During the summer months from March to June, the popular tourist destinations like Nainital, Rishikesh, Auli, Almora, Dhanaulti and Mussoorie in Uttarakhand offer respite from the scorching heat of north India. This is the ideal time to visit this scenic region and experience the unparalleled charm of the Himalayan mountains. While summer is ideal for going on various adventurous treks and expeditions amidst the lush green hills, the arrival of monsoon makes the state an idyllic destination for a romantic getaway.
July and August are the monsoon months in Uttarakhand, and if you are visiting the state during this time of the year, you will be greeted by relentless showers, overcast conditions and troublesome roads. During the winters, from October to February, Uttarakhand turns into a paradisiacal site covered in a thick blanket of snow.
While some destinations become inaccessible due to heavy snowfall, a host of other cities and towns become havens of unimaginable tranquility, rejuvenating sightseeing spots and surreal panorama.
Uttarakhand is a Himalayan state, which in geographical terms, is divided into two parts, hilly and plains. Its climate is affected by these geographical features. In the hilly regions, the weather is cold throughout the year, while in the plain region, temperatures fluctuates according to the weather. During the winters, Uttarakhand witnesses a sharp decline of temperature, while during the summers, it remains relatively cool when compared to the other states.
Uttarakhand enjoys a moderate and comfortable summer season. The weather remains pleasant and comfortable with the temperature varying between 20°C and 40°C. This is the ideal time to experience the splendor and charm of Uttarakhand’s many beautiful hill stations, lush greenery and vast meadows.
Monsoon arrives in Uttarakhand at the beginning of July and stays till the end of September. It receives frequent and heavy downpours during this time of the year, which also causes road blockades and landslides. However, you can still visit it during the monsoon. The temperature remains between 15°C and 35°C, making it a perfect site for a refreshing holiday. Apart from its peaceful ambiance and colorful scenery, the state also hosts a few renowned fairs such as Kandali festival, Bagwal Fair and Olgia (Ghee Sanskriti), during this time of the year.
There are only a few things better than witnessing the magnificent snow-covered slopes of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand. The winter season gives you this rare opportunity, along with the chance to play with snowballs, as well as the experience the soul-touching sensation of the falling snow flakes brushing past your skin. While the temperature hovers between 3°C and 15°C during the day, it routinely falls to sub zero levels during the night. All of Uttarakhand, expect the district of Uddham Singh Nagar and the city of Dehradun, receives snowfall. The best places to enjoy snowfall in Uttarakhand is Harsil, Nainital, Abbott Mount and Auli. Undoubtedly, this is the best time to visit Uttarakhand in order to enjoy the true charm of the Himalayas.
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