BEST SEASONS TO VISIT

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Andaman and Nicobar Island is a year-round tourist destination. The area receives minimum fluctuations in the temperature and is always pleasant. Best time to visit Andaman and Nicobar Island is considered from November to mid-May. Monsoons are however recommended to be avoided because of the high tidal waves, incessant rains and strong winds.

The best time of the year to visit the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is between October and May. It is also the time for the annual tourism festival. The waters are clear and relatively placid after the monsoons making them perfect for snorkelers and swimmers.

The islands have a tropical climate with only minor fluctuations in temperature (23-30°C) and 80% humidity all around the year. There is medium to heavy rain during the monsoons twice a year from the month from May to mid September and November to mid December. Average annual rainfall is about 3000mm at Port Blair.

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The best time to visit Kashmir is during the months of March to October. During this period the weather conditions in Kashmir are at their best. This period covers three seasons in Kashmir i.e., spring (March-early May), summers (early May-late August) and autumn (September-November). The blossoms of spring, the cool weather of summer and the gold and red hues of autumn all provide the peak season for Kashmir travel. From December to early March is the winter season for Kashmir, when the entire valley wears a white blanket of snow. For those, who enjoy chilling weather and are interested in skiing, winter is the time to be in Kashmir.

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Konkan provides unique and magical experiences at different times of the year. We welcome you to experience each season at its best!

The Monsoons (Jun – Sept) are a magical time to visit Konkan. The lush valleys, abundant waterfalls, silver streams and misty winds are a sight to see and experience. Immerse yourself in the clouds that float into your private abode. Bhajiyas and masala chai will never taste better! The temperatures range between 22 – 30 degrees Celsius during the days, and 16 – 22 degrees Celsius during the evenings.

The Winter (Oct – Feb) Brings its own charm, the nights have a chill in the air while the days are pleasant. It is also the best time of year for star-gazing, as the sky is the clearest then. Temperatures range between 22 – 28 degrees Celsius during the days, and 7 – 22 degrees Celsius during the evenings. The Summer (Mar – May) Warm during the afternoon, but in the midst of greenery it is always pleasant. You will be sure to enjoy dining outdoors on a summer evening. Also, birds are the most active then, as the weeks before the monsoons is nesting season. Temperatures range between 28 – 34 degrees Celsius during the days, and 22 – 26 degrees Celsius during the evenings.

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The best time to go to Himachal depends on what you would like to do! The fragrance of spring, the activity packed summer, the romantic saga of the rains, or the crisp chill of winter are all good options in Himachal Pradesh!

  • In Spring, which is March and April, the chilly cold winter beats a retreat and the skies open up to a bright blue with temperatures hovering around a 20 degree C in the day time, with a drop at night. The tourists have not yet descended at this time, so there is peace and quiet in the region.
  • Summers months, May and June, see an onslaught of the tourist rush. Granted, it is the peak season here but the hordes of tourists, especially in the popular destinations like Shimla and Manali, are sometimes a put off if you are looking for serenity. The Sipi fair is held in Shimla in May sometime and if you happen to be there, attend it.
  • The months after the monsoons(July-August)are also a good time to be in Himachal Pradesh. September to November are very good months with tourists considerably thinned down and day time temperatures again in the pleasant mid 20s centigrade. This is also a time for festivals and events, especially in Kullu where Dussehra is celebrated in a big way sometime in October.
  • The winter months between November and February see the slopes of Himachal Pradesh covered in a thick blanket of snow. Skiing at Kufri is a very popular sport and people come from the plains to try their hand at this. Shimla is also quite a popular destination in the winters as the snow is a draw for the tourists. The temperatures are freezing at the height of winter, that is in January and February, but tourists still venture forth to see the powdery white snow that covers the region.

If you happen to be visiting in the winter months, the Winter Carnival at Manali and the celebration of the Tibetan New Year at McLeodGanj in February are good events to attend.

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Kerala has three tourist seasons. Peak Season which ranges from September to March, Off Season in Kerala which is from April to May and Monsoon Season from June to August. Each season in Kerala is unique making it an ideal destination for tourists who are coming for different kinds of travel  experiences in each of these seasons.

