Our India travel guide is an explosion of colour. The Golden Triangle glistens with culture, Rajasthan has pink and blue cities that sparkle with history, Kerala’s luscious green Ghat Mountains invite hikers into their folds and the white, snow capped tips of Ladakh’s ‘High Passes’ are shining examples of trekking at its best. Whether you are seeking culture or nature in India, be prepared for pretty palettes everywhere.
Best time to visit the Golden Triangle
For a glistening Golden Triangle, get up early. Sunrise at the Taj Mahal, Jaipur turning pinker with the dawn, breakfast at Delhi’s Chandni Chowk… all memories that are still glowing.
With a lot of walking to be done, the best time to visit the Golden Triangle is October to mid-April, with temps between 22-32°C. Freezing spells can hit Delhi January and February, due to a Himalayan influence, while May and June can scorch at 45°C. Monsoon, even if only in short bursts, can lead to floods July to September. October and November are festival time, with Diwali always a delight, as is March, when Holi, brings the famous colour throwing fests.
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Steph Millington from our Golden Triangle holiday supplier, Intrepid:
“Your best bets weather wise are October to November or February to March but be aware, these are the most popular times to travel so tourist attractions become busier. Heat and humidity during the summer months of April to June can be particularly oppressive, with temperatures reaching 45°C.”
Guy Marks, co-director at one of our tailor made holidays experts, Tribes Travel:
If you want to include Ranthambore National Park on your Golden Triangle itinerary, go as late in the dry season as you can, depending on your tolerance to the heat. So, it’s good from February to March, and better in early April, but usually unbearably hot by 15th April though!”
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The Taj Mahal by night
If you are lucky enough to be at the Taj Mahal for a full moon, or two days before or after it, it is possible to do a nighttime visit to the great Mausoleum, between 8:30pm and 12:30am. Tickets are available 24 hours in advance.
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