India’s desert state is one of its most popular year-round tourist destinations. But each season brings its own charm and unique experiences, so before you set your dates, it’s always handy to know more about Rajasthan’s weather patterns and cultural calendar so that what you finally choose, really delivers on the holiday you’ve been dreaming of having.
If the heat isn’t for you, it’s best to avoid the summers. Though you could always make an affordable trip to the hill station of Mount Abu. While monsoons aren’t as extreme as other parts of India, the rain does offer some respite after the extremes of summer. And with not many tourists preferring this time, it could be just the privacy you’re looking for. Meanwhile winters are peak season and makes the ideal time for sightseeing and other day-time excursions. But there’s also festivals and events across the year to consider! This seasonal guide offers a rounded insight into the best time to visit Rajasthan.
As you can imagine, summers in a desert state only mean rising temperatures by the day. In fact, they can go as high as 50 degrees! From April to June, this harsh climate deters tourism from flourishing just as much as it does the trees or water sources. Having said that, there are some destinations in Rajasthan that are worth a summer trip, especially with reduced off-season prices. These include the hill station of Mount Abu or the towns of Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur. In fact, some would say this is the best time to go to Rajasthan if you’re happy touring just at any of these destinations. And they offer plenty for you to experience. Mount Abu is home to great lakes, temples and forts. While Kumbhalgarh fort and wildlife sanctuary are sights unto themselves. The former even has entire temples within its complex! Ranakpur, meanwhile is famed for its Jain temples.
But it’s not like you can’t visit other cities during this season, you simply have to plan your day wisely and avoid too much exertion in the afternoon sun. Early mornings, evenings and nights are still pleasant enough. If you do pick a summertime tour, these things will be accounted for in your package.
Tip: Carry sunscreen and then pack in an extra one!
Even the desert in a tropical country like India sees an annual monsoon! And it could easily be the best time to travel to Rajasthan if you’re looking to avoid the extremes of summer and winter. Plus, the rainfall livens up the land, bringing about a freshness to every sight and sound — even dancing peacocks if you’re lucky! Since this is before the high tourist influx of winter, you’d even be able to get some great deals on travel and accommodation, which can only make the trip more worthwhile. Some of the worthy monsoon destinations include Udaipur, the city of lakes, which are absolutely brimming this time of the year. And with the amazing set of heritage hotels in the city, this could be the best time to visit Rajasthan, for couples.
Bundi and Keoladeo National Park are the other places worth planning a monsoon tour around, as they each offer something special. At Bundi, you can see sights like Sukh Mahal, lakes like Nawal Sagar and other notable landmarks like Kipling Palace, Queen’s Step-Well and Mordi Ki Chatri. While the Keoladeo National Park is a highlight of the monsoons, a UNESCO-listed park that’s is renowned for its amazing bird population.
Tip: Don’t forget your umbrella or wind-cheater.
While days and nights show distinct temperatures, winter still remains the best time to visit Rajasthan for most travellers. All corners of the state are accessible and worth seeing under the mild winter sun, making sightseeing or outdoor activities the most pleasurable right now. Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jaipur are brimming with activity. While Bundi, Mandawa and Ranthambore are other great winter visits.
What’s more, all of the major festivals and events of the state are held within this season to coincide with the increase in travellers! The Winter Festival at Mount Abu features traditional danced and exhibitions, Sankrant sees the skies adorned with colourful kites, Jaipur Literature Festival sees acclaimed names from around the world, while the Bikaner Camel Festival and of course, the famous Pushkar Mela are all held between October to March. No wonder tourism is peaking! And you too can join in, for one or many of these uniquely Rajasthan experiences.
Tip: Carry sufficient warm clothing to keep yourself protected through the freezing nights.
If you wish to know more about the different seasons in Rajasthan, about the weather, events or any other detail, all you have to do is ask SOTC. With decades of experience touring the state, you can trust no one better to ensure you get the perfect Rajasthan tour packages for your dream holiday.