Ten Best Tourist Places to Witness Snowfall in India in Winter

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India is a country of diversity which allows people of all religions, castes, creeds to live together. In India, the language, culture, beliefs and cuisines change every 50 to 100 km. The climate is also an important factor that attracts thousands of tourists to visit India throughout the year. To commemorate the importance of the tourism industry, the Ministry of Tourism observes January 25 as “National Tourism Day”. This year, the ministry observes the day under the central government’s most vaunted ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ – a great idea to celebrate 75 years of Indian independence. On this day, let us explore some of the most magical places in the country that attract thousands of tourists to witness the snowy delight of the winter season.

10 Best Snowy Places to Visit in India

1. Gulmarg: In the midst of this freezing winter, tourists flock to the snowy wonderland. Among several places in Kashmir, Gulmarg is one of the favorite destinations for tourists. It offers snowboarding, skiing and various gondola rides.

2. Pahalgam: It is a hill station located in Jammu and Kashmir. Settled on the banks of a serene river, Pahalgam offers picture-perfect landscapes that soothe hundreds of thousands of winter travelers.

3. Sonmarg: Also known as Sonamarag in Kashmir, it is a hill station located in the Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir. Sonmarg is an ancient gateway to the Silk Road that connects India and China. As the region is covered with snow, the valley is also called white gold.

4.Shimla: Among the most visited places in India, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most adorable places that attract tourists summer and winter alike. In winter, people come here to enjoy the snowfall and the rich culture of the Himalayan state. It is located about 350 km from the national capital, Delhi. In Himachal Pradesh, Manali has a reputation as a trekking center and the honeymoon destination is one of the favorite destinations for couples. Located on the Beas River, it is a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and hiking in the Parvati Valley. Tourists who come to visit Shimla also visit Kufri as it is a small hill station located just next to Shimla. It is famous for its trekking and hiking trails.

5. Mussori: It lies about 35 kilometers from the state capital, Dehradun and 290 km north of the national capital, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists in winter. People flock here with their families and friends to take a look at nature. The hill station lies in the foothills of the Himalayan Garhwal Range.

6. Auli: In Uttarakhand, besides Mussoorie, Auli is the best place if the Gulmarg of Jammu and Kashmir is too far for you. Surrounded by coniferous forest and the Nanda Devi mountains, apple orchards, beautiful old oak trees and breathtaking views of the Himalayas make Auli a surprising destination to spend the winter.

7. Nainital: It is a Himalayan resort in the Kumaon region of the state of Uttarakhand. A former British hill station, it is located around Lake Nainital, a popular boating site with the Hindu temple Naina Devi on its northern shore.

8. Tawang: It is known to have one of the largest Buddhist monasteries in the world. It is located 448 km northwest of the state capital, Itanagar. You can find culture, nature…everything in Tawang.

9. Ladakh: The Ladakh region in northern India is India’s premier holiday destination. It is famous for its breathtaking landscapes, crystal clear skies and highest mountain passes. The Union Territory is gaining popularity for being India’s only cold desert outside the rim of Pangong Lake, the highest saltwater lake in the world.

10. Lava: It is a town in Kalimpong II CD Block in Kalimpong Subdivision of Kalimpong District in West Bengal. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, it is the only place in West Bengal that receives snowfall.

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