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Ha! 9 Places In India That Are So Cold That Your Ice-Cream Won't Melt

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Did you know the temprates in India drop so low that you will feel like it's winter forever! 

Ha! 9 Places In India That Are So Cold That Your Ice-Cream Won't Melt:

  1. Dronagiri Hotel, Joshimath (Uttarakhand)
  2. Apple Valley Inn, Lachung (Sikkim)
  3. Treebo Snow View, Kufri (Himachal Pradesh)
  4. Hotel Jorchung, Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)
  5. Bilju Inn Hotel, Munsiyari (Uttarakhand)
  6. Sakya Abode, Lahaul and Spiti (Himachal Pradesh)
  7. Hotel Gakyi Khang Zhang, Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)
  8. Kashmir (Jammu & Kashmir)

1. Hemkund

Hemkund
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The minimum temperature can go well down to -4 °C. The weather remains freezing cold and snow bound till February. The place adorned by a glacial lake, is surrounded by seven snow clad peaks, each bearing a Nishan Sahib. At an astounding altitude of 4,362 m, Hemkund Sahib attracts a great number of tourists every trekking season. It is only accessible during summer as it is totally snow bound during the winter season.

2. Lachen

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From October to February, the place experiences a maximum temperature of around 3 to 4 degrees.

HolidayIQ Traveller Parth Goswamy says that the air in Lachen is thin in. "Take precautionary measures beforehand," he adds.

3. Kufri

Kufri
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Winters (October to March) are chilly days with the average temperature reaching subzero levels. In spite of the extreme climatic conditions, if you are interested in snow-related activities like skiing, visit Kufri during this time. Pack heavy woollens and well-insulated clothes when you visit.

HolidayIQ Traveller Radhika Sharma  says, “The temperature was freezing outside. However, it was a wonderful holiday as we witnessed snowfall.”

4. Leh

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During this season, the mercury level comes down to well below 0°C and the whole area is covered with snow.  The capital of the ancient kingdom of Ladakh, Leh is a very popular tourist destination. As much as it is rich in culture and history, it makes an ideal place to visit in summer in India where a temperature of 7°c is nothing extraordinary. Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Pangong lake and a multitude of other lakes and monasteries make Leh a must visit. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Pathipati advises, “Heavy woollens are a must when you visit Pangong Lake.” HolidayIQ Traveller Niladri Ghosh says, “This is a place, which is beside the Tibet Border. You have to take permission and give your details at the ITBP (Indo-Tibetian Border Police) camp which is on the way. The lake is even more beautiful than Pangong.”

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5. Munsiyari

Munsiyari
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Winter season begins from November and it lasts through mid-March.  The temperature touches sub zero levels during winter and can be expected to plummet to around -3°C. Heavy woollens are a must-pack if you are visiting Munsiyari this winter. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Swastik shares, "Without visiting Munsiyari, your visit to Kumaon can never be completed. Should be listed as one of the must visit places in India. The closest you can get to the Majestic Himalayas as a tourist. The views a jaw droppings, the village is mesmerizing and food is standard.Just go out there and relax, trek, detox and enjoy you time there, because you will seldom have such a combination of nature to enjoy.Advise not to visit Munsiyari directly from Nainital or Kathgodam, because it will be very tiring and hectic. Do the same while returning.Snow remains till end of April, so plan accordingly. Load yourself with all types of Lens since you can be assured of a award winning snap."

6. Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley
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HolidayIQ Traveller Xplorer says, "It's simply another world, close to your world. Another life existence, if you love to explore, see places and meet people. You have to be there. It's an amalgamation of rich culture and existence of civilization in any condition. It's about beautiful landscapes and lovely people. It's about huts which are more comfortable then any luxury resort. It's about home cooked meals and alcohol. If you are explorer, then you must go !"

7. Tawang

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Winters (November to February) are cold and the temperatures can be expected to drop to freezing point. Temperatures range from a minimum of -13 degrees Celsius and can go up to a maximum of around 5 degrees Celsius during this time. January is the coldest month of the year.

8. North Sikkim - Zero point, Yumthang & Lachung

North Sikkim - Zero point, Yumthang & Lachung
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Winters (November to February) are cold and the temperatures can be expected to drop to freezing point. Temperatures range from a minimum of -13 degrees Celsius and can go up to a maximum of around 5 degrees Celsius during this time. January is the coldest month of the year. With temperature dropping to as low as -40°c in the extreme winters, North Sikkim place is one of the coldest places in India. Thick vegetation all the way up till alpine heights before disappearing into Tundra and numerous waterfalls only make it the most picturesque place.

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9. Drass

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Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, records temperature drop down to about -40 degrees Celsius in winters. Drass has an altitude of 3230 m and lies 60 km west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Anup Upadhaya says, “We went to Drass to see the snowfall during winters and the experience was just wonderful.”

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