The best times to visit Shimla for ideal weather are
January 29th to April 1st
October 15th to December 23rd
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
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Weather in Shimla
Average temperatures in Shimla vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 40th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Shimla, the hottest months are June, May, and then July. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early June where highs are regularly around 106°F (41.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 78.3°F (25.7°C) at night.
Shimla Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Shimla Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Shimla Perceived Temperature (F)
Shimla Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Shimla Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Shimla are November, October, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late September. For example, on the week of September 24th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid August with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of August 13th.
When can you find snow in Shimla? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Shimla.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Shimla (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Shimla has some very humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is May (39.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (79.6%).
Wind in Shimla is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is April, followed by May and June. April’s average wind speed of around 1.9 knots (2.2 MPH or 3.6 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early June where average top sustained speeds reach 5.2 knots, which is considered a light breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Shimla.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||1.2||Barely noticeable||3.4||Barely noticeable|
|Feb||1.6||Barely noticeable||3.9||Barely noticeable|
|Mar||1.7||Barely noticeable||3.9||Barely noticeable|
|Apr||1.9||Barely noticeable||4.4||Light breeze|
|May||1.9||Barely noticeable||4.8||Barely noticeable|
|Jun||1.8||Barely noticeable||4.5||Light breeze|
|Jul||1.4||Barely noticeable||3.8||Barely noticeable|
|Aug||1||Barely noticeable||3.2||Barely noticeable|
|Sep||1||Barely noticeable||3.1||Barely noticeable|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Shimla?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for India; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 19, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Shimla, India is June, followed by May and August. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Shimla in October. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Shimla Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 106°F (41.1°C) and 78.2°F (25.7°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 3 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have hot weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 5 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Shimla, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 93.5°F (34.2°C) and 79.7°F (26.5°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 5 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is somewhat cool this time of year in Shimla to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 78.2°F (25.7°C) and 63.2°F (17.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 3 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.