Kerala is blessed with a pleasing and enjoyable climate throughout the year across all the seasons and months. Peak Season in Kerala from September to March is the best season to visit Kerala for holidays. In these months the weather is warm and comfortable, but not hot. Summer Season from  March to May, is hot but not humid, as it is near the tropics. Monsoon season between June and August is the best time to visit Kerala for Ayurveda treatments. The wet and cold climate in monsoon weather is ideal for Ayurveda treatments and rejuvenation programmes.

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The largest state in India, Rajasthan’s climate can be divided into four seasons i.e. summer, monsoon, post- monsoon and winter. Temperatures vary depending on the season and the region you plan to visit, but by and large you can visit the state any time of year and find something new to do each time.

Summers in Rajasthan last from April to June and are  particularly harsh with temperatures rising up to 48°C during the day. That being said, if you do plan to visit Rajasthan in the summer, head to places like Mount Abu, Kumbhalgarh or Ranakpur. The weather here is pleasant and the views offered are breath-taking. For other cities, the weather is optimal in the early evenings for roaming around  outside in the early mornings and late evenings, and it is advisable to stay indoors otherwise.

Monsoon is a far more pleasant experience, the temperatures tend to drop across the state and the rain showers transform the arid landscape of Rajasthan. July to September is a particularly good time to visit if you wish to avoid the crowds you'd usually find during peak tourist season. Bundi, the lake city of Udaipur and the Keoladeo National Park are picturesque and are a must visit if you plan to travel to Rajasthan during the Monsoon. The temperatures continue to drop once the monsoon has passed, and come October winter sets in that lasts till March. During December and January, there can be a severe variation in temperatures during the day and the night. In fact, temperatures are known to drop as low as 0°C and below. This is the best time to visit Rajasthan as the desert sun is not as intense and the days are pleasant. Most of the festivals held in winter are planned as tourist attractions, with visitors coming in from different parts of the world.

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April to Mid-May : April marks the beginning of tourist season in Ladakh when the place begins to warm up with tourist activity. Restaurants open, hotels and guest houses start to welcome guest and various camps at sites such as Pangong Tso and Moriri Lake commence to set up. Usually by the second week of May, the crucial Srinagar-Leh highway opens up leading to a flurry of tourism energy into Ladakh. By late April, all the lakes including the Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri begin to melt, uncovering the beautiful colors and fabulous sights.

Mid May to July: During this time, one will only find Srinagar-Leh highway opened and this is just not the right occasion to complete the circuit. But in June beginning, Manali road opens up along with Rohtang Pass, however, the starting 7-10 days are really not suitable for travel since area experiences snow slides and recurring blockages. In the time of this short window, just before the monsoons, it is really cool and alluring to travel to Ladakh due to the amazing weather. The roads are flanked by high snow walls around Rohtang and sometimes Baralacha Pass too and there are many other incredible views of pervading snow to enjoy.

August to Mid-September: At this time, the monsoons are in full swing and rivers, puddle and water crossings are full with flow. Travelling during this period can be risky and dangerous as landslides are common. However, the area beyond Zozi La Pass, in the direction of Leh from Srinagar and further from Baralacha Pass, towards Leh from Manali side is a rain shadow area and do not receive much showers. But definitely the path won’t be easy up to Baralacha la from the side of Manali and Zozila Pass from the Srinagar side. Nevertheless, even the climate of this rain-shadow area is changing with time and there have been rains in Ladakh too or intermittent overcast conditions but nothing drastic has happened till now.

Mid-September to Mid-October: This is one of the best seasons of all for visiting the amazing and picturesque locations of Leh and Ladakh as the place is imbued in wonderful colors in all their glory right up thorough the Srinagar-Leh as well as Manali-Leh roads. Overall, to witness the real beauty of the place, this is just the right span to pay a visit.

Mid October to Mid-November: Almost all of the tourists have deserted the place with only few ones remaining to brave the chill. Most of the hotels, guesthouses, restaurants are closed while even locals have moved back, abandoning the place till winters. Although Srinagar-Leh and Manali-Leh highways remain open, it is usually not advisable to travel

Mid-November to March: This is the coldest seasons of all in Ladakh when the region is completely cut-off from rest of the India by road. From Mid-January to Mid-March is also the time when many adventure tourists arrive in Ladakh for the famous Chadar Trek, involving walk over the frozen Zanskar River. One of the major highlight of your visit during this time is the changing colors of Pangong Tso Lake and Tso Moriri which happens from November to December/mid-January. After this, the Lakes get completely frozen with solid ice and one can even easily walk on them.

