When is the best time to visit India? A Full Guide by Region

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In total we have spent 5 months in India across all corners, so we have seen the many states and seasons that India has to offer. India is truly an adventurers playground, its vast and jammed packed full of colour, culture, beauty and excitement.  In this article we talk about the season of India broken down by regions so you can choose the best time to travel to India! 

When is the best time to travel to India? The best time to travel to India is between November & February.  This is the high tourist season in India & these months will provide great weather condition for sightseeing. 

However, this is a hard question to answer, there are so many factors and variables that go into answering this. Deciding the best time to visit India will depend on various factors including your travel style, what activities you want to do, your budget, your travel expectations and the location/s you are planning to visit.

In this article we share our own travel experiences and present the facts for each season to give you the most helpful answer possible. We will first break down all the general seasons of India to help you decipher the best time to visit India weather wise.

We will also list major festivals, prices and tourist numbers that go along with each season.We then go into more detail for each region of India and present all the facts so that you can make the call as to what is best time of year to visit India, for you and your travel style.

Best Time to Visit India by Season:

  • Winter
  • Hot Season
  • Monsoon
  • Post Monsoon

Best Time to Visit India by Region:

  • Himalayas(Himachal, Uttarakhand Kahmir etc)
  • Northern Plains(Delhi, Agra, Varanasi etc)
  • Central India(Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh)
  • Rajasthan
  • Western India(Mumbai, Gujarat etc)
  • Eastern India(Kolkata,Odisha)
  • Southwest India (Kerala, Goa etc 
  • Southeast India (Tamil Nadu & Andhra Pradesh                
  • Northeast India 
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Best Time to Visit India by Season:

Theseasons in Indiacan vary greatly from state to state, but as a general rule of thumb India has 4 main seasons, below we have listed each season and detailed what you can generally expect across India for each…..including info on weather, prices, festivals and tourist numbers….so lets begin!

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Winter (December, January and February)

​Weather In Winter: 10-30℃
Many consider Winter to be the best time of year to visit India. These months see pleasant climates that generally range between 10-30℃, with the exception of a few places such as the northern Himalayan areas which can be bitterly cold and snowy during this time.

Rainfall during these months is generally low with the lowest month for rainfall across India being January. Low rainfall and pleasant temperatures means that India’s winter, particularly February is generally perfect for travelling and exploring. 

In the middle of winter particularly December & January fog might be an issue.  So February is probably the most ideal month to visit India weather wise. 

Prices & Tourists:
The winter months mean high season for most parts of India. Depending on where you are planning to travel expect higher prices and higher numbers of tourists.  

Popular travel destinations across India such as Agra and Jaipur will see peak tourist numbers and prices to match, but the great thing about India is that you can easily get off the beaten path to escape the crowds and inflated prices.

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Popular Indian Festivals during Winter:

A famous festival that is popular in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.  A four day harvest festival to worship the Sun God. Pongal is celebrated with the making the Pongal Kolam, beautiful murals drawn on the floor using coloured rice flour.  You will also notice cows and farm animals are elaborately decorated on the third day of the festivals called called Mattu Pongal.

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Makar Sankranti (Uttarayan)
The magical kite flying festival of India, where you will witness communities gathering to celebrate and thousands of colourful kites soaring through the sky.  Although this festival is celebrated all over India, its most spectacular in the western state of Gujarat.

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Hot Season (March, April and May)

March to May are considered the hottest months for most of India and you will experience sweltering heat with temperatures ranging from 32-48℃.  Everyday will bring sunshine and clear skies, but the heat can become unbearable if your not use to it. However humidity is generally very low during these months. May is considered to be the hottest month across India and temperatures linger well into the 40’s.

We were actually in Rajasthan one of India’s hottest places during April and yes it was VERY hot and dry! But if you are able to adapt to heat and if you time your outings well there is no real barrier to travelling across India in summer.

Prices & Tourists:
​Summer will see a huge decline in tourist numbers and locals will think you are crazy for travelling during summer, but we did it! It was so nice to travel the popular sights with no other tourist around, it really enhanced our experience.

