Is July a good time to visit India?
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Is July a good time to visit India?

I have been asked on more than one occasion is July a good time to visit India? I think this Is a question I would like to address in some detail, so you will find everything you need to plan your perfect trip during this time.

It is hardly surprising that people are unsure if July is a good time to visit India as it is widely known that the monsoon would be in full swing and soaking the land in a deluge of long-awaited water. It would stand to reason that this is a terrible time to take your holiday, yet this is one of my favorite months to travel in. Allow me to shed some light on why that is and maybe encourage you to make your trip to this magical country in July.

I have spent almost half a decade wandering around the subcontinent, and there is a big clue is in that word. India is a vast subcontinent, and when some areas of the country become exceedingly unpalatable other parts are just coming into their own. Few months of the year reflect that better than July. This is a time of epic and adventure and breathtaking beauty. So read on and learn how to get the most out of your time and money if this is when you come.

India in July is a very volatile time to visit yet so beautiful.

I will not try to deceive you. Some parts of the country are definitely not in their prime. Most of the premier national parks will be closed, and the northeast of the country will be flooded to high heaven. For much of the country’s north, the monsoon would have just arrived at that means the prospect of some massive and impressive electrical storms.

India’s monsoon.

If you come to all but the most northern reaches of the country, you will have to deal with India’s monsoon. This is not always bad as you won’t have to fight for a bed in the popular tourist areas. In fact, you are quite likely to have them mostly to yourself and at bargain prices. You won’t have to use your imagination too much to see why this is quite a sizable plus point.

Not only that, everything will be green and lush in July. The rivers will be full of water with plenty of opportunity for some dramatic photography. I have taken many of my best pictures in all fairness at this time, and I wholeheartedly recommend any passionate photographers out there to give it a whirl. You are unlikely to be upset with the results.

July is a time of extremes in India yet this is still a good time to visit.

The northeast of the country gets some pretty epic downpours, which is probably best avoided. The beautiful root bridges of Meghalaya you see here are made from the roots of a fig tree that have been woven across rivers through generations. The photo you see here was taken at the beginning of the year. By July, this would all be a raging river. Note the enormous boulders strewn across the dried-up river bed. Imagine how much water it takes to move them. This is one of the wettest places in the world, with over eighteen meters a year falling, and most of that comes in a couple of months.

The north of India in July.

While the vast portion of the country is getting flooded, the far north of India is in its prime. This is the height of the brief summer and by far the best time to visit the dizzying heights of the Himalayas. The monsoon does not visit here as it is in a rain shadow, and July is its warmest month, so it’s a win-win situation.

Ho0wever, it will be busy as adventure seekers as they rush to fill their boots in this fleeting and precious time frame. That means it may be hard to find a place to stay, and some of the trekking routes, such as the Markha Valley, will be full of other tourists.

There is a good part to sharing your journey with other travelers up here, and that’s having other tourists to split the costs with. Many of the highlights of the north of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh can only be seen on foot or in a jeep. This can cost a small fortune, depending on where you are heading. Going in the peak season can save you hundreds of dollars, and it is now when everything is at its most beautiful.

If you were to come out this way, you would have just one the traveling lottery. These parts have to be some of the most beautiful places in the world. For me, the High mountain deserts of Ladakh and the Spiti Valley are exceptionally breathtaking. With timeless Buddhist gompas, unusual wildlife, and a culture hardly touched by time for centuries, this part of the world can not fail to impress even the most hardened of travelers. So If you were wondering is July a good time to visit India, the answer is yes if it is a real adventure you are looking for.

when I ask is India a good place to go in July people often say no but I disagree.

It is easy to associate this time with turbulent weather and washed-out roads. It is undoubtedly true in parts, but then again, I took this picture during the height of the infamous monsoon. So to answer the question, is July a good time to visit India? The answer is very much so. It just depends where you are, and this rule applies throughout the year on this vast subcontinent. To find out more about the best time to visit India, I have a comprehensive post on the subject. 

In summary of my post on is July a good time to visit India?

I think it is fair to say I am a fan of travel during the monsoon and I wholeheartedly recommend coming here during this time. However, it is fair to say it depends on what you are looking for from your time. If you are looking for a warm tropical beach to relax on, you should maybe come at a letter time, but if it is a Himalayan adventure that puts the wind in your hair, then July could well be your jam.

Please don’t leave it too long before you book as there is only a limited number of flights a day to Leh. I always use Skyscanner to compare the prices, but there are only a couple of airlines to choose from, in all fairness.

I think that’s enough out of me for now since I have sufficiently covered the subject. If you do have any more questions, then please don’t hesitate to ask. So until the next time, my fellow intrepid travelers, take care, and I will see you in the next post.

 

 

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