If I travel to northern India in winter (around November/December), where will I be able to experience considerable snow. I want a less touristy place (not like Manali) within 12-16 hours reach of new Delhi by public transport. If there is none, what would be my best bet in India except for Jammu & Kashmir?


Most of North India doesn't see snow, and the winter temperatures almost never reach close to freezing.

The places that see snow are J&K, Himachal Pradesh and some parts of Uttarakhand. This article has some places that you can visit. Most of these places however don't have good public transport connectivity from Delhi.

The other place where it snows is in the North East beyond Sikkim, but that's a fair distance away from Delhi.

I'd really recommend that you go the Laddhak region in J&K, it is much safer than places in Kashmir, it is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. You'll find snow, rivers, old buddhist monasteries and a landscape that's literally out of this world.

To summarize, there aren't all that many Non Touristy places reasonably close to Delhi with good public transport connectivity. You'll have to take the road less taken.

  • How much time does it take to Ladakh from ND? What are my transit options? Jan 16 '16 at 10:39
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    You have options to hire a vehicle from Manali or Srinagar if you want to go by road. Otherwise you could fly to Leh and hire a vehicle to explore there. Road options would take a few days, flight is 2 and 1/2 hours or so.
    – nikhil
    Jan 19 '16 at 19:09

I would like to recommend Nainital and Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand and Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. These places are less touristy than Shimla and Manali. It usually snow during December and January, however it often depends on one's luck. These places are also easily accessible by bus from New Delhi.

  • It is highly unlikely that one would find snow in Pithoragarh -- located at an altitude of ~1600m -- during November/December months. Even in towns like Nainital/Dalhousie --both located at around 2000m -- rarely experiences snow in November/December. Oct 23 '20 at 7:20

Narkanda is within 12-16 hours of reach from Delhi. It is less touristy than Shimla/Manali. You would find snow in Narkanda after Late December/early January.

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