Forever revered as the Queen of Hills, Shimla is one tourist destination that does not really require any other charm to be as enticing as she is. Majestic mountains, pristine prettiness, greenest gazings, awestruck allure and taken aback tourists who revel at every wonder this beautiful land has to offer dot the Shimla landscape in virtually every time of the year.
Nestled in the lap of the equally breathtaking Himachal Pradesh and besotted with the enchanting view of the mighty Himalayas, Shimla stands true to its reputation as being a place of teeming beauty. Steeped in elegance and in buoyed hues of the riches of nature, Shimla is a traveler’s paradise, a gliding show of exuberance and one that does not really require any specific season to be worthy of viewing.
Whether it be enthralling in the gorgeousness of the famed snowfall in Shimla or unearthing that sense of mystique charm in the dense forests or even reveling in its architecture while soaking in the peace and ambient beauty, the best time to visit Shimla is basically any time and every time of the year. But as famed as the hill station is for the magic it encompasses in its snow clad peaks, the best time to visit Shimla for snowfall is the mid winter season when unbelievable beauty shines gorgeously through the delightful blanket of icy magic that the places gets resplendent in.
Best Time To Visit Shimla (for snowfall or pure wanderlust)
Like we already said, anytime is the best time once you land in this heaven of sanctity that Shimla is. But as preferences vary, the best time to visit Shimla also changes. A vibrant beckoning will land you in Shimla anytime from March to June but for the snowfall you will have to be in town sometime in January- February.
Spring (March, April)
Even in the undeniable magnificence of its magical snow sight, Shimla remains as beautiful a place even in other seasons. Specifically there’s little that compares to a verdant Shimla during the delightful spring season. Postcard pretty green scenes, the bluest possible skies, fragrant blooms of color and happiness are just the perfect elements that add all possible vibrancy to your Shimla holidays. Spring in Shimla is unlike any expression of beauty that you would have ever experienced elsewhere.
Pleasantly warm days and cooler nights make spring a very favourable time to visit Shimla. What’s more, you can even manage to catch some snowfall even in April provided you stay a bit away from the main city, closer to the sanctity of the hills. Even when it certainly isn’t the best time to visit Shimla for snowfall, April still can throw up some few icy surprises if you are lucky enough!
Summer (May, June)
From late April, summer starts settling in the pretty town of Shimla with its abundant luxury though somewhat devoid of the romantic vibes of spring. But the adventure laden spirit that summer brings along with it sure more than makes up for the lost bliss of spring.
Shimla being a hill station, even summers here are pretty pleasing and worth every visit. Adventure sports like paragliding, trekking, camping, and rafting peak up summer activities in this fascinating paradise in India. The chill though remains palpable in the night, making it just the perfect season to both thrill you up and let you cuddle down in the tranquility of the Queen of Hills.
Shimla also celebrates the charm of the summers in its Summer Festival held annually. Colors and festivities cheer up the grand gala that has an array of activities on offer from flower and folk fashion shows to various fun competitions during the five day extravaganza. Summer indeed bathes Shimla in a riot of colors every summer.
Monsoon (July, August, September)
After the onset of rains from late June, monsoon characterises the next couple of months in Shimla. Somewhat bleary yet somewhat romantic, rains in Shimla bring along their own aura of charm. With a lesser tourist influx, Shimla becomes the calm, natural retreat that just beckons you into its mysterious expanse. The rains does enhance the nip in the air, making the hill station all amorous and divine. There’s not really much to do here in the midst of the torrential downpour except sit back and cuddle. But perhaps, all that togetherness is exactly what you need to experience the swaying glory of a rain swept Shimla. Beware though of landslides and road blockades that are a fairly common occurrence in all that rain and grime.
Autumn (October, November)
Come October and the magic of autumn weaves its web of distinctive glow in the whole of Himachal Pradesh, and also in Shimla. Clouds waft around clear blue skies that remains embedded in a golden crimson glow. The cool mountain breeze oozes oodles of intoxicating freshness and makes you post summer ambles all the more delightful. The crisp rustle and pretty oranges and yellows of falling leaves make the autumn air all the more discernible. Autumn in Shimla is all things pleasant and relaxing, and paves the way for ushering in anticipated trails of snow.
Winter (December, January, February)
Winter is perhaps the most awaited season and the best time to visit Shimla for snowfall. Snow starts enveloping the town from early January even though the cold sets in good enough in December. The chill gets unbearable at times, what with the mild weather falling for the chills of the icy flakes. But the blanket of white beauty that settles on the entire valley is more than beautiful enough to take your breath away. You really don’t care about the immense cold with such a mesmerising view unfolding like a panoramic beauty right in front of your eyes!
However, it isn’t just the snow that entices tourists into visiting Shimla evading even the dreariness of winters. The winters also see Shimla bustling with more life than ever. Essentially snow sports like ice skating, trekking and skiing take centerstage even as winter extravaganzas add more sheen to the snowy glory. The Ice Skating Carnival is one such festival that adequately celebrates the wintry delight that Shimla offers.