We all have a kid inside us that just loves to hide beneath quilt or enjoy the aroma of a hot coffee during winters but some daring ones pack their bags and head to the places where they can challenge the freeze and enjoy the flakes of snow. Imagine visiting a place where you could fall on the ground and make snow angels, create massive snow fortress filled with numerous snow cannon balls to throw at each other or, create a large snowman with a carrot nose. Do not immediately shift your imagination to some western areas of the world during winter. If you dare to enjoy the snowflakes of the winter, you can stick with India too.
There are numerous winter paradises, right here in our own country that would give you major wanderlust. But if you really want to experience the same, the best snow season in India is during the winter months of December to February. November and March are beautiful too, but the snow is not as dense as around New Year. We have put up the top 5 destinations you should be right now to witness the bewitching snow sceneries that are best for an exciting family trip, some adventurous time with friends or be it a dreamy holiday. So, here are the top snowfall destinations to cover in India-
Enticing slopes and rustic mountain houses makes Auli, a standout amongst the best hill stations in India for adventure sports, giving off a Swiss vibe. A popular destination for skiing in India, Auli looks staggering all through winter.
Auli of Uttarakhand is the ultimate destination for anybody looking to go on a skiing vacation. It is winter heaven loaded up with wonderful valleys, white forests, grand peaks and significantly more. Located 2500m above ocean level, this is an extremely renowned tourist spot for snow lovers and travelers.
How to visit Auli from Delhi?- From Delhi, you can find domestic flights to Jolly Grand Airport of Dehradun. It is around 270 km away from Auli. You can also reach Dehradun railway station from Delhi. The railway station is 250 km away from Auli. From there, you need to choose any of the available road transportation to reach the hill station.
By train- Train travel is the most comfortable way to reach Auli. Railway stations closest to Auli are in Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kotdwar, and Dehradun. From these railway stations, travelers can get buses or cabs to Joshimath. From Joshimath, you can take a bus or ride on Asia’s longest cable car ride to Auli. The best connectivity options to other cities in the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai etc. are available from Haridwar. Rishikesh is also well-connected to these cities.
How could one miss Pahalgam when talking about snowy slopes of the country? Perched at a height of 8,957 ft above the sea level, Pahalgam is one of the pristine snow beauties in the country. Everything about this natural splendor is exciting: riverside location, snow-capped peaks, freezing weather conditions, and surrounding calmness as well as skiing. But the real magic of Pahalgam lies within its quiet long treks that provide you a tranquil snowy escape away from the madness of mainland.
How to visit Pahalgam from Delhi?- Pahalgam is located 801 km away from Delhi. The fastest way to reach Pahalgam from Delhi is by taking a flight from Delhi to Srinagar of Kashmir. From Srinagar, you can find taxis to Pahalgam. If you are looking for cheapest way to travel, choose train from Delhi to Pahalgam.
By Train- There are no train stations in Pahalgam. The nearest railhead is Jammu Tawi, which is at a distance of 157 kilometres and is well-linked with most of the Indian cities. Some of the trains that ply regularly from the Jammu railway station are Uttar Sampark Rajdhani , Jammu Rajdhani and Jhelum Express . From here, you would need a vehicle which can drive you to Pahalgam via Srinagar. You can either hire a private cab or opt for a shared taxi which is an economical option and preferred by most of the travellers.
What better destination you can think to see snowfall in India other than Gulmarg? Located around 880 km far from Delhi, tourists can easily access this immaculate snow excellence from Srinagar. Blanketed crests in the background, freezing winds, varied bloomed flowers, and tremendous snow spread for skiing just as a stunning ride in the world's highest cable car (Gondola) are not-to-be-missed charms. An excursion to Gulmarg is, notwithstanding, incomplete without trying out of Kashmiri dishes and a visit to Alpathar Lake and Tangmarg – an excellent tourist spot only 1 km ahead.
How to visit Gulmarg from Delhi?- From Delhi, you can find flights to Srinagar, which is 56 km away from Gulmarg. From Srinagar, you can find buses, taxis and other road transportation’s to Gulmarg. You can also find trains from Delhi to Jammu, which is 290 km away from Gulmarg. From Jammu, you can find cabs and other toad transportation’s to reach Gulmarg.
By Train- Jammu is the nearest railway station, at a distance of 290 kilometres. Jammu railway station is well connected to the most of the railheads in major Indian cities. Some of the popular trains are Jammu Rajdhani, Himgiri Express, Andaman Express and Himsagar Express which connects the farthest railway in Trivandrum city.
In spite of being a standout amongst the most visited hill stations in India, the intrigue of Manali never blurs among the tourists. Its emerald pastures, perfectly clear rivers, and the snow-coated sloping mountains along the blue sky touching the horizon are simply unparallel. What's more, with the beginning of winters, the intrigue just develops giving travelers' pleasure of skiing and ice-skating. Located at a distance of 270 km north of Shimla, Manali is settled in River Beas Valley at a height of 2,050 meters above ocean level.
Tip- If an activity or region is banned due to bad weather or heavy snowfall, it is best to obey the rules. The snow in the Himachal region can be both beautiful and dangerous. Every year, many people get stuck in snow, during heavy snowfall.
There couldn’t be a better idea than planning a trip to Nainital in winters, no? Located 274 km from Delhi, Nainital fills in as an uplifting escape for the weekends as well as is very famous among recently married couples. The best time to visit the place is, December to January when Nanda Devi Peak looks dazzling covered in sheets of white snow and you can feel the chill in the breeze while following snow-covered trekking routes. Nainital gives the tourists’ all the cliche snow activities ranging from the cable car to building snowman.
How to visit Nainital from Delhi?- Nainital is just 7 hours away from Delhi. It would be easier to reach the hill station via road. You can find numerous buses, which run between the two regions, every day. The nearest railway station is located in Kathgodham hill, which is 34 km away from Nainital. You can find frequent trains from Delhi to Kathgodham. From Kathgodham, choose buses or cabs to reach Nainital. You can also find direct cabs from Delhi to Nainital.
By train- The nearest Railway Station from Nainital is Kathgodam Railway Station, located at a distance of 24 Kms from the city. Kathgodam Railway Station is connected to the major cities of Uttarakhand. It is linked with the cities like New Delhi, Dehradun, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jammu and Kolkata via Kathgodam Shatabdi Express , Uttaranchal Sampark Kranti Express, Bagh Express and Kathgodam Garib Rath Express .
How to visit Manali from Delhi?- You can find frequent flights from Delhi airport to Bhuntar airport. Bhuntar is located around 50 km away from Manali. From Bhuntar, you can find many road transportations to reach Manali. Manali can also be reached via road transportation from Delhi. If you choose buses or cabs, you would reach Manali via Ambala and Chandigarh. From Delhi, it is 570 km and you can find overnight buses from the bus terminals of Delhi. The closest railroad is located in Una, which is 250 km away. The Kalka Shimla route is a beautiful rail route to cover. However, it is better to stick with road or air transportation.
By train- There is no direct train between New Delhi and Manali. You can take Kalka Shatabdi from New Delhi to Chandigarh then take HRTC(Himachal Road Transportation Corporation) from Chandigarh to Manali. Jogindernagar railway station is the nearest railway station to Manali that connects the hill station with several important cities of the country. Chandigarh and Ambala are other options to reach Manali by train
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