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What is the best time to visit Srinagar?

Srinagar has pleasant weather with a soothing temperature making it a go-to destination throughout the year. However, April to October is the best time to visit Srinagar. With freezing winters and hot summers, Srinagar is best visited during the Autumn months from September to November however, monsoons are also a great time that transforms this beautiful place into a magnificent landscape.

Weather in Srinagar

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Monthly Weather in Srinagar

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 0 17
February 3 22
March 6 26
April 11 34
May 15 37
June 16 38
July 20 35
August 19 34
September 16 34
October 9 32
November 3 25
December -0 23

Srinagar in Summer (March - June)

Summers in the valley, which comes along between April and September, can be slightly sweltering. As and when the maximum temperature reaches 30 degrees Celsius, it can get quite disagreeable. The minimum temperature, on the other hand, is a pleasing 14-degree Celsius. To put it straight, travelling to Srinagar during the summer is a bit of a gamble. The weather might be just right for you to have a heavenly vacation, or it could become so scorching that you don’t want to leave the comfort of your hotel room. Nevertheless, one of Srinagar’s most beloved festivals takes place during the summer season. Baisakhi is celebrated every year in April, and it is a celebration to behold. While it is a Sikh festival (marking the start of the Sikh new year), in Srinagar it is celebrated by one and all. The epicentre of the jubilation is a place called Badamwari. Surrounded by almond blossoms, this location is ideal for the auspicious inauguration of the New Year. While the weather could be unexpected, you wouldn't want to miss the Baisakhi festivities.
Landscape view of Srinagar
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Not much rainfall is seen during the monsoon season in Srinagar, but the season of autumn (which takes place approximately between September and October) transforms this place into a beautiful landscape. The trees look spectacular with their golden leaves, and it seems as if the entire city has turned into an idyllic garden. Although the weather can tend to be wintry, it is still quite comfortable for people to roam about and discover the city. Especially when you are taking a Shikara trip across the Dal Lake, the cooling winds that caress you are a sensation like none other. Autumn /Monsoon is an ideal time to visit the city. While the weather can become frosty, it is nowhere near the minimum temperature of the winter months. On the other hand, the heat never rises to the extent that it does during summer. All in all, if you plan your Srinagar trip during the months of September and October, you will be in for a delightful vacation.
Dal Lake on a monsoon afternoon
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Winter in Srinagar lasts from October to March when the temperature ranges between 0 degrees to 15-degree Celsius. Winter mornings are especially pleasurable since the bright morning sun takes the edge off the cold. It makes a perfect climate for taking a stroll on the streets of Srinagar. Winter is also the season for two important festivals that takes place in the city; Shivratri in February which celebrates the benevolence and might of Lord Shiva in North India. Most temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, including the famous Shankaracharya Temple are richly decorated, and the sight is a must to behold. The second major festival, Nuroz, takes place at the end of the Winter season. Nuroz is an Armenian festival celebrated in March and is extremely popular among the locals of Srinagar. There is light to heavy snowfall during December and January when most tourists flock to Srinagar. Although many tourists flock to Srinagar during this time, there is however a downside to this. The roads are blocked most times which might hinder your travel plans. So if by any chance you're visiting Srinagar during this time, plan your trip with caution.
Dal Lake during winters
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Water Sports at Nagin Lake

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Baramulla

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The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar holds South Asia's largest Tulip Festival in the months of April - May near the Dal Lake. Named after the former Prime Minister of India, Late Indira Gandhi, this is where the aesthetic dream of viewing a thousand flowers at once comes to life. The Tulip festival is celebrated in the garden every year, at the onset of spring, for the visitor's delight.

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