Delhi, India: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Delhi, India? If you're planning to go to Delhi, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Delhi, India

Based on the climate and weather in Delhi, the best time to go is November. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Delhi, India by month

January

January in Delhi is balmy and dry with little rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C). With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 40% to 50% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses

February

If you vacation in Delhi during February, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear

March

If you go to Delhi in March, you will notice that it is consistently hot and very dry. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Rain boots
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining

April

If you are traveling to Delhi in April, you will notice that it is sizzling and very dry. Daytime temperatures are in the high 90s F (mid 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light shorts
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Sunglasses
  • Light dresses
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Tank tops
  • Skirts
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals

May

May for Delhi can be excruciatingly hot and very dry. Temperatures average in the 100s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Sarong
  • Thin tank or crop tops
  • Light skirts
  • Extremely thin shorts
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Extremely light dresses
  • Rain coat

June

June in Delhi is unbearably hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 100s F (high 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light skirts
  • Extremely light dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Extremely thin shorts
  • Rain coat
  • Thin tank or crop tops
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Sarong
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals

July

In July, Delhi can be excruciatingly hot. Temperatures routinely are in the 90s F (mid 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Delhi, with several of the days of the month having rain. In July, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Light shorts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Tank tops
  • Umbrella
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts

August

August for Delhi is a scorcher. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light shorts
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Tank tops
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Light dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis

September

September here is sweltering. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Tank tops
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light shorts
  • Light dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear

October

If you visit Delhi during October, you are likely to find that it can be sweltering and very dry. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 60s F (high 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion

November

November for Delhi is extremely warm and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts

December

December in this region is mild and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Delhi, India

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Delhi, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, D and M
  • A SIM card that works in Delhi
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear

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