The winter months have arrived and one of the most common question many of my friends and relatives ask me at this time is “Brother, please tell me places to see Snowfall near Delhi or Snow near Delhi?” … Having hearing this question so many times, I thought it is better to write down couple of articles in DoW where I can pen down such places near Delhi to find snowfall or snow and this article is first in the series 🙂 … I am sure it will be helpful to many of us who loves snow or snowfall in Himalayas like anything.
Winters have settled in most parts of North India and especially the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Ladakh, Kashmir, etc.. Now, it is time that many of the high altitude places like Leh – Ladakh, Lahaul Valley, Pangi Valley, Zanskar Valley, etc.. will go under hibernation for about next 5-6 months. However, having said that, the lower hills of Himachal, Uttarakhand and Kashmir being still connected will become the favourable spots for lovers of Himalayas especially for them who are very fond of snowfall or snow in particular 🙂 …
In the winter months of late November, December, January and February, there are many places in Himachal where one can see snow or snowfall near Delhi. By saying “Near Delhi”, I mean the places which you can cover in 3 – 4 days of trip from Delhi at max or can say long weekend trips from Delhi for seeing snowfall or snow. Beyond 3-4 days, there are more viable options I believe but let’s know some places where you can travel over long weekend from Delhi to see snow or snowfall.
1. Manali – Solang Valley
The perfect place to play with snow or witness snowfall in winters is Manali or Solang Valley due to its easy accessibility from Delhi or Chandigarh and highest probability for longer duration of availability of snow. If you happen to have a long weekend, you can take the overnight Volvo to Manali from Delhi or Chandigarh and reach there early morning on Friday. Rest whole day in Manali or Solang Valley, then on next day you can visit snow points near Manali viz. Solang Valley, Gulaba or Marhi. The snow points of Gulaba or Marhi have snow almost from mid of November up to late March and then snow can be found even up to June at Rohtang Pass If you happen to stay at Solang Valley itself in winters, you may be able to witness snowfall too. Last day you can board the overnight Volvo again to come back home to Delhi or Chandigarh. Hence, Manali – Solang Valley are the safest but crowded option as availability of snow is almost sure shot in winters.
If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc.. you can go through the Manali Travel Guide available at the link here.
2. Jalori Pass – Shoja
Jalori Pass or Shoja are other options near Delhi where you can find snow or snowfall easily in winter months of December, January & February They are pretty close to each other and are easily connected with Delhi from Mandi side all round the year. In fact, by taking some local along, you can even snow trek to Serloskar Lake to see it all frozen in winters after getting the advice from locals on its feasibility. As they are on the way to Aut – Mandi, again one can take the overnight Volvo to Manali from Delhi or Chandigarh and then get down at Bhunter, Kullu from where taxis are easily available for about Rs 1000-1200. You can rest at Shoja for a day or two and follow the same path to reach back home on the last day. In summers, one can actually go down to the other side of Jalori Pass to come back to Delhi from Narkanda – Shimla route but you will not find snow at that time at Jalori Pass.
If interested in more details on Jalori Pass – Shoja including how to reach, accommodation options, etc.. you can go through the Tirthan Valley Travel Guide available at the link here, which falls almost on the way to Shoja or Jalori Pass while going from Mandi side.
Photo Credit: Ravindra Kumar
3. Parashar Lake
Parashar lake near Mandi, is another place with overnight journey from Delhi where you can find snowfall or snow in the winter months from December to March You need to follow the Delhi – Chandigarh – Manali highway to reach Mandi from where it is about 1.5-2 Hrs drive to Parashar Lake via Kuatalya – Baghi villages. Car can almost reach at the top normally but in winters when there is a lot of snow then you might need to consider parking your vehicle to the most practical point you find below near Baghi village and then start the hike to the lake. The Hike/Trek can last almost about 4 Hrs in case there is too much of snow 😉 …
Parashar Lake itself is really amazing to visit and with snow all around it, a heavenly sight indeed. As you need to hit Mandi, again you can take the overnight Volvo to Manali from Delhi or Chandigarh and then get down at Mandi from where taxis are easily available for about Rs 1500-1800 to Parashar Lake. You can spend a day there at the forest rest house and walk to lake anytime you want, preferably next morning. So, considering you start Thursday night, by Friday late noon you shall be at the top. You can spend Saturday at the rest house exploring lake or rest amidst nature and Sunday early morning can come down and start the journey back home. For booking of FRHs, you can refer the article: How to Book HP PWD Rest Houses or FRHs.
