Sometimes you just can’t beat a winter holiday. With thick, powdery snow to stomp through, majestic peaks to ski down and gorgeous resorts to curl up in at the end of a long day exploring, these are just a few places that are even more beautiful once winter arrives. Time to finally enjoy that white Christmas you’ve been dreaming of… Just don’t forget to pack your camera to capture the amazing scenery. Enjoy snowball fights with your friends, make a snowman, go trekking or enjoy a cozy bonfire. It is always fun to see white snow.
Auli is the best snow destination for skiing lovers. It is about 10 hours drive from Rishikesh in Uttarakhand. It is famous for it’s perfect, snow-clad slopes. One can enjoy some beautiful panoramic views of the tall, lofty mountain peaks of the Himalayas, such as Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat and Kamat Kamet. One can also plan a trip to Joshimath, a place of deep religious significance to the Hindus located very close to Auli. Every year there is a Skiing competition in February.
Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh
Narkanda is a popular hill station, ideally situated between the valleys of rivers Giri and Sutlej in Himachal Pradesh, and is about 64 kilometers from Shimla. Famous for its skiing, angling and other winter sport facilities and its scenic views of snow clad mountains make it a popular tourist destination in winters. The mountain slopes come alive with skiers during the winter season. Skiing in Narkanda began in 1980 and ever since then HPDC is conducting skiing courses every year for thousands of tourists visiting Narkanda. One can hire skiing equipment and other required sports gear here for undertaking skiing. Narkanda witnesses snowfall in last week of December. The coolest temperature during the winters is around minus ten degrees (-10°C) and the maximum temperature tends to be around fifteen degrees (15°C)
Nainital, the prized possession of Uttarakhand crowned atop the Kumaon hills is a quintessential hilltop hamlet, which has everything it takes to please the avid traveller. Situated 1,938 metres high and 280 kilometres away from Delhi, Nainital is one of the most picturesque hill stations in India. Nainital has a look and feel that is fascinatingly fabulous, to say the least. The famous Naini Lake, a shimmering water body enveloped by green hills on three sides gives it an alpine feel, with the famous Mall curving around its banks. The Mall Road, a lively promenade that overlooks the lake is one of the main attractions here. There is also a bunch of tourist spots peppered around the tasteful town making it the perfect setting for a family holiday. From boating to feeding animals at the zoo; from picnicking on the hills to exploring Jim Corbett’s home, Nainital is a serene hill station filled with many attractions. One of the best places to view snowfall in Nainital is from the Snow Point, specially during End December & January.
Munsiyari is a comely hamlet situated in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Nestled in the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas, Munsiyari offers splendid vistas of natural beauteousness. This scenic hill station is perched at an altitude of 2298mts above sea level. Munsiyari literally translated means place with snow, and is also referred as Little Kashmir. It offers stunning views of snow capped higher Himalayan ranges. The Virgin environs of the valley offers breathe taking views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Its is famous for its picturesque beauty and trekking excursions and is popular with high altitude trekkers and adventure enthusiasts as this place is the base of Milam, Ralam and Namik Glaciers. The view of the Panchachuli peaks from Munsiyari is enchanting. Winter in Munsiyari starts from November till mid March. Whole area will be covered with sheets of snow, this time is favourable for honeymoon couples or adventure tourists for skiing and other snow activities. Snowfall expected late December to early Februrary.
Suggested Quality Stays : Himalayan Glamping Resort
Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Often referred to as ‘mini-Switzerland of India’, Khajjiar is a small town near Dalhousie which provides tourists a unique combination of forests, lakes and pastures. The mesmerising beauty of this place has greatly influenced and inspired many kingdoms throughout the years, including the Rajputs and Mughals. Located at an altitude of 6,500 feet, the natural beauty and picturesque landscape of this place are bound to leave an everlasting impression on a tourist. Khajjiar is known for its nine-hole golf-course which is nestled in the midst of lush greenery and a breathtaking landscape. Khajjiar is a small plateau which also has a small lake which is one of the most favored tourist spots in this town. Khajjiar is surrounded by green meadows and dense forests and it is also known for its beautiful temples. This region also attracts adventure seekers and has a lot of options in adventure sports like paragliding, horse riding, zorbing, trekking etc. Khajjiar is a must visit place for everyone coming to Dalhousie and its nearby regions. If you go around December to February, everything is covered with snow.
Suggested Quality Stays: Deodhar Manor
Chopta is a Hill Station and is located at an altitude of 2700 mts, in the Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand State. Chopta is surrounded by dense forest, and offers majestic view of Snow Clad Himalayan Ranges and lush green meadows. It is also the starting point of the trek to famous Tungnath Mandir (Panch Kedar Temple) and Chandrashila Summit . The Chopta region is rich in varied flora and fauna, with plenty of Rhododendron and Deodar trees all around. Chopta is an unspoiled natural destination lying in the lap of the Himalayas and offers views of the imposing Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. Its an ideal place for nature lovers and trekking enthusiast. To enjoy snow, you must visit during December to February.
Suggested Quality Stays : Pristine Peaks Eco Camp
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
One of the most popular hill stations in North India, Shimla is an ideal place to visit in winters, especially for all the snow buffs and enthusiasts. Shimla no doubt has it all blessed by the nature, that’s why it is also known as Queen of hills. Places like Kasauli, Mashobra and Chail are located quite close to Shimla, and one can plan a day or two worth of trip to these places as well. Its also a romantic getaway for all honeymooners, with lot of opportunities for idle romancing, adventure sports for bonding and beautiful nature views that inspire the romantic in you.
Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
Very old and popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh, clubbed with Khajjiar. It is a spectacular hill station and offers easily accessible locations, which provide ideal getaways for travellers. The majestic Dhauladhar range, the snow-clad Pir Panjal range and Lush Green Bathri Valley are amongst the many beautiful sights visitors can feast upon.
Dalhousie is an ideal place for peace and thrill seekers, visitors can enjoy level walks in the lush and colourful valleys. Also, can go for treks in the dense forests offering enchanting views of the snow covered mountains and the lush green valleys and rivers below.
Suggested Quality Stays: Sunny View
Manali – Himachal Pradesh
This is the ideal place for tourists, looking to unwind and rejuvenate in the lap of nature, for there is no place in the country more vibrant and charming as Manali. Situated 274 km away from Delhi, nestled in the River Beas Valley at a height of 2,050 meters above sea level lies the beautiful town of Manali. You can visit this place any time throughout the year. But the best time to visit Manali is December to January when Nanda Devi Peak looks stunning in white snow.
A visit to Solang Valley and adventure sports activities such as skiing, mountaineering and trekking are a must while you’re in Manali.
Located at an altitude of 1880 meters, Mussoorie is one of the most beautiful hill stations among all, where you can enjoy watching the snow fall. With its green hills and varied flora and fauna, Mussoorie is a fascinating place with commanding snow ranges to the northeast and glittering views of the Doon Valley and Shiwalik ranges in the south. This old English town was once said to present a ‘fairyland’ atmosphere to tourists. Despite the crowds and bustle, there’s an unworldly peace surrounding the Queen of Hills.