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  • Uttarakhand is one of the most beautiful and holiest travel destinations in India that allures a number of travellers from all across the globe, and this article guides you throughout the time to visit Uttarakhand. Summer is the best time to visit the state when the temperature is cool and pleasant. The season makes it an ideal time to find respite from the scorching heat in other parts of country where the temperature rises to almost 50 degree Celsius. 

    Another reason that makes summer the most ideal time to plan a vacation to Uttarakhand, is the days are longer than the nights and the sun stays out for more than twelve hours, providing a warm yet cold pleasant environment to the people. During summers the greenery comes alive, the river picks up a flow and the birds and animals comes out from their state of hibernation.

    At another end, winters in Uttarakhand are icy, and some places even receive snowfall during this period, thus making this state even more picturesque and beautiful. But the season makes it chiller, so it is best advised to carry woollen clothes.


    Here are the best seasons to visit Uttarakhand:

  • 01Uttarakhand in Summer

    Uttarakhand in Summer
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    Summers in Uttarakhand is very pleasant as the climate remains cool. The appropriate time to visit this beautiful travel destination in summers is from March to June. During the summer, the hills stations in Uttarakhand such as Nainital, Mussoorie, Panghot, Almora, Auli, Bhimtal etc., offers a welcome respite to the tourists from the warm, humid weather of the plains.

    Why you should visit at this time- The summer month of March to June becomes irritable in the plains because of the extreme hot climatic conditions that prevail there. In order to escape the scorching sun and humid weather, a trip to Uttarakhand during summers is preferable.

    Average temperature during the day- The average temperature of Uttarakhand during the day in summer varies from 20 degree Celsius to 35 degree Celsius, thus keeping the environment a pleasant and cool one.

    Average temperature at night- Summer nights in Uttarakhand are relatively more relaxed with an average temperature of 18 degree Celsius.

    Places to visit and activities to undertake:

    Kausani- A popular honeymoon destination in the valley of Uttarakhand, Kausani is well known for its rustic charm and splendour. The snowy landscape of Kausani enchants the tourists who come here to take a break from the busy city life and the scorching heat.

    Things to do: The best activity that one can undertake while in Kausani is to take a nature walk to enjoy the panoramic view of Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchachuli.

    Nag Tibba- Nag tibba or serpents peak is the highest peak in the lesser Himalayan range. The top range of the mountain has a temple dedicated to Naag Devta or the snake God.

    Things to do: One can carry out a number of activities such as trekking, hiking, and camping beneath the stars.

    Chopta Valley- Chopta is an undulating striking village with vast meadows and lush greenery. This region is rich in flora and fauna as it falls under the Kedarnath National Park.

    Things to do: A trek to Tunganath and a visit to Chandrashila top provides you with the much need thrill that you require to make your trip memorable.

    Mukteshwar- A famous pilgrimage, Mukteshwar is a little haven far from the pollution and clamour of the city life.

    Things to do: It is a hub of many adventurous activities such as hiking, trekking, rock climbing, and rappelling.

    Harsil- A small village located on the banks of river Bhagirathi, Harsil is a place where you will find peace and tranquillity.

    Things to do: The best activity to undertake in Harsil is to explore the trekking trails around the village.

  • 02Uttarakhand in Winter

    Uttarakhand in Winter
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    It is indeed a pleasant sight to behold when the huge Himalayan mountains are showered with snowflakes. The winters in Uttarakhand begins from October and continues till February. As one ascends the hills in winters, every twist and turns take you on the snow-covered roads,  offering sights that are a treat to the eyes.

    Average temperature of Uttarakhand in winters during the day- The temperature during the day in winters remains between 5 degree Celsius to 15 degree Celsius

    Average temperature of Uttarakhand in winters during the night- The night temperature during winters in Uttarakhand falls below 5 degree Celsius often going down to 0 degree Celsius.

    Places to visit and activities to undertake:

    Almora- An ideal destination for romantic getaway and family vacations, Almora is a perfect place for your winter vacations. The soft winter sunshine during through the thin mountain air and coupled with the colonial architectures adds charm to this beautiful place. 

    Things to do: Local sightseeing, shopping, backpacking and temple hopping are the activities that keep one entertained while in Almora.

