5 Places to Witness Snowfall in India

Imagine waking up to misty mornings, snow-capped mountains, and awesome chilly temperatures! Sounds good, right? If you agree, then these places to see snowfall in India should be on your bucket list.

Best Time to See Snowfall

Gulmarg: October to February
Manali: December-end to mid-January
Auli: December to February
Sikkim: November-end to mid-March
Tawang: November to February

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 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.

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gulmargManali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali in winter 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, 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 both state-run as well as private buses. 

manaliAuli, Uttarakhand

Blessed with jaw-dropping beauty, Auli is one destination you must visit during the snowfall season. The snow-capped mountains of Auli will completely mesmerize you. Also, this place has a perfect backdrop for all your Instagram pictures.

Top 5 Attractions: Gurson Bugyal, Trishul Peak, Chenab Lake, Joshimath and Nandprayag

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.

auliTawang, 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 to Tawang is Rangapara Railway Station (383 km).

TawangShimla, 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.

So, which of these places to see snow in India will you choose for your next vacation? Till we meet again, happy travels!