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What is the best time to visit Nainital?

Nainital, a beautiful town with a mystic charm attracts tourists almost all through the year. However, the best time to visit Nainital is from March to June which is the summer/ spring season in the country. Most people want to escape the scorching heat in the country and prefer visiting Nainital. For the snow lovers, a trip can be planned from late November to February which is the winter season. Monsoons are not always recommended when it comes to exploring the town as it receives heavy downpour.

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Monthly Weather in Nainital

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 7 16
February 10 20
March 13 24
April 19 29
May 22 31
June 22 31
July 22 29
August 23 29
September 22 28
October 18 26
November 13 22
December 9 18

Nainital in Summer (March - June)

March to September marks the summer season of Nainital. It is also the peak tourism season and the best time to visit the town as the weather remains pleasant and favourable all through the day. The minimum temperature hovers around 11°C, and the maximum is about 28°C allowing tourists to explore and enjoy several attractions to the fullest. While there, one can witness the festival of Phool Dei which is celebrated in March by picking the first flowers of the season and placing them on the entrance of each house to bring good luck and prosperity.
Nainital Lake in Summer
Nainital Lake in Summer
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Winter season in Nainital begins in October and lasts till February. The temperature ranges between 0°C and15°C. October is the most preferred month for tourists in the season because the climate remains calm and pleasant. November onwards, till December, the hill station become misty and colder. December onwards the mercury drops further and the region also receives snowfall. The winter season, therefore, is a favourable time for tourists coming from areas with moderate temperatures.
Snow in terrace farming
Snow in Terrace Farming
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While in Nainital, tourists can witness the winter festivals. Bikhauti is celebrated in October on the first day of Navaratri. Locals sow grains and seek blessings for a better harvesting season that year. Winter Fair or Sharadotsav is also celebrated in October. One can get a glimpse into the traditional/ folk celebrations of the town. January brings Uttarayani and Basant Panchami which marks the end of snowfall in Nainital. These celebrations are a window to the colourful traditions and the rich culture of the town which can only be seen when in Nainital.

July to September is monsoon season which is not the best time to visit Nainital. The climate remains wet throughout as the town receives a right amount of rainfall. The average annual rain the region gets is around 1700 mm. Since Nainital has a hilly terrain, it is most susceptible to landslides and roadblocks, making it unsafe for tourists. For the offbeat traveller, the town has lush greenery, fewer crowds, and discounted rates too. For those seeking to travel on a smaller budget, this is the right time to strike gold. One can even witness the festival of Khatarua and the Nanda Devi Fair during the season.
Nainital Roads after the Rains
Nainital roads after the rains
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