Nainital is blessed with good climate throughout the year except winter when it gets very cold. Since, it is strategically placed next to the Himalayas on the Gagar Hill Ranges; this town receives its fair share of rains, but last for only a month or two.
Through the years, the population of Nainital has been increasing in five folds due to the influx of tourists from around the world especially from the plains and this has brought some changes to the climatic conditions and to top that, the gradual increase in temperature due to Global warming and pollution; However despite this, this Hill Station still offers a very pleasant weather for all who want to seek solitude within nature's lap. The Himalayan ranges along with Naini Lake are also responsible for regulating the pleasant climate of Nainital; hence, the town experiences five weathers in a year.
Springtime from March to April in Nainital comes to life after a lazy winter. It is received with an uproar of wildlife clatter infusing life into the far off jungles in the foothills of the Himalayas. The birds chirping, the blossom of flowers with their aroma spread across especially Ruby Red Rhododendrons and lush green trees that envelope the valley. The town receives short spells of rain which melts down snow speedily. The neighbouring places like Almora, Ranikhet, Ramgarh warm up; however, Nainital remains cooler. For tourists looking for discounted travel, March is a good time to visit, but, one must rather book a tour of their choice from April. Do carry and wear your sunglasses and mask yourselves with Sun screen lotion if you are trekking uphill from the main town.
Summer from May to June is draped with warm blue skies and the most pleasant weather which brings a burst of tourists visiting here filling the roads and hotels to the brim. Boating, Paddling, Yachting, Canoeing, fishing, trekking, bicycling, horse riding, mountaineering are all activities that can be thoroughly enjoyed during summers. This town offers cooler evenings and nights including occasional summer showers that might dip the temperature drastically. It is best to re-book your travel here as this is considered the peak season with temperature varying from 27°C to 12°C. Sunglasses and Sunscreen lotions are a must if you travelling to higher grounds from the main town.
Monsoon in Nainital from July to August sees an abode of clouds that nearly touches your feet creating a poetic atmosphere and makes you feel that you are floating over the clouds. The air is clearer, cleaner, the trees vibrate more green and the misty lake throws a spectrum of rainbow colours that is a must to experience in a lifetime. The entire town is mist laden and beckons you to either write or read a good book with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee while watching the fog pass by your window. Since it can get windy and cold, you must carry woollens and wind cheaters with an umbrella or raincoat. If you are driving here then make sure your vehicle is equipped with fog lights and good tyres.
Nainital Autumn breeze brings a chill to your face and the cold nights with star laden clear skies. This season stays from mid September to November. Post monsoon, the entire valley is surrounded by a surreal beauty of utter greenery and crystal clear waters making it the best time to trek and explore the town to its fullest. Woollens and Cottons are a must carry and for those you cannot face the chill in the air, it is best to bring along woollen caps and mufflers.
Winters in Nainital are utterly chilly and nail biting cold with temperatures ranging from 15°C to -3°C making it absolutely necessary to wear heavy woollens, caps, hand gloves and mufflers. This valley is filled up with snow from December to February giving it a complete white laden atmosphere. For snow lovers, this is the best time to enjoy every bit of snow throwing games and trek through the valleys that go to sleep throughout this season till they are awaken by the burst of springtime.