After the hot summers and muggy monsoons, the arrival of winters is a welcome feature in India. With the drop in the temperature, India finds itself preparing for one of the best seasons to travel across the country. With picture postcard hill stations and abundant snowfall in the Himalayas, the winter becomes a traveler’s dream. Here are the top 5 winter holiday destinations for you to explore.
1. Dharmashala, Himachal Pradesh
Famed as the residence of the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Dharmashala popularly known as Little Lhasa is situated in the scenic valleys of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. Located at an average altitude of 1,475 meters above sea level and surrounded by thick deodar cedar trees, snow-laden mountains, exotic culture, and quaint old monasteries, Dharamshala presents a calm and serene visage that is bound to charm you. The presence of the Dalai Lama is a major draw. The picturesque surroundings of Dharamshala and the presence of great Buddhism culture make this hill stations one of the best in India.
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2. Auli, Uttarakhand
Auli is popularly known as the skiing capital of India. Auli offers breathtaking views of the snow-clad peaks of the Neelkant, Mana Parbat, and Nanda Devi which will leave you spellbound. Auli offers one of the best skiing opportunities in India with the snow slopes perfect for a quick ride down. So what if you don’t know skiing, you will find instructors galore here and maybe you can pick up enough skills to compete in the National Championship of Skiing held in January at Auli.
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3. Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir
Gulmarg is another well-known ski and winter sports destination in India situated in the Pirpanjal range in the western Himalayas at an altitude of 2,650 m. Enjoy a ride on the magnificent Gondola, indulge in local handicrafts especially the famed pashmina shawls and find time to experience winter sports like skiing on the slopes Mount Aphrawat Mountain. Add this destination to your winter checklist and you will not be disappointed.
4. Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
Ladakh in winter is a true treat for the senses. The rugged mountainscape unfolds its real beauty during this season. It tests your mental and physical toughness in winters. Trek to your heart’s content doing the world famous Chadar Trek, or walk in the BongBong La Snow Valley, which make you feel like you are transported back in time to the Ice Age. Moreover, Winter in Ladakh is a celebration time with festivals like Ladakhi Losar, Spituk Gustor, Thiksay Gustor, Stok Monastery Festival, Matho Monastery festival, Dosmoche, all a part of the rich Ladakhi landscape and will draw you in mesmerizing you forever.
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5. Gangtok, Sikkim
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is a charming little Hill-station. Being quite famous has its disadvantages as it becomes very crowded during the summers as large groups of tourists descend to escape the hot summers in the plains below. However, during winter, it becomes calmer and we get to see the best of Gangtok. Take a walk down the MG Road boulevard and read a book in the gentle winter sun, or just marvel at the magnificent views of Kanchandzonga from the many vantage points in Gangtok. Or if you are spiritually inclined, take a trip to the Rumtek monastery, one of the most important Buddhist monasteries.