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Best time to visit Delhi

From arty monuments and scrumptious street food in Old Delhi to colossal malls and sophisticated skyscrapers in New Delhi, the capital city of India assures its visitors never see a dull moment. If you want to visit this alluring city, make sure you do it when the season is the most suitable. The spring months of February and March and the autumn months of October and November are the perfect times to escape Delhi’s extreme summers and winters. Read on to find out in detail the various seasons of Delhi.

Delhi is a like a pendulum clock where you can swing between the old and the new within minutes. A flawless patchwork of antique architecture and contemporary construction, Delhi promises to astonish you with its diversity. Each corner of the iconic city awaits to tell you a tale no history book can. Delhi is a place where you could be shopping at a vibrant street market while biting into scrumptious chaat at one moment and getting a world-class quality massage at a luxurious spa in just the next hour. Tempted? Plan a trip to the capital soon but make sure you check out the best months to visit it.

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Delhi is known for its extreme climate. The summer months of April, May and June see unnaturally high temperatures while winters can be really cold. Delhi welcomes the monsoon season from July to September. The best time to visit Delhi to make the most of your trip is the spring season (March and February) and the autumn season (October and November). These are transitional months that mark pleasant temperatures during the day and thus plenty of opportunities to stay outdoors. Let us give you a detailed description of the five distinct seasons in Delhi.

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February and March: The spring months of February and March are suitable to make the most of your Delhi itinerary, thanks to the enjoyable temperatures yet sunny days. The average temperatures during this season hover between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius with nights being cool. So, it is the perfect time to view the classy change of guards at Rashtrapti Bhavan or spend a day shopping and eating at Chandni Chowk. If you intend to witness Delhi in a colourful avatar, make sure you plan your trip around Holi which is generally celebrated in March.

Read more: Best places in India to celebrate Holi

April to June: Due to Delhi’s proximity to the Thar Desert, summers in the city can be really unpleasant with sandy, hot winds and high temperatures. The average temperature hovers between 25 and 40 degrees Celsius with May sometimes seeing unnaturally high temperature of around 45 degrees Celsius. It is not recommended to visit Delhi during summers; however, if you do, make sure you carry loads of comfortable, cotton clothes, sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. Also, avoid stepping out during afternoons to skip the day’s highest temperature.

July to September: These months welcome the monsoons in Delhi. While the temperatures see a considerable dip, the humidity constantly rises. The city witnesses the highest rainfall in July and August and the average temperatures vary between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius. If you love the monsoons, it is the best time to see spectacular monuments such as Red Fort and India Gate in a drenched state.

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October and November: The autumn months of October and November are the most preferred months by tourists to visit Delhi as warm days and cool nights are perfect for comfortable sightseeing and shopping. Temperatures generally hover around 25 degrees Celsius with the maximum being 30 degrees Celsius and minimum being around 20 degrees Celsius. It is also the perfect time to take a half day trip to Humayun’s Tomb or spend hours shopping local handicrafts at Dilli Haat. Plan your trip around Diwali and get a chance to view Delhi draped in illuminations and sparkle. Make sure you catch the Qutub Festival, generally held in November or December, marked by live music and dance shows by reputed classical artists from across India. This three-day festival will surely be a highlight of your trip.

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December and January: Delhi’s winter months bring along with them biting cold, heavy fog and cool winds. The city’s proximity to the Himalayas results in the temperatures dropping below 5 degrees Celsius and hitting a maximum of only 20 degrees Celsius. During late nights, the temperature might even drop to around 0 degree Celsius. So, if you are visiting Delhi during these months, it is recommended that you carry heavy woolen clothes, gloves and caps. Also, flights might face delays due to the heavy fog and the resultant low visibility so plan your itinerary accordingly.

How to reach Delhi?

Delhi is connected to the rest of India and the world through its Indira Gandhi International Airport. The airport, located around 15kms away from the city, is accessible by bus, metro as well as cab. To grab the cheapest air tickets to Delhiset a Price Alert and we’ll let you know when to book your flights. Make sure you read up our list of the top 8 places to visit in Delhi to make the most of your trip.

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You now know everything about Delhi’s weather and the best time to visit the city to enjoy it the most. You also know how to get your hands on the cheapest air tickets. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and book that trip! Book your flights, hotel or rent a car with Skyscanner today. You can do all of these on our mobile app too.