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

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

When to go to Kolkata, India

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

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

January

January in this region is a perfect temperature and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Dresses
  • Skirts

February

If you are traveling to Kolkata in February, you will notice that it is hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

March

If you go to Kolkata in March, you will notice that it is really hot and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sandals

April

If you go to Kolkata in April, you will notice that it is unbearably hot. Expect it to rain once in a while. Daytime temperatures are in the 90s F (mid 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Light dresses
  • Tank tops
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light shorts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Thin short sleeve shirts

May

If you visit Kolkata during May, you are likely to find that it can be excruciatingly hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (high 20s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light shorts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Umbrella
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Tank tops
  • Sandals
  • Light dresses
  • Thin short sleeve shirts

June

If you vacation in Kolkata during June, you are likely to find that it can be sizzling. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 80s F (high 20s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Light dresses
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Tank tops
  • Sandals
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis

July

If you are traveling to Kolkata in July, you will notice that it is constantly hot. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses

August

August here can be sweltering. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion

September

In September, Kolkata is constantly hot. Temperatures routinely are in the high 80s F (low 30s C) range.

At night, lows are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C). This is also a rainy time for Kolkata, with several of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion

October

October for Kolkata is consistently hot. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Shorts

November

If you vacation in Kolkata during November, you are likely to find that it is pretty consistently hot and very dry with almost no rain.

Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunglasses

December

If you visit Kolkata during December, you are likely to find that it is warm and very dry with almost no rain.

Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sandals

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Kolkata, 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 Kolkata
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • If you plan to visit a synagogue, take appropriate clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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