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Tourist Places to Visit in Uttrakhand in Summer

Northern India has emerged as a favourite tourist destination amongst travellers of all age groups across geographies, with several tourist attractions in Uttarakhand in summer with family and friends. The majestic presence of the towering Himalayan range calls for numerous pretty hill stations with a myriad display of bugyals, valleys, lakes, caves, forests and falls. Uttarakhand is stippled with innumerable places that tourists target to travel during summer.

Adorned with a few Char Dhams, Badrinath, Mukteshwar, Haridwar and many 
more holy places attracts pilgrims. While lesser known destinations like Auli, Lansdowne, Mount Abott, Nag Tibba, Tehri, Chakrata and many other sleepy hamlets calls forth nature lovers, mountaineers and adventure lovers either for a relaxed trip, luxury holiday or to be just one with mother nature.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand in summer:

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Rishikesh is considered to be the centre for Yoga, spiritual studies and mediation are precisely located in the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range with the mighty Ganges flowing endlessly. Experience pure bliss at Swarg Ashram which is devoid of traffic, alcohol and non-vegetarian free enclave built for everyone to access and is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand in summer.

The Yoga capital of the world draws visitors from every walk of life. Saints, nature enthusiasts, adventure lovers or backpackers, everyone enjoys a piece of the pie here.

Average Temperature during summer: 14 – 27 degree Celsius.

Things/activities to do: River rafting, giant swing, cliff jumping, flying fox, Ayurveda spa, yoga and trekking.

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It was only when Lt. Frederick Young of the East India company came hunting to this place, did he discoverd the queen of the hills, Mussoorie. The marvellous view of the colossal mountains changing colours with the sky is in pattern with the sunlight. Mussoorie should be in the bucket list of places to visit Uttarakhand in summer due to its ease of accessibility.

It has numerous interesting places to visit both natural and man-made. Kempty fall, Gun hill, Soham heritage centre, camel back road, Jhalarpani Falls , Mussoorie lake and the famous Mall.

Average Temperature During Summer: 14 – 26 degree Celsius.

Things/activities to do:
Trekking, camping, photography, nature walk and skywalk.

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Auli is an ideal place to visit Uttarakhand in summer. This hill station is surrounded by conifers and oaks while Nanda Devi and Nar Parvat stand vigilant offering a towering presence. Auli is home to several boutique resorts and cosy nooks for tourist travelling from far-flung places to ward off the rising temperature.

The highest man-made lake in the world is here for you to gaze at the confluence of nature and human being. Gorson Bugyal is like magic amidst the mountains, it amazes with the myriad shades of green.

Average Temperature during summer: 8 – 15 degree Celsius.

Things/activities to do: Skiing, camping, trekking and photography.

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Kausani is one of those places to visit Uttarakhand in summer because of the panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks of Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. Kausani is a paradise on earth for nature lovers. The melodious chirping of the birds wakes you up in the morning and the day long view of the grasslands, mountains and valleys keeps you enthralled and is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand in summer.

The father of our nation spent a few days in Kauasani and called it, “The Switzerland of India” due to the stark similarity. Try buying the lovely shawls, woollen wear and other handicraft items crafted by the local villagers.

Average Temperature during summer: 19 – 30 degree celsius.

Things/activities to do: Mountain biking, rappelling, rock climbing, trekking and nature walk.

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When British raj discovered Lansdowne as a military garrison, little did they know that this quaint hill station will become a major tourist hub in the near future. The Garhwal Rifles of the Indian army have their dignified presence in securing the region. Major tourists are drawn towards the War memorial, Tip and Toe viewpoint, Kaleshwar temple, Museum and St. Mary’s Church and it is very famous places to visit in Uttarakhand in summer.

This little town has all that it takes to be a popular tourist destination during the dog days.

Average Temperature during summer: 15- 30 degree Celsius.

Things/activities to do: Boating, hiking, jungle safari, shopping and photography

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Nag Tibba

Nag Tibba, literally translated as Serpent’s peak is the highest peak in the lesser Himalayan range. Locals believe that the abode of the God of snakes protects their cattle, thus the villages frequent this place to offer prayers. The dramatic landscape of this very place will virtually transport you to a land of tranquillity and serenity and is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand in summer.

The fresh air, delicious local food, innocent villagers and pure stream water just add on to the state.

Average Temperature during summer: 10 – 25 degree celsius.

