India’s weather is changeable, so it is smart to take heed of the weather conditions when traveling. Some times Ladakh has a layer of snow, while onslaught of the rains of the monsoons pelt the zone in the north in July and August. The best times to travel to the northern areas of India depend on the places you intend to visit and the climate that is particular to that area.
Tourists who visit in the north parts of India will experience three actual seasons of summer, winter, and monsoon. Throughout most of North India, especially in Delhi, the temperatures are extreme in the summer and the wintertime. It is more hot and dry in the North-Central areas. For tourists who are foreigners, the wintertime is the best time to travel to North India, because this is the time that it is agreeable for travel on day trips. It is very humid from March through October, with intermittent spells of rain.
The Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur is best traveled to from October through February in order to get there in a time when you can avoid the heat. It is a blessing to be in the Golden Triangle area from mid November to the beginning of December, as the weather is usually very mild, then it dips way below normal near the end of December, sometimes at 4 to 5 degrees Celsius. However the cold never seems to dampen the enthusiasm of the tourists who are excited about the many fairs, festivals, exhibitions, and food events that occur across the region. In Jaipur, which is the capitol cit of Rajasthan has mild days and colder nights.
The northern city of Ladakh has a wonderful season during the Monsoon time, because the roads have no ice or snow and are opened up in April. The optimum time frame to pay a visit to the Lakakh area is between April through September.
During the summer months in the lowlands, Hill Stations supports an excellent climate, and the time is right for a romantic North India tour since there is no snowfall in Shimla and Nainital from in May and June. The air is fresh and the days are refreshingly cool, so there will be no perspiring. Tourists cover the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, and the animals are always out in the open enjoying the mild sunshine.
The amazing Shimla landscape during the summer is an astonishingly perfect scene after a slight rain. Even Jammy and Kashmir enjoy a mild breeze, especially if you are traveling along Dal Lake. It would be difficult to miss Kasmir and Jammu during your North India travels, as a sunny day certainly enhances their charm. During the winter, Dal Lake will be frozen solid, so the houseboat experience, or the ‘Shakare’ will be shut down between December and January. The ideal time for that excursion is from May to November.
The cultural areas of the North are Varanasi and Allahabad. It is warm in Varanasi from May through June, where the temperatures will range from 35 up to 42 degrees C, with the day trips being made somewhat uncomfortable with the dry winds. October to December is a better time to travel to Varanasi. The monsoon is never very heavy in Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh, which are neighbors of Delhi. The rains really make these major cities pleasant at night for sleeping. The off-season is from April to August and that is a good time to get great hotel rates and discounts for shopping.