May is the last month of the summer season before India enters monsoon season. The temperature starts to decline mid-May. Tourist sites are not as crowded in May so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest without fighting large crowds or enduring extreme heat.
The Buddha Jayanti festival celebrates the birthday of Buddha and commemorates his enlightenment and death. You can learn about the rituals and customs of the people on this day.
- May weather transitions India from summertime to monsoon season.
- The average temperature across India in May is 31°C (88°F). But remember, India is a big country so the weather varies from place to place.
- The Buddha Jayanti celebrates the birthday of Buddha and commemorates his enlightenment and death.
- Applying sunscreen and wearing a hat is recommended to protect you from the sun.
- T-shirts and shorts are suitable for daytime wear.
Why Visit India in May
In May, booking flights and hotels in India will be easier and more affordable as there will be fewer other travelers visiting India. There will also be better opportunities to get good photos as tourist sites will be less crowded.
Northern India: In the golden triangle and Rajasthan, temperatures can reach up to 40°C (104°F) in May. The Mughal-built monuments and lively bazaars are best visited in the early morning or the late afternoon to avoid the heat.
We suggest visitors spend the midday in the courtyard of their hotel to cool off and relax. Many 4-star and above hotels offer massages and spa therapies influenced by traditional Ayurvedic medicine will help you gain a deeper understanding of natural remedies.
Traditional Ayurvedic medicine will help you gain a deeper understanding of natural remedies
The Himalayan foothills: The Himalayan regions experience great weather and look charming in the crystal light of cloudless blue skies in May. The ancient Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh often draw many visitors. At this time, temperatures in the far north are around 18°C (64.4°F) during the day, allowing the snow to melt and travelers to see the blue-green waters inside the valley.
This is the only time of year you can experience the Buddha Jayanti festival, which is the celebration of the birthday of Siddhartha Gautama, or the Buddha. During the festival, you can observe the celebrations and even take part. It’s a full cultural experience.
May Average Temperature
May Average Rainfall
Delhi Weather in May
The weather is very hot in Delhi, with an average high of 39°C (102°F). The sun shines for an average of 13 hours per day.
The National Museum possesses an enormous collection of 200,000 artworks, both Indian and foreign. It covers an extensive time range from prehistoric to modern works of art such as miniatures, mural paintings, costumes, collections of ancient weapons, musical instruments, and Buddhist antiques.
The Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum was the residence of the only female Prime Minister of India but later converted into a museum. At the museum, visitors can view the collection of rare photographs of the Nationalist movement, newspaper articles, and clippings related to Indira Gandhi's assassination. To this day, Indira Gandhi is the only woman to have held of the post of Prime Minister in India.
The days are hot, so t-shirts and shorts are recommended. You should also pack a hat, sunglasses, and an umbrella to shield you from the sun.
Lay wreaths in the memorial
Agra Weather in May
The temperature in Agra is scorching hot with temperatures ranging from 42°C (107°F) to 26°C (80°F). The total rainfall for the month is 16 mm (0.6 inches) with 13 hours of daily sunshine.
Due to the heat, the Taj Mahal is best visited in the early morning. Morning and sunset also make for the best pictures since the sunlight is softest and the shadows are most elegant. The memorial of Mumtaz Mahal lies directly below the primary dome of the main building. It is an elaborate false tomb surrounded by an elegant marble screen inlaid with various precious stones.
The Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah is a Mughal era mausoleum of "Mirza Ghiyas Beg" and his wife. Referred to as the "Baby Taj", every surface of the structure is decorated with motifs of flora, geometrics, and trees.
Taj Mahal is the main destination for every tourist
To escape the afternoon heat, you can also just stay at your hotel. We recommend the Jaypee Palace and Trident Agra.
Jaypee Palace offers a luxurious ambiance, which makes tourists feel like royalty during their stay. The 25 acres of manicured gardens with tree-lined walkways and dancing fountains create a relaxing and beautiful ambiance.
You can also enjoy their recreational facilities such as the Turkish bath, Ayurvedic Health Spa, swimming pool, beauty parlor, tennis court, squash court, and health club.
Trident Agra is built in red stone and located a few minutes’ walk from the Taj Mahal. It is an exquisite first-class hotel spread over six acres of landscaped gardens. Guests can enjoy their recreational facilities such as swimming pool, fitness center, beauty salon, and gift shop.
Thin clothes with long sleeves and pants that cover the knees are suitable during the day. It’s recommended to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect you from the heat.
Guests can enjoy swimming pool in Trident
Jaipur Weather in May
Jaipur's average temperature in May is 33°C (91°F), with the high reaching 40°C (104°F). The average sunshine is nine hours a day and the average rainfall is 18 mm (0.7 inches) for the month.
