Sweat and humidity are basically everything that summers in India offer us. But surprisingly not many people know about the coldest places in India. There are many! After all, the Indian subcontinent is home to the largest percentage of Himalayas.

Here Is A List Of Coldest Places In India

Siachen Glacier

The Siachen Glacier located in the northern Karakoram range. Siachen is not only the coldest place in India but in the entire non-polar world. It receives the highest snowfall in the world. The minimum temperature goes up to -50°C. Siachen doesn’t have summers. The summer temperature there goes up to -10°C. Siachen, for decades, has been a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan. And because of the cold climatic conditions, many soldiers have even lost their lives. Civilians were allowed to visit Siachen in 2008 but the area is still restricted and you will need special permission to enter there.

Location: Karakoram Range
Winter temperature: -50°C

Dras, Kargil

Dras is a beautiful place which is not much talked about. The place is known as “The gateway of Ladakh”. Located in the Kargil district, the place is one of the coldest places in India. Apart from that, Dras plays as a staging point for the people who trek to Amarnath and Sialkot.

Location: Kargil District
Winter Temperature: -45°C
Best time to visit: June to September
Sela Pass, Tawang

Sela pass id is known for its natural beauty. The town connects the Buddhist town of Tawang to Tezpur and Guwahati. Summers there are often pleasant but the winters are chilling, here. The town experiences snowfall during the winters. It sits in the Himalayas at a height of 4170 m and you can take this beautiful journey in the month of October, November, March, April and May. There is the least chance of the route to be filled with snow in these months.

Location: Border between the Tawang and West Kameng Districts
Winter Temperature: -15°C
Best time to visit: October, November, March, April and May
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Frozen Sela Lake


Srinagar is located at an elevation of 1,585 meters. This beautiful city is known for its culture and sceneries. Being home to the famous Dal lake, Srinagar is the coldest state capital of the country. The city has an amazing snowfall in  Jammu and Kashmir has been a victim of terrorism and that has affected its tourism sector. But it has now picked up the pace in recent years.

Location: Kashmir
Winter Temperature: -2.5°C
Best time to visit: April to October

Leh, Ladakh

Leh is a very popular tourist destination. The place is rich in its history and culture. The temperature in summer goes up to 7°C. There are many monasteries and lakes that make Leh, a must visit.

Location: Ladakh
Winter Temperature: -20°C- 15°C
Best time to visit: June To September

Lachen and Thangli Valley

The most beautiful snow-capped mountain peaks are located in North Sikkim. The two coldest places in Northern Sikkim that you can visit is the Lachen and Thangu Valley. Lachen and Thangu Valley are located at an elevation of 2,500 m and face a sub-zero level temperature. This temperature is almost constant throughout the year.

Location: North Sikkim
Winter Temperature: -15°C- 10°C
Best time to visit: November and June
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Lachen Valley


Keylong is situated on the main road to Leh. It sits on an altitude of 3340 m above the sea level and is full of willow trees, water streams and mountains covered with snow. This beautiful destination is not that far from Manali, Kaza and Leh. So this makes it a perfect stop if you are on a road trip to any of these destinations.

Location: Himachal Pradesh
Winter Temperature: -2°C
Best time to visit: May to October


Sonamarg is one of the most beautiful destinations to visit in Kashmir. It is a perfect summer destination and but winters can be really harsh in Sonamarg. Amarnath is in proximity to Sonamarg and is Sonamarg is surrounded by mountains. It is located at an elevation of 2,800 m.

Location: Kashmir
Winter Temperature: -6°C
Best time to visit: May to November


The capital of Himachal Pradesh is known for its handicraft shops, a pedestrian avenue, shopping markets and weather. It sits on an elevation of 2,276 m. Average Summer temperature goes up to 19-28 °C which is very pleasant.

Location: Himachal Pradesh
Winter Temperature: -1°C
Best time to visit: March to June
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Snow-covered Mountain Houses in Shimla


Sikkim has some of the most beautiful and most visited travel destinations. Gangtok, the state capital is one of them. It is home to a significant portion of Himalayas and contains breathtaking mountain peaks. Gangtok is located at an elevation of more than 1,600 m.

Location: Sikkim
Winter Temperature: -4°C
Best time to visit: September to June


Mussoorie sits on an elevation of 2,005.5 m above the sea level and is usually pleasant throughout the year. The Queen of Hills is located 35 km from Dehradun, this hill station is something you should never miss. The Queen of Hills.

Location: Uttrakhand
Winter Temperature: -2°C
Best time to visit: December – February (month of snow)

Rohtang Pass, Manali

Manali is a place you shouldn’t miss in your summer or winter vacations. Rohtang Paa which connects Kullu to Lahaul and Spiti valley is another location that will mesmerise you. It is located at an altitude of 3,978m and its mountains are covered with snow clad in winters. This picturesque tourist destination is regarded as one of the coldest places in India.

Location: Manali
Winter Temperature: -5°C to -6°C
Best time to visit: December – January (month of snow)
Rohtang Pass
Rohtang Pass

Hit these places in your next vacation. These are a few of the coldest places in India and should not be missed from the list. Let us know in the comment section below about your experience.



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