Must Visit Hill Stations in India with Snowfall

If you thought Shimla and Manali are the only destinations in India with stunning snowfalls, it's time you read this article on top hill stations in India with snowfall.

The fairy-taleish winter wonderlands make perfect backdrops for honeymoons as well as vacations with friends and family. Read more on the breathtaking hill stations in India that will give you a beautiful snowfall experience here and enter the first stage of planning the awesome vacation.

1. Gulmarg

Gulmarg - hill stations in India with Snowfall

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Undoubtedly, Gulmarg is the best place in India to see snowfall which explains the bountiful tourists flocking here in January & February. Gulmarg is easily accessible from Srinagar. The icy winds, the burgeoning varieties of flowers and the captivating backdrop of the snow clad mountains are sure to make you fall in love with this place. The world’s second highest cable car ride Gulmarg Gondola is an absolute not miss.

2. Auli

If there is something like a Winter Wonderland in India, Auli is sure to take the credit as it boasts of rustic cottages, greens and a vast expanse of snow giving it a feel of the Swiss Alps. Auli is situated in the Garhwal Himalayan range in Uttarakhand.  It boasts of skiing slopes as high as 2500 to 3000 meters high. Tons of tourists flock to Auli for the snow based adventure sports here. Auli most definitely is one of the best places to see snowfalls in India.

3. Pahalgam

Pahalgam - the famous place in India with Snowfall

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Located at the height of 2730 meters above sea level Pahalgam is a splendid hill station in India with snowfall. The rays of the winter early morning sun falling on the snow capped mountains and the tranquil atmosphere while you (literally) chill with a hot cuppa, that’s where inner peace is in abundance right? The nearby tourist spots include the Sheshnag lake, Mamkeshwar Temple, Baisaran which is beautiful green valley straight out of a Yashraj film. Can you hear the valleys calling out to you in Lataji’s crooning voice?

4. Kufri

‘Kufri’ got its name from the word ‘kufr’ which means lake in the local language. This pretty little place looks like a dreamland during winters. This popular spot well known for skiing amongst travelers is also blessed with a generous amount of natural beauty. The tall deodars and pine trees that line the divine snow and the serene lake mesmerizes all the five senses. Undoubtedly one of the amazing snow places in India.

5. Nainital

Nainital - the best hill station in India

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Located just 274 Kms away from the capital city, Nainital is a wonderful piece of heaven that fell on earth ages ago. The place got its name from a splendid Naina Lake and the glorious peak of Nanda Devi. It is located at an elevation of roughly 2,000 meters. The best time to visit Naintal is during the month of December and January. Nainital is also believed to be of religious importance to Hindus as it is one of the 64 Shakti Peeths. The latest attraction in Nainital is the Eco Garden. It can easily be called as the best hill station in India.

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6. Mussoorie

Mussoorie is a spectacular hill station situated at an altitude of 1,880 meters in the Dehradun district at the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges. The hill station offers panaromic views of the lush greens, variety of flora & fauns, the breathtaking Doon valley and the Shiwalik ranges.  Based on the magnificence of the views it offers, Mussoorie is fondly known as the 'Queen of the Himalayas'. The name of this hill stations has actually been derived from the name of the shrub ‘mansoor’ which is abundantly available here.

Some of the top tourist spots here include the ropeway on the Gun Hill, Camel’s back rock, Jharipani Falls and Cloud’s end.

7. Dalhousie

Dalhousie - for enjoying snowfall in Summer

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This beauty is one of the most popular hill station in India that is situated at an altitude of 1828 meters that extends even higher, covering 5 hills. It is surrounded by mesmerizing scenery on all sides with snow-capped mountains, lush greens, beautiful meadows and pristine waters including lakes and natural springs. The hill station is also home to many Victorian style mansions. The best time to visit this lovely hill station is between May to September. It is one of the hill stations in india with snowfall in summer.

 The best places to visit near Dalhousie include Khajjar, Panchpula & Chamera Lake.

8. Darjeeling

The natural beauty including fresh air, the pleasant weather and the gorgeous greens of the tea estates make Darjeeling an extremely alluring destination. This hill station became popular during the early 19th century when the viceroys would move their base here to escape from the Indian summers. The beautiful sunset behind the snowcapped mountains, especially the Tiger Hill is an absolutely stunning sight. The vibrant monasteries are a definite must visit as well. Don’t forget to enjoy the joyride on the famous 'Darjeeling Himalayan Rail' ( and loudly sing ‘kasto maja hai rail ma’ song from Parineeta) Darjeeling being situated at an altitude of 2,050 meters above sea level boasts of an amazing climate throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Darjeeling is between April to June.

9. Dhanaulti


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If white is your favourite colour you are surely in for a treat in Dhanaulti as the expanse of the snow is so vast that everything turns sparkling white here. The snow covered moutains, trees and the sparkling snow make Dhanaulti even more appealing. The onset of snow opens door for various recreational activities including snowboarding, mountain biking, snow fighting, etc. From luxurious resorts to adventure sports to scenic panaromas, Dhaulti has it all. Although Srinagar is the coldest hill station in India, Dhaunaulti also feels very cold during winter.

10. Lambasingi

This place in South India tucked away at an altitude of 2,600 meters, is a complete shocker. Throughout the year the temperatures here range between 0 10 degree Celsius earning this quaint hamlet the sobriquet ‘Kashmir of Andhra’. This beautiful hamlet was unknown till the recent past that has helped retain the natural beauty of this place including dense forests, mist, waterfalls and beautiful temples. The best time to visit Lambasingi is during December and January as mostly there is snowfall in India in December. The best spots to visit Coffee & Pepper plantations, Hope Island, Araku Valley, Bojjanakonda and Simachalam

Brrrr I am already feeling very cold but I simply can’t wait to go to all of these places, can you?

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