Winter destinations in India are perfect holidaying options for people looking for some adventure, excitement, trill and chill. Indian winters are best for honeymoon tours, adventure winter sports or just as an exciting tour in the meadows of snow capped mountains. If you want to experience the best of Indian winters, you must head extreme northern regions of India. They not only offer exciting locations but a memorable experience too.
The extreme North of India is blessed with beauty that gratifies during winters. The huge snow-capped mountains, tall pine trees covered in snow, frozen glaciers, rivers & lakes, the chilly breeze and scenic landscape, this is what you get to seen in Northern region of India. Many refer to it as the snow desert of India.
Following are some of the must see winter destinations of India
1. Patnitop : Patnitop or Patni Top is a small hill top tourist location in Udhampur district, in Jammu and Kashmir. The hill top is located about 112 km away from Jammu and situated on a plateau in the Shiwalik belt of the Himalayas. It is a perfect location to spend some relaxing vacation in the surrounding enveloped by thick wooded cedar trees and lush green landscape that turns white in peak winter season. December and January are the two months when it is fully covered in snow and that invites various adventure enthusiasts from all over India. Here you can enjoy Paragliding, Camping, Trekking, Abseiling, Rock Climbing and scenic nature walks etc.
2. Kanatal : Kanatal is a little unknown city to many tourists. It is a small city located in Uttarakhand located about 78 kms ahead of Dehradun (the capital city of Uttarakhand ), 38 kms ahead of Mussoorie which is also known as the Queen of Hills & 12 kms from Chamba. Kantal is a city that personifies the romanticism of Tehri district of Uttarakhand state. Every year Kantal lures many visitors for its spectacular view of the snow covered hills and the green forests. As the popularity is increasing, the number of visitors also increasing year by year. It can also be a perfect weekend destination for people living in Delhi. It is almost 300 kms away from the capital of India and is in close proximity to various popular tourist destinations like Dehradun, Mussoorie and Chamba.
3. McLeod Ganj : MaLeod Ganj is a small city located in suburbs of Dharamshala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The city was named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod, a Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, while the suffix Ganj is common Hindi word for “neighbourhood”. Although it is a popular tourist destination, but it is also popular as a study center to learn Tibetan Buddhism, culture, crafts etc. In March 1959, 14th Dalai Lama named Tenzin Gyatso came to India from Tibet and The Indian Government offered him refuge in Dharamshala. He then set up the Government of Tibet in exile in 1960, while McLeod Ganj became his official residence, and also home to several Buddhist monasteries and thousands of Tibetan refugees. Over the years, McLeod Ganj evolved into an important tourist and pilgrimage destination, and has since grown much in population.
4. Haflong : Not many have heard about this north-eastern hill station named Haflong. This hill station is located in Assam also referred as the land of blue hills. Haflong 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.
5. Sonmarg : Like Gulmarg, Sonmarg or Sonamarg is also a very popular tourist destination. Sonamarg is located in Jammu and Kashmir at about 87 Kms away from Srinagar. It is located at an altitude of 3,000 mtr above sea level and is a very picturesque town for honeymooners and travelers. Sonmarg actually means ‘ meadow of gold ‘ and is an ideal destination for people who wish for camping on a hill station. The exotic flora of the region is nurtured by the Sindh river. Sonmarg is the gateway to Ladakh. In winters the whole valley is covered with a white snow blanket that enhances the beauty of this picturesque hill station.