India's diverse landscapes offer a myriad of experiences, from snow-capped peaks to sun-kissed shores. While most of the country basks in warmth, the Himalayas beckon with their snowy allure even in summer. If you've only glimpsed snow in pictures, it's time to immerse yourself in the real thing. Embark on a journey to the best snow places in India during the summer months. Experience the surreal beauty of snowfall in July and June, defying the typical notions of summer heat. Venture to the Himalayan regions where snow blankets the landscape from December through March, and sometimes even into April.

Here are the top six destinations in India where you can experience snow during the summer season. Select one spot, find a comfortable accommodation, and prepare to revel in the snowy wonders during your summer holiday.

6 Must-Visit Snow Tourist Destinations in India 

  • Rohtang Pass, Manali
  • Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
  • Khardungla and Changla Pass, Ladakh
  • Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
  • Auli, Uttarakhand
  • Yumthang Valley, Sikkim 

Rohtang Pass, Manali

Manali, a top snow place in India in summer, is bustling with tourists year-round. Experience the snowy charm in winter, with the main town and Rohtang Pass offering various snow sports. A day trip to Rohtang Pass is a must for your snow holidays. Explore old Manali, relax by River Beas, or visit Naggar Castle for picturesque snow views. Even if it doesn't snow during your visit, higher altitudes ensure a snowy landscape. Beat the summer heat by staying cool in Manali at Club Mahindra Snow Peaks resort.

Average Temperature: 10°C to 20°C.

How to reach:

  • By Road: Drive from nearby cities like Delhi or Chandigarh.
  • Bus services available from various cities to Manali.
  • By Air: Nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport, then a road journey to Manali.
  • By Train: Nearest railway station is Joginder Nagar or Chandigarh, followed by a road trip to Manali.

Key Attraction:

  • Hadimba Devi Temple: Ancient temple dedicated to Hadimba, wife of Bhima.
  • Rohtang Pass: High mountain pass for stunning views and adventure.
  • Solang Valley: Scenic spot for paragliding and skiing.
  • Old Manali: Charming village with cafes and the Manu Temple.

Things to do in summer:

  • Trekking: Explore the scenic trails of Manali amidst lush greenery and majestic mountains.
  • River Rafting: Experience the thrill of rafting in the Beas River's rapids.
  • Paragliding: Soar high above the picturesque landscapes of Solang Valley.
  • Camping: Spend a night under the stars amidst the serene beauty of Manali's nature.

Where to stay: You can stay at any of the 2 Club Mahindra resorts - Snow Peaks Manali Resort or White Meadows Manali Resort, which is around 1 hr 30 mins from the Rohtang pass. 

Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

Gulmarg, in Jammu and Kashmir, is famous for summer snow experiences. At 9,000 feet, it's perfect for skiing. Enjoy gondola rides and winter sports, and visit the world's highest golf course. Best in winter and early summer, the snow-clad mountains are stunning, especially from the gondola. Stay at RK Sarovar Portico resort in nearby Srinagar for an unforgettable trip.

Average Temperature: 10°C to 25°C

How to reach:

  • By Air: Fly to Srinagar Airport, then take a taxi or bus to Gulmarg, approximately 50 kilometers away.
  • By Road: Drive from Srinagar, which takes around 1.5 to 2 hours, or take a bus from Srinagar to Gulmarg.
  • By Train: The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi. From there, take a taxi or bus to Srinagar, then proceed to Gulmarg.

Key Attractions:

  • Outer Circle Walk: Take a peaceful walk along the Outer Circle Walk, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  • Baba Reshi Shrine: Visit the historic Baba Reshi Shrine, a revered shrine dedicated to the Sufi saint Baba Reshi, surrounded by serene natural beauty.
  • Alpather Lake: Trek to Alpather Lake, a picturesque high-altitude lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks and pristine wilderness.
  • St. Mary's Church: Explore the historic St. Mary's Church, built during the British colonial era, and admire its beautiful architecture and serene atmosphere.

Things to do in summer:

  • Gondola Ride: Experience the breathtaking views of the Himalayas while riding the Gulmarg Gondola, one of the highest cable cars in the world.
  • Golfing: Enjoy a round of golf at the picturesque Gulmarg Golf Course, the highest golf course in the world.
  • Trekking: Explore the scenic trails and lush greenery surrounding Gulmarg, offering stunning views of the Himalayan landscape.

Where to stay: Kashmir Houseboat Srinagar Resort Jammu & Kashmir which is at a distance of 56.8km from Gulmarg.

