Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Winter Travel Destinations


Located amidst the lofty snow-clad Himalayan ranges, Shimla is one of the most famous tourist destinations of India. Shimla is a beautiful hill station. Winters in Shimla will be one event of your life that you shall never forget. Snowfall in Shimla adds to the sceneric beauty of the place. Every winter, there is an ice skating festival that attracts a large number of tourists and locals. Skiing events are organized at Kufri, Mashobra and Narkanda in Shimla. So pack your bags, and get to Shimla - A place where dreams come true.

  • How to Reach
  • By Air - Flights from New Delhi, Chandigarh and Kullu (another hill station) operate on a daily basis
  • By Rail – Get to Kalka Railway Station and take up Toy Train from Kalka to Shimla. It takes 6 hours from Kalka to Shimla.
  • By Road – Well Maintained national highways makes it 8 hours from Delhi to Shimla
  • Popular Snow Sports
  • Ice Skating – Ridge, Mall road


Manali is surrounded by towering peaks at an arm length. Situated in the lap of Kullu valley, Manali is an ancient town. Manali's major asset is its proximity to the snow line. The national level skiing competition is held on the slopes of Solang Nullah and the winter carnival is organized at Manali. Flourishing orchards, popular honeymoon destination and trail head for numerous treks make Manali a dream destination.

  • How to Reach
  • By Air – Bhuntar is the nearest airport which is 52-km from Manali.
  • By Rail – Get to Joginder Nagar Railway Station and take up a taxi to Kullu Manali
  • By Road – Bus travel from Delhi to manali in 14.30 hours.


Located 56-km south west of Srinagar, Gulmarg is one of the ultimate skiing hot spot. The place gets some of the heaviest snowfalls in India and has earned the distinction of being the best ski resort in the Himalayas. In winter, Gulmarg acquires a new persona - that of the country's premier skiing resorts. Ski lifts and chair lifts take skiers up to the top of the ski slopes from where skiers can choose the beginners, intermediate or more advanced slopes.

  • How to Reach
  • By AirSrinagar is the nearest airport which is 2 hours from Gulmarg.
  • By Rail – Get to Jammu Railway Station and take up a taxi to Gulmarg
  • By Road – Bus travel from Delhi to Kashmir's Tangmarg city and there after take a taxi. in 14.30 hours.


Patnitop is a beautiful and serene hill station. With all its beauty at a hill station, it is a charming plateau at 2, 024m. The meadow is surrounded by dense woods and lush greenery of Pines. Tracks lead to pockets where time stands still and calm prevails. If seeking snow board joys, December to March is the time to be here.

  • Location – 110 km from Jammu
  • How to Reach
  • By AirJammu is the nearest airport which is 4 hours from Patnitop.
  • By Rail – Get to Jammu Railway Station and take up a taxi to Patnitop.
  • By Road – Bus travel from Jammu, Katra ot Udhampur take you to Patnitop

Auli (Gerhwal)

Auli is located in the cradle of snow-capped mountains. Auli is one of the very few places in India where skiing is a major pastime. As the winters set in, the mountains seem to extend to the firmament with arms of snow. The bitter cold winds, the vast snow-covered landscape, the sylvan mountains, all add up to make Auli a skier's paradise.

  • Location – 16 km from Joshimath, U.P
  • How to Reach
  • By AirDehradun is the nearest airport which is 298 hours away.
  • By Rail - Get to Rishikesh Railway Station and take up a taxi to Auli which is 235 km away..
  • By Road – Get to Joshimath which is 16 km from Auli

By : Saranjeet

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