It is no exaggeration that the best thing about the winter season is the snowfall. When tiny snowflakes fall from above and cover the entire place like a pure-white sheet, they form a mesmerizing sight. With majestic peaks, mouth-watering cuisine and world-class skiing, the following winter havens provide exceptional settings to enjoy the snowfall in India amidst the warmth of a bonfire.
1) Auli, Uttarakhand – A Winter Wonderland!
Tantalizing slopes and rustic mountain cottages give Auli, one of the best hill stations in India for adventure sports, a Swiss feel. A small but beautiful winter destination where thick, white snow blankets the slopes and lines the streets and houses. Auli is visited by professional as well as amateur skiers. This place also boasts of the longest cable car route from Auli to Joshimath (4 km). Covered with oak trees and coniferous deodar, the 2500 to 3000 meters high skiing slopes of Auli are a real treat that make Auli a world-class skiing destination.
Snow Season: November to March
Winter Activities: Take a ride through the cable car; relax in the meadows full of blooming flowers; trek to the nearby area to enjoy the best panoramic views; and ski, ski, ski!
2) Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir – The Magnificent Snow Place!
Perched at a height of 8,957 ft above the sea level, Pahalgam is one of the pristine snow-clad hill stations in the country to experience snowfall in India. The real magic of Pahalgam lies within its serene long treks that provide you a tranquil snowy escape away from the madness of an intense urban lifestyle. Also, huge skiing scapes give enough fodder to the adventure freaks to visit Pahalgam in the winter season.
Snow Season: December and January.
Winter Activities: Ride in the cable car, Gulmarg Gondola; rejuvenate at The Khyber Spa; enjoy golf at the Golf Course; and ski and snowboard at Ski Resorts.
3) Kufri, Himachal Pradesh – A Snowy Haven!
With fresh snow all around, and towering pine and deodar trees, Kufri looks like a postcard picture during the winter season. This place is famous for ski slopes and offers great views of the deep valleys and forests which rise towards the lofty Himalayas. It is surrounded by cedar woods and through which one can trek to Mahasu Peak, the highest peak in Kufri. There is also the Himalayan Aviary harboring some mountain birds including Monal, the state bird of Himachal.
Orchards and Lakes Full of Snow – Kufri
Snow Season: December to February.
Winter Activities: Enjoy skiing on the slopes Kufri; ice-skating, skiing, trekking, river-rafting, Yak rides.
4) Yumthang Valley, Sikkim – An Unexplored Scenery!
A hidden gem of the North-East, Yumthang Valley is full of sliding slopes and dramatic set of landscapes. Snows of the Yumthang Valley are pristine and alluring. Snow lovers will enjoy watching the snow falling and gently covering the treetops, layering the roofs, and the roads of the valley. Spectacular views, incredible nature’s beauty, and indescribable thrill are all a subset of Yumthang Valley. Surrounded by the Himalayas and colorful flowers, Lachung Monastery is one of the nice places to visit here.
Snow Season: October to December.
Winter Activities: Hear the soothing whispers of Seven sisters’ falls; soak in the charisma of Hot Water Spring; hike through the Gurudongmar Lake; trek to Thangu and experience scenic views of Zero Point.
5) Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh – A Beautiful Hamlet!
Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is paradise for seeing snowfall in India that exhibits an aura of calmness, filling travelers with awe and wonder. Sky high, snow-clad mountains, gushing waterfalls and dense forests, you’ll find it all here. A quiet and spiritual place, the 400-year old Buddhist Monastery lends a mystic air to this white wonderland. The authentic cuisine tastes delicious and the cozy houses comfort the distressed souls against these pristine white backgrounds.
Snow Season: October to February.
Winter Activities: Trek through the Sela Pass; enjoy the gushing of Nuranang Falls; and pose against the backdrop of Madhuri Lake.
Whether it is trekking in the snow, or cozying up next to a fireplace, visiting a snow place is always fun! Where are you heading this winter?!