At a Glance:
|January to March
||10 oC - 27 oC
||4MM - 7MM
|April to June
||24 oC - 45 oC
||11MM - 30MM
|July to September
||21 oC - 35 oC
||100MM - 165MM
|October to December
||13 oC - 30 oC
||3MM - 8MM
Best Season to travel: November to February.
What to wear: In summer light
cottons during days and light woolens at nights are preferable. In
winter, light woolens to heavy woolens depending on the region.
Weather can change rapidly in mountains. It is therefore important to
be suitably equipped.
The geographical diversity of the state
causes varied climatic conditions. The climate of Rajasthan can be
divided into four seasons: Summer, monsoon, post‑monsoon and winter.
Summer: This is the period from
April to June. The summer starts by mid-March and temperature starts
rising progressively through April, May and June. The temperature
ranges from 32 ēC to 45 ēC. In May and June, the dry western region of
Rajasthan records a maximum temperature of 48 ēC.
On the other hand, Mt. Abu, the only hill station of Rajasthan
(situated at the highest peak of the Aravali at an altitude of 1220
meters) registers the lowest temperatures ranging from 33 ēC to 23 ēC
during this period.
Monsoon: This is the period from
July to September. The monsoon arrives in late June in eastern and
southern regions of the state and in mid-July in desert area. This
period registers the maximum temperatures ranging from 29.5 ēC to 32.2
ēC in south and southeast of Rajasthan and an average of above 37.7 ēC
in northern and northwestern regions. More than 90% of Rajasthan's
rainfall occurs during this period. Humidity is high during this
period, particularly in August.
Post-Monsoon: The monsoon
generally ends by mid-September in all regions of the state and is
followed by a second hot season during the months of October and
November. This period records relatively uniform temperatures across
the state. In October the average maximum temperature is 33 ēC to 38
ēC and the minimum is from 18 ēC to 20 ēC.
Winter: This is the season that
attracts more tourists. Winter extends from December to March. This
period records a considerable variation in maximum and minimum
temperatures all over the state. January is the coldest month of the
year. The minimum temperature falls to minus 2 ēC in the night at some
places like Sikar, Churu, Pilani and Bikaner. A sharp decrease in
night temperatures is experienced throughout the arid zone of western
Rajasthan on account of quick release of thermal radiation from the
sandy soil soon after the dark. The greater part of Rajasthan, except
the south-eastern part of Kota, Bundi and Baran and the western
district of Barmer records the average temperatures of above 10 oC.
There is slight precipitation in the north and north eastern region of
the state. Climate is pleasant during winter and this is the ideal
time to travel. The most important thing is that a number of fairs and
festivals take place during winter offering the traveler the best
possible outlook of Rajasthani culture.