If you want to experience the freezing weather of the winter season add the thrill of snow sports to it.
India is abode to a number of beautiful hill stations and snow-clad mountains which become like a white covered region due to the great amounts of snowfall in the months of December and January.
These hilly regions are bejeweled with ample amount of snow during the winter season and leave an everlasting experience in the hearts of people.
Besides this, an outnumbered amount of enthralling and exciting snow sports are also enjoyed by tons of tourists from across the globe every year.
Snow sports like skiing, ice skating, ice climbing, sledding, snowboarding, and many others offer unlimited fun & entertainment.
The northern India has a lot to offer on the higher grounds for sports and adventure lovers.
Here is a list of the best places for winter sports in North India, which is a fabulous combination of scenic views and adventure sports on the enormous tracks of virgin snow-mountains of the Himalayan region:
Best Places for Winter Sports In North India
Auli – Uttarakhand
A well connected tiny town Auli is a prominent Winter sports destination in Uttrakhand, India. The place is a very popular destination for skiing.
Although it requires an overnight camp to reach to this ski village from Delhi (500 km) the nearest major airport, the effort seems worth it when there is a great amount of snow.
Dehradun is the nearest airport (about 298 km) from Auli. This popular skiing destination has one of the finest road connectivity. A range of transport services like buses, shared jeeps and taxis are available from different cities (Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, and Delhi) to Auli.
Gulmarg – Jammu And Kashmir
Gulmarg is one of the most visited winter destination in India. The tiny picturesque hill resort is located about 56 km from Srinagar.
The lovely hill resort is covered with snow clad mountains, bright white snow, wide roads, fruit-loaded orchards, dense forests of pine and fir and charming villages.
World’s highest Gondola ski lift also happens to be in Gulmarg. The skiing season here starts from the month of November and lasts until the end of February.
Gulmarg also offers world’s highest golf where tourists are offered short-term memberships by the golf club to play on the Golf Course.
Pahalgam – Jammu and Kashmir
Pahalgam is a tiny town situated in the district Anantnag, Jammu, and Kashmir. It is a key destination for snow skiing as well as other winter sports.
The place is well-liked in the entire western Himalayan regions. Spectacular views add to the cherry on top which makes the place a much-loved choice among trekkers as well as skiers.
If you are planning to visit the place, go in the months of December to March when the snow is wide and thick.
Kufri – Himachal Pradesh
The enormously breezy hills and the colonial era structures create an awesome aura which makes Kufri different from other hill stations.
The place is situated at an altitude of 7083 ft atop a mountain in the Himalayas which adds more excitement to the journey to this lovely destination.
Kufri is located in the Shivalik range of the Himalayas which combines the low-lying hills and the massive mountains. Kufri is full of densely populated pine trees and tiny rivulets which add to the beauty of the district.
A wide range of adventure activities and winter sports like trekking, skiing, and ice skating make Kufri a popular destination for winter sports in North India.
Solang Valley – Himachal Pradesh
Solang Valley is a world-famous valley in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. It is well-known for conducting a number of winter sports, especially skiing.
If you want to learn the basics of skiing, this is the right place for you. Many tournaments, as well as workshops, are organized for skiing lovers to show their skills.
Besides skiing, the place is also popular for several summer games like parachuting, paragliding, skating, and zorbing. Enthusiastic people from all parts of the world come and experience this action-packed adventure activity.
Also Read: Things to do in Manali
Munsiyari – Uttaranchal
The name itself says it all as Munsiyari means ‘a place with snow’. Located on the banks of river Goriganga, it is on the rise tourist destination.
Mountaineers, glacier enthusiasts, trekkers and nature lovers from all over the world come and use the place as their base camp.
Munsiyari is situated at the doorway of Johar Valley and falls on the primeval salt route from Tibet.
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