Winter charms us all in a very serene way. Cool breeze blowing over snow clad surroundings is what comes to mind when we think about the coldest season of the year. For all those travellers and snow-lovers who would like to experience a real winter, here are some places you absolutely must visit:
1. Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir
Gulmarg becomes pure heaven during winters. With snow all over, it is sheer fun. Gulmarg also boasts of the world’s highest cable car or Gondola, which is one of the major attractions of the place.
2. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali is the most sought-after place in India during winters. Due to ease of access, this place is swarmed by tourists from all parts of the country just for the rich feel of fresh snow around.
3. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Shimla becomes the ultimate weekend getaway for people from nearby cities during winters. The snowfall here is quite sudden and catches tourists unawares. Places like Kufri and Naldhera should be also be on your itinerary, for an extra punch of snow.
4. Chadar, Ladakh
The famous Chadar trek takes place on the frozen river of Zanskar in Ladakh during winters. The river becomes an icy route for adventure lovers while the surroundings become more or less like a blank canvas of snow.
5. Auli, Uttarakhand
Auli is about 16kms away from Joshimath, on the route towards Badrinath. This place is famous for its slopes that are perfect for skiing. International skiing competitions are held quite often in this beautiful valley, also called Bugyal in the local dialect.
6. Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir
Pahalgam is yet another gem of Jammu & Kashmir. The area gets covered in a blanket of snow and is perfect for long treks. With the river flowing alongside and a number of winter blooming flowers, this place is suited to heighten your nature loving instincts.
7. Nainital, Uttarakhand
Yes, this lovely hill station does get covered in snow during winters and looks unbelievably beautiful. With the lake in the middle and the Nanda Devi Peak standing shrouded in a blanket of snow, there could be no better time to visit Uttarakhand’s most famous tourist destination.
8. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Khajjiar, also called the Switzerland of India, lies in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. It is called Switzerland for a reason. This place becomes magnificently beautiful during winters when every bit of it gets covered in snow. Even the little pond freezes, making everything charmingly numb.
9. North Sikkim
North Sikkim is one region which is covered in snow throughout the year. It boasts of some of the most beautiful places of the state, like Yamthung, Nathu La and Tsomgo Lake. You can visit this region any time of the year to get your fill of snowfall.
10. Katao, Sikkim
Katao is another offbeat destination in Sikkim. Being only 144kms away from Gangtok, it is easily accessible and is also quite peaceful with only a few tourists disturbing its calm beauty. Snowfall here is abundant.