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Top 10 Snow Tourist Destinations in Himachal Pradesh

For all snow lovers, Himachal Pradesh has been a destination full of wonders for ages. During winters the white quilt of snow covers the greenery all around so gently that it has the power to touch even serious heads to laugh. Himachal Pradesh is indeed the best snow destination to make your winter holidays awesome. The snow flurries and the magical twilight across the snowy places look enchanting forever.

Every year honeymoon couples, solo travellers and families come here to enjoy their winter vacation. The snowflakes melting on the ground, the chilled breeze, snowy mountains, trees and meadows, awesome Himachali cuisines and mesmerising tourist places decked in snow will compel the wanderer to enjoy every idle hour. And, the several opportunities for winter sports activities make it one of the best places to experience snowfall in India. Why don’t you visit Himachal Pradesh during the winter to see the beauty of snowfall yourself in 2023? It’s quite difficult to explain its beauty in words.

Let us help you with our list of the top 10 Snow tourist places to visit in Himachal Pradesh:

  • Shimla
  • Manali
  • Narkanda
  • Kufri
  • Spiti Valley
  • Khajjiar
  • Kinnaur
  • Rohtang Pass
  • Kalpa
  • Kasol

Top Recommended Himachal Tour Packages

Package Name Duration
Kullu Manali Tour Package 4 Nights 5 Days
Dharamshala Tour Package 3 Nights 4 Days
Exotic Himachal Tour Package 6 Nights 7 Days
Dalhousie Weekend Tour Package 2 Nights 3 Days
Shimla Hill Station Tour Package 4 Nights 5 Days

Latest Update- Himachal Pradesh is presently receiving its first snowfall of the season, in a latest update regarding snowfall in the region. Ever since Tuesday night, Himachal Pradesh has been receiving intermittent snowfall which has covered 12 of its districts in a blanket of snow. In addition to the rains and hailstorm that the state witnessed on Wednesday, Himachal Pradesh has seen a drop in the temperature, making the region even cooler. After an episode on Thursday, the state received moderate to heavy snowfall which covered the stretch of 5 kilometers between Kufri and Fagu districts, leading to the shutting of 240 roads including 6 national highways, and led to disruptions in around 677 transformers in the region. The maximum number of roads that remain blocked included 165 roads from the districts of Kinnaur, Lahaul, and Spiti. Although major disruptions are being faced due to road blockages, this weather change is being considered a boon for the fruits and vegetable farmers in the region who faced losses due to a continuous dry spell. Himachal Pradesh is also benefiting from this weather change as it is hoping to see an influx of tourists planning to visit to witness the snowfall, according to the President of the Shimla Hotel and Tourism Stakeholders Association. With the state witnessing intermittent snowfall, the top places that might see a rush of tourists in Himachal Pradesh include the destinations of Narkanda, Kufri, Shimla, Manali, Rohtang, Sangla, Dalhousie, and Khajjar.


Shimla Snowfall Tourist Place in Himachal

Shimla is one of the best tourist destinations to visit in Himachal Pradesh during Winter as you will see the beauty of snowfall which has kissed all the picturesque landscapes and scenic roads. The snowy Peaks, amazing winter sports and the celebrations of Christmas and New Year will make your winter vacation fun-filled and adventurous.

With thrilling ice skating, you can embrace the beauty of snow. The cafes, shops and restaurants of Mall Road offer so much fun and opportunities to spend some quality time with your family and friends.

The Ridge Road of Shimla during winters is entirely covered with snow which would make your heart dance with joy and yes, think about the Winter Carnival Festival which takes place every year in winter. You can enjoy ice skating, cultural performances, fashion shows etc. which will make your day.

Apart from that, Forest camping under the starlit sky will teleport you into the world of bliss. The most interesting and wonderful Toy Train Ride is one of the best things to do in Shimla that you should not miss. The gorgeous views from the Toy Train will enchant you forever.

