Dalhousie in Winter
Winters in Dalhousie begin from the month of October and last up to
February. Considering the high altitude of Dalhousie, 1,970 meters above sea
level, to be precise, Dalhousie experienced frigid winters. However, the months
of October and November might not be very cold. It is from December that winter
truly sets in, with temperatures plummeting to as low as zero degree. Winter is
also the best time to visit Dalhousie, in order to appreciate its true beauty.
A beautiful blanket of snow covers the place, making it look like something right out of Narnia! If the cold of cities isn’t enough for you, Dalhousie is the perfect getaway during winters. Surrounded by a panorama of lofty, snow-clad peaks and yawning valleys, there’s natural beauty everywhere you turn.
Places to visit:
If you consider yourself a nature lover, head to Garam Sadak for a walk amidst the wilderness. True to its name, the place is blessed with ample sunlight in the morning, making it an ideal respite from the biting cold of winters. The lovely town of Chamba is a must-visit destination to experience the rich cultural history and the no-haste lifestyle of the locals.
If you like exploring the religious and historical nuances of places, then head to the churches and temples that grace the hearts of Dalhousie.Another winter treasure in Dalhousie is Khajjiar, a place that matches the beauty of Switzerland!
Things to do:
Cradled by a stunning valley, the Khajjiar Lake is a visual treat during winters. The abundance of snow also gives you various opportunities to engage in hiking and trekking activities, when the beauty is at its peak.
Another reason that makes winters the perfect time to visit Dalhousie is that hotels and homestay usually offer generous discounts on stays, considering there may be relatively less number of tourists compared to summers.
Daytime temperatures are somewhere around 11 to 13 degrees Celsius, and in the nighttime, they range somewhere between 4 to 0 degrees Celsius.
Dalhousie in Summer
The best time to visit Dalhousie is the summer season, which starts
from the month of March and lasts up to May. Summer is the most-visited season
of the year, as the weather is soothing and pleasant, as opposed to the blazing
heat of the cities. The maximum temperature never exceeds 30 degree Celsius.
Summer is also ideal for activities like nature walks and hiking. The snow
cover starts melting in March and April, and there is still a little chill in
the air during these months.
In May, the temperature starts rising a little before giving way to monsoons. The floral diversity of Dalhousie puts on a beautiful show during the summer season, with specks of reds, yellows, and blues covering everything. During summers, all those places which may have been inaccessible during winters due to heavy snowfall, open up again once the snow melts.
Places to visit:
Panchpula is a beautiful spot just 3 km away from Dalhousie. It is essentially a massive stream that snakes through various regions, nurturing various water bodies. Another great place is the Sach Pass in Chamba. Climbing up to an altitude of 14,500 ft., the pass remains shut during the winters and can be visited only during the summers.
It is also part of the trail leading to Pagi Valley, which is also a thrilling trek. If you're craving solitude, nature and mountains, Sach Pass is the right call.
Things to do:
Dip your toes in various adventure activities like rafting, paragliding, trekking, river crossing, and more. The golden sunshine during summers is a welcome change from the scorching heat that the lower areas of the country experience.
Although, considering that it is also the season of holidays, Dalhousie will be swamped with tourists and travelers from all over the country. It is also difficult to get a good deal or discount on accommodations, as it is the peak season for hoteliers. That said, Dalhousie may be small, but is big enough for you to find some beautiful, offbeat trails to embark upon.
It is also a good time for you to dust off your photography skills. On a clear, summer day, you will be treated to stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks in the skyline.
The average temperature during the day is around 30 degrees Celsius, while at night, temperatures may drop to 18 or 20 degrees Celsius
Dalhousie in Monsoon
Monsoons in Dalhousie start from the month of June and last up to
mid-September. Rainfall is not very heavy in this area, and the weather is
quite pleasant, a carpet of lush greenery covering everything. It is also one
of the most preferred seasons to visit Dalhousie, especially to admire the
natural bounties of the place without having to bear with the extremities of
weather. The atmosphere is beautiful and cool, with a patchwork of floral
colors sprawled across the expansive greenery.
It is also during monsoons when the floral species of the region spring to life. Monsoons are ideal for enjoying cool, relaxed days amidst nature. It is also a good time for honeymooners to travel here, as the climate is romantic, and there’s not too much crowd.
Places to visit:
One of the most beautiful places to visit in Dalhousie during monsoons would be Khajjiar, popularly dubbed as the ‘Switzerland of India’. It is a picture-perfect destination, especially during monsoons, blooming beautifully with lofty cedar trees and sweeping meadows. If you’re a photography enthusiast, get ready from some great, postcard-worthy photos to add to your album! The little town of Chamba is also a great place to travel to during monsoons.
The melting pot of cultures that Chamba is host to, coupled with the engulfing beauty is a treat for the mind, body, and soul. The best way to make the most of monsoons in Dalhousie is to embark on the many hiking trails that grace the region.
Things to do:
There are more than enough treks in and around Dalhousie to satiate the call of adventure. It is also the ideal season to enjoy paragliding, horse riding, and other refreshing activities. Boating and rafting are two activities best enjoyed in monsoons, when the water levels are decent enough.
Satdhara Falls, reigning at 2,035, is one of the best places to visit during monsoons. The booming crash of the waterfall amidst misty greenery is an unprecedented sight. It is said that the waters of Satdhara Falls have some medicinal and healing powers too.
Compared to several other reaches of Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie is blessed with mild showers, average, at best. Other regions experience heavy rainfall for prolonged periods, and this disrupts travel to such places.
Dalhousie is a smart pick for when you’re craving a dose of the Himalayan mountains during monsoons, but are put off by the dangers of landslides and floods. The moderate rainfall here will not hinder your plans.
The temperatures range somewhere between 24 to 30 degrees Celsius during the day and around 19 to 23 degrees in the night.