Shimla is the most popular hill station and has amazing weather and tourists can go to Shimla anytime of the year. The summers are extremely pleasant with average temperature plays around 20 degrees. The peak tourist season is from March to June, as this is the time when weather is enjoyable for those who are trying to escape the plains’ harsh summers. The monsoon season starts from June making it slightly inconvenient to travel around the town. Post monsoons, the weather starts getting colder. Snowing occurs by the mid of December till the end of February. This is the perfect place to go for trekking, paragliding and other adventure sports.
The period from March to June is the best time to visit Shimla. The extreme winters have receded by this time and there is a little cool air around, which is not pinching and is quite enjoyable. Most North Indian crowd comes to Shimla for a brief summer vacation. It is recommended to book early as hotels are often full in this peak season. Light cottons make up for the season and even nights are comfortable.
From June end to early September the rainy season is in its prime. Rainfall is mostly heavy and makes travelling around is difficult. Though once the rain clouds clear, the already beautiful hill station turns picturesque. Heavy rains also lead to landslides and break the access roads. Tourists visiting now should keep a few days in reserve to allow clearing of road blocks.
There is very less occupancy in hotels and they offer heavy discounts which many grab quickly. Full sleeved clothes should serve their purpose well and tourists can easily bear the very slight chill in the evenings.
The autumn season from September to November or the Fall is best loved by travelers. The trees shed all their leaves this bare structure pleases most photographers. The days are pleasant and the nights are cool enough to cuddle in and sleep in woolen pajamas! Even this is an off season and hoteliers offer big discounts to keep casual tourists interested.
November onwards and till February the winters are in full bloom. Tourists can expect snowfall from mid-December onwards and for records 28 December to 2 January is the most plausible period for snowfall. Again this is the second peak season and early birds take quick action and pre-book the hotels well in advance. Latecomers seldom get good accommodation and are forced to take shelter in Dharamshalas.
The snow covering the entire city is simply mesmerizing and picture postcard perfect. Heavy woolens are the preferred clothing now as the temperature many a time slips below the freezing point. Snow lovers are seen skating and building snow mans and playing with snow balls.
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