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Weather in India in June: the Monsoon Begins — OK to Travel?

Weather in India in June: the Monsoon Begins — OK to Travel?

By Chris QuanUpdated May. 18, 2023

June marks the start of the monsoon season in (southern) India. India experiences an average temperature of 29°C (84°F), so it is still hot. Around 60 mm (2 inches) of rain falls in northern India, but over 400 mm (16 inches) in southern India! 

Monsoon season doesn't mean it rains nonstop or even every day, but rain often comes on suddenly, and it can last for hours, although it is sometimes brief.

Because of the monsoon, flights and hotels will offer some discounts. So, June is one of the best times to visit India for good value of money.

India Weather in June Overview

India Weather in June
  • Average daytime temperature range in most areas of India: 25–34°C (77–93°F)
  • Average rainfall: 211 mm (8 inches)
  • Average rainy days: 12
  • Average sunny days: 18

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

The rain really arrives in central north India at the end of June. If you're looking for a place with relatively little rain for travel in June in India, central northern cities are better than the south. Cities like Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Varanasi stay dry and hot until then.

Average high temperatures can still be around 35°C (95°F) in June. When it rains, it becomes both humid and hot.

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

Southern India suffers monsoon deluges from the beginning of June. The monsoon starts first in Kerala. Then it travels up north along the east and west coast.

It arrives in Goa and Mumbai in earnest by mid-June, and then makes it way up to the north. Many beach resorts and restaurants will be closed for the monsoon season. 

Meanwhile, the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the east coast is usually less affected by the monsoon. So, it could be a good place to explore, with its relatively dry conditions, colonial architecture, and spectacular temples.

Northern Mountainous Regions: The Himalayan Foothills

The northern mountainous regions in June stay relatively cool and it barely rains due to the rain shadow effect. The temperature gets up to 15°C (59°F) to 20°C (68°F) in the day, but is cool at night.

The hill stations ai the Himalayan foothills, like Shimla, are among the most popular destinations for cooler weather, beautiful valley views, and Buddhist culture.

Check out more on Monsoon Season in India: When It Is, 5 Best Places to Go

Average Temperatures in India's Main Cities in June

City Average Daily Temperature Range Average Rainfall
Delhi 28–39°C (82–102°F) 72 mm (3 in)
Agra 26–42°C (76–107°F) 58 mm (2 in)
Jaipur 28–40°C (82–103°F) 43 mm (2 in)
Varanasi 27–38°C (81–101°F) 92 mm (4 in)
Mumbai 27–32°C (80–90°F) 526 mm (21 in)
Goa 25–30°C (77–87°F) 868 mm (34 in)
Kochi (Kerala) 20–27°C (68–81°F) 359 mm (14 in)

The Best 7 Places to Visit in India in June

Since most cities in southern India are particularly affected by the monsoon in June, it is better to consider the less-affected cities in the north. There are also a few cities in the south that are not so affected by the rain. See our 7 recommended places for June:

Places to Visit in India in June

1. Delhi — Heart of India

Delhi Jama Masjid

Delhi doesn't receive much rain in June, especially in early June. So, you can still enjoy relatively dry weather. But the temperatures do stay high.

Midday visiting should be avoided due to the scorching heat. You could visit Delhi's largest mosque in the morning and observe worshippers. Then, take a rickshaw ride tour of Chandni Chowk market before it gets too hot.

In the afternoon when the temperature goes down a little, visit two of Delhi's World Heritage sites — Qutub Minar and Humayun's Tomb. The latter was the inspiration for the Taj Mahal.

2. Agra — City of the Taj

Agra Taj Mahal

The heat scares away many would-be visitors to Agra in June. But, apart from that, Agra is one of the best places to spend June in India, due to its low rainfall.

Though it's impossible to avoid the heat completely, reasonable arrangements can make your experience much better.  

You can visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise when the temperature is relatively low. Getting incredible photos of the glowing Taj will be the reward.

During the hottest period, you can enjoy a cool time in the hotel, which could have a view of the Taj Mahal from its infinity pool.

You could visit Agra Fort in the late afternoon. The sunset will enhance its splendor.

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3. Jaipur — The Pink City

Jaipur Palace of the Wind

Similar to Delhi and Agra, Jaipur is also much less affected by the rainy season in June. There you can explore magnificent forts and princely palaces like Hawa Mahal (‘Palace of the Winds'). It is best known for its pink walls lined with nearly a thousand wisely-designed windows, which allow wind to blow in from all angles.

A good idea to avoid the heat is to go to the home of a local Jaipuri where you can learn about basic Indian ingredients and spices and cook a meal of authentic local dishes following the host's instructions.

A staycation in a luxury resort is a also good choice. See our Best 10 Resorts in India for Couples and Families for Luxury Experience

4. Tamil Nadu — Ancient Indian Culture

Tamil Nadu The beautiful San Thome Basilica in Chennai

As the main rain-bringing wind in June is the southwest monsoon, Tamil Nadu, located in the southeast, is less affected.

There you can visit the first English fortress in India — in Chennai. Tamil Nadu is also known as the land of temples, where you can find some of the finest Hindu temples in India.

Saraswathi Mahal Library, which is one of the oldest libraries in Asia, is also a big attraction. Check out our 12-Day Historical and Idyllic South India Tour

5. Hampi — Ruins of Medieval India

Hampi Ruins in Hampi

Hampi, in the south, is also one of the places less affected by the monsoon.

It is said that there are nearly 3,700 historical sites scattered over 37 square km (14 square miles), containing the picturesque ruins of a 15th-century city full of old temples, palaces, and forts. It offers glimpses of the luxurious lives of the rich at that time.

There you can see a rare stone chariot, which can still operate. The Virupaksha Temple and the Hanuman Temple sitting on a hilltop offer great views of the surrounding ruins.

If you are interested in it, see more on our 7-Day Off the Beaten Path South India Tour.

6. Shimla — Summer Capital of British India

Shimla Shimla

If you are looking for a cool place to visit with little rain, then you might consider some of the hill stations located in the foothills of the Himalayas, like Shimla.

Shimla used to be the summer capital of British India. There you can visit its most famous temple, Jakhu Temple, which is dedicated to the monkey god of Hinduism. Explore the history of British India and see the Victorian-style buildings in Shimla's Mall Road.

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7. Leh — Fresh Valley Views

Leh Leh

Leh, located in the far north, is also a prefect summer resort. In June, Leh will experience a daily high temperature of 21°C (70°F) and a daily low temperature of 7°C (45°F). Rainfall averages only 4 mm (0.2 in).

Indulged in the sweeping pristine landscapes, humongous mountain faces, lovely hiking trails, and the bubbling rivers flowing through the valleys.

Cost and Crowds

If you don't mind the heat (or rain), you could enjoy the sights with fewer tourists in June as the monsoon season descends on India. Flights and hotels can be found at a discount for many places. 

What to Bring/Wear

It is suggested to bring an umbrella, raincoat, and non-slip shoes when visiting rain-affected places in India during this June.

For other places dress for the heat… or for cooler conditions in the far north. Bring ample sun protection.

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