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Jammu and Kashmir Weather And Best Time To Visit Jammu and Kashmir
Located in the Himalayas, the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir can be split into three climatic regions namely: Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh. Jammu is the winter capital, whereas Srinagar is the summer capital.
The best time to visit the 'Kashmir' region is from April to October, as it has a pleasant weather in the summer months and gets cold in the months of winter. The valley gets covered with blossoms and the orchards are heavy with fruits during summer. However, winter is the best time to visit the 'Jammu' region, from the months of October to March, when the maximum temperature is around 18 degree Celsius and the minimum is 4 degree Celsius on some days.
Here's a snapshot of Jammu and Kashmir’s weather and quick guide to help you decide the best time to visit the ‘Paradise on earth’.
Summer (March to May)
The Jammu region has a sub tropical climate and the summer is hot. The temperature starts soaring in the month of March and is at its peak in the month of April. The maximum temperature in summer can go as high as 45 degree Celsius.
Kashmir is quite pleasant with the temperature varying from 14 to 30 degree Celsius. Some days can be slightly on the hotter side, but the evenings are usually pleasant. Ladakh has a similar climate, but it is advisable to cover your skin to prevent sunburn while stepping out during the daytime.
Monsoon (June to August)
Jammu enjoys a good amount of rain during the monsoon. Rains make the evenings cooler, but humidity remains the same during the daytime. Hence, it is advisable not to visit Jammu during the monsoon. However, Kashmir and Ladakh don't receive much rain and the weather is fairly pleasant during these months.
Autumn (September & October)
With the onset of autumn, there is relief from rain and humidity in the Jammu region. The average temperature dips down and the weather becomes pleasant. The temperature varies from 20 degree Celsius to 30 degree Celsius.
Autumn is the season of different colours in Kashmir, where the changing colours of the leaves lend it a vibrant Hue. The landscapes have a magnetic appeal. The maximum temperature during the day is around 23 degree Celsius but the nights are cooler.
Winter (November to February)
November marks the onset of the winter season in both Jammu and Kashmir regions. There is chilly wind sneaking into Jammu. The temperature is usually between 4 degree Celsius and 18 degree Celsius. This is the best time for sightseeing in Jammu for those who care for snow.
Kashmir witnesses heavy snowfall in winters with temperature varying from -2 degree Celsius to 10 degree Celsius. Though there is a lesser number of tourists in Srinagar around this time, Gulmarg attracts a large number of tourists interested in adventure sports.