Which is the best month to visit Rajasthan?
Here is a state that surely needs no introduction, and in my guide on which is the best month to visit Rajasthan, I will tell you everything you need to know about when you should be planning your perfect journey here.
Rajasthan is undoubtedly one of Indias most popular states for tourists to travel in and for an excellent reason. Everything you have heard is true. The mighty palaces of the maharajas are indeed grand. The jungles brim with wildlife and could be straight out of a Rudyard Kipling novel. The culture is some of the most vibrant in the whole of India, and the food is unforgettable. To travel in Rajasthan is to travel in India as you dreamed it to be.
I already have a blog on my best tips for travel in Rajasthan. This covers issues like how to book your hotels and dealing with the most common scams while on the road. This blog is about answering one of the most fundamental questions when you decide to come to this dreamy corner of the world. Your answer that will greatly impact the quality of your experience.
Exactly, which is the best month to visit Rajasthan, is not as straightforward as it sounds. Almost every blog and travel guide will tell you the cliche answer is between mid-October and the beginning of February. However, it is not as plain cut as that, but then I imagine that anyone who has read any of my previous work could have guessed I would say something like that. Now let me justify that answer, please, while we take a closer look.
The climate in Rajasthan can be broken down into three distinct seasons. The winter, dry and very wet. I have spent a good amount of time in each of these, so I can say with a high degree of confidence that your experience will be radically different depending on when you come. So without further ado, let’s jump straight into the good stuff and then you can decide which is the best month to visit Rajasthan for yourself.
October to February in Rajasthan.
Between October and February in Rajasthan is when most people consider the best time to travel. It is cool, and if there has been a decent monsoon, it will be green. However, It should be a surprise for no one that the best time to visit a desert is in the winter. It is a safe bet you will not be the first person to have thought up this little brainstorm. That means you will be sharing your Rajasthani adventure with throngs of other tourists. To add insult to injury, you will be paying peak prices for the privilege.
You will not have very much room for bargaining during this time, and I found December to be insanely busy in the popular tourist hot spots. I strongly recommended booking ahead during the busiest parts of the year. Use whatever website you like, but Booking.com is always a solid option you can rely on. In all but the busiest of times, I recommend you do not book any rooms in advance. To find out why check out my blog on how much does it cost to backpack India.
I will also add that everyone suggests visiting Keoladeo Ghana National park during this time because of all the migratory birds. I am a wildlife nut, so I like to visit here at any time as there is always something worth spotting. However, it is at its prettiest during the winter, and there is indeed considerably more wildlife during this period. Unless you are really into Indian wildlife I would also suggest you come here during the winter. This rule also applies to the Kumbalgarh wildlife sanctuary when the lakes are full of water and brimming with life.
The last thing I will add is that In the extremes of the Thar desert like those around Jaisalmer, it is way better to come during the winter as spending time on the dunes at any other time is very difficult indeed. You can trust me on that as I have done it several times, and it can become painful. The snakes are fewer, and the rest of the wildlife is more visible since it is not all hiding from the scorching sun. As strange as it sounds, you will want to wrap up warm in the desert during the winter as it gets very cold indeed.
March to June in Rajasthan.
Between March and June in Rajasthan, you can expect the temperatures to soar, culminating in temperatures reaching upto fifty degrees centigrade! All but the hardiest of plants would have dried up, and there will hardly be a drop of water to be seen anywhere.
In the later part of the summer, it can become almost intolerable. Way before the monsoon turns up; it lets you know it’s coming. The humidity builds up, and all of that dry heat now becomes like a sauna. What’s more, between May and early June, there is a high chance you will experience ginormous dust storms that can seem apocalyptic to those in the midst of them.
The wet heat is much worse than the dry. You go for a shower, and you never really dry. It is now when I recommend you frequently drink rehydration salts as losing as much water as you will be can quickly get out of hand. For more tips on staying healthy while on the road and keeping you out of the hospital, feel free to check out my in-depth post on that.
At this stage, you are probably thinking, well, I know when I won’t be going to Rajasthan but hold your horses a moment. I enjoy travel at this time because if you can stand the heat, you will have almost everything to yourself. Prices drop, and you won’t have to wait to get the pictures you want. To add to its charm, the dry heat makes for stark and dramatic photography.
When it comes to visiting Rajasthan in the summer, there is one reason that really stands out to me. It is by far the best time to visit Ranthambhore. This is one of the countries premier national parks, and it contains one of the highest concentrations of tigers to be found anywhere in the world. However, If you come during the peak season, there will be lots of foliage and plentiful water. You can do the maths there, and since you have come to try and spot the magnificent wildlife, it is only natural you will want actually to see it.
July to September in Rajasthan.
Gods willing, between July and September, Rajasthan will be hit with a deluge of water. At this time, wildlife is abundant, and that includes mosquitoes. Be careful as there is a sporadic outburst of dengue, although it is not overly common compared to other states. I have found all of that water can make everything go mouldy at the drop of a hat during the monsoon. From your clothes to your skin! Please pay attention to this as it can get out of hand.
You may also expect it to be cool now as it rains buckets for portions of the day. Well, you would be wrong as it takes time to cool down. Your natural sauna will continue for pretty much the whole monsoon. Despite its challenges, this is one of my favourite times to travel as everything becomes beautiful. The lakes fill with water, and life proliferates. One of my favourite examples is in Udaipur when thousands of flying foxes fill the skies every evening over lake Pichola. It is one of my most favourite spectacles in Rajasthan.
Ranthambhore is closed now, and so is Sariska but the other national parks remain open throughout the year. Now your holiday snaps will be eerie and dramatic. It is Definitely, one of my favourite times to take a lot of photographs, although I do not recommend a trip out into the dunes during the monsoon as it is very hard on your body indeed.
In summary of my post on which is the best month to visit Rajasthan?
Well, there you have it: the good, the bad and the ugly of it all. There are challenges to visiting this whimsical corner of the universe no matter when you chose to come. Now you can ask your self honestly what challenges can I best deal with and what do you want to get out of your trip? I hope you have found this post useful, as it has certainly been honest.
As you can see, it is not as simple as saying, well, here is the best time to go. It depends on what you want. You have worked so hard for your holiday. Not only that there is so much time and money invested. It only makes sense that you would want to maximise your value. That is why I am here. I want to help you to plan your perfect trip and make your dreams a reality.
If you have any questions you would like help with; then you know what to do. So with that said, I think that is enough out of me so that I will see you in the next post.
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