What is the best time to visit Vaishno Devi?

Even though the place is open throughout the year for pilgrims and tourists, March to October is the best time to visit Vaishno Devi. The weather is comfortable during these months, and a lot of devotees plan their trip during the Navaratras. Until you're physically fit and a snow enthusiast, winters are not the season for your visit. The festivals of Sharad (Autumn), the period of Chaitra (Spring) and the festival of Navratras and New Year also witness peak rush. 

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Monthly Weather in Vaishno Devi

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 4 20
February 9 23
March 11 27
April 17 35
May 21 38
June 22 36
July 24 34
August 24 34
September 21 34
October 16 32
November 9 24
December 6 21

Vaishno Devi in Summer (March - June)

Beginning from the March, the summer months May, June, July are ideally the best time for a visit to the holy caves of Vaishno Devi. The days are although quite hot in the months of May and June, but it cools down by the evening, making the experience pleasant for the pilgrims. Wearing light woollen clothes is advisable due to the low temperatures at higher altitudes. This season is especially ideal for those, who don't want to be trapped in the rush of the crowd.
Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan
Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan

Vaishno Devi in Autumn (October & November)

This is the peak season of the pilgrims, owing to the festive seasons. Nowhere will you see such a crowd of enthusiastic devotees roaring 'Jai Mata Di' as in October, during the time of the Navaratras. Although during and after Diwali, the crowd starts thinning, which makes it another ideal time for a visit. Those traveling by the new road, cut beside Ardh Kumari, are bound to be mesmerized by the beauty of the scenery from the trek on the Trikuta Hills.
Entrance to Vaishno Devi
Entrance to Vaishno Devi

A thumb rule to plan one's journey is to log on to the Official Website of Vaishno Devi and check the number of pilgrims that are arriving daily to visit the Shrine. If the average number is below 15,000 to 18,000, you can expect fewer crowds at the temple. This would mean a comfortable and satisfying yatra. Take a refreshing break from the city life to answer the call of Vaishno Devi and embark on a memorable yatra to the Holy Shrine.

Vaishno Devi in Monsoon (July - September)

The monsoon season at Vaishno Devi is from August to September. In monsoons, mother nature is at her best. You get to see breathtaking waterfalls surrounded by lush green forest. The region receives medium to heavy rainfall. Therefore, it is not advisable to take a yatra to the shrine due to the risk of mudslides. Monsoons are ideal for budget travellers, who always seek discounts and offers. As monsoon is an offseason, the prices for flights and hotels are lowest. This is the best time to visit Vaishno Devi if you have a tight budget or you love natural beauty. Make sure to carry umbrellas and raincoats.
Vaishno Devi Bhawan
Vaishno Devi Bhawan

Vaishno Devi in Winter (December - February)

The winter months of December and January witness snowfall. Barring young kids and the physically infirm, the period can prove to be a very charming one to visit the Shrine. The Holy Cave Vaishno Devi is also open during the winters to provide a mystical experience performing Darshans through this cave. The weather here in winters is characterised by a sub-zero level temperature in addition to snowfall. The harsh temperature makes the pilgrimage difficult, but devotees still take the yatra for the Holy Cave. Wearing heavy woollen clothes is advisable. Unless you're physically fit and raring to go, this is not the ideal season for a visit.
Vaishno in Winter
Vaishno Devi in Winter

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