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Updated December 20th, 2023 at 13:53 IST

Cold as Ice: Top locations in India to enjoy snow

India, typically known for its diverse climates, surprises with enchanting snow-covered destinations that rival the charm of renowned international winter haven

Rishi Shukla
 Top locations in India to enjoy snow
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India, typically known for its diverse climates, surprises with enchanting snow-covered destinations that rival the charm of renowned international winter havens. 

Let's take a closer look at five most visited places in India during winter season. 

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Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir: Gateway to Winter Paradise 

Once you’re in Jammu and Kashmir, you're in a picture-postcard territory. Beautiful hillsides forested with tall pine trees, green meadows, and stunning valleys add to the allure of this destination, which is a delight even as the snow begins to set on its vibrant lands. 

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A short trip from this town is the picturesque Baisaran Valley, dubbed the 'Mini Switzerland of India.' Situated amid dense pine forests, this meadow, flanked by snowy peaks, is the gateway to nature and serves as a campsite for trekkers going to Tulian Lake. 

How To Reach: Baisaran Valley is 4km from Pahalgam. Pahalgam can be accessed via road; the nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi railway station, and the nearest airport is Sheikh-ul-Alam airport, also known as Srinagar Airport. 

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What To See: On your way to Baisaran, which starts at Pahalgam and takes an hour on foot or horseback, make sure to stop at Pahalgam Old Village, Kashmir Valley Point, Dabyan, and Deon Valley Point to witness the majestic Lidder Valley and get a bird’s eye view of Pahalgam town. 

Baisaran can only be accessed on foot or on horseback. There are no car/cab services to the valley. 

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Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir: Skiing Capital of India 

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Nestled in the Pir Panjal range, Gulmarg is a dream destination for snow enthusiasts. Renowned as the skiing capital of India, Gulmarg transforms into a winter wonderland with pristine white snow covering its landscapes. 

How To Reach: Gulmarg is easily accessible by road from Srinagar. The nearest airport is Sheikh-ul-Alam airport, and the nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi railway station. 

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What To See: Apart from indulging in skiing adventures, don't miss the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, which is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The Gulmarg Gondola, one of the highest cable cars in the world, offers breathtaking views of the snow-clad mountains.  

Gulmarg experiences heavy snowfall, so make sure to check weather conditions and plan your trip accordingly. 

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Manali, Himachal Pradesh: Snowy Retreat in the Himalayas 

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Manali, nestled in the Kullu Valley, is a charismatic destination that beckons snow lovers from far and wide. Surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks, Manali offers a perfect blend of adventure and tranquility. 

How To Reach: Manali is well-connected by road, and the nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport. The closest railway station is Joginder Nagar, and one can also reach Manali by road from major cities.  

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What To See: Explore Solang Valley for thrilling snow activities, visit the iconic Hadimba Devi Temple, and take a stroll through the charming Old Manali with its quaint cafes and snowy landscapes.  

Winter road conditions may require extra caution, so plan your journey accordingly. 

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Auli, Uttarakhand: Skiing Paradise in the Garhwal Himalayas 

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Known for its vast meadows and panoramic views of the Himalayan range, Auli is a hidden gem for snow sports enthusiasts. The snow-covered slopes of Auli make it a perfect destination for skiing and winter adventures. 

How To Reach: Auli is well-connected by road from major cities. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, and the closest railway station is Rishikesh.  

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What To See: Apart from skiing, don't miss the breathtaking views from Auli Artificial Lake and the cable car ride to Joshimath, offering mesmerizing vistas of the surrounding mountains.  

Due to heavy snowfall, it's advisable to check for travel updates and road conditions before planning your trip. 

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Shimla, Himachal Pradesh: Colonial Charm in the Snow 

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Shimla, the queen of the hills, adorned with colonial architecture, becomes a winter wonderland during the snow season. The Mall Road, Ridge, and Jakhu Temple are transformed into snowy landscapes, creating a magical atmosphere.  

How To Reach: Shimla is well-connected by road, and the nearest airport is Jubbarhatti Airport. The Kalka-Shimla Railway offers a scenic train journey to Shimla. 

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What To See: Take a stroll on the snow-covered Mall Road, enjoy panoramic views from the Ridge, and visit the Christ Church, bathed in a blanket of snow.

Winter in Shimla can be chilly, so pack accordingly and relish the charm of this winter paradise. 

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Go on a journey to these enchanting destinations and witness the beauty of India in its winter splendor. 

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Published December 20th, 2023 at 13:53 IST

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