India being a tropical country, only the quarter part of the country enjoys the real pleasure of snowy winter weathers. Most of the other parts only range in the temperatures between 10 to 15o C. Thus, it only makes sense to plan trips to the Northern part of the nation to enjoy few days of glory in Snow. Manali, Kashmir, Ladakh, and few other our the best chosen options for Dec-Jan trips.
Since, the country doesn’t have Snow in abundance, Winter snow sports were never practiced enough even in the complete snow dawned parts. Skiing is one of the most popular winter sport all around the world. And though the Europeans had introduced the concept to us over ago, it has found its fame just in the recent years. Now, loved by so many people take the Skiing courses and make it a point to make skiing a part of their trip.
Thus, to tease your adventurous soul, here are some of the Best and Famous locations to indulge in new experiences and make memories.
Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir:-
If heaven is a place on earth, the skiers name that destination, Gulmarg. Nestled in the cozy town of Barmala- J&K, and also fondly called the “Heartland of winter sports in India”, Gulmarg in all its immaculate beauty crowned the 7th best ski destination in Asia. If you want to go skiing in Gulmarg, there are two points from where you can start this activity; one is Kongdori and the other is Aparwahat Peak. A naturally groomed 450m slope offers an exhilarating skiing experience to skiers at Kongdori, whereas from Apparwat ridge there is an 800m descend that apparently offers once in a lifetime experience. The steep snow terrain is strictly for skilled or advanced skiers and for the beginners it is ideal to try skiing at Kongdori. When in Gulmarg, do not miss the Gulmarg Gondola which is the highest Cable Carin the whole World. The best time to visit Gulmarg is in between December to March.
Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir:-
When looking for Skiing one the first locations to pop up has to be Pahalgam after Gulmarg, situated near Anantnag District in Jammu & Kashmir, the place is known as the prime location for Skiing experience. The location gets extra special with the breathtaking landscape it has to offer, making it even more worthwhile experience for the skiers. The Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering & winter sports offers skiing courses for amateurs. The best time to visit Pahalgam for skiing is considered to be between December & March when the snow is nice and thick.
Kufri, Himachal Pradesh:-
Not so far away from Shimla, there is a venue for excellent skiing in Himachal Pradesh. During the winter season, this most beguiling tourist attraction becomes the haunt of skiers from all over the world. You can mostly find beginners or amateurs trying their hands at this exciting winter sport. Gentle slopes that are covered with layers and layers of snow make for some incredible skiing experience. One can also try Tobogganing (sliding down the hill on a sledge) along with skiing in Kufri. The travel and tourism department of Himachal Pradesh organizes an annual winter sport festival here, which attracts a large number of tourists.
Welcome to the most preferred winter sports destination in India, Auli. It is one of best skiing destinations in the country and is situated in the lap of beautiful Uttarakhand. It is the most preferred skiing hub for the simple reason that it is a well-maintained, pristine retreat away from the confines of a bustling city life. Auli has also got the honour of hosting the first SAF Winter Games in India in 2011 and ever since this place has gained immense recognition in the winter sports world. The skiing slopes here range from 2000m to 3000m with just the perfect amount of snow on them. December to early March would be the best times to go skiing here.
Solang Nala, Himachal Pradesh:-
Solang Nala is a famous valley in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. The place is famous for conducting many types of winter games, especially skiing. There are many tournaments organized as well as workshops held for teaching amateurs the basics of skiing.Other summer games that are popular here are parachuting, paragliding, skating and zorbing. This region is home to workshops, tournaments, training schools and everything related to skiing. Adventure seekers book rooms months in advance, and the year sees a heavy flow of tourists each time- the skiing experience here attracts people from all over the globe. From early November to late March, Solang Nala is choc-a-bloc with skiers!