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Weather in India in January: Is It a Good Time to Visit? Where to Go

Weather in India in January: Is It a Good Time to Visit? Where to Go

By Chris QuanUpdated Nov. 23, 2022

January is wintertime or the dry season in India. January is a good time to visit India as the days are bright and sunny, and the nights are much cooler.

The average temperature is approximately 18°C (64°F) and the average monthly rainfall is only 10 mm (0 inches) in the north around Delhi.

India Weather in January: Overview

Weather in India in January
  • Average daytime temperature range in most areas of India: 13–33°C (55–91°F)
  • Average rainfall: 18 mm (1 inch)
  • Average rainy days: 2–3
  • Average sunny days: 28–29

Weather in Central North India (Delhi, Taj Mahal, Rajasthan...)

Taj Mahal, Agra Taj Mahal

India is a big country, so the weather in January is significantly different in the north and south.

January weather in central northern cities like Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur is cool and can get chilly at night. There may be morning fog around Delhi and Agra. Prepare for highs of 22°C (71°F) and lows of 8°C (46°F). 

The cooler climate makes it perfect for outdoor activities such as visiting monuments and forts. Many northern states also have festivals in January.

Clothing tips: Bring warm clothing like sweaters, hoodies, and a winter coat.

Weather in Southern India: Mumbai, Goa, Beach Areas...

Goa Goa

The weather in southern India is warmer than in northern cities. January could be one of the best months to travel to South India for a warm and sunny winter holiday.

January is in the high travel season in South India. Areas like Kochi, Goa, and Varkala Beach become quite busy. Temperatures are around 25°C (77°F) during the day with plenty of sunshine.

Clothing tips: Bring t-shirts or thin shirts with shorts. In the evenings, you’ll probably want a thin jacket and trousers.

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Northern Mountainous Regions: The Himalayan Foothills

Manali Manali, a town in Himachal Pradesh

If you want to experience a snowy India, the Himalayan foothills are a great choice.

High-altitude areas in the extreme north, like Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, and Kashmir, will be covered in heavy snow. They are suitable for indulging in skiing, sledding, and skating.

But for travelers looking to go trekking or hiking, this is probably not be the right time to visit because the roads and hiking trails might be closed due to ice and snow.

Clothing tips: Bring thick coats or down jackets and winter boots.

Average Temperatures in India’s Main Cities in January

City Average Temperature Average Rainfall
Delhi 13°C (55°F) 14 mm (1 in)
Agra 14°C (57°F) 10 mm (0 in)
Jaipur 15°C (59°F) 6 mm (0 in)
Varanasi 16°C (61°F) 11 mm (0 in)
Mumbai 24°C (75°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Goa 27°C (81°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Kochi 27°C (81°F) 20 mm (1 in)

6 Best Places to Visit in January in India

January is one of the best times to visit India due to its drier weather and cooler temperatures. 

Here are 6 recommended places to visit in India in January covering different scenery.

Best Places to Visit in January in India

1. Goa — Sunny Beaches for Winter Escapes

Goa Goa

The temperature in Goa in January is at its best, and it’s warm and sunny. You could enjoy a fantastic winter holiday filled with sunshine, beaches, coconut groves, sea breezes, and rock and roll or electronic-sound live music.

You can expect huge numbers of people gathering along the beaches to watch the colorful firework displays. There are also New Year's parties on the beach or in bars.  

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2. Kerala — Relaxing, Scenic, and Warm

A cruise on backwater, Kerala A cruise on backwater, Kerala

If you want to enjoy a tropical holiday in January in India with a less-crowded environment, you can consider Kerala, which is close to the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea.

The scenery and weather in Kerala are at their best in winter. There you can enjoy the sunshine on Kovalam Beach, explore Kerala's backwaters on a traditional houseboat, and enjoy a walking tour of a spice plantation.

Check out our 9-Day South India Tour to Discover the Idyllic Kerala.

3. Rajasthan — Culture, History, and Palaces

A camel ride in Rajasthan A camel ride in Rajasthan

January is a good time to visit Rajasthan for experiencing its various festivals like Bikaner Camel Festival (January 12th and 13th, 2023) and Jaipur International Kite Festival (January 14th to 16th, 2023).

January is also good for adventurous activities in Rajasthan, like desert camping, camel safaris, and tiger safaris. Heritage hotels are another big highlight.

See our 14-Day Classic Rajasthan Tour.

4. Delhi — The Charming Capital

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi Humayun's Tomb

Music, lights, dance, fireworks, and more attract people to the heart of the nation to celebrate the coming of a new year in January.

In the prime locations of this metropolis like Connaught Place, many kinds of themed parties are held in clubs and bars.

Delhi also shines with historical heritage — countless monuments, local markets, and splendid temples and palaces. 

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5. Agra — Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is undoubtedly Agra's most famous attraction. January is among one of the best times to visit Taj Mahal. It perfectly avoids the rains and summer heat.

There might be fog in the early mornings in January. So, visiting after 10am is better for views and taking good photos.

6. Gujarat — White Desert Festival

Rann of Kutch Rann of Kutch

The White Desert Festival (Rann Utsav) is an awesome festival celebrated in Kutch District, Gujarat. The celebrations start from 26th October 2022 and continue to 20th February 2023! 

It is a carnival of music, dance, and natural beauty. In the festival, you can enjoy a hot air balloon ride, experience a tent city, explore the white desert under a full moon, take a camel cart excursion, listen to Kutch folk songs, and more.

Cost and Crowds in January

Taj Mahal Taj Mahal

January’s New Year holidays are one of the busiest travel times in India. Flights and hotel prices go up 50–100 percent. If you want to get more reasonable prices, you should book one to two months in advance.

During this peak period, it's impossible to avoid crowds completely, but our local guides are well aware of the crowds at the attractions and will do their best to arrange a tour at a less crowded time or plan a less-crowded tour route without missing the highlights.

Or you could choose some less-visited attractions like Hampi, an ancient village full of interesting relics in Karnataka, southern India. >>>7-Day Off the Beaten Path South India Tour

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