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New Year, New Snow – Best Getaways for Snow Vacation in India

New Year, New Snow – Best Getaways for Snow Vacation in India
Published:26 Nov, 2018/

As the winter breeze comes knocking at our door, there comes a sense of excitement about the winter adventures. Every year many travellers like me seek winter wonderland to play with snow and be a kid for a while. Skiing, Snow fight, Snow Skating or whatever may be your reason for loving snowfall, you have to admit, Winters is probably the best time to travel. So, while you seek snow destinations in India, this winter, I have come prepared with a list of some of the best snow destination in India for a mesmerising white winter experience.

Auli: The Mesmerising White Christmas Celebration Destination in India

Auli

The astounding Auli is the place to be to enjoy a white Christmas and have the best of winter vacation experience. The snow-covered meadows and snow-capped mountains surrounding you, Auli feels like a page taken from the textbook of heaven. One of the best destinations for Family Vacation, Auli is everything you would expect out of a winter destination in India. Auli is also a haven for adrenaline junkies. You can ski in the blinding snow of Auli and this place is believed to be the best place for a winter getaway.

Located in Uttarakhand, Auli allows you to stay in Igloo shaped tents and one thing is for sure that you will return with a bag full of memories and a camera full of mesmerising shots.

When Does It Snow in Auli?

The snowfall can be best experienced during the months of December to February.

How to Reach Auli?

By Air: The nearest airport is in Dehradun, 149 km from Auli

By Road: Auli is well connected by roads

By Train: The nearest railway station from Auli is in Haridwar, 273 km.

Things to do in Auli: Experience the Cable car ride, Trek to Gorson Bugyal, Visit Artificial Auli Lake, Visit Joshimath en route Auli, Skiing in Auli, Visit Nanda Devi National Park.

Gulmarg: The Ski Capital of India

Gulmarg

What is better way to spend New Year than staying in a wooden cottage amidst the snowfield of Gulmarg? One of the most tranquilising winter destinations in India, Gulmarg is proof of the enchanting beauty of Jammu and Kashmir. One of the best snow destinations in India for winter vacations, Gulmarg seems like a dream come true destination. Snow covered meadows for as far as eyes can see, Gulmarg will give you the best experience of snowfall in India. Ski in the knee-deep snow or travel in the Gondola rides or just sit back and soak in the serenity of the place, Gulmarg will rejuvenate your body and soul. One of the best White Christmas destinations in India, Gulmarg is the picture-perfect destination for a snow winter vacation.

When Does It Snow in Gulmarg?

However, the snowfall can be best experienced during the months of December to Mid February, Gulmarg already had its first snowfall of this season.

How to Reach Gulmarg?

By Air: The nearest airport is in Srinagar, 50 km from Gulmarg

By Road: Gulmarg is well connected by roads

By Train: There is no railway station around Gulmarg and the nearest railway station is in Jammu, 250 km from Gulmarg.

Things to do in Gulmarg: Gulmarg is the Skiing capital of India, take a ride in Gulmarg’ Gondola cable car, Visit Baba Reshi Shrine, Visit St. Mary’s Church, Enjoy the beauty of Alpather Lake, Visit the Maharani temple, Explore Khilanmarg.

Manali: The Queen of Hill Stations in India

Manali

A name synonymous to the word, Hill Station, Manali is hands down one of the most popular hill stations and winter destinations in India. Every year thousands of tourists visit Manali to delve into the serenity of the famous hill station in Himachal. The starting point of many more adventures like Spiti and Ladakh, Manali in itself holds many hidden surprises which, once unraveled, will make Manali your second home. Although the bustling commercialisation had made Manali lose its rustic charm if you wish to explore Manali and have the best of experience, visit the old Manali town. Manali has got many hidden treks and waterfalls that you can explore. Manali is much more than a commercial tourist destination, Manali is the first love of many travellers and explorers.

When Does It Snow in Manali?

However, the snowfall can be best experienced during the months of December and January, Manali already had its first snowfall of this season.

How to Reach Manali?

By Air: The nearest airport is in Bhuntar, 50 km from Manali

By Road: Manali is well connected by roads

By Train: There is no railway station around Manali and the nearest railway station is in Chandigarh.

Things to do in Manali: Trek to Bhrigu Lake, Hampta Pass also starts from Manali, visit the town of Old Manali, Visit the Hidimba Devi Temple and Manu temple, Visit the Jogini falls.

Shimla: The Queen Of Hills

shimla

The Queen Of Hills, Shimla is one of the best winter destinations in India and the best place to experience snowfall in India. One of the most popular hill stations in India, Shimla’s beauty has no match. A bustling town nestled in the lap of Himalayan mountains, Shimla is everything you expect out of a winter getaway. A walk on the snow-laden Mall road or trek to Jakhu temple, the tranquillity of Shimla will leave you enchanted for a while. Shimla also offers an ice skating park where you can test your skills and have the best of the winter season.

