Want to catch a glimpse of snowfall? These 5 Indian destinations should be on your radar

Dreamy winter landscapes and pristine white slopes beckon.

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Winter is in full swing in India, with Delhi reeling under a cold wave and even warmer cities like Mumbai bearing the brunt with lower than usual temperatures. The chilly weather only means one thing—it’s snowing in the northern part of the country. If you are one of those who would give up the comfort of their bed in search of an adventurous getaway in the mountains amid imposing peaks and angelic white valleys, then this list is for you. Discover five places across India that promise snow and ample fun. 

Auli, Uttarakhand

Auli is a favourite among Indian skiers and snowboarders, owing to its mesmerising slopes that are ideal for skiing. Not into skiing? Enjoy the snowy vistas through a chair car ride or go trekking instead. The town also offers enviable views of the Nanda Devi and Nar Parvat mountains, if you’d rather sit back and relax. With Auli already receiving snowfall this season, now is a perfect time to explore the region. Take a flight to Jolly Grant airport, a little less than 300 kilometres away, or take the train to Haridwar before driving to Auli. 

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Want to skip the busy North Indian destinations and go somewhere more peaceful? Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang will fit the bill perfectly. The town, which is known for hosting Ziro music festival every year, starts to get snowfall from October itself, so be rest assured, you’ll be met with white blanketed slopes. While there, don’t miss visiting the Tawang Monastery, which is the largest in India. The Salonibari airport is a few hours drive from Tawang, about 325 kilometres away. 

Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

Planning to visit Himachal Pradesh hoping to enjoy some snowfall? Our tip is to skip crowded Shimla and head to its neighbour Narkanda instead. From the district’s second highest peak—Hatu—which sits at 3,400 metres of elevation, to the serene Tanni Jubbar Lake that is frozen in winters, making for a mesmerising sight, there’s much to explore. Of course, the snow-covered slopes of the region are made for skiing—rent the gear from one of the many shops dotting the area. If you’re looking for other things to do, pay a visit to the Hatu Mata Mandir, popular among tourists who visit Narkanda. The nearest airport is Shimla, but you can also take a train to Kalka, and then drive up to Narkanda—either way, it's about a three-hour journey. You can also choose to land in New Delhi and go road tripping to Narkanda, about 11 hours away.

Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

No list on snowy winter destinations would miss Gulmarg, which is a favourite among travellers for a reason—think undulating slopes blanketed in snow that make for the perfect skiing grounds. This time around, too, the place has been receiving snowfall since November. Undoubtedly, skiing is the most popular activity here—if you’re a beginner than the smaller slopes will be ideal, and if you are looking to level up, then don’t miss the Apharwat Peak. Another must on your list should be Asia’s highest gondola ride that offers stunning views of the mountainous landscape. The nearest airport is in Srinagar, about 56 kilometres away. 

Zuluk, Sikkim 

Once a transit point to Tibet on the historic Silk Route, Zuluk is a quaint hamlet nestled in the valleys of East Sikkim. Similar to the more popular hill stations of North India, Zuluk also gets substantial snow from late October up till February. If you’re looking for a more secluded winter getaway from the crowds that throng the mountains for a glimpse of snow, then the town is your best bet. Keep in mind that it is a restricted area though, so you’ll need to get a special ‘Inner Line Permit’ before your vacation. Catch a flight to Bagdogra, which is around 140 kilometres away, or take the train to New Jalpaiguri, from where you can take a cab to Zuluk. 

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