Best Time To Visit Manali, Himachal
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Best time to visit
Sep - Jun
Ideal for friends
Ideal for couples
Weather in Manali
Fri, May 14 2021
33.67ºC | 29.8ºC
Clouds in morning , afternoon and evening and rain in night
Sat, May 15 2021
33.15ºC | 28.75ºC
Clouds from morning to night
Sun, May 16 2021
33.22ºC | 27.98ºC
Clouds in morning and afternoon and rain from evening to night
Mon, May 17 2021
32.87ºC | 29.44ºC
Clouds in morning and afternoon , clear in evening and rain in night
Tue, May 18 2021
33.05ºC | 29.53ºC
Clouds in morning and afternoon and clear from evening to night
Wed, May 19 2021
29.34ºC | 29.34ºC
Clouds from morning to night
Best Time To Visit Manali
Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
The best time to visit Manali is during the winter months of November and February. During this time, the city is covered with a blanket of snow that adds to the beauty of the hilly terrain. The temperature during this time ranges between 5 degree Celsius and -90 degrees Celsius. However, one can also plan on visiting during the summer season (April through June). With festivity around the corner, another good month to visit Manali for honeymooners is December. This hill resort is very popular among honeymooners making it a ‘lover’s paradise’. Since Manali offers something for everyone in every season, one can expect all sorts of tourists here, from backpackers to families. Snowfall in Manali occurs between December and February. Manali is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India drawing tourists throughout the year.
Month-wise Weather Details of Manali
March to June (10°C to 25°C): Summer season in Manali is from March to June, which is the best time to visit Manali especially with friends and family. The temperature during these months remains pleasant, just perfect for all sorts of outdoor activities like river rafting, trekking, camping, etc. Weather in Manali during May is perfect to visit all the sightseeing places with children during their summer holidays.
September to February (7°C to 23°C): Winter season in Manali lasts from September to February. This is an ideal time to visit Manali for those who want to enjoy snowfall. The weather remains cool and chilly and Manali is all covered with a white sheet of snow. Manali weather in December is ideal for honeymooners to spend some cozy moments.
Festivals Celebrated in Manali
Hadimba Devi Fair: This is one of the most important festivals in Manali. The Hadimba Devi Temple is dedicated to the wife of Bhima and the temple is all lit and come to life during the Hadimba Devi Fair. Devotees from all over the world come here to attend this festival during the springtime i.e around April or May.
Doongri Forest Festival: The best part about this festival is that it is solely organized and volunteered by the women. The festival is celebrated at the Van Vihar National Park. The local women dress themselves up in traditional attires and sing cultural songs as a tribute to Hadimba Devi.
Winter Carnival: The best month to visit Manali is during the month of February when Manali is all covered in snow and various winter festivities are in full bloom for the entertainment of the tourists. Cafes and restaurants offer great offers during the winter carnival and various adventurous activities like skiing and trekking.
However, those who love to explore the lush greenery, the best season to visit Manali is during summers as the weather is quite pleasant. Moreover, it is a perfect destination for a long weekend trip. Also, it provides an escape from the scorching heat. Depending on your budget and interest, find the season-wise best time to visit Manali below:
Climate in Manali
Summer Season in Manali
Summer in Manali is considered to be the best time to visit this hill station. It is the best time to visit Manali if you're looking for outdoor activities like trekking, paragliding, and rafting. Unlike other parts of the country, the weather is Manali is very pleasant and ideal for indulging in adventure activities like rafting, paragliding, zorbing and mountain activities. Also, the flowers are in full bloom at this time of the year making it perfect for nature enthusiasts.
Manali is touched by a festive mood in the summers. One can experience the festival of Basantotsav in the summer month of April. This fair has been declared a state festival by the Himachal Pradesh government. As it marks the beginning of the spring season (and also the tourist season) in the valley, it is also known as Spring Festival.
The temperature in the summers ranges between 10 Degrees Celsius to 25 Degrees Celsius in Manali.
Monsoon Season in Manali
Monsoon is not an ideal time for people to visit Manali. The place receives heavy rainfall throughout this time. Visiting Manali this time of the year can affect plans as heavy rainfalls can make tourists stay in their hotels the whole time. Weather in Manali during monsoon season can be really unpredictable. Nearby places located at higher elevations are prone to thunderstorms and incessant rainfall. Moreover, there are huge chances of landslides during monsoons in Manali. 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.
Winter Season in Manali
Winters are a great time to visit the Manali. Visiting this time of the year is usually preferred by honeymooners from all over the world as the place is very chilly. If you want to witness snowfall, then winters are the best time to visit the place. You will get spectacular views of the snow capped mountains in winters.Also, you can be a part of the most awaited festival of the year in the valley i.e. the Winter Carnival. There is a massive participation by cultural groups and students from various colleges of India. The festival is held at 'Manu Kala Kendra' in Manali. This festival surely gives a five-day feast to the visitors.Snowfall in Manali is common between December and February. During snowfall season in Manali, the hotel rates are higher. It is also the best time to visit Manali for honeymoon. The temperature in the winters can go below 0 Degree Celsius, so some good woollens are recommended. All in all, the best time to visit Manali is the time ‘you’ visit the place!
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When is the best time to visit Manali?
The best time to visit Manali is between October-February, during the winter season, when the whole town is covered in snowfall. This is also the ideal time for honeymooners. Summer is also ideal for trekkers as some of the higher trek points become inaccessible in winter.
In which month can I see snowfall in Manali?
Snowfall in Manali in December, especially around Christmas and New Year's Eve, is common. It is rare to see snowfall in Manali in November or October.
Is April the best time to visit Manali?
Yes, April is the best time to visit Manali.
Is June a good time to visit Manali?
Yes, the month of June is a good time to visit Manali since the monsoon season is yet to start and one can still enjoy adventure activities during the summertime.
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