India is a country of diverse cultures, religions, languages & beautiful landscapes. The best time and places to travel to India vary depending on your interests. Many people who visit India are surprised by how much they love it!
India is a country with many wonders to behold. It’s one of the oldest civilizations in the world and has so much history, culture, and traditions that it will take you years to experience all of them. People have traveled to India for thousands of years in search of enlightenment, knowledge, beauty, and spirituality.
There are a lot of amazing things about India. For starters, the country is filled with stunning temples and monuments that have been erected by some of the most talented people in history. The culture is vibrant and diverse, as over 18 official languages are being spoken throughout the country.
It’s no surprise that they are one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to cuisine. With so many different types of dishes from all over the world, India has something for everyone! This leads to a very unique experience for those who visit!
It is a country that is full of contrasts and contradictions. The vast, ancient culture continuously co-exists with the newest technology and modern life. This creates an incredible environment for food to thrive in! India’s cuisine is as diverse as its many cultures and regions, but there are some dishes that every traveler should try.
India has more restaurants than any other country in the world. From street vendors to upscale restaurants, there is something for everyone when it comes to cuisine in India!
It has vast natural resources, an impressive agricultural system, and a booming economy. One of the most notable things about this country is its food. There are so many different types of dishes here, each with its unique flavor profile!
India is one of the most amazing countries in the world. From the stunning Taj Mahal to their rich culture, India offers an incredible experience for anyone who visits. If you are planning a trip there soon, then be sure to read this blog post before you go so that you know the best time and place to visit.
Best Time And Places To Travel To India
The best time to travel to India
Planning a trip to India? The best time of year to go is in the winter, between November and February. This is when there are fewer crowds and more comfortable temperatures than at other times of the year.
Indian culture comes alive during this time with festivals such as Diwali or Dussehra. It’s also a great time for visitors because it’s not too hot outside and many cultural events take place around this time!
India is a country that offers an opportunity to experience the majesty of different cultures, religions, and people. You can travel around India on buses, trains, cars, or by air during the daytime or nighttime.
There are also many festivals in India celebrated at various times throughout the year. If you are thinking about when to visit India for your next vacation then this blog post will help you decide!
India is a country that has many different climates and seasons. The best time to travel to India will depend on what you want to experience! It could be winter, summer, or monsoon season. Read this blog post for more information about the various times of year in India and which one might be best for you!
The monsoon season in India occurs between June to September. The best time to travel in India would be either before or after the monsoon season when the weather is warm but not too hot. Some things that are great about traveling during the monsoon season include:
- The humidity of Delhi and Kolkata is replaced by a cool breeze, and the weather is usually very pleasant.
- The views of lush green areas are replaced by an abundance of flowers!
- Many lakes burst their banks during the monsoon season, creating even more natural beauty to check out! For example, Srinagar becomes surrounded by water with its three lakes. This makes it a great time to visit this city!
- It’s not as hot or humid anymore! The heat can get pretty intense in some parts of India towards the end of May/beginning of June.
The winter months in India can be a little colder than normal, but not uncomfortably so. They run from about November to February. The best time to travel to India would include this time if your main goal is to avoid being too hot or cold! Here are some things that are great about traveling during the winter months:
- India’s landscape is transformed by cooler weather and beautiful snowy landscapes! The window peak up north between New Delhi and Manali takes place during the winter months. This is also a good time to visit Ladakh since it doesn’t get too cold up there!
- The weather is not too hot or cold, but just right! It might be a little breezier than usual but that’s about it.
- Many sites are open for visitors since many places shut down during the monsoon season.
Some things could make traveling in India during the winter months less nice:
- You can’t escape crowds in India, especially in places like Agra and Jaipur which become very crowded due to holiday travel. If you want to avoid crowds, go outside of December/January when everyone else is back home! Depending on when you travel, some places might be closed because it’s too cold.
- If you’re allergic to pollution and dust, traveling during this time of year might affect your allergies since the air is usually pretty dry in most parts of India during the winter months.
The best time of year to travel to India would be from March to May. This is known as the summer season in India and runs from about March until June/July. The weather at this time of year is typically hot but not unbearably so, although April can feel a little uncomfortable with high humidity along the coasts. There are some great things about traveling in India during these months:
- Temperatures across India are very pleasant so you won’t feel too hot or too cold!
