Are you an offbeat traveller looking to explore uncommon destinations? Then, consider visiting some of the coldest places in the world mentioned in this post. Not all travellers like typical tourist destinations that are wildly popular among the masses. Instead, some travellers like to discover extreme places, experiment with their travel plans, and want to test their physical limits. 

If you're a traveller searching for a "path less travelled by", how about going on a quest to discover the coldest place on Earth? As the winter season begins, we bring you places where you can experience the extremely cold climate. 

Drass, India

Drass is situated at an altitude of 3,300 metres in the union territory of Ladakh’s Kargil district. The town lies between Zoji La pass and Kargil city on NH 1. It is the coldest place in India, where the average temperature can go down to -23 °C during the winter season. The area is located closer to the Line of Control and has seen one of the biggest military actions in the 1999 Kargil war. Since then, many former war zones, such as the Tiger hill, Tololing, and Drass War Memorial, have become tourist attractions.  

Travel Tip:

Drass is 140 km away from Srinagar, the closest major city. So, you can first arrive at Srinagar and check into Kashmir House Boats resorts, a Club Mahindra affiliate property nestled in the heart of the famous Dal Lake. Explore Srinagar and its nearby areas. Once you're acclimatised to the cold weather, continue your journey forward to Drass.

Yakutsk, Russia

Russia is the coldest country in the world. This may surprise many as the vast country has a humid continental climate. However, most of northwest Russia and the inner regions of Siberia, which are closer to the Arctic circle, face extremely severe winters. 

Yakutsk, the capital of the Sakha Republic in Russia, is one of the coldest cities in the world, with an annual average temperature of −8.0 °C and a record low of −64.4 °C. The city is located in continuous permafrost, meaning the ground here remains below 0 °C. 


Kuusamo, Finland

Kuusamo is a small town and municipality in Finland bordering Russia. The area can be one of the coldest places in the world, with the coldest recorded temperature being -48 °C. The average annual temperature here remains close to −37 °C. Besides, the ground here remains snow-covered for 200 days a year, making it one of the snowiest areas in Finland. 

Holiday Club Kuusamon Tropiikki can be a great place to stay if you’re in Kuusamo looking for some eclectic recreation and excitement. Try hiking, downhill skiing, ice karting, and snowmobile safaris during your stay here.

Snag, Canada

Canada is typically known to be a preferred destination for higher studies. However, the country is also known for its extremely cold winters. Snag is a small village situated at a distance of 25 km from Beaver Creek, Yukon, Canada. The village has long and extremely cold winter seasons, making it one of the coldest places on Earth. 

The place recorded -63°C on February 3, 1947, the lowest temperature ever recorded in North America. Inhabitants here usually stay indoors during the winter season to avoid getting frost-bites.

So, stuff your backpack with warm clothes and explore the places mentioned above. Appreciate the survival spirit of the local people who thrive in such an extremely cold climate. You may come back with some valuable life lessons.


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