India is often a destination that creates life changing experiences. Its vast and varied landscape together with its 1.1 billion inhabitants make it a real eye opener. Any trip to this asian nation is likely to give you long-lasting and fond memories of your experience.
Should I go to India in December?
December is the perfect month to visit india. It’s the start of the “post monsoon” season and the start of the cool dry season that lasts for about 3 months. Temperatures hover around 24C (75F) and the hot dry season doesn’t kick in until March. This makes sight-seeing and travel a much more pleasant experience.
Start in New Delhi
A popular city to start any Indian travels thanks to its location and climate. Don’t be fooled by the name, New is a relative term and you’ll find a wide and varied mixture of modern India and traditional old India here. A safe place to start with a thriving economy and good infrastructure.
Probably the most popular region of India to explore is Rajasthan. It’s a colourful and historic area with Palaces and colonial forts to explore. There are some great train journeys from New Delhi taking you in to the heart of Rajasthan. The most famous is the Palace on Wheels is a luxury experience quite like any other. An epic train journey taking you to Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Udaipur, Chittaurgarh, to name a few, climaxing with a visit to the one place you wont want to miss in India…
Visting the Taj Mahal
One of the most beautiful wonders of the world. The Taj Mahal in Agra is a stunning monument of undying love from the Emperor Shah Jahan. In memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. Completed in 1653, it’s one of the most iconic buildings in the world and has an average of 3 million visitors a year. It’s easy to see why when you visit as the entire complex is a vast area that is beautiful maintained and sure to be the highlight of your photo collection.
Other places to visit in Rajasthan
Jaisalmer is worth checking out for its crumbling mantions and Sonar Killa (Golden Fort). It’s not so easy to get to but well worth the effort if you’re looking for a less touristy experience.
Udaipur has some amazing bazaars that are the perfect place to shop and spend a few hours getting lost. Once you find your way out before sure to visit the City Palace and Museum. You can also take a boat and head to Lake Pichola where you can stay at a Palatial hotel on the Lake with stunning views.
Where else to visit in India
The famous tea producing town of Darjeeling in West Bengal is well worth a visit if you don’t mind cooler temperatures. In December it hovers around 11C (52F) but it’s cool climate is what made Darjeeling so popular. Once a colonial town with tea plantations developed by the British, there’s a wealth of beautiful landscapes and gorgeous colonial buildings here.
Shimla should also be high on anyone’s list of Indian destinations. Once the colonial summer capital it has December temperatures similar to Darjeeling and we can highly recommend catching a train on the Kalka Shimla Railway.
December is the best time to visit India, with warm dry climates in Rajasthan and cool temperatures in Northern Indian. One visit will never be enough!