August is the end of the monsoon season in India so rainfall is usually heavy with an average of 402 mm (15.8 inches) of rain. The weather is cool with temperatures around 23°C (74°F). Travelers will still need to carry an umbrella and a raincoat.
The special Hindu festival Raksha Bandhan takes place in August and celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters.
August is part of the low season for tourism, so booking flights and hotels is much easier at this time.
- The average temperature in India in July is 23°C (74°F).
- The average rainfall in August is approximately 402 mm (15.8 inches).
- Due to heavy rains, travelers should bring an umbrella, raincoat, and non-slip shoes.
- Raksha Bandhan is a special Hindu festival which is celebrates the love between a brother and sister.
- It is a good idea to bring warm clothing when visiting Leh in August as the weather is very chilly.
Why Visit India in August
Because August is part of the low season in India, there are fewer tourists, which means you will have more of a chance to enjoy the sights at your pace. In August, crowds are small and travel is more affordable. This allows you to stay longer in India and visit more of the attractions on the same budget. You will also get good bargains for accommodation, including modern western-style hotels and Indian-style heritage hotels.
Festivals: Visiting India in August will also allow you to experience the celebration of India’s Independence Day and the very popular holiday, Ganesh Chaturthi. You will get to enjoy some of the activities that will be held on that day such as the kite flying events and other celebrations.
Northern India: The golden triangle cities and Rajasthan still receive a moderate to high rainfall averaging 211 mm (8 inches) in August. The temperatures are much the same as July, ranging from 33°C (91°F) to 26°C (79°F) in August. We recommend that you spend more time on indoor attractions such as the National Museum and National Gallery of Modern Art.
Southern India: The rainfall reaches its peak in Kerala and Goa in August, and slowly begins to subside by the end of the month. Though you will encounter plenty of showers, it’s a good time to join in Kerala’s most popular festival, the Onam Festival. During the festival, locals organize colorful parades and hold the traditional snake boat race.
The Sadhya is a vegetarian feast where the dishes are all served on a banana leaf in Onam Festival
In the Northern Himalayas region, there will be less rainfall. While the rest of Himalayas, such as Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Darjeeling has more rain. Places like Rishikesh, Mandi, and Dharamsala have many rainy days, which bring interruptions to outdoor activities.
August Average Temperature
August Average Rainfall
Delhi Weather in August
In August, the weather in Delhi is warm with temperatures between 33°C (91°F) and 26°C (79°F). The average rainfall during this month is 233 mm (9.1 inches) and you can expect around 8 hours of sunshine per day.
As the capital city of India, Delhi has a lot to see and do. When in Delhi, you shouldn’t miss the National Museum of India which is one of the largest museums in the country.
The National Museum houses an exquisite collection of 200,000 works of art covering 5,000 years of India’s cultural heritage. Some pieces in the collection include Buddhist relics, exquisite jewelry, miniature paintings, medieval woodcarvings, textiles, and musical instruments.
The Lotus Temple is one of Delhi's busiest religious sites due to its magnificent architecture. The temple was made to look like an unfolding white lotus flower and is located in the center of nine ponds and gardens.
Mornings in Delhi are quite warm and travelers are often more comfortable in a t-shirt and shorts. You should also bring an umbrella or raincoat in case of rain.
Agra Weather in August
In August, the temperatures in Agra are hot with average highs of 34°C (93°F) and lows of 26°C (78°F). Average monthly rainfall is approximately 227 mm (8.9 inches). During this month, Agra normally sees 13 hours of sunshine a day.
Taj Mahal is the main attraction in Agra and can still be visited in July
When in Agra, make sure to check out the Taj Mahal which is an enormous mausoleum complex made of shimmering white marble encrusted with semi-precious jewels. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the remains of his beloved wife, the Taj Mahal is an attraction not to be missed when you visit Agra. This site is best visited in the early morning.
Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb was the first Mughal structure to be built entirely from marble
After the Taj Mahal, travelers can explore Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb which was the first Mughal structure to be built entirely from marble and was the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. This mausoleum has influences from Muslim architecture which can be seen in its arched entrances, octagonal-shaped towers, and exquisitely carved floral patterns.
T-shirts and shorts are suitable for Agra’s hot weather. It is also a good idea to bring a raincoat and an umbrella with you.
