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Best Time To Visit Agra

MAR- JUN 35oC
DEC- FEB 10oC
JUL- SEP 20oC

Best time to visit Agra

Close your eyes. Now think of Agra. Immediately, almost like a reflex, the image of Taj Mahal unfurls in your mind’s eye. Pale, pearly and glowing – the greatest ode to love that the world has seen. However, widen your eyes, let them drift past the Taj Mahal. Agra is more than this wonder. Here is Fatehpur Sikri, a beautiful and historical town, that houses the magnificent Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal, the tomb of Salim Chisti. There lies Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Peeping out through the buildings of the city are tranquil Persian gardens. 

There’s so much to do here, so much to experience. Don’t narrow your gaze to focus on the Taj Mahal, widen it to include this spectacular city and all it has to offer. Amongst stories of old, spectacular sweets, pilgrimage spots, markets, malls, Agra also offers different seasons to experience. A pleasant winter (which many consider the best time to visit Agra), a moderate monsoon and a simmering summer dominate the year, and each has its advantages. So, we’ve put together a small guide to Agra’s seasons, to help you decide when you want to visit this glorious city.

Peak Season: November to March

Off Season: April to October 

 

Travel Seasons

Min/Max Temperature

Weather

April to June

23-40 °C

Summer - Hot

July to September

25-35 °C

Monsoon - Moderate rain

October to March

7-36 °C

Winter - Pleasant and Cool

 

Agra in Summer (April to June)

Temperature: The air temperature during the season of summer fluctuates between 23°C and 40°C. 

Weather: Summer heat sneaks its way into Agra during the tail end of March. The hot and dry weather increases gradually. However, it’s April and May you should really look out for. Temperatures rise to a dramatic 40°C (and possibly even more). Agra continues to simmer most of June. However, towards the end of the month, pre-monsoon showers make their presence felt. 

Significance: This season doesn’t see many tourists. Agra during summer, experiences high levels of heat and dryness, which many find daunting. However, due to the thin crowds, you can visit all of the famous historical monuments around the city with ease. 

Why you should visit now: Agra is beautiful, regardless of weather. If you have your heart set on a summer in Agra, take advantage of low prices and great travel deals, as this is the off season. 

Things to know before the visit: Summer peaks in Agra during the month of May. Sightseeing might be a strain on your body if you’re not prepared for it. The day in particular is uncomfortably hot, with temperatures spiking to a startling 45 °C. Evenings and nights are relatively cooler. If you want to see the Taj Mahal during summer, make it an early morning visit. 

Tips: To combat the extreme heat, it’s vital that you pack accordingly. Loose, light, cotton clothing is ideal. A bottle of water and your sunscreen are your best friends this season. 

Agra in Monsoon (July to September)

Temperature: The air temperature during the season of monsoon fluctuates between 25°C and 35°C. 

Weather: After the sizzle and scorch of the summer, Agra collectively breathes a sigh of relief when the monsoons arrive. The showers range from moderate to the occasional downpour. The heat comes down considerably, though it is still hot and humid in the city.

Significance: During the August-September period, Agra readies itself for the Kailash Fair. Located 12 kilometres outside Agra, the fair is held at the Kailash temple and pays homage to Lord Shiva. Devotees from all around Agra swarm to the city to attend this festival, and this is a great time to affirm your faith. 

Why you should visit now: There’s something to be said for rain drenched monuments. The Taj Mahal looks spectacular in the rain. Moving around is also easier during this season. The rains are not too heavy, and so they don’t hamper your ability to sightsee and move around the city.  

Things to know before the visit: Agra during monsoon, receives an average annual rainfall of around 400 mm. The heaviest rainfall usually occurs during the month of August, so plan accordingly. 

Tips: An umbrella, raincoat and study shoes are essential during this season, especially if you’re in the mood to sightsee, shop in the markets or take a long walk. 

 

Agra in Winter (October to March)

Temperature: The air temperature during the season of monsoon fluctuates between 7°C and 36°C. 

Weather: The climate of Agra in winter is the biggest reason why many people feel like winter is the best time to visit Agra. The heat and rain slowly retreat, and a pleasant coolness descends on the city. Temperatures drop down, sometimes to 2°C during the peak months of winter. The average during winter ranges from 8 to 14°C. This is a great time to walk around the city, though you may be hampered by the thick fog that curls into Agra during winter.

Significance: Winter is choc full of wonder in Agra. There are multiple festivals to attend. The most famous being the Taj Mahotsav. This is an annual 10-day festival in February, located close to the Taj Mahal. You’ll be able to admire and buy exquisite handicrafts made by local craftsmen, and enjoy culture shows, great food and folk and ghazal performances. In October-November, you can attend the Bateshwar Fair. This town, 70 kms from Agra, has over 108 temples, though this festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Take a dip in the holy waters of Yamuna, witness the livestock and cattle fair. If you’re not up for travel, Agra has similar festivities. This season also boasts of the Ram Bharat. This is a special marriage procession of Ram, which many devotees come to see. 

Why you should visit now: The weather during this season is cool and pleasing. You aren’t hampered by rain or shine, like other seasons. Instead you get to explore all of Agra without breaking a sweat. Magical misty mornings, pleasant days and chilly nights – what’s not to love about that?

Things to know before the visit: This is peak tourist season in Agra. The Taj Mahal still exerts its magnetic pull to tourists from all around the world. You’ll need to keep the crowds in mind when you are booking your trip, and you’ll need to keep a sharp eye on prices as they tend to skyrocket during winter.

Tips: No matter how pleasant Agra may be in winter, remember, that its cold outside and the temperature can drop. You need to keep sweaters, scarves and gloves on you, in case you aren’t used to the cold. 

Is a trip to Agra lurking at the back of your mind? Well make that thought, a reality. Head over to our Agra Holiday packages to see what suits you!

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