Shimla, India: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Shimla, India? If you're planning to go to Shimla, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Shimla, India

Based on the climate and weather in Shimla, the best time to go is May. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Shimla, India by month

January

January in Shimla can be very chilly. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) to high 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • Light gloves or mittens

February

If you go to Shimla in February, you will notice that it is cold. Expect it to rain once in a while. Daytime temperatures are in the high 40s F (single digits C). There is frost sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Jacket or coat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage

March

March in Shimla can be chilly. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) to high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts

April

April for Shimla is mild. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses

May

If you go to Shimla in May, you will notice that it is mild. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion

June

If you are traveling to Shimla in June, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants

July

July in this region is mild. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage

August

If you vacation in Shimla during August, you are likely to find that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear

September

September in Shimla is balmy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) to high 60s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage

October

October in Shimla is cool. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) to 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts

November

If you go to Shimla in November, you will notice that it can be chilly and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses

December

Traveling to Shimla in December, you will notice that it is pretty cool. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C). There is frost occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Socks

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Shimla, India

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Shimla, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, D and M
  • A SIM card that works in Shimla
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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