Rajasthan is best experienced in the vibrant colours that paint its undulating dunes, the ancient forts that stand strong in the sands of time, the opulent palaces that add sparkle to arid surroundings, and the array of fauna that makes its wilderness come alive. Given the royal connection, tastes here are regal – both in architecture and in cuisine. A visit to Rajasthan – with all its outdoor beauty and ‘hot’ food – must be planned keeping the weather in mind. Skyscanner presents a weather wise guide to the best time to see Rajasthan.Find flights to Rajasthan
What is the best time to travel to Rajasthan?
Broadly speaking, October to March is the best season to visit Rajasthan. This chunk of time includes both the most comfortable time of year to visit, as well as the most practical. December to February is the coldest time of year in the desert state, with minimums touching zero degrees at times. This is the busiest time on the tourist calendar, and also the priciest. October, November and March are typical shoulder season months with good weather and affordable rates.
Weather in Rajasthan can be neatly divided into three seasons – summer, monsoon and winter.
Summer: April to June
April to June in Rajasthan is hot, humid and mostly unwelcoming. With temperatures soaring to 45 degrees Celsius, there is not much scope in terms of outdoor visits and exploration. But if you do happen to visit the scorching sands in the summer, make sure you go there in time for the Summer Festival held in Mount Abu in May – Rajasthan’s only hill station. This three-day fest is all dance, music, fireworks and boat races. Another plus point of visiting Rajasthan during the summer is the opportunity to dig into mangoes – mango season starts in March and by April, the sweet and juicy fruit is everywhere. June is best avoided, considering the heat, oppressive humidity, and increasing intensity of pre-monsoon storms that lash the state.
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Monsoon: July to September
The monsoon brings along much needed showers, making Rajasthan pretty and magical. Cities like Udaipur – dotted with lakes – come to life again, with topped up water bodies and deal seeking tourists looking at exploring exotic heritage hotels at affordable rates. July and August remain wet and steamy, but a good shower brings along cheer. This adds to festivals such as Teej celebrated with much gusto in cities like Jaipur. The rains ebb in September – check the calendar for Ganesh Chaturthi dates and head to Ranthambore Fort to join the iconic celebrations.
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Winter: October to March
Fresh from post monsoon infusion of life, Rajasthan opens up – its national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and hotel industry all come together in a splash of colourful festivals, delicious menus and good weather to welcome the tourist. Up season is here! Comfortable day temperatures and cool to cold nights draw the tourist in hordes, sending hotel prices shooting. A winter trip to Rajasthan may be planned around festivals like the Pushkar Fare or the Kite Festival, desert explorations, bird watching, wildlife tours and camel rides, and even a Literature festival or a wedding!
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How to reach Rajasthan?
Rajasthan is very well connected to the rest of the country through airports in various major cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur and Bikaner. Once you draw up a Rajasthan itinerary and decide which airport you wish to enter the state from, go ahead and book your tickets on Skyscanner. Set a Price Alert and we’ll let you know the best time to book as well! Planning a North India tour? Read our article The Skyscanner Guide to the Golden Triangle for tips on Agra, Delhi and Rajasthan.Find flights to Rajasthan
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