India Wildlife Tour - best time for your tiger safari
Although weather can never be guaranteed India's climatic cycle is relatively predictable. In essence there are just three seasons; wet, cool, and hot each one bearing it's associated advantages and disadvantages for the nature enthusiast.
India wildlife tours - best time of year for your tiger safari
Almost all major National Parks will be closed for the monsoon from the end of June until early October, a few close earlier and do not re-open until later in November. After the rain is finished the clean-up and repair operation can cause some disturbance in the first week or so of re-opening. In the first months after monsoon vegetation flourishes, providing a bounty for much of the wildlife. This is undoubtedly one of the most scenic times of the year to visit, particularly in Rajasthan with its many lakeside palaces. Winter months, November to February, are cooler throughout the day so are more comfortable for the activities of both humans and tigers, this is also the time that migratory birds swell the local population dramatically. By February vegetation will have died back considerably, allowing a clearer view of any wildlife further away from the park tracks. During this time early morning and evening temperatures can be surprisingly cold (close to freezing in some areas during December/ January!), though daytime temperatures will still reach comfortably into the mid-twenties (centigrade).
As temperatures begin to climb from mid-March water sources dwindle and prey will concentrate around the remaining water holes providing reliable meals for predators, however once fed they are likely to seek shade to escape the heat of the day. The Himalayan and Southern regions enjoy a more moderate climate. The hotter months certainly offer a better chance of spotting the very elusive leopards and sloth bears. This is a time of year favoured by professional photographers and film-makers, with fewer other visitors in the parks there can be greater freedom to wait at water-holes known to be frequented by tigers, and to enjoy sightings uninterrupted by other jeeps. Temperatures will be reaching in to the forties (centigrade) by late April/ May, with little cooling off at night, so it is important to look after your own comfort if you travel at this time.
Temperatures continue to climb into the monsoon season, as the humidity increases there are electrical storms and rain comes in steadily from June, peaking in August. Initially the rain brings little cooling, and though it won't rain all day it does rain every day, then the sun breaks through. When the monsoon ends again in October the air is clear and temperatures comfortable, it can even become rather cool at night. Please contact Wildlife Trails so we can discuss the best time of year to book your India wildlife tour.