    Rudraprayag- Also known as the land of Lord Shiva, Rudraprayag is a famous pilgrimage destination in Uttarakhand and is a must visit place during the winters. It lies at the confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers which are a famous spot for rafting.

    Things to do: Local sightseeing, shopping and temple hopping 

    Pithoragarh - A hill state with ethereal beauty, Pithoragarh is among the best places to visit in the winters.  The enchanting view of the mountain ranges coupled with exciting water sports makes it an ideal go-to-place in the winters.

    Things to do: While in Pithoragarh, one should definitely go for skiing, fishing, hiking, kayaking and canoeing.

    Auli- Located in the region of Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, this place is famous for hosting the international level winter sports. Sipping on a hot cup of coffee while enjoying the scenic beauty of the place is a must thing to do.

    Things to do: Tourists can enjoy skiing and other adventure sports in Auli.

    Kedarnath- The list of best winter destinations Uttarakhand shall remain incomplete without mentioning the famous Kedarnath trek. Relatively easy but high on adventure and excitement, this trek is ideal for those who love to take a walk amidst the snow laden mountains and the giant pines covering the snow-carpeted floor.

    Things to do: Sightseeing, temple hopping, explore top attractions like waterfalls, lakes. 

    Ranikhet - A beautiful and serene cantonment town in the Almora district of Uttarakhand, Ranikhet is one of the prime destinations of Uttarakhand especially in the winters.

    Things to do: Paragliding, local sightseeing and taking long walks are the activities that keep the tourists entertained during their stay in Ranikhet.

    Dehradun and Mussoorie - The lush doon valley amidst the Himalayas is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand during the winters. Dehradun and Mussoorie are known for their heritage charm, snow-capped mountains and the lush greenery that surrounds it.

    Things to do: Tourist can engage themselves in a number of activities such as paragliding, hiking, camping and trekking.

    Jim Corbett National Park- Must visit place in winters in Uttarakhand is this famous national park that has a massive population of royal Bengal tigers.

    Things to do: Jungle safari, camping, trekking, hiking, bird watching and mountain biking for those who seek adventure.

  • 03Uttarakhand in Monsoon

    Uttarakhand in Monsoon
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    The state of Uttarakhand experiences monsoon from July to September. One can enjoy the lush green beauty of the state. There are a number of places in Uttarakhand that are worth a visit during the monsoon as the abundant species of flora gets rejuvenated with the regular showers of rain. However, a trip to Uttarakhand during the months of July and August can be avoided as the valley receives huge amount of rainfall during these two months, thus making it impossible to enjoy the beauty of the valley. 

    Along with the beautiful places, Uttarakhand so hoists a few renowned fairs during the monsoon period such as Devidhura Fair Bagwal, Olgia/Ghee Sanskriti and are Kandali festivals that draws a number of tourist during this period.

    Places to visit and activities to undertake:

    Landour- Just a few kilometres away from Mussoorie, Landour is a serene place in Uttarakhand that many have not heard about. The serenity of the places makes it an ideal spot for peace lovers and peace seekers.

    Things to do: While in Landour, do get your hands on homemade marmalade, jam, cheese and their bread.

    Lansdowne- This untainted and unscathed hill station enjoys the beauty of seclusion away from the hustle and bustle of the famous tourist spots. Lansdowne, a former army camp boasts about its supremely clean landscapes and well-maintained areas. 

    Things to do: Camping, boat ride, trek to the snow view point and Hawaghar, nature walks, catching glimpses of the beautiful and rare migratory birds and visiting the war museum are the various activities that the tourists can undertake while in Lansdowne.

    Valley of Flowers- Spread over an immense area of 87 square kilometres, Valley of Flowers is nestled in the Western Himalayan region. Numerous cascading waterfalls enhance the beauty of this place. Several beautiful flowers of various species blossom in during the monsoon period, thus adding colours to the environment, making it panoramic. Moreover, it is National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage as well.

    Things to do: Sightseeing, attractions, Temple hopping

    Haridwar- A place of sheer spiritual relevance situated on the banks of Holy Ganga, Haridwar is a famous pilgrim destination in Uttarakhand. The place holds great significance for Hindus. It is believed that taking a dip in the holy waters of Ganga cleanses one of all their sins. Thus thousands of tourists from all over the world visit this place especially during monsoon to plunge into the holiness and spirituality.

