Get a taste of India’s snowfall at these 10 gorgeous winter dreamlands

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Last Updated on August 31, 2022

Thanks to Bollywood movies that most of us have seen snow in one way or the other.
However, the real-life experience of snow is completely different from the movies. In India,
we do not get to experience snowfall throughout the year and therefore, you need to plan
your vacation in advance if you want to experience the beauty of snow.

As the winter arrives, it brings with it extreme chilling weather and cold winds. While
most people love to stay under the quilt, there are many who want to visit Hill stations,
mountains, Iglesias, etc to experience the thrill of life. The snow-covered mountains look
mesmerizing when the sunlight hits them and it is such a beautiful experience that nobody
would want to miss. Here in this article, we have compiled the list of the best places that you
can visit to experience the beauty, thrill, and adventure of snow.

Things to keep in mind before visiting snowfall areas

  • Although, we know that you are going to a snowfall area to get a view of snow and
    experience it to the fullest but, before you decide on the dates, make sure to check out the
    weather predictions. High-intensity of snowfall may block the roads and it may spoil your
  • Some of these snowy areas are quite chilling and the temperature may drop below the
    freezing point. Therefore, make sure you carry enough warm clothes as the weather may
    vary even during the daytime.
  • Most of the adventurous activities that are conducted in the snowfall areas offer their
    own boots and shoes. However, even for four sightseeing, you require water-repellent shoes
    that will protect you from getting wet. Hence, you must carry your own boots and shoes so
    that you are not dependent on anybody else.
  • Keep a few food items in your backpack as you might be in a situation where food stalls or
    restaurants may not be available nearby. Some trekking experiences, sports activities,
    or mountain climbing can take hours, and thus, it is important to keep yourself energized.
  • Make sure to book your stay in advance because as this is the time of snowfall, many
    tourists from all over India come to these places and it might be difficult for you to find an
    accommodation at the last minute. Online advance booking can also offer you great
    discounts and you can check the condition of these hotels before booking.
    List of best places to visit to witness snowfall

Gulmarg, Jammu, and Kashmir

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The beauty of Gulmarg cannot be expressed in words, it’s something that you have to see
yourself. Located in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayan mountains, Gulmarg is a great place to
experience snowfall and various other snow activities. This place offers adventurous
activities such as skiing, gondola rides, snowboarding, etc. The best time to visit Gulmarg for
snowfall is in the month of January when the temperature can drop below -8°C. You can
also make your own snowman and snowballs at this destination. The skiing experience is
known to be one of the best in India and the gondola ride is one of the highest and the
longest cable rides in India.

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

This is one of the most visited places in India because of its beauty and close proximity to
major cities such as Delhi. Snowfall at Manali begins in November itself and the
mountains, houses, roots, etc. get covered with a blanket of snow making this city look

magical. The must-visit places here include Hadimba Devi Temple, Manali Sanctuary, Mall
Road, etc. If you are in Manali then do not miss to experience the beauty of Rohtang Pass.
The place also has some of the best cafes and adventurous sports to make your vacation
more enjoyable. Various activities offered to her include skiing, snowboarding, gondola rides,
paragliding, etc. If you want to experience snowfall, then visit Manali from December end to

Sonmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

This beautiful hill station is also known as the meadow of gold. The place is quite famous for
various beautiful glaciers such as the Kolhoi glacier, Machoi glacier, etc. This place was also used
as a gateway to the Silk Road connecting India and China. Sindh River flows in the close
vicinity of Gulmarg and other places to visit here include good Gadsar lake, Baltal Valley,
Zojila pass, etc. The best time to visit Sonmarg to experience snowfall is from mid-December
to mid-February.


Most people avoid visiting Ladakh at the time of snowfall because the routes get blocked
and it is quite risky for the common people. However, the adventure lovers take up this
opportunity to experience the beauty of frozen Ladak in the months of December, January, and February. During this time, the temperature may drop below -4°C during the day and -30°C
at night. You must visit places such as Khardung La pass, Nubra Valley, Chang La pass,
Pangong Tso lake, etc.

Auli, Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand which is known for its sacred places and temples is also quite famous for snow-related activities. Auli in Uttarakhand is the best place where you can experience skiing,
snowboarding, cable rides, etc. This place is surrounded by Coniferous Forest which offers a
magnificent view when covered with snow. It is the best time to spend some quality and
meaningful moments with yourself. Do visit the Apple orchards, oak forests, the magnificent
mountains, etc. to get a complete experience of snowfall. Other places to visit here include
Nanda Devi mountain, Joshimath, Gurso, Bugyal, Auli Ropeway, Chenab Lake, Trishul Peak,

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

This place might be a little far from the usual snowy places such as Manali, Shimla, Srinagar,
etc. but the experience of snowfall at Tawang is far far better and unique. It has some of the
biggest Buddhist monasteries which when covered with snow, look like a dreamland. It
generally starts snowing at Tawang from the month of November and most of the places
here still lie in their virgin state. The best thing about visiting Tawang is that it is very less
crowded and most of the landscapes haven’t been explored and you get to see them in their
natural state.

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Mussoorie is visited by thousands of tourists from all over India, not just for snowfall but
also for its other magnificent and beautiful landscapes. To experience snowfall at
Mussoorie, one has to visit here between mid-December to mid-February. Some of the

major places that you must visit in Mussoorie include Kempty Falls, Lal Tibba, Gun Hill point,
Company Garden, Mussoorie Lake, Jharipani Falls, etc.

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

If you stay nearby Delhi and don’t want to travel to a far place, then Shimla would be a
perfect destination to experience snowfall. At the time of snowfall, Shimla gets covered with
a blanket of ice and snow which offers adventurous activities such as skiing and ice skating.
There are various restaurants and cafes that make you fall in love with Shimla. Shimla is
located at a distance of 342 km from Delhi and while you are at this place, do visit Kufri
which is located at a distance of 17 km from Shimla.
If you are visiting Shimla just for snow, then the best time would be from the end of November to
mid-February. One of the most visited places in Shimla is Mall Road which also offers
some great shopping experiences. If you are visiting with friends and family, then try
to come here at least for six days so that you can cover most of the destinations and enjoy
yourself without being in a hurry.

Patnitop, Jammu

This is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the state of India and it starts snowing here
in November and continues till mid-February. The maximum temperature recorded
during the winter season is 24°C and the minimum may drop below -14°C. Patnitop offers
many adventurous snow-related activities at an affordable price. It has many species of tall
and beautiful trees which during the snowfall look like magic.

Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand

When you visit Dhanaulti, you are welcomed by many beautiful Cedar and rhododendron
forests. If you come to this place at the time of snowfall, these forests get covered with
snow and when sunlight hits the surface of the snow, the view becomes jaw-dropping. From
here you can also get a clear view of the Gangotri and Yamunotri glaciers. The best time to visit
Dhanaulti to experience snowfall from December to the end of February.

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