Dharamshala Weather | temperature | climate

Dharamshala, this beautiful hill station of Kangra district is situated amidst the Dhauladhar mountain ranges. Dharamshala has an average elevation of 1,457 metres (4,780 ft), covering an area of almost 8.51 km (3.29 sq mi). It is the second capital of Himachal. The place boasts of natural beauty is small but quite relaxing. Dharamshala has also been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under the Smart Cities Mission of the Government of India. Moderately warm and pleasant climate in summers and mostly very cold climate in winters are the main features of Kalpa weather. The average temperatures during summers (March to June) are between 14°C and 20°C and with a maximum touching about 30°C. The minimum temperature during winters (November to February) can go as low as -7°C with maximum never crossing 10°C. Best time to visit Dharamshala is summers and winters as per liking.

Summers in Dharamshala

The temperature begins to rise, and snow begins to fade away in April. The temperature in Summers ranges between 20 and 35 degrees Celcius. The weather remains pleasant throughout and hence; it is an excellent time to enjoy sightseeing and various treks in the Himalayas. During summers Dharamshala is overcrowded with tourists as temperature in the plains gets too high. People can enjoy a comfortable summer and flee them from scorching heat.

Dharamshala Weather in March | April | May | June

Monsoons in Dharamshala

Dharamshala gets heavy showers throughout the monsoon season, July till October. During July, the wettest month of the year, the city receives more than 850 mm of precipitation. The average maximum temperature of the period drops to 25°C while the low fluctuates between 18°C and 22°C. Being a hill station it also experiences heavy rainfall and there are chances of landslides occurring here.

Dharamshala Weather in July | August | September

Winters in Dharamshala

December to February: Winters in Dharamshala are freezing, but if you enjoy the cold and snow-white mountains, then this is a beautiful time to visit. It snows here during this time and the temperature tends to dip below -1 °C. Remember to carry lots of woolens and protection against chilly winds. Snowfall is the main attraction for tourists that Dharamshala receives around the time of Christmas in December.

Dharamshala Weather in October| November| December |  JanuaryFebruary

Best time to Visit Dharamshala

The best time to visit Dharamshala between February to June (spring and summer) when the weather is pleasant with a maximum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. The day time temperatures are very pleasant and though it doesn’t get too cold it is pleasant enough for the city slicker escaping the heat and dust of the plains.

Clothing Required in Dharamshala

Carrying proper clothing is a must to enjoy nature to its fullest in Dharamshala. As temperature of Dharamshala is lower than that of plains proper precautions in carrying clothes is required

Summer season:  (May June): cotton clothes Rainy, autumn and spring season (July, August, September and October, March – April): Cotton and Light woollen clothes

Winter season (November, December, January and February): Heavy Woollen clothes are required.

Content last updated in December 2019

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