Known as ‘Paradise on Earth’, Srinagar is set in the beautiful valleys of Kashmir. Srinagar experiences pleasant weather all around the year which makes people visit here from different parts of the world. The place witnesses two main seasons: summer and winter. Because of the location, Srinagar experiences limited rainfall and it does not have a proper monsoon season. The best season to visit the place is from April to October as it is the perfect time for sightseeing and other activities.
Where to Visit in Srinagar & When
Srinagar in Summers: From April till September
The weather during the summer season remains calm and pleasant. The temperature ranges between 14°C to 30°C. It is the best time to explore the natural beauty of Srinagar. During summers, you can enjoy sightseeing in Srinagar like Nishat Garden, Shalimar garden, Shankracharya Temple, and Dal Lake etc.
Srinagar in winters : From October till March
Srinagar experiences extreme cold weather during the winter season. The temperature hovers around 0°C to 15°C. It is the best time to witness snowfall and visit places like Pulwama, Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary, Harwan Gardens, Badgam, Charar-i-Sharif, Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, Shalimar Garden and Pari Mahal.
Best time to visit Gulmarg for Snowfall
It starts to snow in Gulmarg towards December end and continues till March. The frequency and intensity of snowfall will be greater in January and lowest in March. The snow remains for a little after as well but chances of catching a live snowfall become rare. Normally the area above the gondola middle station (3’050 m) remains covered in snow from mid-November till around the end of May. In the lower area of Gulmarg town however, it may take till mid-January for the snow to stick to the ground. The snowfall may occur towards late December but the snow usually melts away.
At the top station of the cable car (4’000 m), the top of the Apharwat peak, you may find snow till the end of July. For regular tourists, this usually suffices. If you, however, want to see Gulmarg buried under several feet of snow then plan between Mid-January and February. For someone interested in some serious skiing, the best time for you would be February.