Things/activities to do: Camping, rafting, body Surfing, trekking, river crossing, valley crossing and bridge slithering.

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The rhythmic chants of Shiva by the devotees fills up this place with divine bliss. This holy site for Hindus is an amongst the four Chota Char Dham situated in Rudraprayag. The land of gods, also called the Devbhumi has numerous ashrams, Dharamshala, temple and yoga retreats.

The rich flora and fauna of this place make it a hot favourite for nature lovers along with pilgrims. Stay at a humble homestay with basic amenities to see the village life from close quarters.

Average Temperature during summer: 5 – 15 degree Celsius.

Things/activities to do: Yoga, temple hopping, nature walk and photography.

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Abbott Mount

This dwarf hill station is huddled in the lap of Kali Kumaon of Champawat district. Mount Abbott happens to be the base camp for the Mahaseer fishing in Pancheshwar. This tiny little place is embellished with austere European bungalows with manicured gardens and play areas and an old church to offer prayers.

Every little structure in Abbott Mount has a story to narrate to the person in search of drama. Spend a blissful summer surrounded by boundless nature and serenity. Spend some tranquil time as this hamlet is devoid of ATMs, petrol pumps or a restaurant.

Average Temperature during summer: 10 – 20 degree Celsius.

Things/activities to do: Nature-walk and photography.

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This stunning hill station is considered to be amongst the best mountainside getaways and one of the most beautiful places to visit in Uttarakhand. Located in the Garhwal region, it is often referred to as the ‘Mini Switzerland of India’ for its scenic beauty.

This largely unexplored destination is the perfect destination for not only nature lovers but also for those who love adventures that come with trekking, rock climbing, camping, and spotting rare Himalayan wildlife. It is one of the few places to offer views of 41 best-known Himalayan peaks like Trishul, Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, etc. The forested beauty of the place is further accentuated by emerald-green meadows and the mysticism that comes with 1000-year-old worship places and legends.

Highlight of the place: The 1000-year-old Tungnath Temple, one of the highest Shiva Temples in the world including other ancient temples like Kalimath, Ukhimath, and Omkar Ratneshwar Mahadev. Explore treks like Chandrashila, Devaria Tal, Rohini Bugyal, etc. Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary for spotting the elusive musk deer, Himalayan Griffon, snow leopards, Himalayan pit viper, etc.

Best time to visit: Summer (March-June) is the best time to visit Chopta to escape the heat of the plains. Travellers who love wintersports must-visit during winters (November-March) when the place is shrouded in thick snow. The monsoon season (July-August) brings landslides, and its best to check with the locals before travelling.
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Sitting high on the Kumaon hills of Nainital district, Mukteshwar is a hot pick out of all the places to visit Uttarakhand in Summer. Mukteshwar attracts many tourists due to the 350 year old Shiva temple, Mukteshwar Dham neatly situated atop the highest peak.

Listen to the rustling of Deodar trees while on a walk along the forest path, little birds chirping, woody aroma of the jungle and a distant view of snow-capped mountains changing colour, sounds like an ideal hill station holiday.

Average Temperature during summer: 12 – 25 degree Celsius

Things/activities to do: Nature walk, photography, meditation and adventure sports.

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Nestled amongst the higher peaks of the Himalayas, Almora adorns the southern edge of the Kumaon hills. Considered as the cultural heart of the Kumaon region, this place has been referred to several times in Indian mythology and is also among the best places to visit in Uttarakhand in summer This region alone boasts of 4000 plus species of plants, thus a hot favourite for Botanists and nature lovers. Katarmal, the 800 year old sun temple, Kasar Devi built on a mountain peak, Chitai Golu Devta temple and Nanda Devi are a few holy places in this region.

The rich cultural heritage, locally crafted knick knacks, the traditional cuisine of Kumaon and captivating snow-capped mountains will offer an enriching experience of Uttarakhand.

Average Temperature During Summer: 12 – 32 degree Celsius.

Things/activities to do: Trekking, birding, shopping and photography.

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This erstwhile cantonment of the British Army is one of the best places to visit Uttarakhand in summer along with friends and family. The exceptionally beautiful mountain roads traversing through rhododendron, conifer and oak forest lead to the picturesque Chakrata.

The region is adorned with several spots of tourist interest like the Tiger falls, Kanasar, Chilmiri, Deoban, Kalsi, Lakhamandal, Budher and Mundali meadows. A few resorts, home stays and boutique hotels can add on to the warmth and charm of this place and make your stay at Chakrata a memorable one.

