Welcome to Uttarakhand
Even though Uttarakhand is a place that is generally visited throughout the year, the best time to visit Uttarakhand is during the summers while some places are better off during the winter season. The summers in Uttarakhand, at certain places, can get pretty hot.
However, the day might be hot but the nights are cool. Hence, it is advisable for the tourists visiting in summers to wear loose cotton clothes. Also, if you visit places like Rishikesh and Haridwar during summers, remember to drink lots of fluids like water, fruit juice, etc. to prevent dehydration.
The winters in Uttarakhand can be quite chilly. October to March is generally the winter months. Winters in Uttarakhand are very cold and snowfall is a regular phenomenon in many of the upper areas of the place. The days are very pleasant with the nights very cold. It is advisable to take heavy woolen clothes if you are visiting Uttarakhand during the winters
Uttarakhand is the year-round destination, depending upon where you decide to go. Many of the region’s most popular attractions lie within the cool hills of the terrain, and visiting them even at the height of summer isn’t a problem- it never gets too hot. Summer would be the best time to visit Uttarakhand as temperatures are pleasant and the air bracing especially in the hills. Winter is significantly colder than in many other parts of India, and there can be heavy snowfall in some places. Fine, if you’re keen on skiing or making snowmen, or simply love sub-zero temperatures, but not otherwise.
Note that hill stations like Mussoorie and Nainital are immensely popular with India’s plains-dwelling urban middle class, and they descend on these cities in droves during the summer. If you prefer a bit of solitude, avoid coming here between May and July. Also stay away during the monsoons, when heavy rainfalls can cause dangerous landslides.
The monsoons come down hard in Uttarakhand and it rains incessantly during July and August making it damp and very wet in the hills there maybe landslides so it may be best to avoid the monsoon months. Post the monsoons the weather is again very good, so you may time your visit from September to November too.
The International Yoga Week is held annually at Rishikesh in February and is very well attended, so if you are a yoga enthusiast be there!
Average temperatures range in summer from 30ºC in the plains to 14 or 15ºC in the mountains (snowbound regions are sub-zero throughout). Winter temperatures in the plains average 10 or 11ºC, and fall well below freezing higher up.
Most of Uttarakhand is affected by the south-west monsoon in the summer months, and snowfall occurs in the mountainous zones.
The best time to visit Uttarakhand.
Being a year-round destination, the best season to visit Uttarakhand depends on the place to be visited in the city or the activities of interest.
Winter (October- March): This is an ideal time to visit Uttarakhand, especially for those who love winters and snow. The temperature during winters in Uttarakhand varies between 3 to 15 degrees Celsius.
Auli is counted among the best places to visit during winters in Uttarakhand, since one can enjoy snow sports such as skiing.
Summer (April- July): Owing to the scorching heat in neighboring states, summer is the peak tourist season in Uttarakhand. The temperature during summers in Uttarakhand fluctuates roughly between 20 degrees Celsius and 35 degrees Celsius.
Monsoon (July- September): Monsoon season in Uttarakhand is rich, making it best for rain-lovers as the lush greenery adds on to the charm. This specifically, is best time to visit Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand.
However, there are a few destinations in Uttarakhand where there are risks of landslides.
Some of the best sightseeing attractions in Uttarakhand are:
Valley of Flowers- The whole valley gets strewn with colorful flowers.
Jim Corbett Park- One of India’s most popular national parks well-renowned for being a habitat of Bengal Tiger, among others.
Lansdowne- Known for serene surrounding and picturesque view
Nainital- One of the most popular attractions of Uttarakhand, Nainital’s pear-shaped lake is a delight.
Haridwar- A pious spot for Hindus, don’t forget to attend Ganga Arti.
Rishikesh- Uttarakhand blooming adventure sports destination.
Chota Char Dham Circuit- Important Hindu pilgrimage circuit consisting of four main points:
Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Auli- Most popular snow adventure destination of Uttarakhand.