Best Time and Season to Visit Shimla in 2021
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Nestled in the Himalayas, and like most hill stations, Shimla shows different colours as the seasons change. The best time to visit Shimla differs on what sort of landscape you wish to witness, and what sort of experiences you want to have, for there is something new and unique in Shimla all year round- be it during the snowy winters or the lush green monsoons.

During the spring, the temperature is at its most pleasant. With the bright red rhododendron flowers in full bloom, most treks around Shimla are popular during this season. As the summer months approach, the days get hotter and make for the perfect reason to escape to this destination for respite with rivers to take a dip in the fresh glacial waters.

Monsoons have their own charm, painting the valley bright green and the skies fiery orange during sunsets. Winters bring on a thick blanket of white fluff, making for perfectly lazy days under the crisp air of warm winter sun.

Here are the best seasons to visit Shimla:

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Latest Information on Travelling to SHIMLA?

Entry is open from all domestic destinations in India. However, all tourists are reqiuired to present a negative RT-PCR test report.

  • Face masks are compulsory when going out in public.
  • Lockdown and night curfew to be experienced till 16th of May.
  • COVID-19 test is required on entry to the state.
  • All supermarkets, parks, malls and attractions to be remain closed with strict COVID-19 prevention norms in place.
  • Social distancing to be followed mandatorily when out in public.
  • 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

Flights to Shimla Airport are available from Delhi

Trains

Train services to Kalka Railway Station available.

Local Transport
  • HRTC and private buses in operation.
  • Public Transport also operational.

Tourism units are safely open and allowed by the Government and follow proper COVID safety measurements. Therefore, tourists will have to follow the guidelines while visiting any place. Travellers are advised to practice good personal hygiene to ensure their safety.     

Himachal Pradesh has started unlock process from 31st of May Updated: 03 Jun 2021

The new highlights specify that Himachal Pradesh has started the procedure of Unlocking in which markets will partially open

Night curfew imposed in Himachal Pradesh Updated: 06 May 2021

As per the MHA’s guidelines, a night curfew in Himachal Pradesh has been imposed between 9 p.m to 5 a.m.

All airports within Himachal Pradesh are functional for domestic travel Updated: 06 May 2021

All airports in Himachal Pradesh have begun functioning domestic flights. However, all tourists are required to present a negative RT-PCR test report.

Volvo bus services continue amid lockdown Updated: 06 May 2021

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

Entry from other states open in Himachal Pradesh; negative RT-PCR test is a must Updated: 06 May 2021

Inter-state travel to Himachal require a Covid-19 negative certificate. However, if the report is negative, there is no need for home/ institutional quarantine.

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Shimla in Winter

During the winter months from November to February, Shimla turns into a winter wonderland! With frequent bouts of snowfall every other day, Shimla often sees around 15 to 30 inches of snow during winters. From just marveling at the powdery white sights around, or going out and goofing around making snowmen and having snowball fights, to even hiking in knee deep snow, Shimla is a snowy paradise for every winter lover.

Things to do: The famous Shimla Ridge is especially a spectacular sight to see during the winters. While the roads, trees, and the beautiful church are all covered in complete white, the spirit of the people is as high as ever. With colourful umbrellas over everyone’s head, there’s isn’t a moment of dullness or inactivity in Shimla, whether it may rain or snow! You can see people going about their daily routines like no big deal, and tourists flocking to get a view of the peaceful white calmness that takes over the city.

Another big reason why Shimla is a tourist hotspot even in winters is because of its annual Winter Carnival! The city organizes a festival where everyone comes together and takes part in fun-filled activities. And for thrill seekers, snowy Shimla is a godsent gift! Be it snowboarding or skiing, ice skating or paragliding, these activities really boom up during these freezing months.

While experiencing snow is something people tend to remember forever, it must be remembered that nights can get especially harsh during these months. It is important to layer yourself up in enough warm clothes, and don’t venture outside when the weather is turning out to be bad. A lot of road accidents also happen because of careless driving on icy roads, so make sure you take all necessary precautions before heading out to have fun!

Temperature: Shimla experiences an average of 10 degrees Celsius in winters during the day and an average of -4 degree Celsius during the winter nights.
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Shimla in Summer

Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh and most famously known as the Queen of Seven Hills, was also once the summer capital of India. The Britishers loved Shimla’s cool summer climate and the relief it provided from the strong summer heat in the rest of the country. Summers in Shimla are perfect with bright sunny days and cool nights. The temperature does not go to the extremes during the entire day and the months of April to July are as blissful as any summer can be, making it the perfect summer vacation spot!

Dense alpine forests and snow clad peaks glistening in the sun make it perfect for long leisurely strolls through the interiors of the city. And with the weather gods in your favour, what better time is it to visit Shimla than summers!

Things to do
: With the flowers in full bloom and the warmth of the sun above, not only are summer days extremely beautiful in Shimla, but the clear summer nights in the mountains also give stargazers the perfect opportunity to spot the Milky Way Galaxy and other bright stars and constellations in the sky.

The most popular activities in Shimla during summers is trekking. Whether it is a short hike to Jakhoo Temple, or a two days’ trek to Hatu Peak, the weather is as good as it will ever be during this time of the year, making it perfect to get some blood pumping in the outdoors! The summers also make for the perfect time to walk across the Mall Road and feast in some freshly brewed beer in the state’s first-ever microbrewery, or go from café to café trying out their various shakes and mocktails!

Temperature
: The average temperature in Shimla during the day is about 28 degree Celsius, and the average temperature during the night is 19 degree Celsius.

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Shimla in Monsoon

If you are a mountain lover, you swear by the fact that the real charm of mountains can only be witnessed during the monsoon season. As the Rain Gods go all out on the Himalayas, their true beauty comes out, and the spirit of people lights up. The monsoon months in Shimla usually begin in June and go on till August, and with mist taking over the landscapes, and the lush green of the jungles dominating the vistas, Shimla in monsoon is a sight to see.

Things to do: One of the best things to do on a monsoon morning in Shimla is to wake up early and warm yourself with a cup of piping hot tea in one of the cozy cafes in the city. With astounding views of the valley and some goodness in a cup, there’s nothing better than a hot breakfast on a cold rainy morning!

Or if you’re just not an early morning person, take a bus to Sanjauli- the Old Shimla- and take longs walks as the smell of fresh rain slowly rises from the earth and fills your senses. Walking through these muddy trails in jungles dripping of rain feels just like a Ruskin Bond book! Another wonderful sight is the Toy Train that runs through Shimla. With the rains bestowing us with cool showers, curl yourself up in a seat in the train and spend hours looking out the window, marveling at how beautiful nature can be!

Temperature
: The average temperature in Shimla during monsoon is 22 degree Celsius during the day and 14 degree Celsius during the night.

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