The bonus of travelling India in summer is the huge discounts you will get, we saw discounts up to 80% off and managed to get a lux room with AC and a pool for under $10USD. It’s a great time to travel for budget travellers who want to beat the crowds. Just be prepared to adapt to the intense  heat of an Indian summer!  

Festivals: in Summer:  

We would recommend visiting India during March just for Holi Festival! Holi, also known as the festival of colors, is a vibrant and exciting event that happens during the month of March across almost all of India.

During Holi you will notice many traditions and rituals, but the most famous tradition is when people gather to play and dance in the streets with beautiful coloured powder.  Although it can get crowded, Holi is an incredible festival to experience. We spent Holi in the state of Uttar Pradesh and also wrote a full travel guide to Holi.

  • In 2020, Holi is on March 10, with Holika Dahan on March 9.
  • In 2021, Holi is on March 29, with Holika Dahan on March 28

Check out our adventures in Jaisalmer (India’s hottest place) during summer:


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India During Monsoon

Monsoon (June, July, August, September)
Monsoon see’s heavy rainfall and humid climates across most of India. Temperatures are slightly cooler during monsoon and generally hover in the late 20’s early 30’s. Expect frequent heavy rainfalls and grey skies, but don’t expect constant rain.  Much of the day can be clear with just a few fast and hard rainfalls during the day which may only last an hour or so.

You will notice lush greenery during monsoon and a misty vibe that can really add to the atmospheric  feeling of your trip.  If you do plan to travel during monsoon make sure you come prepared with appropriate shoes that don’t mind getting wet and an umbrella. We would not recommend a raincoat as its too hot for that!

One thing to consider during monsoon is that you may experience some transport issues due to floods and landslides. We were actually in Nongriat in North East India (pictured above) during Monsoon….Nongriat is considered one of the wettest places on earth and although it was wet….very wet….the rain added to the sense of adventure for us!

Prices & Tourists:
Monsoon does attract some tourist for its unique atmosphere and lush greenery, but you will see tourist numbers drastically lower than in India’s peak season. You may also notice some discounts, perhaps not as cheap as summer discounts, but still cheaper than peak season prices. If you don’t mind getting wet and a few grey skies then monsoon could be a good time to visit India.

Festivals in Monsoon: 

Krishna Janmashtami
The unique festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna with dance,  theatre, devotional singing, fasting, night vigils. Perhaps one of the most exciting traditions during this festival is when people build human pyramidson the streets  by climbing on to each other.  A truly unique and interesting event to witness and be part of.

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Ganesh Chaturthi 
An ancient 10-day festival to commemorates the birth of the Hindu God Ganesh. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most exciting and elaborate Indian festivals to experience during monsoon.  Expect to see large crowds, many rituals, offerings, spectacular idols, parades and lots of music and colour.  Although this festival is celebrated across India the city of Pune in the state of Maharashtra is said to be one of the best places to experience the festival.

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Post-Monsoon (October & November)
Autumn brings lovely weather to India with warm temperatures that usually sit between 20-30℃. Post monsoon brings much less rain and clear blue skies, perfect for exploring and adventuring.  Weather wise, we think this is the most ideal times to visit incredible India!

Prices & Tourists:
Tourist numbers are definitely on the rise in October and although tourist numbers will be much higher than the summer and monsoon months, they will still be less than in the high season months of Winter. You will expect to encounter fair middle of the range prices during these months, no major discounts but no highly inflated prices either.

Festivals in Autumn:
Considered perhaps the most famous festival of India, Diwali is a specular 5 day event where you will see towns and cities extravagantly illuminated with lamps, lights fireworks and candles.  Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains alike and is definitely an event not to be missed.  Diwilai makes post monsoon one of the best times of year to travel to India.

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Pushkar Camel Fair
The Pushkar Camel Fair is a unique spectacle that occurs in the desert state of Rajasthan. The 14-day festival is one of the largest in India and sees thousands of people, camels and cattle gathering in the sands dunes of the Rajasthani desert. Expect vibrantly decorated camels, extravagant rituals and an authentic camel trading event.  Timing your trip to align with this unique and cultural event would make November a wonderful time to visit India.