Average Temperature during summer: 10 – 30 degree Celsius.

Things/activities to do: Mountain trail, photography, forest walk and adventure sports.

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Rulers of the Kumaon region, the Chand kings made Binsar their home for a couple of months during the summers and the saga is on for the modern day tourists too. Binsar is a trekkers paradise for its several trekking trails. It has also attracted renowned biologist and zoologist as it is home to rare flora and fauna, as it is surrounded by wildlife sanctuary.

Though the weather is pleasant round the year, summers attract majority tourism in this region. The appeal of this place is its panoramic view of the snow-capped Himalayan mountain range.

Average Temperature During Summer: 15 – 33 degree Celsius

Things/activities to do: Birding, trekking, nature trails, photography.

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Almora district of Uttarakhand is adorned by several scenic hill stations. The strikingly charming destination, Ranikhet is one of the most sought after places to visit Uttarakhand in summer. The resonance of the many hundred bells adorning Jhula Devi Temple can be heard from the distant mountains where the various hues of green have merged with each other and endure in harmony with the flora and fauna.

This Queen’s land has several interesting places, Bhalu Dam, Chaubatia, Ranikhet club, Orchards, Holm Farm and many more which draws tourist attention since decades.

Average Temperature during summer: 8 – 22 degree Celsius.

Things/activities to do: Golfing, temple hopping, hiking, shopping, trekking and photography.

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Tucked on the banks of the Bhagirathi flowing ceaselessly, Uttarkashi is one of the most sought after places to visit Uttarakhand in summer. This place is home to several ashrams and temples, out of which a few are century old and of historic relevance. The much celebrated Manikarnika Ghat is on the Asi ghat which also has a Shiva temple similar to the Kashi Vishwanath.

Several mountaineering institutes of world repute have their presence on this land along with other touristy places like the Maneri Dam, Nachiketa tal, Mahidanda, Dayara Bugyal, Ujeli and Matli. Spend a few days to rekindle your thoughts of our cosmic presence.

Average Temperature during summer: 15 – 30 degree Celsius.

Things/activities to do: Temple tour, hiking, camping, rock climbing and photography.

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Ruskin Bond has referred this place in many of his writings, it’s time to unravel the inner beauty of this place. A major portion of the forest has been cleared to construct a lake and the Tehri dam which is the pride of the locals here.

The world’s largest hydroelectric power is harnessed here from the rivers Bhagirathi and Bhilangana. Tehri Garhwal is dotted with temples and old Forts built by the erstwhile king dating back to 823 

Average Temperature during summer: 16 – 27 degree Celsius.

Things/activities to do: Skiing, trekking, temple hopping, bird watching, fishing and photography.

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Neatly tucked amidst the Doon valley with the Garhwal hills in the backdrop, Dehradun is a popular summer destination for many. The town boasts of several caves, natural springs, waterfalls and trekking trails and it is one of the famous places to visit in Uttarakhand in summer.

The localites  spend their precious weekend at The Robber’s cave which is a popular picnic spot. Lacchiwala is yet another favourite amongst the tourists, as it offers splendid sunrise and sunset vistas.

Average Temperature During Summer: 23 – 34 degree Celsius.

Things/activities to do: Trekking, picnic, cave exploration, hiking and photography,

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Haridwar is a must visit place while touring Northern India. As per Hindu mythology, this ancient city is the place where Lord Shiva released Ganga from his locks. The grandeur of Haridwar Kumbh Mela, organised every 12 years is a sight worth watching. Millions of devotees, pilgrims and tourists worldwide come to Haridwar to wash away their sins.

This colourful and chaotic city during the day takes a serene state during the Ganga Aarti, where devotees feel a direct cosmic connect with the spiritual world.

Average Temperature During Summer: 20 – 40 degree Celsius.

Things/activities to do: Yoga, temple hopping, Ayurveda treatment, photography and street food feasting.

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This holy town in Chamoli district is in the world, being one of the most important spiritual ground of Char Dham. Though the Badrinath temple has been destroyed by natural catastrophes several times, it still manages to draw maximum no. of tourists every year.

Enveloped by the mountain duo, Nar and Narayan which offers a magnificent backdrop to the shrine, Tapt Kund, the hot water spring adds on to the magical beauty of this place. Experience divine blessings from Lord Shiva within the sanctum sanctorum.

Average Temperature during summer: 7 – 18 degree Celsius.

