Best Hill Stations in India with Snowfall

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If you've spent the larger parts of life in plains in India, or have always lived at its southern tips, chances are your fascination with snow would still be intact. With dry harsh winters in the nor (Read More)thern plains, and temperature that steers clear of single digits in the south, its time we gave you a list of all snow places in India where you can have snowball fights, see snow fall and occasionally slip and fall, irrespective of the time of the year. Why? Because everyone deserves a snowman that can melt for you (aww, olaf)!

Here is the list of 11 Best Hill Stations in India with Snowfall

1. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
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Known For : The Ridge Mall Road, Shimla Kufri

Shimla, time and again, has been one of the most preferred holiday destinations in India. Even during the time of the British Raj, Shimla was the summer capital and even today; it houses the official retreat building of the President of India.

Shimla during winter is an entirely different experience. The beauty of Shimla is magnified during snowfall. You can take walks on the Mall Road or simply enjoy the view of a snow-clad Shimla during the day and an all illuminated one during the nighttime.

Best Time To Witness Snowfall: Unlike previous times, the snowfall starts in January and lasts till February. The best bet would be mid-January when one is most likely to experience snowfall.

Best Time: October to June

63 Shimla Attractions

2. Auli, Uttarakhand

Auli, Uttarakhand
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Known For : Skiing in Auli Trishul Peak Auli Ropeway

Situated at the height of 8,200 feet, Auli is a hill station in Uttarakhand, with ideal slopes for skiing in winters. It is located in the Chamoli district in the Garhwal region and is a huge meadow or Bugyal which receives a thick blanket of snow every winter.  It has beautiful resorts which offer enthralling views of the Himalayas. Here, you can go on nature walks, indulge in photography, or simply sit in your cottages and sip on some hot tea.

Best Time To Witness Snowfall: December - March

Best Time: Throughout the year

12 Auli Attractions

3. Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
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Known For : Dal Lake Shalimar Bagh Wular Lake

Winters in Srinagar are cold, and the city gets covered in a blanket of snow. The Dal Lake freezes over and becomes ideal for ice skating. Srinagar has a beautiful landscape where you can indulge in boating on shikaras and explore the night bazaar of Dal Lake while sipping on a kahwa or spend a night on a boathouse watching the illuminated city of Srinagar.

Best Time To Witness Snowfall: December - March

Best Time: April to October

39 Srinagar Attractions

4. Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir
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Known For : Gulmarg Gondola Alpather Lake Gulmarg Golf Course

Situated in the Baramulla district, Gulmarg is a haven for adventure enthusiasts. You must recognise the slopes of Gulmarg as this was the location for the shooting of Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani.

The meadow receives heavy snowfall in winters and becomes covered in snow. The ideal time to visit is during December to April as then the sloped are ideal for adventure sports like skiing or snowboarding. It also has a high altitude golf course, Alpather Lake which freezes in winter, the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve and the Khilanmarg valley.

Best Time To Witness Snowfall: December - March

Best Time: October to June

20 Gulmarg Attractions

5. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali, Himachal Pradesh
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Known For : Solang Valley Rohtang Pass Old Manali

Solang Valley in Manali is the place to be for winters. You can ski on the slopes of Solang, indulge in mountain biking or partake in paragliding with the snow-clad Himalayas in the background and a breathtaking view of the valley from the top. Rohtang Pass is another popular destination among tourists and the perfect spot to catch some snow.

Best Time To Witness Snowfall: December - March

Best Time: October to June

49 Manali Attractions

6. Leh Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

Leh Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
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Known For : Pangong Lake Zanskar Valley Magnetic Hill

Ladakh is every millennial's dream destination.  It houses the famous Zanskar river which completely freezes over in winters and becomes the famous trekking destination known as Chadar trek. While here, you must pay a visit to the iconic Pangong Tso Lake which is an entirely different picture when it is frozen solid. Winters in Ladakh result in snow blocking roads and highways. Therefore, it isn't the perfect time to go on a road trip to Ladakh. However, you can fly to Leh Airport.

Best Time To Witness Snowfall: December - March

Best Time: Jun to Sep

69 Ladakh Attractions

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7. Patnitop, Jammu & Kashmir

Patnitop, Jammu & Kashmir
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Known For : Nathatop Paragliding in Patnitop Skiing in Patnitop

Situated in the Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir, Patnitop is a beautiful hilltop ideal for a visit during winters. It is situated at an elevation of 6,640 feet. The months of January and February are perfect for skiing and sledging on the snow-clad slopes or taking walks among the picturesque beauty of Patnitop. If you are a beginner, fret not, the ski resorts also offer courses for those who are new at skiing. 

Best Time To Witness Snowfall: December - March

Best Time: Throughout the year

12 Patnitop Attractions

8. Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh
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Known For : Skiing in Narkanda Hatu Peak Tannu Jubbar Lake

Narkanda is a small town in Himachal Pradesh with a population of approximately 2,500, situated at a distance of 62 kilometres from the central city of Shimla. It is the ideal place to find snow and the one that had the highest probability. Situated at an altitude of 2,708 metres, Narkanda is also a popular skiing destination.

During January, Narkanda gets covered in a blanket of snow and becomes ideal for all snow-related sports. The skiing slopes are relatively easier than other places in India and perfect for those with no experience.

Best Time To Witness Snowfall: December - March

Best Time: Throughout the year

6 Narkanda Attractions

9. Sonamarg, Jammu & Kashmir

Sonamarg, Jammu & Kashmir
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Known For : Thajiwas Glacier Zoji La Vishansar Lake

Sonamarg is a quaint little hill station in Kashmir, Situated at the height of 2,739 metres. Sonamarg or 'The Meadow of Gold' receives a thick blanket of snow starting from December that lasts even till April. It offers amazing views of the nearby mountain ranges which make for beautiful images. You can also partake in trekking and slide down on snow sledges.  It situated 85 kilometres away from Srinagar and can be reached by road. The drive till Sonamarg through the Sindh Valley is worth it. 

Best Time To Witness Snowfall: December - March

Best Time: May to October

10 Sonamarg Attractions

10. Yumthang, Sikkim

Yumthang, Sikkim

Yumthang is a valley situated in Northern Sikkim and is a haven for nature lovers. It is situated at the height of 3575 metres and a distance of 150 kilometres from the city of Gangtok. During the winter season, the valley becomes a haven for adventure seekers. People come in huge numbers to indulge in skiing on the snow-clad slopes of the valley. The ideal time for winter sports is from December. As soon as winter arrives, the roads become blocked with huge amounts of snow. 

Best Time To Witness Snowfall: December - March

11. Sethan Valley, Manali

Sethan Valley, Manali

Sethan is a quaint village in Himachal Pradesh, approximately 12 km from Manali. This Buddhist village is a tiny hamlet that oversees the Dhauladhar range. Covered in snow during winters, Sethan Valley is a great place to try out skiing and snowboarding.

Distance: 45-minute drive away from Manali. 
Cost of hired Car or Taxi: From Manali to Sethan, NR 1200 or INR 1500 depending on the season.

Whether it is trekking in the snow, or cozying up next to a fireplace, visiting a snow place is always fun! Have we missed out your favourite snow place in India? Tell us in the comments section below!

This post was published by Akshita Rawat

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