Best Winter Sports Destinations in India
Winter season in India is the best time for travel and holidaying, specifically the northern part of the country is a hot spot for various kinds of winter sports and snow activities. The best winter sport destinations in India are Gulmarg, Garhwal region, Ladakh, manali and Arunachal Pradesh. The snow capped mountains of Himalayan range, thick forests, mystic environments, chilly breeze and bright white snow, they all adds to the grandeur of winter adventure sports in India.
The northern part of India offers all the ingredients for adventure winter sports in India to the enthused winter sport lover i.e. adventure added with excitement and thrill. There is a splendid combination of adventure and flora and fauna on the vast tracts of virgin snow-mountains of Himalayas.
Winter sports adventures are not just about skiing, rather they extend beyond the world of your adventurous imagination. Adventure opportunity in India varies from snow skiing, heli-skiing to mountaineering and ice climbing that allows to triumphant the peaks and glaciers of the Himalayan region. The famous adventure winter sport destinations in India offers exclusively made tour packages that include adventure in Kufri and Narkanda in Himachal , Auli in Garhwal region Utter Pradesh and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. Adventure skiers can grab within budget tour packages in Auli with a complete skiing day trip, including lift charges and rental for skiing equipments.
The best options to try out India winter sport adventures are the Himalayan ranges. Every year in Shimla, winter sports festival is held and ice-skating adventure is one of the major attractions of the festival through out the world.
Following are the best Winter Sports destinations in India :
Auli : Auli is a small but a renowned winter sport destination in Uttrakhand India. It is a very popular destination for skiing. It is a little difficulty to get to this ski village which requires an overnight camp to reach from Delhi (500 km) the nearest major airport but the effort is worth it when there is a lot of snow. The nearest airport is Dehradun which is about 298 kms away from Auli. Being a popular skiing destination, Auli is well connected through roads. Various transport facilities like buses, hired jeeps and taxis connect Auli to different cities like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun and Delhi.
Gulmarg : If we talk about the most frequented winter destination of India, Gulmarg is the one that holds first position. Gulmarg is a small scenic hill resort located about 56 km from Srinagar. Snow clad mountains, bright white snow, broad roads, fruit laden orchards, thick forest and picturesque villages covers the maximum landscape of this gorgeous hill resort. Gulmarg is also happens to be India’s popular Ski Resort which hosts world’s highest gondola ski lift. The skiing season here starts from November and lasts till February. Gulmarg also has the highest golf course in the world. Tourists are offered short term memberships by the golf club to play in the Golf Course.
Shimla : The spectacularly cool hills accompanied by the structures made during the colonial era create an aura, which makes it very different from other hill stations. Set atop a mountain in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2,159m (7,083ft) only makes this the journey to this Indian destination all the more exciting. Shimla is situated in the Shivalik range of Himalayas with combination of low lying hills to gigantic mountains. Shimla district is full of thickly populated pine trees and small rivulets, rivers in deep gorges and placid mountains lakes, mountain sides draped in snow, and green alpine meadows, all form a part of this immense spectrum. And the possibilities for a wide range of adventure activities is enormous. Trekking, skiing and ice skating are the popular winter sports of the town.
Haflong : Not many have heard about this north-eastern hill station named Halflong. This hill station is located in Assam also referred as the land of blue hills. Halflong is about 353 km away from Guwahati, which is one of the main city near Haflong. Haflong is a popular tourist destination which comprises of azure blue mountains, cascading waterfalls, emerald green rivers, pleasing orchards of oranges, pineapple gardens, unique orchids such as Blue Vanda, and rare species of birds. Jatinga, a popular bird watching center is a haven for hundreds of migratory birds in winter. November to February is the best season to spend some quality time at Haflong as Wild orchids, orange orchards and pineapple gardens are at their best. The green valley and the hilly treks at Borai hills are hotspots of adventure tourism events like hang gliding, Para-gliding and Trekking.
Lahaul and Spiti : Lahaul and Spiti are two popular districts of Himachal Pradesh. The two districts are now merged and are a very popular winter travel destination of India. Amongst the trekkers Spiti holds a special place as it is considered to be the most difficult trek to cross. Spiti is a challenging treks to explore the new heights of the Himalayas. The treks takes you to the most remote areas including the rugged villages and old Gompas followed by the exotic wildlife trails. Skiing is another very popular adventure sports in Spiti. The amazing snow clad mountains with the added advantage of inspiring heights are enough to allure the adventure spirits of the avid skier, providing all the thrill and fun attracted to the sport. People from all around the globe come to experience this enthralling adventure activity.