Winters are no fun if you don’t get to enjoy the snow. So, we will take you through some of the best winter destinations in North India that are famously known for snowfall. Also, from places in the lap of the Himalayas to the churches of modern cities to destinations titled “Queen of the Hills,” there are multiple places in north India for a thrilling winter vacation.
Here are our top 7 winter destinations for a North India trip:
Famously known as the “Queen of Hills,” Mussoorie is a beautiful hill station located in the state of Uttarakhand. If you want to enjoy snowfall on a hilltop, Mussoorie should be your go-to place. With amazing views of Himalayan peaks, Mussoorie is a perfect retreat for leisure travel. The small town has resorts, homestays, and luxury hotels for a comfortable stay.
Best Time to visit for snow – December to February
Nearby Places to visit – Kempty Fall, Mussoorie Lake, Landour, Dhanaulti, and Kanatal.
The capital city of Himachal Pradesh is a wonderful snow destination in northern India. The city boasts beauty through green hills, snow-capped mountain peaks, and colonial buildings that British people have built. In winter, the city gets snowflakes and is covered with snow. And the beauty of Shimla is at its peak in winter. Thousands of tourists flock to the hill station during winter to enjoy the snow.
Best Time to visit for snow – December & January
Recommended Places to visit – Mall Road, Green Valley, Jakhoo Temple & Kufri
Nestled in the Himalayas, Auli is a small hill station located in the state of Uttarakhand. Popular as a skiing paradise in India, Auli offers skiing activities that are widely famous in India. Auli receives huge snowfall from December to February, making it one of India’s best skiing grounds. Apart from Skiing, Auli is the gateway to many beautiful snow treks, including Gurson Bugyal, Kwani Bugyal, and Kuari Pass trek. You can always plan your Auli trip in winter and enjoy the vacation of a lifetime.
Best Time to visit – November to March
Places to visit – Narsingh Temple, Auli Lake, Joshimath & Salidhar Tapovan
Perched at an elevation of 12,500 feet, Kedarkanth is a famous Himalayan mountain peak in the Govind wildlife sanctuary. Kedarkantha is a snow paradise in Uttarakhand. It comprises two words, “Kedar,” which means “Shiva,” and “Kantha,” which means “Throat,” that combines and forms “Throat of Lord Shiva.” The Kedarkantha valley offers astounding views of snow-capped Himalayas. To reach Kedarkantha, one must trek for 4 days from Sankri Village near Dehradun. Kedarkantha Trek is also a popular winter trek in Uttarakhand.
Best Time to visit – December to March
Altitude – 3800 meters
Manali is a hill paradise situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Known for the places including Rohtang, snow-laden Solang Valley, and adventurous Kullu valley, famous for paragliding and river rafting, Manali is a tourist hub in itself. Every year thousands of travellers visit Manali to experience snow. The breathtaking views of the valley will leave you blissed.
Best Time to visit for Snow – January
Recommended places to visit – Solang, Hadimba Temple & Jogini Falls
Popularly known as “Mini Switzerland of India,” Chopta is a beautiful hamlet located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state. It is a part of the Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary. The hill station is famous for its “Tungnath trek,” for which the Chopta is the base. At the top of the trek is a “Lord Shiva” temple. Tungnath trek offers breathtaking views of snow-capped Himalayan ranges, and in winter, the trail of the trek is covered with thick sheets of snow. So, if you’re interested in snow trekking, Chopta is a winter haven.
Best Time to visit – January to March
Nearby places to visit – Deoriatal, Sari Village & Chandrashila
Munsiyari is the most beautiful and offbeat village in the district of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. It is a small village, mostly covered with snow throughout the year. However, this quaint village has some stunningly picturesque views of Panchachuli peaks. Green meadows and coniferous trees surround Munsiyari village. Also, the village serves as the base for many difficult treks.
Best Time to visit – November to March
Nearby places to visit – Birthi Falls & Gori Ganga river