5 Best Places To See Snow in Winter in India

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The feeling of seeing and experiencing snow in winter is amazing. We know the word India ignites the feeling of being in a country that has a hot and sweaty climate. However, it is not true as India has several places where people can enjoy a colder climate and experience snow. Mostly these places are on the north side of  India

In this blog, we have compiled a list of 5 of the best places where you can enjoy mountains along with the snow.

Manali in Himachal Best Place To See Snow

Manali in Himachal

Manali is famous as the ‘Honeymoon Destination Of Himachal.’ and rightly so because of its scenic beauty. Situated in Himachal, at the height of 2050 meters, Manali is a favorite destination for tourists who love snow. It becomes even more beautiful because of its snow-clad mountains during the winter.

Best time to experience snow – December- January

Attractions

  • Solang Valley
  • Rohtang Pass
  • Mall Road
  • Gulaba
  • Tosh

Among the above places, Rohtang Pass is very popular to experience snowfall but tourists need a permit to visit it. Rohtang pass is a mountain pass whose height is 3980 meters and it is about 51 KM away from Manali. The main USP of this place is the adventure sports as tourists get the opportunity to ski here. To visit this place, you may require to hire a taxi if you don’t have your vehicle. Make sure to check if the Rohtang pass is open or close since tourists need permission to visit it.

Solang is famous among tourists for its scenic beauty and breathtaking vistas. It attracts thousands of customers each year.

Gulaba is another place that is famous with the name of ‘Snow Line.’ It comes on the way to Rohtang pass. Tourists flock to this and Solang valley to enjoy adventure sports like paragliding, skiing, trekking, and hiking.

Shimla

shimla

Shimla, also known as the queen of mountains, is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is also a major tourist attraction due to its location, scenic beauty, and history. It was the summer capital of the British Empire prior to India’s independence. Shimla is now home to great British architecture since it has some of the best buildings built during the colonization of India. Shimla has everything that a tourist might desire to see and experience in a hill station. It offers scenic vistas, greenery, history, architecture, snow, and modern facilities.

Best time to experience snow: December End to February

Attractions

  • Shimla city
  • Narkanda
  • Rohru
  • Mashobra
  • Kufri

Old British buildings, including castle-like churches, schools, and government buildings, make the entire town a sight to behold. With snowfall, the whole place becomes heaven for tourists.

Narkanda is another beautiful place to see snowfall in Shimla. It is about a 65 Km drive away from Shimla. It’s breathtakingly beautiful, and you’ll feel like you’re in paradise.

Kufri is sixteen kilometers from Shimla and it receives the most snow in Shimla each year.

Shimla’s Mashobra lies within the reserve forest sanctuary. Unquestionably, this is the most beautiful place in Shimla.

Shimla is also home to tourist attractions that offer tourists opportunities to enjoy skiing, trekking, paragliding, and ice skating.

Dhanaulti

Dhanaulti-place-picture

Dhanaulti is a small but stunning hill station situated in Uttarakhand which is about 24 KM away from Mussoorie. The height of Dhanaulti is 2286 meters from sea level.

There is something serene about this place that makes it one of the best places to see snow in India. Most of the other places are full of the hustle and bustle of the crowd, and a large number of visitors. However, Dhanaulti is an exception as the place is very much untouched and presents the opportunity to see the scenic beauty of the Himalayas and snowfall in a tranquil setting. Best time to experience snow – December- January

Since it is only a small village, there are not multiple places to see. A few of the tourist attractions of this beautiful place are:

  • Dashavatar Temple
  • Deogarh Fort
  • Sur Kanda Devi temple

Spiti Valley Best Place To See Snow

spiti valley

Spiti valley is not your normal hill station because of its extreme heights( 2900 to 4100 meters ) and difficult terrain. Usually, tourists do not visit Spiti valley often. However, for travel junkies who like adventure, it presents a unique challenge. Its terrain is very uneven and there are places in Spiti that are very remote and not connected by highways. This place is full of hardship. But the plus point is that its extreme terrain and weather provide the chance to see nature from a new perspective and see the scenic beauty that you don’t get to experience in other hill stations.

Spiti receives snow for almost 6 months from November to March.

There are 2 routes to visit Spiti valley on the road via Shimla – Kinnaur highway and Manali- Spiti Valley highway. Please note that the Manali -Spiti route remains closed for 6 to 7 months.

Attractive tourist Places In Spiti

  • Kunzum Pass
  • Key Monastery
  • Tabo Monastery
  • Chandratal Lake
  • Dhankar Lake

Best time to visit

June to August are the warmest months in Spiti valley, so you should visit during these months. However, many people go to Spiti in December to view the snow-white valley. You must bring warm clothes and coats during winter in Spiti because the usual weather is harsh in Spiti.

Gulmarg

gulmarg

Gulmarg, Kashmir’s crown jewel, is a stunning place to visit. Gulmarg means, “The meadow of flowers” and it lives up to its name. It offers scenic beauty, greenery, and spectacular views. Gulmarg’s USP as a tourist destination is its snowfall.

Best time to experience snow: January And February

Attractions: Best Places to See Snow

  • Gulmarg Golf Course
  • Gondola Ride
  • Maharani Temple
  • Alpather Lake
  • Khilanmarg

Gulmarg is part of the Baramulla district of Kashmir. Its height is 2650 meters from Sea level. It is home to the highest green golf course in the world, ‘The Gulmarg golf Course.’

Gulmarg is also famous for the Gondola cable ride. It is Asia’s largest and highest, as well as the world’s 2nd-largest and 2nd-highest cable car ride. A trip to the place is incomplete without it.

Alpather Lake (AI Lake) is a beautiful water body located in the footsteps of Apharwat Mountain.  Surrounded by mountains and beautiful wildflowers, Alpather lake is a sight to behold.  Located 13 KM away from Gulmarg, the lake remains frozen during the winter when snow blankets the surrounding fields.

Khilanmarg is another beautiful meadow. From the Gulmarg bus-stand side, it takes an hour to reach Khilanmarg by pony. It offers views of grassy land surrounded by the Himalayas that look spectacular.  In winter you can see vast spread of snow at this beautiful place.

The Maharani temple is the royal temple of the former Dogra kings of Jammu & Kashmir. The shrine is also known as Mohineshwar Shivalalaya and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A particular feature of this historic temple is that it is observable from every part of this beautiful place.

Conclusion

Many hill stations in India receive snowfall in winter, allowing tourists to experience one of nature’s natural wonders (snowfall). Majority of the places where tourists can expect regular snowfall are Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, and Kashmir. There are places where you can see vistas of beautiful grassy land and there are places full of difficult terrains as well. You can pick anyone as per your taste. So pack up your bag this winter or plan a family trip to any one of these magnificent places.

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