Best Time to Visit Shimla | The Orchid Hotel Shimla

Best Time to Visit Shimla

Lush green mountain peaks

Shimla is a scenic paradise at the foothills of the soaring Himalayan mountains. Owing to its moderate temperature, Shimla boasts incredible weather throughout the year. The snow-clad peaks and the lush green forests provide an idyllic haven for city dwellers. Although it is known as the summer capital of India, Shimla offers fascinating things to do across all seasons. It primarily has three distinguishable seasons - summer, monsoon and winter, each of which is known for its unique features. In this blog, we will help you pick the best time to visit Shimla.

Shimla in Summer

Month: March to June

The picturesque city of Shimla flaunts a delightful summer. As the snowy winter fades away, the land glimmers under the shimmering beams of sunlight. Witness the beautiful blooming of the flowers and the clear blue sky sprinkled with fluffy white clouds. Shimla sees a massive surge of tourists during this time of year. Beat the heat and go for exciting adventurous activities like paragliding, trekking, river rafting and camping in some of the iconic places like Kufri, Naldehra, Chharaba and Narkanda. Mall Road, The Ridge, Christ Church and Jakhoo Hills are must-visit places in Shimla at this time of year. Summer also features several festivals like the Sipi Fair and the famous Summer Festival. Sipi Fair is a local festival celebrated annually in the month of May in Sipur, Mashobra. Indulge in a mystical experience loaded with amazing performances, acrobatics and games. The Summer Festival takes place each year from 1st till 5th June to mark the beginning of summer. Arrayed with musical performances and folk dances, it also hosts the prestigious Himachal Film Festival.

A view of a building in shimla Mall Road
Wet road surrounded by pine trees

Shimla in Monsoon

Month: July to September

The vibrant summer is followed by a misty Shimla graced with ample rainfall. While this season is not very popular among tourists, it is the perfect time to visit if you are looking for a romantic respite amidst the wilderness of the Himalayan ranges. The charming old Christ Church looks magnificent against the drizzly backdrop of the city. The Indian Institute of Advanced Study is adorned with beautiful flowers and breathtaking landscapes. Spend a good time at the famous Rhyali festival which is commemorated to celebrate the advent of the rainy season.

Shimla in Winter

Month: October to February

If you want to experience the transcendental beauty of Shimla at its peak, winter is the best season to visit Shimla. The frosty climate and the snow-cloaked cliffs exude a mystical ambience. It is the perfect time to gear up and get in a friendly snow fight with your loved ones or indulge in a snowman building competition. If you are looking for something adventurous, visit Kufri for ice skating and skiing. Replete with winter sports, cultural events and the popular "Winter Queen" beauty pageant, Shimla Winter Festival is one of the main tourist attractions at this time of year. Celebrate Christmas and New Year grandly in this dreamy hill station. Shimla ensures you have an incredible time away from the monotony of city life.

Snow-capped mountains of Shimla

Now that you know the best month to visit Shimla, check out our luxury hotel, The Orchid Hotel Shimla, to enjoy the exquisite beauty of Shimla. It is located near some iconic tourist attractions like Mall Road, Kufri and Mashobra. Featuring opulent rooms and delectable dining options, our hotel in Shimla is the ideal place to rejoice and relax.