What is the best time to visit Mcleodganj?

The best time to visit Mcleod Ganj is between October and February, i.e. the winter season and between March and June, i.e. the summer season. The region experiences pleasant summers with the temperatures hovering around 25°C and cold and chilly winters with the temperature between -1°C and 9°C. Monsoons are not quite recommended as the region receives heavy downpour annually. It is best to avoid July and August due to the heavy rainfall.

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Monthly Weather in Mcleodganj

Month High/Low (°C) Rain
January 11°/ 3° 15 days
February 15°/ 5° 7 days
March 15°/ 6° 17 days
April 21°/ 10° 12 days
May 26°/ 14° 16 days
June 30°/ 18° 14 days
July 25°/ 18° 29 days
August 25°/ 18° 29 days
September 24°/ 17° 23 days
October 23°/ 13° 6 days
November 19°/ 10° 11 days
December 14°/ 5° 5 days

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Mcleodganj in Summer (April-July)

In the summer, Mcleodganj, located in the serene Dhauladhar Range, invites visitors to a realm of lush greenery and pleasant temperatures. From March to June, the snow-capped peaks begin to thaw, revealing the enchanting landscapes of this Himalayan town. Summer in Mcleodganj is perfect for trekking amid picturesque hills, exploring Tibetan culture, and embracing the vibrant energy of the town.

Weather & Temperature: Temperatures range from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F) between March and June.

Why Should You Visit:

Witness the transformation from snow-clad landscapes to vibrant green hills.
Ideal for trekking to Triund, Bhagsu Waterfall, and Dal Lake.
Explore the Tibetan culture through visits to the Namgyal Monastery and the residence of the Dalai Lama.

Significant Events: The Tibetan Opera Festival showcases traditional performances, offering a cultural immersion. Other than sightseeing, it is also a great time to trek through the Triund and Indrahar Pass and explore flora and fauna of the region. If one wishes to, they can also participate or witness the celebrations held on Buddha Purnima in April and Losar in March.

Things to Know: Pack layers for varying temperatures, as nights can be cool. The summer sun can be intense, so sun protection is essential.

Tips to Plan a Visit:

Plan outdoor activities during the day for favorable weather.
Stay hydrated and carry essentials like sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable trekking shoes.

Mcleodganj in Monsoon (July-September)

Monsoon in Mcleodganj, from July to September, brings refreshing showers, turning the landscape into a lush green haven. While rainfall can disrupt outdoor plans, the monsoon season also unveils the region's natural beauty and offers a unique perspective for those seeking a quieter retreat. The region receives an average annual rainfall of 350 cm, and the temperature ranges between 18°C and 22°C The terrain transforms into a scenic paradise, but the amount of rain can make a trip here extremely inconvenient.   An off-season trip for the offbeat traveller is a possibility at the beginning or the end of the season when the rainfall is comparatively low, but the thrill quotient is high. 

Weather & Temperature: Temperatures range from 18°C to 25°C (64°F to 77°F) during the monsoon.

Why Should You Visit:
  • Witness the transformation of the landscape into a vibrant green paradise.
  • Experience the serene ambiance with fewer tourists.
  • Ideal for those who enjoy the monsoon atmosphere and misty hills.
  • While there, one may want to witness the Butoh Dance Festival which is usually arranged in June/ July.
Significant Events: While there are no major events, the monsoon offers a tranquil escape for introspection.

Things to Know: Rainfall can be heavy, leading to slippery roads. Check weather forecasts before planning outdoor activities.

Tips to Plan a Visit:
  • Carry waterproof clothing and footwear.
  • Explore indoor attractions like the Namgyal Monastery during rainy spells.

Mcleodganj in Winter (October-February)

In winter, Mcleodganj transforms into a winter wonderland with snow-draped landscapes and a serene ambiance. From November to February, this season attracts those seeking a tranquil escape amidst the snow-capped peaks, allowing for unique experiences like snowfall and cozy moments by the fireplace. The beginning of the season is the best time to explore the city, however, if one desires to experience the snow-clad suburb can extend their visit until February.

Weather & Temperature: Temperatures range from -1°C to 9°C (30°F to 48°F) between November and February.

Why Should You Visit:
  • Experience the serene beauty of snowfall and snow-covered landscapes.
  • Enjoy the peaceful ambiance as winter brings fewer tourists.
  • Explore indoor attractions like the Tibet Museum and Tsuglagkhang Complex.
Significant Events: The Losar Festival, marking the Tibetan New Year, adds a festive touch to the winter months. While there, one can also catch some of the important festivals celebrated in the winter season like the International Himalayan Festival held in December, Lohri and Halda in January, Himachal Winter Carnival in February or the Tibetan New Year which is celebrated in February/ March.

Things to Know: Snowfall can lead to road closures, so check travel conditions. Dress warmly for chilly temperatures.
Confirm the accessibility of attractions during winter, as some may close.

Tips to Plan a Visit:
  • Pack layers, including heavy winter clothing, and be prepared for limited outdoor activities.

Mcleodganj Photos

Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh
Namgyal Monastery, Mcleodganj
Mcleodganj, suburb of Dharamshala in Kangra district
Snow Capped Dhauladhar Ranges

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