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Catch the Snowfall at These 10 Tourist Places in Uttarakhand

Some call them tears of heaven, others, tears of joy. They descend graciously from above and settle elegantly on things below. Snowfall extracts emotions deep within you. You laugh, dance, jump, celebrate, and think. It was as if we were being sprinkled by the heavens above. It’s so real and lively, that the word magical loses its meaning. And, some places in India are blessed with these magical snowfall moments in winter that people love to visit to cherish the moments with their dear ones. Uttarakhand is one of these tourist destinations in India where you can catch snowfall during the winter.

The landscape is given a complete makeover, turning to pure white, in several places. Snow settles on the railings, on huts and homes in villages and towns, on vehicles, lampposts, trees, people: on everything! The crunchy sound as you walk on it is delightful and enticing. These moments undeniably make Uttarakhand on top of the list of the best places to experience snowfall in India. Here, we’re going to tell you the 10 best snowfall destinations in Uttarakhand. Take a look, you might want to plan a trip to them soon in 2024!

At these 10 places in Uttarakhand, you can catch snowfall during winter

Name of the Snow Tourist Places Approx Distance from Delhi
Mussoorie 273 km
Auli 505 km
Chopta Tungnath 425 km
Nainital 315 km
Ranikhet 370 km
Dhanaulti 276 km
Auli Bugyal 522 km
Dayara Bugyal 471 km
Khirsu 395 km
Munsiyari 628 km

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Latest Snowfall Update in Uttarakhand – After a long wait, the tourist places of Uttarakhand receive their first snowfall of the season in the Harshil, Chakrata and Surkanda areas of Tehri including Chardham Temples – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The residents of the northern plains witnessed a change in the weather on 31st January, Wednesday. The change in the weather pattern is seen due to western disturbances. The latest snowfall in Uttarakhand will bring a surge in Uttarakhand tourism.


Snowfall in Mussoorie

There are many things which make Mussoorie a famous hill station in Uttarakhand. Cable car rides, Kempty Falls, Landour Bazaar and Mall Road are popular tourist places.

To catch the snowfall though, visit it between mid-December to mid-February. Strolling on the Mall Road & enjoying ice skating at Jaypee Resort’s Rink are top activities during winters.

When to visit it?

Mid December to Mid February

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Snowfall in Auli

Auli is the prime attraction of winter tourism in Uttarakhand. It’s the top skiing destination in India during the winters, when it’s slopes are blanketed with snow.

Go skiing, snowboarding, enjoy the longest cable car ride & views of Nanda Devi.

When to visit it?

January to February

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Check out:  Auli Tourism Information

Chopta Tungnath

Chopta Snow Covered Tungnath Temple

Chopta is amongst the coldest places in Uttarakhand, with temperatures falling as low as 10°C. You find snow settled everywhere, from the trees to the meadow. Trekking to Tungnath Temple, the highest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in India, can be done.

A little further ahead lies Tungnath, which treats you to views of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Bandarpoonch & other Himalayan peaks. You can also spot the Monal, the state bird of Uttarakhand, during the trek.

When should I visit?

November to March

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Check out: Chopta Valley Tourism Information


Nainital Snowfall Destination

Visiting Nainital, the famous hill station in Uttarakhand during winters, is exciting. There are so many things to do & see. Enjoy a cable car ride to Snow View Point, shop for woollens in Mall Road, go boating on Naini Lake & enjoy a winter staycation. Two famous festivals: Nainital Winter Carnival & Uttarani, are also celebrated during this time.

When should I visit?

  • Late December to early January.

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Check out: Nainital Tourism Information


Snowfall in Ranikhet

Ranikhet is a safe bet if you’re looking for snowfall in February in Uttarakhand. Its beauty gets a makeover during the winters, with snow embracing everything.

You can go sightseeing at Golf Course, Rani Jheel, Mankameshwar Temple or Tarikhet Village. The reason behind visiting it during winters is less crowds & spectacular views all around.

When should I visit?

Late January to February

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Check out: Best Places to Visit & Things to Do in Ranikhet


Snowfall in Dhanaulti

Dhanaulti is a famous tourist destination in Uttarakhand, and enjoys a close proximity to Delhi. For Delhiites, it is the go to hill station, since it’s so close. It also receives heavy snowfall in winters, making it a top winter destination.