- There is much less chance of rain during this time of year, although it’s not nonexistent like in the winter months.
- Some regions are filled with fruits and flowers at their best! For example, you might get a glimpse of mangoes or magnificently pink amaltas along the road while traveling in Rajasthan.
The one con to traveling during these summer months would be that some places are closed for certain religious holidays around this time. These include Holi (March), Ram Navami (April), Baisakhi (April), Vinayaka Chaturthi/Ganesh Chaturthi/Anant Chaturdashi (August), Ganesh Chaturthi (September-October), Dussehra (October), Pavitropana Ekadashi/Narakasura Vadh/Naraka Chaturdashi (October-November).
The absolute best time of year to travel to India is during the fall months, which run from about September to November. This stretch between summer and winter is known as the “post-monsoon season” in India and it’s pretty incredible! Here are some reasons why:
- Temperatures across India drop a little and become even more pleasant than they were during high summer. You’ll feel just right while traveling to most places, although if you’re heading north towards Delhi or west towards Mumbai, it might get slightly chilly.
- This is also when the weather in India stops being so nice, although it’s still better than during the winter months! It starts cooling down in most parts of India at this time which brings about vibrant oranges and yellows across the landscape.
- Around this time of year there are fewer crowds in most regions of India so you’ll be able to avoid a major holiday travel rush. However, if you’re trying to catch festivals like Diwali (October/November), Durga Puja (September/October), Dussehra (October), or Navratri (September/October) then this might be your only chance to see them since they happen once a year!
The one thing you have to be careful about during the fall months is monsoons. There are two different monsoon seasons in India each year: pre-monsoon and post-monsoon, both of which typically last a couple of months. During these times it might be a little more difficult to travel across India due to rain. If you’re planning on going somewhere that gets very rainy at this time then it’s probably best to avoid that place or maybe just visit during a drier part of the season.
The worst time of year to travel around India would be from December to February. This is known as winter in India and although parts of north India tend to see some snowfall at this time, traveling here will likely not be pleasant. Here are some reasons why:
- Monsoon season is over but it’s cold! Temperatures across India will be cold, although nowhere near as cold as places farther north like Nepal or Kashmir. However, trekking tours that start in October and go through March tend to attract fewer people due to colder weather conditions at this time of year. While visiting the Himalayas during these months can be great if you don’t mind some snowfall on the higher mountains, some lower treks might not be so pleasant. Other regions of India also have less rainfall during this time, however, it’s still better than summer since temperatures are lower!
- Crowds pick up again throughout December since most Indian seasons last about a month (unlike the Western calendar which is about three months long). You’ll have to deal with the holiday travel rush from December through February which can make for a very crowded time to visit certain regions. However, some regions don’t see as many people during this time since it’s colder and there aren’t as many attractions open.
- India can be a bit of a hassle during Christmas and New Year because big cities like Delhi and Mumbai could see huge amounts of traffic due to people leaving town or returning home for these holidays. It might not impact you as much if you’re coming from another part of the world but that also means that flights will probably cost more at this time! While India is pretty much a year-round destination, those looking for fewer crowds and more reasonable flight prices should avoid traveling here during December and January.
So when is the best time to travel to India? You can get a feel for Indian seasons by looking at this picture of our route across India, where we started in October and finished in March:
- October through mid-November would be a great time to visit since it’s pleasant throughout most of southern India until early December. We also recommend November because some festivals like Dussehra happen around this time which makes it a little more exciting! Note that there is still some rainy season left around this time, especially from mid-September through late October, however, rainfall tends to be less severe compared with summer. Temperatures are also low enough that you won’t be dripping sweat like it’s summertime!
- Mid to late March is still a nice time to visit since temperatures are not too cold. Although there will probably be some places that are closed, you’ll have access to more attractions than in December or January. You might also see some spring blooms which makes for very pretty pictures (we saw the Himalayas covered with rhododendrons during this time)!
Generally October through early December and mid-March through June would be your best options for visiting India. There can also be great during the monsoon season if you visit the southern part of India. While you might see some rainfall, it’s less harsh than summer and it often rains at night so you can still enjoy your day traveling around without worrying too much about getting wet!
