When to Go

High Season (Dec–Mar)

  • Pleasant weather – warm days, cool nights. Peak tourists, peak prices.
  • Cold or freezing conditions from December to February at altitude.
  • Temperatures climb steadily from February.

Shoulder (Jun–Nov)

  • Passes to Ladakh and high Himalaya open June to September.
  • Monsoon rains persist through to September.
  • Southeastern coast and southern Kerala see heavy rain October to December.

Low Season (Apr–Jun)

  • April is hot; May and June scorching. Competitive hotel prices.
  • From June, the monsoon brings draining humidity.
  • Beat the heat (but not the crowds) in the cool hills.