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Best time to visit Shimla, India

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The best time to visit Shimla is January-March

Are you looking for top-secret information about when to visit Shimla? Look no further! January-March is the best time to go to Shimla due to the excellent all-round climate conditions, and it’s not likely to be at its busiest as it’s not during the height of the peak travel season.

In the summer months, temperatures tend to get to a maximum of around 34℃ (93℉). The weather at night in the winter, which is around January-time, can get down to a minimum of 1℃ (33℉).

If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Shimla, or you’re just afraid of the dark, the days in May are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset. August sees the most amount of rain in a month if you’re ok with chancing getting drenched, so if you’re looking to stay dry, visit in November instead.

Continue reading to find out loads more about when to travel to Shimla, then use the handy tools below to search for the best flight and hotel options that are right for you.

Warmest month

June

Least rainfall

November

Most daylight

May

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Shimla seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Shimla as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Shimla is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

Season Months
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Shimla

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Shimla for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Shimla climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Shimla for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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Shimla in January

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average high temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average humidity: 46%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 56mm (2") over 7 days
  • Average snow days: 3 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Shimla in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Shimla in February

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average low temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average humidity: 50%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 63mm (2") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Shimla in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Shimla in March

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average humidity: 45%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 72mm (3") over 13 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Shimla in March, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Shimla in April

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average humidity: 39%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 61mm (2") over 14 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Shimla in April, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Shimla in May

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (85℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 35%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 53mm (2") over 13 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Shimla in May, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Shimla in June

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (86℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average humidity: 45%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 109mm (4") over 16 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Shimla in June, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Shimla in July

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 297mm (12") over 28 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
28 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Shimla in July, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Shimla in August

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 1 days
  • Average rainfall: 323mm (13") over 30 days
1 days
of pure sunshine
30 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Shimla in August, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Shimla in September

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 155mm (6") over 20 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Shimla in September, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.

Shimla in October

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average humidity: 52%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 22mm (1") over 7 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Shimla in October, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Shimla in November

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average humidity: 43%
  • Average sunny days: 26 days
  • Average rainfall: 14mm (1") over 3 days
26 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Shimla in November, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Shimla in December

  • Average temperature: 9℃ (47℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average humidity: 39%
  • Average sunny days: 27 days
  • Average rainfall: 17mm (1") over 3 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
27 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Shimla in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Shimla is usually June, where temperatures tend to rise to around 30℃ (86℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Shimla is generally around November. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in November first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Shimla is generally around August, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of August too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Shimla, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in May are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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