Khardungla and Changla Pass, Ladakh

Leh in Ladakh is almost everyone’s favourite destination while Leh itself may not have snow during the summer months, you can find it at higher altitudes like Khardungla Pass and Changla Pass. In some cases, you might even witness snowfall. However, it's crucial to check with locals before venturing out to ensure safe travel conditions.

Average Temperature: 20°C to 30°C

How to reach:

  • By Air: Fly to Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, the main airport in Ladakh.
  • By Road: Access Ladakh via road from cities like Srinagar or Manali, but be prepared for long, winding journeys.
  • Acclimatize: Take time to acclimatize to the high altitude to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Check Permits: Ensure you have any necessary permits for traveling to restricted areas in Ladakh.

Key Attractions:

  • Pangong Lake: Marvel at the breathtaking beauty of this serene high-altitude lake, famous for its ever-changing hues.
  • Nubra Valley: Explore the mesmerizing landscapes, sand dunes, and monasteries of this picturesque valley.
  • Magnetic Hill: Experience the fascinating optical illusion of a vehicle seemingly defying gravity as it rolls uphill.
  • Leh Palace: Discover the rich history and architecture of this ancient royal palace, offering panoramic views of Leh town.

Things to do in summer:

  • Khardung La Pass: Embark on an adventurous journey to Khardung La Pass, one of the world's highest motorable passes, and soak in panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • Visit Monasteries: Discover the rich cultural heritage of Ladakh by visiting iconic monasteries like Hemis, Thiksey, and Diskit, and immerse yourself in spiritual serenity.
  • Trekking: Embark on thrilling treks amidst Ladakh's rugged terrain, with popular routes including Markha Valley, Lamayuru to Alchi, and Stok Kangri Base Camp.

Where to stay: You can stay at the Driftwood Ladakh resort which is about 1 hour 32 mins away from Changla Pass. 

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Nestled in the Himalayan foothills, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, dubbed the "Queen of the Hills," offers a cool retreat from India's summer heat. With lush greenery, cascading waterfalls, and colonial-era charm, it's a magnet for tourists. Adventure seekers find thrills in trekking, paragliding, and zip-lining, while landmarks like Gun Hill and Kempty Falls beckon. Even in summer, Mussoorie's pleasant climate captivates visitors, making it a sought-after destination for snow lovers seeking relief from the heat.

Average Temperature: 15°C to 25°C

How to reach:

  • By Air: The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, located approximately 54 kilometers away from Mussoorie. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Mussoorie.
  • By Train: The nearest railway station to Mussoorie is the Dehradun Railway Station, around 36 kilometers away. From the station, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Mussoorie.
  • By Road: Mussoorie is well-connected by road to major cities like Delhi, Dehradun, and Haridwar. You can either drive yourself or take a bus from nearby cities. Several private and state-run buses ply to Mussoorie regularly.

Key Attractions:

  • Kempty Falls: A stunning waterfall surrounded by greenery, perfect for swimming and picnics.
  • Gun Hill: Offers panoramic views of the Himalayas and Doon Valley; accessible by cable car or trek.
  • Lal Tibba: Mussoorie's highest point with breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks.
  • Camel's Back Road: Serene stretch for walks or horseback rides, known for its unique rock formation and scenic sunsets.

Things to do in summer:

  • Explore Waterfalls: Visit Kempty Falls or other nearby waterfalls for refreshing dips and picnics amidst lush greenery.
  • Enjoy Scenic Views: Take a cable car ride or trek to Gun Hill for panoramic views of the Himalayas and the Doon Valley.
  • Sightseeing at Lal Tibba: Experience stunning vistas of snow-capped Himalayan peaks from Lal Tibba, Mussoorie's highest point.
  • Stroll along Camel's Back Road: Take leisurely walks or horseback rides along Camel's Back Road to witness breathtaking sunsets and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

Where to stay: Have an enriching stay experience at Club Mahindra Mussorie resort. 

Auli, Uttarakhand

With its panoramic views of the Himalayas, Auli emerges as one of India's prime snow places during summer, making it an ideal destination for snow activities. In June, Auli offers the rare opportunity to experience snow in India. Its serene and quaint ambiance appeals to those seeking a tranquil getaway, while the presence of cable-cars and a magnificent ski-resort caters to adventure enthusiasts.

