Winter has definitely arrived. There is a tendency to think of India—at least, the lower altitudes—as always being hot or at least warm, but the northern part of the country actually gets quite cold, and not just in the Himalayas. Even though the temperature might not seem so low by comparison to winters back home, it feels cold, partly because heat is not something that is available everywhere. Lower end hotels generally don’t offer any heating, just more blankets. When you never get warm, you can get a feeling of being permanently chilled. You’ll need warm clothes, for sure. Even many animals, like the goats in the photo, get clothes to keep them warm.

Winter in the South (except up in the hills) is a different matter. Locals may feel cold and need shawls and sweaters even when it is 80°F (26° C) out. It’s all relative to what you’re used to, obviously.

Fog is extremely common in the winter, delaying many flights and trains, so if you are traveling, do check to see if your train or flight will be on time. Railway enquiry is 139. If you know the train number and the STD code (area code) of the boarding station, you can get the information from their automated service. I definitely recommend checking before heading to the station. Otherwise, you might be in for a very long wait.


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5 Responses

  1. Anup Agrawal on 14 Feb 2015

    I found your article very informative, I agree with you, when you say that winters in India are not so cold and it all depends on what you’re used to. I also really liked your idea of using a hot water bottle to keep warm.

  2. Rana Singh on 26 Dec 2014

    When I was in Delhi the weather was so foggy and cold that i couldn’t get warm even after wearing warm clothes. That’s the most extreme cold i have ever experienced.
    Also Loved your article too.

    • JD Viharini on 28 Dec 2014

      Glad you like my article. Thanks!

  3. Andrea Kirkby on 18 Dec 2014

    The coldest I’ve ever been was in Junjunu, Rajasthan. In warm clothes and walking around I still could not get warm. Delhi and Agra are particularly prone to fog and damp cold. I waited four days in Agra to be able to see the Taj Mahal, the fog was so thick.

    Memo to travellers: ask for those extra blankets the moment you arrive at your hotel. And keep asking till they turn up. Don’t spend your first night shivering!

    • JD Viharini on 18 Dec 2014

      Thanks for your comment. Definitely make sure you have enough blankets. If you aren’t staying in a budget place, you may be able to get a heater as well. I like to use a hot water bottle sometimes, but that’s not so practical if you are traveling around.

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