    Things to do: Be a part of the Ganga arti. Go temple Hopping. Meditation and yoga. 


Sightseeing in Uttarakhand

Adventure in Uttarakhand

Attractions in Uttarakhand

Trekking in Uttarakhand

Nature and wildlife in Uttarakhand

Camping in Uttarakhand

Attractions

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Corbett National Park

Expanded over an area of 308 sq km, Jim Corbett National Park was established in the year 1936 and is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Situated at the base of the magnificent Himalayas, it is the first Tiger Reserve in the country and stands to be one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi. Though visitors are allowed to certain parts of the reserve, the park makes for a fun and exciting wildlife tour.

The national park is the perfect place for those wildlife species that seek refuge in its wonderfully green thickets. As the first national park to introduce and execute the ‘Project tiger’ campaign, Corbett national Park has been repeatedly termed as one of the best national parks in the country! So get your cameras and binoculars ready to go wildlife exploring soon!

Distance from Delhi: 254km

Best time to visit: November to June

Attractions: Bengal Tigers, Indian Elephant, Wild Buffaloes, Leopards, Crocodiles and Gharials

Activities: Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, Wildlife Tours and nature photography

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Lal Tibba

In the local language, Lal Tibba means the Red Hill. This is said to be the oldest and the most populated place in Mussoorie. The place is known for its scenic beauty courtesy the pleasant sunrise and sunset that leave the visitors spell bound. Do carry woolens irrespective of the month of the visit.

Location: It is situated in the Landour area and lies at an altitude of 8000 metre above the sea level.

Highlights: Lal Tibba is even famous as the Depot Hill because of the presence of a depot here. Besides this there is camp of the Indian Military services, All India Radio and Doordarshan. Hills of the Lal Tibba are also popular amongst the shoppers as there are a number of markets in the nearby areas.


Best Time: The best and the most ideal time to visit Lal Tibba is the summer months of March and June. Avoid travel during the monsoon months as there maybe leeches here.
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Haridwar

Known as one of the most ancient and sacred cities in India, Haridwar is situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga River and is one of the few places near Delhi to visit at any time during the year, and if you are an ardent devotee, then there are specific times during the year that you can visit this place.

Revered by Hindus all over the country, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest cities of India and widely known as home to the Panch Tirth (five pilgrimage destinations) and three Siddha Peetha (a place where desires get fulfilled). A pious and holy place, Haridwar is a haven for photographers who can capture the deep beauty of the place and raw Indian culture.

Distance from Delhi: 208km

Best time to visit: February to March and August to October

Attractions: Har Ki Pauri, Holy Ganges, Shantikunj, Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi Temple

Activities: Rafting, Temple Visits, Cable Car Ride, Boat Rides and Ghat Visits 

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Valley of Flowers Trek

Amongst all the exhilarating trekking in Uttaranchal or Uttarakhand, the trek to the Valley of Flowers is known to be the most enchanting and mesmeric. Discovered in 1931 by Frank Smith, a vivid botanist, explorer and mountaineer, the locals still believes the valley to be the abode of the angels and fairies.

The mystical and heavenly appearance, mesmeric beauty and the splendid outlook of the valley make it such.
Originating from Ghangria; on the foothills of the Western Himalayas, this fascinating trek comprises of rugged terrains, narrow passages, enticing views of the nearby peaks and steep climbs.

 Ascending the strenuous terrains, it takes around a few hours to reach the main valley and upon reaching the flat land, one should spend enough time exploring and witnessing the wonders of the nature.

Best season:
 Mid July to Mid August

Duration:
 6 Days

Altitude:
 3,600 m
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Rishikesh

Visit the adventure capital of India, the marvelous and thrilling city of Rishikesh on your next vacation with your friends and family!  The 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas', Rishikesh is located at the base of the Himalayas and is blessed with the gorgeous, thundering river of Ganga, the popular trek friendly rugged terrains, challenging peaks, strenuous rapids and dense forests! If you are an ardent traveler, then Rishikesh makes for one of the most ideal weekend getaways near Delhi.

