Best Time and Season to Visit Himachal Pradesh in 2021
COVID-19 : HIMACHAL PRADESH is in Green Zone
Last Updated: 08 Apr 2021
Latest Information on Travelling to HIMACHAL PRADESH?
  • Entry is open for domestic travellers from other state. However, thermal screening will be conducted by state health authorities upon arrival.
  • No e-pass required for Inter-state travel to Himachal Pradesh.
  • Face masks are compulsory when going out in public. Fine of Rs 1000 to be imposed on those not wearing masks.
  • COVID-19 test is not required on entry to the state. However, thermal screening shall be done for all passengers entering the state.
  • All supermarkets, parks, malls and attractions are open with strict COVID-19 prevention norms in place.
  • Social distancing to be followed mandatorily when out in public.
  • Spiti Valley open for tourists from 17th of February, 2021.
  • E-passes/ permissions not required for inter-state travel.
  • For passengers arriving from red zone districts outside of Himachal Pradesh, carrying a COVID-19 negative test report from ICMR authorized lab, not older than 48 hours from the date of departure,14 days of Home Quarantine is allowed.
  • 14 days of institutional quarantine is required for passengers arriving from any Red Zone district outside of Himachal Pradesh or passengers having ILI (Influenza Like Illness) symptoms irrespective of the zone from where they are arriving.
  • All passengers must download Aarogya Setu App.
Flights

Domestic flights are operational to all the airports of Himachal Pradesh from other corners of the country.

Trains

Rail services are functional from all major cities to the railway stations of Himachal Pradesh.

Local Transport

Local transport services, like taxis, autos and buses are functioning in the state.

The government of Himachal Pradesh has taken several steps to curb the spread of Covid-19 while allowing travellers and tourists to visit the state. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines and safety measures issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to keep yourself safe.

Chamba Valley is now open for paragliding Updated: 24 Feb 2021

To boost tourism in Chamba district, the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department has granted permission for conducting commercial paragliding activities in Raina Village near Nainikhud.

Entry from other states open in Himachal Pradesh; thermal screening to be done upon arrival Updated: 24 Feb 2021

Inter-state travel to Himachal does not require a Covid-19 negative certificate. There is no need for home/ institutional quarantine. However, thermal screening shall be done for all the passengers. People advised to maintain social distance and keep an eye on their health.

Volvo bus services resume Updated: 11 Feb 2021

After remaining closed for months, the Volvo bus service has started in Himachal. Tourists can now travel to Himachal from Chandigarh and Delhi by Volvo buses.

Spiti Valley open for tourists from 17th of February, 2021 Updated: 11 Feb 2021

After being shut for almost an year, Spiti Valley will be welcoming tourists from 17th February. In light of this, various safety measures are to be followed by the tourists including a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in which all tour operators have to ensure that tourists, majorly who are travelling in groups have a COVID negative test report from an authorised hospital/clinic. The report must not be older than 96 hours.The travellers reaching Spiti independently like drivers or workers need to head to the nearest government hospital to get their Rapid COVID-19 test done.

Night curfew lifted in Himachal Pradesh Updated: 11 Feb 2021

As per the MHA’s Unlock 4.0 guidelines, the night curfew in Himachal Pradesh, that was imposed between 9 p.m to 5 a.m has been lifted to allow unrestricted intra-state travel.

All airports within Himachal Pradesh are functional for domestic travel Updated: 08 Feb 2021

All airports in Himachal Pradesh have begun functioning domestic flights, with strict social distancing norms. Thermal screening is mandatory for arriving as well as departing passengers.

Often hailed as one of the most beautiful states in North India, Himachal Pradesh is a delightful getaway for all the tourists. The best time to visit Himachal Pradesh is from the month of March to June making it a mesmerizing retreat. Offering pleasant weather and numerous places to visit, Himachal Pradesh is renowned as one of the top summer destinations in India. Greeting the tourists with misty air and bright sunshine, Himachal Pradesh remains a serene getaway for enjoying an escape from the modern cities.

