20 Most Stunning Places For Winter Vacations in India
If you are largely into desert and beach travelling, give a break and try to explore the snow parts of India, Come Winter and India is all geared up to take its travellers to its best snow covered regions. From Skiing to Snow ball throwing, tourists are sure to get the best from their winter vacations.
Listed below are some of the best picturesque snowfall places in India:
- Gulmarg, Kashmir
What to do – Gulmarg is one of the places to visit in India in winters, this popular hill station of Kashmir is well known for delivering out the best skiing experience to the tourists. The Snow covered mountains; beautiful landscapes and the Gulmarg Gondola are something that has to be explored for sure at Kashmir. Gulmarg is a best skiing place, don’t forget your show your skiing skill here as you ski through Aparwath peak.
What to see – Take a ride to Gulmarg Gondola from the second highest cable car at Gulmarg, or try your hands at golfing, seek the blessings of Baba Reshi shrine, and find peace at St Mary’s church and spend your day at the Alpather Lake.
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- Chadar Trek, Ladakh
What to do – Ladakh is one of the best places to see snow in India, travelling to this place during winter will give you the best snowfall experience, the steep mountains and the snow covered paths are best when seen directly. The Chadar trek connects the villages of Zanskar valley with Chilling. Trekking here is considered to be a unique and exciting trek.
What to see – During your Chadar trek you will be able to cover and see many places like Tilat sumdo, Shrina koma, Tibb, Nerak, Gyalpo, Dibyokma, Lingshed.
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What to do – When you search for some amazing places to see snow in India, Auli is sure to get into your itinerary. This snow covered hill station provides a beautiful view of Mana Parwat, Dunagiri, Mt. Nanda DeviKamat and NarParbat. Auli provides the best skiing ground for you to ski; you can also go around seeing various lovely scenarios that are blessed in this place.
What to see – There are numerous tourists spots to be explored here – have a magnificent view of the Himalayan range as you board the Auli ropeway, or spend some time at the Auli artificial lake, or catch a glimpse of Gorson Bugyal green pastures, taste some sweet water at Chattrakund, or touch the untouched Himalayas at Kwani Bugyal.
What to do – Well endowed temptress Manali lying at an altitude of 2050 is the one among the best places to visit in India in winters, the snow-clad mountains; Himalayan peak and the restless river are some best things that you get to see at Manali. Go Paragliding in Manali or zorbing, skiing, or simply sit and relax to enjoy the cool air.
What to see – This Switzerland of India caters numerous things to see – Go to Manikaran and take a hot sulphur bath, or go to see the Rohtang Pass, get tattooed at old Manali, and head to Kasaul to see the Parvathi river, or show your trekking skill at Hampta pass.
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- RoopKund, Uttarakhand
What to do – Roopkund, is a mountain lake at Uttarakhand that remains solidified, Go on a trek to this place and enjoy the utter peace it can provide. A trek that is a sure must is this trek, until and unless you don’t trek and hike at this place, you wouldn’t know what trekking is like.
What to see – Roopkund has everything for the tourists, things to see here are the deep virgin forests, breath taking camp sites, gurgling brooks, undulating meadows, falling snow and a great adventure to taste which you get on climbing this 8 – 16k ft trek.
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- Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
What to do – Tawang is coupled with natural and historical endowment; A home next to home can be called as Tawang. The beauty of Tawang reaches your eyes and will enter into your soul; top places to visit here are Sela pass, Tawang monastery, Taktsang Gompa, Gorichean peak climbing, Shongaster Lake and more
What to see – Nature is at its best at Nuranang waterfalls, see the Hydel power station, go till the indo-china border at Bumla pass, or enjoy swimming the Bap Teng Kang waterfalls, or honor your country at Jaswant Garh
- Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim
What to do – Tsomogo Lake is one of the few places to visit in India in winters; the lake looks double attractive with its amazing surroundings and hill reflections. Further up you can see the Kyongnosla Alphine sanctuary which is the shelter for the Himalayan black bears, birds, Red panda and some rare animals. Visit the Tseten Tashi Cave on your route to Tsomgo Lake
What to see – feel proud seeing the Nathula Pass, shop at the Marg, get immersed at Hanuman Tok, or enjoy the wildlife at Himalayan Zoological Park. Last catch sight of the Kanchenjunga from Tashi View point.
- Sonmarg, Kashmir
What to do – Summer may be good but if you want some places to see snow in India Sonamarg is the ideal snow vacation destination. Sonamarg has its own charm when it comes to meadow charm. On this trip you have to visit some places like Thajiwas Glacier, Zojila pass, Gangabal Lake, and accept a challenge to take the difficult Nichainai pass trek
What to see – get obsessed with the serene look of Gadsar Lake, or stop at the great lake trekking at Vishansar Lake, spend some time seeing the Baltal Lake
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What to do – No wonder this place was called as the Queen of Hills by the Britishers; this favorite hill station is one of the best places to see snow in India. During winter this place is covered with layers of snow which will make any tourist to fall in love with it, smell some deodar as you stroll on the streets of Shimla, drink coffee at Indian coffee house or shop at Lakkar Bazaar
What to see – Visit the Gaiety theatre, hang over at ridge, climb the Jakhoo peak, pay a visit to Viceroy’s lodge, and take a ride to Kalka, visit the summer hills, or do some adventure sport or play golf at Annadale
What to do – Dalhousie with its mesmerizing beauty and old charm is one among the best places to visit in India in winters. Escape to this noiseless and pollution less place and enjoy the scenic beauty, mountains, and streams and also visit places like Panch Pulla, Daikund peak and Satdhara falls
What to see – take the best boat ride at Chamera Lake, pray at the St. John’s Church, shop at Gandhi Chowk, and take a breath taking drive at Sach Pass, boat ride at Panjpulla
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- Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh
What to do – Narkanda offers bundle of things to do for the tourists, Take up a relaxing stroll towards the town and admire the scenic beauty or mediate for some time at the serene places. If you are adventurous you can even try out skiing and trekking.