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Manali Snow Tourist Places in Himachal

Manali offers lots of fun and adventure if you are looking for snow tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. The beautiful snowy peaks, frozen waterfalls and valleys – Ah! you will find beauty everywhere. This place has a loving warmth. The festival of Christmas and New Year brings all people together who are from different parts of the world which also cultivates appreciation and gratitude among them for our culture, nature and atmosphere.

The day in Manali is quite engaging. You can enjoy the colonial charm of churches and old British bungalows, the Wood market and Tibetan Market is quite pocket friendly from where you can grab awesome wooden products and amazing souvenirs, the soul soothing temple of Hadimba and Kali Bari and a leisure walk at Mall Road will blow your heart away. Skiing, trekking and paragliding, skating and ATV rides at Rohtang pass, will never make you feel bored in Manali.

If you really want to enjoy the best snowfall then visiting Manali would be worth your time. Manali Winter Carnival showcases the rich culture and heritage of Kullu and Manali held every year in Winter. Folk dances, street plays, craft competitions and skiing competitions etc. will soothe your senses.

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Narkanda Snowfall Tourist Place in Himachal

Tourists visit Narkanda throughout the year but winter has its own charm. During winter the entire landscape of Narkanda is covered in snow. For skiing and other winter sports Narkanda is the best place to be in. It is a place where you will lose your mind and find your soul. If you are a photographer then you cannot imagine how blessed your lens is to have got the opportunity to capture the gorgeous snowy landscapes of Narkanda.

The mesmerizing Hatu Peak, the gorgeous meadows of Jor Bagh, the forever enchanting Sutlej Viewpoint, the thrill of skiing and trekking, the sunset hues in Himalayan range are the souls blossoming amidst nature. It is one of the best snow tourist attractions to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

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Kufri Snowfall Tourist Place in Himachal

Mesmerizing ski slopes, gorgeous Snowy Mountain Peaks, breathtaking valleys, the thrill of Skiing, karting and Sledging – this is Kufri for you in Winters. Here the snowfall looks like a million little suns shining brightly in the memories of tourists and ready to enchant wanderers who are planning to visit Kufri. It is one of the best snow winter destinations to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

The thrill-inducing Mahasu Peak, traditional and scenic villages like Fagu will blow your heart away if you are looking for quiet places away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The stunning views of snowy landscapes and valleys of kufri can be best enjoyed when you indulge in Yak and Horse riding. These are some of the best activities to enjoy in Kufri if you are a snow lover.

Extremely thrilling slopes in Kufri would enable all the thrill seekers to soothe their adventurous soul. For kids, tobogganing and sledding will make the day delightful and memorable. The best time to visit Kufri would be the month of February as it is the time to enjoy Kufri Winter Sports festival which will captivate every tourist’s heart. You can enjoy amazing winter sports like Sledging, skating, go-karting and skiing etc. as much as you can.

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Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley Snowfall Tourist Place in Himachal

Spiti Valley needs no introduction when it comes to the most awesome places to see snowfall in Himachal Pradesh. Every mile here reveals thrill and pleasure to your heart. An adventure lover will find the best thrilling activities to satiate their adrenaline desires. There is just something beautiful in viewing barren cold deserts, rugged landscapes, snow-capped mountains, stunning lakes, blissful Spiti River and Asia’s highest Chicham Bridge.

The landscape of Spiti is quite ideal for amazing adventure activities like trekking, paragliding and camping. If you are not an adventurous soul then you will be glad to know that Spiti valley’s terrain, climate and vegetation resembles Tibet. You will see scenic monasteries of ki and Dhankar, beautiful Tabo village, Kibber, losar and Giu which will take you to the world of tranquility.

Your lens would feel blessed to capture awesome picturesque landscapes which resemble paradise. For low-altitude and high-altitude trekking, Spiti valley is the best place. Chandratal Lake Trek and Kanamo Peak Trek are some of the best treks to enjoy in Spiti Valley.

