Rain season in Himachal Pradesh

#1 May 30th, 2003, 13:54
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Hi all.
don`t you know, when rain season starts and ends in Himachal Pradesh? I would love to go there this summer, don`t exactly know what month, but don`t know, when rains begin.
Thanks in advance.
#2 Jun 1st, 2003, 06:26
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I haven't been to HP during monsoon season, but just lifting some rain stats from LP guide for Shimla:

May: 54mm
June: 147mm
July: 420mm
Aug: 385mm
Sept: 195mm
Oct: 45mm

Perhaps someone who has been to HP during this period can be more helpful as to the effect of this rain on travel and enjoying the sights. I've heard others comment to the effect that the monsoons don't seem to be a regular as in the past. From the stats, looks like things get going mid-June and probably taper off mid-September.
#3 Jun 1st, 2003, 17:37
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India Metereological Department has a rainfall map .
At the height and the end of the monsoon roadbeds sometimes will be undermined and less safe or just be flushed away .
#4 Jul 22nd, 2003, 02:18
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Hi All,

I went to manali during 15th - 20th July 2003. There are two three kinds of seasons in himachal.

High--May-june, oct--nov
Low-- dec-feb
Low--rest of the year.

Offseason which is low starts from 15th july and runs to oct. which is because of rainy season. I went there just betting on luck. If I get too much rain, I would move less. Luckily there was rain on 17th july only for 2-3 hours. rest of the time it was sunny.

Rains in hills are not dependent on monsoon. The probability of rain is high during monsoon, but it is not essential that there would be rains all the time.

If you go in summers, you will fight for hotels, because indian schools are closed during this time and parents go to these places with their kids. There is big rush during summers. If you can avoid it, thats better.

Ideal time is july 15th to august 15th, you get good hotels at less price, everything is easy. Taxi fares are too reduced. There is less rain. Plus all the hills are grean this time of the year.

Journey to manali is beautiful experience itself. you will be traveling riverside all along to manali --rohtang.

#5 Jul 22nd, 2003, 02:34
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between august and july there is lots of rain.

its still very nice though. one of the best places to chill during the monsoon. I was in HP for all of July and August last year.

The thing is that there are differences in Rainfall in each sub-region. I believe much of Spiti is in a rain-shadow like Ladakh, so there is no real monsoon.

Manali is not nearly as rainy as Dharmasala, which is very rainy indeed.

don't know about the other regions really. but would like to find out from direct experience!
#6 Jul 22nd, 2003, 04:30
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Last years monsoon in Manali was almost a non event; light rain, but not every day. More like a british summer. This year is shaping up to be a bit heavier; the Indian met office report it will be a "normal monsoon". Its been raining moderately the last few days in Manali with some really warm bits in between(apart froma devastating cloudburst near Kullu that reportedly killed a large number of workers on the Hydel project).

Usually the rain increses steadily throughout july, hit a peak in the middle of august, and then winds down in early september, with the last by about the 15th. Fro experience, the area along the Sutlej river tends to be far worse affected than the Manali are; in part because the roads are so crap in the first place. Dharamsala also seems to be perpetually wet and cloudy during monsoon; on the last visit I made in august I saw blue sky for only four hours on 10 days.
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#7 Apr 8th, 2009, 17:31
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I think to go manali in Off-season. So is it 15/july-15/aug right ?

please suggest.
#8 May 18th, 2009, 00:38
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Will it rain in Dharmashala in june ????
#9 May 18th, 2009, 01:01
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Originally Posted by mantru View Post Will it rain in Dharmashala in june ????
Yes, the Dalai Lama did mention that in one of his public addresses...

Just had to write this, please don't mind..!!
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#10 May 18th, 2009, 21:46
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Apart of a very good link from Vistet you can have a look at the regional forecast at http://www.ncmrwf.gov.in/

During monsoon the weather in HP is different. Kangra and Kullu valleys have quite high rainfall, whereas Lahaul and Kinnaur are less affected.
#11 May 19th, 2009, 01:08
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Originally Posted by smakkar View Post Yes, the Dalai Lama did mention that in one of his public addresses...

Your comment is making me laugh like a hooligan at 12 in the night mate. LOL
#12 May 20th, 2009, 15:02
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Originally Posted by OrangeStreet View Post Smakkar

Your comment is making me laugh like a hooligan at 12 in the night mate. LOL
Good to know that..!! I felt the same when this thought came to my mind

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