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August Weather in India: Still Rainy? (5 Places to Go)

August Weather in India: Still Rainy? (5 Places to Go)

By Chris QuanUpdated Jun. 14, 2023

August is in the middle of the rainy season in India. Most of the north has high rainfall — over 200 mm (8 in), while most of the south has very high rainfall — over 300 mm (12 in). An umbrella and a raincoat is needed of 10 to 20 days of the month.

The temperature is still hot, particularly in the north, but it's kept from being scorching on most days by monsoon downpours and clouds. 

The Hindu festival Raksha Bandhan takes place in August, which celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters.

August is in the low season for tourism, so booking flights and hotels is much easier at this time.

India Weather in August Overview

India Weather in August
  • Average daily temperature range: 24–31°C (75–88°F)
  • Average rainfall: 275 mm (11 in)
  • Average rainy days: 17
  • Average sunny days: 14

Weather in Central North India (Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan...)

The golden triangle cities — Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur — and Rajasthan receive moderate to high rainfall, averaging 211 mm (8 inches), in August, which is the peak month of the monsoon in northern India.

Rainfall remains low however, at less than 100 mm (4 in), in desert areas such as Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.

Temperatures are much the same as July, ranging from around 26°C (79°F) to 33°C (91°F) in August. We recommend that you spend more time on indoor attractions such as the National Museum and National Gallery of Modern Art.

Weather in Southern India: Mumbai, Goa, Kerala...

Though southern India is still the rainiest part of India, it suffers less rainfall than July, and the monsoon begins to subside by the end of the month.

The average temperature range in the south is about 27°C (81°F) to 28°C (82°F), which is cooler than the central north cities.

You will still encounter plenty of showers, but 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.

Northern Mountainous Regions: The Himalayas

In the Northern (upper) Himalayas region (e.g. Ladakh), there is less rainfall.

Meanwhile, the Himalayan foothills region, such as Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Darjeeling, has much more rain than the rest of northern India. Places like Rishikesh, Mandi, and Dharamsala have many torrential days, which bring interruptions to outdoor activities.

Average Heat and Rain in India's Main Cities in August

City Daily Temperature Range Rainfall
Delhi 27–34°C (81–93°F) 230 mm (9 in)
Agra 24–34°C (75–93°F) 230 mm (9 in)
Jaipur 24–34°C (75–93°F) 195 mm (8 in)
Varanasi 26–33°C (78–91°F) 281 mm (11 in)
Mumbai 25–30°C (77–86°F) 472 mm (19 in)
Goa 24–29°C (75–84°F) 513 mm (20 in)
Kochi (Kerala) 25–32°C (76–90°F) 284 mm (11 in)

The Best 5 Places to Visit in India in August

August sees much rainfall in India. If you travel during this period, you can consider the following places with less rainfall and a place to appreciate the magic of the monsoon.

Places to Visit in India in August

1. Bikaner — Ancient City of the Desert

Bikaner is a famous ancient city in the desert of Rajasthan. It is a good choice if you want to find a less rainy city to explore in August.

As an important center of ancient trade, Bikaner used to connect China, Europe, Central Asia, and North India.

There you can explore the Junagarh Fort, which is one of the oldest in India and one of the few that were never defeated in battle.

You can also go to the special Hindu temple — the Karni Mata Temple ("Temple of the Rat"), visit its Camel Institute, and explore a royal cemetery.

2. Munnar — Lush Tea Plantations

Munnar Lush Tea Plantations

If you don't mind the rain and are looking to experience the cool and magic of the monsoon in India, you should consider Munnar.

The idyllic hill station of Munnar turns a lush green creating beautiful scenery in August. The cultivated tea estates sprawl across the rolling hills. There you can walk along the winding roads hidden among acres of finely clipped tea plants.

You can also visit a tea museum and experience the process of harvesting and planting tea for yourself.

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3. Jodhpur — The Blue City

Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort

Jodhpur receives around 86 mm (3 in) rainfall in August. Compared to most other cities in India, it is one of the least rainy cities, and so it is particularly suitable for a visit in August.

There you could walk through the clean and narrow lanes surrounded by its characteristic blue-painted houses in its old town area.

Climb up to the majestic Mehrangarh Fort where you can get a full view of this blue city. Spend some time in the fort's museum, where you can find many interesting weapons, traditional costumes, and paintings.

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4. Pondicherry — French Colony Culture

Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu (on India's southeast coast) is less affected by the southwest monsoon. It is a good place to avoid the heavier rain of August.

Pondicherry is deeply influenced by French culture, especially the architecture there. Visit Auroville (the City of Dawn), designed by a French architect. It is an attempt at promoting global human unity. You can also see spectacular rock sculptures and monuments.

5. Spiti Valley — Nature Beauty

Sheltered from the monsoons by the mountains, Spiti Valley is a great destination for August. It is a more off-the-beaten-track place in Himachal Pradesh.

There you can do yak safaris, explore local villages, visit monasteries and temples like beautiful Dhankar and Tilokinath, and go on world-class treks including Baralacha Pass, Kunzum Pass, and simple treks between mountain villages.

Check out more ideas on Monsoon Season in India: When It Is, Best Places to Go.

Cost and Crowds

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.

Travel is also more affordable. You will get good bargains for accommodation, including modern Western-style hotels and Indian-style heritage hotels.

We can help you arrange tours and private cars so that you can just relax and travel in comfort. We can also help you book beautiful heritage hotels with a variety of facilities, such as spas and fitness centers to keep you entertained during rainy days. Just contact us.

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