Continuing on the series of "snowfall near Delhi", today I will share the third article which suggests five more places to see Snowfall in Uttarakhand. Winters have settled again in most parts of Himalayas like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Ladakh, Kashmir, etc.. And also, it is time that many of the high altitude places like Leh – Ladakh, Spiti Valley, 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 will still be connected and becomes the favourable spots for lovers of Himalayas. This is especially true for the ones who are fond of snowfall or snow in particular 🙂 …
In these winter months of December, January and February, there are many places in Uttarakhand where one can see snow or snowfall near Delhi and I have already covered five of them in the last article linked below. In this article, I will share five more such places I know in Uttarakhand to enjoy snowfall 🙂 🙂 … Like I said in other articles, by saying “Near Delhi”, I mean the places which can be covered in 3 – 5 days of trip from Delhi at max or you can say long weekend trips from Delhi for seeing snowfall or snow. Beyond 3 – 5 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. Harsil (Sukhi Top) – Dharali
Harsil is about 14 Hrs of drive or 470 KMs odd from Delhi and located at an altitude of 2620 Mtrs (7860 Feet). It is about 25 KMs before Gangotri temple and just couple of KMs ahead of Harsil lies Dharali which is equally picturesque location as of Harsil but has a long market now. So, anything in between can be as good as it can get to be away from crowd. You can follow the route as Delhi – Rishikesh – Chamba – Uttarkashi – Harsil. You can reach Uttarkashi if that long drive does not suit you and from Uttarkashi, Harsil is about 70 odd KMs only. It is a cantonment area right on the banks of Bhagirathi river. The idol of the Hindu River Goddess Ganga (Ganges) is brought down from the shrine at Gangotri in the upper Himalayas after Diwali and kept at ‘Mukhba’ village near Harsil. It remains there throughout the winter when Gangotri is snowbound and inaccessible. You can read more about Harsil at the Wikipedia link here.
From December end, it starts snowing up there heavily around Harsil and beyond Harsil towards Dharali, Bhairon Ghaati and further towards Gangotri. So, you can find ample of snow in the region all round from December end to almost up to March and since, it is not the yatra time, perhaps one of the best time to visit this beautiful valley in Uttarakhand. Sometimes, you might not even reach Harsil as the region ahead of Sukhi Top sometime have too much of ice for the safe passage as vehicle tends to skid up there due to ice on roads. You can always inquire about road conditions before going in the winter months of January or February.
Photo Credit: Vivek Singh
2. Chaukori – Munsiyari
Chaukori is located in Pitthoragarh district of Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. It is located about 490 KMs from Delhi and takes about 14-15 Hrs of drive. It is not recommended to drive in a day from Delhi rather you do the drive in couple of days with first night halt at Nainital or Ramgarh / Mukteshwar. So, a four day trip is recommended and in case you want to extend to Munsiyari then adding a day more should be much better choice. Otherwise, if you OK with stretching drives then Munsiyari can also be done in four days. You can find snow up there at Chaukori in the month of January – February and in Munsiyari, you can find snow from late December to March types at least in the near by short hikes from Munsiyari..
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Kausani at an altitude of 1890 Mtrs, is about 85 Odd KMs from Chaukori back towards Delhi and 52 KMs from Almora. The route goes via Bageshwar – Baijnath from Chaukori in case you planning Chaukori – Munsiyari too with lovely views of Panchulli, Mrigthuni and Trishul alongside the road. It is a place which gives a feeling that time has just stopped there and you cannot stop ogling at the High and Handsome peaks in front. Of course, the time of Golden Glow Hour of Sunset / Sunrise at Trishul Peak is just too majestic… If you are interested then you can visit Anashakti Ashram, Lakshmi Ashram, Tea Gardens, Baijnath Temple which are among some of the tourists attractions around Kausani.
Kausani, also gets snowfall in the month of January and February, though it is not that frequent but it does get snow. So, if there isn’t much time on hands to make a trip to Munsiyari or Chaukori then you can make a 3 day trip to Kausani after inquiring about snow presence up there from KMVN 🙂 🙂
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About 380 KMs from Delhi ahead of Pauri (19 KMs), Khirsu is situated at an altitude of about 1700 Mtrs does get snowfall in the winter months of January and February. Hence, if you are looking for a quick 2-3 day trip to check snow near Delhi then Khirsu can be a quiet, secluded, calm, little place to enjoy some quality time in the lap of nature. In order to stay at Khirsu, you should check out Tourist Rest House and Forest Rest House.
Photo Credit: Rachna Society
5. Juda Lake – Kedarkantha Peak
You can find plenty of snow in the winter months of late December to March on a short trek towards Juda Lake. Further up from Juda Lake to Kedarkantha peak, snow can be found even in April types. Juda Lake is at an altitude of about 2500 Mtrs and is about 440 KMs from Delhi. You can follow the route as Delhi – Dehradun – Naugaon – Purola – Mori – Sankri. From Sankri Village, Juda Lake trek starts and is about 6-7 KMs in length. You can find ample of snow in winters on the trek itself so there is no need to do the entire trek and if you are keen on seeing a frozen Juda Lake then it takes about 2.5 – 3 Hrs to reach the lake from Sankri Village. Purola is the major town of this region and Sankri is about 50 KMs from Purola. So, on Day 1 you can reach Purola, rest for the day and next day start from Sankri, do the trek, play in snow and come back to Sankri and drive back to Purola or stay up there in basic guest houses in Sankri Village. Or on Day 1 itself, you can reach Sankri for a night stay, enjoy snow on the trek next day and then third day come back to Delhi. Keep in mind that Juda lake in itself isn’t that beautiful, so in case of absence of snow in summer months, it may prove disappointing in case you are not in love with trekking rather more love natural beauty.
Photo Credit: Vidur Mayor
Now, you know about these five MORE Places to Visit in Uttarakhand this winters to play with snow and I am sure that this have extended your list of seeing snowfall near Delhi along with the other articles of this series.
So, now I believe that the entire series of these four articles together, when published, will help you upgrade your travel bucket list to play in snow near Delhi in winters for next 5-8 years… Hence, stay tuned to DoW Facebook Page or Subscribe to our email to know when next set of articles is up & running 😀 :D…
If you happen to know any other such places in Uttarakhand where we can enjoy snow or snowfall near Delhi over a weekend trip of 3-5 days, please feel free to share them with us either below as comments OR you can post them under the DoW Community too. Sharing, will help all of us keep updating our bucket lists of travel in winters and keep enjoying in snow 🙂 :)…
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