Bodhgaya has two seasons in terms of tourism – winter and summer – but four climatic periods – winter, summer, monsoon and post-monsoon.
Root Institute's spiritual programme is now planned to span an extended season from early September through April.
Winter – the high season
Winter begins in early November and lasts until February. Temperatures are not challenging, with an average daily range from 5–30° C (41–86° F), and rain is quite infrequent. Days are bright and pleasant, making it the favoured time for pilgrims from around the world to visit Bodhgaya.
Summer in Bodhgaya is renowned, with maximums in the low 40°s C but occasionally up to 50° C (122° F). (Yikes!) The heat begins slowly in March, as pilgrim numbers decline, and peaks in May. This is a time of peace and quiet but for the chirping of abundant bird life in our lush gardens. If you don't mind heat and love the quiet, this may suit you for retreat.
Monsoon begins around mid-June, providing some relief to the high temperatures of summer. Rain storms release their rejuvenating water intermittently until September. It is not the prolific and constant wet conjured up in books and movies. Humidity may create some discomfort as temperatures remain in the mid-30s.
Post-monsoon begins in October. The rains reduce in volume and frequency, as does the heat. It also marks a time where street stalls and cafes begin to reopen in Bodhgaya in preparation for the busy high season.