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Best Time to Visit India by Region:

To help you decide the best time to visit India we have also broken it down by region. It’s very difficult to generalise when it comes to the weather in India. The seasons can vary so drastically between states, so to make things easier for you we have categorised this information into some of the main areas of India as best we can and provided more detail for each area. 
This area covers the northern mountainous states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and includes incredible places such as Spiti Valley, Kheerganga and the small and beautiful village of Laluri.  The Himalayan area also includes the north east state of Sikkim and parts of Punjab as well. 
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Best time to Visit the Himalayas: 

The winter months can be bitterly cold and you will most likely  encounter heavy ice and snow. If you love winter wonderlands then this might be a great time to visit north India with beautiful snow capped mountains and some winter sports to enjoy.

However the weather may increase the risk of road blockages due to heavy snowfall and many accommodations and restaurants (especially in remote areas) shut down for the cold winter.  Winter can mean low season for very remote places but some popular hill stations such as Manali and Shimla will see a slight peak in tourist numbers and people come to enjoy the snow.

Tourist Numbers:Low-Medium
Price: Average prices
Temperatures: -10℃ to 15℃

The shoulder months are a great time to travel to the Himalayas. The temperatures are moderate and pleasant compared to the rest of the country which is at  its hottest and there will be little to no issues with road blockages during this time of year.

We were actually in Himachal Pradesh in mid March and the weather was perfect with sunny days, no rain and no snow to cause road blocks.  It did get a bit chilly at night, but nothing compared to the temperature during the winter months.

One of the best things about the shoulder months is that you beat most of the crowds, but unfortunately no major discounts are on offer during this time.  I would recommend March and April as one of the best times of year to visit the north Indian Himalayas.

Tourist Numbers: Medium
Price: Average prices
Temperatures: 2℃ to 28℃

This is a wonderful time to visit north India as high season kicks into gear.  Temperatures in the mountains do not reach the scorching highs of the rest of India, so the climate is pleasant. Expect sunny warm days and clear blue skies, with mountainous views to match, its high season for a reason!

The summer months bring high tourist numbers but also lots of festivals and activities to enjoy, so  if you like to get social, this is great time to meet fellow travellers. The main downside to travelling in the summer months is the hiked prices.

Tourist Numbers: High
Prices: High
Temperatures: 13℃ to 32℃

The months of Aug and Sep will see moderate rainfall and potentially frequent landslides which will cause road delays. Cloud cover and grey skies is also a risk, so your mountain views might be blocked for most of the trip.

Monsoon is not the most ideal time to visit the mountains, however you might have the valley to yourself with very few tourist to share the beauty with.

We would also like to add that some regions such as Kashmir and parts of Spiti Valley experience a rain shadow and do not have rainfall during the monsoon months.  

Tourist Numbers: Low
Prices: Low
Temperatures: 15℃ to 25℃

October, a little sweet spot in between monsoon and winter where you will experience less rain and mild to warm temperatures. It will get cold during the evenings, but generally weather will be pleasant during this month.  The snow would not have started just yet meaning transport should not be an issues and with fewer tourist and great weather it seems like October would be the perfect time to visit the Himalayas.

Tourist Numbers: Medium
Prices: Average
Temperatures: 10℃ to 25℃​

Northern Plains:
This area covers cities like New Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Lucknow and Patna and states such asHaryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.  
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The Winter season in the northern plains is considered high season particularly in the months of November and February as these months see the best weather conditions for travelling. However, December and January can get quite cold and foggy. Evenings can get very cold especially in the mid to late December but day time temperatures are usually pleasant.

With clearer skies and more moderate temperatures, we recommend February and November as the best time to visit the golden triangle weather wise.  It is important to consider that you will encounter  high tourist numbers during these months and hiked prices.

Tourist Numbers: High
Price: High
Temperatures: 2℃ to 25℃

HOT SEASON March-June:
Although you will be treated to clear skies and no rain, theses months will be extremely hot in the northern plains with temperatures sitting the 40s with May being the peak of the hot season. 

March to May will see the lowest tourist numbers as many travellers retreat from the blazing heat.  However this could be a great time for budget travellers to visit as you will notice massive discounts on hotels.  We actually visited during these months and managed with the heat, but it’s not for everyone!

