It is no exaggeration that the best thing about winter in India is the snowfall. When tiny snowflakes fall from above, the entire place transforms into a wonderland mesmerizing with beauty. Many destinations in North India, especially the towns in the Himalayas experience good snowfall during the winter months that last from November to February. Snow is one reason Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir is known among top places to visit in India for honeymoon in winters. While many such destinations in Uttarakhand and North East India also become a hot favorite for family holidays in India.
If you are searching for hill stations to enjoy snowfall, then plan your trip in the month of November, December, January and February. Browse through this list of must – visit winter destinations for a memorable trip. If you are planning your honeymoon or just a break with family or if it is a adventure trip you are after, take a look at these places to experience snowfall in India and plan your holiday now!
Places to Experience Snowfall in India in November
Founded as a Ski resort during the British era, Gulmarg has become the favorite winter holiday detsination in India. Owing to superb snowfall that it receives from November to February. Especially if you are seeking any place to enjoy snow sports in north India. Around 46 km from state’s capital Srinagar, Gulmarg is easily accessible from Srinagar. Today Gulmarg is known to be the most-visited Skiing destination in South East Asia. It is flocked by honeymooners, snow lovers and Skiing enthusiasts from all around the world.
Places to see in Gulmarg: Panoramic Apharwat peak, Alpather lake, breathtaking views from Ningle Nallah, Banibal Nag and Kausar Nag etc.
Things to do in Gulmarg: Enjoy Gondola ride, skiing at Gulmarg Ski Resort, Bird watching at Gulmarg Biosphere reserve, trekking to the northern Pir Panjal range, Ice-skating on frozen lakes, Heli skiing and Moto Skiing etc.
Best time to enjoy snowfall in Gulmarg: December to February.
Nearest airport: Nearest airport to Gulmarg is in Srinagar (56 km away). The airport connects major cities of India like Delhi and Mumbai.
Nearest railway/bus stand: The nearest rail head to Gulmarg is in Jammu (290 km away). It is properly connected to the major cities of India. Regular bus service from Srinagar is also an effective option to travel to Gulmarg.
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Rohtang Pass (Himachal Pradesh)
Rohtang Pass or Rohtang La, around 51 km from Manali, lies on the highway to Leh/ Keylong. Open during May to November, Rohtang Pass is an ideal place for adventure seeks and nature lovers. The road to Rohtang Pass offers some amazing sights and the clean fresh air refreshes you.
At an elevation of 3978 meters above the sea level, Rohtang Pass has Snow Point where tourists can partake in several fun activities such as sledging, para-gliding, snow scooter riding, motor biking, ATV riding and Skiing. Snow clothes or snow dresses are easily available on rent at the local shops.
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Around 8957 feet above the sea level, the beautiful hill town Pahalgam is thronged by tourists every year in good numbers. November month is the onset of snowfall in Pahalgam, thus being the best time to visit when the snow is clean and the weather is pleasant.It is equally popular amidst trekkers, honeymooners and family vacationers.
Away from regular hustle-bustle of the cities, Pahalgam offers some of the most charming memories during sightseeing, horse riding, trekking and leisure walks. Chandanwari, the starting point of Amarnath Yatra, Baisaran and Sheshnag Lake are some of the popular treks from here. Pahalgam also has a golf course.
Placed in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, Auli stands at an altitude of around 10,500 feet amidst snow-covered peaks and is counted as one of the best ski resorts in the world. Offering enchanting 180 degrees views of the surrounding Himalayan ranges, Auli receive good snowfall during November. The whole area is carpeted with snow at the time and looks absolutely stunning.
Auli is visited by professional as well as amateur skiers. This place also boasts of the longest cable car route from Auli to Joshimath (4 km). Covered with oak trees and coniferous deodar, the slopes of Auli are a real treat while carpeted with snow.
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Places to Experience Snowfall in India in December
Tawang (Arunachal – Pradesh)
A hidden gem, Tawang is a lesser-known hill town of Arunachal Pradesh, which becomes even more beautiful after snowfall in the month of December. As it receives heavy snowfall during the winter months, it offers good opportunities for adventure enthusiasts.The flawless beauty, the frozen lake and Tawang monastery are a must-visit.
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The peaceful environment of Tawang is an ideal experience for honeymooners who are looking for seclusion. The lush greenery and snow -spread forms a soothing sight for the eyes. Hiking and trekking are two popular activities here.
Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
Covered with heavy snow during December and January, Shimla is one of the most visited hill stations to enjoy snowfall in north India. You can not only enjoy fresh snow but can partake in adventure activities such as ice skating and skiing.December is an ideal time to plan for Shimla tour because it will create some good memories and completely refresh your tired soul.One can also opt for excursion to nearby places like Chail, Kufri, Shilon Bagh and so on. Partake in sightseeing and shopping too.
Manali (Himachal Pradesh)
Located 40 km northwards of Kullu, Manali is undoubtedly one of the most-visited winter destinations in Himachal like Shimla. It receives snowfall in the December month and along with Solang valley, becomes a popular resort for skiing and ice skating enthusiasts.This beautiful place receives thousands of tourists during Christmas and New Year time.The landscape with lush greenery, floral meadows and carpet of snow, becomes completely enchanting. December is an amazing time to experience snowfall in Manali.
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Dalhousie (Himachal Pradesh)
Play with snow in Dalhousie in the December month and admire the picturesque scenery sprinkled all around this famed hill station of Himachal Pradesh, with snow adding an extra charm. Owing to its location amid Dhauladhar Range of mountains, the mesmerizing hill town of Dalhousie receives snowfall in winter.
