Posted 14 December 2022
Himachal Pradesh has one of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire country. With snow-capped mountains, lush green forest, quaint villages and serene rivers, Himachal Pradesh is a major tourist destination every season. Located amidst the majestic Himalayas in the North, Himachal Pradesh attracts nature lovers, photographers, trekkers, adventure enthusiasts and people who just want to spend some time in serenity avoiding the chaos of city life.
Himachal is not just known for its greenery, but snow too. Tourists visit the state in the winter season to experience snowfall. A large number of tourists flock to Himachal Pradesh, for this reason, every year. While the temperatures drop to minus degrees Celsius, it does not stop the tourists from enjoying themselves in the snow in Himachal Pradesh.
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Here’re the places to visit in Himachal Pradesh to experience snow -
Manali is synonymous with snow, nature and vacation. Manali is every mountain lover's paradise with hilly slopes, charismatic views, beautiful cottages, hypnotic waterfalls and a spell-binding ambience. Nestled in the lap of nature on the banks of the Beas River, Manali is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh with a view of the Himalayas. The beautiful town holds a status as a honeymoon destination and a favourite among backpackers. The freshness of its pines and the enduring fragrance of the place will make it hard for you to end your vacation.
The best time to experience snow in Manali is from October to February. Tourists can witness fresh snow in January.
Solang Valley is the perfect destination for all the snow and adventurous activities like paragliding, skiing and gondola rides. Tucked away between Solang Village and Beas Kund, Solang Valley is situated 13 km from Manali. It is popular for its breathtaking glimpses of the snow-capped mountains and glaciers.
Solang Valley is crowded every year, especially during the winter season. Tourists come here to witness its beauty and snow-white splendour. The whole Solang Valley is covered in milky white snow and looks like a movie.
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Immerse in the landscaped beauty of snow-capped mountains in Lahaul-Spiti, which is located 33 km from Manali. The valley starts with the Atal Tunnel. Atal Tunnel works as the link between Manali and Lahaul. Lahaul was tough to reach earlier before the construction of the tunnel. Earlier, tourists and trekkers used to reach Lahaul via Rohtang Pass. Now, one can reach Lahaul in just 35 minutes from Manali.
Witness the raw beauty of the river Chandrabhaga flowing quietly alongside giant snow-covered mountains. Lahaul-Spiti is one of the best places to experience snow. The whole area is covered with a blanket of snow in the winter season. Spiti is loaded with Tibetan monasteries and is one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh during winters.
Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Situated 342 km away from Delhi, Shimla is one of the closest weekend getaways from Chandigarh and Delhi. It is a beautiful hill station loaded with dense lush green forests of Oak, Pine and Deodar. The popular hill station is visited by thousands of tourists annually. Other than being known for its beauty and snow, Shimla is also popular for adventure sports and activities to do during winters. The exquisiteness of this hill station makes it perfect for photographers and nature enthusiasts.
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Located at a distance of 15 km from Shimla, Kufri is another beautiful town to visit in Himachal Pradesh to experience snow. Kufri is nestled in the Himalayan ranges and is a favourite among snow lovers and honeymooners. Kufri is all green during the summer season whereas it turns milky white in the winter season, offering breathtaking views. Tourists love skiing during winters in Kufri.
Not just the locale, but Kufri is also famous for its flora and fauna. While most of the towns uphill in the mountains are not well-maintained, Kufri is developed and presents several adventure opportunities for its tourists. Kufri is also home to the Himalayan National Park which attracts trekkers and wildlife lovers.
Narkanda is a beautiful town in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. It is a picturesque location for winters and one of the best destinations to visit in the winter season in Himachal Pradesh. Narkanda is nestled in the lap of dense forest and woodlands. Narkanda in winter is very cold and everything is covered in snow. It is a popular destination for skiing.
Himachal Pradesh can be visited in both the summer and winter seasons, depending on your preferences. For nature and greenery lovers, the ideal time to visit Himachal Pradesh is between February and June. November to February is the best time for tourists who love snow and adventure enthusiasts who love winter treks and skiing.
The climate and temperature of Himachal Pradesh differ in different parts of the state. The climate is warm and temperate in the northern areas of the state, hot and tropical in the southern parts and cool and temperate in the eastern mountain ranges. Himachal is hot in the summer season with temperatures ranging from 22°C to 37°C. During winters, the temperatures drop to 0°C and go up to 15°C.
Himachal Pradesh is one of the best places to visit in any season, but it is more beautiful particularly in winters. The place is covered with a blanket of milky white snow. The white snow on the leaves of pine trees looks extra beautiful during the winter season. With so many places to visit during winters in Himachal Pradesh, the state is surely a favourite tourist destination.