Keeping the weather in mind, the best time to visit Ahmedabad is during the winter season, which starts from October and continues till March. The temperature at this time is pleasant and favourable to be out exploring Ahmedabad’s (aka Amdavad) landmarks. This former capital of Gujarat is home to old monuments including temples and mosques, famous museums, lovely lakes, bustling night market scene, delicious cuisine and vibrant festivals. From a historical city to a startling urban metropolis, a textile and education hub, and India’s first UNESCO Urban World Heritage Site, the 600-year-old walled city of Ahmedabad holds the heart of every visitor.
Ahmedabad is characterised by three seasons – summer, monsoon and winter. To find out what each time of the year has in store for you, read on.
Ahmedabad in Winter (October through March)
Ahmedabad experiences a dry winter with a cold climate, and it is considered the best season to visit Ahmedabad. Day time is comfortable with the maximum temperature touching 20 degree Celsius while at night, the temperature can drop down to 10 degree Celsius. The days are sunny and pleasant to go out, relax and appreciate the scenic beauty. The seasonal open-air restaurants and roadside stalls can be best enjoyed now. Take winter as an opportunity to explore the heritage sites of Ahmedabad, including the 'pols' at the old city. You can explore historical attractions in Ahmedabad
such as Dada Hari Vav and Adalaj ni Vav (both are ancient step-wells), Jhulta Minar, Sidi Sayyedi Mosque, Lal Darwaza, Sabarmati Ashram and other landmarks. This time also makes for a lovely trip to religious attractions of the likes of Akshardham Temple, Swaminarayan Temple, Hutheesing Jain Temple, and Sarkhej Roza. These months also have a string of festivals like Diwali and Navratri when the city puts up a gala mood with lights, decorations and dance. Moreover, the whole region springs to life when the annual International Kites Festival, also known as Uttarayan, happens in January on the Sabarmati riverfront. You can take part in the kite flying competition. If looking for a peaceful getaway, then take a trip to the Thol Bird Sanctuary, an hour’s drive from Ahmedabad, which is a birdwatcher’s delight during this time of the year.
Ahmedabad in Monsoon (July through September)
Monsoon in Ahmedabad brings respite from the sweltering summer heat. The humidity level rises, though. The temperature hovers between 25 degrees to 33 degree Celsius. Rainfalls in Ahmedabad varies between moderate to torrential downpours. If you don't like rain, avoid the wettest month of July. Monsoon is a good time to satiate your taste buds to lip-smacking street-side snacks of Ahmedabad. Try maize or ‘bhutta’, a monsoon favourite, roasted over the traditional oven that is found around the city. Boating on the Kankaria Lake is another ideal activity or a take a walk along the Sabarmati riverfront and enjoy the fresh and crisp air after the rain. For a sight to behold, drive to the nearby Zanzari Waterfalls.
Ahmedabad in Summer (April through June)
The summer weather in Ahmedabad is sweltering in the day, but the early mornings and evenings are more relaxed. The warmest month is May and not the best month to visit Ahmedabad, as the highest temperature can go up to a scorching 48 degree Celsius. It is advised to avoid visiting Ahmedabad during this time as the heat can get unbearable. If you do plan to visit, then bring light cotton clothing, sunscreen lotion, hats, and a pair of sunglasses along with you. The hotel rates plummet considerably at this time, and you will find great deals on your favourite hotels in Ahmedabad
. Exploring the city or venturing out for sightseeing is an enervated task during the day and as such, summers are not preferred by tourists. To beat the heat, leave early morning to Nalsarovar and Thol Lake for bird-watching and return before the sun goes high. If not outdoors, then you can visit the Calico Museum of Textiles and witness an exquisite world-class collection of antique and modern Indian textiles, all handwoven and dating up to 500 years.
How to Reach Ahmedabad
- By Air: Arrive at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, also known as Ahmedabad Airport, which connects the city with many domestic and international destinations. One of the busiest airports in Gujarat, it is located 12 km from Ahmedabad city centre and takes about 30 minutes to reach. There are regular Air India, IndiGO, GoAir flights from Indian cities such as Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Goa, Kolkata, and Pune. For those travelling from overseas destinations like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Sharjah, can board Emirates, Air Arabia, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways flights to reach Ahmedabad.
- By Road: Gujarat has an excellent road transportation system in the whole country. The Ahmedabad Central Bus Station, also known as Gita Mandir Bus Stand is the main bus hub in the city. Buses run by AMTS (Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service ), GSRTC (Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation) and inter-state bus service connect Ahmedabad with several parts of India. There are regular buses from Mumbai, Pune, Gandhinagar and many other cities to Ahmedabad.
- By Train: Located 6 km from the city centre, Ahmedabad Junction is also known as Kalupur Station, is the central railway hub of the city. The station serves several trains connecting different cities of India such as Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Jaipur, Trivandrum, Gwalior, Indore, Dhanbad, etc.
Best Time to Visit Ahmedabad - FAQs
Q. Is summer a good time to visit Ahmedabad?
A: Summer temperature in Ahmedabad goes as high as 48 degree Celsius, and it is best if you avoid travelling here at this time. One cannot go out and enjoy the city attractions in the sweltering heat. However, visiting Ahmedabad at this time can get you great deals on hotels.
Q. Is Navratri a good time to visit Ahmedabad?
A: Navratri is one of the best time to be in Ahmedabad. The spirit of the festival energises the entire city, homes are decked up with lights, and people come together to celebrate feminine divinity, and to sing, dance, and make merry. The festival of nine days happens in September or October depending on the Hindu calendar. Moreover, it is also the time when the colder months start to set in.
Q. When is the International Kites Festival held in Ahmedabad?
A: Ahmedabad celebrates the famous International Kites Festival also called Uttarayan in January. It is held on the banks of the Sabarmati River. The festival attracts thousands of tourists from India and abroad. Kite flying along with other competitions and activities are organised, and visitors from India and around the world arrive to take part in the celebration.
Q. Can I visit Ahmedabad during monsoons?
A: Yes, you can visit Ahmedabad during the rainy months. Ahmedabad experiences mild to heavy rainfalls during monsoon, which starts from July and continues until September. July is the wettest month while the other two are good to travel to Ahmedabad.
Q. What is the good time to visit Ahmedabad for sightseeing?
A: Ahmedabad is best enjoyed during the months of winter from October to March. As the weather stays pleasant and favourable for an outing, it is the best time to visit Ahmedabad to see its landmarks. Monsoon too is a good time to be in Ahmedabad except for July when it receives heavy downpours.