March - May
The summers in India are extremely hot, with temperatures soaring into the 100`s, making this a great destination for a summer break. Andaman, Sikkim and Nicobar Islands are great destinations for water sports and other outdoor activities. Goa is great for a beach escape, with temperatures that range in the mid to high 90`s and reach even higher during the day, dropping into the 70`s at night. February is the month when the temperatures start to heat up, in the northern plains and continuing throughout the country. The weather daily brings a hot and dry climate. June is the hottest month of the year with average temperatures in the mid 90`s and nighttime lows around 79 F.
Monsoon season starts in May when the humidity levels rise and bring large amounts of rain, up to 39 inches recorded in July with an average of 27 days of rain in one month. Thunderstorms and dust storms are present daily from May until September when it starts to ease up. Summertime in India is the perfect time of year to visit the mountains and hill stations. The Himalayas such as Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are popular outdoor destinations where visitors can enjoy hiking, wildlife, and beautiful scenery. The National Parks in India are best to visit during the summertime when all the wildlife comes out and gather around the watering holes. British hill stations such as Shimla and Darjeeling are hiking destinations that take you through the foothills of the large mountain ranges of the Western Ghats, which are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A good time to spot wildlife is early in the morning or early evenings. Tigers and elephants are best seen during the months of April, May, and June.
Other popular activities during the summer are yoga, meditation and adventure sports which are all especially popular in the north. Honeymooning in North India and the North East are in high demand during the summer.
Events and Festivals-Holi Festival - (dates vary each year) - A popular vibrant festival including paint throwing when people celebrate good over evil.