Best time to visit Uttarakhand
A divine land of Garhwalis and Kumaonis
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Best Time To Visit Uttarakhand
Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
Uttarakhand can be visited any time of the year. While destinations like Nainital and Mussoorie remain reachable throughout the year, some remote valleys and higher altitudes can be hard to get to for an occasional traveller. The Jim Corbett National Park extends near lower Himalayan foothills and thereby, it experiences milder winters and heavier rainfall. For adventure activities such as trekking and paragliding, March–April and September–October are ideal months as the weather is mostly clear and temperatures are mild.
Whether you’re planning a romantic honeymoon or a spiritual journey, the best time to visit Uttarakhand is the summer season. The temperature in Uttarakhand in winter can get really low, with some places experiencing snowfall.
It is not advisable to plan a travel during monsoon in Uttarakhand. However, monsoon season is the best time to visit Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand, this is when all colourful flowers are in the full bloom. At higher elevations, there is abundant snowfall during winter in Uttarakhand. Auli near Joshimath is a popular ski resort in Uttarakhand.
Since more than 80 percent of the state has mountainous terrain, Uttarakhand is visited by travellers looking to beat the heat of lower plains or to enjoy snowfall in Uttarakhand. The state witnesses a three-season climate pattern – Summer, Autumn, and Winter – with a short burst of spring. Dehradun, with its proximity to the river plains, has hotter and drier summer compared to alpine regions. Plenty of springs and waterfalls near Dehradun are ideal to visit in summer. The Valley of Flowers speckled with a variety of fresh blooms, wandering shepherds and nomadic tribes, and the oncoming of tourist season in Uttarakhand make the summer season worth witnessing.
Climate in Uttarakhand
Summer Season in Uttarakhand
Summer in Uttarakhand is synonymous with life. Once the flowers reach their bloom, people of
Uttarakhand indulge in all sorts of festivities and daily chores that winter puts on hold. The famous Char
Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand lasts from May to September. Early spring around mid-April is ideal for
getting the best deals on packages and hotels in Uttarakhand. So, if you’re planning a trek in Uttarakhand
or a romantic getaway, summer is the best time to visit Uttarakhand.
Monsoon Season in Uttarakhand
Monsoon in Uttarakhand lasts usually from mid-June to September. The higher Himalayan region
witnesses heavy rainfall in these months. While Dehradun, Nainital, and Rishikesh also experience strong
showers. Monsoon is a favorable season to plan a trip to Uttarakhand only if you don’t mind being wet all
the time. However, hotel prices and other costs are lower as monsoon is considered a low tourist season in
Winter Season in Uttarakhand
Lasting from November through February, winter is the best season to visit Uttarakhand for honeymoon
and family vacations. Nainital in winter is a picture-perfect hill station to visit with your better half if
you’re looking for a rendezvous. Rishikesh – the spiritual and rafting capital of India – is visited by scores
of travellers looking to enjoy camping and white water rafting. Mussoorie and its nearby hill stations offer
all the rewards a family can ask for in a holiday. The Jim Corbett National Park in winter is another great
destination to visit as there are higher odds of spotting wildlife on a winter’s day. So, Uttarakhand in
winter is as heavenly as the Kashmir Valley.
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Trip to UttarakhandThe arrangement was good....having said that, the way they coordinated was something that could be appreciated specially "Sudhir Barthwal" and "Rohit" The concern person was available on calls at any point of time....Awesome Experience...!!! Keep it up guys...!!
Trip to UttarakhandHotel current was not there full night except that everything was good Traveling in ice
Trip to UttarakhandNikita is the best Trip planner, she made sure that we get everything just as promised. Throughout the trip, she responded well whenever there were any issues regarding driver and car. Nikita, u did excellent job. Thanks a lot for more than a trip planner for us.
Trip to UttarakhandI want to share how much I have enjoyed choosing Doon travel for my Uttarakhand trip. Indu Rawat has made my travel as painles as possible. She made sure that she has proactively resolved all the becoming bad situations. Just an FYI & pat on the back for excellent service.
