A practical guide to Paris for Indians: when to visit, what to pack, what to see

Enchanting with its rich history and fascinating culture, the city of Paris is instantly recognizable and instantly in love. It’s hard to resist the lure of a city of such glamour and splendor. This is why Paris is on every traveler’s bucket list, especially Indians. So, if you’re from India and want to visit Paris for the first time, you probably have a lot of questions about when to visit, what to bring and what to see. Wait, don’t panic again! This is a handy Paris guide for Indians to ease your burden and show you the best of Paris.

When to visit Paris:

This is the first thing that comes to my mind when I come to Paris. Paris typically has an oceanic climate in Western Europe, and the truth is:
Paris can be visited all year round. It’s a matter of taste. Here’s what the weather in Paris looks like month-by-month.

Spring (March to May):
During this period, Paris’ climate slowly transitions from cold to ideal. Calm during the day and fresh at night. Average temperatures range from 14.3 to 7.8 degrees Celsius.

Summer (June to August):
Summer days in Paris are usually warm and comfortable with plenty of sunshine. Some attractions are closed during the peak tourist season in August. Average temperatures range from 19.1 to 17.5 degrees, with July being the hottest month of the year.

Autumn (September-October):
The leaves turn brown, adding to the romantic hues of the city. As the season draws to a close, temperatures gradually drop. The scale is from 16.4 degrees Celsius to 11.6 degrees Celsius.

Winter (November to February):
The winter season officially begins around this time. Cold days and frosty nights with little sun. Light night frosts and snowfall are to be expected as this is quite normal during the season. Average temperatures range from 7.2 to 4.2 degrees Celsius, with January being the coldest month of the year.

What to bring on your trip to Paris:

Ah, the million-dollar question. For those who are always confused about choosing the right outfit when heading to work and wondering what to bring to Paris? It will come as a big challenge. But with these simple tips, you can beat this challenge.

Pack light:

This is one of the most basic things to do while traveling, let alone Paris. Being in Paris you will encounter lots of stairs, lots of walking and constant elevators. So, pack lightly.

Prepare a checklist to simplify the entire packaging process.

Pack clothes in neutral colors that can be easily combined with other items.

Leave your heavy jeans and big sneakers at home.

Roll up your clothes in a suitcase and try on your jacket, pants and skirt again. Dress for the occasion:

When in Paris, act like a Parisian

Sorry, I had to change it a bit. The fashion capital can be incredibly overwhelming, but you can wear whatever is comfortable for you. It’s unofficially the color of France, so stick to black and be sure to pack according to the weather in Paris during the season you’re visiting.

Summer: Cardigan, Sunglasses, Light shirts, Pants, Skirts, Jeans, Jackets, Scarf

Spring: Long sleeve shirt, T-shirt, Light sweater, Layers, Dark jeans

Autumn: Leather jackets, Shoes, Pants, Long sleeve shirt, Jeans Thick knit sweater

Winter: Sweater, Jacket (preferably waterproof), Warm coat, Long-sleeved shirt, Dark jeans, Thick trousers, Mufflers, Gloves, Boots

Footwear: Brogue, Loafers, Sandals, Boots

In addition to packing clothes suitable for the Parisian climate, some high-end shops have strict dress codes, so pack formal attire that is well-tailored.

Other essentials: Small umbrella, City map, Two copies of your travel document. Please leave one at your accommodation, EUR, Universal adapter, Basic French guide

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