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White Winter Vacation- 15 Best Places to Visit in India

When God’s luminous day star stops tickling your skin with its hottest vibes, you know, it’s the time for winter to brighten your soul.

It’s time for you to see your breath rise in visible puffs, it’s time for you to see the beautiful migratory birds like Siberian cranes, Amur Falcon, greater Flamingo, blue throat, bar headed goose etc breaking the gloomy silence caused by summer and fill the atmosphere with a renovating warmth.

It’s time for you to see the places decked with glittery snow. You have the chance to sing the white winter hymns in some of the Indian dreamy destinations.

Ideally, you’d witness some people choosing famous tropical places in the country that are far from the cold weather for their family vacation. But for those who prefer to capture the perfect Instagrammable moments with the backdrop of the Himalayan white wonderlands, you’d probably get enticed by the surreal beauty of the northern hilly states in India.

In this blog, we have a list of 15 best winter destinations to visit in India. We are sure that these winter destinations like a delicious dessert will tickle your soul’s taste buds. So, get your backpacks ready and go build a snowman and snow-angel this winter vacation.

15 Best Destinations to Visit in Winters in India

  • Kalpa, Himachal
  • Zuluk, Sikkim
  • Mechuka, Arunachal
  • Sonmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
  • Zanskar Valley, Ladakh
  • Tawang, Arunachal
  • Nelong Valley, Uttarakhand
  • Manali, Himachal
  • Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
  • Khati Village, Uttarakhand
  • Munsiyari, Uttarakhand
  • Pelling, Sikkim
  • Lambasingi, Andhra Pradesh
  • Kotkhai, Himachal
  • Lava, West Bengal

Recommended Winter Destinations Tour Packages

Kalpa – Mighty Mountains of Himachal Pradesh

Kalpa Himachal

The teensy town in Himachal, Kalpa is one of the best places you’d probably want to visit time and again. Located very close to its district headquarters, Reckong Peo, Kalpa can be expected to be dressed in white during the winter season in India. It is one of the best travel destinations for winter vacation in North India.

Since Kalpa is situated at a high altitude, this place becomes fluffier with snow in the months between November and March.

This small town is considered to have the cleanest air in India, and since it is away from all that rush of tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh, it looks no less than a land from the fairytale when it comes to winter.

Top Things to Do in Kalpa

  • Visit religious places like Nag Nagini Temple, Chandika Devi Temple and the Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar Monastery.
  • Kinnaur Kailash, suicide point, Sapini Fort etc are some of the best places for sightseeing in Kalpa.
  • Chaka Trek is the most thrilling trek for adventure lovers.
  • Enjoy the magnificent views of scenic villages like Kothi and Roghi to make your winter holidays the best.

Also Read: Best Places to Explore in Himachal Pradesh

Zuluk – A surprise on the Hairpin Route of Sikkim

Zuluk Sikkim

A small Sikkimese village of Zuluk as unusual the name may sound, the place offers a riveting ambience for winter adventures. It is one of the best winter destinations in India.

Although the roads here may challenge you during winters making it slippery, once you reach your destination, you’ll thank God for creating such a masterpiece.

Basically, this hilltop tourist place is a transit point within the Silk Route offering a sight of the 32 dramatic hairpin turns. Most tourists visit Zuluk to catch a glimpse of it and of course experience a ride on this famous road.

An ideal place to get a panoramic view of the roads and mighty Kanchenjunga is from Thambi viewpoint. Also, this rare destination is home to one of Sikkim’s sacred Kupup lake and Nag Temple which look dreamlike when covered in snow during winter. Zuluk is never disappointing when it comes to the best places to vacation in winters in India with family and friends.

Tourist Attractions in Zuluk

Sightseeing in Zuluk would elevate your winter vacation experience in India to a different level.  Some of the best places to visit in Zuluk are –

  • Thambi View Point
  • Lungthung
  • Nag Temple
  • Tukla Valley
  • Old baba mandir
  • Kalapokhri Lake
  • Nathula Pass

Also Check Out: Sikkim Tourism Information Guide

Mechuka – The forgotten valley of Arunachal Pradesh

Mechuka Arunachal in Winters

Gradually turning into a popular winter tourist destination, Arunachal has a lot of beautiful places to visit, one such destination is Mechuka./

This amiable valley is surrounded by wavering lush greenery for the rest of the year while during the winters, it turns into a surreal destination with snow blanketing everything.

