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Best time of year to visit India

The world's seventh-largest country can be explored for years, yet you will always find something new and exciting here. The best time to visit India is during the dry season that runs from October to April. It's most suitable for hiking in the mountains, visiting spice plantations, and wildlife watching. Go for tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park, birdwatching or white water rafting. In late October or early November, India lights up with thousands of lanterns for Diwali. In March, immerse yourself in a fantastic Holi celebration. Summer is the time for the Festival of Chariots or Rath Yatra and picturesque Teej, a festival celebrating women.

39 THINGS TO DO IN INDIA (MARCH 01 - MARCH 10)

Tiger Safari in Ranthambore National Park

Tiger Safari in Ranthambore National Park

October–June  • nature

Don't miss a chance to meet Shere Khan, the king of the Jungle

Barasingha (Swamp Deer)

Barasingha (Swamp Deer)

mid-October–June • nature

An endangered unique deer that can be seen only in one nature preserve

Spice Plantations

Spice Plantations

September–June • activity

Don't miss your chance to smell the variety of spices and see how they are grown

Turtle Nesting Season

Turtle Nesting Season

November–April • nature

Witness sea turtles laying eggs and little hatchlings heading to the sea

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

March–May | October–mid-December • activity

The railway that inspired Wes Anderson and gave us the wonderful 'Darjeeling Limited'

Kolli Hills Road

Kolli Hills Road

all year round • activity

An amazing but dangerous road with 70 continuous hairpin bends

Beach Season

Beach Season

November–March • activity

India's long coastlines make for an amazing tourist paradise. Find a beach perfectly suited to your own style!

Holi

Holi

March 09–10, 2020 • event

The most colorful of all Hindu festivals is visitors' favorite

Bamboo Rafting

Bamboo Rafting

February–March • activity

Have a fantastic time exploring Periyar tiger reserve in an unusual way

Paragliding

Paragliding

March–June | October–November • activity

Remember dreaming of flying high like a free bird in the sky? Well, India is calling!

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

December–mid-June • activity

The world's highest tea plantation offers panoramic views at 8,000 feet (2,438 m)

Safari

Safari

September–June • nature

Being home to a wide variety of flora and fauna India owns some of the most beautiful sanctuaries in the world

River Rafting

River Rafting

October–mid-May • activity

Discover India's unbridled water and pass parlous rapids. Go with the flow!

Bhagoria Festival

Bhagoria Festival

February–March • event

That very moment when the children themselves decide whom to marry

Yoga

Yoga

all year round • activity

Seeking serenity and spiritual renewal? India is the perfect place for yoga!

Loktak Lake

Loktak Lake

February–March  • nature

This lake features a unique organic formation, as well as endemic animal and bird species. The only floating national park is also located on the lake. There are enough reasons to visit this amazing spot

Motorcycle Trips

Motorcycle Trips

June–March • activity

Find a bike, hit the road, and let the mantra 'ready, set, go' be with you!

Coffee Harvest

Coffee Harvest

November-March • food

Catch full-bodied taste, unique flavour with fine aroma! Enter the world of remarkable Indian coffee

Skiing

Skiing

December–March • activity

Try out India's slopes of the Himalayas, the greatest in the world!

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning

October–May • activity

Share an unforgettable experience with someone very special while seeing India from an incredible height

Tea Harvest

Tea Harvest

March–November • food

Haven't tried Indian tea? Haven't tried life!

Balloon Air Safari

Balloon Air Safari

October–March • activity

Flying over Agra will surely make your rendezvous with the holy city unforgettable

Apatani Tribal Village of Ziro

Apatani Tribal Village of Ziro

July–March • activity

The fascinating tribe has preserved traditions and way of life

Kumbhalgarh Fort (The Great Wall of India)

Kumbhalgarh Fort (The Great Wall of India)

October–March • activity

Be amazed by the second-longest continuous wall on the planet

Pamban Road Bridge

Pamban Road Bridge

October–April • activity

India's first sea bridge, second longest in the country

Sunrise and Sunset near Taj Mahal

Sunrise and Sunset near Taj Mahal

October–March • nature

Experience the true grandeur of The Taj Mahal, the iconic landmark of India and the Seventh Wonder of the World

The Blue City of Jodhpur

The Blue City of Jodhpur

October–March • activity

Situated in the Thar Desert, this city boasts a collection of indigo houses​

Auroville

Auroville

all year round • nature

Did you ever think there is a town that awaits your arrival passionately? A place where you already belong and where you already have citizenship?

