Imagine waking up to misty mornings, snow-capped mountains and an awesome chilly temperature! Sounds good, right? If you agree, then these places to see snow in India should be on your bucket list.
Best Time To See Snow
Gulmarg: October to February
Manali: December-end to mid-January
Auli: December to February
Sikkim: November-end to mid-March
Tawang: November to February
Shimla: Mid-December to January
Dhanaulti: January to February
Lava: December to April-end
Kufri: November to March
Ladakh: October and April
Gulmarg, Jammu Kashmir
Experience the magic of snowfall by visiting the beautiful Gulmarg. This tiny little town looks magical when covered in a blanket of snow. Don’t forget to try the authentic Kashmiri delicacies like Wazwan, Rogan Josh, Aab Gosht, Goshtaba and Tabakh Maaz while gazing at the snow.
Top 5 Attractions: Gulmarg Gondola, Khilanmarg, Alpather Lake, Maharani Temple and Ningle Nallah.
Things To Do:Take a ride on Gulmarg Gondola, go skiing and snowboarding.
How To Reach: The nearest airport for Gulmarg is in Srinagar, 56 km away. It is well connected to major cities by regular flights from Mumbai, Delhi and Amritsar. Gulmarg is well-connected with bus services from places like Srinagar, Sonmarg, etc. The nearest railway station for Gulmarg is Jammu railway station, 290 km away.Book Flight
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali in winters is all about snow, snow and snow! Nestled on the banks of the beautiful Beas River in the mountains of the Himalayas, Manali is a dreamy destination. Also, once in Manali, do visit Rohtang Pass to get the most breathtaking mountain views in the world.
Top 5 Attractions: Hidimba Devi Temple, Manali Sanctuary, Mall Road, Manu Temple and Van Vihar.
Things To Do: Skiing, snowboarding, heli skiing and ice skating
How To Reach: The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, 50 km away from Manali. This place is very well-connected to other tourist destinations like New Delhi, Leh, Shimla, Kullu and Dharamshala by state-run as well as private buses.
Blessed with jaw-dropping beauty, Auli is one destination one must visit during snowfalls. The snow-capped mountains of Auli will completely mesmerise you. Also, this place has a perfect backdrop for all your Instagram pictures.
Top 5 Attractions: Gurson Bugyal, Trishul Peak, Chenab Lake, Joshimath and Nandaprayag
Things To Do: Skiing, ropeway ride and trekking
How to Reach: No matter which mode of transportation you opt for, reaching up to Joshimath is convenient. From Joshimath, you can reach Auli by ropeway or by road. The nearest airport to Auli is Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun. Also, buses are available from cities like Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Delhi.
Also known as the ‘Land of Monasteries,’ Sikkim is the ultimate winter destination. The picturesque landscape and scenery of Sikkim will captivate your soul. Also, once in Sikkim do try the yum food as it is quite different than the rest of the country.
Top 5 Attractions: Tsomgo Lake, Yuksom, Lachung, Lachen and Yumthang Valley.
Things to do: The Goecha La Trek, riding the cable car, bungee jumping and take a Yak safari ride.
How to Reach: The nearest airport is at Bagdogra, West Bengal, 124 km away from Sikkim. One can hire a private vehicle or a shared taxi for Sikkim. The nearest railway station for Sikkim is in Siliguri (145 km). There are also frequent private and public bus services which connect Sikkim with other neighboring towns and cities.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang, the most famous destination of Arunachal Pradesh is home to unparalleled natural beauty, breathtaking landscapes, towering hills, beautiful waterfalls and monasteries. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Top 5 Attractions: Sela Pass, Tawang Monastery, Madhuri Lake, Nuranang Falls and Tawang War Memorial.
Things to do: Hiking, photography, trekking and shopping.
How to Reach: The nearest airport is at Tezpur, 387 km away from Tawang. One can hire a private vehicle, a shared taxi or board a bus for Tawang. The nearest railway station for Tawang is Rangapara Railway Station (383 km).
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Popularly known as the ‘Queen of Hills,’ Shimla is one of the places to see snow in India. It is a magnificent hill station, surrounded by 7 beautiful hills, each covered by dense forests. So, experiencing the winter chill in the ‘ Summer Capital’ of British India is something one shouldn’t miss.
Top 5 Attractions: The Mall Road, Ridge, Kufri, Jakoo Temple and Christ Church
Things to do: Ice-skating, shopping and photography.
How to Reach: The nearest airport is about 23 km from the town of Shimla. From the airport, one can easily hire cabs to reach Shimla. There are several bus services connecting Shimla to major cities of North India. The nearest railway station is Kalka Railway Station (90 km). Though, Shimla has its own railway station, it is connected to Kalka (a town in the Panchkula district of Haryana) by a narrow gauge rail track.
Emerging as a popular winter destination, Dhanaulti is located in the proximity of several other hill stations such as Tehri, Mussoorie, Kanatal and Chamba. This destination receives heavy snowfall during winters and is flocked by tourists in large numbers.
Top 5 Attractions: Surkanda Devi Temple, Eco Park, Apple Orchard Resort, Thangdhar Camp and Dashavatar Temple
Things to do: Camping and trekking
How to Reach: The closest airport is Jolly Grant Airport (82 km) at Dehradun. The Dehradun railway station (25 km) is the closest railway station. Taxi and cab services are easily available here.
Lava, West Bengal
Lava, an unexplored gateway is a must-visit winter destination. The route to Lava is scenic and will surprise you with its beauty. This nature’s paradise should be on your bucket list this winter.
Top 5 Attractions: Lava Monastery, Changey Falls, Tiffindara, Neora Valley National Park and Jelep La Pass
Things to do: Canopy walk, trekking and photography
How to Reach: The nearest airport is the Bagdogra Airport (117.2 km). Nearest railway stations are Siliguri (99 km) and New Jalpaiguri (100 km). Hire a taxi or a cab to reach Lava from the above mentioned places.
Kufri, Himachal Pradesh
Kufri is a tiny hill station located just about 13 km from Shimla. Known as a ski destination, Kufri is a place one should include in their itinerary when visiting Shimla during winters.
Top 5 Attractions: Kufri Fun World, Mahasu Peak, The Himalayan National Park, Tobogganing and Kufri Valley
Things to do: Camping, experience yak or horse riding, skiing and tobogganing
How to Reach: The nearest airport is in Jubbarhatti near Shimla, and cabs are easily available for Kufri. Buses, cabs are readily available from Shimla, Narkanda and Rampur.Book Hotel
Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
Leh, a fallen piece of heaven on earth is one of the must-visit destinations for all. It is home to bluer-than-blue lakes, several trekking trails, grey mountains, exotic sights and beautiful clean azure sky.
Top 5 Attractions: Pangong Lake, Royal Leh Palace, Magnetic Hill, Tso Moriri and Zanskar Valley
Things to do: Spot a snow leopard, indulge in scenic photography and go for the Chadar Trek.
How to Reach: The nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport located in Leh. You can fly to Leh from Srinagar, Delhi, Mumbai, Jammu, etc.. For adventure lovers, a road trip to Ladakh is a dream. One can opt for a motorbike, a jeep or SUV for this adventurous vacation.
So, which of these places to see snow in India will you choose for your next vacation? Till we meet again, happy travels!