Winter is the time for luscious white snow. Snow lovers cannot resist visiting Himachal Pradesh, the land of snow, in winters. Visiting Himachal Pradesh to enjoy fresh snow fall and indulge in various winter sports is a dream for all nature lovers. If you want to satiate your thirst for watching the spectacular snow fall and play in soft mushy snow on the face of Himalayas in some enchanting nook, visit Himachal in winters. Snowfall peaks at the end of December and in the month of January. This is the time of the year when almost all the parts of Himachal receive snowfall. The mountain state glistens and dazzles with an iridescent layer of fresh white snows under the mild winter sun. Here goes some places to experience snow in Himachal Pradesh, that you can plan for this coming winters.
Winter months are excellent for visiting the enchanting Mcleodganj, also fondly called Little Lhasa or Dhasa. The added attraction of paragliding opportunities above the snow-laden fields of Himachal make the experience real fun when you can spend a lot of time close to Mother Nature. Trekking up along the mountainous terrain of Triund hills and standing enchanted in front of the milky waterfall at Bhagsu, undergoing a self-realization while spinning the prayer wheels at Kalachakra temple and enjoying the peaceful environment of Tsechokling Gompa – all of these will provide infinite joy and solace. Namgyal Monastery situated within the Tsuglagkhang complex is an abode of rest and peace.
Dalhousie is set against the five enigmatically captivating mountains on the Dhauladhar ranges. The quaint city carries the aura of British Raj of the 1800s. The colonial touch of this beautiful hill station against the scenic landscape is a recommended destination for winter snowfall in Himachal. The charm of Panch Pulla, ride to Khajjiar, architectural glitz of St. John Church which is also one of the oldest churches in Himachal, are all awe-inspiring. The beauty of the snow-capped landscape attracts thousands of tourists every year to Dalhousie during winters. Attempt a trek up Dainkund Peak leading to Pholani Devi Temple or a visit to the blissful Subhash Baoli amidst pine trees and panoramic views for a complete winter experience.
Khajjiar can be easily referred to as the Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh. It offers an uncanny resemblance to the iconic beauty of famous Switzerland. Khajjiar is a beguiling picnic spot and forms one of the primary attraction for the people travelling to Dalhousie. The Khajjiar Lake and Chamera lake add to the charm of this beautiful hill station. Experience the unique snowfall and undaunting beauty of Khaijjiar, the mini Switzerland of India, on the basis of being one among the 160 locations that carry topographical semblance with Switzerland.
The heritage and colonial charm of Shimla, the capital of Himachal, is unparalleled and Shimla is a delight to watch any time of the year. Shimla is replete with natural beauty of green meadows, towering snow clad mountains and thick alpine forest cover. The joyful toy train ride across the hills and valleys of Shimla calls for some exalted moments. Soak the crisp winter sun sitting on the benches of the tree-lined winding secluded roads and breathe some fresh mountain air. Get your eyes riveted on the frozen-topped forested hillsides ebbing away in all directions. Watch the splendour of the frozen white mountain tops.
The climate of Spiti in winter proclaims that snow lovers should definitely take a sojourn across the Spiti Valley in the winter months. October to March sets a perfect mood to experience winter in Spiti. Temperature hovers in and around eight degrees Celsius during the daytime while at night the mercury dips to minus ten degrees. The enchantment of flourishing snowfall envelopes the valley. Enjoy some beautiful snow balls and snow rains amidst the magic of glittering monasteries and thriving Tibetan culture. With trekking across the Kunzum pass, collecting some ancient literature from the Key monastery to clicking some memorable nature shots at the serene Chandratal Lake, Spiti is one of the finest places in Himachal Pradesh to visit in winters.
Triund is located approximately 6.6 kilometres away from the famous hill station of Mcleodganj. It is a small hill situated in the Kangra District in Himachal Pradesh. Triund is famous for being the trekking trail that crosses some undulating mountain terrains. Triund offers a panoramic view of the magnificent Dhauladhar ranges. A fun trek to the Kareri Lake with several rock-cut caves to explore is a befitting winter excursion.
Solang is irresistibly popular as a winter destination of Himachal on account of the plethora of winter activities offered by the valley to the snow lovers! The Solang valley looks stunning when it gets completely snow covered during peak winters and is a popular destination for skiing. Horse rides, paragliding, jeep rides and other fun activities such as snow photo booth, zorbing and photoshoot in traditional Himachali attire are extra attractions. Solang Valley is an alluring destination for all age groups of tourists.
Manali is a very high-altitude picturesque hill town in the northern Himachal Pradesh. It is probably the most popular tourist destination among backpackers and honeymoon couples along with Shimla. Manali is spread serenely on the bank of the Beas river. On account of the thrill offered by the famous winter sports destination of Solang Valley, Manali is a joy to visit in winters. Solang Valley offers skiing. Trekking across the Parvati valley during winter is a thrill unmatched. Another major tourist attraction close to Manali is the Rohtang Pass that connects Kullu Valley with Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh. But Rohtang Pass remains unapproachable during peak winters due to extremely high snowfall. It also offers paragliding and rafting. Zorbing on the green slopes of Solang valley is a sheer delight. Visit to Golden Devi Temple, Manu temple, Sankat Mochan temple and Jakhu temple are all special winter attractions of visiting Manali in December and January.