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Best time to visit Shimla


Best time to visit Shimla

If taking endless strolls in the markets, enjoying sights of the majestic Himalayan peaks and sipping hot cups of coffee is your idea of vacation then Shimla is perfect for you. Shimla offers unbelievable opportunities when it comes to sightseeing, adventure and cultural experiences. You can visit Shimla anytime of the year. Here, you’ll find umpteen opportunities to experience and places to visit if your travel is planned right. 

Shimla is the best place to start from, to explore the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh. From here, you can further visit Manali, Kasol and Mcleodganj. If your adventurous soul wishes to travel Kinnuar and Spiti Valley, then Shimla is the mandatory starting point of the expedition. 

Whether you are planning for a honeymoon trip or a family holiday, Shimla is the best destination to choose. Visitors generally plan their trip based upon the their time to visit Shimla. 

The misty evenings at The Ridge are a visual treat during summers in Shimla, and the snow-clad roads in winters. Let’s find out the best season to visit Shimla and how you should plan your trip.

Best Months to Visit Shimla


Best Months to Visit Shimla

Min/Max Temperature


April to June

20°c to 30°c


July to Sep

20°c to 28°c


Nov to Dec

10°c to 15°c


Jan – Feb (early)

5°c to 2°c

Winter (Snowfall season)

Shimla in the summer season 

Summer season starts in Shimla from April and continues till early June. This is the best time to explore the riveting hill station and rest of the places in Himachal Pradesh as the weather is pleasant and roads are clear.   
If you are seeking some time away from the city and spend some nights in cosy comforts of a hill station, then Shimla is where you should plan. The romantic vibes of Mall Road give endless reasons for long strolls. Nothing can be more romantic than enjoying the views of the hills from one of the many cafes of the city.  
April, May and June are also considered as peak tourist season and hotels need to be booked in advance.

Shimla in the winter season

If you are not a ‘summers in the hills’ kind of person and want to enjoy the snowy carpet, then the months of October till January are the best time to visit Shimla. The hills around Shimla start experiencing the first wave of snowfall in December. Shimla during the months of November and December is very romantic and scenic. Mall Road and The Ridge are covered in snow and you can even go for ice skating in The Ring. 
Shimla during winter becomes a hub of many adventure sports that are organized in Mashobra, Kufri and Narkanda. You can go skiing in Narkanda, paragliding in the valley, mountain biking and heli skiiing in Kufri. If you are an adrenaline junkie then the best time to visit Shimla is during winters and enjoy the activities that Shimla offers. 

Shimla in Monsoon Season

It rains heavily in the hills between July and September. The danger of landslides and bad road conditions make travelling a risky affair. Shimla tourism season goes down and most of the famous spots are almost empty. While you can visit Shimla during monsoon, you will not be able to enjoy sightseeing or adventure sports because of the unpredictable weather.  

Enjoy the best of Shimla with Thomas Cook

At Thomas Cook, we have a travel plan ready for every season in Shimla. We have various packages for Shimla  that will help you plan your visit to Shimla in the most rewarding way. Our travel plans cover the best places according to best month to visit Shimla; in order to make your journey memorable.
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