Jaipur is located in an arid, semi-desert zone with three distinct seasons, only one of which allows tourists to visit in good conditions; it is therefore essential to plan your itinerary in India. The three seasons of Jaipur are: a mild and dry winter, an extremely hot spring / summer and a short but intense monsoon season. Of course, the best time to visit Jaipur is in winter, from early November to February. It is besides the peak of tourist frequentation in India.
When to visit Jaipur- Weather
Time is a crucial factor that must be taken into account when deciding to visit Jaipur. Do not risk a visit during the long, hot summer months (March to July); when the temperature can reach and exceed 45 degrees. In the intense heat are added dust and pollution – the atmosphere is unbreathable and it is probably the worst season to organize a visit to India. If you decide to visit India during the summer, always book hotels equipped with air conditioning and drink plenty of water.
The winter months (November to February) are the best time to visit Jaipur – the weather is dry, mild and sunny. As this is the peak of tourist attendance, hotels are often more expensive and the most popular are complete. In the middle of winter, temperatures can drop significantly in the evening (up to 5 degrees), which often surprises visitors.
The Jaipur Monsoon
The autumn monsoon is formed when the intense summer sun warms the Thar Desert; an immense depression is thus formed, which attracts masses of air from the Arabian Sea. These air masses have very high humidity levels due to the evaporation of seawater. When the humid air cools, dense clouds appear and the rainy season begins. The change in wind direction indicates the start of the monsoon season in Jaipur and northern India during the month of July.
Jaipur is an exception to the rule that monsoon rains fall during the whole day; here, the rains do not fall until the evening, which allows the visitors to explore the city in the first part of the day. Rajasthan is perhaps the only Indian state that can be visited during the monsoon season – the rest of India is drowned in torrential rains and it is best to avoid any visit at this time of year.
When are the Jaipur Festivals?
The two most representative festivals in Jaipur are the Elephant Festival and the Makar Sankrati (Kite Festival). The Elephants Festival celebrates these beautiful animals – the elephants are dressed in their finery and a parade is organized in the city center for tourists to admire. There are also polo matches with elephants and dances with elephants. This one-day festival takes place one day before the Holy Holi Festival in March.
The other festival in Jaipur is the Kite Festival; on this occasion, hundreds of kites fly around the city. The kite ropes are decorated with shards of glass, which are also used to prevent his neighbor from dropping his kite. This chaotic festival takes place on January 14 and marks the passage of the sun in the northern hemisphere.
The most entertaining holiday for tourists is Diwali, the festival of lights; the festival celebrates the victory of light against darkness and the city shines through fireworks, lanterns and festivities held throughout the city.