What is the best time to visit Dharamshala?

The best time to visit Dharamshala between February to June (spring and summer) when the weather is pleasant with a maximum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. Winters here are frigid with occasional snowfalls; however, it makes the valley look much more beautiful. Monsoons (July - Early September) can be avoided as it might hamper your travel plans, but this place does not receive very heavy rainfall unlike other parts of Himachal and Uttarakhand.

Weather in Dharamshala

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Monthly Weather in Dharamshala

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 6 18
February 9 23
March 11 27
April 17 35
May 21 38
June 22 38
July 25 34
August 24 33
September 22 33
October 16 32
November 9 26
December 6 22

Dharamshala in Summer (April-June)

The temperature begins to rise, and snow begins to fade away in April. The temperature in Summers ranges between 20 and 35 degrees Celcius. The weather remains pleasant throughout and hence; it is an excellent time to enjoy sightseeing and various treks in the Himalayas. This season is for honeymooners, backpackers, families and solo travellers alike. Late summers in Dharamshala experiences a humid subtropical climate where the temperature may rise as high as 33-degree Celsius. Flowers are in full bloom, conifers and pines are at their greenest, and all the fun adventure activities like paragliding, water rafting, trekking and mountaineering are at large.
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Dharamshala in Monsoon (July-September)

Dharamshala receives heavy rainfall from July to August when the temperature ranges from 18 to 22 degrees Celsius. If you are planning to visit around this time, then be prepared for unwanted delays due to adverse weather conditions or even worse roadblocks due to landslides.
Popular trekking routes are hence shut down. However, there are a few good things about monsoon; the prices of hotels are comparatively lower, and the rivers are at their mightiest flow which is a beautiful sight that must never be missed.
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Dharamshala in Winter (October-March)

Winters are the best time to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of Dharamshala. The whole stretch from September to February is quite cold in Dharamshala. The temperature in Winters remains between 4 and 7 degrees Celcius. Snowfall begins by the end of December and continues until February. Winters mostly see crowds of honeymooners and hardcore adventurists. Dharamshala receives fresh snowfall almost every day in winter. Some of the mountain jhoras freeze in the sub-zero temperature. Places like McLeodganj look like a postcard-like dream. Snow trekking to Triund is a favourite adventure during this time.
Dhauladhar ranges in the background
Dhauladhar ranges in the background
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Events in Dharamshala

Dharamsala Film Festival

4th November 2019 - 6th November 2019

Apart from being a celebration of art and strong indepedendent cinema, the Dharamsala Film Festival, also makes for the perfect break from Indian summers. Showcasing the best of Indian and international cinema, the DIFF provides a platform for hitherto unknown artists to take centre stage. With strong themes that resonate with the audience, this one's a not miss for film lovers.

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