Does the idea of Snow-laden peaks entice you??? Do cold winds bricking your face get you all excited?? Would you rather be getting freezed out than being burnt in the Sun??? If the answers to all of the above are yes, you are ready for a Snowliday!!!
Winters, in India, start from December and go up till February. The breeze starts changing course from November, of course, and by the time the month ends, the “Snuggle up” season starts. People feel relieved as they get respite from the Scorching heat, humidity and the Sweat. As the temperatures dip further, the Northern Hilly parts of India are witnessing Snowfall. The highest snowfall recorded last year was in Kashmir, with a depth of about 11 feet. Places like Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh & Jammu Kashmir are the best to visit this time around the year and get your dose of “Chills”. The areas get covered in White carpet and the Majestic White Mountains are a sight to behold. Temperatures range from 0 to 10 degrees in different places and it gets biting cold. Tourism also boosts as people from all over India flock to see the snow, where it doesn’t.
The popular hill-stations that attract maximum tourists are Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonmarg & Patnitop in Jammu & Kashmir, Nainital, Auli, Munsiyari, Dhanaulti & Almora in Uttarakhand and Shimla, Kufri, Manali & Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. The beauty of the landscape gets amplified and the locations, picturesque. For your adrenalin rush, activities like paragliding, hiking, snow-boarding, ice-skating, skiing etc. are in full swing during these times and it becomes a surreal yet an adventurous experience. For the quaint souls, you can always enjoy these places by taking long walks just admiring the magic that gets created, during this time. All you need is the right amount of clothing and comfortable shoes.
Winters can be harsh in some places of India but, in most places, they are enjoyed and are seen as a time to take a break, relax and experience the splendour of nature and to believe, that the world is a mystical place and each experience is worth counting for. Grab a cup of coffee or Hot chocolate or get ready with your gum-boots, the choice is yours. So, are you ready for your Snowcation???