Tourist Numbers: Low
Price: Cheap, amazing discounts!
Temperatures: 35℃ to 45℃

Monsoon season in the northern plains see’s hot and humid air, overcast skies and increased rainfall.  Expect
with short sharp rains and although humid the climate will be slightly lower than in the hot season and the rainfall is not as intense compared to other parts of India.  August is the wettest month and the rains bring the lowest temperatures in August. You will see less tourist numbers during monsoon and discounts are more likely.

Tourist Numbers: low-medium
Prices: Medium
Temperatures: 25℃ to 35℃

Autumn: Sep-Oct:
Temperatures become more tolerable in the Autumn months and rainfall decreases. September will see the tail end of monsoon and as the days move into October you will notice more sunshine and pleasant temperatures. 

We visited Varanasi, Agra and the Taj Mahal in very early October and experienced sunshine, warm days and no rain.  Although it’s not peak season, do expect tourist numbers to begin rising and prices along with it.  We enjoyed the weather in Octoberit had right balance of great weather and lower tourist numbers, so this could be considered best time to visit Taj Mahal.

Tourist Numbers: Medium
Prices: Average prices
Temperatures: 25℃ to 35℃

Central India:
Defined as the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh we have also included the state of Telangana…this central area of India is largely unexplored by tourist. But it is a hidden gem with beauties such as Orchha & Ujjain.
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During winter in central India you will experience pleasantly warm days and chilly nights. Although days can still be hot you will escape the scorching heat of the hot season during these months.

Aside from the famous Khajuraho temples, tourist numbers probably wont impact your trip  as many travel destinations within central India are largely off the beaten tourist path.  Therefore we recommend Winter as the best time to travel to central India.

Tourist Numbers: low-medium
Price: Average
Temperatures: 10℃ to 30℃

HOT SEASON March-June:
Hot season in central India is just that….HOT! Expect very hot and dry days that linger well into the 40’s. Not the most ideal time to visit for sightseeing especially if you do not enjoy the heat. Tourist numbers will be low and you will encounter great deals on accommodation.

Tourist Numbers: low
Price: Cheap, amazing discounts!
Temperatures: 35℃ to 45℃

Temperatures begin to drop during the monsoon season but humidity and rainfall begin to rise. Central India see’s moderate to heavy rainfall during monsoon with August its wettest month.

​Although many do not recommend to travel to central during monsoon, it does provide stunning lush greenery in the otherwise dry landscape as well as gushing rivers and waterfalls. Considering this, if you don’t mind a bit of rain, monsoon could be a great the to visit central India to admire nature.

September see’s the tail end of monsoon and rain begins to be less frequent with days getting  hotter.  Tourist numbers will be very low and accommodation prices will drop to match.

Tourist Numbers: low
Prices: Cheap
Temperatures: 25℃ to 35℃

With major tourist attractions such as Jaipiur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, Rajasthan is a large and very exciting state to visit. We have included Rajasthan on its own because its a very popular tourist destination and its climate is so unique.
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The winter months are considered the best time to visit Rajasthan as the day time temperatures are tolerable with very little chances of rain.  You will have sunny warm days but nights can get bitterly cold.  

Winter provides great weather for travelling, however expect swollen tourist numbers and hiked prices to match.  For an already popular tourist destination, Rajasthan could feel overly crowded during the winter season.

Tourist Numbers: High
Price: High
Temperatures: 5℃ to 30℃

HOT SEASON March-June: 
March marks the end of winter and then leads into the hot season which just keeps getting hotter and hotter, with May being the hottest month for Rajasthan.  Although locals thought we were mad, we actually visited Rajasthan in April and let us tell you, it was HOT…with temperatures sitting the in the mid 40’s. However the heat was very dry so it was more tolerable than some humid climates.

During our travels we experienced sunny hot days and zero rain and although the heat was punishing, it didn’t stop us from exploring.  As budget travellers, April was an amazing time to travel and we scored hotel discounts at up to 80% off!! It was also nice to experience Rajasthan without all the crowds! It may not be the best time to visit Rajasthan weather wise, but we wouldn’t have had it any other way!

