The best time to visit is during October and November, before the Himachali winter sets in, when the days are still warm and dry, and the morning skies are clear. From December to late February, heavy snow is common, and temperatures hover around, or below, zero. The spring brings with it unpredictability: warm blasts of air from the plains and flurries of freezing rain from the mountains. Accommodation can be scarce and expensive during the first high season (mid-April to the end of June), less so during the second high season of late September through early November. Expect larger crowds on weekends and holidays, notably Christmas and New Year. Whenever you come, bring warm clothes, as the nights can get surprisingly chilly.

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