What is the best time to visit Manali?

March to June is the best time to visit Manali. If you want to see snowfall, December to February is the best time to visit Manali. While tourists visit Manali throughout the year, monsoon season (July to August) is a bit low, due to landslides and land-blockages.

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Monthly Weather in Manali

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 3 18
February 6 23
March 7 28
April 12 35
May 14 36
June 17 37
July 20 32
August 18 30
September 17 32
October 11 30
November 6 26
December 3 21

Summer (March - June)

Manali from March to June has a charm that is incomparable. With bright, colourful flowers in full bloom and a pleasant climate with temperatures ranging between 10 degree Celsius and 25 degree Celsius. This picturesque hill station serves a platter full of outdoor activities, which include river rafting, paragliding, trekking, and camping. The Beas Kund Trek, Hadimba Temple, Vashisht Baths, Hampta Pass Trek, Van Vihar, and the Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art are some places that you should not miss if you are planning a trip during these months.
Camping in Manali
Camping in Manali

Winter (September - February)

The monsoon starts to fade away by September and the winter starts setting in from October. December to January is the ideal time to enjoy the snowfall and the spectacular beauty of this place. With temperatures that hover around subzero, Manali becomes a paradise on earth with its snow-clad surroundings. The everlasting mist that lingers in the air, along with the tiny flakes of snow that paint everything in dazzling white blend together to give this place an ethereal aura. It is the perfect time for adventure enthusiasts and the honeymooners. Do not miss out on the breathtaking sights like the Chandratal Baralacha Lake, Great Himalayan National Park, Kullu, Nehru Kund, Manali Sanctuary, and Jogini Waterfall. Arjun Gufa and Rahala Falls are also major attractions.
Mountains in Manali
Mountains in Manali

Owing to its cosy ambience, Manali is often preferred as an ideal place for honeymooners. Regardless of your personal preferences for a perfect vacation, you cannot go wrong with Manali. The ideal time to plan a visit to this hill station for honeymooners is between November and February. The ambience of this enthralling hill station is bound to bring newlyweds closer, giving them an opportunity to share their beautiful interests, and give rise to a beautiful bond. During this time, Manali is decked with a surrealistic appearance, which enchants everyone who steps into its spellbinding charm. The chilly weather paired with the dreamy environment gives rise to a place with jaw-dropping views. Add to it a range of delicious, piping hot food, and you will never want to leave!

Monsoon (July - August)

The monsoon months in Manali, from July to the second week of September, experience torrential rainfall, which may lead to frequent landslides, thus blocking most of the roads. It is advisable to stay away from this place at this time, without being lured by the tremendous fall in the hotel prices. A trip to Manali in monsoon is unlikely to be an enjoyable one.
Kullu Manali in Monsoon
Kullu Manali in Monsoon

Events in Manali

Open: Rohtang Pass

May - November

If you are planning to visit Rohtang pass, do it between May and November, as the rest of the year the roads remain closed due to bad weather

Snowfall Season

December - February

Winter is considered to be the best time to visit Manali, mainly because of the good amount of snowfall it receives. The temperature can dip to as low as -1 celsius, making it an ideal time for skiing and other winter sports.

Manali Winter Carnival

2nd - 6th January 2019

The Manali Winter Carnival is Himachal Pradesh's way of welcoming the new year. It started in 1977 and had become an annual feature since then. Held in January, the Winter Carnival in Manali opens an opportunity to witness the beauty of slushy snow and enjoy the events and celebrations that it puts forth. Initially, it only comprised of the Skiing competition, but now it has come to include band performances, food festivals, street plays, folk dances, adventure sports and much more.

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