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Best Time to Visit West Bengal

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Best time to visit West Bengal

Bustling sunny cities, cool mountain tops, humid forests and plains, pristine windy beaches and everything in between; West Bengal is blessed with a diversity that can satisfy just about any traveller. Layered over these changing landscapes is an effervescent culture, ranging from tribal to urban, royal to rural, culinary to creative. While time is of the essence on any journey, here is a place you should take the time to enjoy. Spend hours soaking in historic Kolkata’s little lanes and large landmarks, savour every sip of Darjeeling’s famous freshly grown teas, watch life stand still as you gaze upon a royal Bengal Tiger in the magnificent Sundarbans, observe the endless rhythm of the ocean on the beaches of Digha, lose yourself discovering the regal past of Cooch Behar or find yourself in the peaceful surrounds of Kalimpong’s monasteries. West Bengal Tourism is indeed spectacular and is a must visit 

Surely these spectacular experiences have got you excited about making the journey to the East Coast of India. But before you go, here’s everything you need to know about the best time to visit West Bengal. Given the mixed topography, the climate of West Bengal varies from place to place throughout the year. Reading this guide can help you plan the ideal visit. 

Disclaimer – The seasons, temperatures and climatic conditions are estimates and can vary. Please complement this guide with some research of your own for a thorough understanding of when to visit. 

Northern West Bengal

Season

Month

Average Max. & Min. Temperature

Summer

March to June

15-25°C

Monsoon

July to September

12-17°C

Winter

December to February

2-12°C

 

Temperature - Looking at the table above will give you a basic idea of yearly temperatures in the northern and mountainous regions of West Bengal, including places like Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Kalimpong. 

Weather - The northern regions of West Bengal experience humid subtropical climate, with three main seasons — summer, monsoon and winter. There is a very short transitionary spring and autumn, but temperature averages remain the same. As one can expect, the higher altitude means the weather sits well within the pleasant range for most of the year, with winters getting slightly chilly. It’s important to note that with the Himalayas looming further above, this region receives heavy rainfall.

Significance - The best time to visit this region of West Bengal is between September and December, after which the heavy snowfall can hamper activities and travel routes. While cool summer getaways are a great idea, it is during the popular visiting season that one can attend the unique Teesta Tea and Tourism Festival or Darjeeling Carnival, which showcase amazing acts, exhibitions, activities and more. 

Why you should visit - The northern hill stations of West Bengal offer some of the most beautiful sights in the country, with rolling tea plantations, Buddhist monasteries, world heritage sites, nature and wildlife — and a spectacular view of the Kanchenjunga Peak. One can just as easily come here to relax and unwind or pump up the adrenaline. There are really amazing places to visit in West Bengal,so make sure to check it out

Things to know before the visit - Much of these destinations of West Bengal are visited throughout the year, since the weather is favourable. However, that means it can get crowded and booked pretty soon, so you’re advised to make all arrangements in advance. 

Tips - When packing for your visit to this region, account for the season and carry clothing and shoes that match. You should be comfortable in the summers, protected in the monsoons and warm during winters. Don’t forget a sunscreen and bug repellent — you’ll need it for spending long hours in the outdoors.

Southern West Bengal

Season

Month

Average Max. & Min. Temperature

Summer

March to June

38-45°C

Monsoon

July to September

26–33°C

Winter

December to February

12-16°C

 

Temperature - The table above captures the average temperatures across the low-lying and coastal areas of West Bengal, including cities like Kolkata and Howrah, the marshy Sundarbans or the beach haven Digha. 

Weather - The climate of West Bengal’s plains and low-lying areas are quite similar to the rest of the country with scorching, humid summers, heavy rainfall during the monsoon and a pleasant mild winter. It is often labelled as Tropical Savannah climate. 

Significance - For those exploring these areas of West Bengal, it’s best to plan a winter vacation as the temperatures are ideal for a host of activities, whereas the summers can get uncomfortable. Post September is also when the state comes alive with festivals galore such as the ten-day celebration of Durga Puja or Diwali and Lakshmi Puja, the Rash and the Poush Melas. Even Makar Sankranti and Vasant Panchami are superb to witness here. 

Why you should visit - From the wonderful history and culture of Kolkata to the lush and brimming flora and fauna of the Sundarbans and the frolic of sun and sand at Digha, there are incredible experiences to be had across the southern regions of West Bengal. It’s a wonderful place to make new memories.

Things to know before the visit - While you’re free to visit West Bengal at any time of the year, it is advised to plan according to the conditions you can handle. The extreme heat and humidity is not for everyone — especially if you want to see and explore as much as possible.  If you’re visiting during an important festival or event, make your bookings as early as possible.

Tips - As the weather in these parts is typically hot, it’s best to carry clothing that’s light and airy. It’s also important to carry sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses — anything that can help against the harsh sun. If you are visiting in winter, even basic layering will suffice. And don’t forget a hardy windcheater or umbrella for the rains. 

Whether you’re a family looking to holiday, a couple seeking a getaway, friends out to make memories or a solo traveller in search of a new adventure, Thomas Cook has the best West Bengal Tour packages to make your next trip, a dream come true. And with this in-depth guide on the best time to go there, planning your trip is easier than ever before!
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