A lot of foreigners from across the length and breadth of the world have a misconception that India is not cold enough during winters. Although winter doesn’t last long in India; but the local resident of India would know how chilly North India could get during winters. Additionally, some regions in North India experience the freezing breeze throughout the year, attracting tourists year around.
So, if you thought India is only about desert and beach traveling then you must visit and explore the snow parts of India. India is all geared up to take its travelers to its best snow-covered regions. From Skiing to snowballing, tourists are sure to get the best from their winter vacations in India.
If you like to give your skiing skills a test or are a freaking skiing beginner, then Auli is an ultimate stopover. With a deep in temperature, the place comes alive like a dreamland. Known as ‘bugyal’ in the local dialect, it lies en route to Badrinath. With 2500 to 3000 meters high skiing slopes, Auli gives competition to various international ski places across the world.
Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir
Perched at a height of 8,957 ft above the sea level, Pahalgam is one of the pristine snow beauties in the country. Everything about this natural splendor is exciting including riverside location, snow-capped peaks, freezing weather conditions, long treks, surrounding calmness and skiing.
Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
Situated around 880 km away from the national capital, tourists can easily access this pristine snow beauty from Srinagar. Snowy peaks in the backdrop, freezing winds, blooming varieties of flowers and vast snow cover for skiing, Gulmarg is a beautiful tourist spot for travelers who crave adventure.
Patnitop, Jammu Kashmir
Patnitop is a tourist point in the district of Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir. This hilltop place close to Pir Panjal range is nestled in the Lower Himalayan Range thus has an abundance of natural beauty, revitalizing sights and of white snow cover. Along with skiers and nature lovers, Patnitop also enthralls trekkers.
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali never fails to appeal tourists. Its emerald meadows, crystal clear rivers and the dancing drama of snowy slopping mounts and blue sky over the horizon are just unparallel. And with the onset of winters, the appeal only grows giving tourists’ pleasure of skiing and ice-skating. Situated at a distance of 270 km north of Shimla, Manali has nestled in River Beas Valley at a height of 2,050 meters above sea level
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
If you are running short of time but wants to enjoy snow fall in its full bloom then Shimla is an excellent place to throng. Wait till mid-December and you will see the place in a new avatar with a sheet of white cover fetching hordes of vacationers and honeymooners. Being the main gateway to Himachal Pardesh, explorers can also extend their journey to various other destinations of the state like Kufri, Manali and Naldehra from Shimla.
Lying 274 km from the national capital city, Nainital not only serves as a refreshing weekend escape but is also quite popular among newly-wed couples. The best time to visit the place is December to January when Nanda Devi Peak looks stunning in a white cover and you can feel the chill in the breeze while following snow-covered trekking routes.
Kufri, Himachal Pradesh
Kufri, a skiing hotspot, is one of the popular winter holiday destinations in India. This little quaint yet captivating region of Himachal Pradesh transforms into heaven during winters. The white snow spread all over gives a very refreshing and chilly look.
A drive of 24 km from Mussoorie will take you to Dhanaulti, another picturesque hill station in Uttarakhand. The place is known for its tranquility and dark beauty of deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. Though it is a round-the-year hangout place, but if you really want to enjoy Dhanaulti in its full bloom then winter is the best period.
Sonmarg, Jammu & Kashmir
Sonmarg is one of those few hill stations in India, where snow can be witnessed till April (occasionally). Sonmarg is located about 80kms from Srinagar, which is another winter destination in India. It is inevitable to encounter road clocks and landslides during the heavy snow season and therefore it is advised to check the weather report prior to planning a trip to Sonmarg
Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
The moon-scaped Ladakh is probably one of the best places in India to witness snowfall. The thick blanket of snow can be seen all over Ladakh between October and March. Where one can witness a curb on many routine activities in other hill stations; in Ladakh wider gates for adventure open to adrenaline enthusiasts. Regions like Zanskar become hotspots for winter treks as the river, lakes, and waterfalls freeze during this time of the year.
Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Often referred has Switzerland of India, this little hilly destination is perfect to enjoy the snowfall in India. It has a small pond that also freezes during the winter and the surrounding mountains and trees all turn white as well. Khajjiar becomes one of the most scenic places in India once covered by snow.
Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
Dalhousie with its mesmerizing beauty and old charm is one among the best places to visit in India in winters. Escape to this noiseless and pollution less place and enjoy the scenic beauty, mountains, and streams and also visit places like Panch Pulla, Daikund peak and Satdhara falls
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