With harsh summers (temperatures topping 48°C), winter is the optimal time to visit the vibrant state of Rajasthan. Between mid-October and mid-March, the days are sunny without being too humid, and the nights are cool and fresh. Temperatures range between 10°C and 27°C, a pleasant climate for exploring iconic places like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Jaipur. This is peak tourist season in Rajasthan.
Another reason to visit during winter is that the majority of Rajasthan’s festivals and celebrations are held during this period, from Diwali to the Pushkar and Nagaur Camel Fairs. Holi, the famous festival of colours, is held in March.
That said, those looking to spot tigers in Ranthambore National Park may find better luck later in the year in the months of April, May and June. The temperatures are higher, but so are your chances of a sighting with the tigers out in search of water. The park closes its doors with the arrival of the monsoon in July, August and September.
The monsoon season can also be a pleasant time to visit for those looking to avoid the crowds of the peak season and don’t mind the occasional rain shower. Places like Bundi and Udaipur are particularly picturesque at this time.