Winter is a time when everything turns to a white landscape and everything seems to be picture perfect. There is a different feeling when we get to play with snow. Catching snowflakes wakes up your inner child. There are many perks of visiting snow-clad destinations. Sipping hot coffee watching the snow from the balcony of your room definitely fills your heart with joy. Eating piping hot Maggi and steamy momos in chilly winters are also very satisfying.
If you also love traveling in winters and are looking for some Narnia like destinations to visit then check out this list by us.
Top 23 Snowfall Places in India
Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir
This is one of the most popular hill stations in Kashmir. Gulmarg is the epitome of natural beauty which can be witnessed from the Gondola ride.
The hill station is famous for some adventure activities as well. There are many tourist attractions like Baba Reshi Shrine, Alpather Lake and St. Mary’s Church. You can also try your hands at golf.
This hill station can prove to be your perfect one day trip. You can enjoy the road trip to this place and watch snow clad mountains. You can start a trek from here as well. In winters you can enjoy the fog. Mind your runny nose while you visit this place.
You will have to get out of your car again and again to capture the breathtaking view as sunlight falls on the snow-clad mountains and makes them shine.
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Probably the most cliched destination in India. It is one of the most visited hill stations. This doesn’t mean that it is just crowded. The place is very beautiful and has so much to offer to the tourists. The Himalayan peak and rivers add stars to the beauty of this place. Enjoy snow fighting with your loved ones for a fun-filled moment.
Some activities that can be tried here are Zorbing, Paragliding, and Skiing. You can also take a relaxing hot Sulphur bath, Rohtang Pass is also the main tourist attraction.
Narkanda Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Narkanda has something to offer to everyone. If you want to do something adventurous then you can try trekking and skiing. If you want to experience inner peace then you can go on a walk while admiring the beauty of nature and also enroll in meditation at some local center. This place is very popular among the tourists and should be on your list this winter.
You can visit the apple orchids and go for some shopping in the local market for winter stuff like shawls, carpets and blankets.
Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh
Mcleodganj is a must-visit place during winters. The place is home to the monasteries which are a feast to your eyes in the winters and look very magnificent. You can try some local delicacies which are a little bit influenced by Tibetan flavors. There are many cafes which are best to relax with your friends while enjoying the picture perfect view through the window.
This place in Uttarakhand can also be called the abode of snow and is very calm and serene for your winter fairytale trip. The peaks are perfect for trekking and you can also enjoy the snowfall. Every bend on the road tells a different story from a different view. You are in for a treat for your eyes at this gem.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang is famous for the second largest Buddhist Monastery in India. The place is the perfect amalgamation of Indian and Chinese culture and there is an 8m long statue of Sakyamuni Buddha located inside the monastery.
The Sela Pass Trek is also one of the activities which attract many tourists, both Indians and international. It offers an amazing view of the snow-covered mountains and frozen Sela lake. Tawang is probably that one place which is on the bucket list of every travel enthusiast.
Auli is famous for the skiing part. It is a good destination to visit in winters for all the adventure junkies. The panoramic vies of the hills is bound to leave you spellbound. Other tourist attractions in Auli are Trishul Peak, Gurso Bugyal, Chenab river and many more. This place would prove to your perfect winter holiday destinations for the reasons stated above.
Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
Dalhousie is a picturesque town in India and it gives colonial charm in winters with everything covered in snow. The deodar forests give a typical movie feel when covered in snow. The people who are fond of trekking can go for National Himalayan Winter Trekking Expedition.
There are many small food eating joints which need to be explored for the local delicacies and the cold breeze will send the chills to you but in a good way. All in all, a must visit place if you want a typical winter view of colonial times and want to see how all things vintage looked in the snow.
Mechuka, Arunachal Pradesh
Mechuka is one of the many popular tourist attractions. This place is being explored in recent years and is a good destination to enjoy your winter holidays. There is a hilltop which gives you a perfect view to the surrounding place covered with a blanket of snow. The main attraction is 400-year-old Gumpa here. Other tourist destinations to be explored while you are here are a little gurudwara located few miles from Mechunga and for hiking you can go to the villages of Singbir.
Chadar Trek, Ladakh
The very famous Chadar trek is ideally to be done in the winters only. It takes you to the Zanskar river which is frozen in the winters and also takes you to the Chilling village.
