Best Time and Season to Visit Uttarakhand in 2020
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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:


Uttarakhand 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.


Uttarakhand 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.


Uttarakhand 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. 

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