Top 15 Snowfall Destinations For Tourism In India!

How does India see Snowfall?

Well, India is a tropical country with dry and wet climates prevailing most of the time. Generally, the winter hits India in December and stays till March. First of all, the average temperature of India lies between 32–40 °C (90–104 °F) almost in interiors and due to the sea effect (Bay of Bengal & Arabian sea), the land keeps the same warm atmosphere. While the scene becomes a bit different in northern part of the country because people there encounter snowfall and chilly winters as it lies on the Himalayan range. Consequently, the landslides and roadblocks are also faced yet the craze for experiencing snowfall in never faded. Rather than thinking much let us explore those places marked for snowfalls attracting tourists, trekkers, travellers from around the world.

15 best places to witness snowfall:

1. North Sikkim

Snowfall period: All the year round.


Consisting of places such as Lachung, Yumthung, Nathula Pass, Gurudongmar lake, Tsangu lake, Nathula Pass, Zero points etc.One will enjoy every bit of North Sikkim because of its versatility. Some of those are hot springs, lakes, wildlife, mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, monasteries etc. Also, Yumthung is called the valley of flowers, it boasts of 24 different species of rhododendron. Animals like musk deer, Himalayan tahr, snow leopard, clouded Leopard, make their home in Khangchendzonga National Park and it has been inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. in conclusion, North Sikkim makes the ultimate destination of snowfall region.

2. Katao, Sikkim

Snowfall period: December – February


It is situated 144 km interior to Gangtok, a wonderful town to experience snowfall along with the marvellous view of the mountains. With the dreamy sceneries, most of all the place is filled with snowflakes and icy trees. Also known as the “Switzerland of Sikkim“, hence it is a picture perfect scenario. Probably, this place needs an army permit for visitors.

3. Nainital, Uttarakhand

Snowfall period: October – February


Much as this place is for savouring viewpoints, also it covers several lakes, therefore, Nainital is called as the ‘Lake District of India’. The scenic beauty is a treat to the eyes and one can feel the snowy atmosphere without facing harsh and chilly conditions opposite to the higher altitudes. The best place to view snowfall is Snow Point which is accessible via the Ropeway with a great thrilling experience.

Hence, get ready!!

4. Almora, Uttarakhand

Snowfall period: December– February


Almora is a hill station located in Uttarakhand, known for its rich cultural heritage, stunning views of the mountains and some Colonial significance as well. Winters in Almora are mostly chilly, yet the snowfall here makes the stay worth. The panoramic views of the Himalayas are quite breathtaking. Consequently, the popular hill getaways named as Ranikhet and Kausani are also close to Almora with their natural scenic beauty.

5. Munsiyari, Uttarakhand 

Snowfall period: Late December– February

Munsiyari Snowfall
Munsiyari Snowfall

At the base of the Himalayas, Munsiyari, a small town located in a part of Uttarakhand. The enchanting beauty and raw natural surroundings make justice to its name “Little Kashmir“. Also, the name literally translates to being “a place with snow”. In addition, there are Thamari Kund, Darkot, and Madkot.In the freezing winters, hot water springs are a bliss in Madkot. This place is well known for the base camp amongst mountaineers, trekkers. Being an offbeat place it is slowly making a way in the tourist hub.

6. Auli, Uttarakhand

Snowfall period: January – March


Auli, also known as Auli Bugyal, which means “meadow”. One of the best places with snowclad slopes for witnessing snow along with the panoramic view of the long Himalayan ranges. It has a 4 kilometres cable car, a chairlift and a ski lift, along with a maintained trek route. It is especially relevant for ski destination marked with skiing festivals and competitions.

Feeling cold?

7. Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

Snowfall period: December– March


An exceptionally beautiful place of India. Snow lovers will probably find this place ideal for them.They can indulge in different kind of activities like Skiing, Snowboarding, Gondola cable ride, and trekking. Needless to mention about its splendid view of the snow capped mountains that drag tourists and travellers around the world. One of the best skiing destinations for the mountaineer’s base camp those who head towards the Nanga Parbat and peaks in the Pir Panjal Range.

8. Sonamarg, Jammu & Kashmir

Snowfall period: December– April


It is an alpine valley located 87 km north-east of Srinagar. Also, translated as “Meadow of Gold”. Kolhoi Glacier, Thajiwas Glacier, and Machoi Glacier are the glaciers of Kashmir Valley that rolls out to the horizon of the Sirbal Peak, Kolhoi Peak, Amarnath Peak and Machoi Peak. This seems like a dream destination for all those who are fond of mountain and water bodies. People call it as a heaven of earth. One may be occasionally finding snowfall in April finally with the added attraction of river rafting and trekking.

9. Patnitop, Jammu & Kashmir

Snowfall period: December– March


It lies in the Shivalik range of the Himalayas, at the foot of the Kashmir Valley. Those who wish to feel the snowy ambience along with some sports, this place is a must visit.This place is especially relevant for paragliding, snowboarding, and skiing. One is delighted to watch the mystic pine and deodar forests nestled with the serene Chenab river.Therefore, it may be one of the most peaceful snow places in India.

Just chill!

10. Ladakh (The frozen river) Trek

Snowfall period: January – February for the trek

chadar, ladakh

Ladakh(land of passes) is closely related to Tibet. Because of this, the winter hits this part of the country almost from November till March. One may witness occasional snowfall in this region. The frozen river trek is almost 9-10 day challenging trek across the river Zanskar and hence it is one of the targetted treks of the experienced trekkers. Another amazing place for enjoying snow in addition to the trek.

11. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Snowfall period: December – January



The most beautiful hill station to visit for snowfall experience is Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Almost through the year, snow covers the place. Commercialization is heavy here. People of 16 to 60 everyone watches the snowfall. Kasauli, Mashobra, and Chail are located close to Shimla and it’s worth if one heads over these places in addition.

12. Narkanda, Shimla

Snowfall period: December – January


If you are looking for the natural beauty merged with snowy ambience so this is the place Narkanda. This place consists of lovely apple orchards, dense forests and magnificent views of the Himalayan range. A place about 17 km from Narkanda namely Thanedar offers some best apples in the country from its orchards. Furthermore, Skiing and lakes full of snow are most noteworthy for tourist attraction.

So cool down!!

13. Kullu Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Snowfall period: October – March

kullu manali

A famous hill station located in the state of Himachal surrounded by lofty, tall mountain peaks carving its path through gorgeous valleys. Most of all visited snow places in India are Manali and Rohtang Pass(Solang valley). Adventure sports activities such as skiing, mountaineering, and trekking are also common in Manali. The snowfall season for Rohtang pass stays until December. Furthermore, this pass encounters roadblocks and traffic jams.

14. Dalhousie + Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

Snowfall period: November – February

dalhousie, khajjiar

Since the Colonial era in Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie has been well known for its overwhelming charm. Also, the British bureaucrats used this place as a summer break. Combined with Khajjiar, it is a popular hill station. Hence it is one of the ideal places for snowfall in India. In addition, due to very low temperatures, the winters are exceedingly harsh and it snows the most then. As a result, the tourists flock here to witness the snow heaven.

15. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Snowfall period: December – January


Sela-pass Tawang

Located in the north-eastern region, this beauty is no less than most of all. It has caught eyes from worldwide because of its dense forests, waterfalls, snowclad mountains, clear blue skies and what not! One of the remarkable places to visit here is especially its 400-year-old Buddhist monastery crossing the Sela Pass. As a result, it makes a worthy pilgrimage spot.

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