Being one of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is quite famous for its scenic landscape and serves as a gateway to other important religious centers such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The adventurer paradise is a happening hub of many ancient temples and attractions such as Gita Bhawan, Laxman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Neelkanth Mahadev, Swarga Ashram, Triveni Ghat amongst others! Grab your cameras and adventure gear and head to Rishikesh for an adventure packed holiday!

Distance from Delhi: 228km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Attractions: Triveni Ghat, Ram and Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Vashista Cave

Activities: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Camping, Rappelling, Rock Climbing and Trekking 

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Nainital

If lush green plains and misty clouds allure you to nestle in a hammock and read a good book, far away from the city life then you need to head to Nainital, a stellar getaway place near Delhi for trekkers and nature lovers alike! Situated in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayan ranges, Nainital is also known as the 'Lake District' of India.

 It has also been termed as a pious place for Hindus and is one of the most popular hill stations near Delhi due to its fascinating hills, picturesque plains, enjoyable climate and stunning lakes.  Adventurers engage in trekking activities and hike to the top of the beautiful hills just to witness the beautiful view and the wispy sky.

Distance from Delhi: 278km

Best time to visit: March to June and October to February.

Attractions: Nainital Lake, Governor's House, Eco Cave Gardens, Naini Peak and Snow View Point

Activities: Lake Visits, Village and Wildlife tours, Cable Car Rides, Rock Climbing and Trekking

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Chopta-Tungnath Trek

Chopta Tungnath trek is a relatively unexplored trekking destination, which is known for its mesmerizing scenic beauty. The trek towards Tungnath, the 3 from Tungnath takes you to Chandrashila, which is situated at an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level.

Chopta is blessed with rich flora and fauna as it is located in the midst of dense forests, with a beautiful floor of rhododendrons, interspersed by deodar and pine trees. During the first one and half kilometers, you will pass through a sea of brightly coloured rhododendrons and silver oak forests. Following this the vista opens to green alpine meadows which take you to the Tungnath temple.

According to folklore, the arms of Lord Shiva are believed to have emerged here. On trekking a kilometer further ahead, you will reach the Chandrashila peak from where you get spectacular views of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas glistening in the sun rays. The grassy meadows of the region make it an ideal spot for camping too.

Chopta is well-connected by roadways connecting Guptakashi and Gopeshwar. The weather is lovely and the views are simply breathtaking.

Best season: May to June and August to September

Duration: 3 Days

Altitude: 3680 m

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Mussoorie

Known as the ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’, Mussoorie is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and was discovered by Captain Young in the 18th century. It serves as a perfect getaway to escape from the heat of Delhi summers and is located at an altitude of 2000m above sea level. Mussoorie has its emerald hills enveloped in thick, rich greenery and attracts tourists from all over the country!  You can explore the quaint marketplaces in Mussoorie and sightsee some of the popular landmarks in the area such as Landour Bazaar, Lal Tibba, Chaar Dukkan, Gun Hill, the Mussoorie Library and the Savoy Hotel.

Mussoorie is undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in the country. Home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie offers the most enchanting panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the Doon Valley.

Distance from Delhi: 270km

Best time to visit: March to June and September to November

Attractions: Gun Hill, Waterfalls, Lakes, Benog Wildlife sanctuary, Tibetan Buddhist temple,  Sir George Everest's House and Nag Devta Temple

Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Boating, Ropeway Rides and Temple Visits

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Nag Tibba

One of the most well-known treks near Delhi, the Nag Tibba peak stands in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. This trek over the weekend is witnessing growing footfalls, and offers splendid views of the Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Gangotri and Kedarnath mountain peaks en route.

What makes this an ideal first trek are the relatively easy routes etched along the mountain. Thick Deodar forests blanket the hill, and the best seasons to visit are between February and June, and September to December. The Nag Tibba trek route is circular in nature, and the differing starting and ending points ensure that there is no overlap at any point. The lush meadows hide patches behind them that act as serene camping sites.

