There are several hill stations and skiing destinations in India where tourists can enjoy winter snow and the related fun activities. The likes of Gulmarg and Manali are extremely popular with foreigners, encouraging them to board India flights.


India’s devastating diversity has always impressed. It might be hot and humid for most parts of the year but during the winters, certain parts of the country actually transform into spectacular snow-white paradises that are too irresistible for both winter sport enthusiasts and nature lovers. Take a look at top few destinations where tourists can enjoy the snow in India.

Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

It cannot get much better than Gulmarg if it is the lure of winter sports that has encouraged you to board flights for India. Located around 900kms from Delhi, the national capital, Gulmarg is truly a paradise with snow-capped mountains and the radiant beauty that’s best reflected in blooming flowers! Don’t forget to take a ride in the world’s highest cable car while you are in the area. Further, travellers must make sure that they have generous dollops of Kashmiri dishes before heading back home from this beautiful town.

Patnitop, Jammu Kashmir

A relatively lesser known Indian winter destination, Patnitop surely deserves a mention in the list. The town is easily accessible. One just needs to buy train tickets for Jammu or board flights to the city from any part of India. From Jammu, it takes a few hours’ journey in bus or a rented vehicle to get to Patnitop. Travellers will love the overall ambience of the place and not just the ashen snow that seems to engulf its landscape in the winter season. The area is pretty green as well, something that’s sure to impress green thumbs, who plan India holidays and buy air tickets in hope of a rendezvous with the nature’s colour!

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

From the relative unknown to the massively popular! Manali is one hill station that never needs a promotional campaign to attract tourists, and we are talking about tourists not only from within India but foreigners, who jump aboard India-bound flights looking for some fun. The town is just breathtaking to look at. The delightful clean rivers, the pleasing meadows and of course, the striking white snow of the peaks – Manali truly turns on the charm during the winters. Adventure seekers might want to give a shot to the thrilling snow sports of the skiing and ice-skating. Manali is located some 250kms from Simla, the capital of the province. Those starting their journey from Delhi can buy train tickets till Kalka, and from thereon they can travel by bus, taxis or rented cars. From Kalka to Simla journey, a toy train is available, tickets for which can be booked online.

Auli, Uttarakhand

For those whose idea of winter vacations is synonymous with snow sports, the prospect is perhaps brightest at Auli. The skiing slopes are incredible and at par with international ski places. The place is just as popular with expert skiers as it is with tyros who are just beginning. Apart from skiing, tourists, who land here, can enjoy the panoramic sights of the destination and enjoy the mesmeric beauty of the place.

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