If you do not belong to the Himalaya region, I am sure you love snowfall. When I was a kid, I always wanted to walk while snow is falling. Having a cup of tea watching the back street becoming white covered with snow. My dream came true on my trek to Auli from Joshimath and I had a better experience during the trek to Saptkund. India has the blessing of the Himalayas where there are several cities to enjoy snowfall.
If you are not sure where to go, Here I am listing the best places to see snowfall in India. These places are best for enjoying the snow in India.
Best Places to see Snow in India
Here is a list of best places to see snow in India. You can enjoy extreme chilling weather of these places in India.
1. Sonamarg, Kashmir
Sonamarg is a snow lover’s paradise in winters and is a popular destination for seeing snow and mountains covered with a beautiful sheet of snow.
Just like Sonamarg, Gulmarg is another beautiful place in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir for enjoying the snow. Along with snow and snowfall, it is also one of the best skiing destinations in India. So, it attacked thousands of tourists every year. It also acts as a base camp for mountaineers going to climb the Nanga Parbat and peaks in the Pir Panjal Range.
I have already mentioned that my first experience with snowfall was in Auli while trekking to Auli from Joshimath. Auli is one of the best places for enjoying the snow, seeing snowfall and learning skiing. Auli is full of panoramic sights of mountain peaks of the Himalayas, such as Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat and Kamat Kamet with beautiful first at the peak.
4. North Sikkim
North Sikkim is also a good place to play and stay in the snow. If you are lucky enough, you will see a good snowfall as well. October- December would be good for heavy snow but you can also find snow somewhere around April as well. Before you go there, always check and confirm if the area is open. At the time of heavy snowfall, this roads gets a block. Also, avoid visiting this place during monsoon season as the snow starts melting.
5. Manali And Rohtang Pass
Manali is a famous hill station located in Himachal Pradesh. It is surrounded by Himalayan peaks and gorgeous valleys. Rohtang Pass is also near to it. So, people generally club both Manali and Rohtang Pass together. blockages and traffic jams are common near Rohtang, so check the conditions before making any plans,
If you want to see snow here, consider October to March for Manali and October to December for Rohtang.
Nainital is one of the most common destinations for people willing to enjoy snow and snow falls in winters. This place becomes too crowded around last week of December and the first week of January every year. The place has lakes and viewpoints. It is also easily accessible and people can enjoy the snow without facing the extraordinarily cool temperatures. The place is also known as Lake district of India.
Snow point is one of the best places to view snowfall in Nainital. It is accessible via Ropeway.
7. Dalhousie and Khajjiar
Dalhousie and Khajjiar both are at short distance located in Himachal Pradesh. Khajjiar is really beautiful and mostly referred to as the Switzerland of India. Dalhousie used to be a summer retreat for the British bureaucrats in past. Winters here are exceedingly harsh due to very low temperature and snow fall is really common. Dalhousie and Khajjiar are really beautiful places you should not miss.
Shimla is another popular and heavily commercialized hill stations where you can enjoy snow falls in winters. It has pleasant weather and picturesque sceneries. So, it will not disappoint you. IN British India, it used to serve as the summer capital of India. Places like Kasauli, Mashobra and Chail are located quite close to Shimla. So, your trip to Shimla will not be disappointing.
Narkanda us known for Skiing, orchards and lakes full of snow. It close to famous hill station Shimla. This place is for those who do not want anything extreme but a good view of snow, skiing and hill station. The place sees snow falls in winters and offers splendid view of the snow-capped Himalayas and dense forests.
Ladakh is also one of the best places in India to witness snowfall. Here, you see a thick blanket of snow between October and March. It is a place for adventure seekers to enjoy the snow and winters.
11. Roopkund Trek
Roopkund Trek is another good place to have a pleasant view of snow and experience snowfall. September – October is the best time to visit the place. After that, it will be covered in full slow and hard to reach. It is an unusual trek and takes 8-9 days long trek to the glacial Roopkund lake. The beautiful snow trek is a very challenging trekking experience. So, it is not for all.
12. Munsiyari, Uttarakhand
Munsiyari is an offbeat snow destination but worth enough to have a visit. People also call I Little Kashmir because of its beautiful views and snow. The place also serves as base camp for mountaineers and trekkers.
13. Almora, Uttarakhand
Almora is also known for its beautiful winters. It has rich cultural heritage along with its natural scenic beauty. You can also visit Ranikhet and Kausani that are close to this place.
14. Katao, Sikkim
Katao is not much known but beautiful enough to go there is an offbeat snowfall destination located at a distance of about 144 km from Gangtok. If you are visiting Gangtok, do not miss this place. It witnesses an ample amount of snowfall, so you will see a good amount of snow you wish to see.
15. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang is also a less known place in Arunachal Pradesh and people also call it hidden beauty. It has Sky-high mountains covered in snow, gushing waterfalls and dense forests. The place gets heavy snowfall during December and January. If you are planning to visit North East in winters, you must go there.
This is the list of best places to enjoy snow in India. Do share your experiences with us about the places you have been visited on this list.