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Due to its vast size, India has a varied climate and it is possible to travel at almost all times of year and find certain areas of the Subcontinent that are at their best. The country has a three season year - summer, monsoon and winter. Generally the best time to visit is during winter (November to February), although there are regional variations. The rainy season is from June to September. And the post-monsoon season, which is the north-east monsoon in South India, is from October-November. Summer (March to May) is hot everywhere, except in the hills.

Recommended Clothing: During the winter months of November to February, light woolen clothes are appropriate for travel in the plains of North India and heavy woolens for travel in the hills of North India. For the rest of the year, it can be very hot, so light, tropical clothing is advised. Raincoat or waterproof clothing is advisable throughout the monsoon season.

We have put together a guide below to enable you to get a general idea of the best time to travel to the different parts of the Subcontinent.
North India
Delhi Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Spe Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp (deg) 21 24 31 36 41 39 36 34 34 34 29 23
Min Temp (deg) 7 9 14 20 26 28 27 26 24 18 11 8
Leh Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Spe Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp (deg) -3 1 6 12 17 21 25 24 21 14 8 2
Min Temp (deg) -14 -12 -6 -1 3 7 10 10 5 -1 -7 -11
Shimla Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Spe Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp (deg) 8 9 14 17 18 18 19 18 18 16 12 9
Min Temp (deg) 2 2 6 9 12 13 14 14 13 10 6 3
North East & East India
Darjeeling Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Spe Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp (deg) 8 9 14 17 18 18 19 18 18 16 12 9
Min Temp (deg) 2 2 6 9 12 13 14 14 13 10 6 3
Gangtok Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Spe Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp (deg) 14 15 19 22 22 23 23 23 23 22 19 15
Min Temp (deg) 4 5 9 12 14 16 17 17 16 12 9 6
Kolkata Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Spe Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp (deg) 27 29 34 36 36 32 32 32 32 32 29 26
Min Temp (deg) 13 15 21 24 25 26 26 26 26 24 18 13
West India
Goa Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Spe Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp (deg) 32 32 32 33 33 30 29 29 30 32 33 32
Min Temp (deg) 20 21 23 26 26 25 24 24 24 24 22 21
Mumbai Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Spe Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp (deg) 28 28 30 32 33 32 29 29 29 32 32 31
Min Temp (deg) 19 19 22 24 27 26 25 24 24 24 23 21
South India
Chennai Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Spe Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp (deg) 28 30 32 34 38 38 35 34 34 31 29 28
Min Temp (deg) 21 21 23 26 28 27 26 25 25 24 23 22
Cochin Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Spe Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp (deg) 31 31 31 31 31 29 28 28 28 29 30 30
Min Temp (deg) 23 24 26 26 26 24 24 24 24 24 24 23
Bhutan
Bhutan’s climate ranges from tropical in the south, to temperate in the centre of the country, to cold in the north. The weather can vary dramatically from place to place, from day to day or within the same day. The climate can be divided into four seasons: Spring begins by the end of February and lasts till the end of May. Summer starts by the end of May and lasts till the end of August. The rainy season starts by June and lasts till the middle or end of September. The rainy season more or less coincides with the summer season. Autumn starts by October and lasts till the end of November. Winter lasts from December to February. In most places in Bhutan, it snows in winter except in Southern Bhutan. Adequate woolens are a must when traveling in Bhutan for all seasons.
Thimphu Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Spe Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp (deg) 10 14 16 20 22 24 18 25 23 21 17 14
Min Temp (deg) -2 1 3 7 13 15 13 15 15 10 5 -1
Tibet
The best time of year to be in Tibet is from April to the beginning of November, after which temperatures start to plummet. Central Tibet, including Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and Tsedang, generally has very mild weather from April to November, though July and August can be rainy - these two months usually see around half of Tibet’s annual rainfall. October and November often bring some dazzling clear weather and daytime temperatures can be quite comfortable at Tibet’s lower altitude. The coldest months are from December to February. Spring does not really get under way until April.
Lhasa Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Spe Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp (deg) 7 9 12 16 19 24 23 22 21 17 13 9
Min Temp (deg) -10 -7 -2 1 5 9 9 9 7 1 -5 -9
Nepal
Nepal has two seasons - the dry season from October to May and the rainy, monsoon season from June to September. Early spring (March to April) and late autumn (October and November) are the best times to visit. From December to February there is snow on the mountains with freezing temperatures at high altitudes, while the summer months of June to August can be very hot for general travel.
Kathmandu Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Spe Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp (deg) 18 19 25 28 30 29 29 28 28 27 23 19
Min Temp (deg) 2 4 7 12 16 19 20 20 19 13 7 3
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has a tropical climate with high humidity, tempered by sea breezes on the coast. The average temperature is about 27deg. January is the coolest month, becoming especially cold in the highlands, and May is the hottest time of year. Monsoon season is between May and July, and December and January.
Colombo Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Spe Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp (deg) 30 31 31 31 31 29 29 29 29 29 29 29
Min Temp (deg) 22 22 23 24 26 25 25 25 25 24 23 22
Max. Temp (deg): Represents Average Maximum Temperature
Min. Temp (deg): Represents Average Minimum Temperature