Wandering to find snow in India? If you have lived on the plains or down south, your fascination with snow would be very high! Is it? If yes, then imagine yourself waking up to a misty morning, surrounded by a sheet of fog and snow-clad mountains sipping on your hot chocolate with marshmallows. Quench your thirst, pack your bags and head to the most picturesque snow-laden places in India mentioned below.
1. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali never loses its sheen. It is popular amongst travelers all year round but in winter it has a special draw because of snow. When in Manali visit the higher passes close by, Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley too for an adventurous snowy experience. Do not forget to try skiing and ice skating!
2. Gulmarg, Jammu Kashmir
Gulmarg stands as the most popular destination to witness snow in India especially for mountain lovers. Snow peaks, freezing wind, and land covered with snow for skiing, what else will one want! Your trip is definitely incomplete until you take the highest cable car, Gondola.
Ladakh is not just for everyone but for the adrenaline junkies who want to give some major adventure goals. If you are a true traveler and trekker then a 9-day Chadar Trek is bound to fascinate you. Not just this, a trip to Ladakh is only adventurous with a bike trip. Have a freezing experience between frozen rivers, lakes and waterfalls!
4. Auli, Uttarakhand
For a surreal experience, Auli is the place to be at. From a staggering view of the Himalayas to Oak and Deodar’s covered in snow, it makes an eye-catching view. Don’t forget to try your hand at Skiing on snow-clad slopes!
5. Patnitop, Jammu Kashmir
No idea of winter holidays is fulfilled without mentioning Patnitop, especially when you want to experience snow. Nestled in the lower Himalayan range, it is an abundance of natural beauty with white cover. Patnitop enthralls trekkers, skiers, and nature lovers.
6. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Imagine the meadows of Khajjiar blanketed in snow, you are sure to forget Switzerland. This tiny hilly destination situated at a short distance from Dalhousie is perfect to experience snowfall. Where everything freezes and turns white, it is sure to give you a mesmerizing scenic view.
7. North Sikkim
Do you have a desire to play and stay in the snow in India? Yumthang, Nathu La, Tsomgo Lake are the key places one should visit for an undescribable snow escapade. The best part is, you can find snow all year round.
8. Kufri, Himachal Pradesh
Kufri is a hotspot for Skiing and is a hub for tourists, especially during winters. The entire area is moon-white and tall snow-clad deodars and pines add to the aesthetic beauty of this place. If you are seeking tranquility, then you should definitely head here.
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9. Nainital, Uttarakhand
Looking for snow near Delhi? Nainital is a very convenient option for a refreshing weekend escape. It is a paradise for people who just want to relax and feel the chilly winter breeze. A walk along Naini Lake will complete your trip!
10. Pahalgam, Jammu Kashmir
This snow beauty is a paradise for nature lovers. To escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the view of the river, mountains, and of course freezing weather conditions, Pahalgam is a must-visit. If you love a little bit of adventure, then do not miss out on the long treks to escape the madness.
11. Lava, West Bengal
Lava is a lesser-known place in West Bengal. It turns into a fairyland with an enthralling view of Mt. Kanchenjunga clad in snow. Apart from relaxing on your vacation, you can go for various treks near lava and indulge in some bird watching.
12. Chopta, Uttarakhand
Nothing can stop the snow lovers from visiting Chopta. Trek to Chandrashila to witness an unforgettable birds-eye view in India. Climbing up is a little difficult but hands down, it’s worth it. Head here for a postcard beauty!
13. Katao, Sikkim
Don’t want to be with too many people? Katao is calling you! One of the off-beat locations, it is just a few kilometers away from Gangtok. Snow lovers, you can find snow till late March. Important- Katao can only be visited if you have an army permit. Beauty doesn’t come easy!
14. Sonmarg, Jammu Kashmir
Want to enjoy an extended period of snow? Sonmarg is one destination that is covered with snow until April. It is located close to Srinagar and is sure to give you the most serene experience of your life. Do check the weather report before you head to Sonmarg.
15. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Winter is undoubtedly the best time to visit Tawang! Tawang is like a piece of heaven on earth. It is a must-visit for people who love history as it is home to a 400-year-old Buddhist Monastery! The exemplary part of your trip will be visiting Sela Pass.
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