8 Snow-Clad Places in India to Go Skiing In

Being a diversified country by nature, India provides breath-taking and adventurous snow-clad places to tourists. With the cold and foggy weather and snow-covered terrains, these places are one of the best destinations for skiing. Here are some top picks to plan your vacations which can provide an unforgettable and unique experience.

1. Auli

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Situated in the ‘Land of Gods’, that is, Uttarakhand, Auli is one of the important skiing destinations in Himalayan region. If you are a beginner, this is an ultimate stopover to test your skiing skills. It is situated at an elevation of 2500 to 3050 meters above the sea level. The ideal time for skiing here is generally from late November to late March.


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2. Gulmarg

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Known as ‘The Meadow of Flowers’, Gulmarg stands at 2,730 meters and is the heartland of winter sports in India. It is rated as Asia’s seventh best skiing destination. Snowy peaks, freezing winds, and breath-taking rides make it the most favorable spot for the visitors. The Alphatar lake and golf courses are its main attractions.

3. Patnitop

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Not less than any other winter destinations, Patnitop is a hilltop tourist point in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated on a plateau in the Shivalik belt of Himalayas, it has an abundance of natural beauty. This place rejuvenates tourists with its natural ambiance which is packed with enormous beauty. The best time to experience the adventures of skiing here is from December to March.

4. Manali

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A famous north Indian hill station, nestled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 2050 meters, Manali is one of the most visited places by skiing lovers. Here, they have the chance to enjoy alpine skiing in Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley from December to March.

5. Munsiyari

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The newly discovered skiing destination in Uttarakhand, Munsiyari lies at the base of great Himalayan range at an elevation of 2200 meters. It’s a growing hub full of mountains, glaciers and trekking routes, making it more like a paradise. The perfectly pointed peaks at every bend make it an awe-inspiring destination.

6. Shimla

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Known as the ‘Summer Capital’ of the colonial era, Shimla is another stopover for the snow lovers. The capital and the largest city of Himachal Pradesh is known for its snow-capped peaks and smooth slopes, which make it an ideal place for winter sports. The unique thing about Shimla is its colonial charm which it has retained.

7. Sonmarg

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Sonmarg, also called as the ‘the meadow of gold’, is a charming little town in Kashmir situated at an altitude of 2743 meters. The Thajiwas Glacier is a popular destination for skiing here. While visiting Sonmarg, make sure you visit Nilagrad river as it enjoys the confluence with mountain rivers, Krishanasar lakes and exotic grasslands of Baltal. The favorable time for winter sports is April.

8. Solang Nullah

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It is a side valley located at the top of the Kullu valley in Himachal Pradesh and is known as a summer and winter sports destination. The slopes of the Solang valley provides it with a reputation of ski resort. One can also experience activities like paragliding, camping, hiking, snowboarding and mountain biking. The breath-taking views definitely provide a lifetime experience.

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After visiting one of these destinations, you will surely be eager to explore the other such snowy places which are really mesmerizing.

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