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When’s the best time to go to the Indian Himalaya?

The hilly regions and foothills of the Indian Himalaya are at their best from March to June and September to November. The climate varies according to elevation.

Snowfall from late December through to early February can cause problems even in the hill stations of Shimla and Darjeeling. From March to November you will often see tea-pickers on the mountain slopes around Darjeeling. Though there may be the odd shower here in April-May rhododendrons and magnolias are in full bloom but the mountain views are clearest in October-November.

Ladakh experiences a high altitude desert climate and it is bitterly cold in winter. The road to Leh from Manali in the south usually opens after snow is cleared in mid- June and the peak season here is July and August. A number of Tibetan Buddhist festivals with masked dances and village fairs are celebrated at this time. 

Read about trekking in the Himalaya or get in touch and we'll be happy to help you plan and book your tailor-made trip to the region.

Posted by: Andrea Hulme

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