If you want to feel snowfall in the beginning of the new year, then you really can’t afford to miss these destinations. There are many places in India where you can enjoy a snowy holiday with your family, the long walk.
1. Gulmarg, Jammu Kashmir
What better location you can think to see snow fall in India other than Gulmarg? Situated around 880 km away from the national capital, tourists can easily access this pristine snow beauty from Srinagar. Snowy peaks in the backdrop, freezing winds, blooming varieties of flowers and vast snow cover for skiing as well as a breathtaking ride in world’s highest cable car (Gondola) are not-to-be missed charms. A trip to Gulmarg is, however, incomplete without enjoying Kashmiri dishes and a visit to Alpathar Lake and Tangmarg.
2. Auli – Uttarakhand
Auli, is one of the cold city of Uttarakhand, and at the time of snowfall this place looked just like a dreamland. Here at Auli you can experience panoramic sights because of the forest that are surrounded by lofty peaks. It is one of the best snow destinations in India because of its 2500 to 3000 meters high skiing slopes.
3. Pahalgam, Jammu Kashmir
Perched at a height of 8,957 ft above the sea level, Pahalgam is one of the pristine snow beauties in the country. Everything about this natural splendor is exciting: riverside location, snow-capped peaks, freezing weather conditions and surrounding calmness as well as skiing. But the real magic of Pahalgam lies within its quiet long treks that provide you a tranquil snowy escape away from the madness of mainland.
4. Patnitop, Jammu Kashmir
Patnitop, a tourist point in the district of Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir. This hilltop place is quite close to Pir Panjal range and is nestled in Lower Himalayan Range. Thus it is full of abundance of natural beauty, revitalizing sights and of white snow cover. Along with skiers and nature lovers, Patnitop also enthrall trekkers. It will take around 3 hours to reach this exotic destination from Jammu.
5. Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
Sikkim is all about age-old mountains, gushing rivers and luxurious valleys. Over the years, it has become one of the most-visited hill stations of India. It is a better location to see snow fall in India.
6. Ladakh: Chadar Trek
The Chadar Trek is supposed to be an experience like no other and one that every true traveller and trekker has on their list. It’s a challenging 9 day trek across the frozen Zanskar river which starts from January in several batches and continues till February, sometimes even March. Several groups and organizations participate in it.
7. Kufri, Himachal Pradesh
Kufri turns into a snowy haven in winter! With fresh snow all around, and snow clad pine and deodar trees, the place looks like a postcard picture. The place was founded by the British in 1819, and over the last fifty years has turned into a tourist hotspot. Kufri got its name from ‘kufr’ meaning lake. It is a great snow-sport place, facilitating sports like skiing, tobogganing and go-carting. The skiing slopes of Kufri are some of the oldest in the Himachal Pradesh, and the town also holds snow statue making competitions.
8. Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand
One off beat snow place for the winter tourist is Dhanaulti in Uttarakhand. At about 2000 meters above the sea level, this place is known for its pristine beauty. It is picturesque with its oak, deodar and rhododendron forests. Offering a white, snowy carpet at your feet during winters, Dhanaulti welcomes you warmly to its chilly chambers. Walk in the snow, play in the snow and have a great time at Dhanaulti with your family.
9. Munsiyari, Uttarakhand
Munsiyari is the place with untouched snow. Thriving on the banks of the Goriganga River it is growing in popularity, and is a favorite joint for nature lovers, snow seekers, mountaineers, skiers and the like. Munsiyari has an ancient historical aspect to it too – it is situated along the ancient salt route form Tibet to India, and is the gateway to the Johar valley.
10. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is a snow lover’s paradise. In winter it is white all over, exuding an aura of calmness, filling one with awe and wonder. A quiet, spiritual place, the Tawang Monastry lends a mystic air to this white wonderland. This gateway to Tibet is located at a height of about 8000 feet and to reach it one has to drive up the narrow meandering roads – an exciting and adventurous drive through the mountains.