Summer, monsoon and winter are the primary seasons in India. During the summer, the majority of India experiences intolerable heat waves. The monsoons that bring torrential rainfall, whilst bringing welcome relief from the heat, can be destructive. There is a short post-monsoon season that leads onto winter, which is usually mild and never too chilly. The weather during winter is entirely favourable for travellers planning to visit the wildlife areas in India. Considered the best time to visit India, its national parks attract large groups of visitors during this time.
India’s exotic wildlife is not the only attraction of this country. Its diverse cultures, ancient monuments such as the Taj Mahal and indestructible forts like the remarkable Gwalior Fort built during the reign of a Rajput king, all vie for your attention and should be part of your visit to this amazing country. India is a premier destination and attracts visitors from all over the world. While winter might be the best time to travel to India, it’s still possible to visit the country during the sweltering summers and heavy rainfall – there is always something to see!
Best Time to Visit National Parks of India
We have shortlisted India’s major wildlife attractions by popularity and have mentioned when to visit Indian national parks and wildlife reserves.
|Indian State||National Parks & Reserves||When to visit Indian National Parks|
|Assam||1. Manas National Park|
2. Kaziranga National Park
|Compared to other Indian states and territories, Assam is pretty delightful in summer. The winters can also be enjoyable.
November to March.
|Gujarat||1. Gir National Park|
2. Vansda National Park
3. Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary
4. Blackbuck National Park
5. Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary
|Summers are very hot and dry and terrible to bear. The winters in Gujarat are refreshingly pleasant.
November to February.
|Kerala||1. Eravikulam |
3. Silent Valley
4. Periyar National
|Pampadum Shola National Park
Silent Valley National Park
Periyar National Park
Mathikettan Shola National Park
Nagarhole National Park
The tropical climate in Kerala means hot and dry summers when the heat is extreme. After the monsoon, Kerala's beauty outdoes the entire world.
September to March.
|Ladakh|| 1. Hemis National Park||Extremely cold winters in Ladakh make it a no travel zone. The best time to go to India and visit Ladakh is once the summer starts to melt the snow. The summers in Ladakh are very mild.
March To August.
|Madhya Pradesh||1. Panna National Park|
2. Kanha Tiger Reserve
3. Madhav National Park
4. Bandhavgarh National Park
5. Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary
6. Satpura Tiger Reserve
|Avoid the searing summer months. Instead, visit the national parks in Madhya Pradesh during the monsoon (the rainfall is moderate) and the pleasant winters.
July to September.
October to March.
|Maharashtra||1. Tadoba Andhari National Park|
2. Gugamal National Park
3. Sanjay Gandhi National Park
4. Navegaon National Park
5. Pench National Park (straddles two states - Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra)
|Hot summers are not ideal whilst disruptive monsoons can lead to chaos. That certainly makes winter the best time to travel to the Indian state of Maharashtra.
October To February
|Rajasthan||1. Ranthambore National Park|
2. Desert National Park
3. Keoladeo National Park
|Summers and winters present extreme weather conditions. The best time to visit Ranthambore and other wildlife reserves is just after the rainfall.
October To March
|West Bengal||1. Buxa Tiger Reserve|
2. Gorumara National Park
3. Singalila National Park
4. Sundarbans National Park
5. Jaldapara National Park
|Similar to other territories, West Bengal is too hot in the summers so it is best to plan a trip in the winter.
October To March
So there you have it, generally the most pleasant time of year to visit India is during the winter months. However, if you are a seasoned traveller and can cope with extreme heat and don’t mind the rain too much, India is a year-round destination packed with highlights and must-see attractions.
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