Best time to visit Uttarakhand
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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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FAQ's of Uttarakhand
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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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