Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh is a colorful story in itself. Any season you travel there you can capture the same location in different colors and hue through your lens. I recently planned a road trip from Pinjore to Shimla – Kufri – Chail with my family to capture few glimpses of snow white towns. And, luckily I witnessed snowfall and saw Shimla turning white. The whole scene was like a fairyland.
Here I am sharing what Shimla looks like after snowfall in pictures and videos captured by me and Tashi.
It was early morning, the environment was quite. There was no rain, no lightning only clouds and temperature almost freezing. In minutes the snowflakes started falling and covering everything. Check in the video how tiny and beautiful they are.
In no time, the moto world in Navbahar, Shimla turned so picturesque.
The Navbahar roads got painted in the contrast of white, black, green and red.
The Shimla ridge became so bright, clear and beautiful after hours of snowfall. A happy joyful flock of tourists appeared on the ridge to play with the snow.
In the afternoon we headed towards Kufri and on the way, I captured Sanjauli town. The houses or I should say lego blocks were painted in white by nature.
We couldn’t reach Kufri as the roads were closed that afternoon due to heavy snowfall, so we turned to Mashobra. It had always been on my list but could never visit it.
On the way to Mashobra, I got excited seeing standing road roller and thought of having some adventure with it.
Next day, we started our day for Kufri again. The roads were open and the way was drawn in a combination of lush white and green.
Kufri, 18 km from Shimla is just half an hour drive but we reached in 2 hrs because of the scenic views and numerous stoppages on the way admiring nature.
Seeing so much snow around, my parents turned to Kids. They were more happy and thrilled than us. Dad was excited and busy playing with snow.
Next was Chail on our list but the roads were again closed. So, we headed to Fagu-Theog and saw how mesmerizing the landscaped looked.
I never felt that lost but I was completely lost in the beauty of nature and its colors.
Snowfall in and around Shimla gets exciting and is always welcomed by tourists, travelers, hoteliers, and locals. Initially, it gets smiles to everyone’s faces but it also makes life tough for locals because of water and electricity shortage. Even the local transportation too is impacted. Snowfall in Shimla gets mixed emotions from locals, but tourists and travelers are always happy.
I don’t know how special the falling snowflakes are to you but for me, that whole moment is extremely thrilling. I love witnessing and capturing how the whole colored town gets painted in white color in minutes. It looks so heavenly. I can sit and gaze at the snowfall for hours. They seem like cotton candies of various sizes. Anyways, if you too feel the same and want to experience the live snowfall, then January and February are the right months to rush to satisfy your eyes and soul. And here are the five winter destinations to experience snowfall in Himachal.
Shimla – Kufri – Chail
Shimla, the queen of Himachal is a colonial town. In winters the slanting roofs of buildings get covered in snow sheets and dancing deodars around it give a Paradise feel. The whole scene is a perfect postcard picture. Kufri a small hill town lies 18 km ahead and it is a famous skiing hotspot in winters. Chail known for its quietness and birds lies further 27 km to Kufri. In winters during snowfall, there is only snow, greenery and the misty surroundings engulfing the whole environment.
Expected Lowest Temperature: -2 to 0 degree Celsius
What to do: Play and walk-in snowfall, build snowmen, enjoy snow games like skating, skiing, and party with bonfires
Difficulties you may face: Water shortage, power trips, road blocks, traffic jams
Special: Winter Sports festival happens around February in Kufri
Manali – Solang Valley
The Manali town is surrounded by snow clad mountains on one side and Beas River on the other It is beautiful during all the months and imagines how beautiful it will be in extreme winters (December, January, and February) when there is fresh snow with a fluffy texture. Everything gets white, more beautiful, and picturesque. The landscapes get more enhanced and are clearly demarcated.
The Solang valley lies 14 km ahead of Manali and is famous among tourists and travelers for ice skating, skiing, and zorbing. The cable car from Solang valley is a beautiful ride and it takes you to the snow point.
Expected Lowest Temperature: -6 to -8degree Celsius
What to do: Enjoy snow games, click lots of pictures, visit old Manali restaurants and party all night
Difficulties you may face during snowfall in Himachal: Water shortage, power trips, roadblocks, traffic jams and high chances of slipping on ice. So carry snowshoes or you can rent it from there.
Haripur Dhar is a small town situated on a ridge overlooking deep valley in Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh. It is quiet, serene and not a common tourist destination. The temperature during summers in Haripur Dhar varies from 0 to 5 degree Celsius and in winters it is completely snowing. There are awesome views of snow clad mountains from the ridge top.
Difficulties you may face: roadblocks due to excessive snowfall, extreme cold, power cuts and water shortage
Dharamshala – Mcleodganj
The Mcleodganj located at an altitude of 1700 meters is a home to Dalai Lamas and has a jumbled mix of shops, restaurants, hotels, and cafes strewn along the steep winding alleyway. It lies in the Dauladhar range, 10 km ahead of Dharamshala. Mcleodganj receives a good amount of snowfall in Himachal during winters in January and February. The environment is chilling with the cold breeze and is flocked by couples especially honeymooners. The whole place is blessed, romantic and a tranquilizer in itself, quite different from summers.
Expected Lowest Temperature: 0 to -2degree Celsius
What to do: Visit Bhagsu Waterfall, climb to Shiva Cafe, roam around the local colorful market, Buy local wood and metal artwork, enjoy Tibetan food
Difficulties you may face: Traffic jams, Parking problem, water shortage, extreme cold
Dalhousie, a quiet colonial Hill station is named after British General Lord Dalhousie. It is a tourist destination throughout all seasons but in winters during January and February snowfall adds an extra charm and cream to its picturesque landscapes. The white sheet makes the combination of white and green nature more enchanting and beautiful.
The Khajjiar town lies 21 km from Dalhousie and is known as Switzerland of India. In winters its huge green meadows get covered with snow sheets and pine trees in backdrop look so poetic and it is like a dream come true.