Who said that you have to travel to Europe or Canada to dig deep into snow? While those are truly exotic international destinations, not everyone can afford a foreign tour at the drop of a hat. India tour packages bring you a number of destinations in our own country itself where you can find your snow and play with it too.
Here are five of the best places for snow activities in India:
Kashmir: The state of Jammu & Kashmir has always drawn honeymooners and families in winter since it is the true abode of snow. Gulmarg in particular has been sensational in luring sports lovers hoping for snow-flinging, skiing, paragliding and horse riding. Srinagar is also great and promises heavy snowfalls during January, though they are usually unpredictable. So, keep your fingers crossed.
Shimla: Shimla is the first town in the country which set up an ice skating rink. It was also featured in a classic movie starring Shashi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore. Shimla, to many, has been the top hill station in the country, not because of its scenic beauty but for its endearing quality. Be it a ride on pony or a walk through forests of Glen Hill, Shimla can be a delight, come winter or summer, snow or no snow!
Manali: Manali is another tourist destination in India that is making all the right noises. Along with partner Kullu, it makes for an excellent honeymoon site. If you are looking for snow, make sure to time your trip to January when chances of snowfall are heaviest. However, sporadic and light snowfall can also be expected during December or early February.
Ladakh: Ladakh is the chilliest region in the country and tourists usually visit this place during the summer time when weather is pleasanter. Only a dare-devil may risk a winter trip, but if you have the right amount of adventure guts, you are in for tons of snow. It can be bone-freezing during this time of the year but your feet will hardly find a concrete floor to walk upon. Activities will chiefly involve walking, hiking and drinking hot coffee. Isn’t that a great thing?
Darjeeling: Darjeeling does not fall under a snowy destination in the usual way. But the weather God often plays tricks. Just in case you are lucky, you may discover light snowfall in this part of Bengal. In any case, Darjeeling’s beauty with its toy train rides is good enough to give you many happy memories.