Weather Conditions in Udaipur
Like an oasis in the desert, Udaipur offers tropical respite in the otherwise semi-arid state of Rajasthan. Protected from the harshness of the Thar by the towering Aravalli Range and home to seven gorgeous lakes, the city’s climate is well-moderated as compared to the rest of the state. Even so, climatically the best time to visit Udaipur is still the winters, when the temperatures are most comfortable. But there’s plenty of reasons for you to pick other seasons too, depending on the plans and experiences you wish to have.
Like most of India, Udaipur sees three major seasons in the year — summer, monsoon and winter. Each of them comes with its own flavour. But which one would you most like to sample? We’ve put together this handy guide of the annual seasons and the city’s cultural calendar to go along with it, so that you can easily decide for yourself what the best time to go to Udaipur is, and accordingly sign up for the perfect package.
While most people are eager to make the most of summer holidays, Udaipur experiences really high temperatures that can make one uncomfortable during the peak of the day. So, from mid-March until around June, the city sees a dip in tourism. That’s not to say there aren’t any visitors at all! Off-season prices mean you can get a much more affordable deal when it comes to accommodation and travel. Plus, you can enjoy all of Udaipur’s amazing palaces, monuments, temples and lakes without bustling crowds. There’ll be plenty of picture-perfect moments to capture, of just you and the beautiful surroundings. Sightseeing and outdoor activities can easily be planned for the mornings and evenings, when temperatures are more tolerable. While afternoons can be spent comfortably at restaurants or inside museums.
There’s also the springtime celebration of the Mewar Festival, one that’s full of traditional rituals, dance, music, shows and food. There’s also a procession of carrying deities to immerse into Lake Pichola. It’s an amazing cultural experience that’ll show you the true colours of vibrant Rajasthan.
The rains bring with it some much-needed respite from the heat and replenishes the water lost by the lakes throughout summer. With the City of Lakes now brimming full, Udaipur becomes a wondrous monsoon destination for travellers seeking a bit of culture and a bit of quiet, a glimpse of royal splendour and refreshing nature. The alluring scent of rain never leaves your side, even when the showers are through! The Aravallis turn lush green, sightseeing gets a whole new dimension and boat rides get even more exciting. Keep your cameras and phones charged so you never miss any beautiful snapshots, be it peacocks dancing or the bejewelled walls of a palace adorned in raindrops. And since this still isn’t peak tourist season, you can make the most of reduced hotel and package rates! No wonder so many people think of this as the best time to visit Udaipur!
If you’re looking for a unique cultural experience during this season, the Teej Festival occurs sometime between July and August. This is also called the festival of swings, where colourful swings are tied to trees and adorned in flowers, for young girls to play on. It’s a wonderful photo opportunity!
Generally considered the best time to travel to Udaipur, just as it is with the rest of Rajasthan. That’s because the cooler temperatures are ideal for just about anything the city has to offer. Daytime sightseeing is at its most comfortable, so you can make the most of every hour of your stay. With evenings free, you could attend cultural shows like the light and sound show at City Palace or at Bagore Ki Haveli. Between October and the end of February, visit anytime and you’ll catch the best of the city climatically. Remember to carry enough woollens though, as nights can get really chilly. Romance or a family getaway, this is an amazing time to be in the city.
Aside from the weather, this is also an amazing time to be in Udaipur as festival season comes to life. The most significant of the lot is the Shilpgram Utsav, held at the crafts village of the same name. It’s a ten-day celebration of all of Rajasthan’s fascinating heritage arts and crafts, right from leather-work to ceramics to weaving. The best part? There are plenty of workshops (including specialised ones for kids) to participate in, so you really get to explore the culture first-hand. Other major festivals of the season include Dussehra and Diwali, two major Hindu festivals that are celebrated in a grand manner, reflective of the royal town. Expect rituals, fireworks and plenty of amazing food throughout.
Now that you know so much more about the city, perhaps you have a clearer idea of the best time to visit Udaipur for the journey you seek. Rest assured, whatever season you choose, SOTC has great packages and deals for them all. You can always consult with our experts if you wish to know more, or you can directly book your package at your convenience.