Best Time and Season to Visit Uttarakhand in 2021
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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.


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Latest Information on Travelling to UTTARAKHAND?

Entry is open from all domestic destinations.
However, tourist are required to carry a negative RT-PCR report which must not be older than 72 hours.

  • Masks are mandatory while out in public places
  • All social distance norms to be followed when out in public
  • Uttarakhand to continue the corona curfew till 9th of June, however grocery and stationary shops and to remain open.
  • All markets, malls, parks, places of worship, except those in containment zones, are closed.
  • Installation of Arogya Setu app is mandatory for travel. 
  • Thermal screening to be conducted for all passengers at airports and railway stations. However, tourist are required to carry a negative RT-PCR report which must not be older than 72 hours.
  • Symptomatic travellers will have to stay in institutional quarantine for 7 days and get tested.
Flights

Flights are functional to Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun from all the major airports like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jaipur etc. This airport is well-connected to all other destinations in Uttarakhand through railways and roads. 

Trains

Special trains like the Jan Shatabdi Express is functional to and from different cities in Uttarakhand.

Local Transport

Local transport including buses and taxis is functional across the state.

The government of Uttarakhand has taken major steps of sanitizations to ensure the safety of travelers to Rishikesh. Thrillophilia recommends additional precautions such as social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hand regularly for your safety.

Uttarakhand Lockdown extended till 15th of June Updated: 12 Jun 2021

Uttarakhand Government has extended the covid lockdown till 15th of June due to the rising COVID-19 positive cases

Complete lockdown extended till 9th of June Updated: 04 Jun 2021

Uttarakhand to continue the corona curfew till 9th of June, however grocery and stationary shops and to remain open.

Place of worship in Uttarakhand closed. Updated: 04 May 2021

All religious places and place of worship in Uttarakhand have been closed , keeping in mind the rise of COVID positive cases.

COVID negative certificate mandatory to enter Uttarakhand Updated: 04 May 2021

Tourist are required to carry a negative RT-PCR report which must not be older than 72 hours.

Yogi Nagri Railway Station is now the newest and closest railway station to Rishikesh Updated: 12 Feb 2021

Earlier the closest railway station was Haridwar but now the Yog Nagri railway station is operational with a few special trains.

Screening To Be Done Compulsorily On State Borders Updated: 22 Sep 2020

All travellers entering Uttarakhand will have to undergo a screening process compulsorily- be it at airports, railway stations or road borders

Travellers To Register On The Smart City Portal to Enter State Borders Updated: 22 Sep 2020

All travellers visiting Uttarakhand from other states need to register on the Smart City Web portal and upload the required documents to gain entry in the state borders.

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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.

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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.

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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. 


