If you want to enjoy the best of winter season, you should pack your bags and head for the best winter locations . Snow draped valleys, chillingly cold rivers, frozen lakes and all the things that make up for a perfect location.
These are the best winter destinations in India :
1- Gulmarg: Located in Kashmir, near Shrinagar, Gulmarg is one of the most scenic winter locations in the world. The snow and mountains slopes here are perfect for skiing and this makes Gulmarg the most popular location for Skiing in India. The Skiing season stretches from December end to mid-march.
2- Auli: Located near the Joshimath, the winter home of the priests of Badrinath, Auli is the second most popular skiing location in India. Beauty of Joshimath and the entire region that surrounds it is very well know to tourists have been there. But the Auli of winters is a completely different place. The high mountaintops are all covered by snow. The longest ropeway of India connects Joshimath to Auli top, which is the exact place where skiing activities are done. Auli is well connected by road and this makes it a perfect location for the winters.
3- Manali: This is undoubtedly the most beautiful place of Himachal Pradesh. This is the last town before the very popular Rohtang pass, which is closed for the winters due to excessive snow. The river Beas, which flows right through Manali seems to be flowing through a white coating of snow at places. Snow is abundant. This place is not great for skiing, but the great road connectivity, excellent accommodation facilities, cultural heritage and popular tourist locations in vicinity make Manali a must see place.
4- Shimla: Once the winter capital of the Britishers, Shimla still retains its charm with a well-built city-like infrastructure, good markets, great accommodation options and lovely tourist locations in vicinity. Shimla is not only going to Shimla only. Shimla is more like a base camp from where you can visit a lot of other great locations. Excellent connectivity from Delhi makes it a favorite location for the people from in and around the capital.
5- Nainital: Known as the Chota-mansarovar in the old times, Nainital has all the qualities which should be there in the perfect winter location. The market, crowd, accommodation, connectivity and most of all, the scenic beauty of Nainital are known the world over and are at their possible best in the winters. There were 65 lakes in the Nainital district just around a 100 years ago, but you can only see around 6-7 of them now. Don’t expect too much snow here, but the lake makes up for it. Nainital is just about 300 km from Delhi and the connecting roads are good. You can visit other places near Nainital like Almora, Ranikhet etc.
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