Winterline In Mussoorie, Uttarakhand: A Rare-Vivid Phenomenon Of Nature


Unlike the other natural phenomenons, Winterline is one of the rare natural phenomena that is amazing than the others. It is simply an atmospheric or can say a sky phenomenon which leads to the formation of the second horizon (a line that separates the sky from the earth) in the sky during the sunset.

This word ‘Winterline’ means the formation of a line, known as the horizon, especially in the winter season. This phenomenon gives a vivid impression of the beauty of nature.

Moreover, the sunset time greatly increases the beauty of this phenomenon. A look of this phenomenon can be seen in the below picture:

What causes the Winterline?  

Winterline Mussoorie Photo By Abhishek Saraswat

According to some researchers, it is claimed that the Winterline is formed due to the refraction of the sunlight at a particular angle. And it can be seen only from the mountains having a long valley extending toward the west.

While some researchers say that this phenomenon is caused due to the warm air,i.e, When the warm air rises as a result of certain activities like cooking, bonfire, etc.

Then, it carries some dust particles along with it towards the sky. And when this warm air meets with the cold air of the sky, coming from the various Mountains, then it leads to the formation of the second horizon, which is known as Winterline.

Also, the Director of Uttrakhand Meteorological Department, Mr. Anand Sharma stated that certain atmospheric conditions are required along with less moisture and haze for the formation of a clear Winterline. And that’s a clear reason why this rare Phenomenon can’t be seen during the summer season.

Where Does Winterline Often Occur?

Winterline Mussoorie Photo By Abhishek Saraswat

As stated above, the Winterline phenomenon can be seen through the mountains having a haze-free, long extending valley towards the west. The two most famous places for witnessing this mind-stunning view are Uttrakhand (India) and Switzerland.

The hills of Mussoorie in Uttrakhand and the Alps in Switzerland are very-well known places to get a clear view of the Winterline.  The mountain ranges of the Uttrakhand are perfect to experience this rare phenomenon. Thus, if you are looking to experience this mind stunning view, then Uttrakhand should be on your bucket list.

Best Time To Experience Winterline:

As this rare phenomenon occurs in the winter season, therefore the best time for experiencing it is from October to January. However, this Winterline forms only at the sunset time, and therefore the exact time for viewing this phenomenon can’t be predicted.

Moreover, various other factors are responsible for this phenomenon. Moisture, haze, temperature, weather, etc. are the other factors, responsible for the occurrence of the Winterline phenomenon. Therefore, it can’t be assured that when this phenomenon is likely to occur, which made it a rare phenomenon.

Mussoorie (Uttarakhand) Winterline Carnival In India

Winterline Mussoorie Photo By Abhishek Saraswat

To create awareness about this rare natural phenomenon, the Mussoorie carnival has been started in Uttrakhand. It is usually celebrated in the last week of December month. In this festival, one can enjoy the beauty of art, cultures, and traditions of the Uttrakhand.

This carnival is jointly organized by the three main bodies: The Ministry of tourism and culture, The Government of Uttrakhand, and The city board of Mussoorie.

Here, you can enjoy the winter sports along with the rhythmic music, mouth-watering food, and much more!

Therefore, you should pay a visit to this carnival at least once and enjoy the beauty of this carnival. Various tourists come over here to enjoy this carnival festival in addition to the Winterline phenomenon. 

How To Shoot Winterline Phenomenon From Your Camera?

The best way to view and shoot Winterline is to get on a hilltop, if you are in Mussoorie I would recommend you to climb Gun Hill before the sunset so that you are ready with your gears when this magical phenomenon happens.

Best Camera Settings To Shoot Winterline:

I would recommend starting with keeping the aperture between F8-F11 and fast shutter speed (1/200-1/400) if you are shooting without a tripod, ISO can be set to auto or can be adjusted according to the lighting conditions at the moment.

I would love to see your shots of the Winterline, find me on Instagram, and tag me in your best shots.

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