Manali has a certain charm throughout the year; however the summer season from March to June is the best time to visit Manali. It has a pleasant weather throughout the day with cold nights. In winters, Manali gets decked in a bright coat of snow, making it look like a place straight out of a dream. The winters are chilly with minimum temperature falling to sub-zero levels. This is the ideal time for tourists to enjoy snowfall in Manali. It is best to avoid this hill station during the monsoons owing to the unfriendly roads and unpredictable landslides.
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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
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.
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.