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Short answer: Check, and bring layers so you’ll be ready for anything — hot or cold, wet or dry.

Long answer: Dharmalaya Institute is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, and mountain weather is famously unpredictable. Most any time of year, days can be warm and nights can be cool, so we recommend bringing layers.

Seasonally, the coldest time tends to be between late December and late February, but even during that period the afternoons are usually pleasant by local standards (unless it is raining).

During the monsoon season (typically late June or early July through mid-to-late September), it rains often but not constantly, and temperatures can fluctuate but are usually fairly pleasant.

If you are from a warm climate, you might feel a bit cold here any time of year, so come prepared. Likewise, if you are accustomed to air conditioning and central heating, you won’t find that here, so be prepared to be more exposed to nature and the elements than you would be at home.

Please be aware that Dharmalaya Institute is a rustic eco-campus, not a luxury resort, and accordingly one should not expect heating or other such modern conveniences; rather, the Dharmalaya experience is about living close to nature, so it is best to be prepared for that.

Note that due to climate change, the weather patterns that had been predictable for centuries are now changing and unpredictable, so once again we repeat our advice to check and bring layers so you’ll be ready for anything.

Last updated on 6 Feb, 2019 by Dharmalaya Institute