The attraction to visit in Mechuka is the 400-year-old Gumpa also known as the Samtem Yongcha. And since it is situated atop a hilltop, you can get a 360-degree view of the entire valley.

For adventure lovers, you can hire a local guide to take you for a hiking tour to the villages of Singbir, Galling to explore the local lifestyle of the people living in the extremely cold places of Arunachal. There is also a small Gurudwara, a little away from Mechuka.

Top Tourist Attractions to Visit in Mechuka

  • Samten Yongcha – Beautiful and mystical Buddhist Monastery
  • Gurunanak Taposthan- Spiritual Bliss
  • Hanuman Camp – Amazing naturally carved image of Lord Hanuman
  • Dorjeeling Village- Scenic landscapes and small hermitage
  • Along – Top rated place for adventure activities in Mechuka
  • Darka Village – Scenic landscapes and lush greenery of forests all around.

Also Read: Best Snowfall Tourist Destinations in India

Sonmarg – Kashmir’s very own winter Paradise

Sonamarg Kashmir in Winter

Sonamarg or Sonmarg is extremely scenic during winters, think of the movie the Chronicles of Narnia, yes…that pretty. It’s be a shame if you didn’t visit this famous destination that displays the wide wavering ranges of the Himalayan snow-clad peaks.

And if an endurance traveler you say you are, drive on the roads towards Sonamarg during winters, it can get pretty slippery but the picturesque surroundings can really take your breath away.

It is a perfect destination to visit with family. Though the heavy snow can make your trek slow to the nearby destinations, you may be able to trek (3km) to the frozen lake of Vishansar. Basically, it can be considered a day trip to explore the scenic mountains, a frozen lake and just be there in the moment.

Top Things to Do in Sonmarg

  • Trekking is the best thing to do in Sonmarg. Nichnai Pass, Sirbal Peak, Machoi Peak, Amarnath Peak are some of the best places for trekking.
  • A beautiful day amidst the beautiful Satsar Lake. Also don’t forget to visit Gadsar Lake and Gangabal Lake.
  • A hub of lakes, glaciers and passes – Thajiwas Glacier
  • Zoji-la Pass- Dangerous yet thrilling mountain pass you must visit.
  • Yusmarg – disappear in secluded serenity.

Also Check Out:  Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Information

Zanskar Valley- It is where adventure gets its definition

Zanskar-Valley in Winter

Looking for an adventure of a lifetime? Visit Zanskar for some winter action amid the snow-coated mountains and frozen lakes.

This fabulous destination is one of the best winter tourist places to visit in India. There are so many things to do in Zanskar Valley besides visiting the beautiful Buddhist monasteries.  Trekking is the best thing to do here in winter and it is ventured by both domestic and international tourists who make reservations for the famed Chadar trek in advance.

Ideally, Chadar Trek can only be done in the chilly winter months, it passes over Zanskar River which remains stone-cold frozen, from a teensy village of Chilling.

Zanskar trek is also a famous trek in Ladakh where wildlife enthusiasts may catch a glimpse of snow leopards.

Top Tourist Attractions in Zanskar Valley

  • Nimu – Best hill views and river rafting
  • Sani Gompa- Embrace the divine
  • Drang Drung Glacier- Largest glacier in Ladakh
  • Zangla- Offbeat destination
  • Phuktal Monastery- Place for self-introspection
  • Zongkhul- Meditate amidst the serenity
  • Panikhar-Best place for adventure lovers

Also Read: Best Places to Visit in Ladakh

Tawang – A place that transports you to a land of your dreams

Tawang in Winter

Somewhere around 3048-metre-high, this paradise-like destination of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh offers a spirit-lifting ambience. It is considered as one of the top winter holiday destinations in India. It may be one of the coldest places in India but everybody wants an experience of it.

Here, one can witness the mash of Indian and Chinese influenced surroundings and of course the Buddhist monasteries that appear to look even more appealing during winters.

The major attraction in Tawang is probably the second largest Buddhist monastery in the world, which looks incredibly gorgeous in the winter season. And a sight not to miss is the 8 m tall statue of Sakyamuni Buddha located inside the monastery.

The Sela Pass Trek from Tawang is widely anticipated by adventurers throughout the year, especially during the winters. It’s fascinating to witness the Sela Lake completely frozen during the month of January and the views from the past are just bewildering, overlooking the mountaintops.

