Best Time to Visit Dharamshala

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Best Time to Visit Dharamshala

The best time to go to Dharamshala is in every season. It depends on what you seek to explore. The hard-core trekker in you will vouch for the delight of bonfires and breathtaking views that winter brings with it. Those trying to give the mad rush of the cities a break would bask in the glory of a summer holiday. Pre-monsoon does add unpredictability of magnanimous proportions, but it also shows you a facet of Dharamshala that very few tourists get to behold. Rainbows, lush green Kangra Valley, no crowd, more likelihood of seeing the Dalai Lama and easy hotel booking at remarkable discounts. Here are the highlights that will help you decide your best time to visit Dharamshala.

Monsoon (July to September)

Dharamshala receives about 3000 mm of rainfall in monsoon. The unique feature of rains here is that it starts and stops all of a sudden. Not to worry. An umbrella and a leisurely timetable will keep you in good stead. Go on unhurried walks, enjoy the delicious food at Dharamshala’s famous Cafés, marvel at the myriad sky-hues and rainbows, find a nook at the bookshop and browse to your heart’s content. You will be surprised at how many travellers love Dharamshala in the rains. The Kangra valley is at its greenest best and is dotted with misty wafts. It is truly a walk in the clouds! As a precaution, do check the timings of the tourist places beforehand as they may change.

Autumn (October to November)

Bright sunny days are followed by cool crisp nights. The temperature ranges from a maximum of 23 degrees in October to a minimum of 9 degrees Celsius in November. This is a good time for indulging in outdoor adventure activities such as trekking, hiking and paragliding. There dip in the temperature and cloud formation can be sudden so carrying woollens and raincoats at all times is a must. If you plan ahead, you can catch the Dharamshala Film Festival in November. Films, shorts and documentaries from the world over are screened here.

Winter (December to February)

The pristine mountain air makes its way from the cedar forests to you in no time. The whole of Dharamshala has a tranquil bearing in the absence of regular tourists. You may feel like you are the only person making you way through to the Temple Complex. It is a joy to bump into like-minded travellers when you reach your destination. Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts or TIPA organises the Himalayan Festival in December. The temperature ranges from -1 to 8 degrees Celsius. You are advised to carry warm clothes and appropriate shoes. Dharamshala’s winter snowline is a seasoned trekkers delight.

The hiking trail to Dharamkot via Naddi Village and trekking route to Triund welcomes determined adventure seekers. The view of the Dhauladhar range is ethereal from these points. This is the best time to visit Dharamshala for those interested in some snow-fun. Build snow forts and snowmen, have snowball fights, go sledding and get creative with fresh falling snow. It’s a great time to be outside.

Summer (March to June)

The weather is just perfect in Dharamshala at this time of the year. The snow starts melting and the humid sub tropical skies start to clear up. Almost every edifice and tourist attractions have the stunning backdrop of the distant snow-laden Dhauladhar Mountains. The daytime temperature varies from a pleasant 20 degrees Celsius in March to almost 35 degrees Celsius in June. However, it is always pleasant because of the high altitude and mountain air. The trekking routes are speckled with blooming flowers.

A favourable cloud base of 4000-6000 metres and smooth winds are ideal for paragliding. Due to heavy footfall and popular demand the shops/ eateries are stocked with the best products. Longer eventful days and buzzing nightlife come into being. No longer do you get a vibe of a quaint hill-station ready to pack up at sunset. All the roads open up. This means the modes of transport for you to reach here are aplenty.

Risks and Alerts

Dharamshala has a hilly terrain and its proximity to high-altitude Himalayan ranges poses a few lookout points. The traveller has to be mindful of the changes in his or her immediate environment. In Monsoon, the landslides are far, few and usually in the remote areas. However, tourists are advised to be aware of them and seek immediate help if they hear of one. Similarly, autumn and winters in Dharamshala are known for sudden showers. A well-planned day will make your stay comfortable.

Responsible Tourism

Hill-stations cater to the visiting population to the best of their ability. Their means and modes of procuring the resources and waste management are highly dependent on weather conditions. Whether you are on a trek or visiting a monument, your conscious and low-impact behaviour will help the locals immensely.

No matter which season you choose, it will be the best time to visit Dharamshala. Suitable weather and children’s holidays make summer the ideal family vacation season. For a twosome getaway, winter offers the romantic seclusion and picturesque locales. Need some solo time to wander aimlessly and detox from the everyday bustle? Try Dharamshala in the Monsoon! Participate in creative indulgences with art workshops in autumn. Choose your style and we at SOTC will have your holiday planned in a jiffy. There are several interesting deals on Dharamshala tour packages and Himachal tour packages  available which will make your booking easier and hassle-free


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