One of the God’s creations is nature and the beauty given to it is another masterpiece. God created the earth and then the water, air and then other things. One of the creations is water which is unique in all the forms we know it. Be it water, vapors, steam, and ice. Water is unique in its composition and the power it carries within. Steam has the mystic nature and the glare. And ice has its own strength and grace; the crystals form a magical, spellbinding character in it. We love the crystal form of ice which we all know as SNOW!
Top 10 Places in Himachal Pradesh for Snowfall
The state of Himachal Pradesh in India holds within itself a treasure of nature and to be a testimony to it you need to visit one of the places where snowfall is a blessing.
1) Shimla – Summer Capital of British India
The most happening place in winters the state capital is known for its snowfall and stunning landscape during the months of November to January. It is also known for the British style and grace and one visit the Viceregal lodge to feel it. The ridge is the place where young crowd enjoys the snowfall at the backdrop of Church. Just 117 kms from Chandigarh the connectivity to the city is easy and comfortable.
2) Kufri – Skiing Hotspot
Located just 13kms from Shimla one cannot miss this skiing destination if you are at Shimla. The tall pine trees fully covered with white snow during the months of December and January presents a splendid view and the chilly wind on the highest point around justifies your visit. The wildlife Zoo and the amusement park are a great attraction during the winter as it is home to the state bird- the Himalayan Monal.
3) Narkanda – Snow, Ski, and Sky
If you just want to be in a place which has tall pine trees, apple orchards, a beautiful stretch of the mountain with a thick blanket of snow all over, where you can feel the wind blowing between the orchards and pines, nature whistling in your ears then Narkanda is the place. Just 65 kms from Shimla this place has great opportunities for skiing on snow during the winter and has a Place called – Thanedar, known for glorious apple orchards.
4) Manali – The Honeymoon destination
The place is a famous honeymoon destination, set on the Beas River, jumping point for paragliding, rafting, and trekking. Surrounded by snow-crowned Himalayan peaks and magnificent valleys, this place is around 270 kms from Chandigarh. Best time to visit is from November to January when the snow clad apple orchards are a scenic beauty and the roads are like paradise. The place is also famous for the Buddhist monasteries.
5) Dalhousie – Hill Station on five Hills
Established in 1854 by British Government and named after the then Governor-General of India – Lord Dalhousie, was the summer retreat. Known for its beautiful landscapes and splendid snow-covered mountain peaks, Dalhousie is quite approachable and is just 3-4 hours journey from Gaggal airport. The best place to be with nature, sit back and enjoy the vast greenery and snow. Other places to visit are Salooni, Kalatop forest, and Dainkund peak.
6) Dharamsala – The multicultural India
Around 85 kms from Pathankot railway station, this place is famous for a lot of things, including the snowfall. The scenic beauty, snowfall across the valley, becomes more so interesting when you have the options of visiting other places with historic and cultural importance. This place is home to Dalai Lama and is known for Indo-Tibetan cultural harmony. Best time to witness the snowfall is between Novembers to January.
7) Khajjiar – Mini Switzerland
This plateau hill station has a stream fed lake just at the center of the town – Khajjiar Lake. During the winters the lake freezes and the pines surrounding becomes white, a majestic look. The meadows get covered with a thick cover of pure white snow. This place is just 122 kms from Dharamsala airport and the best time to visit is either in winters or in May to June. The home of lord Shiva – mount Kailash is visible from here.
8) Solang Valley – Beauty of Ski Slopes
Located just 13kms from Manali, is a must visit especially for Ski lovers. The snowy slopes give a perfect place to enjoy the adventurous sports. The valley lies between the village Solang and the Beas Kund. Best time for snow lovers to visit the place is between Decembers to February. The tourists will love playing, sliding and slipping on the thick, smooth and soft snow.
9) Kullu –Valley of Gods
Get the tenderness of nature on different valleys of Kullu and enjoy the snowfall along the overwhelming landscapes of the hill station. Also known as the “Valley of Gods” this place as references in the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Explaining the joy in words will not be sufficient unless one visits the place and get enthralled by the paragliding and skiing here.
10) Rohtang Pass – Gateway to Lahaul Spiti
The gateway to Lahaul Spiti and the Leh Valley this place is 51kms from Manali and is a superb destination for beautiful natural views of snow clad mountain peaks, for snow scooter, skiing, mountain biking, get the view of glaciers, and Chandra River. A waterfall – Rahala, on the way, flows down from an altitude of 2500 meters and is a must watch.
The state of Himachal Pradesh carries a lot more than nature’s wonders and that is the people of the state who are as tender, soft, and clear at heart as a SNOW!
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