Every year during the winter season, everyone starts to think about snowfall and, for Delhiites, to witness a new snowfall is like a dream. There are many such tourist destinations within a distance of Delhi-NCR where snowfall begins as early as December arrives.
Experiencing snowfall is such a magical movement for everyone. The snow transforms the hills into a winter wonderland straight out of a fairy tale. Here are some beautiful hill stations near Delhi where you can enjoy this season’s snowfall:
1. Manali | Rohtang Pass
It is one of the most famous and best tourist places among Indians in any season, but during winter when snow covers mountains and trees, it looks more amazing.
Manali is 538 kilometers from Delhi. You can practice adventure sports like skiing, heli-skiing and snowboarding, etc. Rohtang Pass is another tourist destination near Manali, about 51 kilometers from here. If you are planning your trip to visit there then you should book your hotel before going there because during winter all hotel rooms are already booked.
2. Shimla | Kufri | Narkanda
Most popular for admiring snowfall near Delhi. Shimla is only 342 kilometers from Delhi. If you drive with your own vehicle it hardly takes 6-7 hours and public transport takes 8-9 hours. During winter, the road to Shimla Shopping Center is covered with snow where you can go shopping and enjoy delicious food in the restaurants. If you like skiing and ice skating, you must visit Kufri which is only 17 kilometers from Shimla.
Also known as Queen of the Hills, is just 314 kilometers from Delhi among the most popular hill stations in the country. December and January are the coldest months here and in December the temperature can go down to negative but the average temperature this month ranges from 7 ° C to 23 ° C and you can enjoy snowfall here. You would never be disappointed when you visit there for hiking or trekking.
If you want to experience touching the clouds then pack your bags and visit Mcleodganj which is approximately 477 kilometers from Delhi. When white snow invades the city, the view of the valley and the mountains seems more astonishing. If you are planning your trip to Mcleodganj, you should bring a raincoat or an umbrella as you can witness the rain anytime and the hills making it cooler than expected.
5. Note | Dalhousie | Khajjiar
The three places are very close to each other and you can experience all three of them in one day. When you visit Khajjiar, a mini Indian Switzerland, a blanket of snow on both sides of the roads greets you with a great view where you can stop your car and click beautiful pictures and play with your friends and family with the snow. Nature blossoms in all its charm and the roads are covered with green hills with snow-capped caps. Remember to wear winter clothes if you plan to go there.
A small town in Uttarakhand that witnesses a cluster of tourists during winters is a perfect weekend getaway from Delhi and places nearby. Nainital is approximately 304 kilometers from Delhi and is the most popular winter tourist destination among Delhiites. A cable car ride to soak up the beauty of the Himalayan mountains from Snow View Point, a short trip to Nainital is sure to leave an imprint on you.
Narkanda attracts hordes of tourists all year round and is about 60 kilometers from Shimla where you get a nice view of the snow chains. Snowfall occurs in the months of December, January and February here. It’s a great place to spend a weekend playing in the snow. Here you can explore the local market, ski, and visit Hatu Peak. The city remains covered in fluff of white snow and looks surreal during the winter season.
Another closest snow spot is Delhi, about 520 kilometers from the nation’s capital. Known as the ski capital of India, Auli is surrounded by coniferous and oak forests and offers a beautiful landscape of the Nanda Devi and Nar Parvat mountains which gives Auli a pleasant environment.
Another closest snow spot to Delhi is a small village in Uttarakhand, about 408 kilometers away. During winter, snow leaves all over the city turn this place into a wonderland.
Kausani, a small hill station located in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand is approximately 416 kilometers from Delhi. Winters start in Kausani around September and last until February and you can enjoy snowfall in December and January and also enjoy 300km wide panoramic views of some of the highest peaks in the Himalayas like Nanda Devi and Panchachuli.