Top 5 Places to Experience White Winters

Mountains in Winters

Winters are always a time to look forward to, with all white snow and the hymnals of celebrations. The winter comes with its list of holidays and weather changes and serves as the beginning of a new journey.

The winter starts with the falling of leaves and ends with the possibility of new blooms. Travelling to experience what comes between, in its full glory as it snows, is one of the best experiences ever. Here are the Top 5 places to experience white winters in India.


Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir


Jammu-Kashmir has many names. Some call it the princely state and some paradise on earth. One can experience white winters with the melting snowflakes and a thick covering of snow carpet in all its valleys and lands. The land offers its rich heritage and culture through its food and clothing. The lowest temperature of the winters can be compensated by the warmth of Kahwa Tea and by the coziness of Pashmina shawls.

Gulmarg is known for its adventurous sites, satisfying every solo traveler’s needs. You can learn to ski, spend a day at the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, or hang around the city and explore tiny local cafes while chatting with the warm and friendly people of Gulmarg.


Manali, Himachal Pradesh

fun at Manali Snow

The state for Kangra Paintings is also known as Land of Gods. The name comes from its snow-capped mountain city showing its brilliance in the cold winter season. The state shares a border with the land of paradise Jammu and Kashmir. The state hosts the Paragliding World cup, making it the wishlist destination for adventure Apart from Paragliding, the state also offers the experience of rafting, ice skating, and trekking for its explorers.

    You can visit the Jogini Falls, Vasishtha Temple, Hadimba Temple, and even stroll through the city market to bus local shawls, winter wear, bags, toys, and other decorative items as souvenirs.

    Auli, Uttarakhand

    artificial Lake in Auli frozen in winters
    The state is a neighbour of Himachal Pradesh and thus experiences extreme cold along with the winter beauty of the state. Uttarakhand is known for its rich Hindu heritage, and the temple culture in the state is the practical proof for this statement. Auli is in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The hill station is famous for its varied flora and fauna population. Hiking and skiing in the snow-filled mountains is the main tourist attraction. Apart from skiing, Auli promotes trekking and ropeway rides for adventurous souls.

      You can experience the snow at its finest while skiing, on the ropeway ride, and on the Auli Pass, Kuari Pass, the Auli Gorson treks. You can also visit Nanda Devi National Park, Joshimath, Auli Artificial Lake.


      Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

      Monk in front of Tawang main entrance
      The 6th Dalai Lama's birthplace Tawang is a small town in Arunachal Pradesh. It is known for its breathtaking views and spell-bounding scenic beauty. It is also well-known for ancient Buddhist monasteries. The land of Dawn-lit Mountains located at the northeastern side of the country carries its luxurious valleys for the winter edition.

        One of the largest states among the six sister states of India, the state is lesser-known in case of its tourism exploration. Thus the state hardly carries the possibility of a crowded town despite its rich destination's beauty. Arunachal Pradesh is famous for its rich cultural heritage due to its lesser-known tourist influence. The Himalayan Mountains impart to its coldest winter temperature. The snowfalls in the valleys are heavy during the winter season. The winter snowfalls and the Himalayan hills make a perfect pair for tourists. The state is ore influenced by the Tibetans culture.

        Sonmarg, Jammu Kashmir

        Horse in beautiful Sonmarg grasslands
        Located about 80 kilometres from Srinagar, Sonmarg is one of the lesser-explored hill stations in the country. With unforgettable scenic beauty and soul-touching skies, this hill station makes you want to stay there forever. There are multiple things to do in the small hill station, a few of them being visiting the water bodies - Gangabal Lake, Gadsar Lake, Satsar Lake, and Vishansar Lake. You can also visit the Thajiwas Glacier to experience the natural beauty and get one with the flora and the fauna of the land.

          You can experience snow in Sonmarg from November to March, with temperatures as low as 8 degrees Celcius. The flower-capped meadows and valleys will be a treat for your eyes if you visit Sonmarg between April and June.

          No matter what season it is, and no matter what month. The weather will always be pleasant (read chilly) and the views breath-taking!

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