Skiing in India? What was once considered a fantasy is now a reality. We no longer have to travel across continents to reach the snow-covered ranges of the Alps and the Rockies. The rugged Himalayan ranges in India provide the perfect slopes to satisfy your winter sports fix. While India has always been famous for trekking, hiking and a range of other adventure sports, Skiing was never on an adventurous traveler’s radar. Today growing accessibility, advancements in equipment available at hill stations and an active community of winter sports enthusiasts have made skiing a mainstream activity in the Indian sub-continent.
Here are some of our picks for the best skiing destinations in India which not only provide snow-powdered slopes for skiing but are also some of the most breath-taking locations in the country.
Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir
Situated at the very top of India in Jammu and Kashmir is the beautiful village of Gulmarg. Known as the ‘Heartland of winter sports in India’, Gulmarg is ranked as the 7th best skiing destination in Asia. Gulmarg features snow-clad peaks, a variety of blooming flowers and the world’s highest cable car. A trip to Gulmarg is incomplete without enjoying local Kashmiri dishes and a relaxing stay at the Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa. If you are looking for an enticing skiing experience at an affordable price, Gulmarg is the winter destination for you.
Solang Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Solang Valley is one of the most popular skiing destinations in India, owing to the ample snow formations and scintillating slopes that make it a heavenly retreat for skiing in the winter season. You can find plenty of professional skiers and guides to help you take your first skiing steps in Solang Valley. For the more experienced skiers, Solang Valley has an annual skiing festival where seasoned skiers from all parts of the world come together to hit the slopes. Add a bit of luxury to your trip to Solang Valley by staying at the Solang Valley Resort on the banks of River Beas, which offers spectacular valley-facing rooms.
Located in the cradle of snow-capped mountains, Auli is another famed skiing destination in India. Don’t miss out on the rare opportunity to witness the sun and the moon at the same time from the heights of Joshimath and Pandukeshwar hills. Auli is also home to the highest peak in India, Nanda Devi; and one of Asia’s longest gondola rides, Joshimath-Auli Gondola. To make your trip to Auli even more enjoyable, stay at the Mountain Rover Resort and wake up to an astonishing 180-degree view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks.
Dayara Bugyal, Uttarakhand
Known for its offering of excellent skiing opportunities, Dayara has been a popular destination for both domestic and international skiers. The high amount of snowfall in the winter season sets the stage for an exhilarating experience. If you haven’t skied before and want to try this exhilarating winter sport, Dayara Bugyal features a ski training institute for beginners. The beautiful meadows of Dayara Bugyal transform into ski slopes during the winter season, covering an area of 28 square kilometres. It is definitely one of the most picturesque skiing spots in Uttarakhand! To further take in the beauty of Dayara Bugyal, consider staying at the Goat Village, a quaint Earthen wood cottage amidst the meadows.
Kufri, Himachal Pradesh
Kufri is a quaint little region in Himachal Pradesh that sees ski lovers visit from across India. The smooth slopes, vivid scenery and a thick carpet of snow Kufri receives every year, make it incredible winter destination to visit. The ideal time for skiing in this region is from November to February. Take in the stunning natural beauty of Kufri by staying at the Treebo Snow View Resort.
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