Continuing from the last 2 articles detailing where can you expect to find snowfall near Delhi depending on the number of days you have in hand; in this article, I will break the information by month. Due to its close vicinity with the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal; there are plenty of places that you can go to from Delhi if you wish to see some snow. However, where to go will completely depend on whether or not a particular place witnesses snowfall in any particular month; details on which I will be discussing further in the article. Though I am using Delhi as the starting place here but it is just for a reference. No matter where you stay, you can visit these places in mentioned month and will find some (if not plenty of) snow here.
Snowfall near Delhi
If you have about a week or so for vacation, then there are several places that you can go to throughout the year. While in winter season, choice of places is endless and you may even be able to catch a snowfall; options in the months of summer are severely limited. In traveling in months like June or July, the snow only you will see probably will be on top of the peaks or at high altitude passes. Let me break it down by months.
Snowfall near Delhi in January
It is the peak winter season and you can pretty much go anywhere in Uttarakhand, Himachal or J&K. Places like Shimla, Manali, Mussorie or Srinagar get crowded with tourists as the valleys turn white with snow all around. In Uttarakhand, some of the top places to go to would be Dhanaulti, Mussorie, Auli, Chopta, Nainital, Munsiyari, Almora and Chakrata. If you are looking for a place with not that many tourists; than it would be best to avoid Mussorie and travel towards Dhanaulti and Kanatal. If you want a place as close as possible to Delhi than give Landour a shot in January and you will see plenty of snow around Nag Tibba trek.
Khirsu is another place that receives heavy snow and is probably one of the least known tourist spots. A few other destinations you may chose to visit are Harsil, Dharali, Mana Village, Chaukori, Juda Lake, Kedarkantha Peak and Kausani.
In Himachal, Shimla and Manali are two hill stations that you can never really go wrong with. If this feels a bit too crowded, then try traveling a bit ahead of Shimla towards Kufri and Narkanda. Two other great places to witness snow and white valleys would be Dalhousie and Khajjiar. If you are up for some adventure as well then take out 7 days and travel to Spiti valley in Dead of winter. The amount of snow you will find at other places is nothing as compared to what you will find in Spiti. Kasol is another great place to go to in Himachal.
If you are into trekking than travel to Dharamshala and Mcleodganj and take a walk towards Triund. Heavy snow will not allow you to reach the top but as walk as far as you can until snow makes it impossible to go any further.Some other places you may visit are Jalori Pass, Shoja, Tirthan Valley, Prashar Lake, Rohru, and Chanshal Pass.
Come January and entire Jammu & Kashmir gets completely covered under a thick sheet of snow. Every town here is a tourist spot in itself and you can go in any direction. Srinagar, Sonamarg and Gulmarg are probably the hot favorites and why not; these places are paradise in themselves. In January, as the valley turns white, the sight here is one to behold. Some other great places to be at would be Pahalgam, Patnitop, Anantnag. If you want to go to places with a bit less tourists than try Nathatop and Kupwara. If you want to be at a place with only a handful of living souls around than catch a flight to Ladakh. The amount of snow you will find in Ladakh will be enough for a lifetime.
Though not near Delhi but if Northeast is on your mind, than Katao and Yumthang Valley in Sikkim; Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh; Lava, Lolegaon and Rishop in West Bengal would be great choice of places to visit.
Snowfall near Delhi in February
Pretty much the same deal as January. The only change will be that chances of catching a snowfall will be lesser in February than January. Some of the places at a lower altitude like Landour, Shimla, Dhanaulti, Patnitop, etc may not have much snow in February but rest of the above mentioned places will definitely will.
Snowfall near Delhi in March
If you have about 7 days in hand than a drive towards Spiti valley in March. Though a little adventurous and will require some serious riding or driving skills, it is will be totally worth it. March is a good time if you want to plan a winter trip to Spiti. Places like Shimla, Manali, Mussorie or some other hill stations from the list I mentioned above may not have snow all the time but there will still be occasional snowfall. If you want to see snow in March, then Chopta, Deoria Taal, Auli, Mana village will be a good choice. In Himachal, apart from Spiti, you can drive towards Jalori Pass or Chanshal Pass. Manali will also be a great choice for snow in March. Though there may not be any in the town itself, but you will definitely find snow towards Rohtang Pass.
In J&K, if there is no snow in Srinagar then just take a drive towards Sonamarg and you will have ample of snow all around. As a ground rule for March, try to travel in the earlier weeks. The longer you delay, the lesser the chances are of finding snow. Second rule is to look for a place that is at a higher altitude because there will definitely be snow there till late March.
Snowfall near Delhi in April
Choices will get severely limited April onwards. Most of the snow in Himalayas would have melted by April and you will really need to look for a place high above. In Uttarakhand, take a drive towards Gangotri or go to Auli; in Himachal ride towards Rohru and Chanshal Pass. Kashmir however will be the best choice to find snow in April. Places like Sonamarg and Gulmarg still continue to remain covered under snow and are worth a visit.
Snowfall near Delhi in May
In the month of May, you will really need to go towards some high altitude pass and will have to make it in early part of May. For a short 4-5 days trip, visiting Rohtang or Chanshal Pass will be your best bet. If you have some more time, then visit Kashmir as Sonamarg and Gulmarg both will still have plenty of snow. Srinagar Leh highway reopens towards end of April or early May so you can take a drive towards Kargil as well. There will be ample amount of snow at Zojila Pass and you will not be disappointed at all.
Snowfall near Delhi in June & July
Not really a great time if you want to go hunting snow as there will be none left. Your choices are mostly restricted to high altitude passes only. For a short trip, you can visit Manali and go to Rohtang Pass. Sach Pass too will have plenty of snow in June and some left even in July. June is also a great time to travel on Srinagar to Leh or Manali to Leh routes as the passes have just opened, snow is still melting and you will find plenty of it on top of the passes en route.
Snowfall near Delhi in August & September
Ladakh is probably the only places where you may hope to see some snow in these months but that too will be limited on top of the peaks. You can try your luck towards Sach Pass as well. If it is snow you desire, then I would recommend postponing your trip by a few months and wait for the winter to arrive.
Snowfall near Delhi in October & November
There are not really many places where it snows this early in winter near Delhi. The only place guaranteed to have snow during these months are Ladakh and Spiti. You can travel to Kaza from Shimla and visit Kunzum Pass to see snow. You can also plan a trip to Manali and Rohtang Pass or catch a flight to Ladakh. Sach Pass too would have closed but you can go to Bairagarh and take a drive from there towards the pass as far as you can go; but for this you will really have to talk to the cops at Satrundi check post in letting you go.
Snowfall Near Delhi in December:
Options in December too are vast. It may not happen early in the month but by mid or late December, it would have snowed all over Himalayas. Places that I mentioned for January in the article will all apply for December as well. Travel towards the end of the month and you are in for catching a live snowfall at all these destinations.
I hope the information above regarding snowfall near Delhi was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum and I will be glad to answer.