Things/activities to do: Temple tour, photography and mountain trails.

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Munsiyari is a commonly used name for every trekker, for this is the starting point of various treks of interior Himalayas. This place has been demarcated as an important Bird area in Uttarakhand. Often referred to as, “Little Kashmir”, it offers a stunning view of the snow-capped Himalayas, especially Panchchuli.

There are some breathtaking locations in Munsiyari, like the Birthi Falls, Thamri Kund, Maheshwari kund and Madkot village. Offer prayers at the Nanda Devi temple, daintily nestled amidst looming mountains.

Average Temperature during summer:
15 – 22 degree Celsius.

Things/activities to do:
Trekking, nature walk, skiing, birding and white water rafting.

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  1. Which are the best places to visit in Uttarakhand in August?

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand in the month of August:

    1. Auli: Auli is a hill station that is surrounded by some of the towering peaks like Nanda Devi and Nar Parvat. With numerous boutique resorts and a cosy nook for tourists, this place offers you a memorable experience in Uttarakhand in the month of August.

    2. Almora: Located on the edge of Kumaon hills, it is considered to be the cultural hub of the region. This place is also home to more than 4000 different species of plants.

    3. Chakrata: A trip to Chakrata will take you some of the most gorgeous tourist destinations like Tiger falls, Kanasar, Chilmiri, Deoban, Kalsi, Lakhamandal, Budher and Mundali meadows.

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  2. What are the best places to visit in Uttarakhand for couples?

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand for couples:

    1. Mussoorie: Mussoorie is one of the enchanting hill stations in India that can be defined by its amazing colossal mountains and waterfalls.

    2. Kausani: If you love to witness panoramic views of the mountains, then this is the place. You will be able to view Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli.

    3. Lansdowne: It is home to some of the most important tourist destinations of Uttarakhand like War memorial, Tip and Toe viewpoint, and many more. Visiting this hill station will surely give you a once in a lifetime experience.

    4. Abbott Mount: It happens to be a base camp for more than a few treks as well as a tiny little place that is embellished with various manicured gardens and churches.

    5. Chopta: Chopta is a picturesque township that is surrounded by dense forests on all sides. It happens to be the base camp for trekking to Tunganath, Chandrashila, and Devariyatal.

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  3. What are the best places to visit in Uttarakhand in summer with family?

    1. Kausani: Overlooking the majestic peaks of Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchachuli, Kausani is renowned among the tourists for its scenic beauty.

    2. Nag Tibba:
    Highest peak of Uttrakhand, Nag Tibba offers majestic views of the lower Himalayan peaks surrounding it. You must visit this place to witness the flourishing greenery of the Himalayas and also to escape into wonderful weather.

    3. Abbott Mount:
    Nestled in Kumaon Hills, Abbott Mount is a tiny village that will take you on a timeless journey of hospitality, food, views, and much more.

    4. Auli:
    A steep hill located near Joshimath, Auli is the skiing capital of India. Nevertheless, Auli is equally beautiful in the summer when the man-made lake is molten and surrounded by a layer of soft grass

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  4. Which is the coldest place in Uttarakhand?

    Auli happens to be the coldest place in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is located at an elevation of about 2800 meters above sea level. The average temperature of Auli is recorded to be 4.3 degree Celsius all through the year. It also receives very heavy rainfall in the monsoon seasons. The average rainfall in Auli is recorded at 815 mm or 31.5 inches.

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  5. What are the best hill stations to visit in Uttarakhand?

    1. Nainital: Famous for its lake Naini, Nainital is a small hill town nestled in the foothills of Himalayas. A boat ride in the lake is the best way to witness the snow covered peaks of the surrounding mountains.

    2. Mussoorie: Dotted with numerous colonial monuments and buildings, Mussoorie is a great place to spend some serene time in hills. Also, The Mall Road of the town is very much famous for Himalayan handicrafts, local street food, handmade chocolates and much more.

    3. Bhimtal: Bhimtal is a small hill town with a small lake nestled in the lower regions of it. But what makes it popular is the small island settled amidst the lake.

    4. Ranikhet: Covered with orchards and vines of numerous fruits, Ranikhet is also brimming with buildings from the colonial times giving it a timeless face.

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  6. Which are the best places to visit in Uttarakhand in April?

