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) - A Cool Escape to the Hills

A summer visit to Shimla promises not just a break from the heat but also an opportunity to indulge in the beauty and culture of this charming hill station. The spring season begins in March and lasts till April, while Summer Season occurs between May and June. 

Weather & Temperature:

Shimla experiences a pleasant climate during the summer months, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. It offers a welcome respite from the scorching heat of the plains. 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.

Significant Events:

The Summer Festival, usually held in June, showcases Shimla's rich culture and traditions. The festival features folk music and dance performances, a flower show, and various competitions. 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.

Why You Should Visit:
  • Scenic Beauty: Explore the lush green landscapes, dense forests, and panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • Cultural Delights: Immerse yourself in the local culture through festivals, fairs, and interactions with the friendly locals.
  • Outdoor Activities: Enjoy trekking, paragliding, and nature walks in and around Shimla.
  • Local Cuisine: Don't miss trying local Himachali dishes like Sidu, Tudkiya Bhath, and Kaale Chane Ka Khatta.
Things to Know Before the Visit:
  • Altitude: Shimla is situated at an altitude of approximately 2,200 meters (7,218 feet), so it's essential to acclimatize gradually to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Book Accommodation Early: Shimla is a popular tourist destination, especially during the summer. Secure your accommodation well in advance.
  • Plan Day Trips: Use Shimla as a base to explore nearby attractions like Kufri, Mashobra, and Chail.

Shimla in Monsoon (July-September) A Rain-kissed Retreat

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. It is, therefore, considered to be offseason but a perfect time for the risk-taking tourists wanting to explore Shimla on a low budget. 

Weather & Temperature:

The average annual rainfall it receives is about 1400 mm, and the temperature remains between 14°C and 20°C. The cool climate coupled with occasional rain showers creates a lush, vibrant landscape. Monsoon in Shimla spans from July to September. Expect frequent rainfall, adding a romantic touch to the hill station. Misty clouds often embrace the mountains, creating an enchanting atmosphere.

Significant Events:

While monsoon in Shimla isn't marked by specific events, this season offers a serene ambiance for those seeking tranquility away from the bustling city life. It's an ideal time for nature enthusiasts to explore the lush greenery. 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.

Why You Should Visit:

The monsoon season in Shimla unveils a different facet of its beauty, with verdant landscapes, blooming flowers, and a rejuvenating ambiance. It's perfect for a peaceful getaway, allowing visitors to experience the serenity of the Himalayas. 
Accomodation and flights can also be cheaper during this time as it's an off-season. 

Things to Know Before the Visit:
  • Carry rain gear, including waterproof jackets and umbrellas, as rainfall is frequent.
  • Check weather forecasts regularly, as landslides and road closures can occur in hilly terrains during heavy rain.
  • Some outdoor activities may be restricted during continuous rain, so plan accordingly.
  • Opt for accommodation with a view, as the mist-covered mountains create a surreal panorama.
  • Explore indoor attractions like museums, theaters, and local markets during intermittent rain spells.

Shimla in Winter (October-January) A Snowy Wonderland

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.

Weather & Temperature:

The temperature ranges between a maximum of 8°C and a minimum of -6°C. Snowfall is a common occurrence, especially in December and January, transforming the town into a pristine white landscape. Snow-covered streets and buildings contribute to the town's picturesque charm.

Significant Events:
  • 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.
  • Christmas celebrations add a festive touch to the town, with beautifully decorated streets and special events.
Why You Should Visit:
  • Witness the breathtaking beauty of snow-covered landscapes, turning Shimla into a serene and tranquil destination.
  • Enjoy winter sports like skiing, ice-skating, and snowboarding at Kufri and the historic Ridge.
  • Experience the warmth of Himachali hospitality and indulge in local winter delicacies like Sidu and Makki ki Roti with Sarson da Saag.
  • 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.
Things to Know Before the Visit:
  • Check weather forecasts and road conditions before traveling, as heavy snowfall may affect accessibility.
  • Pack layered clothing, including heavy woolens, to stay warm in the chilly temperatures.
  • Plan your activities considering reduced daylight hours during winter.
  • Plan your trip between December and February for the best chance of experiencing snowfall.
  • Book accommodation in advance, as Shimla is a popular winter destination.

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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