the best PLACES near Delhi to see snowfall
Must visit places for snowfall near Delhi and fulfill your dream of getting a fairy in the day with a snowman.
Snowy places near Delhi include Shimla, Mussoorie, McLeodganj, Manali, Kantal, Nainital, Chopta, Kufri, and many more.
Other holidays top choices include the city of Narkanda and Kufri, a slope station in Himachal Pradesh. These are hotspots for ice-skating and skiing, which in any case are covered with thick ice, which somehow comes with a slope. With too many goals like Jalori Pass, Almora and Chopta, there is no shortage of snow paradise around Delhi, So be sure to visit them all!
1. Manali | Rohtang Pass
- Perched at a height of 3979 meters and a distance of 51 km from Manali, Rohtang Pass is on the highway to Keylong/Leh.
- The pass lies at a picturesque location with the rivers Beas and Chenab that lies to the southern and northern side of Rohtang Pass, respectively.
- Lying on the highway to Keylong/Leh, this pass remains closed during the winters only to open from June to October.
- Rohtang pass is an experience of nature in one of its rawest forms possible, amongst mountain peaks covered with snow, breathtaking view and magnificent and sprawling landscapes and views.
- In winters, the pass remains closed but is open from June to October for motor vehicles
- Tip: Make sure that you hire a local cab driver or take a bus because the roads are very slippery and can be difficult if the driver is not accustomed to the topography.
2. Shimla | Kufri
- Situated in the lap of Great Himalayan ranges, Kufri is one of the most peaceful and cool places in India, attracting tourists from all parts of the country. The spot was one of the earliest British hill stations and is nestled around the beautiful Hill station of Shimla.
- It is located 20 km from the state capital Shimla on National Highway No.22.
- Kufri, Shimla, and Chail form the Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh.
- The cool and pleasant climate, along with stunning natural beauty, makes Kufri a perfect summer getaway.
- World Winter Sports festival is hosted here annually in February, which is a major attraction for the tourists.
- There are several picnic spots, hiking and trekking trails in and around Kufri. Travellers can explore Kufri and its surrounding areas also on horseback.
- They can hike through thick forest around Kufri to the Mahasu Peak.
- The other places to visit in Kufri are the Himalayan Nature Park, which has a collection of animals and birds found only in Himachal Pradesh, and the Indira Tourist Park, which is near the Himalayan Nature Park and provides a panoramic view of the locations around Kufri.
3. Kanatal | Mussoorie | Dhanaulti
- Kanatal is a small rural sttlement and hill station located in Uttarakhand.
- It comprises of a very scenic setting surrounded by mountains and rivers, with breathtaking views and scenery. This is mainly because the town of Kanatal lies near Mussoorie, which is a popular tourist hotspot.
- There are many places that you can visit during your trip to Kanatal, and the Surkhanda temple is the most popular religious destination.
- You can also roam through Kodia Jungle, which is a dense forest area located at a distance of roughly one kilometre away from Kanatal.
- You can spot a few wild animals by taking a ride through the jungle in a jeep and also see Tehri Dam and many natural springs that are quite prevalent in the region.
- Mussoorie aka “Queen of the Hills” is located 290 km north of New Delhi and is among the most popular hill stations of the country. It is a captivating paradise for leisure travellers and honeymooners.
- Located on a 15 km long horseshoe ridge with the grand Himalayas as a backdrop, the colonial hill resort of Mussoorie spreads across at a height of 2,005.5 m above sea level and boasts of some of the most spectacular views of the Himalayas.
- Dhanaulti is fast emerging as a gem among the major travel destinations in Uttarakhand and is on Mussoorie – Chamba road, at an altitude of 2,250 m.
- Dhanaulti is away from the crowds, busy market places and pollution.
- Also known as Little Lhasa and famous around the world for being home to the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, Mcleod Ganj is a beautiful town situated near upper Dharamsala.
- Its culture is a beautiful blend of Tibetan and British influence. The Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered in McLeod Ganj.
- Mcleodganj has one of the most mesmerising landscapes in the entire state of Himachal Pradesh attracts thousands of international visitors, many of them volunteering with the Tibetan community, taking courses in Buddhism, meditation or yoga, trekking in the Dhauladhar mountains, shopping for Tibetan crafts, or just hanging out enjoying the low-budget spiritual/alternative vibe and the plethora of good cafes where you’re never far from an interesting conversation.
- Few of the most eminent and religiously significant monasteries in India are located here, including the Namgyal Monastery and Tsuglagkhang, where the spiritual leader Dalai Lama resides. Tourists must also visit the scenic Dal Lake and Triund, which are apt for quiet picnics.
5. Dalhousie | Khajjiar
- It is named after the British governor General of the 19th century, Lord Dalhousie.
- In western Himachal Pradesh, the hill station of Dalhousie is full of old-world charm and holds lingering echos of the Raj era. It covers an area of 14 sq. km. and is built on five hills – Kathlog, Patreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun.
- The town’s average height is 2036 m and is surrounded by varied vegetation – pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendron. Dalhousie has charming colonial architecture, including some beautiful churches. Its location presents panoramic views of the plains and like a long silver line, the river Ravi twists and turns below Dalhousie.
- The spectacular snow-covered Pir Panjal Range of mountains in Jammu and Kashmir, Pangi Valley of Chamba and Sach Pass are also visible form this enchanting town.
- Nainital is a glittering jewel in the Himalayan necklace, blessed with scenic natural splendour and varied natural resources, dotted with lakes, Nainital has earned the epithet of ‘Lake District’ of India.
