When to visit India
October - April (ex. parts of Himalayas)
April - May (Sikkim/Himachal Pradesh)
May - September (Ladakh)
May - September (Entire country)
October - November (Tamil Nadu)
October - April (Kerala & Goa)
January - May (Tamil Nadu)
January - July (South west coast)
October - June (All national parks)
January – March
This is generally the peak time across the whole country. A fantastic time to visit Rajasthan: hot in the day, cooler at nighttime. Delhi, Agra and Madhya Pradesh are ideal with warm sunny days, but beware cold dusks/dawns for safaris! South India is warm day and night.
April – May
The heat and humidity are starting to build up in most regions in this pre-monsoon period. The exceptions are Sikkim and Uttarakhand, where the conditions are ideal, with sunny days and clear mountains views. It may be too hot for some in the northern and central regions (as high as 40 degrees!). Wildlife viewing can be fantastic in Madhya Pradesh, but it’s seriously HOT.
June – July
The monsoon breaks across the country and brings relief from the humidity, and there will be some heavy rainfall, albeit mostly in short, sharp bursts. The beaches are not so good in the south and tourism generally winds down in those areas. The trekking is excellent in the Himalayan region of Ladakh.
Generally, the monsoon is starting to dissipate, and mid-August onwards is an excellent time to visit Rajasthan as temps are around the low 30’s. It’s quiet, for the most part, reasonably dry and hotel prices are low. It is well worth considering for family visits during the long school holidays.
September – October
Temperatures are still high, but cooler than in May or June and by October it's creeping back into peak season across most of the county. Decent weather in September makes Rajasthan very attractive for anyone wishing to avoid the crowds. High winds make sea conditions rough in the south. The Himalayan regions of West Bengal and Sikkim are excellent at this time too.
November – December
This is the high season for most of the country and a great time to visit India. It can get a little cold in the mountainous regions of Sikkim at night but is lovely during the day. The south of India goes into peak season, with perfect touring and beach weather. In Madhya Pradesh, Agra and Delhi, watch out for fog and cold in the mornings once you hit mid-December.
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Our Head of Travel, Nick loves exploring life in Asia and over the past decade he has spent a great deal of time in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. To add to his impressive repertoire, Nick also pioneered our Indonesia holidays and having done exhaustive tours to Bali, Java, Flores and Indonesian Borneo he is passionate about extolling the virtues of this often overlooked country.
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Sara was bitten by the travel bug straight after university, and her working life has been peppered with sabbaticals before deciding on a career in the Travel Industry in 2012. She worked for two of the UK’s leading tour operators organising tailor made trips to India and Sri Lanka, before joining ETG.
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James didn’t leave Europe until he was 19, first venturing to California for three months and then four months in South America. But it was his first trip to South East Asia, travelling from Hanoi to Bangkok overland, which really captured his imagination. A few years later he embarked on an epic eight-month tour of India which saw him, among other things, working in the holy city of Varanasi and volunteering in a rural development commune in southern Kerala. James has since been back to India over ten times, and travelled to Malaysia and Borneo, becoming obsessed with the street food of Penang in the process. More recently he's been to Bali and Lombok where he particularly enjoyed climbing Mount Rinjani, Sri Lanka where he fell in love with the Mudhouse and back to off-the-beaten track Sikkim in India.
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