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January is when you can catch fresh snowfall in India at many places

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January is when you can catch fresh snowfall at many places. HolidayIQ Travellers pick the best.

Best places to catch snowfall in January:

  1. Auli, Uttarakhand
  2. Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir
  3. Drass, Jammu & Kashmir
  4. Gurudongmar Lake, Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir
  5. Hemkund, Uttarakhand
  6. Kufri, Himachal Pradesh
  7. Ladakh (Leh), Jammu & Kashmir
  8. Munsiyari, Uttarakhand
  9. Sela Pass, Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
  10. Lachen, Sikkim

January is when you can catch fresh snowfall in India at many places:

  1. Auli (Uttarakhand)
  2. Gulmarg (Jammu & Kashmir)
  3. Drass, Kashmir (Jammu & Kashmir)
  4. Gurudongmar (Sikkim)
  5. Hemkund (Uttarakhand)
  6. Kufri (Himachal Pradesh)
  7. Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)
  8. Munsiyari (Uttarakhand)
  9. Sela Pass, Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)
  10. Lachen (Sikkim)

1. Auli

Aulisource: wikimedia

One of the prime winter adventure sports destinations in the country, Auli is a place you shouldn't miss this season. 

HolidayIQ Traveler Siddhartha Mohta says, “Auli certainly provides the best skiing and snowboarding experience in India. Nestled between beautiful Nanda Devi, it gives an amazing 270-degree view. This place is kind of remote, but all efforts to reach the place is worth it. Prices are a bit on the higher side, but considering its remoteness, I have no complaints. One can see a lot of folks from defence here. Apart from skiing, one can go for beautiful treks. In February the temp reached -10 and it was a real good experience. A highly recommended place for travel enthusiasts.”

2. Gulmarg

Gulmargsource: wikimedia

Situated at at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level, it is surrounded by forested hills and meadows, snow-capped peaks, deep ravines and  valleys. The scenic beauty of this place has made it a popular filmng location for many Bolywood movies.

HolidayIQ Traveller Palak says, "Have you ever seen heaven? Yes.. I have seen a glimpse, in my journey to Gulmarg. Before reaching the the cliff, its all green and water. But after reaching to 13, 000 ft. Approx, it is pure white. Yes, it was the first time I have experienced pure white snow."

3. Drass

Drasssource: wordpress.com

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.”

4. Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lakesource: flickr

The lake remains frozen in winters and is an absolute spectacle.

HolidayIQ Traveller Ankit says, "The place is holy and gives a breathtaking view with lake frozen into snow. The place has less oxygen, so its difficult to stay for more than an hour. To reach the place, we have to halt in Lachen for night. The travelling from Gangtok is bit hectic but with superb views on the way.


5. Hemkund

Hemkundsource: flickr.com

The minimum temperature can go well down to -4 °C. The weather remains freezing cold and snow bound till February. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Amit says, "The only way to get here is a 2-day trek. A fairly rigourous trek. A trek that is undertaken by both adventurers seeking the beauty of the Hem-Kund - a high altitude lake - and pious Sikhs seeking to visit the meditation spot of one of their key saints. 

6. Kufri

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Winters 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.”

7. Leh

Lehsource: bhp.com

During this season, the mercury level comes down to well below 0°C and the whole area is covered with snow. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Pathipati advises, “Heavy woollens are a must when you visit Pangong Lake.”

8. Munsiyari

Munsiyarisource: euttaranchal.com

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. 


9. Sela Pass

Sela Passsource: wikimedia

It is believed that the place has derived its name from one of the oldest and largest Buddhist monasteries in India, Tawang Monastery. Perched on the edge of the ridge along the western part of this destination, Tawang Monastery is an important learning centre.

HolidayIQ Traveller Rahul says, "I visited the beautiful valley in winters. This place is actually a hidden paradise. Picture perfect, beautiful & the nature has bestowed this place something exceptional. And above all Indian Army & BRO is always there for any kind of help. Places like Tawang Monastery & PTSO lake are must visit among others."

10. Lachen

Lachensource: wikimedia

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.

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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