What to see – Sightseeing over here is all about visits to pine, spruce forests, apple orchards, paying a visit to temple, shopping of some shawls, woven carpets, blankets, Pullans. Also visit Kotgarh and Thanedhar to eat some fresh apples
- Munsiyari, Uttarakhand
What to do – Places to visit in India in winter are in plenty but a hill station like Munsiyari at Uttarakhand can be called as a place of snow, this is one of the place to see snow in India. The looming peaks are great for trekking and adventure lovers, tourists can trail across the mountains and valleys and experience the snow fall
What to see – every curve of Munsiyari unfolds mountains and splendid valleys that are more than magnificent, you can take up treks from Munsiyari to Milam, Raian or Namik glaciers
What to do – The peace you get at home can be experienced at Nainital; this Lake city secures the top place in the list of places to visit in India in winters. The sparkling lakes and the sprawling scenery will mesmerize you every second. The best thing to do is to eat, shop and sit and relax beside the Lake
What to see – Go for Lake hopping, there are numerous lakes to explore, savour to the taste by eating at Chandani Chowk, get awed by seeing the gleaming Himalayan range snow view, go to the zoo, give an adventure journey to cave garden and learn rock climbing
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What to do – Patnitop, a hamlet is easily accessible from J&K, enjoy the pleasing view by going to this place and get closer to heaven. Visit the Sansar Lake, Naag Mandir or drop into see the water flow at Baglihar Dam
What to see – Some top attractions over here are – Sudh Mahadev, Nag temple, Madhatop, Sanasar and Nathatop
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- Rohtang La
What to do – Rohtang La is the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti Valley; it also connects the famous Kulu Valley. It is also a gateway to Ladakh. This pass is known for its scenic beauty and offers beautiful peaks, glaciers and valleys. Tourists can enjoy the sledge rides, skiing and trekking.
What to see –At the snow point, tourists can take up the snow driving of the pass, or alternatively tourists can also opt to do paragliding at the Rohtang La pass and spend some time in sightseeing
- Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
What to do – Khajjiar lake is in Khajjiar, tourists should never miss going to this lake, the huge grassy landscape and the cedar trees will give some memorable moments. Visit the Kalatop wildlife sanctuary and take up Khajjiar trekking
What to see – tourists can enjoy participating in various activities like Zorbing, paragliding, horse riding. The Golden Devi temple is close to the Khajjiar Lake, so this temple can be visited, and raise your head high to see the tallest Shiva idol here, or buy some stuffs from the Tibetan handicrafts centre.
- Prashar Lake, Himachal Pradesh
What to do – Want to do some real trekking – then Prashar Lake trekking is it. This well kept secret lake lies in the Mandi district and is famous among tourists from worldwide. A trekking over here will enable the tourists to trek along the villages, valleys and beautiful mountain ranges
What to see – Trekking is a must over here, as you trek you can catch bird’s view of Dhauladhar, Kinnaur and Pir panjal mountain ranges, and explore some famous attractions like Barot Valley, REwalsar Lake, Barot Dam, Himari Ganga
- Almora, Uttarakhand
What to do – There are many tourists spots to see at Almora, explore the gems of Almora and make your trip memorable. Visit the nature paradise at bright end corner, or open your eyes to see the Martola picturesque beauty, or come to fairytale land at Kalimat, or play with the deer’s at Deer park
What to see – Top things to see are – Binsar wildlife sanctuary, Martola, Kalimut, Kasar Devi temple, Katarmal Sun temple, Gobind Vallabh Pant museum. Apart from these sightseeing you can also go for a day picnic to simtola, walk to the nearby villages, and make some purchases for an offshore price at Almora markets like Lala Bazaar, Karkhana Bazaar and Malli Bazaar.
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What to do – Want an alternative name for beauty, then the name has to be Gangtok. People long for places to see snow in India, one such accessible place is Gangtok. The beauty of this place is that it is litter and spit free zone. Here you can do plenty of things like – white river rafting in Teesta, Yak Safari Tsongmo Lake, paragliding, ropeway cable ride, attend international flower festival.
What to see – visit the monasteries, shop at MG marg, visit the Namgyal institute of technology, Trek to Nathula pass, sightseeing at Gangtok, get stunned by viewing Hanuman Tok or hop to the Tashi view point to view the Kanchenjunga view
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- Spiti Valley
What to do – Spiti is obviously the best place to visit during winter time, it gives a spectacular view of mountains, clear waters and offers the best sightseeing options. You can visit some of the amazing monasteries, and drop in to see the natural wonder like Chandra Tal Lake
What to see – Pass by the Kunzum pass, meditate at key monastery, drink some sweet water at Chandratal Lake, relax and cool your foot at Dhankar Lake, see some semi frozen rivers at pin valley, or know the culture of Kibber village.
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