Trip to UttarakhandWe had booked our trip to Uttarakhand in March through Travel Traingle and we got the best value quote from Trip Birbal. Deepak ji from Trip Birbal assisted me through out the trip and has been absolute help during the trip. We were a group of 2 families (4 adults and 2 kids) and a Toyota Innova was arranged for trip from Delhi. The driver was on time or rather before time to receive us and a wonderful person. He gave us pointers to good dhabas and restaurant on the way. Since we were getting late while reaching Rishikesh, he suggested us to take a mini halt in Haridwar and we got to see Ganga Arti at Har Ki Paidi. We stayed in Hotel Shivay (OYO) near Lakshman Jhoola. The room was ok. We had to start next day for Joshimath and we requested for an early breakfast which could not be accommodated. We got the breakfast at 8:15 AM but the breakfast was too good. Everything was fresh and they even packed a sandwich for my daughter for id way. Our journey to Joshimath started at around 9:00 AM and we took a few halts including the one at Dev Prayag where we filled a bottle for Ganga Jal. It was raining heavily and the roads are under construction so we took a little longer than expected to reach Joshimath. We called Himalayan Abode in advance and they were at the gate to receive us despite heavy rains. The food was homely with Fulkas and Dal. Very good food. When we got up in the morning, the view from rooms were superb with snow clad mountain peaks and Alaknanda river flowing by the side. Breakfast were delicios Parathas and Poha. We liked the home stay very much and the hospitality of the staff. The driver took us to few places in Joshimath including Dev Prayag, Joshimath Temple and Cable Car. We decided against taking the cable car and our expert driver took us to Blue Poppy resort. The service from Blue Poppy resort was lacking in quite a few aspects. Despite we letting them know in advance, our luggage was not picked from the cab for almost 2 hours. The rooms we were supposed to stay were not proper with bathrooms having leaked water. It took the staff couple of hours to fix that. The views from the resort was awesome and if I had to give ratings to the resort that would be only for these spectacular views and accessibility of the resort by the road. The staff was hardworking, very polite but may be they had reduced staff for some reason. They did try to take care of our demands with the means available to them. However, I do believe there was some area for improvement. They also need to clean up the cafeteria which though had very beautiful views outside, was filled with lots of flies inside the cafeteria. The food was OK and they could always do with few more food categories given it was a resort. The resort also has Hanuman temple nearby and you get to hear good Bhajans and Aarti during morning and evening. We came back to stay at Hotel Shivaya and we were given better rooms this time. The rooms on 2nd floor are better than the rooms on 1st floor. We ordered the dinner and were served with amazing food. We were told that our driver had a medical emergency and he needs to rush home so we would get a different cab to drop us to Delhi. We stayed in hotel Urmi in Haridwar and the hotel was good although about 3 Kms from Har Ki Paidi on the highway to Rishikesh. Food and Service was awesome. Rooms were awesome. Again Thank You Very Much Travel Traingle and Trip Birbal for arranging an unforgettable trip. Highly recommend!!
Trip to UttarakhandThe service was at its best except that I was not given an early morning Safari and instead an afternoon 2pm slot in Corbett.
Trip to UttarakhandI started planning for 7 people and ultimately booked the Rishikesh 2D1N package for a total of 19 people. My 2 words on the matter in a Pro/Con format - AMANTRAN camp: PROs: 1. Excellent agent support. The TT executive was there throughout to guide me through the booking process. Adjusted her schedule at late hours to accommodate my queries. 2. Detailed Itenerary. Each item promised was pre-agreed, hence saved a lot of negotiation. Everything was on mail. 3. Flexible payment installments. No upfront payment necessary. 4. Rafting was a great experience. CONS: 1. The camp staff was a bit tipsy, so we had difficulty getting food/amenities. 2. As promised, we didn't get the games on first day. We had to manage with the stuff they provided on Day 2. 3. Electricity was down. We wanted to camp but that didn't mean we didn't want electricity too. 4. We didn't get a personal guide as promised. And they didn't arrange a pick up and drop as agreed. If you want a camping experience within budget, this is the go-to option. But if you necessarily require activities. consider other camps.
Trip to UttarakhandCab was in very bad condition. Seats were very uncomfortable. AC water was leaking continuously. Some seats were borken also. Driver seat was also broken. Everything else was ok but condition was pathetic. .
Trip to UttarakhandIt was good planned trip Ganga Aarti at Haridwar and beautiful Nainital, superb jungle of Corbett
Trip to UttarakhandIt was superb trip.Thanks Leena for all .I am not sertisfy with one hotel Sunita hotel in kausuni staff and manager behaviour is not supporting even they arague with us for one hour so pls don't give this hotel to any one and I don't know who is Mr.Ajay Ur manager or wat they talked very rudely even I m nt happy with mr.Ajay .all over rather than kausuni the trip was superb.....
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There are many items and handicrafts one can pick up in Uttarakhand such as wooden handicrafts, rice and tea items, woolens, strawberries, handmade accessories and cherries and apples.
Yes, permits are required for certain treks in Uttarkhand and tourists can find out all the necessary infromation beforehand from the tourist office. The permits can also be availed from the tourist office after submitting ID proof and photographs.
Uttarkhand is completely safe for tourists as there is heavy security and precautionary measures in place all around. As a cautionary safety measure, tourists should avoid staying in hotels that are built on the flood plains of a river and shoudl avoid driving during the rainy season as there could be landslides. Apart from this, Uttarakhand is a delightful destiantion to enjoy a holiday in.
Tourists can find several authentic tasty dishes in Uttarakhand like: Bal Mithai is a chocolate-like fudge, made from roasted khoya and coated with white sugar. Dubka is made from different kinds of lentils which are ground and made into a curry-like dish and flavored with different spices. Chains is a dish made out of whole urad that are roasted, ground and made into a soup. Kaap is prepared with spinach leaves that are made into a paste and then cooked. Jhoi is a dish that is seasoned with curry leaves and curd.
The off-season in Uttrakhand is from April through September during the monsoon season when the prices fall and tourists can avail heavy discounts on their tour packages.
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