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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the best time to visit Joshimath?

Reet Cheema DEC 10 2012
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The beautiful town of Joshimath is surrounded by nature’s beauty and bounty, and thus, directly affected by the forces of nature. So, if you are wondering when to come, this the weather overview will greatly help you figure out your itinerary and plans for this beautiful trip. Just take a note of the climate of this place to plan when to come here:

  • Summer (March to June)

    Cool breeze, green mountains and temperatures that are perfect to escape the city heat - this is what summer usually feels like at Joshimath. Temperatures hover around 17 degrees Celsius during the day, and a little colder, around 12 degrees Celsius at night. Light woollens are recommended during this time, especially during chilly nights. Such temperature usually lasts around March to June.
  • Monsoons (July to September)

    Rainfall in Joshimath is fairly scanty but can hamper your travel as the hilly terrain is prone to landslides and road blockages during this time, so it is usually advised to steer clear from this holy time during monsoon months. This season usually sees the mercury close to 12 degrees Celsius.
  • Winter (October to February)

    The time when the weather gods show their true colours and the temperatures are their extreme worst. The mercury drops down to 5 degrees Celsius and reaches sub-zero levels during December and January. You can expect snowfall during the peak winter months (November to February). If you do decide to travel to Joshimath during winter, carry ample heavy woollens and proper snow-boots.

From the above overview it is clear that the best time to visit Joshimath is during the months of April to November, barring the monsoon months that fall in-between. Ideal for trekking, this is also the time when the nearby destinations are active. Come prepared with light woollens and comfortable shoes and you’re all set to offer your prayers at the shrine and trek around Joshimath. Make sure your camera batteries are charged to capture those beautiful views on a clear day!

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