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Khajjiar Snowfall Tourist Place in Himachal

Khajjiar is also known as Mini Switzerland of India and it is one of the best snow travel destinations in Himachal Pradesh. It is a starting point of other gorgeous Hill stations like Chamba and Dalhousie etc. During winters, Khajjiar is decked with an enchanting snowy blanket which is ideal for fun filled activities like Picnics, camping, paragliding and Zorbing etc.

The vast snowy meadows and verdant forests of Khajjiar are the most gorgeous vistas which will delight your lenses and your senses. The snow-capped Dhauladhar ranges of Himalayas from far add more pleasure to the sightseeing. The winter trip to Khajjiar would also be the best romantic trip if you are a couple.

The road trip from Dalhousie Chamba offers amazing vistas covered in snow. If you really want to embrace the snow then Khajjiar Trek is one of the best things to do to make your day thrilling. Moreover, the food and local country life of villages in Khajjiar would elevate your travel experience to a whole new level.

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Kinnaur Snowfall Tourist Place in Himachal

Every snow lover should visit Kinnaur once in a lifetime if they love winters and snowfall. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Kinnaur comes top in the list of the best snow destinations to visit in Himachal Pradesh. The reason is simple, Kinnaur is a challenging winter destination. The climate in winters is very extreme but the beauty of Kinnaur is unparalleled in comparison to the other tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh.

You will witness numerous stunning apple plantations, the frozen mountains of Himalayas, snowy valleys and the awe inspiring Zanskar and Dhauladhar Range. This cold, snow-laden world is best for adventurous souls as it is famed for sub-zero temperatures. So, it’s not for the faint hearted.  You will also witness how people live in extreme harsh conditions.

The scenic Ribba village has more than what your eyes could see. Fruit orchards and lovely vineyards, the thrilling and soul pleasing Sangla Valley where you can enjoy plenty of adventure activities like camping, angling, rappelling, rock climbing etc. and the Borasu Pass Trek is one of the most enchanting trekking trails which you must try in Kinnaur which will take you through breathtaking villages of Dathomir, Saur, Osla, Gangar Har Ki Dun and Sankri. It is indeed one of the best winter snow holiday destinations in Himachal Pradesh.

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Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass Himachal Pradesh

Situated at a height of 3,980 metres, Rohtang Pass or Rohtang La is a high mountain pass which turns into a picturesque wonderland during winter. A strategically important high mountain pass, Rohtang La connects two major valleys of Himachal Pradesh, Kullu with Lahaul and Spiti. Located at a distance of around 51 kilometres from Manali, this place is one of the must-visit sightseeing places for snowfall lovers.

Filled with scenic beauty all around it offers amazing views of lakes, glaciers and the Himalayan peaks. You will also be amazed by the views of the River Chenab and Beas along with the background of the famous twin peaks of Geypan. Perched at a height of 3,978 metres on the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas, Rohtang Pass is the gateway of Pangi and Leh Valley. However, it remains open only from May to October.

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Kalpa Himachal Pradesh

A small riverside town in the district of Kinnaur, Kalpa is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh to cherish snowfall in winter. It is located in the Sutlej River Valley and encompassed by the wonderful views of Kinnaur Kailash peaks. The surreal beauty of this place becomes more magical in winter after a snowfall when the surrounding peaks are covered in snow. Even the apple orchards and pinewoods look dipped in snow.

The breathtaking beauties of Kalpa, the purest form of nature make it an ideal winter spot to relax and rejuvenate. The laid-back vibes of this small town and its wonderful tourist spots like Sapni Fort, Narayan Nagini Temple or a narrow road in a village where you can see the peaks peeping behind the houses will make your trip to Kalpa a once-in-a-life moment.

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Kasol Himachal Pradesh

A picturesque hamlet in the Kullu Valley, which is more popular for hippie vibes, Kasol is one of the perfect places in Himachal Pradesh for people who love snowfall, winter trekking, riverside rejuvenating spots and mouth-watering food.

