Do you feel the chill in the air? Yes, its snow time and all these frosty flakes mean only one thing: it’s about time to ride. Skiing, a popular global adventure winter sport has made its way to India as well. Though this sport was brought to India by the Europeans over a decade ago, Skiing has now become the favorite winter sport for people of the subcontinent. Hundreds of tourists visit India to spend their winter vacations and dwell into the exuberance of Skiing while riding through various vantage locations offered by the country. Skiing is undoubtedly the favorite adventure sport of the snow passionate, daring and adventurous people. But beginners can also try their hand in skiing as all major skiing destinations in India offer learner’s courses for all such enthusiasts. Hence there is no space left for anyone to be disappointed upon their visit to India. So here’s presenting the list of 7 best ski destinations in India, where you can spend the best time of your life and create memorable experiences by indulging in your favorite sports!
Narkanda in Himachal Pradesh is a very attractive tourist destination with breathtaking and picturesque surroundings. Hundreds of tourist visit Narkanda all round the year to find solace in its pleasing and soothing ambiance. But it is specifically during the winters that the destination gets flooded with winter sports lovers, when Narkanda completely gets covered with thick layers of snow. Located at an altitude of about 2700 m, Narkanda offers wide range of slopes for the purpose of skiing.
Kufri is a small quaint town located at a distance of about 13 km from Shimla. The region sees numerous tourists coming in, mainly comprising of skiers from various parts of the world. During the winter season, the area gets covered by snow offering serene locations and ideal skiing conditions, turning it into the favorite tourist destination of many visitors. To add to its grace are the tall deodars and snow clad green pines that take the sublime look of the place to another level. Skiing on Kufri’s undulating slops is an ethereal and refreshing experience in itself.
Rohtang offers another popular skiing destination in India. Situated at an altitude of 3978 m, it is one of the most difficult tracks of the country to cross. It makes an ideal destination for all ski lovers as place purveys extended winter season here. Tourist here can enjoy their favorite winter sport twice, as the skiing tracks are available here in winters as well as autumns, turning it into a favorite skiing destination for many.
Auli is a small town located in Uttrakhand which is a seasoned winter sport destination for various tourists who make it appoint to visit this place every winter. It is the favorite skiing destination for many not just because of its scintillating snow clad slopes but also because of its untouched and clean environment. Reaching Auli is an adventure in itself as you are required to camp overnight to reach Dehradun, the nearest airport form Delhi, which is about 298 kms away from Auli. But visiting the place in winters when it is completely covered with thick layers of snow is worth the effort. Being a famous tourist destination Auli is well connected by road, which links it to various major cities like Delhi, Dehradun, Rishikesh and Haridwar.
Manali is another famous tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh also popular for skiing. It is a magnificent hill station with ample snowfall in winters that transforms its tranquil slopes into heavenly abode for winter sports, specially skiing. The added advantage of some exceptionally marvelous and excellent ski slopes in the nearby Solang Valley doubles the joy of skiers coming here. The perfect time to visit Manali is December to February.
Gulmarg is the premium ski resort of India. It provides utmost thrill and excitement to the ski lovers. It is located at an altitude of about 2730m and it entices its visitors with exceptionally extensive and well equipped winter sports opportunities. Being one of the most visited tourist destination, Gulmarg is well connected to the rest of the country through road, air and rails.
Pahalgam is a small quaint town located in Anantanag district of Jammu and Kashmir. It offers a premium destination for winter sports lovers as skiing is undertaken heavily in Pahalgam. This is by far the most favored and popular destination amongst all regions of the western Himalayas with the added benefits of spectacular vantage locations.