The weather of India is diverse like its demographics. The option to holiday comes with a dish of variety in climate conditions in various parts of the country. Sometime there is a blanket of snow in Ladakh while the lash of monsoon rains wet the northern zone between July-August. The best time to travel to North India depends on the destinations visited and the climate there. Tourists coming to North India experience three distinct seasons of summer, monsoon and winter. In most parts of the North India especially the cities of Delhi NCR have extreme temperatures during winter and summer. The North-Central region is even more hot and dry. For foreign tourists touring India, the best time to travel to North India is during winters. This is because it is pleasant for day trips. The humid summers are from March-October with mild spells of rain.
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur tour “The Golden Triangle” is the best made in October to February if you want to avoid the heat. Winters come as a blessing in mid-November to beginning of December. It is pleasant then for an Indian Golden Triangle tour. By December end, the temperature tend to dip much below the normal and chilling with 4-5 degree Celsius. Yet the cold seems never to deter the spirits of the tourists who enjoy the many festivals, fairs, exhibitions and food fests across the region. Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan has cold nights than the days.
Ladakh in North boasts of a wonderful season during monsoon, this is because the roads are clean with no traces of snow and roads open up from April. So the best time to visit Ladakh region would be between April to September.
Hill stations have excellent climate during summer months on the lowlands. There is no snowfall in Nainital or Shimla in May-June yet the climate is perfect for a romantic North India tour. There is fresh air that would allow you to explore the region well without wiping off sweat. The national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are overcrowded with tourists. The animals are always out in the open under the mild sun there. The stunning landscape of Shimla during summer offers a picture perfect backdrop after a little drizzle. Typically even Jammu and Kashmir is paradise in summer more for the cool breeze you would enjoy along Dal Lake. It is hard to miss Jammu and Kashmir during North India tour packages. Popularly called the “Paradise on Earth”, the charm and beauty gets enhanced on a sunny day. In winter, you will wake up to find the Dal Lake frozen to the core. The “Shikara” or houseboat experience will be nil between December – January. The popular time of visiting Kashmir Vally is from May-November.
Allahabad and Varanasi are the North cultural zone of the country. Varanasi is heated up in May-June. The temperatures vary from 25 degree up to 42 degree with dry winds making day trips uncomfortable. It is better to plan for Varanasi from October to December. Moving to Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, the neighboring places of Delhi the monsoon is never heavy. The rains instead make these major cities pleasant for a tight night sleep. April to August is however the off season but good to bag a great hotel or shopping deal at discount prices.