Even though Himachal Pradesh is great to visit anytime throughout the year, one can always pick a season to fulfil their vacation goals. While the monsoons are a backpacker’s delight, summers are the perfect escape from the heat in Himachal Pradesh. The winters in Himachal Pradesh are ideal to enjoy a romantic retreat in the snow-clad landscape with freezing temperatures.

Here are the best seasons to visit Himachal Pradesh:

01

Himachal Pradesh in Summer

Himachal Pradesh in Summer
Months:

The summer season in Himachal Pradesh is witnessed from the month of April to June.

Why you should visit at this time:

One of the best times to visit Himachal Pradesh is in the summer season. It is when the most of the northern India reels under the heat waves, yet Himachal Pradesh boasts of an amazing climate. Attracting dozens of tourists, these hill stations in Himachal Pradesh present a wonderful getaway.

This is the peak season in Himachal Pradesh and one may find the prices of hotels and resorts on a slightly higher side.  However, one can always find many budget options for staying in Himachal Pradesh during the summer season.

Places to visit and activities to take during this time:

Summers in Himachal Pradesh will leave you captivated during the day with clear skies and sun and chilly air during the night. In the high altitudes, Himachal Pradesh offers some of the most exhilarating treks which can be undertaken from the cities of Shimla, Manali
, and Dharamshala. Also, this season is great to indulge in sightseeing, shopping and exploring the fabulous villages of Himachal Pradesh.

Some of the most amazing places to visit in Himachal Pradesh during the summer season are Bir Billing, Dalhousie, Spiti Valley, Kasol, Khajjiar, Kullu Manali, Shimla, Kasauli, Palampur, Kinnaur etc. This is the time when these places are booming with tourist activities and one can take part in a number of outdoor adventures like paragliding, go-
Karting, zorbing, hot air ballooning etc. Moreover, with the start of summer season, one can look forward to enjoy a number of regional festivals like Maha Shivratri, Doongri Festival, Mandi Shivratri Festival, the seven-day Nalwari Festival, Baisakhi, the Spring Festival etc. in Himachal Pradesh.

Average Temperature:

Day: 37 degrees Celsius
Night: 22 degrees Celsius
02

Himachal Pradesh in Winter

Himachal Pradesh in Winter
Months:

Himachal Pradesh enjoys the winter season from the month of October to February.

Why you should visit at this time:

Winter season in Himachal Pradesh is a preferred time for honeymooners to romanticize the snow. The sight of snow is totally enthralling and will leave you with memories that last for a lifetime. The frozen lakes and icicles give a surreal glimpse of natural beauty. Moreover, winter is a great time to indulge in activities like skiing, heli-skiing, ice skating etc. One can have a great time in winters by gorging on some of the sumptuous food of Himachal Pradesh like masala chai and piping hot noodles when you are shivering in the winter chill.

With the perfect amalgamation of hot and cold weather, the summer season is a great time to explore the beauty of Himachal Pradesh. With clear skies, one can easily catch a glimpse of various peaks of the Himalayas while trekking through the stunning trails of Himachal Pradesh. The most amazing places to see in Himachal Pradesh during the winters are Rohtang, Manali, Kufri, and Keylong.

For the snow lovers, the perfect time to plan a visit to Himachal Pradesh is during the winter season. From the month of December to January, one can brace up for sub-zero temperatures in Himachal Pradesh and gear up to be enchanted by the snow. However, one of the downsides of visiting Himachal Pradesh during the winters is that roads may be blocked by snow and one can find it hard to go from one place to another in the state.

Places to visit and activities to during this time:

For the adventure seekers, winters in Himachal Pradesh promise the most nerve racing adventures likes skiing and hiking. Amidst the beauty of
 snow-capped mountains, these activities in Himachal Pradesh offer for a thrilling getaway.

Winters in Himachal Pradesh are a great time to visit the monasteries and temples and have a glimpse of the cultural festivities. Some of the festivals to look forward to during the winters in Himachal Pradesh are Lohri, Halda Festival, Himachal Winter Carnival, Sazo, Dussehra, Ice Skating Carnival
, and the International Himalayan Festival.