Named after British Governor General Lord Dalhousie, it is home to a number of tourist attractions such as Khajjiar, Bakrota Hills and Dainkund Peak, Tibetan Market and so on. Snowfall makes Dalhousie all the more beautiful.
Narkanda (Himachal Pradesh)
Located at a distance of around 60 km from Shimla, the beautiful hill hamlet of Narkanda is placed at an above sea level of 8884 feet. Narkanda receives snowfall in the month of December and converts into a popular adventure hotspot, flocked by skiing enthusiasts. Hiking up to the Hatu peak is a popular activity here.
It is a perfect destination for those who love seclusion and wish to spend a peaceful vacation, away from city chaos. The mix of orange, red and gold woods forms a mesmerizing sight. Do not miss visiting the apple and cherry orchards.
Places to Experience Snowfall in India in January
Referred to as the ‘Switzerland of the East’, Srinagar is top destination to visit in the month of January when it is covered with snow and becomes a heaven for adventure enthusiasts. One can indulge in activities like golfing, boating and other activities. However, if you are one of those who love spending a laid-back vacation, Srinagar has equal opportunities for you. Enjoy sightseeing covering its lakes and gardens. Admire the snow-covered mountains, winter’s chilly air, pleasant environment and sumptuous Kashmiri food along with a cup of hot ‘Kehwa’. Day excursions to Sonamarg and Gulmarg would also be a memorable experience.
Vaishno Devi Bhawan (Jammu)
Visiting Vaishno Devi in the month of January means killing two birds with one stone. You do not only seek Maa Vaishno’s blessing but would also enjoy snowfall at Vaishno Devi Bhawan. The whole area around the cave temple enjoys thick white snow. In fact, the Trikuta Hills receive snow every winter in India.
Darshan for the shrine are open all round the year and the snow in the January month ads to the charm of the place. Vaishno Devi is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites of India and bustles with activity all throughout the year.
Blanket of clear white snow covers the hill town of Patnitop during the month of January. Pick amongst activities like Paragliding, skiing, horse riding or sledging when in Patnitop at this time. Known for its serenity and charming locations, Patnitop can be a stopover for those who are travelling along the Jammu-Srinagar highway.
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Placed at an altitude of 6640 feet above the sea level, Patnitop receives heavy snowfall during winter months. You can visit nearby places like Natha top , Sanasar and most famous Naag temple . It lies in the lower Himalayan ranges.
Mcleodganj (Himachal Pradesh)
Covered with a snow blanket, Mcleodganj is chilling during the month of January and is flocked by newly-wedded couples for honeymoon in India in winters. Enjoy para-gliding and trekking when in Mcleod Ganj. Namgyal Monastery, Tibet Museum, Tsuglagkhang temple, Triund, Hanuman-Ka-Tiba, and Bhagsu Falls are some of the popular attractions that you can visit.
The contrast of white snow cover and lush greenery forms an amazing view for the on-looker. Named after former British Governor of Punjab David McLeod, it is the renowned seat of Dalai Lama, the holy guru. Its location at an altitude of 1700 meters, blesses with tranquility and scenic beauty.
Thick cover of snow welcome you in to Lachung, especially in the month of January. This small picturesque hill town of Sikkim surely enchants its visitors with an amazing weather, lush peaks, glistening waterfalls, crystal-clear streams and other famed attractions. Visit to Lachung monastery is a must. Do not forget to get your hands at excellent- quality peaches, apples and apricots here.
Blankets and fine woven rugs are the other highlights of the local markets. Visit Zero Point or Yumesamdong to indulge in fun activities. Surrounded by the Himalayas and colorful flowers, the place is close to the border of China.
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Places to Experience Snowfall in India in February
Lying on the Mussoorie-Chamba road, Dhanaulti is a small tranquil village that is placed at an altitude of 2250 meters. Less-commercialized and serene, here you can enjoy the beauty of Pine, Rhododendron and Cedar forests along with of a chilly weather. The peaceful environment, the fresh air, the lush greenery would make you fall in love with this place.
The snow looks great in the February month. A visit to the hidden-gem of Dhanaulti is worth-it to have a peaceful and memorable vacation with the loved ones. As the place is less cluttered, it is an ideal option for newly-wedded couples.
Kufri (Himachal Pradesh)
Boasting of clear white snow and an awesome weather in the month of February, Kufri is a real delight with snow-clad landscape. Winter Sports Festival is the best thing about Kufri. Here adventure-seekers have options to enjoy tobogganing, rock climbing, Mahasu peak trekking and skiing.
A tranquil and relaxing destination near Shimla, around 19 km away, Kufri is surely a less-cluttered snow resort. Opt for horse riding, sightseeing and leisure walks if you wish to have a laid-back vacation. In addition, a number of tourists visiting Shimla also plan a day’s excursion to Kurfi.
Beauty of Himalayas along with a salubrious weather are highlights of Gangtok in winter. While it is one of the favorite places to visit in February in India, it is also haven for honeymoon. The capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok is the among the must-visit places for holidays in North east India, especially in winter. Apart from its beauty, Gangtok is popular for Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning. Shopping at M.G Road market, a foreign-style market, is a must. Visit Rumtek Monastery, Tsomgo Lake, Ganesh Tok, Flower Exhibiton Center, Enchey Monastery and other famous attractions.
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However, if you love adventure activities, Gangtok offers several opportunities like white-water rafting, mountain biking, hand gliding, yak safari and trekking on routes like Khechopalri, Zemathang, Tsokha, Sikip and more.
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