The best time to visit Haridwar is from October to February when the weather is pleasant. However, Haridwar experiences a moderate climate throughout the year, allowing the devotees to take part in different ceremonies and rituals. If you are a pilgrim, the best time to visit would be during the Kanwar Mela in July and Diwali in October.
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The month of March is pleasant for spending holidays in Haridwar, as the weather is neither too cold nor too hot. The skies are painted in blue during the daytime, becomes orange during dawn and splattering red during sunsets. You get the best views of Haridwar from Lakshman Jhula. Ramnavami celebrations in Haridwar can be enjoyed during this time as well. April marks the arrival of plenty of sunshine and days start getting warmer due to the rise in temperature. However, the ambience of this weather is ideally warm enough to go on outdoor trips. The clear blues skies will make your excursions even more joyful. Whether you chose to take a holy dip or go out for exploring the mesmerising sights, the weather will not be a hindrance in your venture.
The month of May is characterized by warm mornings and breezy nights. The temperature remains at a pleasant level during the daytime, so you can still enjoy your outdoor trips. The invigorating river streams add a cooling effect to the warm ambience. If you have plans for pilgrimage tours, the evening is the best time to go out as you can attend Arti on the shores and take a holy bath as well. The weather gets typically hot in June. This month is all about lots of sunshine and mildly overcast days. Also, during the month of June, the Saavan festival in Haridwar invities thousands of devotees, so make sure you come in a bit early to enjoy the festival. Outdoor travels are quite arduous because of the sunny days. Plan your visits to the ancient temples and old monuments in the evenings, as it is somewhat manageable ? thanks to the cool breeze. If you do want to go out during the daytime, make sure to wear protective sun-gears and apply an ample amount of sunscreen.
Haridwar in Monsoon (July - September)
The arrival of July brings about a change in the weather patterns of Haridwar as dark blue skies and thundering clouds replace the warm winds. Spells of rainfall keep on refreshing the environment, making the daytime ventures quite enjoyable and revitalising. Since monsoons are not preferred for tourism, you can avail the special offers and discounted deals on accommodations and tour packages. Dark clouds keep dominating the skies in August, because of which the holy lands are drenched with heavy rains. The rainfalls lend a serene touch to the ambience and provide much-needed relief from the blistering heat. Haridwar looks even more amazing after being washed by storms, and rain lovers will have a great time during monsoons. It is necessary to carry proper rain gear while venturing outdoors.
Monsoons continue into September. The intermittent rains and cloudy days make it inconvenient for sightseeing activities, but rain lovers can make the most out of the enchanting ambience created by the refreshing showers. If you want to treat your eyes with the panoramic views of Haridwar, this is the best time to visit this region and witness the fantastic vistas unifying with nature. October enjoys pleasant weather with ample amount of sunshine during daytime while the nights are significantly more relaxed. The places near the shores are quite windy, and you can see many people worshipping and bathing in the Ghats. Even the festival of Diwali is celebrated in Haridwar around October. Monsoons are considered as a difficult time to travel to Haridwar, mainly because of the increased possibilities of roadblocks during the season and also because of the activities being shut down. However, the month of July holds religious significance in Haridwar as the Kanwar Mela is celebrated in this month.
Haridwar in Winter (October - February)
The chill inviting days in Haridwar begin in November. The entire month is ideally pleasant for spending enjoyable holidays or going on a pilgrimage tour in this holy city. Winters are also a favoured time to plan sightseeing tours and take boat rides in rivulets. As the temperature tends to drop by a few degrees in the evenings, especially by the end of November, it is advisable to carry light woollens. The month of December is blessed with lovely sunny days and hence the ideal month for tourism. Even though it is still winter, the skies remain partially cloudy. The temperature continues to drop down further while remaining within a comfortable range, as the month approaches its end. Do not forget to pack warm jackets, heavy woollens and boots to make the most out of your sightseeing and pilgrimage tours.
January remains very cold as well, characterised by a mildly blowing breeze. The welcoming climate revitalises everything around this holy city. Pilgrimage tours at dawn and sightseeing during sunset must not be missed if you are visiting Haridwar in January. The weather during February gets pleasurable for the tourists, as the days bring sunshine with minimal overcast. It is comfortably warm during the daytime, which cuts the edge off the wintry weather.