7 Top skiing resorts in Himalayas in India

One of the biggest myths is that there are no top skiing resorts in Himalayas in India You’d be surprised to know that sliding down the Himalayan slopes is one of the hottest activities in India. There are some really great slopes for you to ski down and live the adventure of a lifetime. If you haven’t tried out this adrenaline- pumping activity, plan your India ski trip now. Have a look at some of the best places to ski in India and plan your travel accordingly.

Top skiing resorts in Himalayas

1. Pahalgam in Jammu Kashmir

Location– One of the best ski destinations in India, Pahalgam is situated in the Anantnag district of Jammu Kashmir.  This top ski resort is just 94 kilometers from Srinagar and it takes just an hour and a half reaching here.

Special features – Pahalgam has always been a favorite skiing destination among Indian and international travelers. The slopes of the Himalayas here are gentle and easy-going for newbies and amateurs. If you’d like to stay here for a few nights then you can check into one of the many tourist lodges in Pahalgam. What adds to the magic of this Indian skii resort are the gently swaying deodars, pines and other trees of the Western Himalayas.

The best time to visit Pahalgam is March to November.

2. Gulmarg

Location– Gulmarg is just 54 kilometers from Srinagar, the state capital of Jammu Kashmir. To reach this top skiing destination, you will have to take a bus or a car from Srinagar to Tangmarg. From Tangmarg, you can either take a mule or a jeep to reach Gulmarg.

Highlights– What makes Gulmarg is its reputation; it is rated as the 7th best skiing destination in the whole of Asia. Ski lovers will fall in love with this skii resort as soon as they reach here. Gulmarg is often called as the ‘heartland’ of skiing in India. For those who would like to view the fantastic slopes and the peaks of this place, there is the Gulmarg Gondola cable car service.

The best time to visit Gulmarg is between December to March.

3. Solang Nala

Location – This top ski destination is located in the Manali valley.

Unique characteristics– Solang Nala is any tourist’s delight. It is not just one of the top skiing destinations in Himalayas, this place also doubles up for many summer- based activities like paragliding, hot air balloons, etc. If you are a beginner, then it would be a great idea to enroll in one of the skiing courses in Solang Nala.

You can visit this amazing skiing destination in Himachal Pradesh at any time of the year.

4. Manali

Location- One of the hottest destinations for all kinds of travelers, Manali is located in Himachal Pradesh and is 614 miles from Delhi.

Unique characteristics– Manali is everything for everybody. If you are an aspiring ski professional, then head over to this breathtaking Himalayan resort; guides and professional ski experts will teach you to take the first steps in this sport. Manali has excellent facilities for travelers like lodges, boarding houses etc. The high point of this Himalayan skiing destination is the undulating slopes of the Himalayas.

The best time to visit Manali is from January to February.

5. Auli, Uttaranchal

Location– The beautiful hill resort of Auli is located 250 kilometers from Rishikesh.

Unique characteristics– Auli is definitely one of the most underrated skiing destinations in India but over the past few years, it is gaining its reputation. Its smooth slopes and nice clean environment are a big plus. The Himachal Pradesh government is very strict in enforcing a plastic ban in the state. There are other pros too like excellent connectivity to all the major cities in the state and an excellent infrastructure. Auli is blessed with an excellent weather so you will find your stay here comfortable.

The best time to visit Auli is from December to March.

6. Kufri, Himachal Pradesh

Location– This quaint little town is located a few kilometers north of Shimla.

Unique characteristics– Kufri has been on the skiing circuit for several decades now. It draws a large number of people every year because of its gentle snow covered slopes. The small town of Kufri draws several movie production houses to come and shoot their sequences.  You can visit Kufri in the mornings and come back to Shimla at sundown.

The best time to visit Kufri is from December to February.

7. Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

Location– You can reach Narkanda by taking a bus from Shimla. The distance between both the two towns is 64 kilometers.

Unique characteristics– Skiing started in Narkanda in 1980 and since then there has been no looking back. This skiing destination has all those things that  a traveller aspires for- snow clad slopes, orchards, cool mountain air and excellent lodging facilities.

The best time to visit Narkanda is from January to end February.

References:

  1. For booking your stay in Jammu Kashmir based skiing destinations, click here:
    https://www.jktdc.co.in/
  2. Himachal Pradesh Tourism-
    http://hptdc.in/
  3. Uttarakhand Tourism-
    https://uttarakhandtourism.gov.in/
  4. Indian Railways-
    http://www.indianrail.gov.in/enquiry/StaticPages/StaticEnquiry.jsp?StaticPage=index.html

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