Top Tourist Attractions in Tawang

  • Tibetan settlement market – Great place for souvenirs
  • Thingbu Hot Spring- Rejuvenate your spirit
  • Gyangong Ani Gompa- Embrace Peace
  • Narurang Falls- Cascading waterfalls
  • Bumla Pass- Frozen beauty
  • Gorichen Peak- Trekking Paradise
  • Tawang Monastery- Dive deep into the divine vibes
  • Nagula Lake- Mountains, Greenery and Bliss

Also Check Out: Arunachal Pradesh Tourism Packages

Nelong Valley- A hidden treasure chest in Uttarakhand for thrill seekers

Nelong Valley Uttarakhand

The winters in Nelong Valley can be harsh and difficult but guess what, no one can stop the endurance travelers, can they?

This almost offbeat destination in Uttarakhand falls under the Gangotri National Park and it is rather famous for the bone-rattling bridge attached to the walls of the mountain some 3666 m above the mean sea level.

Other factors that make Nelong a must visit place is for having a resemblance of the climate and landscape of that of Ladakh and it is a treat for the wildlife and landscape lover as it provides a 360-degree view of the Tibetan plateau and some endangered wildlife species like bharal, snow leopard, musk deer and the Himalayan blue sheep.

Also Read: Best Places to Visit During Winters in Uttarakhand

Manali -Cliched but still an unbeatable winter destination in Himachal Pradesh

Manali Snow Winter

It may not need any introduction because it’s Manali after all, the favorite place for holidayers as well as winter lovers in India. It is also a very famous backpacking and honeymoon destination in India.

This destination receives heavy footfall all year round especially during winters because it offers a myriad of adventure activities to be done on snow. It is a very popular winter destination of North India.

The things you can probably get your hands on are skiing, snowboarding, and sledging. The winter months also give an opportunity to witness the culture of Manali in its Winter Carnival.

It is held every February offering delicious Himachali cuisine, folk dances, plays and lots of music to the visitors.

If you are willing to do something out of the ordinary, try heli-skiing that requires you to jump from a helicopter sliding straight down on a snowy slope. Besides, a visit to Marhi in winters will certainly bowl you over.

Top Tourist Attractions in Manali are –

  • Hadimba Temple– Seek holy blessings
  • Tibetan Monasteries– Divine Peace
  • Manu Temple – Dedicated to God Manu
  • Jogini Falls- Relax in the lap of nature
  • Van Vihar– For lovely evenings and boating
  • Rohtang Pass– Picturesque views
  • Great Himalayan National Park– Enchanting Flora and Fauna
  • Tosh- Enjoy Tosh– Kasol Trek
  • Mall Road- For quality time with family and friends
  • Old Manali– Cafes and hotels

Also Check Out: Kullu Manali Tourism Guide

Gulmarg- The one and only Winter sports capital in Kashmir

Gulmarg Winter Snow

Kashmir can be an irresistibly good destination to plan a holiday during winters and one of the popular hill stations is Gulmarg, which is looked up to.

It is an ideal and rejuvenating weekend destination that treasures luxurious high-end resorts and amazing winter sports.

In Gulmarg, you will be offered a plethora of sports and one that will surely be available is skiing. A cable car ride is another major attraction in Gulmarg, as it is truly an incredible experience getting a panoramic view of the surroundings.

Hot air ballooning is also an added bonus during your Gulmarg tour. and similar to Manali, you can also find heli-skiing options here as well.

Top Tourist Attraction in Gulmarg

  • Strawberry Field- You will love Fresh Strawberries
  • Gulmarg Golf Course- Place for Golf Lovers
  • Baba Reshi Shrine- Abode of the divine
  • Imambara Goom- Sacred and serene
  • Seven Springs- Seven water outlets
  • Khilanmarg- Spot for Nature Lovers
  • Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve- heaven for wildlife lovers

Also Check Out: Gulmarg Tour Packages

Khati Village: Last inhabited village in Uttarakhand and a perfect place to find solace

Khati Village Uttarakhand

Need an offbeat winter holiday? Visit one of the least travelled yet beautiful destinations in Uttarakhand, Khati Village. Ideal for peace and solitude lovers, it is accessible only through a trek via Dhakuri Pass.

In fact, it is the last inhabited village that can be traversed while trekking to Pindari Glacier in the Kumaon Region. The winter vibe of the trek is all about the snow-covered trails with tiny winter flowers and forests covered with sun rays, offering a picture-perfect setting.

