India

India is one of the most colorful and enticing destinations in the world. From the Himalayan foothills to the Ranthambore jungle, the beaches of Goa to the backwaters of Kerala – more than 5,000 years of history and vast regional variation combine for unparalleled travel options. It could truly take a lifetime to experience all that India has to offer. Many first-time visits are focused on the riches of Rajasthan, and with good reason – its opulent palace-hotels, ancient forts, safari drives, and proximity to Delhi and Agra, home of the unsurpassed Taj Mahal, make it one of the world’s most compelling destinations.

But just as Cambodia is not merely Siem Reap, nor Indonesia only Bali, India’s allure extends so much farther than the “Golden Triangle.” For repeat visitors or those gazing beyond the beaten path, there is the dynamism of modern Mumbai, the undulating tea fields of Darjeeling, the French colonial charm of Pondicherry, or the wildlife of Assam, to name but a few. Travelers looking to tap India’s ancient traditions of holistic well-being might seek a regimen of physical and spiritual renewal at a luxury Himalayan retreat or a customized yoga program in the leafy suburbs of booming Bangalore. 

India Regions

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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.

Seasonality & Festivals

Browse a month-by-month breakdown of suggested itineraries, seasonal activities, climate considerations and festivals.

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Weather in India

Generally, the best time to visit India is between November and March, when it is dry, cooler and sunny (although it can be chilly in the north). For hill stations and the Himalayan north visit in Summer.

  • India is a vast country containing a huge array of climates and environments, and weather can therefore vary dramatically from region to region. In general, the coolest weather lasts from November to mid-March, with fresh mornings and evenings and dry, sunny days. Between April and June, the weather can be very hot and generally dry, dusty, and unpleasant. Between June and September is monsoon season, so heavy rains should be expected in most regions; waterproof clothing is essential in these months.
  • Western Himalayas: Summers are sunny with cool nights and heat increasing in July and August; winters are cold and damp. During the winter months of December to March, higher-altitude regions will experience low temperatures and snow. Since the weather can change rapidly in the mountains, layered clothing is recommended.
  • Northern Plains: April to mid-June are warm months. In the winter months of November to February, temperatures can fall to almost freezing at night. June through September is monsoon season in which heavy rains and heat waves should be expected.
  • Central India: Monsoons are heavy between July and September, and waterproofing is essential during this period. In the winter, temperatures drop significantly at night.
  • Western India: November to February is most comfortable, although evenings can be cold. Summers are extremely hot with monsoon rainfall between mid-June and mid-September.
  • Southern India: The most pleasant weather is from November to March. Monsoon rains arrive between late April and August. Summer temperatures are milder than in Northern India, although humidity is extreme. Sea breezes keep the coastal regions cool, and the inland climate is also pleasant with relatively low rainfall

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