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That depends on your interests and priorities. In terms of weather, spring and autumn are the most pleasant times (the monsoon rains take over from June through August, and McLeodGanj virtually shuts down for the winter during January and February). But with good weather comes the crowds, so if you’re looking for more peace and quiet, winter and the monsoon season might suit you better. If your primary reason for coming to Dharamshala is to volunteer as an English teacher, pretty much any time with the possible exception of winter should be fine (since many of your potential students leave town during the coldest months, especially January and February). And, last but certainly not least, the times when His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives his annual new year’s teachings (generally for ten days, starting around two weeks after the beginning of the Tibetan New Year, which usually falls sometime between late January and early March, and infrequently at other times of the year) are both very interesting and very crowded, requiring advance booking of accommodations. (See dalailama.com for His Holiness’s teaching schedule.)