Cool Escapes: Top 7 Places to Find Snow in India in July

Snow in July! Don’t be confused because you heard that right. With monsoons spreading its charm across the country, you can still find snow at these seven breathtaking destinations in India.

1. Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

Popular for its serene landscapes and amazing winter activities, Gulmarg will give you a sneak peak of the snowy mountains and the evergreen beautiful meadows. You can enjoy Gondola rides, beautiful walks and some amazing local cuisine here.

How to Reach: The nearest airport is Srinagar Airport, which is around 56 km away and is well connected via a bus or taxi. If travelling by train, you can reach Jammu Tawi which is the nearest railway station, around 290 km away. By road, you can take a bus or taxi to reach Gulmarg directly. 

2. Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir

Spread over a lush landscape and a serene environment , Pahalgam will take your heart away. You can find snow here on higher treks or around the Aru Valley and Betaab Valley. Enjoy trekking, nature walks and riverside adventures when here.

How to Reach: The nearest airport is the Srinagar Airport, which is situated around 95 km away. Hire a taxi from here to reach Pahalgam. By train, you can book your tickets till Jammu Tawi, which is around 255 km away and further take a bus or taxi to reach. You can reach this destination directly via road by taxis or bus services available on the route.

3. Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim

This beautiful holy lake is situated on the north side of the Kanchenjunga Range, surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all sides. Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world, located at an altitude of 5430 meters. It is a visual treat and is known for its spiritual ambience holding much significance for Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists, alike.

How to Reach: The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport which is approximately 124 km from Gangtok. From here you can hire a taxi and reach your destination within 4-5 hours. By train, the nearest railway head is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station.

4. Leh, Ladakh

To find snow in Ladakh, visit the famous Khardung La and Chang La pass to witness beautiful snow-covered peaks. Some of the things you can do here are sightseeing, exploring the serene monasteries, trying the local food and riding through the valleys.

How to Reach: By air, you can travel till the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh which is well-connected to various major Indian cities. Further, you can hire a taxi to explore the surroundings. Leh is also accessible via road through the Manali-Leh highway or the Srinagar-Leh highway. 

5. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

A beautiful escape from the hustle-bustle of city life, Manali is as beautiful as fresh snow. You can visit Rohtang Pass to witness snow and an enchanting view. While you are in Manali, you can also experience some of the best adventure sports & try their beautiful riverside cafes.

How to Reach: By air, the nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport, which is around 50 km away. You can further take a taxi or bus to reach Manali. You can also opt for a train journey and the nearest railway station is Joginder Nagar, about 165 km away. By road, Manali is connected via road through major cities. Take a bus or hire a taxi for a convenient journey.


6. Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Although located in a remote area, you can reach Spiti Valley with careful planning and check availability for accommodation and routes. You can explore monasteries, witness the changing landscapes, experience riverside activities and more.

How to Reach: The nearest airport to Spiti Valley is Bhuntar Airport if you are taking the Manali route or Shimla Airport if you are taking the Shimla-Kaza route. Taxis are available at both the airports. The nearest railway station is in Shimla which is 416 km away. You can also take a road trip to reach Spiti via taxi or bus.


7. Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh

A perfect blend of wide landscapes, Lahaul will let you witness changing scenic mountain villages along with mesmerizing Buddhist art and culture. Explore the quaint villages, enjoy the changing landscapes and relish the pristine environment.

How to Reach: The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport, which is around 170 km away. You can then take a taxi to reach your destination. The nearest railway station is Joginder Nagar, which is around 250 km away. Lahaul Valley is also well-connected by road from Delhi, Chandigarh and other major cities.