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Best Time to Visit Himachal Pradesh

The best time to go to Himachal depends on what you would like to do! The fragrance of spring, the activity packed summer, the romantic saga of the rains, or the crisp chill of winter are all good options in Himachal Pradesh!

In Spring, which is March and April, the chilly cold winter beats a retreat and the skies open up to a bright blue with temperatures hovering around a 20 degree C in the day time, with a drop at night. The tourists have not yet descended at this time, so there is peace and quiet in the region.

Summers months, May and June, see an onslaught of the tourist rush. Granted, it is the peak season here but the hordes of tourists, especially in the popular destinations like Shimla and Manali, are sometimes a put off if you are looking for serenity. The Sipi fair is held in Shimla in May sometime and if you happen to be there, attend it.

The months after the monsoons(July-August)are also a good time to be in Himachal Pradesh. September to November are very good months with tourists considerably thinned down and day time temperatures again in the pleasant mid 20s centigrade. This is also a time for festivals and events, especially in Kullu where Dussehra is celebrated in a big way sometime in October.

The winter months between November and February see the slopes of Himachal Pradesh covered in a thick blanket of snow. Skiing at Kufri is a very popular sport and people come from the plains to try their hand at this. Shimla is also quite a popular destination in the winters as the snow is a draw for the tourists. The temperatures are freezing at the height of winter, that is in January and February, but tourists still venture forth to see the powdery white snow that covers the region.

If you happen to be visiting in the winter months, the Winter Carnival at Manali and the celebration of the Tibetan New Year at McLeodGanj in February are good events to attend.

Climate

Himachal Pradesh has a temperate climate for most part of the year. However, the lower reaches can get hot and humid during summers with temperatures touching 38° C. The Kangra and Kullu valleys, Chamba and Shimla get rains from June till the middle of September. In the north, Lahaul-Spiti does not receive any rainfall and consequently, have a dry desert type climate. Winters are cold, with much of the higher reaches getting heavy snowfall.


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