India in August

Rainy season, lasting from the end of June to September, is dominated by the humid southwest summer monsoon, which slowly sweeps across the country beginning late May, with July the rainiest month, and temperatures cooling from the heights of a long Indian summer. Average temperatures in the region range from 18 -32 °C (64-90 °F), largely depending on elevation.

The vagaries of the monsoon in Northern India are hard to predict and so is the amount of rainfall, which varies radically from region to region. In Srinagar in the state of Kashmir and Jammu, the elevation and far northerly location means that it misses the monsoon altogether, and in July precipitation is a low-ish 40mm per day. Delhi brings a moderate to heavy 120 mm, while the state of Meghalaya (‘the abode of clouds’) to the far northeast is the wettest place on earth, many of its towns averaging over 500 mm rainfall per day. As is always the case in India, making appropriate plans for the weather and terrain that suits you is key.

South India typically receives the majority of the rainfall. The southwest state of Kerala is usually the first to feel the monsoon with rainfall regularly hitting over 600 mm per day over the monsoon months with the temperature hitting around 30 °C (86 °F) each day. By September the rains begin to wane and the state starts to receive rainfall around 250 mm. Mumbai, India's second city, becomes one of India's wettest cities, regularly receiving over 500 mm of precipitation amid temperatures of 34 °C (93 °F). It's a time when much of the nature comes alive across India as the large swaths of the country turn lush green. The Western Ghats mountain range, running parallel to India's west coast, and are a Unesco world heritage site offering stunning biodiversity, including some of the rarest mammal in the world, such as the lion-tailed macaque, Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant and Indian leopard. The eastern Western Ghats lie in a rain shadow and receive far less rain than the western side, a rare drier area at this time.

Suggested Itineraries

Classic India

Explore India’s age-old culture and witness its beauty across its most popular destinations on this 14-day journey. Travel through New Delhi’s bustling Chandni Chowk market, to the steps of the iconic Taj Mahal, into the bushland home of royal tigers, and the banks of the sacred Ganges river, all while staying at some of the country’s most luxurious hotels.

Duration
14 days / 13 nights
Price Per Person
From $14,500

Beaches of Goa, Backwaters of Kerala

Travel from Kerala’s languid backwaters to Goa’s famous white-sand beaches on this 10-day luxury India journey. You’ll sleep aboard a luxury kettuvallam, learn to make a rich, thick Indian curry, and spend days doing nothing but relaxing by the pool and observing the Arabian Sea at either the Leela or Taj Exotica Goa.

Interests Beaches, Luxury, Cruises
Duration
10 days / 9 nights
Price Per Person
From $9,400

Central India Cultural Highlights

Take a journey through Central India, passing through Mumbai, Hampi, Bangalore, and Hyderabad on this 11-day luxury journey. You’ll sleep in some of India’s most luxurious hotels, including the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, spend time in Bollywood, visit the ancient ruins of Golkonda, and rock climb in Hampi.

Interest Heritage
Duration
11 days / 10 nights
Price Per Person
From $8,900

Darjeeling & Northeastern India

This 8-day luxury tour of Darjeeling and Northeastern India starts in Calcutta at the city’s famous Polo Club, and continues on to fragrant Darjeeling, with a tour and stay at Glenburn Tea Estate, rounding off in Sikkim, with its friendly locals, and incredible mountain views.

Interest Post-covid, Wellness
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Price Per Person
From $7,000

Following Buddha's Footsteps Across the Himalayas

This 19-day itinerary promises to immerse you deep into the local culture and religious beliefs throughout the Himalayas by exploring beautiful ancient religious monuments and sacred sites of worship. Follow in the footsteps of the revered Buddha, from his birthplace, to where he was believed to have gained enlightenment, and the site of his death.

Interests Spirituality, Post-covid, Wellness
Duration
19 days / 18 nights
Price Per Person
From $15,600

From Bollywood to Ancient Ruins: A Journey Through India and Sri Lanka

Take a thrilling trip through India and Sri Lanka, spending 17 days meandering from Mumbai’s iconic Bollywood, down the backwaters of Kerala, exploring colonial Cochin. You’ll fly onwards to Sri Lanka, where you’ll explore its ancient wonders like the Temple of Tooth, all the while staying in luxury hotels.

Interests Romance, Unesco
Duration
17 days / 16 nights
Price Per Person
From $17,600

India in Style with Remote Lands & Oberoi Hotels

Experience the rich flavors, tastes, smells, sights and sounds of beautiful India. From architectural wonders to cultural treasures and natural beauties, you’ll revel in them all over eleven shining days and ten unforgettable nights spent in utter luxury at Oberoi hotels

Duration
12 days / 11 nights
Price Per Person
From $12,000

India's Heights: Kashmir, Ladakh & the Himalayas

Step into India’s great outdoors on this exciting 14-day luxury adventure through Kashmir and the Himalayas. You’ll tour Old Delhi, receive a private blessing from a Buddhist monk, visit Khardungla Pass, stay at the lovely Windflower Hall high up in the Himalayan mountain range, and fish Kashmir’s rich waters.

Duration
14 days / 13 nights
Price Per Person
From $11,800

Indian Safari Adventure

Escape into the wilds of India’s safaris on an exciting 13-day adventure through Panna, Bandhavgarh, and Kanha National Parks, where you’ll search for the mighty, elusive Bengal Tiger. You’ll explore ancient forts, hike to majestic viewpoints, and interact with exotic animals while staying in luxury hotels.

Interest Wildlife
Duration
13 days / 12 nights
Price Per Person
From $15,800

New Delhi & the Himalayan Foothills

Make your way from New Delhi to the foothills of the majestic Himalayas on this exciting 10-day luxury tour, taking you to Shimla where you’ll check out interesting architecture and stay at the beautiful Wildflower Hall, and on to Rishikesh for its great outdoors and holistic experiences.

Interests Architecture, Wellbeing
Duration
10 days / 9 nights
Price Per Person
From $10,000

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