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West Bengal Weather And Best Time To Visit West Bengal
West Bengal is a state blessed with varied topography which greatly influences its weather. Weather in south Bengal is starkly different from what north Bengal experiences at different times of the year. Thus, while south Bengal experiences tropical savannah climate, the north has humid sub-tropical weather. Over the years, the weather and climate in West Bengal have seen much change. Summers are now scorching hot and it is impossible to visit any tourist destinations. The recommended time for visit is undoubtedly between October and March. Let us briefly take you through the weather by seasons in West Bengal.
Summer (March to June)
In West Bengal summer sets in around March and continues till June. Temperatures have been rising steadily over the years. Ranging between 35°C and 45°C, summers are torrid, humid and sweltering. April and May are the hottest months of the season and the increasing mercury has made summer unbearable for its inhabitants. It is therefore not recommended for tourists. There is however a number of festivals that still continue to draw people. Bengali New Year or PoilaBoishak also known as Noboborsho, DolPurnima or Holi are some of them.
Monsoon (July to September)
Monsoon arrives in West Bengal towards the end of June and continues till September. In general the state receives considerable amount of rainfall. The hilly regions experience heavy monsoon accompanied by landslides and road block. Despite rain the lower regions and coasts continue to experience high humidity. Western plateau areas like Purulia and Bankura sometimes experience drought as rainfall is less. Monsoon too is not considered ideal season for a trip to West Bengal. In the northern areas there are dangers of sudden landslides while the seaside continues to huff and puff with heat and humidity.
Winter (October to February)
The best time to visit Bengal is without doubt in winter. Weather is pleasant and cool. Temperatures continue to dip as you move further up. The districts in Bengal that fall under eastern Himalayan zone experience heavy snowfall. The southern districts too cool off during these months. You can plan a trip to Sundarbans, the world’s largest delta and home to the extremely famous Royal Bengal Tiger. The seasides too experience heavy footfall. Winter in West Bengal is the best for tourists as temperatures remain moderate, accompanied by some lip-smacking mouthwatering delicacies and seasonal food.