    Summers are a great time for going out on holiday vacation in the state of Uttarakhand. Here are some places in Uttarakhand that you visit in the month of April:
    Chopta Valley, Rudraprayag
    New Tehri, Tehri Garhwal
    Auli, Chamoli
    Ranikhet, Almora
    Gwaldam, Chamoli
    Lansdowne, Pauri Garhwal
    Munsiyari, Pithoragarh
    Kausani, Bageshwar
    Mussoorie, Dehradun
    Harsil, Uttarkashi
    Dhanaulti, Tehri Garhwal
    Mukteshwar, Nainital
    Binsar, Almora
    Chakrata, Dehradun
    Chaukori, Pithoragarh
    Peoria, Nainital
    Raithal, Uttarkashi
    Kanatal, Tehri

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  7. What is famous in Uttarakhand?

    Uttarakhand is famous for its scenic natural beauty and panoramic viewpoints. It is a natural paradise in the Indian Republic with a countless number of tourist destinations. It is also referred to as Dev Bhumi because it is home to numerous sacred destinations as well. If you want to visit a tourist destination that covers all magnificent things to make your holidays worth remembering then it is the place.

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  8. Is it safe to visit Uttarakhand in August?

    Yes, it is very safe to visit Uttarakhand in the month of August. After the monsoon season, the natural beauty starts to revive itself and makes for a great time for tourists. With moderate temperature and very less risk of landslides, you can think of going for some adventure activities. The ideal time to come over to this natural paradise is surely in the month of August. Go pack your bags and get ready for the exciting trip.

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  9. How many days are enough for Uttarakhand?

    8 – 10 days are enough for covering all important places of tourist attraction in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. If you have less time to spend, then you can cut short some of the places and cover the places that excite you the most. Some of the most important destinations that you should on no occasion miss out on in Uttarakhand are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Haridwar, Kausani, Rishikesh, Nainital, Mussoorie, Corbett, and Sattal. Coming over to all these places will surely be great fun for you, so plan for it in the best way possible.

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This was my maiden trek and I am glad I chose Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Saheb. I carried home tonnes of great memories from the trip that I will cherish for my life. Serene Nature, Splendid weather, a great company of cousins, new friends we made and the team who lead the trek made a perfect mixture to cherish. While the chirpy young kept the team charged, the conviction of the others was inspirational to the rest. I am also glad that Thrillophillia conducts this trip which I came to know after reading thrillophilia reviews. The field team lead by Yogi and Sandeep was awesome. At some point or other everyone in the group were amazed with their knowledge, patience, perseverance, untiring efforts to make the trip a memorable and comfortable one for the entire team. Their daily briefing was quite interesting. Valley of flowers amazed us with the nuances it offered every minute. The continuous rain, the chill of the breeze, narrow steep path, rolling stones, changing landscape every minute, moving clouds around you, crossing the river over narrow bridges…. The list goes on and on Hemkund Saheb is another marvel. This place left most of the team members ecstatic. What a bliss. The only place I have seen made many people cry with joy. A place that one must visit atleast once in their lifetime. The trek(mule ride), the hospitality at the Gurudwara were breathtaking. It was a testimony to what faith can bring out of people. We could see people of all age groups from 3 to 70+ trek all the way from Govindghat to Hemkund Saheb, carrying children and luggage on shoulders and sometime on mules. Wow… We were exposed to a new world of Ghangaria which come alive in March and sleeps over from October. A town that has everything active only for 4 months.
To tell the truth, we started this trek with many doubts and inhibitions. Especially since we had 2 children aged 7 & 8 who had done only single day treks till date. Our trek leader Makkhan Singh gave us a complete overview of what we could expect but nothing prepared us for the unadulterated natural beauty that was all around us from the start to the finish of the trek. From Deodar trees in the lower ranges to tall pine forests on taller peaks. The autumn colours were visible in full glory. Many moments bring a smile back to our faces like speaking to the villagers we met on the way, finding a couple of langoors spying on us, having black tea with herbs that instantly refreshed us and many more such memories. Camping was a whole new experience for all of us. It taught us the discipline of timing and the regard for others comfort. The cooks who accompanied us were very thoughtful about our children and tried their best to serve food that kids would enjoy. Needless to say, the snow was the best part of the trek. We made a snowman with the help of trek guide Ashish. He was wonderful with our kids. He played with them, but was also very careful about their safety. I wish to wholeheartedly thank each and every one in the team who helped organize this trek so perfectly. We didn't feel a single moment of confusion or uncertainty over any of the arrangements made. This experience has definitely made us wish to do more such treks in the future.