India is a country that offers something beautiful to tourists no matter what season it is. Yet, all of us will agree that one of the greatest experiences to savour here are the winters. There are so many activities to enjoy, picturesque panoramas to explore and great foods to relish throughout the winter season, that one can’t ever have enough of it.
Here’s a list of places you should totally visit in winters:
Jammu and Kashmir
The area’s winter season is famed across the world among trekkers for its Zanskar winter trek. The Zanskar river freezes and becomes the venue for the famous Chadar Frozen River Trek. It is an incredibly difficult terrain for trekkers due to cold temperatures and heavy snow. Adventure sports in the region include skiing, heli-skiing, ice-skating and snowboarding. In fact, Gulmarg is Asia’s only Heli-skiing place. Annual events you can witness (or even take part in) include Alpine skiing, Cross country skiing, Biathlon and Ice-skating.
Winters are the best time to visit Rajasthan. The weather permits you to be outdoors all day to explore the monuments, the local culture, and you can be indoors at night when the desert chill sets in.
Mussoorie, the ‘Queen of Hills’, is not only a getaway for those seeking to escape city life, but is also a great place for adventure activities. There is so much to do that it’ll keep you busy for at least a week. For example, its Gun Hill offers a ropeway ride where you get a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. You can picnic at the Municipal Garden near the artificial mini lake and even go boating. Or trek up to Kempty Fall and take a horseback ride on the way back! There are small waterfalls like Bhatta and Jharipani where you can sit in the water for hours! The recently set up Mussoorie Lake is another picnic and boating hotspot
The best time to visit Goa is the winter season, but be warned – you’ll be facing tens of thousands of fellow New Year’s travellers. Therefore it’s better to either find isolated beaches, or go a little earlier (or later), during the off season. The classic Goan experience – lounging by the beach, eating and drinking at a shack and exploring the local monuments is what defines Goa.
The great thing about visiting Manali is the ‘Kullu Manali Circuit’, which begins from Chandigarh and features a lot of well-known getaway destinations, lies on the NH-21. Manali is well known for its skiing destinations. There are a lot of adventure activities to explore. Along with traditional winter activities like skiing, there’s also fishing, white water rafting, paragliding, mountaineering, and hiking to explore. You can also make small trips to nearby places like Vashist village, hot mineral springs in the area, and Rohtang Pass!