Top Destination for Winters Vacation to see SNOW
Snow is an eternal favourite of just everyone!
Traveling in winter is generally presumed to be for witnessing snow-laden peaks and snowfall. Well, this article lists out just that and much more, to take your experience a notch higher!
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Blanketed with snow and paired with blue sky in the background, just the perfect background for a photo, isn’t it? You can indulge in snow sports such as snow scooter rides, gondola rides, snowboarding, and the classic! Throwing snowballs. For thrill seekers, trek to frozen Bhrighu Lake amidst the white snow. Surrender yourself to the almighty, and explore the Hidimba Temple, locally known as Dhungri temple, located amidst the towering deodar trees. Don’t forget to add the Manali Winter festival, to finish things off on a good note.
Queen of hills. Shimla was a summer retreat for the British. And rightly so. The views of the snow-covered Shimla are breath-taking when viewed from The Ridge, overlooking the valley of Shimla, surrounded by 7 hills. Less than 500 km away from Delhi, just the ideal getaway for Delhites. Try adding Shoghi to your plans, a little hamlet tucked away in the midst of the towering Himalayas, it’ll take your breath away. For adventure sports enthusiasts, visit the little town of Kufri, only a few kilometers away from Shimla.
Situated below the towering Nanda Devi, amidst the oak and the coniferous forest, is the ski resort of India, beautiful Auli in Uttarakhand. Known for its adventure sports, you can enjoy a variety of snow sports to your heart’s content. Don’t forget to visit the Valley of Flowers located just 27km away. A world heritage site, the Valley of flowers is bestowed with exotic Himalayan flora and fauna.
Referred to as the Land of his holiness the Dalai Lama- Little Lhasa. Mcleodganj has laid-back and peaceful vibes, perfect for witnessing the glory of winter. Take the moderate Triund trek to witness the beautiful sunset. Visit the Namgyal monastery to take the blessing of the almighty and indulge in some Tibetan delicacies such as thukpa, thenthuk, etc. in the eclectic cafes of Mcleoadganj.
Winters in Dalhousie are quite chilly and the snow transforms it into a wonderland. Dotted with Scottish and Victorian architecture, reminiscent of old times, gives the town quite a charm. Visit the St. Patrick’s church, boasting of colonial architecture that emanates a peaceful ambiance amidst the lush green surroundings. It was built in 1909 making it one of the oldest churches in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Let yourselves be consumed in the breathtaking beauty of Khajjiar, also known as the mini Switzerland of India.
Located in the lap of majestic Kanchenjunga, Sikkim is a treat for adventurous souls. Visit the Gurudongmar lake, a partially frozen wonder. Partially frozen you say, despite the negative temperatures? Well yes. The crystal deep blue of the lake never freezes and awes with its enchanting beauty. Next on your list should be the Yumthang Valley, located just a few hours out of Gangtok. Winding roads amidst the frozen landscape will quench the thirst of your traveler’s soul, without a doubt.
Written by – Sakshi