Do you love snow? Do you love skiing? Then you have definitely reached the right page! India offers some of the best options when it comes to skiing away in the summers. The north, where the cold Himalayas stand regally, is one of the favorite hot spots for indulging in some skiing expeditions.
The following are the top ten destinations for skiing in India:
1. Pahalgam – Jammu and Kashmir
Pahalgam is a small town located in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. A major destination where snow skiing is undertaken heavily, the place is very popular among all the regions of western Himalayas. The added availability of breathtaking views makes the place a favorite with trekkers and skiers alike. The best time to visit is in the months from December to March, when the snow is nice and thick. There are ample options for accommodation.
2. Gulmarg – Jammu and Kashmir
Gulmarg is a nice little place in the Baramla district of Jammu and Kashmir. Popularly known as the “Heartland of winter sports like skiing in India” the place is the 7th best skiing destination of Asia. Gulmarg also has the famous “Gulmarg Gondola” which is the highest cable car in the whole world. The best time to visit the region is during the months of December to March.
3. Solang Nala – Himachal Pradesh
Solang Nala is a famous valley in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. The place is famous for conducting many types of winter games, especially skiing. There are many tournaments organized as well as workshops held for teaching amateurs the basics of skiing.Other summer games that are popular here are parachuting, paragliding, skating and zorbing [Are you an adventure seeker? Which of these 101 adventure activities have you done?]. One can visit the area in any month because the steady trickle of visitors keep the place always alive. For ski lovers, make sure to visit Solang valley this season!
4. Munsiyari – Uttaranchal
The name refers to a ‘place with snow’. It is situated on the banks of Goriganga river. It is a fast growing tourist destination, and mountaineers, glacier enthusiasts, high altitude trekkers and nature lovers commonly use it as their hub or base camp. Munsiyari also falls on the ancient salt route from Tibet and is at the entrance of the Johar Valley.
5. Manali – Himachal Pradesh
Manali is a very beautiful town situated in Himachal Pradesh. It is a magnificent hill station that is very popular with the people of India. Ample snow formations and beautiful slopes make the place a heavenly location for skiing in the winters. Every visitor to Manali must definitely go skiing.
There are many guides and professional skiers who would help out in taking the first steps in snow skiing. The availability of many good ski slopes in the nearby Solang Valley also keeps the skiers happy. The best time to visit the place for skiing is from January to February.
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6. Auli – Uttaranchal
Auli is a favorite skiing destination for many not just because of its beautiful glittering slopes but as well as for the nice clean environment. Located some 250 kms away from Rishikesh, the place is almost like heaven on earth, and most visitors to the place would agree with this fact. Situated high up on the Garhwal Hills, Auli is a must visit destination if skiing is your passion. The slopes are located at an altitude of almost 2500 to 3000 m. thus being a nice way to start on your skiing expeditions.
7. Dayara Bugyal – Uttarakhand
Dayara Bugyal is one of the most picturesque skiing spots of Uttarakhand. There are lush slopes, dotted with vast expanse of beautiful alpine grasslands. The breathtaking views of the surrounding snow covered gigantic Himalayan peaks make for an awesome summer retreat.
However, Dayara Bugyal has also has the beautiful lake of Barnala Tal in its midst, which is a famous camping site for most trekkers and visitors to the area. Ski away and enjoy to the fullest to your hearts content on the most awesome slopes of Dayara Bugyal.
8. Kufri – Himachal Pradesh
Kufri is a quaint little region of Himachal Pradesh that sees a lot of tourist crowds, comprising mainly of skiers from all over India. The ideal time for skiing in this region is from the months of November to February. The winters cover the area with a nice white sheet of snow and thus the scenery is just breathtakingly beautiful[Does your favourite place come in our list of the 100 most beautiful places in India? Find out here]. The tall deodars and the green pines look regal. The winter sport of snow skiing on Kufri’s undulating slopes is just amazingly refreshing.
9. Narkanda – Himachal Pradesh
Narkanda is located at a high attitude of almost 2708 meters on the Hindustan Tibet road. The place offers a stunning view of the high snow ranges. Tourists seeking seclusion in the mountains can come here for having a peaceful time. Same is the case for those who want to enjoy unlimited skiing options. There are many apple orchards as well as dense forests, which is apart from the famous slopes of Narkanda, which are apt for skiing and winter sports. The skiing at the Narkanda slopes started in the year 1980 and continues till date.
10. Mundali – Uttaranchal
Mundali is another of the famous places located in the district of Dehradun. Mundali has a thick cluster of the choicest dense forests, but this does not deter the skiers from enjoying a nice time skiing every year. One can get a nice view of the snow capped Himalayas from the slopes of Mundali and hence there is a great rush of visitors and tourists almost the whole year round in Mundali.
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