Major Cities of Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh is synonymous with scenic beauty, serene landscape and adventure sports. Literally Himachal means “the land of snow”. Situated in the western Himalaya, Himachal Pradesh has several hill stations which are the most appropriate destination to find respite from the scorching summer heat.
How to reach Manali
Best Time to Visit Manali
Manali is a beautiful destination that offers different charms in all seasons. Summers witness Manali turning into an escape from the blistering heat of the plains, while winters dress the town in a graceful garb of white snow. Here’s a monthly breakup of Manali’s climatic conditions so that you can plan accordingly:
September to February: The monsoons draw to an end in September and winter starts setting in from October. The temperature in winter months can go down to -1 °C, so make sure you carry enough woolens to keep yourself warm, especially for the chilly nights.
December end to January is the time when you can enjoy snowfall and the spectacular scenic white views of the surrounding mountains, making it a favourite with the honeymooners. This is the ideal time for adventure enthusiasts who want to go skiing.
March to June: Summer steps in from March but the weather is still pleasant. The temperatures during these summer months usually vary between 10°C to 25°C, so you might still need light woolens during the night. This is the perfect time to indulge in outdoor activities such as paragliding, rafting, trekking and mountain adventures in the Solang Valley. This is also the time when the region’s flora is in full bloom lending it the most pristine natural beauty.
July-August: Monsoons in Manali can be tricky as the region experiences heavy rainfall, which can also sometimes lead to landslides. But considering a lot of tourists don’t prefer to travel during this time, the prices of hotels tend to drop.
How to reach Kullu
There are regular flights from other major cities of the country to Kullu.
Airport(s): Bhuntar Airport (KUU)
Kullu does not have an train station. Nearest option is Summer Hill.
Kullu 94 km awaySummer hill (SHZ), shimla, himachal pradesh
kullu 94 km awayShimla (SML), shimla, himachal pradesh
You can easily get regular buses to Kullu from other major cities of the country.Bus Station(s): kullu
How to reach Shimla
Best Time to Visit Shimla
Shimla is a year-round holiday destination popular with families and couples. Here’s a seasonal break up so you can plan your trip accordingly:
March to June: This is a popular tourist season in Shimla as the weather is quite pleasant and perfect for outdoor activities. The temperature is comfortable and usually varies between 15°C and 30°C. If you are into adventure sports then this is the ideal time to try paragliding, trekking, camping and rafting. Make sure you carry comfortable walking shoes for going around the Mall Road. Summers are mild and you might need light woolens, especially at night.
July to September: This is not peak season in Shimla because of heavy rainfall and occasional landslides. But monsoon brings out the lush character of the hill station. Also, since few people like to travel to the hill station at this time, hotel prices drop down considerably and you can find great deals on really good properties.
October to February: This is again a popular season for Shimla for people who are looking for snow, which typically falls between December and February. This is the time skiing and ice skating take off. The average temperature during this season is around 8°C and goes down to -2°C. This is a popular time for honeymooners. Don’t forget to carry warm clothes if you don’t want to get tuck in your hotel room.
How To Reach Dalhousie
Best Time to Visit Dalhousie
A year-round destination, Dalhousie has something to offer you in every season. You should plan to visit Dalhousie depending on what you want to do in this pretty hill-station. Here’s a monthly breakup of Dalhousie’s climatic conditions so you can plan when to go:
March to May: The summer season in Dalhousie starts from the month of March till May and it is generally the most-preferred time when tourists from different parts of India visit this hill-station as the weather is pleasant and the temperature is less than 30 degree Celsius. This season is perfect for sightseeing, nature walks and relaxing amidst the scenic environment of Dalhousie.
June to September: The monsoon season in Dalhousie starts from the month of June and lasts till mid-September. While it does not rain that much in Dalhousie, you can expect some mild showers. During this time period, the town appears quite beautiful and romantic with lush-green forests gleaming with rainwater. This can also be a good time for honeymooners to visit Dalhousie as it is less crowded with just the right amount of rainfall.
