5 Fascinating Ski Resort Destinations in India, A must visit in Winter

Who says you cannot ski and enjoy snow sports in India when there is an abode of snow? The vast Himalaya provides for some of the world’s best ski resort destinations in India. Not only are these ski resorts sorted after for adventure and adrenalin rush but also for some of the world’s most scenic experiences.

Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

Gulmarg, at 9000 feet elevation, is the world’s third-highest ski resort destination and is the most popular among the ski resort destinations in India. Skiing, snow cycling, sledding, and snowboarding on the majestic slope of Apharwat Peak is an experience. This is the longest ski slope in Asia and is also known for its marvelous powdery snow. Besides snow sports, riding the gondola (ropeway or cable car), over the white slopes, is the chief attraction at Gulmarg. Kashmir lives up to its old name, ‘Heaven on Earth’.

Auli, Uttarakhand

Auli is one of the best ski resort destinations in India. A snow-white holiday in Uttarakhand’s Auli, at an elevation of 9500 feet, is an experience of a lifetime. Auli is popular for Ski festivals and snow sports. One can’t miss the longest cable car in Asia, from Joshimath to Auli. The panoramic view of majestic peaks of Nanda Devi, Kamet, and Dunagiri is heavenly. Skiing on the Garhwal Himalayas is exhilarating. Beginners can hire instructors too. The infrastructure is of international standards. Making snowmen, snow hiking, and throwing snowballs are some other fun activities.

Solang Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Manali’s Solang Valley is the hot spot for gliding and zorbing throughout the year. In the winter months, Solang at 8400 feet, is doubly blessed with snow and becomes one of the most visited ski resort destinations in India. With expert instructors, one can try the dream of skiing on the Himalayan slopes into reality. Gliding through the thick blanket of snow is soul-stirring. This picturesque valley is just 14 kilometers from Manali.

Kufri, Himachal Pradesh

Kufri is the oldest among all the ski resort destinations in India. The thick snow carpet is the most alluring feature at almost 9000 feet and attracts people from all over India in the winters. Besides skiing and other snow sports and activities, riding horses on the snow carpet is also wonderful. Kufri is extremely popular for celebrating a white Christmas, a white New Year, and/or a white Valentine’s Day. It is 16 kilometers from Shimla.

Phuni, Sikkim

Phuni Valley is one of the new ski resort destinations in India. This picturesque place, at an elevation of 11000 feet, is 18 kilometers ahead of Lachung in North Sikkim. It borders Tibet. The vast slopes of the majestic mountains encircling the Phuni Valley are completely snow-covered in the winters. The place becomes a paradise for ski lovers managed by Sikkim Mountaineering Association (SMA). Lachung is 109 kilometers from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.

Things to Keep in Mind

If you are visiting any of the ski resort destinations in India, there are certain things you must keep in mind.

  1. The ski resorts in India are at very high altitudes, in the Himalayas. Hence, altitude sickness is something that one should check before planning such a trip
  2. Thorough medical checkup before the trip and carrying basic first-aid, pain relievers and medicines for cold and flu are must.
  3. Carry warm clothes which are meant for sub zero temperatures
  4. Do not try skiing without instructor and proper gear and equipment for safety

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Dipannita

A versatile writer and travel freak, discovering the world in her own casual way. Loves to immerse into the core of Mother Nature and extract her inherent beauty.

10 thoughts on “5 Fascinating Ski Resort Destinations in India, A must visit in Winter

  • December 27, 2021 at 9:19 pm
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    omg take me there now…I would love to spend a few days there, that would be amazing…

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  • December 28, 2021 at 7:49 pm
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    Wow, these look great! Super fun places to go skiing! Thanks for sharing!

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  • December 29, 2021 at 9:08 am
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    Didn’t realize there are so many wonderful ski resorts in India and thanks a lot for introducing them to us! I will save it for my future travel planning 🙂

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  • December 29, 2021 at 1:52 pm
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    I’m learning so much about India rom your blog. Never thought they have something like this. Skiing places but will save this in case I decide to visit the country in the future.

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  • December 29, 2021 at 2:40 pm
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    skiing is so much fun! I would love to go there right now! SO fun! It’s great that India has it all

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  • December 29, 2021 at 9:59 pm
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    I have always wanted to go skiing. I did not even know there were ski resorts in India. I will have to plan a trip to one of them soon.

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  • December 30, 2021 at 2:20 am
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    What an amazing place to travel too! I love the look of all the snow – I would love to spend the winter somewhere with snow.

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  • January 1, 2022 at 12:57 pm
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    looks like an amazing location to spend the New Year holidays

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  • March 10, 2022 at 10:40 pm
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    Appreciating the time and energy you put into your blog and detailed information you present.
    It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t
    the same outdated rehashed information. Wonderful read!

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