Besides, the stone houses of the village simply add charm to it. If you are looking for a visit to Khati, go for Pindari Glacier or Sunderdhunga Glacier Valley trek that will pass through dramatic mountain slopes and lush forests covered in snow. It is the best place for a peaceful holiday with family and friends during winter in India.

Also Read: Best Snowfall Tourist Destinations in Uttarakhand

Munsiyari – Perfect place for a solitary stay amid snow and nature

Munsiyari- Panchachuli Peak View from Munsiyari

The charm Munsiyari in Uttarakhand offers is beyond words; visit and you’ll find out. It offers pleasant weather year-round but the winter months are simply bewitching – thick layer of snow, perfect to build castles and snowmen.

Like any other hill stations, Munsiyari too is filled with many things for adventure and trekking lovers. There may not be winter trekking options to high altitude places like Namik Glacier but there may be a few available short treks options to Thamri Kund. It is a 3 km trek from Ganesh Temple after you drive 7 km from Munsiyari.

A trek to this freshwater lake is quite easy and for wildlife enthusiasts, you can also encounter musk deer.

Some of the Best Places to Visit in Munsiyari are-

  • Goriganga River- Pristine beauty
  • Namik Glacier- Beautiful remote glacier
  • Birthi Falls- Beauty amidst dense forests
  • Mad kot – Verdant landscapes, hot springs, rich flora and fauna

Also Read: Best Hill Stations to Visit in Uttarakhand

Pelling – Sikkim’s ultimate trekking and backpacking Paradise

Pelling- Snowcapped Mountains

The closest view you can get of the Kanchenjunga is from the major tourist places of Pelling unless you’re going to the Kanchenjunga National Park. But if you’re visiting Pelling during winters you can expect a different ambience. It’s one of the most sought-after winter vacation destinations in India.

The winter trekking routes remain open offering different trail guides to some of the popular attractions. Village tours are mainly opted by travellers to Yuksom which requires you to traverse the milky falls of Kanchenjunga.

Also, visits to some of the grand monasteries in Sikkim like Sangachoeling and Pemayangtse are not to be missed.

Since it is quite close to Dzongri, a lot of adventure seeking travellers visit Pelling before going to the base camp situated in Yuksom.

Note: Khangchendzonga Festival falls during December making it a great excuse to visit Pelling.

Top Things to Do in Pelling

  • Pelling Skywalk- Walk on Glass floor and enjoy scenic views
  • Sewaro Rock Garden – Best for picnic with family and friends
  • Rural Artisan Marketing Centre, Rinchenpong Bazaar and Bermiok Bazaar, are the best places for shopping in Pelling.
  • Kanchenjunga National Park– Enjoy th exotic wildlife
  • Rabdentse Ruins– Visit the ancient capital of Sikkimese Kings
  • Khecheopalri Lake- Make a wish

Recommended Pelling Sikkim Tour Packages

Lambasingi- White bliss of South India

Lambasingi Andhra Pradesh

Travelling to Lambasingi during winter holidays would be worth your time. It is one of the best places to visit for winter vacation in South India.

The most interesting fact about Lambasingi is that it is the only destination in South India which receives snowfall. Its uniqueness makes this place one of the must visit destinations for your winter vacation.

Lush green forests of Eastern Ghats, tea and coffee plantations, scenic views of countryside and the simple lifestyle of the local people are some of the delightful sights to behold.

Lambasingi is far away from the chaos of the world. An evening stroll in the verdant orchards and farms, views of misty mornings, enchanting forest trails and amazing waterfalls makes Lambasingi one of the best places for honeymooners, backpackers and solo travellers.

Top Attractions to Visit in Lambasingi are:

  • Thajangi Reservoir- Perfect haunt for photographers and nature lovers.
  • Kothapalli Waterfalls – Cool weather and soothing cascading waterfalls
  • Susan Garden- Spend your evenings here
  • KondaKarla Bird Sanctuary- Be ready! Bird Lovers
  • Annavaram Temple- Seek the blessings of Divine
  • Yerravaram Waterfalls- Relax and merge with the nature

Also Read: Best Hill Stations to Visit in South India

Kotkhai – Artist’s Canvas

Kotkhai Himachal

Kotkhai is a beautiful town of Shimla District. In this little town, beauty is at its peak to lure the tourists to spend their winter vacation. Kotkhai is derived from two words. Kot means ‘Palace’ and Khai means ‘Cliff’.