When Does It Snow in Shimla?

However, the snowfall can be best experienced during the months of December and January, Shimla already had its first snowfall of this season.

How to Reach Shimla?

By Air: Jubarbhati is the nearest airport, 23 km from Shimla

By Road: Shimla is well connected by roads

By Train: Shimla features the famous Toy Trains, UNESCO World Heritage site. It operates between Shimla and Kalka

Things to do in Shimla: Experience the toy train ride, Visit Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Trek to Jakhu temple, Witness the serene Mall Road during sunset, Explore the markets of Mall Road and Lakad Bazar.

Triund: The Stepping Stone

Triund

A name on every beginner trekker’s bucket list, Triund has become a sensation amongst the youth seeking a quaint getaway in the Himalayas. If you are planning a Christmas & New Year Vacation, then there is no better choice than the alluring Triund take. Starting from the quaint town of Mcleodganj, Triund takes you through some of the most scenics Dhauladhar mountains. Snow during winter makes this trek even more enchanting. Once you reach the top, the aerial view of Dharamsala will leave you gasping for breaths. If you wish to challenge yourself, even more, trek to Laka glacier and even further ahead.

When Does It Snow in Triund?

End of December to February are the best time to visit Triund if you wish to witness snow. If you don’t find snow at the Triund top, trek to Laka Glacier.

How to Reach Triund? Triund Trek starts from McLeod Ganj.

By Air: The Nearest airport is in Gagal, 25 km from McLeod Ganj

By Train: The nearest railway station is in Pathankot which is 90 km from McLeod Ganj

By Road: McLeod Ganj is well connected by roads.

Things to Do at McLeod Ganj: Apart from Triund Trek, McLeodganj is also famous for the Dalai Lama temple, Bhagsunag Falls and the quaint village of Dharamkot.

Kheerganga: Christmas & New Year Celebration Amidst Parvati Valley

Kheerganga

If you are wondering where to find snow in India this Christmas, add a little adventure to your next winter vacation plan. Kheerganga is the testament of the beauty of the Parvati valley. The famous Kheerganga trek is every trekker’s hideout and winter snow makes the Kheerganga top a winter wonderland. Amidst the forests of Parvati valley, the 13 km trek will take you through the heartlands of Himachal Pradesh, acquainting you with the local village lifestyle. The trek is not as easy as it is portrayed but the view you will find is worth putting all the efforts. Starting from Barshaini near Kasol, Kheerganga trek is a complete package of adventure and one of the best snow vacation ideas

When Does It Snow at Kheerganga?

The best time to experience snow at Kheerganga top is December to early February. However, Kheerganga had an early snowfall this year.

How to Reach Barshaini?

By Air: The nearest airport is in Bhuntar, 35 km from Barshaini

By Train: There is no railway station around, the nearest one is in either Chandigarh or Una.

By Road: Barshaini is well connected by road

Things to Do at Barshaini: Apart from Kheerganga trek, you can visit Manikaran Sahib – a Sikh Pilgrimage site. You can also visit the famous town of Kasol, Chalal and Tosh.

Ladakh: For A Breathtaking White Winter Celebration

Ladakh

If you are planning winter holidays in the snow, you have got to check out the adventurer’s paradise, Ladakh. The best winter destination in India, Ladakh looks like a winter wonderland during this time of the year. Already having received its first snowfall of the season, a bike trip to Ladakh seems like an adventure of a lifetime. Now, you have to give it a try despite all the blogs about the hardship you will be facing, because once you reach Ladakh, those hurdles won’t even matter. It would be just you and the sound of your bike in the white desert. Ladakh is one of the best White Christmas destinations in India and a quaint Christmas and New Year celebration is what you have been craving for, Ladakh is the perfect getaway. Riding your bike on the trippy roads of Ladakh would be one memory you will cherish forever. All roads won’t be open during heavy snowfall season, but you can still some of the passes en route Nubra valley.

When Does It Snow at Ladakh?

The best time to experience snow at Ladakh is from November to March.

How to Reach Ladakh?

By Air: The nearest airport is in Leh

By Train: There is no railway station around

By Road: Ladakh is well connected by roads

Things to Do at Ladakh: Leh-Ladakh bike trip, Explore Nubra Valley, Visit Khardung La and Chang La Pass, Visit Pangong Tso Lake.