Distance from Delhi: 347.4 Kilometers approximately

Nearest Railhead:
Dehradun Railway Station

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Har Ki Doon

A pristine hanging valley in the Garhwal range, Har Ki Doon is one of the simplest trekking places near Delhi—making it an ideal foray into Himalayan trekking for amateurs. Fulfilling scenes of nature’s majesty carry you through rampant alpine vegetation, glaciers and breath-taking views. For the hill folk, time has remained elusive and one gets to notice their lives from close quarters. The best season to visit is during the months from April to November, and is one of the closest places for trekking in Delhi.

Distance from Delhi: 299 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station

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Kedarkantha Trek

Close to another marvel of nature, Har Ki Doon, lies the Kedarkantha trek passing through windy trails of the Garhwal Himalayas. A classic winter trek unravelling untouched mountain-villages on its path, it’s the perfect trek to prepare for the other more arduous Himalayan treks. 

Abound with flora and fauna, the Kedarkantha treks passes around the rim of Govind National Park and is open throughout the year. This place for trekking near Delhi is flanked by the Swargarohini peak and a hanging valley, complete with views that’ll blow your mind away.

Distance from Delhi: 428.2 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station

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New Tehri

Being the only planned city there, New Tehri is one of the top places to visit in Kanatal. Home to the Tehri Lake and Dam, the city prides itself in owning one of the largest hydroelectricity projects in the world.

The Bhagirathi and Bhilangana Rivers merge here to form the manmade Tehri Lake Reservoir, which, with its emerald colour makes for a beautiful sight. Temples like the Chandrabadni and Sem Mukhem Temple dot the city.

New Tehri is where classic meets contemporary, where at one end lies Old Tehri, submerged in water, and the other end is abuzz with water and aerial activities.

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Surkanda Devi Temple

Dedicated to Goddess Durga, the Surkanda Devi Temple is a 3 km walk from the village, Kaddukhal. Legend has it that when Goddess Sati died, her husband Lord Shiva carried her body back to Kailash, which is when her head fell at the spot where the temple was then erected.

Thus, the name
Sirkandha was derived, which over the passage of time is called Surkanda. This ancient site is surrounded by lush greenery and a panoramic view of the breathtaking Himalayas!

Pilgrims from all over flank this holy spot during Ganga Dussehra and Navratri, the array of colours and lights making the celebration worth witnessing!

Timings: Summer
- 05:00 am to 07.00 pm/ Winter - 07:00 am to 05.00 pm

Location:
Chamba - Mussoorie Road, Saklana Range, Uttarakhand 249145, India

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Tehri Dam

One of the most prominent tourist places in Kanatal, Tehri Dam, at an astonishing height of 260 metres, is the tallest dam in India and among the tallest in the world.

The destination is flocked by travellers and adventure junkies all-year-round who engage in sports like paragliding, jet skiing, and the tourist-favourite, Banana boat ride, among others. It is also flanked by globetrotters who enjoy a unique stay offered by houseboats and floating huts built on the adjacent Tehri Lake.

Apart from being just a pretty spot, Tehri Dam also harnesses more than 1,000 MW of hydroelectricity supplied to the city, thereby serving a good purpose. 

Location: New Tehri, Uttarakhand 249001

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Dhanaulti

A picturesque hill-station within Kanatal, Dhanauti boasts of abundant grasslands, towering trees, spectacular vistas of the Himalayas and scenic trails, making it one of the prettiest places to visit in Kanatal.

Being in close proximity to other cities of Uttarakhand, Dhanauti also makes for a perfect weekend getaway. During winters the town is covered in a blanket of snow, with icicles falling from the branches of trees. In summers, Dhanaulti boasts alpine forests, rhododendrons, lush deodar and oak trees in its Eco Parks.

Trek to Thangdhar nearby, and treat yourself to a wonderful camping experience. Don’t forget to stop by for some souvenirs, especially the handicrafts and rich weaves Dhanaulti is known for!
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Chandrashila Trek

With the enthralling Kedarnath range to the north, the Chandrashila Peak offers splendid panoramic vistas. Literally meaning the ‘Moon Rock’, Chandrashila is incidentally the highest peak in the area. A low altitude trek that’s full of cavernous gorges and vivid imagery, the season for trekking is round the year. With gradients suiting beginners, Chandrashila trek allows eyeful glimpses of Garhwal Himalayas and the trek passes through an ancient Shiva temple atop Tungnath.

Distance from Delhi: 455 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Rishikesh Railway Station

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