Best time to visit India

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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.

26 THINGS TO DO IN INDIA (JUNE 30 - JULY 09)

International Mango Festival

International Mango Festival

unconfirmedJuly 2021 • event

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

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!

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

Spice Plantations

Spice Plantations

September–June • activity

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

Barasingha (Swamp Deer)

Barasingha (Swamp Deer)

mid-October–June • nature

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

Kolli Hills Road

Kolli Hills Road

all year round • activity

An amazing but dangerous ghat road with 70 continuous hairpin bends

Yoga

Yoga

all year round • activity

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

Paragliding

Paragliding

March–June | October–November • activity

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

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

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

May–January • activity

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

Motorcycle Trips

Motorcycle Trips

June–March • activity

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

Tea Harvest

Tea Harvest

March–November • food

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

Apatani Tribal Village of Ziro

Apatani Tribal Village of Ziro

July–March • activity

The fascinating tribe has preserved traditions and way of life

Badrinath

Badrinath

late April–early November • activity

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

Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass

May–October • activity

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

Leh–Manali Highway

Leh–Manali Highway

June–mid-October • activity

An unforgettable journey along a scenic road in North India

Litchi (Lychee)

Litchi (Lychee)

May–June • food

Discover the unique taste of the juicy Asian 'apple'

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

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?

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

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!

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

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

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.

Iron Pillar of Delhi

Iron Pillar of Delhi

mid-September–June (all year round) • activity

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

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

62 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Jallikattu

Jallikattu

out of rangeJanuary 13–16, 2021 • 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

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi

out of rangeSeptember 10–19, 2021 • event

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

India International Cherry Blossom Festival

India International Cherry Blossom Festival

on holdNovember 13–16, 2019 • nature

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

Auto Expo

Auto Expo

out of rangeFebruary 6–9, 2020 • event

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

Somvati Utsav (Bhandara Festival) in Jejuri

Somvati Utsav (Bhandara Festival) in Jejuri

out of rangeSeptember 6, 2021 • event

Have you ever seen gold in the air?

Turtle Nesting Season

Turtle Nesting Season

out of rangeNovember–April • nature

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

Shigmo Festival (Shigmotsav)

Shigmo Festival (Shigmotsav)

out of rangeMarch 21, 2021 • event

Become a part of this major Hindu festival in Goa

Cochin Carnival

Cochin Carnival

canceledDecember 31, 2020–January 1, 2021 • event

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

Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela

out of rangeJanuary 14–April 27, 2021 • event

Immerse yourself in one of the biggest religious gatherings ever

International Kite Festival (Uttarayan)

International Kite Festival (Uttarayan)

out of rangeJanuary 14–January 15 • event

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

Balloon Air Safari

Balloon Air Safari

out of rangeOctober–March • activity

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

Tata Mumbai Marathon

Tata Mumbai Marathon

on holdJanuary 17, 2021 • event

The largest and most prestigeous running event in India

Onam Festival

Onam Festival

out of rangeAugust 21, 2021 • event

Get involved and catch your own blessing of happiness and prosperity

Bull Surfing

Bull Surfing

out of rangemid-August • event

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

Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival

Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival

out of rangeOctober 3–6, 2019 • event

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

Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri

out of rangeMarch 11, 2021 • event

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

Rural Olympics in Kila Raipur

Rural Olympics in Kila Raipur

out of rangeJanuary 22–24, 2020 • event

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

Bikaner Camel Festival

Bikaner Camel Festival

out of rangeJanuary 12–13, 2021 • event

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

Bhagoria Mela (Haat Festival)

Bhagoria Mela (Haat Festival)

