Snowy Destinations for a Perfect Winter Getaway

Sunrise, Himalayas

The winter season in India wakes up everyone’s inner adventurer, as many people embark on a journey to relax and enjoy away from the monotonous city life. To have the best experience of winters in India, the explorers must include some breathtaking destinations in their bucket list so that they can enjoy the “snow” white beauty of the winter season. Here is a list of awesome places which travellers can visit to have an unforgettable winter season in India.

#1. Auli, Uttarakhand: Two things are certain when you visit Auli in the winters. You will return with memories to cherish for the rest of your lives and a camera filled with encaptivating photos! One of the best places in north India for a family vacation,  tours to Auli give you a unique opportunity to stay in Igloo shaped tents and skii in the enormous snowscape. While in Auli, you can also enjoy trekking to the Chattrakund lake, situated at the height of 3,300m. Joshimath and Nanda Devi National Park are other major attractions around Auli.

Snowfall Time: December to February

#2. Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir: Known as the ski capital of India, Gulmarg epitomises the beauty of Jammu and Kashmir. All your winter dreams will come true in Gulmarg as you enjoy the knee-deep snow of Gulmarg.

If you are into photography, you must surely visit the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, where you can spot the endangered musk deer and a variety of other animals and birds such as Hangul, Leopard, Black Bear, Brown Bear, Red Fox, Griffon Vulture, Blue Rock Pigeon Monal, Jungle Crow, and Kashmir Roller.   

You can also visit other fascinating places like Strawberry Field (location for many scenes of the famous Shashi Kapoor – Amitabh Bachchan starrer Namak Halal), Aphrwat Peak, Alpather Lake, Ningle Nallah, Ferozpur Nallah, Seven Springs, and Gulmarg Golf Course (The highest golf course of the world!) in your tours of Gulmarg.

Snowfall Time: December to Mid-February (Although Gulmarg sometimes experiences early snowfall in November too)

#3. Manali, Himachal Pradesh: Manali is a paradise for all trekkers. It has numerous fascinating trials in store, which everybody, from an amateur to a professional, can enjoy. The local sightseeing tours of Manali give you an insight into their beautiful and glorious culture, through which you get to see the actual beauty of Manali. The various pilgrimage centres like Hidimba Devi Temple and Manu Temple make Manali a religiously significant destination where travellers go to seek serenity and peace. For the best experience, explore the hidden treks and don’t miss out on splendid places like Bhrigu Lake, Rahala and Jogini Waterfalls, Rohtang Pass, and Old Manali.

Snowfall Time: December and January

#4. Triund, Himachal Pradesh: If you are searching for a quaint getaway into the Himalayas, Triund is the place to go. As the Triund trek is relatively an easy one, you should definitely go to this exotic location with a group of friends. You won’t have to deal with difficult terrains and, unmountable heights; you can completely focus on chilling in the lap of Himalayas without any tensions. As you begin the journey from Mcleodgunj towards the scenic Dhauladhar mountains, the cool breeze replenishes your heart and soul, feeding you with vibrant energy for adventure. To add further to your list of accomplishments, go beyond Triund to the rock-cut caves around the Kareri Lake. Don’t forget to get a taste of the nightlife in Triund, which is even more entertaining than the day.

Snowfall Time: December End to February (Don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t snow and just extend your trek to Laka Glacier, where it regularly snows)

#5. Munsiyari, Uttarakhand: Unlike other famous locations, you surely mustn’t have heard of Munsiyari yet, which makes it even more interesting and attractive. The newly discovered winter heaven, situated in the tranquil mountains of Uttarakhand, provides you with an escapade away from cities and crowds of people, as you enjoy in the jaw-dropping raw beauty of Munsiyari. Places like Birthi Falls, Khaliya Top, and Kalamuni Top all remain unexplored and free of huge masses of travellers, making them ideal for the perfect adventure with friends. Get the most out of your Munsiyari tours and indulge in the local sightseeing tours of Madkot, Darkot, and other nearby places where you can admire and learn the simplistic lifestyle of the natives.

Snowfall Time: December to January So cometh the winter season, grab your bags, gather your friends, and depart on a thrilling journey that you won’t forget for the rest of your life!

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