The monsoon hits Bihar and Jharkhand in early June, lasting until September, and the very best time to visit is immediately after that, in October and November. November is also the time of the Sonepur Mela. Bihar and Jharkhand can get quite chilly from December through February, especially at night, although daytime temperatures remain comfortable. From March, temperatures start to rise and the heat then gets progressively stickier and more debilitating until the monsoon breaks it.

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