Tourist Numbers: low
Price: Cheap, amazing discounts!
Temperatures: 35℃ to 48℃

MONSOON SEASON: July-Sept: The onset of monsoon in Rajasthan means that temperatures begin to drop, making it much more pleasant for travel. However you will experience cloud cover and rainfall.  Monsoon rains in Rajasthan are usually short and light and the season is far less wet and wild than many other states of India. Tourist numbers will be low and its likely you will be able to get great monsoon discounts.

Tourist Numbers: low
Prices: Cheap 
Temperatures: 20℃ to 35℃

Western India:
Western India comprising of two main states Maharashtra and Gujarat and  inclusive of large cities such as Mumbai, Pune  and Ahmedabad.
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Winters in western India are not considered cold, they would fit more into the mild category. Temperatures will be pleasant and tolerable with no rain. Because western India is vastly off the beaten path, tourist numbers won’t pose a big issue. So we do recommend winter as a great time to visit western India.

Tourist Numbers: Average
Price: Average
Temperatures: 15℃ to 30℃

HOT SEASON March-June:
Although the hot months are hot, you won’t see such extreme temperatures compared with other parts of India at this time. During these summer months the skies are clear and the sun is bright, but humidity is on the the rise.  Expect fewer tourist and good hotel deals!

Tourist Numbers: low
Price: Cheap, amazing discounts!
Temperatures: 29℃ to 39℃

Monsoon in western India might not be the most fun time to visit as rains can be pretty constant and streets can become waterlogged. Expect grey wet days and humid air. July is the wettest month with rains beginning to ease gradually into August and September. Public transport can also get affected leading to long delays, so ideally we would not recommend visiting Western India during Monsoon.

​Tourist Numbers: low
Prices: Cheap
Temperatures: 25℃ to 30℃

Eastern India:
East India is generally made up of three states including Jharkhand, West Bengal Odisha and includes the  large metropolis of  Kolkata.
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Much like the rest of India Winter is a wonderful time to visit eastern India with pleasant temperatures that make exploring enjoyable.  Winter sees clear skies and minimal rain so it’s definitely and ideal time to visit east India weather wise.

Most of eastern India is fairly unexplored by tourist, so we don’t think tourist numbers will be an issue at all, its also a time for lots of festivals including the famous Durga Puja which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in eastern India.

Tourist Numbers: Average
Price: Average
Temperatures: 15℃ to 30℃

HOT SEASON March-May: Summers for eastern India are hot with temperatures rising into the 40’s and the air can begin to turn quite humid even before the onset of monsoon, making the heat a bit more unbearable. There is definitely no need to worry about tourist numbers this time of year.

Tourist Numbers: low
Price: Low
Temperatures: 35℃ to 45℃

MONSOON SEASON:June-Sept: Monsoon in eastern India is a wild ride. Intense lashing rains are constant and flooded streets are the norm. Temperatures decrease slightly but humidity is at its height. The drenching monsoon is probably the least advisable time to visit for sightseeing, but If you want a real taste of Monsoon then head to east India!

Tourist Numbers: low
Prices: Cheap
Temperatures: 25℃ to 32℃

Southwest India:
Encompassing the coastal regions of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa southwest India includes some of India’s most popular tourist destinations.
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There is no such thing as cold in south western India as it sits close to the equator and enjoys a tropical climate year round. However temperatures don’t rise as high as other parts of India, with winter temperatures sitting in the late 20’s early 30’s.

The winter season does bring clear skies and minimal rainfall making it a great time to visit Southwest India, however tourist numbers will be very high and prices will be hiked as well.

Tourist Numbers: High
Price: High
Temperatures: 25℃ to 32℃

HOT SEASON March-May: Although humid summers in southwest India are generally cooler than many other parts of India with temperatures sitting in the early 30’s.  Days are generally clear with minimal rain, but you might encounter more cloud cover than in the winter months.

Rainfall will start to increase in May as the onset on monsoons nears closer. Summer see fewer tourist than in the Winter months making it a great time to visits states like Kerala with a good balance of pleasant weather and fewer tourist!

