September Weather in India — the End of the Monsoon Season

September Weather in India — the End of the Monsoon Season

By CarolUpdated May. 14, 2021

September marks the end of the monsoon season and the beginning of the cool season in India. At this time, the weather starts to get cooler with an average temperature of 22°C (72°F) across the country.

As the temperatures cool and monsoon clouds disappear, outdoor activities such as visiting historic sites and watching the sunset become more popular. Also, travel expenses for hotels and flights are affordable in September as it is still part of the low season for tourism.

Quick Facts

  • September marks the beginning of the cool season in India.
  • Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to honor Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu god.
  • Tourists are should carry an umbrella, raincoat, and non-slip shoes in case of rain.
  • With fewer tourists visiting India during this month, travel expenses for hotels and flights are more affordable.

Why Visit India in September

September is a good time to visit India because it marks the end of the southwest monsoon that starts in June. It is the beginning of the cool season and the weather is relatively good with plenty of sunny days for travel. In September, travelers can participate in more outdoor activities and enjoy beautiful sunsets over famous monuments.

Tourism in India is still low compared to the high season, so you can expect that travel expenses for hotels and flights to be more affordable. You can also choose to stay in a luxury hotel to enjoy all the incredible experiences they have to offer, as many hotels will give a big promotion at this time of year.

The Ganesh Chaturthi Festival is celebrated all over India between August and September. This festival is widely celebrated in the bustling city of Mumbai and across the state of Maharastra in streets and temples with many rituals and a lot of joy.

Northern India: The golden triangle cities and Rajasthan have light rains with an average rainfall of 108 mm (4.3 inches) in September. The temperatures are often between 33°C (91°F) and 24°C (75°F). Most days are sunny, pleasantly warm and slightly wet, making it a good time to explore the historic monuments like the famous Taj Mahal and other great Islamic monuments.

As there are smaller crowds, you will have more time to appreciate the details of the decorative work at each attraction.

Southern India: Though there is still a lot of rain in Kerala, travelers who prefer trekking in lower temperatures without strong sunshine find their way to the nature reserves and the high ranges of Munnar. Eravikulam National Park’s dense tropical forest is perfect for meeting with a variety of wildlife such as macaques.

Tamil Nadu is usually dry in September. We recommend visiting some of India’s most magnificent ancient temples in Tamil Nadu, and trying a traditional meal there that consists of cooked rice, an array of vegetable dishes, and desserts like the sweet pongal.

September is the best post-monsoon month for trekking in the Himalayas, especially between mid-September and October. Temperatures are pleasant, as high as 21°C (70°F), and peaks are much more clearly seen when trekking in the beautiful valleys. The foothills around Rishikesh, Shimla, and Dharamsala offers a wide range of treks, village-visits, and monastery arts.

september average temperature September Average Temperature
september average rainfall September Average Rainfall

Delhi Weather in September

Delhi’s temperatures in September are often between 33°C (91°F) and 24°C (75°F). The month’s average rainfall is approximately 108 mm (4.3 inches).

When visiting Delhi in September, make sure to explore the towering Jama Masjid mosque. Jama Masjid was built from red sandstone and white marble, characteristic of the Mughal architecture of the time. This magnificent structure is one of the biggest mosques in India.

jama masjid Jama Masjid was built from red sandstone and white marble

Once a stately promenade and the route of royal processions during the Mughal era, Chandni Chowk is now one of the most iconic and crowded places in India. This one of the best markets to buy some great street food, spices, and bargain goods.

A t-shirt or a thin shirt with some shorts will be enough for the day in Delhi. In the evening, you can wear a long-sleeved shirt with pants.

Agra Weather in September

In September, Agra’s has highs of 34°C (94°F) and lows of 24°C (76°F). The city’s average monthly rainfall is 127 mm (5 inches). During this month you can expect an average of 12 hours of sunshine per day.

The most popular attraction in Agra is the glimmering Taj Mahal which is best visited in the early morning. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a white marble mausoleum built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

taj mahal The glimmering Taj Mahal is best visited in the early morning

Fatehpur Sikri is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Agra and is predominantly made of red sandstone. It was built by Akbar to honor Sheikh Salim Chisti, whose prediction of the birth of a Mughal heir came true.

