When we think of family vacations, we think of picturesque hill stations like Shimla. And what could be the best time to visit Shimla other than in the months of summer? It is the perfect time to take a break from your routine; you can turn the hot days in the city into a fun-filled vacation for the whole family, making great memories on the way. With loads to do, Shimla makes for an idyllic and ideal travel destination. There is something for everyone–adventure seekers, laid back travellers, hikers, sports enthusiasts and the nature lovers–to look forward to here.
Although summertime makes for a great getaway time for families, Shimla also makes for a great year-round holiday destination. The summers are abuzz with tourists and for people wanting the best of experiences in terms of both mountainous views and a flurry of activities, this makes it the best time to visit the city. With foresight and great planning, this season can be best experienced with families since the entire valley is in a holiday mood. There is a different spark in the air at around this time. The winters are also a peak season with people coming in by the dozens to experience snowfall and snow-related activities.
Let us see below the seasonal breakup of climate in Shimla, so that one can plan family vacations accordingly:
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March to June
This is an ideal time for families to plan a vacation since the daytime temperatures are quite pleasant and the night air is cool. You can plan many outdoor activities, since the temperature is very comfortable, ranging from 15 °C to 30 °C. Summer nights are mild and you may need a light jacket to keep you warm when you are out and about.
If you are an adventure seeker or sports enthusiast, this is the best time to visit Shimla. You can partake in a variety of outdoor activities like para-gliding, parasailing, trekking, hiking, camping and rafting. One of the main attractions in Shimla is the Mall Road, a commercial area and a prime location for shopping. Wear comfortable shoes when walking around here as there is plenty to see and do. You can find amazing local eateries here in addition to many local handicrafts and souvenirs to take back home. As this is the peak season for tourists and honeymooners alike, you will need to plan and book your hotel stay and travel in advance to get competitive pricing.
July to September
During this time, the monsoon hits the mountains hard and although it makes the surroundings look lush and beatific, this is not the peak season for tourists travelling to Shimla. The heavy rainfall and the potential landslides are also a deterrent for travel. Not many tourists plan for this place as a travel destination thanks to the monsoon season and hence, there is a considerable price drop on bookings for hotels and resorts in Shimla.
If you are adventure seeker or a nature lover who loves the rains, and want to make the most of the great deals on great properties, then this season is the best time to visit Shimla for you. This is also a great time for a family holiday since you can get better deals for bigger groups. Use this time to enjoy your time with your family, rejuvenating yourselves with spa and other hotel amenities. You can even go on hikes; nothing like clean air and green lush surroundings to reset your mood and act as a stress buster. As they say, nature is the best “pick me up”.
October to February
These months are the best time to visit Shimla for families wanting to indulge in snow and winter activities, and also for honeymooners. For activities like skiing and ice skating, the months of December to February are the most conducive. You are likely to see some gorgeous snowfall at this time. Everything around you turns into a stark white blanket and the view is mesmerising. Just carry warm winter clothes to stay cosy and comfortable for a merry winter vacation.
The average temperature during this season goes down anywhere from 8°C to -2°C and the snow-peaked mountains and the landscape look like a white blanket. It is truly a sight to behold! This makes it a peak season for tourism in Shimla and tourists throng this place to witness snowfall. Travellers can enjoy snow adventure sports like skiing and ice skating with their families and can go snow camping as well. The best time to visit Shimla during this season is in December as it is festive everywhere and you get to enjoy the beautiful white winters in their element! If you are travelling as a family, your kids will have a blast in the snowfall and you will take once-in-a-lifetime memories back home.
With Shimla being a tourist hub, there are many wonderful places to book for your stay depending on your preferences. One of the best Shimla resorts is the Club Mahindra Naldehra resortwhich has gotten amazing reviews from its visitors. It is close to Shimla and is very comfortable with spacious rooms. Enjoy a host of amenities at affordable prices, too. The resort also has an in-house restaurant offering delicious local Himachali cuisine. People who have stayed there have also loved the resort’s tasteful interiors and the amazing view it offers of the mountain peaks. The Club Mahindra Naldehra Resort definitely offers the peace and calm you seek on your family holiday! Check out the Club Mahindra reviews online and read the experiences of past guests at the resort.