Khajjiar: The Switzerland of India

Khajjiar

The mini Switzerland of India, Khajjiar is absolute heaven during winters and it is one of the best places to see snow in India. The vast snow-laden meadows surrounded by snow-capped mountains make up for an absolutely breath-taking scenery. A perfect destination for Christmas & New Year Vacation, Khajjiar is known to be a laid-back town where you can just sit back and soak in the tranquillity of the Himalayan beauty. The vast snow meadows mean that you can have all the snow fun you want. The town also has a small pond which freezes in winters.

When Does It Snow at Khajjiar?

The best time to experience snow at Khajjiar is from December to early February.

How to Reach Khajjiar?

By Air: The nearest airport is in Dharamshala, 128 km from Khajjiar

By Train: There is no railway station around

By Road: Khajjiar is well connected by roads

Things to Do at Khajjiar: Visit the famous Khajjiar lake, Explore Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Explore the Khajjiar Trek, Visit the Golden Devi Temple and Khajji Nag Temple.

Zanskar: The Most Famous Trek in India

Zanskar

The alluring Zanskar valley is one of the best destinations for white winter holidays in India and it’s all the more adventurous because of the famous Chadar trek en route. Nestled in the wilderness of Himalayas, the Zanskar valley is crowded by heads of trekkers looking to cross the frozen Zanskar river. The Chadar trek is believed to be one of the most challenging treks in India and despite all the challenges and hurdles, adrenaline junkie venture on to the frozen river to reach the alluring Zanskar village. During winters the roads are closed because of heavy snowfall and the frozen Zanskar river is the only way in and out of the valley. You will find plenty of snow in the Zanskar valley and spending a night in the wilderness surrounded by knee-deep snow sounds like an excellent Christmas and New Year celebration. December end to January end is the best time for Chadar trek.

When Does It Snow at Zanskar?

The best time to experience snow at Zanskar is from November to March.

How to Reach Zanskar?

By Air: The nearest airport is in Leh

By Train: There is no railway station around

By Road: Roads remain closed during winters

Things to Do in & around Zanskar Valley: Chadar trek is the biggest attraction in Zanskar valley, Zanskar village is also a major attraction, you can also explore the Kargil area though you would need a permit to trek in Kargil district.

Patnitop: The Picture-Perfect Snow Destination in India

Patnitop

No list of Best places to see Snow in India is ever complete without the mention of Patnitop. A quaint little hamlet in the Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir, the famous winter vacation destination in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the places to witness the snowfall in 2018. The tourist spot is in the foothills of Pir Pranjal range and it feels as if the mountains are guarding the winter wonderland. The abundant natural scenic beauties make this place a natural wonder which looks even more mesmerising covered with snow. A trekker’s paradise, Patnitop offers many snow-laden winter treks in India.

When Does It Snow at Patnitop?

The best time to experience snow at Patnitop is from December to February.

How to Reach Patnitop?

By Air: The nearest airport is in Jammu, 110 km from Patnitop

By Train: The nearest railway station is also in Jammu

By Road: Patnitop is well connected by roads

Things to Do in & around Patnitop: Trek to Nathatop, Paraglide in Patnitop, Test your Skiing skills, Visit the Naag Mandir, Trek to Shiva Ghar, Trek to Madhatop, Explore the Kud Park.

Spiti Valley: The Rustic Charm Of Indian Himalayas

Spiti Valley

The allure and charm of Spiti valley and its life are best experienced in winters. When the snow falls and the cold wind blows, the spirit of Spiti is more visible than ever. Although most of the roads and side roads are not open during winters, you can still visit Kaza and many other parts. Winter in Spiti is pure bliss and you cannot possibly convince yourself to come back once you have seen Spiti in winter. One of the best White Christmas destinations in India and one of the best places to see snow in India, Spiti valley and its culture feels like a different world altogether. A bike trip across the Spiti valley amidst the snow would be an adventure of a lifetime.

When Does It Snow in Spiti Valley? The best time to experience snow in Spiti Valley is from Early November to February, however, Spiti already had its first snowfall of the season

How to Reach Spiti Valley?

By Air: The nearest airport is in Bhuntar

By Train: The nearest railway station is also in Chandigarh

By Road: Spiti Valley is well connected by roads

Things to Do in & around Spiti Valley: Spiti is known for its vibrant and famous villages like Kaza, Langza, Kibber Village, Losar village and many more, Visit Tabo Monastery and Komic Monastery, Explore the Dhankar village and Dhankar Monastery.

Narkanda: Romance with Nature Amidst The White Wonderland

Narkanda

Located close to the queen of hill stations Shimla, Narkanda is another paradise in the state of Himachal Pradesh. If you are seeking a peaceful winter destination but are not willing to go through extreme hardship then Narkanda is your destination. A quaint little town nestled in the laps of Himalayas, this snow destination will make you forget all about the chaos of your urban life. The dense forest, overlooking mountain peaks and the snow-laden meadows will ensure that you make the best of your Christmas and New Year vacation. Play with snow, Ski or just sit back and cherish the tranquillity of the place, the choice is yours.

