The Coldest Places In India You Need To Visit

India is considered to be the land of never-ending summer; this, of course, can be held true for Rajasthan, parts of Gujarat and the southernmost states. Read any other country’s guide to visiting India, and you’ll be surprised to see the hot, humid climate warnings everywhere.

In all honesty, this is one of the biggest myths about India. What most people don’t realize that India’s topography and climate are as diverse as its people, and one can experience the blazing desert heat, the severe cold of the Himalayas and everything else in between.

While most of us in the plains have this constant urge to leave to the mountains and never return, it’s just not feasible to pack your bags to not look back. What you can do instead is read through such inspiring posts and give your thoughts a chill. A bit of day-dreaming won’t do you any harm.

Read on to know of the coldest places in India.

1. Dras

State: Jammu and Kashmir

Elevation: 3,280 meters above sea level

Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to Ladakh’, Dras is a solitary town in the infamous district of Kargil. Known as the coldest place in India, Dras is also considered to be the second coldest inhabited place in the world, losing only to Oymyakon in Russia.

With average lows as much as -22°C, temperature stoops down to -50°C in the extreme winter.

2. Kargil

State: Jammu and Kashmir

Elevation: 2,676 meters above sea level

Situated along the banks of Suru River, Kargil became known to the masses during the infamous war against Pakistan in 1999. Located just about 10 kilometers from the India-Pakistan border, Kargil is a popular summer destination with a number of adventure activities including high-altitude trekking, river rafting, mountaineering, etc.

3. Leh and Ladakh

State: Jammu and Kashmir

Elevation: 3,500 meters above sea level

The paradise for bikers and adventure enthusiasts, Leh is the capital of the ancient kingdom of Ladakh. The temperature in the winter stoops as low as -42°C and hovers between 5-7°C during the summer.

4. North Sikkim

State: Sikkim

Elevation: 3,500 meters above sea level

Home to the third highest mountain in the world, i.e. Kanchenjunga, North Sikkim is one of the coldest places in India. With alpine forests dissolving into the Tundra, the temperature in the region falls down to -40°C in the winter.

5. Spiti

State: Himachal Pradesh

Elevation: 4,000 meters above sea level

An underrated Himalayan desert, Spiti is relatively lesser known than Leh and Ladakh. Make the most out of it while it’s still not known to the commoners. The valley is surreal, mystical and enchanting, perhaps nothing like you have seen before. Kaza, the district headquarter of Spiti is one of the coldest towns in the vicinity with the average temperature in winter hovering around -45°C.