T-shirts or a thin shirt with shorts are suitable for the day in Agra. In the evening, a thin coat with some pants will be enough.

fatehpur sikri Fatehpur Sikri is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Agra

Jaipur Weather in September

In September, temperatures in Jaipur range from as high as 33°C (91°F) to as low as 23°C (73°F). The average monthly rainfall is approximately 84 mm (3.3 inches).

Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds is five-stories tall and known for its unique honeycomb architecture. The palace has 953 small windows called jharokhas that are decorated with intricate latticework.

Another interesting place to see in Jaipur is the Jantar Mantar. There are 19 large astronomical instruments found inside the Jantar Mantar Observatory, among which is the Samrat Yantra which is the largest sundial in India. Jantar Mantar is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the entrance fee is 200 rupees.

T-shirts and some shorts are suitable for the day in Jaipur. In the evening, wearing shirts with pants is enough.

jantar mantar Jantar Mantar is an observatory

Mumbai Weather in September

In Mumbai, the monthly average rainfall drops in September to 366 mm (14.4 inches). The daily high and the daily low temperatures in Mumbai are 31°C (88°F) and 25°C (77°F) respectively.

When visiting Mumbai in September, make sure to see the Gateway of India. Designed by British architect George Wittet, the Gateway of India was built to please King George V and Queen Mary during their visit to Mumbai in 1913. Now, it is a nice place to relax and enjoy the sunset with your family.

gateway of india The Gateway of India, is an arch monument built during the 20th century

Colaba Causeway is one of the most exciting and eclectic places to explore in Mumbai. This shopping street is known for selling items such as clothes, accessories, and home decor pieces. It also has several restaurants that offer great food and booze at affordable prices.

Carry a raincoat and an umbrella when visiting Mumbai in September. On sunny days, you can wear t-shirts and shorts.

Kochi Weather in September

The average daily temperature in Kochi is 29°C (84°F) while the daily low is 22°C (72°F). Average rainfall in the city is approximately 305 mm (12 inches) in September.

September in Kochi is the perfect time to explore the Mattancherry Palace. The palace was built around 1545 by the Portuguese as a present to King Veera Kerala Verma of Kochi. This two-story palace has a collection of murals that were painted using the tempera technique and depict the Rajas of Kochi.

The Kerala Folklore Theater and Museum is the place to learn about Kerala's culture. The museum's three floors are packed full of artifacts showcasing the state's heritage. These artifacts include masks, costumes, musical instruments, jewelry, sculptures, and ancient astrological manuscripts.

T-shirts or thin shirts with shorts are enough on sunny days. It is a good idea to carry a raincoat and umbrella wherever you go in case of rain.

Leh Weather in September

September is a dry month in Leh with an average of only 13 mm (0.5 inches) of rain. The temperatures range from as high as 21°C (70°F) to as low as 5°C (41°F).

September in Leh is a wonderful time to explore the Thikse Monastery which sits atop a hill 30 minutes outside of Leh. The monastery is famous for its resemblance to the Potala Palace of Lhasa. This 12-story building contains ten temples, a monastery, an assembly hall, and a nunnery.

thikse monastery Thikse Monastery in Leh is a great place to experience the Buddhist culture

Another beautiful must-see place in Leh is the Hemis Monastery which is about 45 km outside of the city. Inside the monastery, there is a museum that has a large collection of Buddhist artifacts and statues.

hemis monastery Hemis Monastery is tucked away on a mountain on the west bank of the serene Indus River

You’ll need to keep warm while in Leh, so it’s a good idea to bring sweaters, a light jacket, and sunglasses to wear during the day. On chilly evenings, you should wear a warm coat.

Festivals in September

The Ganesh Chaturthi Festival is celebrated all over India between August and September during the lunar month of Bhadra. This holiday is celebrated to honor Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu god of wisdom.

ganesh Families who have a Ganesh statue in their home will treat him as a much-loved guest

Mumbai is one of the best places to go to experience this festival. In Mumbai, many devotees will visit the Siddhivinayak temple to pray and pay their respects to Ganesh. After prayers, the festival begins with the installation of huge and elaborately crafted statutes of Ganesh in homes and public areas.

On the last day of the festival, the statues are paraded through the streets accompanied by throngs of people singing and dancing. At the end of the parade, the statues are immersed in the ocean.

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