Tourist Numbers: Average
Price: Average
Temperatures: 30℃ to 35℃

We visited Southwest India during monsoon and we loved it. The landscape wash lush and green, waterfalls were in their full glory and the temperatures were humid but pleasant.

However, skies were grey and we did experience some chronic rainfall, but it almost added to the mystic vibe of the place.  We will say however that monsoon in southwest India may not be the best time for wildlife safaris as some nationals parks close down during this period.

We noticed very few tourist and were able to get great deals on accommodation and houseboats. Overall we enjoyed our time in Southwest India during monsoon and would recommend it to budget travellers who don’t mind getting wet!

Tourist Numbers: Low
Prices: Cheap, good discounts
Temperatures:25℃ to 30℃    

Southeast India:
The states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh inclusive of cities such as Chennai and Pondicherry

Don’t expect any cold weather, but do expect much cooler temperatures than the sweltering summer months. Skies are generally clear and rainfall is minimal during the Winter months. As most of Tamil Nadu and
Andhra Pradeshis largely unexplored by travellers, tourist numbers will not be a big issue, so we definitely recommend to visit southwest India during winter.

Tourist Numbers: Average
Price: Average
Temperatures: 20℃ to 30℃

HOT SEASON March-June: We visited Tamil Nadu during summer and it was sweltering hot and very humid. Perhaps one of the most difficult climates we have ever had to handle. You can’t dry yourself after a shower as your body continually sweats rapidly, it definitely takes some getting used to. If you don’t think you will handle intensely hot, sticky and humid heat, then don’t visit southwest India during the hot season.

Tourist Numbers: Low
Price: Low
Temperatures: 35℃ to 40℃

Check out our adventures in Chennai in May the middle of SUMMER!:

Monsoon is slightly different in this region and hits Southeast India hard during the months of October & November. D
uring the months of July, August and September temperatures cool down slightly and rainfall is fairly low but gradually increasing.

The onset of full blown monsoon will hit during October and November and Tamil Nadu will be hit by massive storms, cyclones and heavy rainfall.

​July, August and September would be relatively pleasant times to visit southwest India weather wise, but we recommend to steer clear of visiting during the wild monsoon months of October and November.

Tourist Numbers: low
Prices: Cheap, good discounts
Temperatures: 25℃ to 35

Northeast India:
The most remote and unexplored region of India comprised of the statesArunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura. Northeast also officially includes Sikkim but we have included this state in the Himalayan regions for climate reasons.
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Winter in Northeast India see’s fairly cold climates, some northern parts bordering tibet will be covered in snow and ice, while the lower valleys will experience more moderate temperatures, perfect for exploring. Generally winters in North East India are cold and fairly dry. Due to its remoteness tourist numbers should not be a problem year round in North East India.

Tourist Numbers: Low
Price: Average
Temperatures: -5℃ to 20℃

HOT SEASON March-June:
Summers in North East India are generally quite pleasant and temperature do not usually reach boiling point, making summer a great time of year to visit Northeast India. However some parts such as the lower areas of Arunachal Pradesh and upper regions of Assam do see very hot climates reaching over 40℃. There will be no issues of tourist numbers during the summer months.

Tourist Numbers: Low
Price: Average
emperatures:22℃ to 40℃

We travelled through North East India during monsoon and it was very wet. Expect lots of rain, and grey skies,  but you will also see some sunny days as well. The climate is very humid during this time in the lower regions, but becomes less so as you go further towards the hills.

The rain wasn’t really the issue, more the transport. We found travelling in the remote state of Arunachal Pradesh difficult during monsoon due to roads flooding and landslides, although we still managed to get from A to B….it just took much longer.

We also ventured down to the state of Meghalaya and experienced heavy rains. However it was such an amazing adventure and we don’t regret it one bit!  We will say however to only consider travelling to North East India during monsoon if you are an experienced traveller who can handle tough situations, delays and loves the sense of adventure.

Tourist Numbers: low
Prices: Average
Temperatures:20℃ to 32℃   

We hope this article was helpful and inspires your decision of the best time to travel to India.  As you can see each season of India is unique and comes with its own pros and cons. If you have any further questions or input please do leave us a comment and we love hearing your advice and answering your questions! 

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