Some of the best places to visit in India during winter
So if you are confused so as to where to go this winter season, here’s a list of places to visit this year
Winters are almost here and with it comes a very thought of winter holidays. For all the travel enthusiasts, winter is a season they wait to go on a vacation in exotic locations.
With an option to visit the ‘Land of Maharajas’ Rajasthan or the ‘God’s Own Country’ Kerala or the tropical beaches of the ‘Party Capital’ Goa, it won’t be an exaggeration to say that the winter season is the best time to explore India.
So if you are confused so as to where to go this winter season, here’s a list of places to visit this year:
If you are in the chilly reaches of Uttarakhand as the winter sets in, then head to Nanital that is blessed with plentiful lakes and abundant beauty. It does get cold in winter, being surrounded by Himalayan ranges, but it’s also mesmerizing.
Kerala: God’s Own Country
As the monsoon departs, the natural grandeur of Kerala reaches its zenith. The Western Ghats and the backwaters add to Kerala’s unique charm and make it the destination for the best winter holidays in India.
- Manali, Himachal Pradesh
With towering snow-capped Himalayan peaks and stunning valleys, Manali is a beautiful place year-round, and perhaps at its best in winter. This hill station is a getaway for adventure sports, where you can indulge in skiing, zorbing, horse riding, paragliding, and tobogganing.
- Rajasthan: The Land Of Maharajas
Among the most popular winter holiday destinations in India, Rajasthan is the pick of the season by both Indians and foreign tourists due to its amazing brew of royalty, tradition, culture, colors, and history.
With snow-draped peaks on every side and tranquility abound, Auli is the ultimate winter destination. The major draw is of course the wealth of skiing resorts. You can also go trekking to the snow meadow – Gurson Bugyal or pristine Himalayas at Kwani Bugyal; visit the Auli artificial lake; ride Asia’s longest cable car, and enjoy the 360 degree view of the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas –Nanda Devi, Hathi Parvat, Kamet, Trishul and Mana Parvat. And if skiing is your cup of tea, there’s always the National Championship of Skiing, which takes place in January in Auli.
If you are in the chilly reaches of Uttarakhand as the winter sets in, then head to Nanital that is blessed with plentiful lakes and abundant beauty. It does get cold in winter, being surrounded by Himalayan ranges, but it’s also mesmerizing. One plus point is that the weather is not as harsh as found further north, so even on the coldest days you can enjoy going outside in the snow. You can go lake hopping, admire the snow-laden Himalayan peaks from the Snow Viewpoint, go shopping at mall road, or get up-close with exotic birds and animals at the zoo.
Gulmarg and Sonamarg, Jammu & Kashmir
Gulmarg is magical year-round, but when winter arrives, it takes on new hues with the entire town blanketed in white. Lofty snow-covered peaks, frozen lakes, ice-glazed trees and white-blanketed landscape make it a skiing arena in winters. You can indulge in a smorgasbord of snowy activities, like skiing, snowboarding and trekking. Enjoy the panoramic view of this winter wonderland by cable car.
And once you’re done in Gulmarg, just a two drive away lies another winter paradise – Sonamarg, which is canvassed in white from November until April. Packed with snow carpets, frozen lakes and Thajiwas Glacier, it serves as a perfect place to enjoy snow activities, like skiing, snowboarding and sledge rides.