A royal state of India, Rajasthan showcases a colorful mélange of opulence and royalty in its grand forts, fairytale palaces, desert and vibrant festivals. Out of the three seasons, winter which runs from October to March proves to be the best time to visit Rajasthan. Summers are too hot and humidity rises during the monsoon season. Hence, winter months are ideal to set foot on the ‘Land of the Kings’ in order to explore the rich cultural heritage.
Summer in Rajasthan (April to June)
Temperature soars really high in April, May and June. During day time, it touches 48°C. Making it impossible to step out. Although this brings tigers in the National Parks, mostly the Ranthambore National Park out in search of water. Thus if planning a trip to Rajasthan, the best time to visit for tiger spotting will be summer season.
However, to get respite from the scorching heat, people love to visit Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan. Summers here are usually sweltering and dry, but it is the best time to go hiking on the Aravalli Hills. You will find an array of orchids here in May. Kumbhalgarh or Ranakpur can also be explored during this season. Also, visiting Rajasthan in summer allows you to attend the Gangaur festival.
Monsoon (July - September)
Monsoon in Rajasthan starts in July and ends till September. It is during this time that Ranthambore National Park closes. However, peacocks dancing to the music of the rain is a common sight. Also, months between July and September prove to be the best time to travel to Rajasthan especially to explore Udaipur.
The Keoladeo National Park is also one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan during monsoon. Fateh Sagar Lake and Monsoon Palace exude an unparalleled charm. Honeymooners or newly-wedded couples love to visit the Taj Lake Palace Hotel and enjoy the romantic environment at this time. The Teej Festival is another reason that keeps the spirits high during monsoon. Staying at one of the heritage hotels in Rajasthan also sounds too good.
Winter (October to March)
Unarguably, October to March is the best time to go to Rajasthan for a number of reasons. To start with, it is celebration time all around the state. With Diwali, Pushkar and Nagaur Camel Fairs on the chart, merrymaking is quite obvious. Partaking in these astounding fiestas is a must. Add to it, the extraordinary joy and enthusiasm that Holi brings with it. The famous color throwing fest is one of the popular festivals of Rajasthan.
Next reason to visit Rajasthan in winter is that the climate remains warm and pleasant throughout the day. Thus, is the perfect time to go sightseeing in Rajasthan which includes exploring all the temples, palaces and forts. However, in the Thar Desert, the temperature really dips during December, January and February. So you need to pack extra layers of clothes to delight in unforgettable desert safaris on the golden sand dunes of Jaisalmer.
Excursion to iconic cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, etc. is possible during this time that too without any hassle. Offbeat places in Rajasthan like Shekhawati, Bundi, Mandawa, etc. await visitors in these months. However, care should be taken before planning a trip to Rajasthan in winter. Because temperature is known to drop as low as 0°C and below.
Adding some sparkle to your calendar is Jaipur Literature Festival held in January. The international literary festival is an event that brings together book lovers from all across the globe. The colorful fiesta of the Jaisalmer Desert Festival adds colors to the golden Thar Desert come February. The Sam Sand Dunes celebrate camping, competitions, culture, arts, dance, music and the very spirit of the desert.