A travel to the coldest places in North India is an adventure in itself. Wrapped in three or four layers of clothes and roaming around in a freezing weather is somewhat exciting.
Here is a list of some of the coldest places where the temperature goes to sub zero levels in India. These destinations during winter makes an interesting travel, as one can see a different scenery in the season.
Winter in these places actually off-season for travel, so the lodging rates might be less. So, travelling during this time allows you to enjoy snow fall as well as winter sports like skiing, snow boarding, etc. which you can't find in South India.
So, let us travel to some of the coldest places in North India and enjoy the snowfall!
Dras known as the 'Gateway to Ladakh', is said to be the 2nd coldest inhabited place in the world.
It is also the coldest place in India; during winters (mid-October to mid-May) the climate in Dras can dip as low as -45º C. In summer (June - September) the temperature is around 15º C - 25º C and it is the best time to visit this town.
The picturesque Dras Valley is also a base camp for trekking to Suru Valley and Mushku Valley.
This coldest place also has many tourist places: Ningoor Masjid, Laser La, Minamarg, Draupadi Kund, Dras War Memorial, etc.
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It won't be wrong to say Sandakphu is a paradise for trekkers, photographers and adventure enthusiasts.
This highest mountain peak in West Bengal provides a panoramic view of world's 4 highest peaks at a stretch, namely: Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Lhotse.
Sandakphu is one of the coldest places in India, as the temperature during winter dips to -20º C or even low.
Many winter treks also happen through Singlila ridge towards Sandakphu and Phalut.
There are several other trek routes which are dangerous; yet adventure enthusiasts undertake many such trips around Sandakphu which offers breathtakings vistas of mountain ranges.
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Lachen in Sikkim is the base camp for Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake.
It is one of the developing tourist place under Sikkim tourism.
In some places in Lachen, the temperature in summer varies around 4º - 12º C.However, summers are one of the pleasant seasons to visit.
Lachen during winter can drop to -5º C and that makes it one of the coldest places in North India.
The Yumthang Valley trek and Gurudongmar Lake are some of the main attractions here.
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Keylong or Kyelong is located in Spiti of Himachal Pradesh, it is famous for Kardang Monastery.
Keylong is at a distance of 115km from Manali and 65km to Rohtang Pass.
The weather in winter can drop -4º C and that makes it one of the coldest places in India.
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Kufri is one of the famous hill stations in Shimla, the weather here can range from normal temperature to subzero levels during winter.
Kufri is mainly known for Himalayan Wildlife Zoo and Mahasu Peak trek.
Snowfall offers a lot of winter sports like skiing, snow boarding, etc. for the tourists.
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The picturesque Munsiyari is one of the popular tourist places in Uttarakhand.
Situated on the banks of Goriganga river, it is at the foot Himalayan ranges.
Munsiyari is known for trekking and there are various trek trails around.
Winter season from November - March takes the temperature to sub zero levels by making it one of the coldest places in North India.
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Trekking trails, tourist places, Buddhist pilgrim sites, and the splendid landscapes define Leh's beauty.
People love to explore Leh for its rustic beauty and often go for treks around this place.
During winters the temperature in Leh be very freezing, thus making it one of the coldest places in India.
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Tawang is still developing as tourist destination in Arunachal Pradesh.
It is famous for Tawang Monastery and is known as a Buddhist holy place.
The winter season from November to February brings in freezing weather and the climate may also dip to sub zero levels. Thus, making it one of the coldest places in India.
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