Jaipur Weather in August
In Jaipur, August temperatures are moderately warm, ranging from highs of 32°C (90°F) to lows of 24°C (75°F). The average rainfall for this month is 211 mm (8.3 inches) and the city normally sees around 5 hours of sunshine per day
When in Jaipur, make sure to explore the Amber Fort which is one of the most popular and visited forts in India. The Amber Fort was built using red sandstone and white marble and is a blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture.
The City Palace reflects the city’s historical importance and magnificent royal grace
Inside the fort is the beautiful Sheesh Mahal or the Mirror Palace. It is said that when two candles are lit in the palace, it looks like thousands of stars are glittering on the ceiling.
Another gorgeous structure to see in Jaipur is the City Palace. Here, you can take pictures of the beautiful pink buildings inscribed with white patterns and designs. The City Palace was built from red and pink sandstone and is a fusion of Indian, Mughal, Rajput, and European architecture styles.
Inside the City Palace, you can explore the Chandra Mahal which is the residence of the royal family. The palace is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the entrance fee is 500 rupees.
As the weather in August is warm, you can wear a t-shirt or thin shirt with shorts during the day. It is possible that it will rain, so it’s a good idea to bring an umbrella and a raincoat.
Mumbai Weather in August
August is a very wet month in Mumbai, with an average rainfall of 620 mm (24.4 inches). The temperature can range from highs of 30°C (86°F) to lows of 25°C (77°F).
When in Mumbai in August, you should visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus which is a modern yet archaic railway station. The station is beautifully built with influences from Victorian-Gothic architecture and is a travel hub with long-distance, short-distance, and commuter trains.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station is beautifully built with influences from Victorian-Gothic architecture
If you want to relax in an incredible hotel, then nothing can beat the Taj Mahal Palace. Aside from being a heritage hotel, the Taj Mahal Palace is also Mumbai’s most famous landmark and India’s second most-photographed monument. Built in 1903, this building has influences from both Islamic and Renaissance architecture.
Due to heavy rainfall, August travelers should wear a raincoat and bring an umbrella. When the weather is nice, a t-shirt and shorts will be comfortable.
Kochi Weather in August
In Kochi, average rainfall in August is approximately 375 mm (14.8 inches). The temperature is moderate with average highs of 28°C (82°F) and lows of 22°C (72°F).
August in Kochi is the perfect time to visit the St. Francis Church, one of the most distinguished monuments in the city. The St. Francis Church was built around 1503 by the Portuguese traders who were led to Kochi by Admiral Pedro Alvarez de Cabral. Later the church became the burial site of the legendary Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama, before his remains were taken back to Portugal.
November in Kochi is a good time to explore St. Francis Church
Kathakali originates in Kerala and is one of the nine classical dances of India. At the Kerala Kathakali Center, you can see one of these traditional dance performances and also watch the dancers apply their makeup.
In August in Kochi, you will be comfortable a shirt with jeans. It may rain, so it is a good idea to bring a raincoat and umbrella.
Leh Weather in August
Leh’s highest temperature in August is 24°C (75°F) while its lowest is 10°C (50°F). The total rainfall during this month is 31 mm (1.2 inches) with 13 hours of sunshine per day.
August in Leh is a good time to explore the Leh Palace. Looming high above the city, the palace provides spectacular views of Stok Kangri, the Ladakh mountain range, and the town and its surroundings.
Home to about 30 monks, the Stakna Monastery or Stakna Gompa is located 25 kilometers from Leh on the left bank of the Indus River. The name of the monastery means 'tiger's nose' and was given because it is located on a hill that is shaped like the nose of a tiger.
Stakna Monastery is also another popular destination in Leh
Days are cool in Leh so you should wear a sweater and pants. The evenings can be very chilly so it’s a good idea to wear a warm jacket.
Festivals in August
India’s Independence Day is celebrated every year on the 15th of August. The celebration starts with the unfolding of the tricolored national flag by the prime minister which is followed by a televised speech.
During Independence Day, people decorate their clothes, cars, and other household items with Indian flags to celebrate their love for their country. In the north and central cities of India, Independence Day is also celebrated with kite flying events.
Another important August holiday is Raksha Bandhan, a Hindu festival that celebrates the love between brothers and sisters. During Raksha Bandhan, a sister ties a special bracelet around the wrist of her brother and pray for his prosperity and health. In return, brothers give gifts to their sisters and promise to protect them from any harm.
Rakhi bracelets symbolize the bond between siblings and protection
In 2020, the festival will be celebrated on the 3rd of August.
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