When Does It Snow in Narkanda?

The best time to experience snow at Narkanda is from December to early February.

How to Reach Narkanda?

By Air: The nearest airport is in Shimla, 80 km from Narkanda

By Train: The nearest railway station is also in Shimla

By Road: Narkanda is well connected by roads

Things to Do in & around Narkanda: Visit the Jalori Pass, trek to Hatu Peak, Explore the village of Kacheri, Ski in the meadows of Narkanda, Visit Tannu Jubbar Lake.

Katao: The Gem of North-East India

Katao

If you are looking for a perfect place to celebrate Christmas in the land of snow then Katao is your destination. If you prefer to go to an offbeat location and hope to interact with a new culture then pack your bags because Katao is everything you have hoped for your next winter destination in India. The beautiful snow-laden meadows and snow-capped mountains will give you a welcome you wouldn’t have hoped for. The area is still a new spot on the travelling radar which makes it the best place to rejuvenate during the Christmas vacation. Trek and hike around or just sit back and soak in the beauty of the place, Katao will hold a special place in your wandering heart. You would need a permit from the army to visit Katao but don’t worry, it isn’t as serious as it sounds.

When Does It Snow at Katao?

The best time to experience snowfall in Katao is from December end to February end.

How to Reach Katao?

By Air: The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport, 220 km from Katao

By Train: The nearest railway station is in New Jalpaiguri Railway station, 220 km from Katao

By Road: Katao is well connected by roads, however, roads from Gangtok is a bit rough.

Things to Do in & around Katao: The starting point of Mount Katao starts from Katao, Explore Dzuluk, Visit Nathang Valley, Explore the Teesta bazar, witness the beauty of the Silk Road.

Tawang: Winter Vacation in The Lap of Nature

Tawang

The gem of North-East India, Tawang is one of the best winter getaway destinations in India. The abundant natural beauty blended with white wonderland will make up for a perfect white Christmas celebration. Imagine celebrating New Year in the luxury of nature, surrounded by snow, for as far as eyes can see – sounds magical, doesn’t it? A cultural rich place, Tawang offers raw untouched beauty, with a side dish of a vibrant culture. If you are seeking some of the most memorable offbeat travel experiences for white Christmas holidays then Tawang is your destination.

When Does It Snow at Tawang?

The best time to experience snowfall in Tawang is from December to January end.

How to Reach Tawang?

By Air: The nearest airport is in Tezpur, 390 km from Tawang

By Train: The nearest railway station is in Rangapara, 390 km from Tawang

By Road: Tawang is well connected by roads

Things to Do in & around Tawang: Meditate at Taktsang Gompa- one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in India, Trek to Gorichen Peak, Experience being at the Sela Pass, Witness the beauty of Nuranag Waterfalls, Visit the Shonga-Tser Lake.

Munsiyari: The Winter Heaven in India

Munsiyari

A newly discovered heaven in Uttarakhand has now become one of the best destinations in India to witness snow and snowfall. Located in the laps of Himalayan mountains, Munsiyari is quite literally a heaven on Earth. Situated in the shores of the Goriganga river, Munsiyari has everything you expect out of a hill station – trekking routes, snow-capped mountains, glaciers and jaw-dropping beauty. A paradise for winter trekkers, Munsiyari will make you leave your old life behind before you lose yourself in the beauty of nature.

When Does It Snow at Munsiyari?

The best time to experience snowfall in Munsiyari is from December to January end.

How to Reach Munsiyari?

By Air: The nearest airport is in Dehradun, 214 km from Munsiyari

By Train: The nearest railway station is in Kathgodam, 275 km from Munsiyari

By Road: Munsiyari is well connected by roads

Things to Do in & around Munsiyari: Visit Birthi Falls, Experience the view of Panchachuli peaks, Visit Thamari Kund, Trek to Khaliya Top, Visit the Nanda Devi Temple, Trek to Kalamuni top.

So, have you decided on a location yet? Don’t wait because the snow season is almost here. Let us know if we missed any famous snow destination in India. Also, share your winter experience with us in the comment section below.

Well, if you’re looking for such vacation tours in winter paradise like these, you can contact us at Tour My India. You can call us at +91-9212553106 or send us your queries at info@tourmyindia.com and we’ll get back to you with the best travel packages where you can pick the one that suits you the most.

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Ashwini

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Born and brought up in the Lucknowi tehzeeb, Ashwini wishes to someday settle in a quaint little town in the Himalayas. If you do not find him daydreaming about his travel plans, you’ll find him exploring the vastness of Youtube and Netflix. A travel romantic and a cricket fanatic, he also wishes to try every cuisine ever made in this world.

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