The lush and refreshing hills of Dharamshala

Best Time To Visit Dharamshala, Himachal

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Best Time To Visit Dharamshala

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

Both the winter and summer seasons are the best time to visit Dharamshala. While in summer, tourists can enjoy paragliding and trekking, the winter season allows pleasant weather. March through June is the most popular time to visit Dharamshala. One of the most beautiful hill stations, 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. Dharamshala snowfall time is between December and February. Let's take a closer look at all the seasons in Dharamshala.

Month-wise Weather Details of Dharamshala

April to June (20°c to 35°c): This is an ideal and the best time to plan a visit to Dharamshala as the temperature is pleasant during the evening and night time. During the day time, the weather in Dharamshala during May is bearable unlike the temperatures of Delhi and other northern cities. This is also a favorable time for sightseeing, trekking, mountaineering, and paragliding.

July to September (18°c to 22°c): Months from July to September constitutes the rainy season in Dharamshala. There is a constant possibility of landslides hence it is not safe and recommended to go to Dharamshala during monsoons. Trekking and mountaineering are also not possible during monsoons as the trails become slippery and steep.

October to March(4°c to 7°c): The winter season is the best time to visit Dharamshala as it is extremely cold and the natural beauty of the place looks like a dreamland. By the end of December, Dharamshala starts receiving snowfall and the mountains and valleys are all covered with a white sheet of snow which looks extremely stunning and mesmerizing. Dharamshala weather in December is cool and chilly and visiting Dharamshala during this time is preferred by those who want to enjoy snowfall.

Famous Festivals Celebrated in Dharamshala

International Himalayan Festival: This Dharamshala festival is one of the most popular festivals in Dharamshala. There is a three days festivity in honor of the Dalai Lama and to remember the day when the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the year 1985. Various great cultural performances and activities are held by the Tibetan Institute of Performing arts and other artists to celebrate this day with great enthusiasm.

Losar Festival: The presence of Tibetan culture and the influence of the Dalai Lama makes people celebrate this festival in Dharamshala with great pomp and show. This festival is celebrated in the month of February and March when the whole city comes to life and tourists can take part in the cultures and traditions of local people of Dharamshala.

Dharamshala International Film Festival: This is a famous film festival which was first started in Mcleodganj in the year 2012 showcasing various famous best fiction, shorts, and documentaries from Indian and world cinema. The festival mainly takes place in the months of October and November.  

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.

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.

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 fewer chances to witness snowfall in Dharamshala proper, Triund top receives plenty of fresh snow in winter. You will get spectacular views of the snow capped mountains in winters.

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    • Trip to Dharamshala

      Pros:1. tempo traveller & driver services are very good.2.food & accommodation are very good in all hotels that we chose. Need to improve: services & cleanliness at Sky village camping in billing, Himachal Pradesh need to be improved.it is run on solar panels as there is no electricity. We are not aware of this as we traveled with kids & seniors. Triund trek at dharamshala, horse ride in kajjiar lake, Dian kund & kalatope Trek in Dalhousie;paragliding in billing are spectacular!!!
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      Samyukta Guntreddy

      Visakhapatnam andhra, a day ago

    • Trip to Dharamshala

      Pros:1. tempo traveller & driver services are very good.2.food & accommodation are very good in all hotels that we chose. Need to improve: services & cleanliness at Sky village camping in billing, Himachal Pradesh need to be improved.it is run on solar panels as there is no electricity. We are not aware of this as we traveled with kids & seniors. Triund trek at dharamshala, horse ride in kajjiar lake, Dian kund & kalatope Trek in Dalhousie;paragliding in billing are spectacular!!!
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      Samyukta Guntreddy

      Visakhapatnam andhra, a day ago

    • Trip to Dharamshala

      Pros:1. tempo traveller & driver services are very good.2.food & accommodation are very good in all hotels that we chose. Need to improve: services & cleanliness at Sky village camping in billing, Himachal Pradesh need to be improved.it is run on solar panels as there is no electricity. We are not aware of this as we traveled with kids & seniors. Triund trek at dharamshala, horse ride in kajjiar lake, Dian kund & kalatope Trek in Dalhousie;paragliding in billing are spectacular!!!
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      Samyukta Guntreddy

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    • Trip to Dharamshala

      Pros:1. tempo traveller & driver services are very good.2.food & accommodation are very good in all hotels that we chose. Need to improve: services & cleanliness at Sky village camping in billing, Himachal Pradesh need to be improved.it is run on solar panels as there is no electricity. We are not aware of this as we traveled with kids & seniors. Triund trek at dharamshala, horse ride in kajjiar lake, Dian kund & kalatope Trek in Dalhousie;paragliding in billing are spectacular!!!
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    • Trip to Dharamshala

