Winter season in many parts in India (especially the Himalayan region) is beautiful with snowfall being the essential feature. The snowfall not only adds to scenic beauty of a particular region but also provides for a perfect landscape for skiing. In India there are many hill stations that either provides for scenic beauty that can be refreshing to anyone’s soul or for an ideal skiing landscape that skiing enthusiasts could use.
So the ten popular hill stations during the winter months are as follows
Gulmarg-Jammu and Kasmir:
Also known as “Gaurimarg”, Gulmarg is hill station known for being a popular skiing destination. This beautiful hill station which is located in the in the western Himalayas in the famous Pirpanjal Range is also known for its scenic beauty. Hence it is an ideal winter getaway for nature lovers and skiers alike.
Srinagar-Jammu and Kashmir:
The summer capital of the Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar is famous for its scenic beauty during winter due to the heavy snowfall that it receives. The famous Dal Lake also freezes during this season and as a result ice skating can be undertaken.
Pahalgam Jammu and Kashmir:
Located in the Anantnag district Pahalgam, is beautiful hill station that is popular for its natural beauty. With temperature touching subzero and this area receiving heavy snowfall during winter it is a perfect holiday destination particularly during winters.
Patnitop- Jammu and Kashmir:
A beautiful hill station located in the Udhampur district in Jammu and Kashmir offers magnificent snow peak views and also provides the perfect landscape for adventure sports such as skiing and zorbing.
Shimla- Himachal Pradesh:
Located in Himachal Pradesh Shimla, is a beautiful city that is bounded by Mandi and Kullu in the north and Kinnaur. During winters it receives heavy snowfall and as a result provides an ideal landscape for winter sports like skating and snowing.
Kufri- Himachal Pradesh:
Located at about 13 km from Shimla Kufri, is beautiful hill station that is popular as a skiing destination during winters. It also provides for some magnificent views of its surroundings.
Dharamshala- Himachal Pradesh:
In the Kangra Valley, there is a scenic city called “Dharamshala”. This city is a home to the Dalai Lama. This city receives heavy snowfall and is known for its scenic beauty during the winter season. The snowfall recorded on January 7, 2012 was the heaviest recorded in recent times.
Auli a beautiful hill station in Uttarakhand is an important skiing destination located in the Himalayan mountain ranges. Other adventure sports such as mountain climbing, snowboarding etc are also popular. This hill station also provides for magnificent views of the snow clad mountain peaks of the Himalayas.
Popularly known as the “Queen of the Hills” Mussorie, is a beautiful hill station located in the Dehradun district in Uttarakhand. This hill station experiences heavy snowfall with the temperature dropping below zero degrees. It also provides for magnificent views of the Doon valley and Shiwalik ranges especially during winters.
Known as “Mini Switzerland” Chopta, is a beautiful hill station located in Uttarakhand. During winters this scenic hill station provides for magnificent views of the snow clad Himalayan ranges such as Trishul, Nanda Devi, and Chaukhamba.