out of rangeFebruary–March • event

That very moment when the children themselves decide whom to marry

Lohri

Lohri

out of rangeJanuary 13 • event

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

Diwali, Festival of Lights

Diwali, Festival of Lights

out of rangeNovember 14, 2020 • event

As Christmas to Christians, Diwali is as important to Hindus

Holi Festival

Holi Festival

out of rangeMarch 28–29, 2021 • event

The most colorful of all Hindu festivals is visitors' favorite

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

out of rangeMarch–May | October–mid-December • activity

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

Karthigai Deepam

Karthigai Deepam

out of rangeNovember 29, 2020 • event

The Hindu festival of light popular in South India

Elephant Festival

Elephant Festival

out of rangeMarch 28, 2021 • event

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

Beach Season

Beach Season

out of rangeNovember–March • activity

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

Bamboo Rafting

Bamboo Rafting

out of rangeFebruary–March • activity

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

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning

out of rangeOctober–May • activity

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

Karni Mata Festival

Karni Mata Festival

out of rangeApril 13–22, 2021 | October 7–15, 2021 • event

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

Skiing

Skiing

out of rangeDecember–March • activity

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

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

out of rangeDecember–mid-June • activity

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

Coffee Harvest

Coffee Harvest

out of rangeNovember-March • food

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

River Rafting

River Rafting

out of rangeOctober–mid-May • activity

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

Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami

out of rangeAugust 30, 2021 • event

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

Loktak Lake

Loktak Lake

out of rangeFebruary–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

Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami, Dasara, or Dashain)

Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami, Dasara, or Dashain)

out of rangeOctober 15, 2021 • event

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

Pongal

Pongal

out of rangeJanuary 13–16, 2021 • 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!

Sunrise and Sunset near Taj Mahal

Sunrise and Sunset near Taj Mahal

out of rangeOctober–March • nature

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

Kumbhalgarh Fort (The Great Wall of India)

Kumbhalgarh Fort (The Great Wall of India)

out of rangeOctober–March • activity

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

Pamban Road Bridge

Pamban Road Bridge

out of rangeOctober–April • activity

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

Saffron Harvest

Saffron Harvest

out of rangelate October–early November • activity

Kashmir's variety of this most expensive and precious spice is considered to be premium quality

Teej Festival (Festival of Swings)

Teej Festival (Festival of Swings)

out of rangeAugust 11, 2021 (Haryali Teej) | August 25, 2021 (Kajari Teej) | September 9, 2021 (Hartalika Teej) • event

The celebration of women that marks the beginning of monsoon season

Gardens of Agra after the Monsoon

Gardens of Agra after the Monsoon

out of rangeOctober–November • nature

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

Winemaking

Winemaking

out of rangeJanuary • food

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

Yoga Classes Facing Taj Mahal

Yoga Classes Facing Taj Mahal

out of rangeOctober–March • activity

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

The Blue City of Jodhpur

The Blue City of Jodhpur

out of rangeOctober–March • activity

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

Buddha's Hand Fruit

Buddha's Hand Fruit

out of rangeNovember–January • food

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

Munnar Road

Munnar Road

out of rangeAugust–mid-June • activity

A spectacular winding road going through mountains and tea plantations

Kokum

Kokum

out of rangeMarch–May • food

This fruit can be grown exclusively in the territory of Goa

Losar Festival (Losar New Year)

Losar Festival (Losar New Year)

out of rangeMarch 3–4, 2022 • event

The colorful Tibetan New Year celebration is the major holiday in Ladakh region

Modak

Modak

out of rangeSeptember 10–19, 2021 • food

Have a proper taste of Ganesha's favorite special treat

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

out of rangeOctober–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!

Chadar Trek

Chadar Trek

out of rangeJanuary–February • activity

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

Guava

Guava

out of rangeDecember–March • food

Guava in India is often eaten with cheese or ham

Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh Fort

out of rangeOctober–February • activity

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

Ross Island

Ross Island

out of rangeNovember–March • activity

Watch how this tropical forest is taking over historical ruins

Rath Yatra

Rath Yatra

out of rangeJuly 11, 2021 • event

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

Bhogi

Bhogi

out of rangemid-January • event

A popular celebration in South India

National Sports Day

National Sports Day

out of rangeAugust 29 • event

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

Go Heritage Run

Go Heritage Run

out of rangevirtual runs every month in 2021 • event

Run series take advantage of India's most scenic locations

Pushkar Mela (Camel Fair)

Pushkar Mela (Camel Fair)

canceledNovember 11–19, 2021 • event

Immerse in Rajasthan traditions at one of the largest agricultural fairs in India

Fireflies in Maharashtra

Fireflies in Maharashtra

out of rangemid-May–mid-June • nature

Thick hilly forests of Maharashtra are India's best spot to observe lightning bugs

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