This place is an ideal destination to spend some quality time with your loved ones and family due to its serene surroundings and delight inducing tourist attractions.

You will see beautiful apple orchards, verdant forests, temples, and some beautiful picnic spots to make beautiful memories with your family this winter.

Top Tourist Attractions in Kotkhai are

  • Kiala Forest– Blend with the nature
  • Lanka Veer Temple- Drink divine drops of spirituality
  • Kotkhai Palace- See the beautiful Gir Ganga and Tibetan Grandeur
  • Mahamai Temple– Dedicated to goddess Laxmi
  • Nara Ghati- Time to take scenic views through lens

Also Read:  10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla Himachal

Lava – West Bengal’s Hidden Gem

Lava-West-Bengal

Have you ever heard about this small offbeat destination called Lava which is situated in Kalimpong district of West Bengal? No? You should definitely visit this place for winter holidays. If you don’t visit the place then you will miss out on something very beautiful.

It is one of the most offbeat winter destinations in India. What you will see here is the majestic misty Himalayan mountains, rustic villages and enchanting forests all around.

It is also the best place for trekking and wildlife exploration. You can trek to Neora valley, Rachela and Gumbadara to refresh your mind. The most popular tourist attraction here is Sherpa ViewPoint which will show you the fascinating views of snow-clad mountains of Bhutan and Tibet.

Top Tourist attractions in Lava are:

  • Lolegaon- Rejuvenate your toil weary soul in this nature’s paradise
  • Canopy Walk- Enjoy the fun of hanging bridges amidst fir, oak, birch and cypress forests.
  • Neora National Park- Make some wild friends
  • Rishop- Scenic views of Kanchenjunga, Nathula and Jelep-la Passes.
  • Lava Monastery – Seek divine grace

Also Read: Popular Hill Stations in West Bengal

While some readers are still picturizing, the places mentioned in the blog, you can make plans to any of these 15 destinations to have a white winter vacation in India. You can plan a tour with us because we offer the best packages and travel itinerary to make your holiday the best. Simply dial +91-9212777224/25 or send us an email to info@tourmyindia.com with your budget and available days and we’ll get back to you in no time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.Where to see snow in India during the winter season?

You can plan a trip to Kalpa, Zuluk, Sonamarg/Sonmarg, Zanskar Valley, Tawang, Manali, Gulmarg to see snow in India during the winter season.

Q.Which are the best places to visit in Northeast India during the winters?

Pelling, Zuluk, Mechuka and Tawang are the best places to visit in Northeast India during the winter season.

Q.What are the top places for enjoying winter vacation in Uttarakhand?

Nelong Valley, Khati Village and Munsiyari are the best places you can visit in Uttarakhand during the winter season.

Q.Where to see snow in Himachal Pradesh during the winter holidays?

Kalpa and Manali are the best places in Himachal Pradesh to see snow during the winter holidays.

Q.What are the best winter getaways in India for couples?

The best winter destinations in India for couples include Kalpa, Sonmarg, Manali, Gulmarg, Munsiyari and Pelling.

Q.What are the best destinations in India for a family vacation during winter?

The best destinations in India for a family vacation during the winter season are Manali, Sonmarg and Gulmarg.

Q.Which places in India are best for a honeymoon during the winter season?

Manali, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Munsiyari, Tawang and Pelling are the best honeymoon destinations in India to visit during the winter season.

Q.Which places offer the best scope for adventure activities in Winters in India?

There are many destinations in India adventure activities to be enjoyed during the winter season in India. Some of them include Manali, Munsiyari, Gulmarg, Zanskar Valley and Tawang.

Q.What are the best places to visit in North India during the winter?

Kalpa, Songmarg, Gulmarg, Nelong Valley, Manali and Munsiyari are some of the best places to visit in North India during the winter season.

Q.What are the best places to visit in December winter season in India?

The best places in India to visit in the month of December are Pelling, Manali, Kalpa and Gulmarg.

Published: 15 Jul, 2021

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Abhishek Gurung

Abhishek Gurung is a writer whose passion for food and travel is an unending affair. He likes going on treks and camping in the woods, loves exploring forts and architecture, he is a cycle enthusiast who likes to contribute something to the environment, travel photography and videography is another interest as he sees life in a cinematic point of view. He likes the idea of living in offbeat destination where the mode of communication is to interact with each other. Coming from Nagaland, he has visited some beautiful valleys and remote villages and appreciates nature as it is and as it should be.