- The most prominent of the lakes is Naini lake ringed by hills.
- Whether you want to go boating on the beautiful Naini Lake or any of the other lakes, relish some local delicacies, shop at the Tibetan Market and Mall Road, or take a ropeway ride to soak in the beauty of the Himalayas from Snow View Point, Nainital is sure to leave an imprint on you that will last a lifetime.
- Best places to visit in Nainital : Naini Lake, Naina Peak, Tiffin Top, St. John’s Church, Kilbury Bird Sanctuary.
- Situated at an altitude of 2708 meters on the Hindustan Tibet road (NH – 22), Narkanda offers a spectacular view of snow ranges. This is an ideal retreat for the tourists who seek seclusion in the mountains.
- It commands a unique view of the eternal snow line, the inviting apple orchards and dense forests.
- Narkanda is famous for Skiing and Winter sports. During these days the slopes come alive with skiers.
- Best places to visit in Nainital : Hatu Peak, Tannu Jabbar Lake, Stokes Farm, Mahamaya Temple.
8. Almora | Ranikhet
- Almora and Ranikhet are two well-known hill stations in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Popular as one of the best hill stations in north India, these two destinations have a lot in common.
- Just like Almora the starting of the winters is the most pleasant time to visit Ranikhet. While the late winter in Ranikhet gets cold, the peak summer afternoons are also quite hot making it difficult to roam out in the open during the daytime.
- Places to visit in Almora : Kasar Devi Temple, Chitai (Golu Devta) Temple, Nanda Devi Temple, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Places to visit in Ranikhet : Jhula Devi Temple, Mankameshwar Temple, Chaubatia Orchards, Bhalu Dam.
- Kausani is a dream destination; the vantage point for a breathtaking view of the Nanda Devi mountain range, amidst dense pine forests.
- You can feel the proximity of the snowy Himalayan peaks Trishul, Panchchuli, Nanda Ghunti and Chaukhamba from here and immerse yourself into the scenic grandeur.
- Mahatama Gandhi spent some time here, while he was writing the book ‘Anashakti Yoga’, a commentary on Bhagwat Gita.
- Places to visit in Kausani : Rudradahari Falls and Caves, Gwaldam, Baijnath Temple, Tea Estate.
10. Chopta | Tungnath | Deoriatal
- Chopta – a small hamlet located in Uttarakhand, is a trekker’s heaven. It is the base camp of treks like Tugnanath, Deoria Tal and Chandrashila.
- With a few lakes and temples, Chopta invites both the nature enthusiasts and Hindu devotees. Apart from this, Chopta is home to one of the best treks in Uttarakhand.
- Those who want to spend some quality time in the calm environment and amidst pristine natural beauty, Chopta is the right destination for them.
- Tungnath – If spirituality is on your mind and your itinerary as well, Tungnath is just your kind of place. It is an ancient holy town more than 1000 years old and is popular among pilgrims and devotees. It comprises of Alaknanda and Mandakini river valleys or ‘Lord of Peaks’ as they are referred to.
- The highest Kedar amongst the five, Tungnath is a magnificent temple with an aura soothes both eyes and soul. Situated at an elevation of 3680 m and on the Chandranath mountain, Tungnath is an important Hindu pilgrimage site that is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
- Deoriatal – A dream-like lake that is surrounded by the snow-clad mountains in the district of Rudraprayag in Garhwal Region, Deoriatal is amongst the most popular camping & trekking places in Uttarakhand Himalayas.
- It is believed that it was this travel place where the Pandavas were asked questions by Yaksha. The legend has it that this lake was created by Bheem, who was the strongest among the Pandavas, to appease his thirst.
11. Jalori Pass | Shoja
- Shojha is a small village sitting quietly in the middle of the wilderness and panorama. Its untouched beauty might be just the thing that you need to relax and unwind.
- Jalori Pass is a high mountain pass, with isolated roads at an elevation of 10,280 ft above the sea level, situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, India.
- The pass is the nearest mountain pass from Delhi, approximately 600 km away, and is featured on every adventure tourist’s map.
- At the top of the Jaluri pass there are restaurants available to take lunch, and a Mahakali temple known as Jalori Mata, visited by thousands of devotees from the nearby villages.
12. Chakrata | Kanasar
- Located at an altitude of about 7000 ft above the sea level, Chakrata in Dehradun District of Uttarakhand State of India is a hill station and a famed tourist destination ideal for mount climbing, trekking and skiing. The town was known earlier as Jaunsar bawar, a small hamlet of Jaunsari tribe.
- Koti-Kanasar is a picturesque location at 26 km from Chakrata town. Ideal for picnic or honeymoon, Kanasar is an attractive place surrounded by dense green forest.
- Green meadows allure tourists and make it the best picnic spot near Chakrata.
13. Landour | Nag Tibba
- Nag Tibba (or Serpent’s Peak) is situated at 9,920ft and is the highest peak in the lesser Himalayan region of Uttarakhand state.
- It lends its name to the ‘Nag Tibba Range’.
- It is situated around 57 km away from Mussoorie in Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.
- The ‘Nag Tibba Range’ is amongst three principal ranges of the Lesser Himalayas, which includes the Dhauladhar, and the Pir Panjal.
- While Mussoorie was the summer favourite for a lot of Indian royalties, its smaller neighbour – Landour, became a favourite for the British – so much that they named it after a Welsh town.
- Even today, the town exudes a certain British charm with its old English homes, set against the lovely Himalayan ranges. Though a small town, there is plenty that you can do in and around Landour.