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Best Time To Visit Dharamshala, Himachal

Dharamshala Tourism

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Nov - Aug

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Best Time To Visit Dharamshala

Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination

One of the most beautiful hill station, Dharamshala is a place that gets its tourists throughout the year. This hill city is very popular among backpackers making it a perfect destination for people from all over the world. Since Dharamshala offers something for everyone in every season, one can expect all sorts of tourists here; from backpackers to families, this town attracts them all.

However, the best season to visit Dharamshala is summers as the weather is quite pleasant and people from other parts of the country can be found in abundance who visit the place to escape the scorching heat. Another good time to visit Dharamshala is from October to February as the temperature is very low making an ideal time for adventurers and honeymooners to visit.

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Climate in Dharamshala

Summer Season in Dharamshala

Summers (March to June): Summers in Dharamshala are considered to be the best time to visit this hill city. Unlike other parts of the country, weather is Dharamshala is very pleasant and ideal for indulging in adventure activities like paragliding and mountain activities. Also, the flowers are in full bloom at this time of the year making it perfect for nature enthusiasts.One can experience the Saka Dawa Festival in the summer month of April dedicated to Lord Buddha. A ten-day opera is organised by Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) with a number of cultural performances and folk dances.

The temperature in the summers ranges between 22 Degrees Celsius to 35 Degrees Celsius in Dharamshala.

 

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Monsoon Season in Dharamshala

Monsoons (July to August): Monsoon is not an ideal time for people to visit Dharamshala. The place receives heavy rainfall throughout this time. Visiting Dharamshala this time of the year can affect plans as heavy rainfalls can make tourists stay in their hotels the whole time.Moreover, there are huge chances of landslides during monsoons in Dharamshala. Landslides can lead to damage to vehicles and blocked roads. But if you are looking for a trip with a short budget, this off-season will offer great discounts on hotel room tariffs. Dal Fair is an important festival in Dharamshala celebrated on the banks of Dal Lake in the month of August. During this festival, you can witness devotees taking dips in the holy water of Dal Lake.

 

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Winter Season in Dharamshala

Winters (November to February): Winters are a great time to visit the Dharamshala. Visiting Dharamshala this time of the year is usually preferred by hardcore adventurers and honeymooners as the place is very chilly. Though, there are less chances to witness snow here, snowfall may occur at Triund top. You will get spectacular views of the snow capped mountains in winters.

 

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Where should I eat in Dharamshala?

The market in McLeod Ganj will offer you a vareity of cuisines. Tibetan, English and Indian food is easily available. There is a cafe named 'Shiva Cafe' in Bhagsunag, which is a must try in Dharamshala, serving great continental food. Accessible by only foot, it takes about an hour hike to reach the cafe.

What adventure activity should I go for?

Trekking to the famous Triund hill top and paragliding at Bir (World's second best paragliding platform) are the activities one should definitely try while in Dharamshala.

What are the best stay options for a solo traveller?

Backpackers Hostel, McLeod Ganj and Zostel, Bir are the top options for a person travelling alone. These are the hostels introduced with the concept of getting travellers from different countries and places together at a very nominal rent that is ideal for a solo traveller.

What things can I buy in Dharamshala?

Dharamshala has plenty of shops selling Himachali clothes and various kinds of handicrafts mostly associated with Buddhism and Tibet.

What places can I visit in Dharamshala?

Dal lake, Namgyal monastery, Bhagsunag temple and waterfall, Kangra Art Museum, HPCA stadium and Tibet museum are some of the places one can visit in Dharamshala.

Is Dharamshala safe to travel to?

Yes, it is completely safe in Dharamshala. One will find hundreds of tourists anytime they visit the place. Moreover, the locals are quite friendly and helpful.

Is Triund Trek suitable for all?

The Triund trek is suitable for most people. It is an easy trek of 11km with an uphill trek of 4-5 hours.

Is paragliding at Bir safe?

Paragliding at Bir is quite safe. Just follow the instructions properly. Do ask your para-pilot for his license to make sure he is an expert. However, no adventure activity is 100% safe.