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This was my maiden trek and I am glad I chose Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Saheb. I carried home tonnes of great memories from the trip that I will cherish for my life. Serene Nature, Splendid weather, a great company of cousins, new friends we made and the team who lead the trek made a perfect mixture to cherish. While the chirpy young kept the team charged, the conviction of the others was inspirational to the rest. I am also glad that Thrillophillia conducts this trip which I came to know after reading thrillophilia reviews. The field team lead by Yogi and Sandeep was awesome. At some point or other everyone in the group were amazed with their knowledge, patience, perseverance, untiring efforts to make the trip a memorable and comfortable one for the entire team. Their daily briefing was quite interesting. Valley of flowers amazed us with the nuances it offered every minute. The continuous rain, the chill of the breeze, narrow steep path, rolling stones, changing landscape every minute, moving clouds around you, crossing the river over narrow bridges…. The list goes on and on Hemkund Saheb is another marvel. This place left most of the team members ecstatic. What a bliss. The only place I have seen made many people cry with joy. A place that one must visit atleast once in their lifetime. The trek(mule ride), the hospitality at the Gurudwara were breathtaking. It was a testimony to what faith can bring out of people. We could see people of all age groups from 3 to 70+ trek all the way from Govindghat to Hemkund Saheb, carrying children and luggage on shoulders and sometime on mules. Wow… We were exposed to a new world of Ghangaria which come alive in March and sleeps over from October. A town that has everything active only for 4 months.
To tell the truth, we started this trek with many doubts and inhibitions. Especially since we had 2 children aged 7 & 8 who had done only single day treks till date. Our trek leader Makkhan Singh gave us a complete overview of what we could expect but nothing prepared us for the unadulterated natural beauty that was all around us from the start to the finish of the trek. From Deodar trees in the lower ranges to tall pine forests on taller peaks. The autumn colours were visible in full glory. Many moments bring a smile back to our faces like speaking to the villagers we met on the way, finding a couple of langoors spying on us, having black tea with herbs that instantly refreshed us and many more such memories. Camping was a whole new experience for all of us. It taught us the discipline of timing and the regard for others comfort. The cooks who accompanied us were very thoughtful about our children and tried their best to serve food that kids would enjoy. Needless to say, the snow was the best part of the trek. We made a snowman with the help of trek guide Ashish. He was wonderful with our kids. He played with them, but was also very careful about their safety. I wish to wholeheartedly thank each and every one in the team who helped organize this trek so perfectly. We didn't feel a single moment of confusion or uncertainty over any of the arrangements made. This experience has definitely made us wish to do more such treks in the future.
The stay at kund was a very pleasant one. It had wonderfull golden views of Kedardome. Sound of mountain river just below the campsite was like a soothing lullaby. The fully blooming rhododendron gave the perfect reddish look of the season FALL. Now as we come to the part of the trek to deorital, the day started with a double puncture of one of our car which was to take us to SARI. But to our joy it provided us the perfect excuse to start our trek right from kund. The opportunity gave us time to photograph the kedar dome from a height and on the way we also came by a hilly waterfall which gave us plenty to take home some mesmerizing photographs. By the time our car was ready to take us to Sari. On reaching Sari we started our climb to Deorital Lake . On the way we filled up our water bottles from a mountain spring and wow the most refreshing drink i had in my life off cousre accompanied by chewing of rhododendron petals. On reaching deorital we were greeted with patches of snow and a mesmerizing view of snow clad-en peaks of Chaukhamba. We could even capture the reflection of the cliffs in the clear water of the lake. After having a packed lunch we descended down to sari by taking a visit to hilly temple. On the way back we went to Ukhimath, the winter home of BABA Kedarnath. The secondays climb was from Chopta. There was snow right from Chopta. We claded our shoes with the mandatory spikes and started our climb throw the snow laden valley and mountain sides of chopta taking occassional breaks. The temple of Tungnath was almost under snow. After taking a break at tungnath we further ascended to Chandrasila peak making new path through the fresh snows. And like we were on the top of the world with 360 degree view of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba. The weather had by then started getting little naughty with patches of black clouds hovering around. After taking a quick packed lunch we started our descend, which was packed with thrills and surprises courtesy our guide Monu Rana. We went back to our childhood days by sliding and rolling through the snows like 3 year old toddlers and just yelling in excitement. On reaching chopta we boarded our cars to be back to kund. A heavy downpour welcomed us to Kund and let us have a unique experience of heavy mountain lashes. Next day we were back to Haridwar after having a tastefull lunch at Jayalgarh. A wow experience of lifetime in my sixth trek.
05 July 2019
Excellent
