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Uttarakhand Weather And Best Time To Visit Uttarakhand
Travel to Uttarakhand is enjoyable throughout the year, other than when the rainy season peaks in July and August. Uttarakhand tends to receive heavy rainfall, making sightseeing and tourism tricky. Summers are when the majority of tourist’s flock to Uttarakhand's balmy weather to escape the sweltering heat. The summer climate here is extremely pleasant throughout the day and cool at nights due to high altitudes. Winters can be bitterly cold in certain parts of the state but also lend a unique charm to the area. The most popular time for tourist visit Uttarakhand is definitely winter.
Summer (March - June)
As mentioned earlier, this is the best time to visit and explore Uttarakhand. The weather is well balanced through majority of these months, with temperatures averaging 20 to 35°C, not exceeding 40°C. Sightseeing and all outdoor activities, including pilgrimages tend to take place during these months. However, visitors must be well clad when travelling here, even in the summer.
Winter (October - February)
Winter season kicks in from early October and lasts all the way till February. The weather tends to drop down to as low as 0°C. Certain parts of the Uttarakhand state do experience sub-zero temperatures and are shut to the public during the winter season. Extreme weather conditions can hamper outdoor activities in the area at times, but those willing to brave the conditions are rewarded with stunning views of the Himalayas and surrounding natural beauty.
Monsoon (July - September)
This is the least popular season for tourists to visit Uttarakhand. The state tends to be subjected to relentless rainfall during this season. Although this makes the surrounding greenery stand out at times, the dangers of cloud bursts, landslides and flooding make it a risky place to visit. Roadways tend to be slippery, with poor visibility; and outdoor activities tend to get adversely affected by the weather conditions. Hence, travel here is not advisable during the monsoon season.