Continuing from previous article listing a few places to see snow near Delhi for a 2-3 days trip; in this article I will name a few more places that you can visit to see snow around Delhi if you have about 4-5 days in hand. While for a short weekend trip, only places from last article will apply; for a 4-5 days trip the list will become inclusive of places from both of these articles. The list down below is from the point of view of someone traveling from Delhi or a nearby area; if you are however traveling from a different place then the count of days required will be different.
I have written this series in three different parts. First part covered places that were doable in 2-3 days, this article lists places that you need a minimum of 4-5 days for; next and the last article in the series provides a list of places where you can find snow in a particular month. You can review all three to find a place that is best suitable for your trip.
Being in close proximity to both Uttarakhand and Himachal; there are several places to see snow near Delhi when you can spare 4-5 days for the trip. Not all the places of course can be covered on this page; but I will list down a few that are known and easy to drive to. By easy I mean that the roads are not too terrible and the place can be reached in about 8 -10 hours.
Dalhousie & Khajjiar
One of my favorite places to go to in winter. The distance between Delhi and Dalhousie or Khajjiar can actually be a bit long but the smooth roads will limit the drive to about 8-10 hours; if you keep your breaks limited. From Delhi, it is a straight run all the way to Pathankot from where you will take the road uphill to either Dalhousie or Khajjiar.
I started from Delhi at about 4 AM and easily made it to Dalhousie by 3 PM at most. Khajjiar is an even better option as the meadows here are a mesmerizing sight once covered in snow. Go in the month of January and your chances of finding snow at both these places are even better. This small town is also sometimes called as Switzerland of India. On Day 1, reach Dalhousie or Khajjiar from Delhi, spend Day 2 and 3 for sightseeing and enjoying the trip and return on Day 4. You can also plan it in a way that you reach Dalhousie on Day 1, Khajjiar on Day 2, spend day 3 in Khajjiar and return to Delhi on Day 4. The road between Dalhousie and Khajjiar however can sometimes close if there is heavy snowfall in the region.
If you are up for a bit of walking; then trekking to Triund can be a great option for a 4-5 day trip in winters. From Delhi, you will reach Mcleodganj on Day 1 which is about 10-11 hours drive depending on your speed and breaks. Distance between Mcleodganj and Triund is 9 kilometers of which, the first two kilometers until Dharamkot is a motorable road. Actual trek starts after Dharamkot from where Triund top is about 7 kilometers.
I did this trek once in Summer, started by 7 AM from Mcleodganj on foot and returned back by 5 PM after covering the trek till the top. It is not really too difficult however in winters, snowfall can definitely make it so. If you plan to trek all the way till the top in winters, then best would be to hire a local guide who can also arrange your camping up there for the night. Otherwise, you can reach Mcleodganj, trek towards Triund as far as you can go and return back to Mcleodganj by evening. A perfect trip for 4 days which will involve trekking and playing around in snow as well.
Chopta – Deoria Taal – Tungnath
This will be my preferred choice to head to in Uttarakhand in winters. A trip towards Chopta will offer you pretty much everything; plenty of snow, trekking and camping right next to a frozen lake on snow. Only catch however is that the road till Chopta gets snowed out completely in January. If planning a trip here, I would recommend going in February. There will be plenty of snow still left and you can camp at the top of Deoria Taal. If you have 4-5 days in hand, you can cover all of it, trek to Tungnath top, camp at Deoria Taal and return home. The trek however, even in February, will depend on how much it snowed. I traveled in February and could not reach all the way till Tungnath top. We had to return midway but were still able to camp at Deoria Taal for the night.
Auli is probably one of the most famous ski destinations in our country. The slopes here are great and in winter, it receives a heavy snowfall; thus making it a preferred choice for anyone with interest in Skiing. If you are new to the sport, you can register yourself for a Ski course held here in winters. It starts to snow here sometime by late December and then the snow remains until April.
The only catch however is that the road to reach Auli gets snowed out too so you cannot drive all the way here. The only other way then is to take the cable car. In winters, you will first reach Joshimath on Day 1 and stay there for the night. On Day 2, take the 4 kilometer long cable car to reach Auli in about 20 minutes. Spend Day 2 and 3 there; and reach back to Joshimath by evening of Day 3. On Day 4, you will return home.
This too will involve a bit of trekking in winter season. This lake is located near Mandi at a height of 2730 meters. In summer, you can take your vehicle almost all the way to the top however after the snowfall in winter, you may have to leave it parked at Baghi village. From Baghi, depending on the snow, trek till the top of the lake can take about 4-5 hours. There is an HPPWD rest house near the lake which is a great place to stay.
There is also a temple located by the lake which is worth a visit. If you have 4 days in hand, start really early from Delhi on Day 1 and you will easily make it to the lake by evening. Spend Day 2 at the lake and return home by Day 3. Or you can also take a detour towards Manali for one day, making it a 4 days trip. You can also consider visiting Prashar Lake if you only have 3 days in hand.
Tirthan Valley – Jalori Pass – Shoja
Another great place to visit in winters if snow is what you are after. There are two ways to approach this. Either you go from Shimla and Narkanda to reach Shoja or you travel via Sundernagar to reach Tirthan Valley. Jalori Pass usually remains closed in winters so you cannot actually cross it to get on the other side. Traveling In January, chances are that you will find snow in Tirthan Valley and Shoja itself but if not; you can trek towards the top of the pass which remains snowed out in December, January and February. If you are planning in March, then you will still find some snow left at the top of Jalori Pass.
Not many people visit this side due to the terrible road conditions which kind of actually makes it a great place. While the rest of the popular tourist destinations get crowded with tourists the moment it starts to snow; The area around Rohru and Chanshal Pass still remains a bit secluded. Snow at the top of Chanshal Pass remains until April which makes it a great place to see snow near Delhi between December and April. From Delhi, you can reach Rohru on Day 1, make it a day trip till Chanshal Pass on Day 2; and return back home on Day 3. If you have 4-5 days in hand, you can spend time at any of the places in between like Shimla, Narkanda, Chakrata or even at Rohru.
Snow Around Delhi – Conclusion
I know there are plenty of other places you can plan a trip to; but these were just some that i have been at and would definitely recommend to others as well. If you can think of any other place that can be added to the list; please do mention it in the comments section below. If you have any further questions or need help planning your trip, feel free to ask either at our Community Forum or in the comments and I will be glad to answer.