During winters, the forests of deodars, oaks & rhododendrons stand in stark contrast to the whiteness everywhere. Two places that you can visit are Surkanda Devi Temple & Dhanaulti Adventure Park.

When should I visit?

December to February

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Auli Bugyal

Auli Gorson Bugyal in Winter

An offbeat yet popular place to enjoy a thrilling adventurous trek through a path covered by snow all around, Auli Bugyal is also known as Gurso Bugyal or Gorson Bugyal.

Perched at a height of 3,056 metres and 1.5 kilometres from the Auli Ropeway’s last stoppage, Auli Bugyal is located in the Garhwal region. You can see the picturesque views of snow-covered Himalayan peaks like Kamet, Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat, Dunagiri, Nar Parvat and Hathi Ghodi from Auli Bugyal.

When should I visit?

December to March

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Dayara Bugyal

Dayara Bugyal in Winter

Situated at a height of 3,048 metres, Dayara Bugyal is a meadow that turns into a snow-covered winter wonderland from where you can gaze upon the mesmerising views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

It is one of the famous skiing destinations in Uttarakhand. People also love to explore this place for camping and exploring nearby village tourism. However, you can also trek here amidst the purest form of nature.

When should I visit?

January and February

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Snowfall in Munsiyari

One of the best spots for winter trekking, Munsiyari is located in the Pithoragarh District in Uttarakhand. It attracts snowfall lovers from all across the country in winter from December to February.

Darkot, Birthi Fall, Thamri Kund, Madkot and Maheshwari Kund are some of the popular places which make Munsiyari a famous winter destination.

When should I visit?

Last-December to mid-January

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One of the amazing hill stations to cherish the moments of snowfall, Khirsu is home to several ancient temples and plenty of apple orchards.

It is also popular as a paradise for birdwatchers and trekkers who love to travel a path covered by tall oaks, pines and old deodar trees. You will love to see a 180-degree view of the snowy Himalayan peaks and visit the old temple of Ghandiyal Devta while exploring this place.

When should I visit?

December and January

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Snowfall Witnessed in Uttarakhand Hilly Areas

People’s faces are lit up due to very heavy snowfall in Uttarakhand Hills but at the same time, there is a possibility of heavy rain and snowfall from 1st February to 4th February in the high altitude areas of the state. For this, an orange alert has been issued by the Meteorological Center of India.

Fresh snowfall in Uttarakhand is witnessed in Chardhams and tourist places around the region. The weather changed and snowfall started on 31st January, Wednesday which ended with prolonged snowfall yet the low lying areas are still waiting for rain as the weather is cloudy. The temperature has dropped due to intermittent rain and snowfall which led to severe cold conditions.

Snowy and Colder Days to Continue in the Uttarakhand Hills

The northern regions of Uttarakhand are highly expected to witness severe cold day conditions leading to snowfall in the higher altitude regions. A large number of tourists is expected. Tourism traders are quite happy to receive tourists after a long period of dry weather.

If one is looking for the best snowfall places, then visit these areas of Uttarakhand which include Harshil, Chakrata and Surkanda areas of Tehri, Chamoli district, Hemkund Sahib, Valley of Flowers including the Char Dhams naming Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The faces of tourism businessmen have also brightened due to heavy and fresh snowfall in Auli. At the same time, the local farmers and gardeners got relief from the snowfall as they would get rid of the dry season. Several other regions of the Uttarakhand state also caught a captivating sight of heavy snowfall. People living near the river bank are receiving strong cold winds.

What are your thoughts and views on the heavy snowfall in the Uttarakhand Hills?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.Which places in Uttarakhand are suitable for families during winters?

Some of the places in Uttarakhand which are suitable for families during winters are Auli, Chopta, Dhanaulti and Mussoorie.

Q.What are the top places in Uttarakhand which receive snowfall?

Some places in Uttarakhand which receive snowfall are Mussoorie, Auli, Chopta, Dhanaulti and Ranikhet.

Published: 01 Feb, 2024 | Last Updated: 07 Feb, 2024

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Vishwajit Sharma

Writing, for me, is an artistic expression of the countless thoughts flooding my mind. For now, travel content writing is what keeps me going! In my spare time, I like nothing better than immersing myself in a book, along with a cuppa! A classic movie helps too! I define traveling as a process of self-discovery. Hailing from Darjeeling, my ultimate desire is to escape to the hills, with the mountain air and solitude as my constant companions!