Dharamsala experiences three seasons: Summer, the Rainy Season and Winter. During Summer between April and June, the climate is hot and muggy with highs in the 90’s and lows in the 70’s. During the Rainy Season between July and October, highs are in the 70’s and lows in the 60’s. The region experiences heavy rainfall during this period. In Winter, between November and March, highs are typically in the 60s and lows in the 40s. It can get quite chilly this time of year, especially in January.
In and around New Delhi, weather follows a similar pattern. However, temperatures tend to be a bit warmer as New Delhi sits at a lower altitude than Dharamsala.
Suggested Packing List:
Must - Haves:
• Passport. Must be valid for up to 6 months after your scheduled departure date from India.
• Tourist visa to visit India
• Insect repellent (with at least 30% DEET)
• Two refillable water bottles
• Warm sweatshirt / fleece (nice to wear fleece under rain jacket on colder days, remember layers!)
• Short-sleeved shirts (spaghetti-strap tank tops are not permitted)
• Long- sleeved shirts
• Gym / sportswear (for hiking / working)
• Under garments, socks
• Bathing suit
• Shorts (knee length or longer)
• Jeans / long pants (jeans are not recommended to work in)
• Ski hat
• One pair of flip flops / sandals / water shoes
• One pair of tennis shoes / closed toe sandals (these are for service)
• One pair of hiking boots / shoes (for short hikes and walks)
• One pair of rain / rubber boots (for trips July-October)
• Rain jacket / waterproof wind breaker / poncho (for trips July-October)
• Service appropriate clothing: Polo or other collared shirt (no shoulders) & pants/capris (no knees showing)
Bath / Personal:
• Personal medication
• Glasses / contacts / contact solution / retainer, if applicable
• Personal toiletries (If you have certain items that you absolutely need, bring enough to last until you return home. Don't forget to bring gender specific products)
• Books and/or magazines
• Watch or small alarm clock
• Extra batteries (for your flashlight)
• Personal snacks that you may need or crave (such as granola bars or power bars). We provide 3 meals a day. However, meat will not always be served.
• Disposable camera, film camera or digital camera - and film or memory card(s) for digital camera
• Adapter / converter (only if you are bringing items that need to be charged)
• Flashlight / headlamp
• Work gloves
Discover Corps Provides:
• Linens / blankets
• Hand soap
*Laundry service is available on the Home Base for a nominal charge. We advise that you should bring enough lightweight clothes to avoid having to do laundry more than once during the trip.
*Electrical outlets in India are either Type C (European) or Type D (British). Voltage is 230 volts. You will need and voltage converter and plug adapter to use U.S. appliances.