4. Hatu Peak – Narkanda – Kufri – Shimla
Next on the list is Hatu Peak – Narkanda where you can enjoy snow or snowfall near Delhi in the winter months of Januray and February or even mid-March at least at Hatu Peak. Narkanda is very easy 8-9 Hrs drive from Delhi via Shimla or one can take overnight Volvo to Shimla from where Narkanda is just about 60 KMs away and taxis are easily available from Shimla. If you are lucky, you can even enjoy the snow in these winter months at Kufri – Shimla as well especially around new year window. These are in fact the closest places from Delhi where you can find snowfall or snow in Himachal Pradesh and can easily be done over a weekend by leaving Friday night and being back by Sunday late night.
Photo Credit: Hill Post
5. Pabbar Valley (Kharapathar – Shelapani – Rohru – Chanshal)
Pabbar Valley including Kharapathar – Shelapani – Rohru – Chanshal, located about 120 odd KMs from Shimla is another place where you can find snow or snowfall near Delhi in the winter months of December to February even March – April at least towards Chanshal Pass. As said in one of my earlier article 5 Must Visit Off-beat Places in Himachal Pradesh, Pabbar Valley is one of the most enchanting valley in Himachal Pradesh yet isolated from the tourist rush to an extent as of now. It offers some awesome panoramic views along with tones of nature walks/hikes in the dense orchards and forests all along the valley.
In order to reach Pabbar Valley, you need to take the diversion road from Theog, a place ahead of Shimla. The diversion road generally is not that good in condition and it is better to make a trip to Pabbar Valley in case you have at least 4 days in hand to really enjoy the journey as well rather being just “on the road” type journey in search of snow.
Photo Credit: Sudhir Khimta – Flicker
6. Triund near Mclead Ganj
Triund, located at a 4 Hrs hike from Dharamkot – Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala, is another place near Delhi to find snowfall or snow over a long weekend trip in winter months of late December to March However, it might not be possible to reach at the top of Triund in the winters unless you in for hard core adventure BUT on the way to Triund from Mcleod Ganj, you will find plenty of snow to play with and come back to Mcleod Ganj for a good night sleep. Again if lucky, you might get to see snowfall even at Mcleod Ganj as well especially in early January types. In the extreme ends of winters the snow is available higher up towards Triund and as the core winter months approach that is January & February, there is ample of snow that can be found of the way to Triund as well.
Photo Credit: Triund Hill
7. Khajjiar – Dalhousie
Khajjiar, commonly called as Indian version of Switzerland, is another place near Delhi that receives good amount of snowfall in the winter months of January and February Khajjiar meadows looks so beautiful as if a white carpet has been laid by nature midst long pine trees kissed with snow over hills in the backdrop, a dream probably… It becomes almost hard to believe your eyes 😉 … However, seeing snow at Khajjiar is a luck affair too sometimes.
Khajjiar is an overnight drive from Delhi and easily connected via Pathankot – Chakki Dam railway station. So, you can also take the overnight train to Pathankot – Chakki dam and from there take a taxi to reach Khajjiar via Dalhousie. Next day you can rest at Khajjiar and then start the journey back on Sunday to reach back Delhi in the same order. In case you have 4 days, you can even enjoy more by exploring more places around Khajjiar as Kalatop, Chamba, Jotte, etc..
Photo Credit: Apurv, BCMT
Now you know about these 7 Places to Visit in Himachal this winters to play with snow and I am sure that you are not going to visit them in an year only 😀 … So, for next about 2-3 years of winters you have your travel bucket list updated. However, guys, please don’t hold here as next week I will be sharing the next article in this series “Snowfall Near Delhi” which will cover more such places where you can enjoy snow or snowfall near Delhi BUT this time in Uttarakhand 🙂 … Here it goes:Snowfall Near Delhi – 5 Places to Visit in Uttarakhand…
If you happen to know any other such places in Himachal Pradesh where we can enjoy snow or snowfall near Delhi over a weekend trip of 3-4 days, please feel free to share them with us either below as comments OR you can post them under the DoW Community as well.