Snow in India sounds like a myth, but the truth is that there are several snowfall places in Himachal Pradesh. The picturesque beauty of the white mountainous terrain can be awesome. Himachal Pradesh or the Snowladen Moutaineous Province is located on the Western Himalayas at the foothills of the Dhauladhar Range. The interesting fact about this northern state of India is the extreme elevation ranges that affect the climatic conditions. During the winters, between late November and Mid-March, the alpine tract of the region receives mild to heavy snowfall.
If you are keen to catch the snow falling in real-time, it is ideal for planning your travel to the state during winters. It is the perfect time to catch glimpses of the snow-topped mountain peaks, experience the chill in the air, watch the scenic beauty of the valleys and the human dwellings, the icy lakes, and so on. Today, we will cover ten snowfall places in Himachal Pradesh. Next time you plan to cover the state during the cold winters, make sure to touch upon these places.
It is a fascination come true and seems like the key to a paradise. The entire area is covered by a thick blanket of biting snow with temperatures below freezing point all through the day. Does it sound a bit offbeat and cold? Besides the white snow, what awaits you here at this cold desert valley located at 12,500 ft altitude is the pristine air quality, the out-of-this-world landscape, and the natural beauty all around. The tiny hamlet takes you back to an era, an age that is so far removed from the maddening crowd of the cities. Tourists do not miss the Buddhist monasteries with their characteristic prayer flags, the prayer wheels, the Chandratal and the Dhadkhan Lakes, and the opportunity to challenge your adventurous spirit by participating in spine-chilling activities like hiking, rappelling, camping, etc.
Located at 13,054 ft, this famous Pass is popularly called the Gateway to Spiti Valley and Leh. The interesting thing about the Pass is that tourists can visit it only during the summer when it is open. The Ground of Corpses (meaning Rohtang in the local language) located on the Pir Panjal Mountain Range is closed during the winters due to excessive snowfall. So, even if you cannot watch the snowfall, you will always be welcomed by snow-covered terrain. It is an amazing place to indulge in adventure activities, visit the nearby hot water springs, watch glacier tops, the Chandra River, and the Geypan twin peaks.
One of the most conveniently accessible snowfall places in Himachal Pradesh is the capital of the state, Shimla. There is no denying the regal beauty of the place – it is the most visited tourist place in HP. Enjoy snowfall and admire the beauty of the destination when it is blanketed by snow. Besides watching the snow, you can trek to the Jakhoo Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, and the Tara Devi Temple through the green alpine forests, the Christ Church, Gorton Castle, Bantony Castle, the Ridge, shop at the Mall Road, etc.
The Trek starts from Mcleodganj and goes up to Triund, where one gets to pass through blankets of snow spread out on acres and acres of land across the valleys and the hills. The breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar range and the Kangra Valley are awe-inspiring. The steep climb takes you through oak trees and rhododendrons.
Talking of snowfall places in Himachal Pradesh, one cannot miss out on Manali, the abode of Manu. Nestled in the Kullu Valley or the Valley of the Gods, a visit here is a complete package of natural beauty – forests lined with pine, oak, fir, and deodar; the gushing Beas that storms through the tourist town, the enchanting waterfalls like Jogni and Rahala falls offering the adventure-savvy tourists with ample activities like whitewater rafting, trekking, paragliding, and more. During winters, you can enjoy the heavy snowfall here and participate in skiing activities.
Amidst the exotic woodlands is Narkanda, one of the best snowfall places in Himachal Pradesh. Located at an altitude of 8884.5 ft above sea level, Narkanda is otherwise famous for the Tannu Jubbar Lake and the Stokes Apple farms. The weather is drastically cold and chilly during winters, and the entire place is covered with snow. The minimum temperature from December to March ranges from -1 degrees to -5 degrees.