In a few regions in India, summer isn’t just hot, but it’s ruthless. Brutal heatwaves and rising temperatures make these places in India so extreme that one might think twice to stay. However, even during this season, India offers some chilling places that you can visit and get one with the cold part of India. Be it the towering mountain valleys in the northeast or regions of the Himalayas, travelling to these regions you will face some of the most chilling yet heartwarming summer weather conditions.
So, go ahead read the article and beat the heat of summer at these chilly Indian destinations.
With the temperature falling as low as 10 ºC in the summer, this snowy paradise is famously called the icebox of India in the winter though. Located at an altitude of 4,400 m above the sea level, Sela Pass, is mostly covered in thick snow throughout the year. During summer, the mountain range get cosy with chill winds. Sela Pass is also a sacred site for Tibetan residents hosting many Buddhist temples.
Perched 2,500 m above sea level in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, Munsiyari is a popular hotspot for thrill-seekers and nature lovers. The weather conditions remain cold and dry, throughout the year and the temperatures reach up to 8ºC during summer, thus, making it one of the coldest places in India. However, there are plenty of reasons to visit Munsiyari, including rare and exotic migratory birds, snow-clad mountains, and icy lakes.
Located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Keylong is spread across 40 km on the Leh main road. Not as cold as the other places mentioned above, the temperature here can go as low as 12 ºC and is one of the coldest places to visit in India in summer. Keylong is a mecca for bike-riders and offers a stunning view on the way to another cold destination, Leh. Kelong is also well connected to other tourists destinations such as Manali, Kaza and Leh.
In addition to its infamous war stories between India and Pakistan, the town also holds the claim for being one of the chill places in India. Situated on the Srinagar- Leh highway, at an elevation of 3,325m, Kargil represents the extreme border between India and Pakistan. The temperatures can go as low as 4 ºC during the summer season. Having said that, Kargil is also a hot spot for history buffs and journalists as it was the venue that witnessed the infamous 1999 war between India and Pakistan.
Recently proposed as a union territory, Ladakh is located in Jammu & Kashmir, amidst the Himalayan ranges. It is one of the northernmost regions in India. It is home to 2,70,000 residents of Tibetan culture. The average daily temperature in January is minus 2 ºC, while the average high is 12 ºC. Ladakh is heavily commercialized over the years and is hospitable during summer seasons. You can visit Ladakh during the summer to have an impressive view of untouched and blooming natural beauty.
Lachen And Thangu Valley
Located in the northern part of Sikkim, Lachen and Thangu Valley is a visual retreat for many tourists and travellers. Lachen and Thangu Valley is situated at an altitude of 2500 m and experiences average January lows of 10 ºC to 15 ºC. Throughout its history, the snowy mountains in the valley have witnessed some of the most chilling conditions. These cold valleys in Sikkim bestow chills temperatures almost throughout the year.
Situated in Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is a well-known summer tourist destination; this snow-white paradise has a dual side that is so extreme it can give you shivers. Though counted as an offbeat destination to visit in India, during winter, it experiences heavy snowfalls and avalanches. Tawang is a natural wonder that offers breathtaking snowy landscapes and lakes. You can visit Tawang during the summer to experience the best.