Things in India that will make you visit it
If you’re looking for beaches with white sand and blue water, then April-June might be the perfect time for you. For those that want an escape from winter or summer heat, September-October would be ideal! There are many great reasons why people should visit this amazing country at least once in their lifetime–here are just a few:
1) Incredible culture – With over 1 billion people living in India there’s no shortage of fascinating things to explore. India is home to a variety of different cultures, religions, and languages. It’s one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world! The country has over 3500 different dialects and 14 official languages which include Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi, etc.
India celebrates all kinds of festivals–from religious ones like Holi or Diwali to others that celebrate harvest time like Raksha Bandhan. Many traditional festivals take place at a specific time of year such as Onam in August-September or Pongal in January-February. Whatever time you visit India you’re likely to witness some kind of celebration!
2) Amazing food – Indian cuisine has been influenced by many other countries. Indian food is known for its use of a variety of spices, herbs, and chilies! Some dishes can be very spicy while others are milder. There’s a dish to suit every taste bud! You’ll even find some amazing desserts too!! If you’re not a fan of Indian cuisine there’s always the option of trying out Western fast-food chains like McDonald’s or Subway which can be found in larger cities.
3) Incredible shopping – India is home to many incredible markets where people from all around the world come to shop! Whether you’re looking for handmade clothing, colorful saris, or an antique piece–you can find it in one of India’s markets! The best time to visit India for shopping is during January-February or March.
4) Incredible architecture – India has so many beautiful buildings to offer! Many temples, shrines, and mosques are open for people of all faiths. There’s no better way to get a glimpse into the country’s heritage than by exploring its religious sites! If you’re interested in learning more about Indian history then visiting an ancient site would be ideal. Just don’t forget your camera because you’ll want to take some amazing pictures!!
5) Breathtaking scenery – India has some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Asia! What more could you ask for when choosing a place to visit? So whether it’s admiring the view while climbing mountains like Mount Abu or seeing wildlife at Bandhavgarh National Park you’re guaranteed to have an amazing time!
6) Incredible shopping – India is home to many incredible markets where people from all around the world come to shop! Whether you’re looking for handmade clothing, colorful saris, or an antique piece–you can find it in one of India’s markets! The best time to visit India for shopping is during January-February or March.
And if that’s not all there are also tons of festivals which take place throughout the year such as Holi or Diwali which make for a truly memorable experience. No matter what your budget is there are plenty of ways to explore the country safely and on a budget.
Things you will only experience in India
We have had some incredible experiences in India and we are honored to have traveled extensively through it, experiencing its culture, customs, religions, people and so much more. We hope this article will give you a glimpse of what is possible when you go there:
1) You will experience the best friendliness people can offer!
The first thing that struck us about India was just how friendly everyone is. The country has one of the most positive attitudes towards life on Earth. It’s incredibly heartwarming.
Tourists are welcomed with huge smiles everywhere they go – no matter where they come from or which part of the world they are from. Travelers instantly become celebrities! People on the street and public transport will stare and smile at you as if you are some sort of celebrity or something!
They often want to take photos with you, touch your hair and ask questions about where you come from. Strangers also invite us for chai (tea) everywhere we go – it’s incredible! Indians see travelers as their best friends.
2) You will feel like royalty
Something is interesting that happens every time we visit a bank or post office in India: We get ushered inside by the managers of each branch who make sure we skip through queues and directly meet staff members who can help us quickly with our needs.
Meanwhile, everyone else stands and waits outside – even though they were there before we arrived. We always leave feeling incredibly grateful for personal attention.
3) You will become friends with monkeys!
When you are in India, you are bound to be followed by monkeys. For some reason, they love white people – especially if you have blonde hair or blue eyes! They jump onto your vehicle and run alongside it as if it’s their motorbike.
It becomes a game of cat and mouse with them chasing after your bike until they get bored but not before stealing anything they can get hold of, including handbags, sunglasses, hats, water bottles, etc. If that isn’t crazy enough for you then watch this video about the monkey selfie craze! (We aren’t responsible if you lose any belongings.)
