Climate

Temperatures are determined by altitude in this state of elevation extremes. Trekking the Himalaya is possible from May to October, but can be dangerous between July and mid-September, during the monsoon, when violent cloudbursts cause landslides. Hill stations offer a welcome escape from summer heat, while low-lying Rishikesh is most comfortable from October to March.

Tourist Information

Most towns in the region have an Uttarakhand tourist office, however, the main responsibility for the region’s tourism rests with the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN; www.gmvnl.in), in the Garhwal district and Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN; www.kmvn.gov.in), in the Kumaon district.