      Package Cost me Rs 24,000/- Day 1:I was Travelling from Jammu ,The internet service was not available ,the remaining payment I had to be done by Cash mode after reaching the hotel ,It was very frustrating Night 1 :Horrible experience ,Hotel has been changed ,Skylark to some local Rosewood hotel (stay was OK but dinner we had outside) Day2: breakfast has less option ,opted for Paratha (very Bad but was hungry)but me and my wife vomited during Journey ,Places :More religious places chamunda devi,brijeshwari temple has been covered instead of Natural sight seeing,however places were nice,Kangra fort was awesome. Cab service was good. Night 2:Dinner was worst ,we are unable to eat it ,badly cooked and rotten smell is coming out.Beds were comfortable but room was dirty and not properly cleaned stained were there. Day 3:transfer to Dhramshala to Dalhousie ,in between we visited Monastery ,Dalai Lama was addressing there.It was heartfelt experience. reached to Banikhet near by Dalhousie in Hotel Grand Dalhousie.It is budget hotel Staying was good.The road trip from Dharamshala /mcleodganj to Banikhet was awesome but the nature is fragile there ,not recommend to visit during rainy season as frequent landslide occur. Night3: Dinner was good in first night as a group of student visited there to stay. Day4:Visited Dalhousie church,KhajjiarThe best place in my journey,very awesome weather,picturesque ,views and many more to be refreshed.Khajjiar is also a good picnic spot.Afterwards we went to Chamba laxmi narayan temple,which is inside city,Dalhousie to chamba to Banikhet road is dangerous.However cab driver Sameer was excellent in his work. Night 5:we were Happy to had good trip.But again Food/Dinner in grand Dalhousie was worst(I mean it). Day 6: Early Morning we left for Pathankot. The Bad Parts are : 1.unexpectedly telling me to pay the remaining bill either by Cash or Online.while I was coming from Jammu where there were not internet service. 2.Changing of Hotel Skylark to some not so good hotel Rosewood (staying was Okay but Food was literally worst).Beware if you had bad food it can ruin your trip. 3. Dharmshala/Mcleodganj (more of religious kind,temple visit) instead of more historical places ,museum,sight seeing 4.hotel was in Banikhet not in Dalhousie,the weather & views in Dalhousie is awesome and not same as Banikhet. 5.Food was worst. The Good Parts: 1.The cab/Private vehicle service was very good,comfortable.Driver was experienced,drives smoothly ,well mannered ,gentleman and assisted us where he can. 2.Dalhousie ,Khajjiar ,Monastery ,Kangra Fort visits are memorable part. 3.Temple visit were also fine but not so exciting. 4.Staying was normal,as these are budget hotels. 5.The hilly road drive was awesome. Note:However ,I felt that I would have chosen government approved & 3 star or above rated hotels ,not the travel triangle or other website rated 3 star hotels for comfortable STAYING/SLEEPS and for quality FOOD.
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      Devendra Deshmukh

      Katra, 7 days ago

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      My trip to Shimla, Manali & Dharamshala was well coordinated by the executives of North India Tours and Travels with very good halting arrangements at these places. I would certainly recommend them and also travel triangle to all tour aspirants.
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      Revathiveekumar

      Bangalore, 20 days ago

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      The trip was perfect as per the iternary. Driver was very much supportive, flexible and friendly. Hotels in Amritsar and Himachal all were perfect but the best was in Dharamshala. I had a perfect holiday within these 6 days. Thank You Team for providing us with awesome experience.
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      Mumbai, 20 days ago

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      Thanks to Mr. Kush, from Holiday Triangle who provided the necessary guidance and facilities for booking my family trip of 4 to Dalhousie and Dharamshala. Mr. Kush was friendly and always prompt to reply to my queries and change requests. The cab driver Mr. Vicky Rana was an awesome gentleman who knew all the routes very well, even for once he did not need to ask for directions or google map. He drove at a steady speed and his Innova car was an absolute comfort. Both the hotels , HOTAL MONGAS (Dalhousie) and THE PINK HOUSE (McLeodGanj) were absolute best, staying there we never had any issues. Mr Ranjeet Singh from Mongas and Mahender Ji from Pink House provided all the necessary facilities to make our journey a memorable one. I would suggest people to plan their holidays with HOLIDAY TRIANGLE. Regards Anik Saha
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      Anik Saha

      Faridabad, 23 days ago

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      The overall trip could have been better had the agency taken care of some small things. 1. At two of the booked hotels, Wistling Pine in Shimla and Savers Park in Amritsar were had been stopped for about 30 minutes or so when checking out stating that the payments were not made and that we had to pay them. It was very inconvenient. 2. We didn't get to see a few places promised in the final voucher. First, we got to Kullu in the evening and the driver stopped at a shop and said that if we wanted to buy clothes we had about 30 minutes. He said we will not visit Kullu again. So we didn't see Kullu at all. Second, we didn't visit Kasole at all. The driver said he will see if the roads to Kasole were open, he will take us. But he didn't take us there. I know for sure that the roads were open. I strongly believe he wanted to get to Dharamshala earlier so he skipped that. Third, the driver skipped all the sightseeing in Dalhousie saying that they are 50 to 60 km away so we cannot visit them. 3. When we asked for some changes in the hotel reservations, although the request being 3 days in advance, it was denied stating that the changes could not be made. 4. When we would asked the driver to take us to a near by mall or shopping, he declined the request stating the car has a gps and that hey is not allowed to. 5. At most of the hotels, we missed the breakfast because the driver wanted to leave early for the next destination.
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      An Khaleeq

      Kabul, 25 days ago

    • Trip to Dharamshala

      Hotel in Dharamshala (Sai Taj Grand) was excellent with very polite staff. But the hotel in Dalhousie (Satyadev Grand) was horrible. The entrance and ambience was so poor that you wouldn't like to stay in the hotel. The staff was rude too and I wouldn't recommend this hotel to anyone. The cabs AC wasn't working and hence it was too hot in Haryana and Punjab when we were traveling from Delhi towards Dharamshala. The agent (Guruji Travels) refused to accept its AC is ill functioning. The driver (Vikas Kumar) was a very polite guy. One of the best drivers that I have ever travelled with. He needs all the desired appraisals from his company. Guruji Travels needs to be o be more customer centric as they are in service industry. Should give a heed to customers complaints and should check the hotels that they are giving to their customers. Himanshu from Travel Triangle was very helpful in listening to our complaints.
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      Kenil Shah

      Ahmedabad, 3 months ago

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    FAQ's of Dharamshala

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    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.

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

    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.

    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.

     

     

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

    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.

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