12 Most Popular Winter Season Destinations of Himalayan States

Winter season is one of the best time to travel India to experience the breathtaking beauty of Snow Clad Mountains, frozen lakes of Himalaya and winter sports activities. The three Himalayan states Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand experience heavy snowfall during the winter season in India. Famous Winter Travel Destinations of these Himalayan states are Shimla, Gulmarg,Leh Ladakh and beautiful Nainital.

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Gulmarg

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Gulmarg is famous hill station and most popular Winter Season Destinations in India. It is well know as best skiing destination,Snow-covered mountains Landscapes and Gulmarg Gondola, The second highest cable car in the world.

Srinagar

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Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir but best know as one of the famous destination for winter season. It receives heavy snowfall during the winter and the whole Kashmir Valley get covered under a four inch blanket of snow. Srinagar is famous for its Dal lake, houseboats and gardens, During winter the famous Dal lake freezes and offers ice skating.

Pahalgam

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The beautiful Pahalgam is a town in in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir and one of the most popular tourist destination in India. Attractions of Pahalgam includes famous Betaab Valley,Amarnath Yatra,Horse riding and a hanging glacier called Kolohoi Glacier.

Patnitop

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Patnitop is hilltop place in in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir,situated in the Shiwalik belt of the Himalayas on National Highway 1A. It is famous as Paragliding destination but during the winter season it receives the heavy snowfall and offers scenic snow peak views along with snow sports including skiing and zorbing.

Shimla

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The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is bounded by famous Kullu and Mandi along with Kinnaur and Sirmaur. Shimla is one of the planned hill city in India and offers winter sports like Skating and Skiing. It is know for the Hindu goddess Kali temple,Kalka Shimla Railway and beautiful gardens.

Kufri

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Kufri is a small hill station near to Shimla and known for the most popular Ski track destination in Himachal Pradesh. Kufri is popular for its world’s highest go-kart track,Himalayan Wild Life Zoo and provides panoramic view of the beautiful locations around.

Manali

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The small town is nested in the beautiful mountains and River Valley of Beas near the end of the Kullu Valley. Its a beautiful hill station receives heavy snow falls in the winter times and offers recreational activities like Mountain Biking, paragliding, skating and zorbing. World famous Rohtang Pass is 51 km from Manali connects Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys in the Manali-Leh Highway.

Dharamshala

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Dharamshala is the winter city of Himachal Pradesh situated in the famous Kangra Valley. Its one of the most popular tourist destination of Himachal and home to the Dalai Lama along with the highest peak of the Dhauladhar range near to McLeod Ganj village.

Auli

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Auli is youngest winter destination in India and an important ski destination in the Himalayan mountains ranges of Uttarakhand. Auli offers Adventures Sports like Skiing,mountain climbing,valley crossing and Snowboarding along with breathtaking panoramic view of mountain peaks of Himalayas, the greatest mountain range in the world.

Mussoorie

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Mussoorie is known as the Queen of the Hills, situated in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges in the Dehradun District. Mussoorie offers fascinating hill views of the Doon Valley and Shiwalik ranges from an altitude of 1,880 metres (6,170 ft).

Chopta

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Chopta is beautiful hill station and also known as Mini Switzerland in Uttarakhand state. Chopta is home of Chandrashila Peak the Moon Rock and offers stunning view of great peak of Himalayan ranges Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba.

Nainital

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The most popular hill station of Uttarakhand situated at an altitude of 2,084 m (6,837 ft) at the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas. Nainital valley is surrounded by three mountains Naina,Deopatha and Ayarpatha with a pear-shaped lake. Famous places to visit in Nainital are Naini Devi Temple,Nainital Lake,Naini Peak and Snow View.