Best Time To Visit Mcleodganj - Dharamshala
The best time to visit Mcleodganj or Little Lhasa as it is commonly called by the locals comes in two phases - the summers from April to June and the winters from October to March.
Within this time frame however, we strongly recommend avoiding long weekends and the holiday season from Mid May to July and the Dussehra break. Instead, plan your trip just preceding this period and you will find a much more relaxed pace to your travel and exploration, instead of being bumped into at every nook and corner of the mall road!
Monsoons are best avoided owing to the potential of landslides and heavy rainfall. For those who anyway take the plunge (no pun intended), the reward is a valley at its pristine best - without fellow tourists, but only the warm locals to engage with.
Weather in Mcleodganj
Summers: April to June
With the entire North 'feeling hot hot hot' through the summer months, Mcleodganj provides an oasis of sorts with temperatures ranging between 20°C and 30°C, with some outliers of course. In recent times, though the town has recorded a maximum of 36°C, that can be considered an anomaly. Summers are also said to be the best time for people to undertake the famous Triund Trek or the go up to the Indrahar Pass and explore the regions vivid flora and fauna.
Monsoons: July to September
Monsoons are perhaps the only month where caution on the roads is recommended but the flipside of that caution means a near-complete offseason - which is a perk most travellers find hard to come across in the region. The Kangra Valley receives an average annual rainfall of 350 cm, the majority of which is received during these months with the temperatures ranging between 15°C and 25°C. The entire valley transforms into a pristine green paradise is ideal for the discerning road-tripper, if one can brave through the road stoppages that come along as well. Additionally, one may also join in on the Butoh Dance Festival, usually held in the months of June and July.
Winters: October to March
While October marks the beginning of the winters, or as GOT fans would say - "Winter is Coming", the season goes on till early March with both October and March, often regarded as THE BEST MONTHS to visit the land given the moderately cold temperatures of 8°C and 20°C. The temperature in the valley during the peak winters of December and January however can reach sub-zero levels with the average range hovering between 1°C and 12°C. This time however is the only one where the town witnesses snowfall and is an opportune time for families to attempt building a snowman. The region also hosts a number of festivals during this time including the International Himalayan Festival in December, Lohri and Halda in January, Himachal Winter Carnival in February and last but not the least, the Tibetan New Year in late February/early March.