Hi All, I took Har Ki Dun trek, booked via Thirllophila. The operator made all the arrangements. Though I was travelling Solo, I was surrounded with company of good locals and other fellow trekkers, all heading towards Har Ki Dun. It was 07 days trek & was a awesomely memorable journey. I really enjoyed whole trek and company of Rishab & Nitin bhai (Guides). They really took good care of me and my fellow trekkers. I meet many people and few became good friends of mine with whom I'm still communicate. Guys, I recommend every new trekkers, solo or group to go for it. This trek is easy to moderate with mesmerizing views with really tasty foods along the trek camping. Though, I visited at end of June but rain was at beginning and bothered us very little. Those snow covered mountain tops and chilled water river streams are beautiful. Along the way, is wooden bridges, water steams, cold clouds, lush green dense forests and few Maggie shops by local peoples to take rest and spend some time with nature. Thanks again to Thrillophilia!
02 February 2019
Excellent
19th to 23rd January 2019 can’t forget, can’t explain the experience in my life !! The Brahmatal trek is unforgettable in this lifetime!! Yes, we faced some mighty powers of mountains and skies , when we were at Brahmatal camp at 12000feet severe snow storm was hit !! Yea we wanted live snowfall we were praying for it since we booked for the trek but the holy nature gave us so much snowfall that’s enough for one lifetime!! It was almost 4 to 5 feet snow outside our camps !!! we experienced temp of around -15 to -20 degree !! we took shelters in chacha ki dhukhan (small shop with wooden roof covered with tarpol)! The best part was our guides when all others trekking companies like India hike, trek the Himalayas team went down in snow storm our team stayed back up until the 36hours storm was gone and descended with a view that can be remembered every day in this lifetime !! Thinking about the hike up the mountain, right before the peak, the pain is unbearable. The trek has been long and the journey has been uphill against snow filled rocky terrain. Just before you reach the top, you feel as if you’ll never be able to take another step, yet you do. You forget ahead and just as the desire to give up becomes strongest, you reach the top. The light, the view is incredible, and you can finally see clearly what you’ve been fighting for. Suddenly, the next part of your journey is clear. It's beautiful, and its all laid out in the sight ahead and below. You are renewed, you know now where you are going. Today, if you are in a season where you are heading uphill and all you see is the mountainous terrain ahead, I hope to inspire you to keep going. Take small steps, but don't stop and don't dare go backwards. When it feels like you can't move, take a deep breath, and cry out for strength to just take the very next step. You will reach the top of your mountain and your joy will be great!! You are moving forward and your destiny awaits! After this trek, my confidence has boosted for sure !! I would like to thank my trek guides from bottom of my heart Raju bhayia, Praveen bhai who took very good care of us overnights and days in that severe snow storm and motivating on each and every step which was very difficult on the way back !! Again I Repeat this experience “Cannot be explained and cannot forget” in this lifetime!! Guys from experience I recommend you to carry all the trekking gears without fail or u gonna suffer REAL bad in those mighty mountains especially must if u are doing in peak winter ... (don't forget to see the forecast ) imp gears are Minus temp waterproof outer jacket, down jacket .thermal inners, lots of t-shirts at least 4, thermal pants, trek pants 2 , track pants , walking poles , WATERPROOF SHOES ( very imp ), 4 pairs of thermal socks , GATERS u can't walk without it in snow, in safer side carry one meter of tarpol that can be used in heavy snow as gaters (telling with experience) , woollen caps, glove inners, waterproof gloves .. Be mentally prepared for the worst !!!u will really enjoy it and ur confidence will be much more then what you were !! MUST DO TREK!
Overall it was a nice experience at the camp. The members were supportive & cordial. The foods were tasty & good too. But the reception needed to improve soon as we reached Rishikesh for rafting.
22 March 2021
Excellent
We would like to thank Thrillophilia for the amazing photos. The photographer was very professional and suggested various poses. Thanks for making our trip memorable!
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16 March 2021
Excellent
This was the very first trek of my life and Thrillophilia made sure to make the best of it. A traveller picked us up from Dehradun and we reached Sankri around 4 pm. Mr Bachan Rana made sure we were well instructed and equipped. Our trek guides Mukesh sir and Prakash sir were amazing and made sure no one is left behind. Not having an active physicality, I was always the last one to reach the base, but they made sure I didn't feel left out and helped me with the snow and the rocks. I also made great friends with every member of my group and by the end of the trek, we were one big family. We never would have guessed in our wildest dreams that they would be serving us gulab jamuns and pasta on our trek. They really outdid themselves while catering to our needs. The tents were already pitted and were as warm as they could be. Our group was the first to make it to the summit, watch the sunrise and then slide back. We got to see rainfall, snowfall and a gazillion of stars (a sight I can never forget) on this trek. The bonfires were a cherry on the top. I never knew how badly I needed this trek, an internet detox that really helped me catch up with myself. I would definitely rate this trek a 6/5.
It was my first experience of trekking which was really good, the transport provided was good, food was good, Guide Raj and Sachin were too good they supported and took care of all the group members nicely throughout our trek no one should be left while trekking or missed entertained our group and kept motivated, stay provided while jungle stay was also good.

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