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India: When to Go

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The sheer vastness of India allows for varying climates by region from tropical in the south to temperate in the Himalayan north.

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India's diverse climate can be categorized into three general seasons: the cool season from November through mid February that tempts an influx of tourists, the hot summer season from April through June when the country experiences debilitating heat, and the monsoon season from June through September.

In general, the best time to visit India is during the cool season from November through mid February when the weather is pleasant with warm days and cooler nights. These peak winter months also bring throngs of visitors, so consider the shoulder season in the fall (September and October) and spring (March and April) for lower rates and fewer crowds.

The summer months from April to June are excruciatingly hot so plan your trip to the chillier Himalayas, in particular high altitude places like Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. The monsoon moves in between June and September to saturate much of the country. Although the rains can usher in natural beauty in some regions, visitors must be aware that flooding, power failures and natural destruction are very common during the heavy downpours.

A visit during any one of India's many festivals can make for an exciting, unique experience. National holidays include Republic Day in January, Independence Day in August and the Gandhi Jayanti in October as well as major festivals such as Holi, Durga Puja and Diwali, but there are national and regional celebrations throughout the year.

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