Winters are the time when one can see the most authentic side of Himachal Pradesh and take part in trekking expeditions. Passing through landscapes replete with deodar trees, pine and oak trees, ponds and lakes, trekking in Himachal Pradesh promises a surreal escape. Some of the popular treks to enjoy during the winter season in Himachal Pradesh are Rohtang Pass trek, Solang valley trek, Kunzum Pass trek, Hampta Pass trek, Bhrigu Lake trek etc.

Average Temperature:

Day: 15 degrees Celsius
Night: 3 degrees Celsius
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Himachal Pradesh in Monsoon

Himachal Pradesh in Monsoon
Months:

The months from July to September witness the monsoon season in Himachal Pradesh.

Why you should visit at this time:

A breathtaking time to visit Himachal Pradesh is during the monsoons. It is when the entire state is showered with natural beauty and the influx of tourists is lower as compared to other times of the year. Since it’s the off season, one can find many budget accommodations and enjoy visiting the popular places without the hassles of being stuck in crowds. However, one should avoid going to Himachal Pradesh during the monsoons if the main goal of undertaking the vacation is trekking, hiking and other adventure activities.

Visiting Himachal Pradesh during the monsoons is a great idea to interact with the locals and take part in volunteer work. Since there are relatively
 fewer tourists present during this time, one can spend a good amount of time at popular spots. In the perfect rainy setting, Himachal Pradesh is a wonderful getaway to sit by yourself and relax in the company of nature away from the hustle and bustle of cities.

Places to visit and activities to during this time:

The waterfalls and lakes look immensely beautiful when the rains lash down the landscape and make it an enchanting sight. The places that boast of being the most amazing during the monsoon in Himachal Pradesh are Dharamsala, Narkanda, Kullu, Manali, Solang, Shoghi and Mashobra. During the monsoons, there are also annual celebrations like Minjar festival that is held for seven days, Phulaich, Rakhi and the La Darcha Fair which one can enjoy in Himachal Pradesh.

Even though monsoons are not the best time to see Himachal Pradesh due to slippery roads and heavy rains, one would not be disappointed if they visit. Monsoons bring out the most heavenly side of these hill stations and
 leave the tourists captivated for a long time to come. However, it is advised that one should avoid certain places in Himachal Pradesh which could be prone to monsoonal landslides.

Average Temperature:

Day: 21 degrees Celsius
Night: 14 degrees Celsius
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"It was a wonderful journey and enjoyed a lot and welcome gesture was good and the guides were good"
03 January 2020
Excellent
31 Dec 2019 always memorable for me just because of this trip. It was my first experience on hills specially on trekking. Our guide Mannu Sharma such a nice person. Just like our family he take care of everything. Wonderful experience with wonderful peoples.
20 August 2018
Excellent
My trip to triund was super. The guide Mukesh was friendly and fun company. Guided very well. Bit disappointed that I couldn't stay there due to bad weather but the accommodation provided to me was simply superb . Environment friendly and peace loving. Food was simply superb and hospitality was excellent. Will once again visit in future.
16 February 2020
Excellent
Hey hi! I'm Divya. This was my experience with Thrillophilia and it was amazing. They've responded always whenever I needed them. About this trip, firstly Kasol is a very beautiful place and the camp we were staying at is located Riverside, a very beautiful location and the hosts are lovely ppl, very friendly, camp in Kasol. They've taken us on Trek to Chalal .... This is a trek trail that goes along the river up to the village of Chalal. And next day was the Kasol trek. It is the beautiful trek that I've experienced till now ( not that I've climbed many mountains and hills). It was covered all over with snow. The views were amazing.. We had a guide trekker who took us on the trek. Overall it was a wonderful experience!!! Thanks to Thrillophilia, sincerely!!!!
"One of the experiences, which will always remain in my memories. Kheerganga is a trek which is beautiful, not so tough, tiring but the moment you reach the destination, you forget it all and you feel that you have reached a different realm altogether. I can still feel the fresh air hitting my face up there. anyone who can trek 4-5 hours continuously, please do not miss this place.\nand our trek guide is VICKY a very good person\n"
04 February 2021
Excellent
The work from home seemed quite relaxing until I started to feel trapped. Thus, come 2021, and kept on looking for a workstation trip where I could stay amidst nature and still work. On came Thrillophilia as a genie and arranged the most fabulous stay in Manali. The three-bedroom cottage I was staying in could accommodate nine people and I set off with 4 of my friends. We loved the serene Kullu Valley setting but met our office targets with full gusto. The stay was not just beautiful being situated amidst apple orchards but was a sanitized space with staff performing hygiene checks daily. My friends made the most of the indoor workspaces while I brought about the outdoor furniture to do office work while not missing out on nature’s grandeur. Totally loved how Thrillophilia at such short notice, arranged for a homestay that had Wi-Fi connectivity, power backup and a laptop-friendly workspace. I still miss our evenings where we would gorge on local snacks cooked in the kitchen, by a chef using fresh seasonal produce. If WFM has been a mood dampener for you, give Thrillophilia a try, to arrange a nourishing stay in the hills!
20 March 2021
Excellent
Hello everyone, the round trek was breathtaking. But the experience became amazing only because of our guide - Rahul. Rahul helped me to conquer my fear of heights. He kept on motivating me to go further and also helped me to come down by constantly holding my hand. I went with 3 of my friends and we all loved the service and we made many new friends as well in the group :) And that’s why I will recommend thrillophilla to everyone. And As far as the stay is concerned, it is comfortable and cosy and the vibe is surreal.
20 March 2021
Excellent
Thrilling trek to the top of Triund trek. Rahul is a amazing guide friendly and cheerful. Highly recommended. A must try trek !!!
09 March 2021
Excellent
Dreams Come True Paragliding - Time to Fly High and Capture all natural views through your eye. Remember it for your entire life. River Rafting - Enjoying the Beas River water flow with cool and chillness loaded fun activety. I booked both activity through thirllophilia. they took me at reaching point. Adventure begins. enjoyed very well. i suggest every to book activity through thirllophilia. Trust and safty. every thing went veryyy well as they mentioned. Thanks Thrillophilia By saravanan From chennai
07 March 2021
Excellent
I booked this trek at the end of Feb 2021. The weather was somewhat pleasant and a lot windy. The trekking company just started its operations in Leta village after camping in triund got prohibited due to which the washroom situation was not the best. However, the tents were good and the owner was also very accommodating, providing extra sleeping bags to overcome the cold. Our guide was amazing and very supportive throughout the trek. We went till snowline due to time and safety concerns. The food and bonfire were also very good. Overall an amazing experience.

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  1. What is the best time to visit Himachal Pradesh for a honeymoon?

    Winter Season i.e. October to February is the best time to visit Himachal Pradesh for a honeymoon and romanticize the snow. Indulge in activities like Skiing, Heli-Skiing, Ice Skating with your beau and rekindle the flame of romance.
  2. What is the best time to visit Himachal Pradesh with families?

    An ideal time to visit Himachal with families is during the Summer Season. During this period, the weather remains pleasant and provides a perfect set up to explore the real beauty of Himachal at its best.
  3. What is the best time to visit himachal pradesh to see snowfall?

    The best time to visit Himachal Pradesh to witness the heavy and torrential snowfall are during the months of between October and February. Everything gets veiled in white snow and the temperature ranges between 0°C to 13°C. Unique activities like Skiing & Sledge Rides are also operational during this time.
  4. Is December a good time to visit Himachal pradesh?

    If you are somebody who gets enthralled at the first sight of snow and favours cold weather, December is a good time to visit Himachal Pradesh.
  5. Which is the best month to visit Himachal pradesh?

    Although Himachal Pradesh is a year-round destination, February to June is the best time to visit the place. During this period, the temperature fluctuates between 22°C and 37°C and is the ideal time to go for outdoor activities and trips.

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