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India hammock hanging in palm trees
South India offers great beaches and relaxing coastal breaks in January

Travel to India in January

What’s the Weather Like?

India in January offers sunny weather and low rainfall throughout the country. The temperatures in North East India are at their coldest, North and North West India are cool with temps in the mid-teens and South India is tropically warm with mid 20’s.

Events, Holidays and Happenings

  • Bikaner Festival, Rajasthan – in early January this camel festival livens up the city, with camels adorned in colourful costumes and plenty of music and dancing.
  • Float Festival, Madurai, Tami Nadu – this event occurs in January or February on the night of the first full moon. An idol of the goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareshwarar are taken on a procession from the Meenakshi Temple to the lake and taken on a boat ride.
  • Kerala Village Fair, Kovalam, Kerala – In the middle of January, is the 10-day festival which showcases the local culture with decorated houses, folk dancing, music and celebrations.
  • Lohri Festival, Punjab & Delhi – This festival is celebrated in Delhi and the state of Punjab (for Amritsar & it’s Golden Temple) on the 13th of January each year. It celebrates the end of Winter and is celebrated with community bonfires.
  • Republic Day January 26 – National Public Holiday – The day India became a republic. Expect celebrations with loads of colour and music.
  • Kite Flying Festival, Delhi – Held near Palika bazaar at Connaught Place, many Indian’s travel from all over the country to participate in the festival of Kite flying. The kites are danced in the sky, made of colourful patterns, designs and different shapes and sizes.
  • International Kite Festival, Jaipur – Held on the 14th of January, people celebrate this custom associated with Makar Sankranti. Kites are flown from rooftops and there are competitions too.


Travel Tips and Highlights

Early to mid January is school holidays in Australia and New Zealand, so it can be a busy time and booking ahead is highly recommended, especially if you hope to include New Years Eve in your travel dates.

South India is ideal for January travel, especially if you’re after some relaxing time at the beach, check out Goa, Marari (near Kochi) and Kovalam.

If visiting the northern areas of India, be sure to pack clothing that can be layered for warmth. There shouldn’t be a need for heavy clothing unless you are heading into the mountains of north-east India.

Set the right expectations for train travel in India before arriving.

Darjeeling Mountains
Hiking in north-west India is great at this time of year

Travel to India in February

What’s the Weather Like?

India in February continues to offer sunny weather and low rainfall throughout the country. North East India is quite cold with single digit temperatures, North and North West India are warming up with temps in the high-teens and South India is nice and warm with its tropical climate.

Events, Holidays and Happenings

  • Khajuraho Dance Festival – late February to early March – Classical dance by the best of the best.
  • Desert Festival, Jaisalmer – Three days of celebrations, camel polo, impressive moustache displays, turban tying competitions and of course lots of colour, traditional music and dancing.
  • Elephanta Festival, Mumbai – This event is held on Elephanta Island, a short distance from Mumbai harbour. A great initiative to keep Indian classical dance and ancient art forms alive and familiar with the locals.
  • Goa Carnival, Goa – A four-day event of fun and festivities. International visitors are most welcome and will be able to experience the local cuisine and culture.
  • Rose Festival, Chandigarh – Held in late February over three-days, this festival showcases Rose varieties along with local art, music and dancing.
  • Taj Mahotsav, Agra – Held at Shilpgram in Agra, this event lasts 10-days from 18-27 February
  • Delhi Flower Show, Delhi – An exhibition of flowers and horticulture.


Travel Tips and Highlights

February is a great time to visit the beaches in south India, we highly recommend Goa, Marari (near Kochi) and Kovalam. As the school holidays have now finished for Australia and New Zealand, you may find the tourist crowds to be less, although February is still considered a high season due to the nice weather.

It’s still quite cool in the north, so be sure to pack layers if visiting the region. The cooler weather is great for trekking in north-west India.

Due to the overall nice weather in north and south India, it’s a great time to visit both these regions. Check out our itinerary Cultural North to Coastal South for some inspiration.

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One of the best highlights in India is the food, literally in curry heaven. Take a peek at our India Food blog for tips and advice.

India Taj Mahal
Clear skies are ideal when visiting the Taj Mahal

Travel to India in March

What’s the Weather Like?

March is when it’s warming up across India, most regions have temperatures in the 20s with the exception of north-east India still hovering around the mid-teens. You can expect sunny days and low rainfall for this month.