4) You will get the best massage of your life
Thai massages are incredible, but Indian ones put them to shame. We swear they’re even better than the world-renowned Swedish ones! We got a foot massage in Rishikesh while our backs were rubbed and our necks strangled at the same time talk about feeling good!
The pressure is perfect and it’s so relaxing you could fall asleep during treatment. Having had many massages all over the world, this was one of our most memorable experiences on Earth.
5) Everything is cheaper than you might think!
Visitors often feel most affected by India’s poverty when they see people begging on the with their children in tow. It can be touching how much they care for their offspring (and heartbreaking to see them scrounging change in the streets). However, India is surprisingly cheap.
You will find delicious food for less than $1 and accommodations costing less than $5 per night in some places. It’s also easy to get around the country thanks to its extensive railways’ system which doesn’t cost too much when you buy tickets for longer trips in advance.
6) You will learn to love spicy food
Hangovers in India are very serious business! The chilies that Indians use for cooking turn your body into a weak little vessel when you drink alcohol. Still, we’ve never eaten such delicious curries in our life. When you’re sober again, you will crave the powerful flavors of Indian cuisine and when you go home from India, nothing else will compare.
We also noticed that most foreigners who visit only eat bland food because they can’t handle the spices. If you’re new to spicy food, start with only a few chili pods and work your way up.
7) You will get hassled by touts but that’s part of its charm!
You’ve probably heard stories about India being over-run with aggressive taxi drivers and rickshaw wallahs who drive their vehicles right onto your footpath when you try to walk down a road. The thing is though, if you didn’t get approached by these people, it would make for a pretty boring trip!
They are simply doing their job in trying to convince tourists that they need transportation, accommodation, or sightseeing tours from them – just like how we work hard at convincing our readers that they need a copy of our guidebook.
8) The cows are treated better than most Indian people!
We’ve all heard stories about cow-related violence in India, but we still witnessed some incredible acts of kindness towards these creatures during our travels. While taking a walk near Delhi, we were assaulted by the stench from a rotting pile of trash until we noticed that there was a mother cow and her baby calf just downwind from it!
They used their noses to relentlessly investigate the rancid smog while completely disregarding the dangers they were putting themselves in… All this with three men standing smack-bang in front of them watching over their every move. We know if we had been born into Hindu families instead of Christian, we probably wouldn’t have thought twice about eating beef – and we’ve seen first-hand what the conditions of Indian cows are like.
9) If you run out of cash, they won’t let you starve!
It’s been said before, but it bears repeating – Indians are very excited about foreigners visiting their country and most people will want to practice their English with you. In the bigger towns and cities, this means that many informal restaurants will have menus in English and if you ask them for one, they’ll understand what “credit card” means too!
We know at least 10 people who have experienced problems withdrawing money from local ATMs or exchanging currency… not because these places didn’t accept foreign cards but rather because there is a weekly withdrawal limit that meant that we couldn’t withdraw as much as we wanted to.
10) Don’t get so stressed about food… you’ll find something you like!
India has the most number of vegetarians in the world, but this doesn’t mean that meat-eaters are left starving! Your body might not be used to all the spices they use here at first, but once your stomach settles down it will start craving them instead.
Even though Indian restaurants have sprouted up everywhere in Europe and North America, there’s still nothing quite like authentic Indian food served by someone who knows how to cook it properly. You can eat three good meals a day without reaching for any painkillers if you know where to go, so don’t sweat it!
Find the best time and place to travel to India by using this guide. You’ll be able to find out when all of your favorite festivals are happening, how much money you will need for a trip there, and more! This article has it all, the best time to visit as well as the places.
You are now armed with all the information you need to have an amazing time in India. These tips will help you find the best foods, see some of the most beautiful sights and stay safe while traveling through this incredible country!
We hope that we were able to help answer any questions about what is going on in India right now and we would love it if you shared our blog post with others who might be traveling soon!
Wherever you go in this diverse land, incredible experiences are waiting for you all across the vast nation. Planning your trip can seem stressful at first but don’t worry – we’re here to help!
Our blog post will give you everything you need to know about traveling through India as well as some great destinations that might not be on your radar yet. Whether it’s exploring ancient temples or enjoying delicious street food, India awaits those ready for an adventure that they’ll never forget! Thanks for reading!