Surfing

Surfing

October–May (beginners & learners) | March-September (pro's) • activity

India is for surfers! Just find your own perfect spot and enjoy the waves

Kokum

Kokum

March–May • food

This fruit can be grown exclusively in the territory of Goa

Yoga Classes Facing Taj Mahal

Yoga Classes Facing Taj Mahal

October–March • activity

Join these Yoga classes—a perfect way to be healthy, fit, and enjoy the atmosphere of the Taj Mahal!

Krishna's Butter Ball

Krishna's Butter Ball

November–February (all year round) • activity

Seeing this boulder balance on a steep rock could make you believe in its divine origin

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

October–March • nature

The avian diversity of India is shocking. Wake up your inner birdwatcher, get armed with a good pair of binoculars, and go explore!

Guava

Guava

December–March • food

Guava in India is often eaten with cheese or ham

Ross Island

Ross Island

November–March • activity

Watch how this tropical forest is taking over historical ruins

Iron Pillar of Delhi

Iron Pillar of Delhi

mid-September–June (year round) • activity

This 1600-year-old column proves the efficiency of ancient technology

Great Banyan Tree

Great Banyan Tree

October–March (all year round) • nature

A complex system of aerial roots makes this tree look like a forest.

Munnar Road

Munnar Road

August–mid-June • activity

A spectacular winding road going through mountains and tea plantations

Elephant Festival

Elephant Festival

March 09, 2020 • event

A colourful Holi tradition that features elephant polo and dances in the heart of Jaipur

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Jallikattu

Jallikattu

January 15–18, 2020 • event

An authentic tradition of bull taming is rather cruel and controversial. But it has a long history and is a colourful part of the local culture

International Mango Festival

International Mango Festival

July 09–10, 2019 • event

Life is too short for not jumping into mango heaven at one of Delhi’s most popular events

Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela

January 14–April 27, 2021 • event

Immerse yourself in one of the biggest religious gatherings ever

Shigmo

Shigmo

March 21, 2019 • event

Become a part of this major Hindu festival in Goa

Somvati Utsav (Bhandara Festival)

Somvati Utsav (Bhandara Festival)

March 23, 2020 • event

Have you ever seen gold in the air?

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi

August 21–30, 2020 • event

May the blessings of Sri Ganesha be upon you all! Immerse yourself into one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India

Snake Boat Races (Vallam Kali)

Snake Boat Races (Vallam Kali)

July–September • event

Get into the spirit of the largest team sport in the world!

Bull Surfing

Bull Surfing

mid-August • event

Looking for an exotic water sport? Go watch Maramadi bull surfing

Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri

February 21, 2020 • event

Immerse yourself in Maha Shivaratri—discover overall definition of the Hindu galaxy and honor Lord Shiva with the believers

Onam Festival

Onam Festival

August 31, 2020 • event

Get involved and catch your own blessing of happiness and prosperity

Cochin Carnival

Cochin Carnival

December 25–January 01 • event

Kick up your heels to see off the outgoing year and celebrate the arrival of a new one in a magnificent way!

Bikaner Camel Festival

Bikaner Camel Festival

January 11–12, 2020 • event

Ever wondered how camel dances look like? Come and discover by yourself!

Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival

Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival

October 03–06, 2019 • event

A week of riding, racing, and partying in the so-called mountain bike capital of India

Rural Olympics in Kila Raipur

Rural Olympics in Kila Raipur

January 22–24, 2020 • event

Check out how the simple entertainment of Indian villagers turned into an annual international event

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

May–January • activity

Leave your everyday routine and lose yourself in a sea full of exotic underwater beauty

Diwali, Festival of Lights

Diwali, Festival of Lights

October 27, 2019 • event

As Christmas to Christians, Diwali is as important to Hindus

International Kite Festival (Uttarayan)

International Kite Festival (Uttarayan)

January 14–January 15 • event

You see everything from illuminated high-speed sports kites and box kites to handpainted ones in Ahmedabad!

Lohri

Lohri

January 13 • event

Harvest season is warmly welcomed with dancing and singing by the bonfire

Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami, Dasara, or Dashain)

Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami, Dasara, or Dashain)

October 07–08, 2019 • event

Don't miss a chance to get a closer look at the religious traditions of India

Pongal

Pongal

January 14–17, 2020 • event

Get rid of old household stuff, idolize a sun god, worship cattle, and have a picnic with your beloved. Celebrate Pongal at its finest!

Karni Mata Festival

Karni Mata Festival

March 25–April 03, 2020 | October 17–26, 2020 • event

If you're up for something out of the ordinary check out this temple where rats are treated like pets!

Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami

August 11, 2020 • event

Visit the birthplace of Lord Krishna and discover this ancient Hindu festival

Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass

May–October • activity

A dangerous Himalayan road which name translates like "a corpse field"

Badrinath

Badrinath

late April–early November • activity

A holy town in the mountains can be reached only by a scenic seasonal road

Gardens of Agra after the Monsoon

Gardens of Agra after the Monsoon

October–November • nature

Agra is home to popular gardens including Soami Bagh, Ram Bagh, and Mehtab—each with a story to tell!

Litchi (Lychee)

Litchi (Lychee)

May–June • food

Discover the unique taste of the juicy Asian 'apple'

Buddha's Hand Fruit

Buddha's Hand Fruit

November–January • food

This extraordinarily shaped fruit can be found only in lower Himalayas, so don't miss your chance to try it

Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill

June–October • activity

Mystery or optical illusion? The best way to find out the truth is to visit the Magnetic Hill yourself

Winemaking

Winemaking

January • food

Visit Goa during the wine season and taste some great homemade varieties

Waterfalls at Peak Flow

Waterfalls at Peak Flow

mid-June–September • nature

An adventurous journey through lush green jungles and up hills—all for the gorgeous views!

Modak

Modak

August 22–23, 2020 • food

Have a proper taste of Ganesha's favorite special treat

Chadar Trek

Chadar Trek

January–February • activity

This beautiful trek, known as Chadar, is one of the wildest and most dangerous in India along the frozen river and waterfalls

Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh Fort

October–February • activity

Visit the abandoned town which acquired a reputation as the most haunted place in India

Rath Yatra

Rath Yatra

June 23, 2020 • event

About a million local and international visitors flock to the city of Puri to witness this amazing Hindu festival

Mughal Road

Mughal Road

April–October • activity

A scenic and historic highway between high-altitude Jammu and Kashmir on the sides of the Pir Panjal Range

Bhogi

Bhogi

mid-January • event

A popular celebration in South India

National Sports Day

National Sports Day

August 29 • event

A celebration of India's greatest hockey player of all time

Karthigai Deepam

Karthigai Deepam

December 10, 2019 • event

The Hindu festival of light popular in South India

Teej Festival (Festival of Swings)

Teej Festival (Festival of Swings)

July 23, 2020 • event

The celebration of women that marks the beginning of monsoon season

Auto Expo

Auto Expo

February 06–09, 2020 • event

The biggest in Asia and second biggest car show in the world

Water Rose Apple

Water Rose Apple

May–July | November–December  • food

Try these charming apples with a gentle scent and watery taste during the hot summer months.

India International Cherry Blossom Festival

India International Cherry Blossom Festival

November 13–16, 2019 • nature

A rare autumn bloom draws visitors to Shillong, Meghalaya in northeastern India