October to February: While October and November might not be that chilly, the time period between December and February which constitute the winter season of Dalhousie is quite cold. Since the place is at a high altitude, the temperature is low. It ranges from 10 degree Celsius and can sometimes go down below zero degree as well. However, if you love to play in the snow, then winters is the ideal time to visit Dalhousie. Also, some hoteliers offer attractive discounts on accommodation during this lean season.
How To Reach Dharamshala
Best Time to Visit Dharamshala
A hill station in Himachal, Dharamshala has pleasant weather conditions through the summer months, sees heavy rains during monsoon and snowfall in winters. Here’s a monthly break up of Dharamshala’s climatic conditions so you can plan when to go:
March to mid-July: If you are looking to beat the scorching summer heat, then March to about mid-July is just the time to go. Summer months are perfect for a trip to the hills when the temperatures range somewhere between 22°C and 35°C. It’s also the ideal time for trekking tours on scenic trails dotted with flowers in full bloom. Most tourists prefer going to Dharamshala at this time so it’s also the most crowded. It’s a good idea to plan your trip around the Buddhist Losar Festival that takes place in February or March.
Mid-July to mid-September: If you are keen to enjoy the romantic rainfall in the hills, then mid-July to September is the time for you when the mountains are at their greenest. But do remember that the terrain can get pretty tricky in the monsoon so you have to be prepared for road blocks due to continuous rainfall.
Mid-September to November: Rains stop around mid-September and the weather is pleasant for sightseeing as well as other adventure activities such as trekking. But keep in mind that the nights start getting chilly at this time so you must carry adequate layers to keep yourself warm.
December to February: Winters in Dharamshala are freezing, but if you enjoy the cold and snow-white mountains, then this is a beautiful time to visit. It snows here during this time and the temperature tends to dip below -1 °C. Remember to carry lots of woolens and protection against chilly winds.
How to reach Chamba
The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 185 km, this is the nearest airport. It takers around six hours to reach Chamba from this place. As the flights are limited, and location is far off travelers generally avoid air journey.
By Bus/ Taxi: Distance from Chamba
|Delhi||600 Kms||Approximate travel time
from Delhi to Chamba is 15 hours
from Chandigarh to Chamba is 9 hours
from Shimla to Chamba is 13 hours
from Pathankot to Chamba is 4 hours
from Dalhousie to Chamba 2 Hours
from Khajjiar to Chamba 1 hours
Khajjiar is in between Chamba and Dalhousie
Taxis and buses are easily available from these places.
The nearest railhead is Pathankot, 120 km away. Pathankot is on Delhi Jammu Railway line and there are plenty of trains to choose from at different timings.
Best Time To Visit Chamba
Oct-Jun is the best time to visit Chamba
Best months to visit Chamba is between the months of March to June for moderate weather and December to February if you like snow and don’t mind cold weather. Summer in the valleys of Chamba is warm, but not uncomfortably so. The Northern Plains are boiling in summers, but Chamba has very tolerable days and cool romantic nights. Don’t think twice if you are planning an offbeat vacation or honeymoon. July is the beginning of monsoons, and while it’s advisable not to visit the district in heavy rainfalls, the misty and cool monsoons are complementary to the greenery of the valley. December is the time for you if you like snow but not with not too much fuss. Carry heavy woollens as the temperature tends to drop to sub-zero ranges.
Chamba in Summers (April-June)
The Summer season in Chamba begins with the month of April and continues until June. The days are pleasant during Summers and the night become considerably cold. The temperature in summers does not rise above 38 degrees. It is considered as the best time to visit Chamba to beat the scorching heat of Indian Summers.
Chamba in Monsoon (July- October)
The temperature in Monsoon season in Chamba district ranges between 15 and 35 degrees celsius. While it’s advisable not to visit the district in heavy rainfalls, the misty and cool monsoons are complementary to the greenery of the valley.
Chamba in Winters (October- March)
The winters see Chamba transforming into a winter wonderland. The temperature can drop as low as 0 and at times can even drop to sub-zero ranges. The months of December and January witness heavy snowfall in Chamba leaving the whole district covered in the white sheet of snow. Chamba remains snow covered in the months of February and March as well.