India is a haven for ones who love an adrenaline rush and have tourists coming from the world over. The Indian Himalayas has become an arena for various adventure sports/activities like skiing, cycling, trekking, and motor biking; one of the most popular sports that have gained a lot of popularity is definitely Skiing. The Himalayas plays a great host and offers skiers a magnificent skiing experience altogether.
Here are the Top 6 skiing destinations in India for those who crave to experience the extremes!
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Skiing at manali
Only 12kms from Manali is an amazing skiing destination called the Solang Valley. It is also called as Solang Nala, and is renowned for its slopes for skiing. Every winter, a skiing festival is organized. Solang Valley also has a Mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute that helps you with skiing lessons. The best time to visit Solang Valley / Manali would be around early December till February, when the snow thickens, it results in excellent skiing slopes.
Auli Winter Game
It is one of the best winter sports destinations in India as it is one of the most popular skiing destinations in the country and is located in midst of the beautiful Uttarakhand.It is a very pristine , well-maintained retreat away from the concrete jungle. Auli gained huge recognition in the 2011 for hosting the first SAF Winter Games. The skiing slopes range from around 2000m to 3000m with a good amount of snow to ski on. They also have a 500m long 800m long chair-lift and a ski-lift for the skiers to get to climb the mountains. Like Solang Valley, Auli also has a Skiing Institute that offers excellent skiing trainings. The most suitable time to visit is during December to February. During that time you can experience Auli skiing course at its very best.
Munsiyari is one of the most amazing winter destinations in India. Munsiyari, that is located in the lap of the gorgeous Uttarakhand and is also known as the skiing hub of India. Munsiyari is world renowned for its natural beauty as this petite town has made itself a centre of adventure sports in the country. Other than skiing, Munsiyari is famous for being an important trekking destination.
Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir
Gulmarg in winter sports
Gulmarg thrives on its scenic, geography and its impressive skiing slopes. There are two points from where skiers can commence skiing, first is Kongdori and the second is the Aparwahat Peak. It is a naturally formed slope offers an exhilarating skiing experience to skiers at Kongdori of about 450m, and Apparwat ridge is a 800m descend that guarantees its skiers a once in a lifetime experience. Along with an amazing skiing experience, Gulmarg also allows one to enjoy the Gulmarg Gondola ride which is cable car/ ropeway ride.
Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
Yumthang valley zero point
One of the most loved places to visit by adventure lovers all over the world is the Yumthang Valley. Yumthang Valley in Sikkim is well known for skiing alongside trekking, hiking and mountain biking. During November and March, the valley is completely enveloped with snow that results in a beautiful destination for skiing. The Valley is located about 25kms from Lachung and caters to all various levels of skiing, be it for beginners or advance skiers.
Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir
Pahalgam in winter
Pahalgam is known as one of the most amazing places recommended for an enjoyable skiing experience. Aru is the real place for skiing, that’s situated a little away from Pahalgam. The place is surrounded by absolutely breathtaking and ethereal landscapes and calm, making Skiing in Pahalgam an extraordinary experience for the ones with a thirst for an adrenaline rush. The Jawahar Institute of Mountaneering and Winter Sports are also situated there and offer skiing courses to beginners and amateurs. The most appropriate time to visit Pahalgam or Aru for skiing is definitely between the month December and mid March.