Though India is famous for its tropical climate, the weather conditions vary a lot from Kashmir to Kerala. The winters, especially differ from region to region. There are many places to visit in winter in India, like the beaches of Goa, white expanse of the Rann of Kutch and colorful Rajasthan.. Some of these places have tons of fairs & festivals between November and February. Also if you plan well enough and are lucky, you can even see snowfall in India. Driving during the foggy climate on these mountain roads can be tricky. You must go through the checklist for winter driving.
Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh are some places to visit in winter in India where you can literally chill. Here are some of the exciting things to do as you witness snowfall in India
Building snow statues in Kufri
The tall pine and deodar trees welcome you as you ski on one of the oldest slopes in the Himachal. The entire area is covered in snow during the months of December and January every year. Kufri with its picture perfect scenery is definitely one of the places to visit in winter in India. Being a popular winter holiday destination in India, people not only hit the slopes, but also go tobogganing and go-carting. Not only do you experience snowfall in India, but can even participate in the National Snow Statue Competition!
The whooshing Cable Car at Gulmarg
Many of the scenic snowy locations you see in Bollywood movies are situated in Kashmir. Gulmarg is perhaps one of the most popular places to see snowfall in India throughout the year. The best way to experience the gorgeous and totally Insta-worthy landscape is on the famous Gondola cable car ride. This cable car is the highest in the world and takes people high up above the trees. Dense evergreen forests, snowy peaks and freezing winds give you a winter experience you will never forget. Skiing on the Gulmarg slopes is one of our recommended things to do for adventure enthusiasts in Ladakh. You can catch a glimpse of the towering Kanchenjunga and try trekking in the nearby trails.
The international-level ski slopes of Auli
Auli falls on the route to the pilgrimage town of Badrinath and has recently gained popularity as a winter holiday destination. The drive to Auli is a little steep. However, once you arrive, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of lush forests surrounded by lofty peaks. The famous 2500-3000 m high ski slopes of Auli attract international skiers as much as domestic tourists. One of the most stunning places to visit in winter in India, its a different experience to experience snowfall here. You might want to combine this trip with a visit to the Queen of Hill Stations, Mussoorie.
The tranquil snow flakes of Tawang
Arunachal Pradesh is one of the prettiest places to visit in winter in India, actually any time of the year. The drive to Tawang is slightly difficult but it all adds to the winter adventure . Tawang is covered in snow from December through March, and the Tawang Monastery gives the place a spiritual aura. Tawang is the gateway to Tibet and has many amazing monas. Sit by the fireplace, enjoying a quiet moment, watching the snow fall. Bliss! If you are wondering how to plan this trip, leave it all to us. Check out the Tawang and beyond road trip package.
The snowy corridors of Rohtang Pass near Manali
Manali and all the amazing places around it is one of the must-visit weekend getaways from Delhi. Besides exploring the ski slopes and old-world town, you can do a lot more. Drive/Ride through the Rohtang pass and you would emerge awe-struck. Inspired by many Bollywood travel movies like Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and Jab We Met, the gorgeous place attracts many tourists. Whether mountaineering & trekking at the Solang Valley or ice-skating on the frozen waters, Manali is very exciting. There is no better scenery where you can watch snowfall in India , even as the sun is shining.
Maggi and Momos in the snow in North Sikkim
For most places to witness snowfall in India, you would have to travel in winters. However, the many tourist places in Sikkim are snow-covered through out the year. Tsogmo Lake, Yumthang, Nathula experience snowfall for most part of the year. Hence the winter conditions are here are quite harsh and you are recommended to visit the place after April. However, if you are the adventurous kind, do your research, plan in advance and head for a spectacular winter vacation. Rather just reach out to us here and we will help you plan the amazing journey.
These are just some of the many incredible places to visit in winter in India. In addition to these, you can visit quaint Nainital, charming Shimla and the breathtaking Ladakh to see snowfall in India. Make the most of the winters and go on on weekend getaways as much possible. Click here to find the nearest destinations near you or here to check some of our curated packages.