mountains at this time. There are advantages to visiting the plains at this time of year, such as cheaper accommodation and tours. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for long walks and spectacular mountain trails, the highlands are the place to be.

There are various festivals throughout the year in India.

There are definite advantages to visiting India at any time of year. Of course, it’s not just the temperature and climate that should be taken into account, but also the events. Republic Day and Sankranti festivals take place at the beginning of the year. In March there is Holi, the festival of colours, and in April Vaisakhi is celebrated. In summer, there is the Rath Yatra, a Hindu festival of chariots, and in August, India celebrates Independence Day. The year ends with Dussehra in October, Diwali in October or November and Christmas in December.

India is a country full of unique sights and experiences that are well worth a visit. When to go, however, depends on what you want to get out of your holiday.

Written by Kevin Noah