From unforgettable snowboarding and snowboarding in Gulmarg to snow trekking, at Chopta in Uttarakhand, or mushing by the Himalayan wilderness, winter could be lovely. Snow covers rooflines and transforms valleys and mountains right into a white wonderland. For these of us who haven’t been capable of take pleasure in snow this 12 months, we convey you locations which you’ll be able to go to because the winter season ends, earlier than the onset of spring.
There is nothing like witnessing recent snowfall in Gulmarg in Kashmir. “The place itself has the kind of beauty you only see in paintings and when everything is covered in a blanket of pure, white snow, it’s a different kind of serenity that you experience,” says Chhavi Chadha, journey curator. Gulmarg valley, draped in swathes of pristine white is, a fascinating sight to behold from January to March.
“Gulmarg celebrates its snow festival in February every year. There are skiing events and competitions, along with live music, delicious food,” says Jinali Sutariya, journey blogger.
Hand-crafted sleds made by locals are on supply so that you can experience round throughout snowfall in Gulmarg. Porters pull on the sledges taking you alongside a particular sledging observe. Be ready for an exhilarating experience down one of many much less steep icy slopes.
The summer time capital of India, Shimla additionally turns right into a winter wonderland in the course of the months of October to February. Foamy balls of cotton falling from the heavens above depart travellers mesmerised. “The city is laden with a dreamy white ice blanket. It is truly an Alice in Wonderland moment. Experiences like these reinforce pride in our beautiful country,” says Upasana Kochhar, journey blogger.
You also can head to the snow capped mountains of Himalayas. Wispy clouds, winding roads, frozen rivers and charming little monasteries make Lahaul irresistible. Lahaul is the most recent winter-wonder that has turn into way more accessible to travellers, because of the inauguration of Atal Tunnel. Lying on the opposite aspect of the Rohtang Pass, Lahaul is beautiful in winter. “If there is one destination that makes my heart go weak in my knees, it is Lahaul with its numerous Himalayan peaks,” says Nivi Selvaraj, journey blogger.
Known as Queen of Hills, Mussoorie is one other breathtakingly lovely vacation spot to go to in winter with its snow capped mountains and pine bushes adorned with snowflakes.
Located in Himachal Pradesh and surrounded by the towering Himalayan peaks and beautiful valleys, Manali can also be a heaven on earth with its magnificent valleys and snow capped mountains.
And for these in search of offbeat locations, these hidden gems are certain to please. “Chopta (Uttarakhand), Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh) and Lava (West Bengal) are quaint, lesser identified locations to witness snowfall, “ says Akshayraj Singh Shaktawat, journey influencer.
Zuluk, a small hamlet in East Sikkim, it additionally comparatively calmer and peaceable with little or no energetic tourism.