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India Seasons & Climate

We offer year round trips to India and its environs, but seasonal climate plays a major role in dictating where we travel on the sub-continent and when. Generally, we travel to South India only in the winter months (November to February) to avoid the high summer heat and humidity. In Northern India we travel throughout the winter, spring and autumn months, and will even run trips during high summer when requested for, although it is very hot, the heat is dry and easier to take than the debilitating humidity of a South Indian summer. Northern India is also the gateway to the Himalayas and the route we must take to reach the mountain kingdoms of Sikkim, Bhutan, and Ladakh, regions accessible only during the high summer months.

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March to June: The Hot Season

Delhi and the North West Indian Plains
Delhi and NW India’s Hot Season has average temperatures between 24-36 ° Celsius (75-97 ° Fahrenheit) with 22 mm of rainfall. The temperature rises to oppressive levels during the Hot Season – day time temperatures can reach the early 40's °C. (104-115 °F) and night-time temperatures can remain in the high 20's °C. (65-80 °F). Air pollution levels can also be alarmingly high in Delhi and other urban areas during this period. Rajasthan to the south and west of Delhi is predominantly dry and arid, with the Thar Desert occupying the far western expanse. The monsoon bears little or no effect on the weather and rainfall is minimal throughout the year. The best time to visit Rajasthan is in the Cool Season (October to April), although it can get cold at night and warm clothes are needed.

Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh & the NW Himalayas
The Hot Season in the North West Himalayas has average temperatures between 14-20 °C (58-68 °F), with 79 mm of rainfall. The Hot Season is the best time to visit: The weather is reasonably warm and rainfall is minimal - although waterproofs are useful. Warmer clothes are essential for the evenings. The best time to visit the Indian Himalaya in general is during the Hot Season.

Bhutan, Darjeeling & the NE Himalayas
The Hot Season in the NE Himalayas has temperatures of between 12 – 18 °C (53-64 °F), and 240 mm of rainfall. The Hot Season is a fairly good time to visit (however, the Cool Season has clear air and is better for photography and views, despite the very cold nights). Hot season weather is reasonably warm and rainfall is minimal - although waterproofs are useful. Warmer clothes are essential for the evenings. The tail end of the monsoon season can affect humidity and rainfall during the hot season. Further south, in Bengal, Calcutta, and Orissa along the northern edge of the Bay of Bengal, the end of the Hot Season is quite wet and both temperatures and humidity are high.

Southern India
The Hot Season in South India has temperatures of between 25–32 °C (77-90 °F), with high levels of humidity and 101 mm of rainfall, and is the worst time to go. The climate in Southern India experiences only slight seasonal variations. Temperatures and humidity remain relatively high all year round. Rainfall is common at any time of the year and the Monsoon Season has only marginally more precipitation than at any other time. Light weight clothes and an umbrella are required throughout the year. However, from March to June temperatures can soar above average, making the hot season unbearable and the hazy, dust-laden air can hamper views. Many people head to "hill stations" during the hot, which provide a welcome relief from the extreme heat of the lowlands. Carry a lightweight jumper as it can be chillingly cold inside air-conditioned buildings during hot weather.

July to September: The Monsoon Season

Delhi and NW Indian plains
Delhi and NW India’s Monsoon Season has temperatures between 26–34 °C (80-95 °F), and 178 mm of rainfall. The Monsoon Season can begin as early as late June but generally the effects are not felt until mid-July. Rain tends to be intermittent but torrential. An umbrella is essential if traveling at this time, as water proofs would be too hot to wear. Rajasthan to the south and west of Delhi is predominantly dry and arid, with the Thar Desert occupying the far western expanse. The monsoon bears little or no effect on the weather of the Thar Desert and rainfall is minimal throughout the year.

Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh & the NW Himalayas
Mostly due to its high elevation, the far north experiences milder weather than elsewhere in India and extra layers are necessary at all times of the year. However, the Monsoon Season in the North West Himalayas has average temperatures between 15-20 °C (60-68 °F), with a huge 300 mm of rainfall. Waterproofs are essential during the Monsoon Season when rainfall is heavy

Bhutan, Darjeeling & the NE Himalayas
The Monsoon Season in the NE Himalayas has temperatures between 15-20 °C (60-68 °F)and 451mm of rainfall. The northeast experiences high rainfall/humidity during both the Monsoon Season and the tail end of the Hot Season. Waterproofs are an absolute necessity and a few warm layers are useful too. Further south, in Bengal, Calcutta, and Orissa along the northern edge of the Bay of Bengal, the Monsoon Season suffers a large amount of rain and flooding is common. Humidity levels also remain high and the heat can get quite uncomfortable. An umbrella is essential as the weather is too hot to wear water proof clothing, although sturdy shoes are a must.

Southern India
South India’s Monsoon Season has temperatures between 23 - 31 °C, and 181mm of rainfall. Temperatures and humidity remain relatively high all year round. Rainfall is common at any time of the year and the Monsoon Season has only marginally more precipitation than at any other time. Lightweight clothes and an umbrella are required throughout the year. During the season, July to September, monsoon rains sweep across the country with daily torrential downpours and a high possibility of flooding, making travel difficult. Duration of monsoons may vary in different regions by several weeks.
Cyclones occur June and September, and the coastal regions can suffer from these fierce tropical storms which cause high winds, intense rain and possible tidal waves.

October to April: The Cool Season

Delhi and NW Indian plains
Delhi and NW India’s Cool Season has temperatures from 11-26 °C, and 17 mm of rainfall. The best time to visit NW India is during the Cool Season as the days are warm, dry and pleasant, however nights can be surprisingly cold and temperatures can drop below 10°C - take a few extra layers to pile on after the sun goes down. The Rajasthan area to the south and west of Delhi, is predominantly dry and arid, with the Thar Desert occupying the far western expanse. Best time to visit Rajasthan is in the Cool Season, although it can get cold at night and warm clothes are necessary.

Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh & the NW Himalayas
The Cool Season in the North West Himalayas has average temperatures between 5-13 °C (40-55 °F), with 39mm of rainfall. Mostly due to its high elevation, the far north experiences milder weather than elsewhere in India and extra layers are necessary at all times of the year. The Cool Season can experience relatively cold weather with snowfall further north which is generally universal in the higher elevations, - warm clothes are essential at this time of year.

Bhutan, Darjeeling & the NE Himalayas
The Cool Season in the NE Himalayas has temperatures from 7 -13 °C (45-55 °F) and 36 mm of rainfall. The northeast experiences high rainfall/humidity during both the Monsoon Season and the tail end of the Hot Season. Views of the lush hillside, famous for its tea plantations, can be hampered during these wet periods. Waterproofs are an absolute necessity and a few warm layers are useful too. Strangely, the best time to visit is the cool season. Although it can be cold (especially during the evenings) days tend to be clear, fresh and dry in the Cool Season. Further south, in Bengal, Calcutta, and Orissa along the northern edge of the Bay of Bengal, the end of the Hot Season is quite wet and both temperatures and humidity are high. The best time to visit is during the Cool Season when temperatures are quite pleasant and rainfall is low.

Southern India
South India’s Cool Season has temperatures between 23-30 °C (73-86 °F), and 118mm of rainfall. Temperatures and humidity remain relatively high all year round. Rainfall is common at any time of the year. Lightweight clothes and an umbrella are required throughout the year. Best time to visit: The Cool Season and the beginning of the Hot Season October to February are the best times to visit when the weather is pleasant with minimal rainfall in most places.

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