India is home to extremities, while in winter temperature goes in minus, summers are the best examples of increasing temperature. According to a recent update from the weather forecast, the temperature will shoot up to 50 degrees Celsius in Delhi and places around. The only way to beat this heat is to plan a trip to any of the coldest places in India.
Starting from the top of the country, Jammu and Kashmir are perfect places to visit during the summer vacation. The place has pleasant weather round the year and offers amazing views of nature. It has places like Srinagar and Gulmarg, which are on the top of every tourist list of places to visit. Besides J&K, Himachal Pradesh boasts scintillating weather throughout the year. The state witnessed the lowest temperature in winters, which makes it one of the coldest places in the country. You can visit an array of snowy places in Himachal Pradesh from places like Kufri, Manali, and Rohtang Pass.
How can we forget about Leh, Ladakh, the site is ideal for adventure activities. Let’s have a look at the top 15 coldest places in the country.
List of Coldest Places in India:
1. Dras – Kargil
Located in the Kargil, Dras is one of the coldest places in India and the second coldest place on the earth. It is popularly known to be the ‘The Gateway to Ladakh. Dras is the starting point for the treks to Suru Valley, Amarnath, and Sialkot. In winters, the temperature falls up to -45℃. The hill station is also known as snow land.
Best Time to Visit Dras: June to September
2. North Sikkim
North Sikkim is one of the famous states of Sikkim. It boasts the tallest peaks of the world that is Kanchenjunga. In the past years, the state has observed the lowest temperature, which was -40°C. The state has thick vegetation and many waterfalls that make it one of the most stunning places to visit in India. On your trip to North Sikkim, you can visit places like Zero points, Yumthang valley, Crows lake and, Lachung monastery.
Best Time to Visit North Sikkim: April to June, October to December
3. Kargil – Jammu Kashmir
Kargil is one of the famous places in the country. The site has been a battleground during the Kargil war and is the same place where thousands of soldiers lost their lives. However, the war was fruitful for India. It is located at an altitude of 2,676 m. The temperature often falls to -48°C in winters. The place is close to historic towns and castles that are situated on hillocks- Pashkum
Best Time to Visit Kargil: June to September
4. Spiti Valley – Himachal Pradesh
Known to be an ideal honeymoon destination in India, Himachal Pradesh is home to small valleys and towns amongst them Spiti Valley is one of the coldest places in India. The valley is known for its rich Buddhist culture. If you want to explore the coldest places in Himachal, than Kaja is your ideal destination. It is situated at an altitude of 3,800 m on the Himalayas. The pace boasts many monasteries. You can visit the place during the summers. With the dip in the temperature, you can experience the temperature up to -30°C in winters.
Best Time to Visit Spiti: Mid May to Mid Oct
5. Sela Pass – Tawang
Sela Pass is one of the offbeat hill stations in India. It is perched at the altitude of 4,170 m. The place is covered by the snow throughout the year, which gives it a stunning view. The place also has several lakes that are revered to Buddhists. Do visit the place to relish the spiritual journey.
Best Time to Visit Sela Pass: October-November, March-April, and May
6. Munsiyari – Uttarakhand
Munsiyari is a small village in Uttrakhand, which is an ideal place for all the people who are planning to visit cold places in India. The village has a picturesque panorama of snow-capped Himalayan Range. Munsiyari is a perfect example of nature at its best. The place is also famous for adventurous activities and trekking trails. The minimum temperature that you can experience is -3° C.
Best Time to Visit Munisyari: April – June, and October -November
7. Hemkund – Uttarakhand
Hemkund is popularly known as Gurudwara Sri Hemkund Sahib Ji. It is a Sikh pilgrimage which is located in the district of Uttrakhand. Enveloped by lakes and snow-clad peaks, Hemkund is one of the coldest places in the country. Situated at the altitude of 4,362 is an ideal place for trekking in India. In the winters, the temperature here dips to 10°C to -11°C.
Best Time to Visit Hemkund: April – June and October – March
8. Leh – Ladakh
The capital of Ladakh, Leh is one of the popular tourist destinations and a perfect place for a road trip in India. The place is famous across the country for its rich culture and history. Some of the best tourist places in Leh are Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Pangong Lake, and many monasteries and captivating lakes. The average temperature in Leh goes to -28.3 °C.
Best Time to Visit Leh: June to September
9. Amarnath – Jammu & Kashmir
Considered to be heaven for pilgrims, Amarnath is counted amongst the coldest places in India. Besides religious activities, the place is famous for its mountainous terrains, valleys, and caves. You can visit the place in the summer to beat the heat. Yatra to amaranth begins from Pahalgam, and the lowest temperature of the Amarnath is -20°C.
Best Time to Visit Amarnath: May to September
10. West Sikkim
In case you are looking for an ideal place for trekking, then what could be better than West Sikkim? It is located on the altitude of 3,800 m and experiences at temperate climate across the year. Some of the tourist attractions of West Sikkim are Khecheoperi lake, Rabdentse palace, and Dubdi monastery. In winter, the temperature could fall up to -15°C and even below.
Best Time to Visit West Sikkim: October – November
11. Rohtang Pass – Manali
While Manali is a famous hill station, Rohtang Pass is one of the best places to visit in summers. The place connects to the Kullu valley and Spiti Valley. It is located at an altitude of 3,978, and you will find it covered with the snow across the year. The lowest temperature in Rohtang Pass reaches up to -6°C, making it one of the coldest places in India. The place is also ideal for all adventure enthusiasts. Tourists can go for thrilling activities like skiing, mountain biking in the months of summers.
Best Time to Visit Rohtang Pass: May-June
12. Srinagar – Kashmir
How can our list of top 15 coldest places in India can be completed without adding Srinagar in the list? Also known to be heaven on earth, Srinagar is one of the beautiful places to visit in the summers. It has a picturesque view and stunning locations that one can explore. During the winters, the temperature dips to -3°C to 0°C. In past years the temperature has also fallen up to -7.6°C.
Best Time to Visit Srinagar: April to October
13. Kalpa – Himachal Pradesh
Located in Himachal Pradesh, Kalpa is one of the offbeat hill stations. It is a small village and home to many monasteries and temples. The village is also popular for its vast apple orchards and the blissful backdrop of Sutlej River. The lowest temperature recorded at Kalpa was -15°C.
Best Time to Visit Kalpa: March- September
14. Sonamarg – Jammu and Kashmir
Located in Jammu and Kashmir, Sonamarg is one of the beautiful hill stations in India. Sonamarg means golden land. The hill station is located in the Srinagar and is amongst the must-visit places. The place is covered by the snow around the year, which makes it a perfect destination for experiencing heavy snowfall. The temperature has reached to -8 °C.
Best Time to Visit: April – June
15. Gulmarg – Jammu & Kashmir
If you ever visit Jammu Kashmir, do visit Gulmarg. It is also one of the coldest places in the country. Gulmarg is known for adventure activities like skiing. During the winters the, place looks completely white as it is covered with snow. The temperature here has gone to -7 °C.
Best Time to Visit Gulmarg: March to June
With the rise in temperature, Delhi and around the cities have become extremely hot and, thus, to beat the heat, which could be better than making a short trip to cold places. Summer vacations are the ideal time for families to plan a family trip at hill stations to escape from the summers. Here, we have curated some of the coldest places in India that you can consider to visit in summers.