The City Palace is made of red and pink sandstone, influenced by a fusion of Indian, Mughal, Rajput, and European architecture. The palace is open from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the entrance fee is 500 rupees (7 USD).
Amrapali Museum is India's first museum designed especially for jewelry and jeweled objects. All the exhibits are from the personal collection of the owners which they amassed over the last 40 years. Some items in the museum include silver anklets for horses and a Parsi necklace with a hidden message.
The City Palace reflects the city’s historical importance and magnificent royal grace
If the weather gets too hot, you can always enjoy some of the nicer things in life at your hotel. In Jaipur, we recommend the Samode Palace and Chomu Palace.
The Samode Palace is literally a Rajasthan palace with turrets, arches, latticework windows, and trellises. The Durbar Hall inside the palace is beautifully painted with blue and red murals. However, now it is a discreet hotel that regularly hosts celebrities, artists, and discerning travelers.
Enjoy their massage therapies, two swimming pools offering views of the hills with an occasional leopard sighting, and gym.
The Durbar Hall inside the palace is beautifully painted with blue and red murals
Chomu Palace is a 300-year-old elegant fortified palace hotel. It is an authentic and historic palace that discreetly blends ancient architecture with modern amenities. Enjoy their recreational facilities including a swimming pool, health spa and gym, library, snooker, table tennis, kite flying, and cricket.
T-shirts and shorts are best worn during the day.
A standard room in Chomu Palace
Mumbai Weather in May
In May, Mumbai's temperature reaches its peak at 33°C (91°F) and bottoms out at 27°C (81°F). The total rainfall for May is 10 mm (0.39 inches).
Often called the mini Banaras of Mumbai, the Banganga Tank was built in 1127 by Lakshman Prabhu, a Goud Saraswat Brahmin minister in the court of Silhara dynasty of Thane. The water inside the tank is considered sacred and is said to have healing powers.
Haji Ali is a mosque and tomb located on an islet off the coast. It was constructed using 'Makrana' marble, the same whitewashed marble that Emperor Shah Jahan used to build the Taj Mahal. The mosque complex also houses the tomb of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari.
Haji Ali is a mosque located on an islet off the coast
Thin shirts or t-shirts and pants or shorts are good for daytime wear. Bring an umbrella or wear a hat to shield you from the sun.
Kochi Weather in May
May is a wetter month in Kochi, averaging 180 mm (7.1 inches) of rain over only half the month. The daily high is 32°C (90°F) while the low is 25°C (77°F).
The Kerala Folklore Theatre and Museum is a three-story structure following the architectural styles of Malabar, Kochi, and Travancore. Here, you can learn about Kerala art and dance forms, with stage performances taking place every evening at 6:30 p.m.
Jew Town is a narrow street between Mattancherry Palace and the Pardesi Synagogue. Once the abode of Jewish families until they migrated back to Israel, it is now a paradise for antique lovers with many shops selling antiques of Jew, Indian, Chinese, Arab, and European origins.
T-shirts with shorts or a dress will be enough for the day. You should also wear a hat and sunglasses.
Leh Weather in May
Leh's temperature in May ranges from as high as 17°C (63°F) to as low as 3°C (37°F). However, the region still gets14 hours of sunshine a day. The cold temperatures are a result of the high altitude.
Overlooking the Namgyal Hill and the town of Leh, the Leh Palace is an important center of the Buddhist religion as well as culture. The exhibition halls of the palace are home to old paintings and pictures along with a wonderful collection of royal jewelry, ceremonial dresses, and crowns.
Thikse Monastery sits atop a hill 30-minutes from Leh. Constructed in the 15th century, the monastery also houses a nunnery. Visitors coming to the monastery can explore the Maitreya temple. The monastery is known for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Tibet.
ThikseThe monastery is known for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Tibet
With the region experiencing cold temperatures, you should pack heavier clothing such as a jacket, sweater, scarf, and boots.
Festivals in May
Buddha Jayanti or Buddha Purnima is the most sacred Buddhist festival. It celebrates the birthday of Buddha and also commemorates his enlightenment and death. This festival's celebration dates may change every year, but it is typically celebrated in early or mid-May.
During the festival, Buddhists will visit temples to listen to monks give sermons and recite ancient verses. Some temples display a small statue of Buddha as a baby. The statue is placed in a basin filled with water and decorated with flowers.
Visitors to the temple can pour water over the statue to symbolize a pure and new beginning. Other statues of Buddha are worshiped with offerings of incense, flowers, candles, and fruit.
On this day, Buddhists may pay special attention to Buddha's teachings such as wearing white robes and only eating vegetarian food. They may also give money, food, or goods to organizations that help the poor, the elderly, and those who are sick.
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