Kashmir Valley (Pahalgam and Gulmarg)

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This majestic valley is among the places to receive the first instalment of snow every year. Pahalgam, a noted hill station in the region, promises extremely pleasant weather and opportunities to trek and ride horses. Another popular place is Gulmarg, known for its world-class skiing slopes and one of the highest Gondola rides of the world. Snow-clad peaks in the backdrop and the heart-warming silence let the visitors enjoy the whispering melodies here.

 

Best Time: November

Nearest Airport: Srinagar

Best For: Skiing, Gondola ride

 

Manali

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If you believe that enjoying snowfall is nothing about keeping mum, be a part of the maddening fun at Manali. Experience the real passion making snowballs and throwing them on others. The hints of lush green flora hidden under the white carpets create outstanding contrasts with the blue sky above. Skiing and ice skating enthusiasts don’t need to look any place beyond Manali during winters. Not to forget, the Christmas and New Year bonanza amidst the falling snow which takes the celebrations to a new high.

 

Best Time: December

Nearest Airport: Kullu

Best For: Enjoying snowballs, ice skating and skiing

 

Shimla

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Imagine yourself at the Mall Road surrounded by the colonial heritage having slanting roofs covered with the sheets of snow and rows of deodars which seem to dance under the falling glory. This marvellous scene comes alive every year around Christmas when the North India’s most popular hill station Shimla welcomes snowfall. If it’s the same time for your honeymoon, or you are serious about reviving the lost love, this is the perfect setting the nature personally arranges. For adventurers, it is the most remarkable chance to ski or ice skate.

 

Best Time: December

Nearest Airport: Shimla

Best For: Adventure sports, scenic beauty

 

Auli

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Usually quiet for the rest of the year, Auli wakes up to the snowfall season and prepares to greet the flocks of adventurers from every nook and corners of the world to its mind-blowing ski slopes. The kind of panorama built around the place during snowfall should be better viewed than described in words. One of the best places to experience snowfall in India, it is the perfect venue for the family holidaymakers and for those who are bored of visiting the regular winter holiday places.

 

Best Time: November

Nearest Airport: Dehradun

Best For: Skiing and panoramic beauty

 

Patnitop

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Despite of its location in the Lower Himalayas, Patnitop is blessed by nature with plentiful of snowfall every year. The place, admired for its calmness and incredible sights, beckons tourists interested in the activities like skiing, paragliding and sledging during the cool winter months. If the crowd of Shimla or Manali is what you don’t wish to be a part of, pack your bags for Patnitop and be ready to romance the alluring nature in seclusion.

 

Best Time: January

Nearest Airport: Jammu

Best For: Sightseeing, skiing, paragliding and sledging

 

Gangtok

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Sikkim’s enchanting capital Gangtok is among the top answers to where to see snowfall in India. Fresh air with the provoking hints of coolness and overwhelming tranquility is enough to overpower all your senses. Get excited at the sight of the cotton-like flakes slowly covering the terrain and making the entire settings even more magical. When at Gangtok, you are always surrounded by the spirituality-drenched Buddhist monasteries. Make your trip more exciting with a visit to the Himalayan Zoological Park to explore the likes of red panda and snow leopard.

 

Best Time: February

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra

Best For:  Visiting monastaries, zoological park and scenic beauty

 

Dhanaulti

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In the state of Uttarakhand, Mussoorie is a well-known winter tourism destination which gets overcrowded during the snowfall season. Just about 26 km. away, is the pristine village of Dhanaulti, surrounded by the spellbinding expanses of oaks, pines, cedars and rhododendrons. When the snow falls, the place shines with clean snow, attracting the romantic couples seeking solitude. Thanks to the uncluttered canvas and less commercialized profile, the village cast the right spell during the winter months.

 

Best Time: February

Nearest Airport: Dehradun    

Best For: Unexplored hill villages, solitude

 

Vaishno Devi

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The most revered abode of Goddess Shakti, the Vaishno Devi Shrine is the place where the devotees experience the shower of divine blessings. Visit the place in winters and the falling snow will make this experience even more fulfilling. Trekking amidst snowfall and over the white blanket to reach the shrine located about 14 km. from the base grant memories of the lifetime. The sight of Goddess’s Bhawan (abode) covered in the white sheet is something unteachable.

 

Best Time: January

Nearest Airport: Jammu

Best For: Vaishno Devi Shrine

 

Tawang  

The grandeur of the Himalayas extends towards the Northeast, where many destinations under tribal influence have recently started attracting eyeballs. Tawang is definitely among the best of these places and a stupendous place to visit during snowfall. Snow-covered Buddhist monasteries, delicious Tibetan cuisines and ever-smiling faces turn into reality the idea of an exclusive winter break. Trekking to the frozen lakes of the region is something just not worth missing. The fact that few tourists visit the place during the season keeps intact its flawless beauty.

 

Best Time: December

Nearest Airport: Tezpur

Best For: Himalayan treks, monasteries, frozen lake

 

Lava

A lesser-known but suitable contender for the list of top 10 snowfall places in India, Lava is the paradise dotted with tropical deciduous and alpine vegetations. Apart from feasting on the visual treat of snowfall, the visitors here get the opportunity to have enthralling views of Mount Kanchenjunga, one of the world’s highest peaks. Trekking and bird-watching are the additional activities one can take part in while holidaying at this quaint hamlet.

 

Best Time: December-January

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra

Best For: Trekking, birding, scenic beauty and tropical vegetation

 

With such exceptional experiences ready to unfold, you don’t need to spend you winters in dullness. Choose any of these India snowfall destinations and savoir a completely different facet of nature.

 

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