Wondering Where To Experience A Snowy Holiday This Winter?

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Do you love the wintery chills and white snowy blankets spread out in front of your eyes? Well, if your answer is "Yes" then never think twice to globetrot to the awestruck snow places in India during the winters.

It is a thrilling experience to feel the freezing effect while enjoying the snow-clad landscape. The frosty impact on the surrounding environment is something you can treasure for long.

India is truly gifted with exclusive places whose beauty magnifies during the winters. Let us traverse through the key places among them and plan for a memorable trip for this winter!

1. Aru Valley in Pahalgam

Nestled within the snow-clad mountain ranges, Aru Valley is an epitome of beauty. Its gorgeous scenic views are elevated further during the winter. It is an ideal place to enjoy the chilling weather. The best part of Aru Valley is the serenity and tranquility prevailing across the place; enticing travellers to spend moments of solitude within its vicinity. You can engage in winter activities specifically skiing. There are not much hotels, restaurants or homestays. Recommendation is to stay at Pahalgam and visit Aru valley from there. The place is still left to be explored further to trace the hidden sightseeing spots. Besides, Aru Valley is also the base camp for quite a number of treks like the Tarsar Marsar Trek and Kolahoi Glacier Trek.

How to reach: First you need to reach Srinagar and then hire a cab or board bus to reach Pahalgam. From Pahalgam again, you need to hire a cab to reach Arub valley. The distance between Pahalgam and Aru Valley is about 12 km.

2. Rohru in Himachal Pradesh

Famous for trout fishing, Rohru is a small hamlet in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. During winters, the entire landscape transforms into a dreamland draped in snow. The place is also famous for apples, though you may not find them in the chilly weather. In fact, the entire stretch starting from Rohru, Hatkoti, Jubbal and Kothkhai belt is known as the "Apple Valley". You can enjoy skiing and skating on the snowy mountain trails. Do not miss out visiting Shikru Devta Temple, Chirgaon, Chanshal range and the villages of Kwar and Dodra. There are not many homestays and hotels in Rohru except for some budget ones. So if you intend to stay overnight in Rohru then you must book the hotels in advance.

How to reach: The nearest airport is the Kullu airport and the nearest railway station is at Shimla. If you are travelling by road, then you can hire a cab or board a bus from Shimla to reach Rohru.

3. Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh

Mechuka, an offbeat tourist destination in Arunachal Pradesh, is gaining substantial popularity due to its exclusive scenic beauties. Located at the banks of the river Siyom, its glorious beauty is further personified during the winters. It is a perfect tourist destination to spend the winter vacation. The snow-capped mountains with the gorgeous valleys and sparkling river waters are a treat to the eyes. The serenity prevailing in its environment is blissful, away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Do not miss out mingling with the Memba, Ramo, Bokar, Lingbo and Ta gin tribes and learn about their life and culture.

How to reach: The nearest airport is Lilabari and the international airport is at Guwahati. The nearest railway station is at Silapathar. If you are travelling by road, then you need to reach Aalo. Aalo is the main access point for Mechuka. There are buses and cabs available from Itanagar to Aalo.

4. Dzukou Valley in Nagaland

Situated at an altitude of 2452 m above sea level, Dzukou valley in Nagaland is popularly known as the "Valley of Flowers". The captivating valley blooms exponentially during the winters. The natural beauty across the mountain trails, topped with the snowy flakes, soothes the soul. Its peaceful to watch the enigmatic scenery of the nature, flourishing gracefully in front of your eyes. Shopping is a must once you are in Dzukou Valley. The local handicrafts and textiles are one of the best available in the local markets. Do not miss our savouring your taste buds with the delicious dried pork, steam bamboo fish and many more exotic dishes from the Nagaland cuisine.

How to reach: The nearest airport is Dimapur and the nearest railway station is also at Dimapur. You have to then reach Kohima by a bus or a cab. Dzukou valley is located near Kohima.

5. Harsil in Uttarakhand

Harsil, an offbeat tourist spot in Uttarakhand, is named as the Mini Switzerland of India. Encircled by the mighty Himalayan mountain peaks, it portrays a stunning aura of its own. It is heavenly to visit the place during the winters. The stretches of snow spread across its vast landscape, portray a divine feeling coupled with peace and calmness. The place is famous for its apple orchards, spread across the valley. Being located in the vicinity of Gangotri, every year during winter the place turns out to be divinely significant. The idol of Goddess Ganga is kept at a place called Mukhba near Harsil. The Goddess stays there the entire winter season since the path towards Gangotri remains blocked due to the heavy snowfall.

How to reach: Rishikesh railway station is located closest to the village. Jolly Grant airport is the nearest for travelers boarding flights. Several buses and cars ply between the village and the adjoining areas.

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6. Lachen in Sikkim

Lachen in Sikkim is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. It entices tourists from all over the world due to its enthralling snow-clad mountains, frozen lakes and the stunning flora and fauna. You must not visiting the sacred Gurudongmar lake. Located at a height of 17,800 feet, the lake is circumference by snowy massifs. The rivers and the lakes remain in a half frozen state, presenting a grand aura for the nature admirers and travel enthusiasts. You can also engage in various winter sports and activities, like skiing, skating, snowboarding, sledging and many more.

How to reach: The nearest airport is at Bagdogra and the nearest railway station is at Darjeeling. Buses and cabs are available between Lachen and the various places in Sikkim.

On the final thoughts, please share your experiences in visiting some of the beautiful snow places in India.

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