Events, Holidays and Happenings

  • Holi, North India – A Hindu festival held in March, celebrated with coloured powder being thrown on one another. The date for Holi is different every year and is usually held at the end of winter the day after the full moon in March.
  • Mewar Festival, Udaipur – Celebrating the arrival of spring, with music, dancing and even fireworks!
  • International Flower Festival, Sikkim – Held from March to May, the unique species of plants and trees are put on display.


Travel Tips and Highlights

In March there’s plenty of sunshine, clear skies and warm temperatures. International flights can be well-priced for India travel at this time. Should Easter fall in late March, and you are looking to travel during that time, it’s recommended to book well in advance.

The beaches in the south are getting more enticing as the weather heats up, head for Goa, Marari (near Kochi) and Kovalam. Warmer weather and generally clear skies also make it a great month for trekking in both the north-east and north-west regions of India.

As March offers really nice weather in India, it’s a great month to discover the whole country. Check out our A Taste of India and Tropical Landscapes and Swaying Hammocks itineraries for some inspiration.

Jaisalmer camel cart
Visit the desert area of Jaisalmer before it gets too hot.

Travel to India in April

What’s the Weather Like?

April is pretty much the ideal month for travelling throughout India, just before the temperatures start getting too hot. Rainfall is still low this month, but it will certainly pick up in a couple of months.

Events, Holidays and Happenings

  • Vishu, Kerala – The Hindu New Year festival, is held on or around the 14th of April.
  • International Flower Festival, Sikkim – Held from March to May, the unique species of plants and trees are put on display.


Travel Tips and Highlights

School holidays in Australia and New Zealand fall in April and Easter can too, making it a popular month for travel. Once again, flights can be at a premium price for travel during this time, particularly if you leave arrangements to the last minute.

Rajasthan includes some very iconic Indian cities, Pushka, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Mandawa. It also includes large desert expanses, so travelling when the weather isn’t too hot is ideal. Check out our Classic Cities of Rajasthan itinerary for inspiration.

Prayer flags fluttering in the wind along the Kora walk in Dharamsala
Stroll along the Kora path, where the forest is covered in fluttering prayer flags.

Travel to India in May

What’s the Weather Like?

May is when India can start to become a little uncomfortable with the hot temperatures. Delhi can often reach 40ºC and the Thar desert of Rajasthan can soar as high as 45ºC. Rainfall is starting to pick up, with the odd showerr here and there.

Events, Holidays and Happenings

  • Ganga Dussehra, North India – The worshiping of the Holy River Ganges for 10 days. Held in May or June; Rishikesh, Haridwar, Varanasi and Kolkata will be particularly busy at this time, with Hindu devotees heading to the riverbanks to bathe and meditate.
  • International Flower Festival, Sikkim – Held from March to May, the unique species of plants and trees are put on display.


Travel Tips and Highlights

While north and south India are getting hot, this is the ideal time to consider heading to India’s north-east and north-west regions which have quite a mild climate.

Have a read through our blog Walking “The Kora” in Dharamsala, based on travel in the foothills of the Himalayas in India’s north-west.

Leh Monastery
Visit Tibetan monasteries surrounded by the Himalayas

Travel to India in June

What’s the Weather Like?

June is typically the start of India’s monsoon season, expect it to be wet, hot and humid throughout most of the country.
The best place to visit during this time of year is north-west India, peppered with peaceful Tibetan communities and hilltop towns strung along dramatic Himalayan ridges.

Events, Holidays and Happenings

  • Ganga Dussehra, North India – The worshiping of the Holy River Ganges for 10 days. Held in May or June; Rishikesh, Haridwar, Varanasi and Kolkata will be particularly busy at this time, with Hindu devotees heading to the riverbanks to bathe and meditate.


Travel Tips and Highlights

Be prepared for the weather, pack a poncho for travel in June.

Rainbow in the Indian countryside
Expect it to rain this month in India

Travel to India in July

What’s the Weather Like?

July is one of the wettest months of the year across nearly all of India. Temperatures are hot, and it can be very humid.

Events, Holidays and Happenings

  • Mango Festival, Delhi – Two days dedicated to Mango celebrations, where visitors can see the different varieties and eat the tasty fruit too.
  • Nag Panchami, South India – Common to Kerala, there are celebrations and worshiping of snakes – symbols of energy and prosperity. Snake temples will be busy and food offerings are given to the snakes of snake charmers.


Travel Tips and Highlights

Expect it to rain almost everywhere, you’ll definitely need your wet weather gear.

