‘Come Winter’ and every nature lover looks out for suitable winter destinations. Foggy mornings and a slight nip in the air are the features they crave for. There two options for winter destination; one that has a warm climate, second, having heavy snowfall in summer. India provides snow-laden mountains of the Himalayas, frozen lakes, facilities for skinning, bonfire and winter festivals. The following are the options available.
The excellent snowy gradients at Auli make it the most preferred place for those intending to mast the skill of skiing. The learners for skiing can undergo training under professional instructors. Trekkers and admirers of nature from around the world come to Auli to watch snow-laden mountains, hot springs and ancient temples.
Popularly known as “Meadow of Flowers”, Gulmarg could be reached by travelling 56 km from Srinagar. Flowers in abundance and multi-color disposition attract winter visitors to India from every corner of the world. Added to all these are snowy mountain peaks, greeneries of the thick forests, orchards and unending stretches of rice and maize fields.
Blue hills are the landmark of this popular hill station in Assam that could be reached by travelling 353 km from Guwahati by road. The main tourist attraction of Halflong is orchards of fruits like orange, pineapple, Blue Vanda. Admirers of adventure can enjoy the excitement of hang gliding, Para-gliding and trekking.
Located in the Himalayan range, Shimla experiences heavy snow falls during December to January. During this period, tourist throng here for taking part or witnessing the winter sports. There are a number of other activities that tourists enjoy are sight-seeing of places of religious, historical and cultural importance.
The winter resort of Goa provides the warm caressing of sun on the sand of sea shore. Beaches like Calangute, Baga, Vagatore and Palolem get heavily crowded by visitors during winter. Goa is renowned for sea-oriented activities such as sunbathing, surfing, swimming, sand walking, sandwich eating and festivals such as Goa Heritage Festival, Konkan Drama Festival, and Feast of the Three Kings.
This hill station in Madhya Pradesh, also known as ‘Scotland of India’ attracts winter visitors to India because of its picturesque mountains and caves, waterfalls and the warmth during the sojourn.
This hill station located in the Mhahbharat Range, in the state of West Bengal is the perfect winter destination with its snow-capped mountains and the aromatic tea gardens.
A popular hill station in the state of Uttarakhand attract visitors during winter to witness Nainital lake, Naina Devi Temple, Snow view Naina peak, Eco Cave Gardens, Tiffin Top, Gurnery House and High Altitude Zoo.
National Geographic Traveler has recognized Kerala as one of the best 10 tourist destinations of the world. Kerala becomes center of tourists during winter mainly because of its, beaches, backwater, mountain ranges, wildlife sanctuaries, lake resorts and hill stations.
Located on the western coast, Lakshadweep attracts winter visitors to India for adventurous sports like surfing, scuba diving, wind surfing at locations such as Bangaram and Kadmat.
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLAND
This group of islands provides sea views, adventurous activities and sight-seeing of Cellular Jai, Baratang, Barren Island, Havelock Island, Mount Harriot, North Bay Island, Carbyns, Cove Beacha and Coral Islands.