Lara Biyuts rightfully said, ‘The first snow is like the first love.’ The childlike innocence of the falling snow bears one of the fondest memories of one’s early days. In case you don’t live in one of the snowy parts of the nation, the entire experience can be quite enchanting. Reading your favorite book curled up under the warmest layers of blanket to watching tiny snowflakes pile up outside, on the pavement- you feel mesmerized by the inescapable beauty of the falling snow.
In India, it is yet again the season to witness this glorious gift of nature. Make sure you don’t miss out on it. Plan a gateway to one of these icy destinations and its rich cultural heritage for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Located further north in Sikkim, Katao Valley is perched at 13,500ft at the Indo-China border. On your way via the road, you come across beautiful snow-clad mountains lined with pine trees. The hardy landscapes of this ‘mini-Switzerland’ make it an ideal destination for adventure lovers who can engage in skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.
Birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama: Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang, situated at 3048mts, is known for its rich heritage clasped between in picturesque landscape. Be prepared to be overwhelmed by the scent of spirituality mingled with the flavors of exquisite cuisine. The high land enveloped between Tibet and Bhutan enclosed a range of lakes and waterfalls, making it an icy haven for snow lovers from across the globe.
A Clandestine garden: Auli, Uttarakhand
Lying at the height of 2800 meters, Auli in Uttarakhand is the home to vistas such as apple orchards, stunning oaks, and staggering views of the Himalayas. The destination lies between the coniferous forest and sturdy ranges such as the Nanda Devi, Mana Paravat, and Kamat Kamet. This awe-inspiring hill resort is also renowned for the manmade lake of Gorson and popular adventure sports.
Home to the vibrant meadows and evergreen forests, the hill station of Chopta lies in Uttarakhand. The snow-clad mountains of this destination attract not only domestic but also international tourists and trekkers throughout the year. The valley of Chopta lies secluded from the rest of the clamoring world, making it a sanctuary for a wide variety of flora and fauna. Additionally, the presence of a river makes it a serene escape.
Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh
The quaint little town of Narkanda is Situated at the height of 9000 feet. It witnesses swarms of people who come to seek the glory of natural beauty. With ethereal apple orchards, majestic snow-covered hills, and the tanned Jubbar lake, Narkanda truly is a travelers’ delight. The town experiences considerable snowfall year after year whereas, some of the key attractions include visiting the Hatu Peak, Mahamaya temple, and the lake.
Keylong Lahul Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
If you’re looking to visit something different from the conventional trip to Manali and Rohtang Pass- this year, make a trip to the magnificent valley of Lahaul Spiti for a once in a lifetime experience. The long roads to the designation make the tedious journey entirely worth it when the mesmerizing mountains of Spiti leave you in awe. One must also visit the sissu waterfall for an enthralling experience.
Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
The small town of Khajjiar fills your heart with warmth in contrast to the chilly weather of the site. The Kalatop wildlife sanctuary is spread over 30.69 sq. km, is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Khajjiar. The Khajjiar Lake makes the best spot for some afternoon picnics and provides a hauntingly beautiful view of Mount Kailash. Other key attractions include paragliding, zorbing, and horse riding.
Land of Gold: Sonamarg, Jammu & Kashmir
This ‘land of gold’ is genuinely one of the finest destinations for snow lovers in India. The tranquility of lush green meadows and the grazing animals represents a spectacular feature of Kashmiri countryside. The meander of the Sindh river provides a sight to behold. In the winter months, the meadows submerge snow layers, while in the summer months, one can ride ponies and visit the misty glacier. Under Situated at an altitude of 2730 m, one can see beautiful snowy mountains as its backdrop.