Weather and Forecasting

Ideal climatic conditions is what Himachal is known for. Tourists rush towards this hilly terrain to witness the soothing effect of the Himalayas. It’s climate majorly depends upon the altitude. The height of this region varies from 450 metres to 6500 metres above the sea level. The climate of the southern areas like Bilaspur, Hamirpur and lower regions of Kangra, etc. resembles that of the plains due to their low altitude. While the regions situated at higher altitudes have temperate summers and freezing winters. The average temperature in the state varies from 22 degrees Celsius to 37 degrees Celsius in summers and 0 degree Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius during winters. Broadly speaking, Himachal Pradesh goes through three seasons in a year i.e. Summer, Monsoon and Winter.


From the month of March until June, summer season grabs it’s place in Himachal. At the time when the whole North India experiences scorching heat, this area gets

even more pleasing with it’s cool breeze and moderate climate.

During summers a variety of adventure sports are organized in the state. These include- camping, trekking, paragliding, hot-air ballooning, kayaking etc.

Places to see
Solang valley of Kullu is the best place to visit for sports activities during summers. Other places like Dharamkot, Billing and the dry belt of Peo-Kaza-Rohtang are also ideal. Due to pleasant weather conditions, this is the busiest time of the year regarding tourist rush.


Monsoon in this Himalayan tract lasts from July to September. The annual rainfall in the area varies from 2909mm to 3800mm. Extreme rainfall patterns can be seen whereby

Dharmshala gets the maximum rainfall (around 3400mm) and Spiti region gets the minimum rainfall (i.e. less than 50mm), thus being the driest area of the state.

Monsoons fill in the massive rivers of the state, thus, providing ample opportunities for rafting. White-water rafting takes place in the river Beas in Kullu district. It is on the top of the to-do list of the adventure-seekers.

Places to see
The greenery of the countryside brings out the real beauty of Himachal after rains. Monsoons fill the pine forests of Shimla with mesmerizing fragrances. Other places like Dalhousie, Palampur, McLeodganj and Kasauli may be visited during this season.


The heavenly beauty of the snow-covered mountains can be seen during winters lasting from November till February. In October, mornings and nights are chilly while More..

days are pleasant. At the height of 4500 meters and more, there is ever-lasting snow covering the peaks. The lower areas remain dry and cold whereas the upper regions witness snowfall mostly after 20th December.

Skiing and ice-skating are the most practiced sports during winters. These days, snow-scooter rides are also getting famous among the tourists.

Places to visit
Manali, Shimla (especially Kufri) and high altitude peaks are the famous tourist attractions during winters. Rohtang pass and Keylong pass are covered with snow throughout the year thereby attracting people towards themselves.

Best time to visit Himachal

The best time to visit Himachal depends upon the nature of demand of the tourists. For a beautiful panoramic view of the greenery in the state – June to September are the best months. Streams and springs get alive at this time. Calm and tranquility can be witnessed in April and the months of September and October due to lesser tourist rush. December and January are the white months when the higher altitudes are snow-covered. Those who want to experience the exotic beauty of the white icy floors and sky full of crystal flakes can approach Himachal during winters.

One important thing to be kept in mind while planning a holiday in Himachal is to get advanced bookings done especially during winters, summers and festivals due to huge tourist rush boarding the state.