Located on the banks of the River Parvati, Kasol is an ideal place to enjoy the panoramic views of snow-clad mountains and pine forests along the slope of the mountains. It is also treated as the base camp for trekking trails like Kheerganga, Sar Pass, Pin Parvati and Yanker Pass. Known as the ‘Little Greece’ or ‘Amsterdam of India’ or ‘Mini Israel’ this valley is a hub for backpackers and nature lovers who come here to cherish winters with family, friends and partners.

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Snowy landscapes of Himachal Pradesh are one of a kind. The calm and soothing winter holidays in Himachal Pradesh in whose light everything seems delightful- the life, its challenges and the future.

Everyone should visit Himachal Pradesh to experience the bliss of snowfall once in a lifetime. During winters it’s not less than a wonderland from a fantasy world. In its soothing vistas travelers, couples, solo backpackers and families would find enough reserves of strength and bliss to rejuvenate their toil-weary spirits.

Let us ask you one thing- Isn’t it enough to sit and watch snow flurries melting on the ground and think of it as a perfect form of refreshment? Tell us in the comment section of our blog. Let us know your delightful winter holiday experience in Himachal Pradesh. Travelling here is absolutely worth it.

Latest Updates: Fresh Heavy Snowfall in Himachal Pradesh

Fresh Snowfall in Himachal Pradesh

The residents of the northern plains woke up to a foggy and chilly morning on 27th January, Saturday. The latest snowfall in Himachal Pradesh affected several rail operations in the northern region with a minimum temperature of 5.0 degrees Celsius in Delhi. On Sunday, Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 6.0 degrees Celsius in the morning. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has also forecast fresh snowfall in Himachal in the upcoming days.

Snowfall Witnessed in Himachal Pradesh

Light snowfall started on 26th January, Friday which ended with prolonged snowfall in the areas around Himachal Pradesh. According to the reports of the regional meteorological department, snowfall was received at the northern side of Atal Tunnel in Kullu district, Bharmour and Pangi in Chamba district. Snowfall in Manali was also witnessed in the Solang Nala and Rohtang Pass regions. Light to moderate snowfall is very likely to happen over the areas in the upcoming days till February 03.

If one is looking for the best places to experience snowfall In Himachal Pradesh, then visit the nearby areas of Himachal Pradesh which include Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba, Kullu and higher reaches of Mandi, Sirmour, and Shimla districts will be great for travellers and trekkers. Now tourists can also enjoy winter sports and adventure activities like skiing, snowboarding, trekking and other activities in the snow-covered regions of Himachal Pradesh.

Foggy and Colder Days to Continue in the Northern Region

The northern regions are highly expected to witness severe cold day conditions. The northern regions which are very likely to experience colder days are isolated pockets of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Uttar Pradesh. The other regions are also going to expect colder temperatures in the morning because of heavy snowfall in Himachal which includes Uttarakhand, north Madhya Pradesh, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), from January 31 to February 3, the weather conditions will be generally cloudy with light drizzles in the northern areas. From January 29 to 30, the northern cities will witness moderate fog.

What are your thoughts and views on the heavy snowfall in the Himachal region?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What are some of the most popular snow treks to enjoy in Himachal Pradesh?

  • Indrahar Pass
  • Triund
  • Kareri Lake
  • Bijli Mahadev Trek
  • Prashar lake Trek
  • Kasol and Kheerganga Trek
  • Manali Snow Trek
  • Jalori Pass

Q.What are the top snow tourist activities to do in Himachal Pradesh?

  • Skiing
  • Ice Skating
  • Sledging
  • Trekking
  • Snowboarding
  • Mountaineering
  • Snow Scooter Ride

Q.Which is the coldest destination to visit in Himachal Pradesh?

Keylong which is the administrative center of Lahaul and Spiti is the coldest destination in Himachal Pradesh.

Q.What are the top 5 places to experience snowfall in Himachal Pradesh?

  • Shimla
  • Manali
  • Kufri
  • Narkanda
  • Kinnaur

Published: 29 Jan, 2024 | Last Updated: 02 Feb, 2024

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