What is the best time to visit Shimla?

The best time to visit Shimla is between March to June when the weather remains pleasant and the temperature ranges from 15°C to 30°C. The best time to experience Snowfall in Shimla is during winters months - November to January . This time is ideal for snow-activities like skiing and exploring the snow-covered surroundings. Tourism thrives in Shimla in all the seasons other than the monsoons which begin in July and last till September.

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Monthly Weather in Shimla

Month High/Low (°C) Rain
January 9°/ -1° 3 days
February 12°/ 2° 4 days
March 15°/ 4° 9 days
April 19°/ 8° 9 days
May 25°/ 11° 6 days
June 28°/ 14° 6 days
July 22°/ 14° 27 days
August 21°/ 15° 29 days
September 21°/ 13° 25 days
October 20°/ 9° 2 days
November 16°/ 6° 5 days
December 12°/ 1° 1 days

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Shimla in Spring-Summer (March-June)

The spring season begins in March and lasts till April, while Summer Season occurs between May and June. After the extreme winters, the region becomes a little warmer with the temperature hovering between 16°C and 30°C. This keeps the climate pleasant throughout the day, making it quite enjoyable for tourists to explore the town. 

The snow melts away leaving an enchanting green terrain, and as the season advances, the region is filled with blooming flowers. This is the time when tourists from neighbouring towns and states often visit Shimla to escape the scorching heat. It is also a good time for adventure activities like paragliding, hiking, camping, trekking etc. Shimla, therefore, gets quite crowded during the Spring-Summer Season but is just as exciting as it is in the other seasons.

Some important summer festivals can also be experienced during this time of the year like Holi, celebrated in March, Baisakhi which is celebrated in April and the Sipi Fair held in May.

Shimla in Monsoon (July-September)

Shimla experiences monsoons between July and September. It sometimes is extended to mid-October too. The region receives heavy rainfall and is not quite the right time for tourism as it is susceptible to frequent landslides. The average annual rainfall it receives is about 1400 mm, and the temperature remains between 14°C and 20°C.

It is, therefore, considered to be offseason but a perfect time for the risk-taking tourists wanting to explore Shimla on a low budget. One can also get to experience the Rhyali Festival celebration that is carried out with great enthusiasm during the season to thank the Rain Gods and keep them happy by making offerings for good agricultural produce.

Shimla in Winter (October-January)

Winters are the best time to visit Shimla especially for tourists who want to experience the snowfall and explore the snow-clad town.  Shimla's weather in October is cool and pleasant. Winter begins in November but the coldest months are December and January. The temperature ranges between a maximum of 8°C and a minimum of -6°C.

The beginning of the season is an excellent time to explore the cityscape, the natural surroundings or to go shopping. As the season progresses, one can go for winter sports or go trekking/ hiking through the snow-clad mountains. It is the best time to hit the snow, have a snowball fight with friends and family and capture beautiful memories making snow angels too. 

St Micheal Catholic Church
St Micheal Catholic Church

The Shimla Winter Carnival is also held during this time to invite tourists to indulge in activities like skiing, ice skating, building snowmen, and witnessing several other entertainment and cultural events. Other events and festivals include the Bhoj Fair, Navaratri, Diwali in November, Ice-skating Carnival & Christmas Celebrations in December and Lohri in January.

Events in Shimla

Skiing In Kufri, Winter Sports Festival

January - February

A picturesque hill station, Kufri has one of the oldest ski slopes in Himachal Pradesh. You can indulge in fun activities such as trekking, tobogganing etc. Try and visit

Shimla Summer Festival

1st - 5th June

One of the most awaited festivals, Shimla Summer Festival celebrates the coming of Summer, in the form of cultural attractions, folk performances, local handicraft exhibitions, as well as with quirky (Read More)activities like fashion shows and dog shows.

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