Average Temperature: 10°C to 20°C

How to reach:

  • By Air: The nearest airport to Auli is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, located approximately 280 kilometers away. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Auli.
  • By Train: The nearest railway station to Auli is the Haridwar Railway Station, which is about 275 kilometers away. From Haridwar, you can either hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Auli.
  • By Road: Auli is well-connected by road to major cities like Dehradun, Rishikesh, and Haridwar. You can drive yourself or take a bus from these cities to reach Auli.
  • Ropeway: Another exciting way to reach Auli is via the Auli Ropeway, which starts from Joshimath. It offers stunning aerial views of the surrounding mountains and is operational during certain months of the year.

Key Attractions:

  • Ski Resort: Auli's renowned ski resort offers skiing and snowboarding even in summer, with well-maintained slopes and stunning views.
  • Gurso Bugyal: A lush green meadow near Auli, accessible via a scenic trek, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks.
  • Auli Artificial Lake: Nestled amidst snow-capped mountains, this picturesque lake allows boating amidst mesmerizing views, perfect for relaxation.
  • Joshimath: Serving as Auli's gateway, Joshimath is a quaint town with ancient temples, scenic walks, and local cuisine, adding cultural richness to the Auli experience.

Things to do in summer:

  • Adventure Sports: Enjoy skiing and snowboarding at Auli's renowned ski resort, even during the summer months.
  • Trekking: Embark on scenic treks to places like Gurso Bugyal and Kuari Pass, offering stunning views of the Himalayas and lush greenery.
  • Boating: Relax and unwind at the Auli Artificial Lake, where you can enjoy boating amidst breathtaking mountain scenery.
  • Explore Joshimath: Visit the quaint town of Joshimath, the gateway to Auli, to explore ancient temples, enjoy scenic walks, and experience local culture and cuisine.

Yumthang Valley, Sikkim

Yumthang Valley in Sikkim, India, is renowned for its serene beauty, especially in summer. While warm weather and blooming flowers are typical, occasional snowfall can still be seen in higher altitudes. During early summer, traces of winter snow may linger in shaded areas. Despite limited snow, the valley's lush greenery and colourful flowers captivate visitors. The snow-capped peaks surrounding the valley enhance its picturesque charm, offering stunning views for nature lovers and photographers. Although summer focuses on floral beauty, the occasional sight of snow reminds visitors of the valley's diverse landscape, making it a captivating destination year-round.

Average Temperature: 10°C to 25°C

How to reach:

  • By Air: The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport, about 160 kilometers from Yumthang Valley. From Bagdogra, take a taxi or bus to Gangtok, then travel to Yumthang Valley by road.
  • By Train: The nearest major railway station is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP), about 180 kilometers away. From NJP, take a taxi or bus to Gangtok, then proceed to Yumthang Valley by road.
  • By Road: Yumthang Valley is accessible from Gangtok, taking about 6 to 7 hours by car. Shared taxis and private cabs are available for hire from Gangtok.
  • Permit: Visitors must obtain a permit from the Sikkim Tourism Office in Gangtok due to the valley's proximity to the international border with China.

Key Attractions:

  • Valley of Flowers: Yumthang Valley boasts a stunning display of alpine flowers, creating a vibrant carpet of colors in summer.
  • Hot Springs: The natural thermal springs in Yumthang Valley offer a soothing experience with their medicinal properties, amidst scenic beauty.
  • Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary: Home to numerous rhododendron species, including rare ones, this sanctuary is a paradise for botany enthusiasts and nature lovers.
  • Yumesamdong (Zero Point): Situated at a higher altitude, Yumesamdong provides panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and is perfect for snow activities and breathtaking landscapes.

Things to do in summer:

  • Picnic by the River: Set up a picnic by the riverside and enjoy the serene ambiance and picturesque views.
  • Trekking: Embark on scenic treks around the valley, exploring its natural beauty and spotting local wildlife.
  • Photography: Capture stunning landscapes, colourful flowers, and majestic mountains with your camera.
  • Cultural Exploration: Interact with locals, learn about their traditions, and visit nearby monasteries to experience the rich culture of the region.

Explore India's diverse landscapes, where summer doesn't always scorch. From the Himalayas to Uttarakhand and Sikkim, witness snowfall even in summer. Whether skiing in Auli, exploring Yumthang's Valley of Flowers, or enjoying Gulmarg's gondola ride, India offers snowy adventures. With breathtaking landscapes and cultural richness, these destinations promise an escape from the summer heat. So, pack your bags and embrace the chill of India's summer snow places.

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