Lava, West Bengal-
This destination is quite off-beat and a good destination to experience snowfall. You can actually watch the rare species of Orchids in Lava. Other tourist destinations are Neora Valley National Park, Tiffin Dhara, Ghanti Dhara etc. This is the perfect place to have a good view of Mt Kanchenjunga. You can also visit the Bhutanese Monastery and enjoy trekking on the trek bordering West Bengal, Bhutan, and Sikkim. Try Thukpa and other Napelese food while you are here. It is one of the best snowfall places in India.
Sikkim is a very well endowed destination in terms of natural beauty. Its highlight is Tsogomo lake which turns more beautiful in winters with the reflection of hills falling into it. You would be left mesmerized by the beauty of this place and wouldn’t want to leave. Do visit Alpine Sanctuary which is home to Black Bears, Red Panda, and many more species.
Some tourist destinations are Tseten Tashi Cave. Hanuman Tok, Nathula Pass etc.
If you enjoy the adventure in winters then this little Sikkimese village is just the right answer for you. You get an amazing view of Mt Kanchenjunga and the roads here also becomes a little slippery which make it a little more adventurous. The places to visit here are Kupup lake and Nag temple.
It looks like a dream place in winters with snow clad mountains, trees covered in snow and fog making its way through the mountains.
Khati Village, Uttarakhand-
If you want to visit a place which is far from unnecessary crowd and is an epitome of peace and solitude then Khati village is your best choice. It is accessible through a trek via Dhakuri Pass only hence very less crowd. Enjoy the vegetation of beautiful winter flowers while on the trek. You will enjoy the snow-clad mountains and the route covered with snow and sunrays peeking through the trees.
Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Cedar trees covered in snow standing in front of the snow covered mountains give this place a picture perfect feel. The main attraction is the Khajjiar lake which looks even more beautiful in winters and should not be missed out by anyone. Must visit the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary while trekking. Some adventure activities which can be tried here are Zorbing, Horse riding, Paragliding etc.
Zanskar Valley, Jammu & Kashmir,
If you live for the adventure then Zanskar Valley is just the place for you. The valley is the home to frozen lakes and snow-clad mountains. The Zanskar trek is a good place to spot the snow leopards. You can also go hiking here and visit the monasteries also and experience peace amidst all the chaos in the world.
Patnitop, Jammu and Kashmir-
An irresistible destination for those who want to get all the Narnia type feels. Visit this place and you can get an idea what heaven must look like. You can also visit Nathatop, Naag Mandir and Sanasar lake. There are some activities that you can try while you are here like tulip garden and trekking and hot balloon ride.
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
There is a reason Shimla is also known as the Queen of the Hills. You have to visit it to believe it. Though the place is little crowded being the favorite holiday destination you still can steal some quiet time at some corner with your loved one to cherish and click some pictures in those boots of yours. Taking a walk on the snowy road is sometimes all you need.
You can also enjoy the Winter Sports festival in Shimla. Also, do ice- skiing for fun. Some tourist destinations are Jakhoo Peak, Gaiety Theatre, Viceroy’s lodge etc.
Roopkund is the most famous trek and gives the true picture of what real trekking is like. Roopkund is a frozen lake in Uttarakhand. The trek offers many breathtaking views, forests sites, and beautiful campsites. It is a must visit place if you enjoy trekking and discovering untouched beauty of nature. Winter is the perfect time to visit this destination.
Almora is truly a gem of a place to visit if you want to enjoy the beauty of nature in the raw and closest form. You can enjoy your time with deers at the Deer Park or enjoy the picturesque view at the Kalimat.
You can enjoy some local things like hanging out at Simtola and shopping from the local markets or simply take a stroll through the streets.
Main tourist attractions are Kasar Devi Temple, Martola, Binsar Wildlife sanctuary, and Gobind Vallabh Panth Museum.
Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh
The rich culture, monasteries, and temples are the main attractions of Kalpa. This place is comparatively the least crowded in Himachal Pradesh which is perfect to feel the fairy tale kind of ambiance. you would enjoy every bit of this place.
Perfect place to enjoy solitude and feel blessed to be sitting in the lap of nature.
Nainital is among the top holiday destination for any group of people. With the beautiful hills surrounding the Naini lake, it is a location which will make you fall in love. It has awesome weather throughout the year, but in winter snowfall makes it feel like heaven. Typically it snows through December to January and become the tourist magnet.
So here you have to top 23 snowfall places in India. There are also some honorable mentions like Sri Nagar, Ranikhet, Rudraprayag and many more. These are some of the mainstream places with good amenities.