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North East India is one such state that can be visited throughout the year. As the climate of northeast India remains pleasant due to mild and heavy rainfall. The best time to visit the place is in the month of September October to March. Valley comes to live with green valley all around.

Arunachal Pradesh: The climate of Assam has typical weather, depicted by its extreme humidity. Its most distinguishing feature is the abundant rainfall between March and May at a time when rain in upper India is at its minimum. The cold weather lasts from October to February and the rest of the year is rainy. The southwest monsoon begin in Assam from middle of June.

Meghalaya: Meghalaya is subject to vagaries of the monsoon. The climate varies with altitude. The climate of Khasi and Jaintia Hills is uniquely pleasant and bracing. It is neither too warm in summer nor too cold in winter, but over the plains of Garo Hills, the climate is warm and humid, except in winter. The Meghalayan sky seldom remains
free of clouds.

Mizoram: The Tropic of Cancer runs through the middle of Mizoram. The climate therefore is temperate with cool summers and not-so- cold winters. The state experiences heavy rains from May to September. Winter is very pleasant; the skies are wonderfully blue and the sunshine is immensely enjoyable.

Nagaland: Rains are heavy in Nagaland. The average rainfall is between 175cm and 250 cm. Most of the heavy rainfall is during the 4 months from June to September. The rains during April to May is low. Strong winds blow from the north west in February and March. The climate is pleasant.

Sikkim: The climate of the state has been roughly divided into the tropical, temperature and alphine zones. For most of the period in a year, the climate is cold and humid as rainfall occurs in each month. The area experience a heavy rainfall due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal. The general trend of decrease in temperature with increase in altitude holds good everywhere. Pre-monsoon rain occurs in April-May and monsoon (south-west) operates normally from the month of May and continues up to early October.

Tripura: Tripura enjoys a typical monsoonal climate with differences ranging from sub-tropical to temperate conditions in hilly areas. The rapid change in topography results in significant climate changes within a short time. The climate of Tripura displays a strong seasonal rhythm. The terrain, soil and climate of Tripura are ideally suited for rain-fed horticulture. The year being divisible to four characteristic seasons namely Winter (Dec – Feb), Premonsoon (March – April), Monsoon (May – September) and Post monsoon (Oct – Nov). The Monsoon period lasts for about 5 months from May to September, which is the longest season of the state. June is the wettest month followed by July & May. Temperature varies between 10 to 35 Degree Celsius; Average Annual Rain Fall 2100 mm, Highest Rain Fall 2855 mm (Kamalpur); Lowest Rain Fall 1811 mm (Sonamura).

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Being a coastal state, Orissa boasts of several architectural and natural attractions. The state is famous for its beaches, wildlife and temples. Tourist from India and all over the world travel come to Orissa for a holiday vacation. For this they must know in advance the ideal/best time to visit Orissa. October to March is the best season to visit Orissa. This is the time of the year that weather is very pleasant and you can enjoy your tour in a perfect way.

Between October to March is the time for migratory birds in Orissa. You can have a look at these migratory birds at Chilka Lake and other national parks in Orissa. So if you a bird watcher, then Lakes and jungles of Orissa is the best place for you in this season. While one can visit Orissa during any time of the year but to experience the best of weather and natural attractions, October to March is the best time to visit Orissa. So book your holiday packages for Orissa right now and enjoy!

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Located on the eastern coast of India, Kolkata has a typical tropical climate. Here’s a monthly seasonal break up so you can plan your trip accordingly:

October-March: Starting from autumn the weather is pleasant and is a great time to visit Kolkata. Apart from the weather, this is also the time for festivals. Kolkata comes alive during Durga Puja as there are numerous pandals all over the city with beautiful idols or Goddess Durga and multiple street food stalls. This is followed by Laxmi Puja and Kali Puja.

In winters the temperature varies somewhere between 9°C and 11°C. December and January are the coolest months and you would need light woolens for this time, especially during the night. There is the occasional rainfall, which makes the weather very pleasant making it the best time to plan a holiday.

April-May: These are the hottest months in the city with the temperature varying from over 40°C to around 30°C. The heat can make sightseeing a little difficult to remember to carry sunglasses and comfortable cotton clothes.

June to September: This is the famous monsoon season of Kolkata when the city experiences heavy showers. The temperature comes down although humidity levels rise. August is the wettest month and it tends to rain over long durations. September is when the rain slows down and the cool breeze make for pleasant evenings.

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