View of the mountains of Dharamsala
It's another month of rain for India in August

Travel to India in August

What’s the Weather Like?

August is pretty much like July, lots of rain around and temperatures have only dropped by a degree on average, so still hot and humid.

Events, Holidays and Happenings

  • Independence Day August 15 – National Public Holiday


Travel Tips and Highlights

Expect it to rain almost everywhere, you’ll definitely need your wet weather gear.

Temple at Amritsar in India
September offers good weather in Amritsar where you can visit the Golden Temple,

Travel to India in September

What’s the Weather Like?

The heart of the monsoon is over, and September starts to see temperatures come down a bit with the rain easing away. In India’s north-east and south rain is still hanging around this month, so north and north west India are the places to be going!

Events, Holidays and Happenings

  • Dussehra – An India wide celebration of good over evil, when Lord Rama and Lakshmana battled against Ravana and won. Large effigies of Ravana are created, often filled with fire crackers and are set alight. Can occur in September or October.


Travel Tips and Highlights

An itinerary packed with incredible scenery and culture, Journey to Little Tibet is an itinerary that can only be done during certain months of the year, as it accesses remote locations often cut off by snow.

Diwali, India's festival of lights
Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights is one of the biggest festivals in India

Travel to India in October

What’s the Weather Like?

During October, almost all of India is back to having sunshine and low rainfall. Temperatures are back in the mid to high 20s, with north-east India around the mid-teens.

Events, Holidays and Happenings

  • Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday October 2 – National Public Holiday
  • Dussehra – An India wide celebration of good over evil, when Lord Rama and Lakshmana battled against Ravana and won. Large effigies of Ravana are created, often filled with fire crackers and are set alight. Can occur in September or October.
  • Diwali – The Hindu Festival of Lights, held 18 days after Dussehra in October / November. Homes are cleaned and decorated with lights, colourful rangoli designs and floral patterns. Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth is also worshipped at this time.
  • Marwar Festival, Jaipur – A focus on music and dance from the Marwar region. Over two days there will be dancing and singing for entertainment.


Travel Tips and Highlights

Visit two fantastic countries in one trip, our Maharajas and Mountain Kingdoms itinerary covers the highlights of both India and Nepal.

Crowd of people at the river edge in Pushkar India
Pushkar's Camel Fair is chaotic but is a fantastic cultural experience.

Travel to India in November

What’s the Weather Like?

November brings a cool change heading into the winter months. Although you’ll get clear sunny days, north-east India is averaging 12ºC, north-west and north India are around 20ºC and it’s still warm in the south at 27ºC.

Events, Holidays and Happenings

  • Diwali – The Hindu Festival of Lights, held 18 days after Dussehra in October / November. Homes are cleaned and decorated with lights, colourful rangoli designs and floral patterns. Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth is also worshiped at this time.
  • Pushkar Fair, Pushkar – A 12-day event where cattle are traded and sold (cows, sheep, goats, horses and camels). It’s a huge cultural event where everyone dresses in colourful, traditional clothing and the festival attracts over 100,000 people from near and far.
  • Hampi Festival, Hampi – During the first week of November, the small town of Hampi comes to life with this 3-day festival. Expect lots of dancing, theatrical performances, traditional costumes, music, fireworks, puppet shows and parades.


Travel Tips and Highlights

The Pushkar Fair is a big drawcard for tourists, if you want to get in on the action and experience a huge Indian culture event, consider our Camels and Castles in Rajasthan trip. All our short trips are easily connected together to create your own ideal itinerary.

Kerala local boat
December brings cooler weather in the north, but the south is still warm.

Travel to India in December

What’s the Weather Like?

December brings much cooler temperatures across the north, averaging 9-16ºC. The south, always near it’s lowest average temperatures is still sitting around 25ºC. Rainfall is very low at this time of year, with some of the Himalayan regions experiencing snow.

Events, Holidays and Happenings

  • Christmas Day December 25 – National Public Holiday


Travel Tips and Highlights

December is school holidays in Australia and New Zealand, with the addition of Christmas and New Year you’ll find flight pricing at a premium. Although the weather is cool, it’s still considered peak season and booking well in advance is highly recommended.

South India is ideal for December travel, especially if you’re after some relaxing time at the beach, check out Goa, Marari (near Kochi) and Kovalam.

If visiting the northern areas of India, be sure to pack clothing that can be layered for warmth. There shouldn’t be a need for heavy clothing unless you are heading into the mountains of north-east India.

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