Witnessing a snowfall is a dream for many. It is a saying that people born during winters adore the chilly season, but I guess it's not only the winter babies who love the snow but almost everyone around the world.
Imagine being in a room with a view of a beautiful snow-covered valley. You are sipping a steaming hot coffee on your room balcony, watching the sunset in front of your eyes and every other plant or tree covered in the beauty of snow. You could jump in the snow and go mountain skiing whenever you want! The fantasies are virtually limitless.
But with Winter at its peak, it may actually be possible. Head to these destinations in India to experience the wonder of snow-
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
If any places near Delhi have become overly popular for viewing snowfall, it is Shimla and Kufri. These locations, which are located along the same route, get blanketed in snow and become hotspots for skiing and ice skating. In addition, Shimla's quaint restaurants ensure that a winter getaway here is nothing short of bliss.
Kunal Aggarwal, 30, a Bussiness man from Delhi, says, "I have been travelling to Shimla with my family for many years. We love snow and Shimla is the favourite holiday destination of everybody, and it's also near to Delhi.
Kunal explains a few things to keep in mind before a Winter visit to the hills, "If you are driving, try to go slow because the roads will be slippery, secondly always wear layers because you don't know how would these winters treat you and last but not the least, eat healthy, drink warm fluid because, when you're outside in the cold and breathing hard, you lose a lot of your body's water through your breath. Warm drinks and soups keep you hydrated and heat your insides when it's cold outside".
Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh
Narkanda, 65 kilometres from Shimla, is another incredible spot that turns white and beautiful in the winter. By car, it takes about two hours to get to the village. Narkanda is one of India's most popular skiing destinations, thanks to its abundant snowfall and exotic natural beauty. People also prefer Narkanda because it is less crowded than other popular Himachal hill stations like Shimla and Manali.
Manali, Rohtang Pass
Manali, a snowy wonderland, is one of the most popular places to visit near Delhi this winter for snowfall. During the season, the town's sloping mountains set against the clear blue sky make it look stunning. Top cafes and adventure sports add to the surreal beauty, making it an ideal holiday destination for families and friends.
Gulmarg is the place to go if you're looking for some snow adventure. After the snow, the area transforms into a white beauty and a winter ski resort. This adventurous yet scenic location in Kashmir's valley is regarded as a slice of heaven on Earth. Gulmarg, a tiny hill village nearly 50 kilometres from Srinagar, is easily accessible by buses and taxis. Gulmarg is one of the places in the country that receives the most snowfall due to its proximity to the Himalayas. As a result, you'll be able to enjoy a lot of snowy beauty!
Chopta, also known as Uttarakhand's Mini Switzerland, is undeniably a heaven on Earth. This less-visited hill station in Uttarakhand also serves as a starting point for treks to Lord Shiva's Tungnath Temple (one of the Panch Cedars). During the peak winter season, the area receives snowfall and transforms into a beautiful winter wonderland.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang is a pure snow beauty, situated at an elevation of 22,000 feet above sea level in Arunachal Pradesh, close to the Bhutanese and Tibetan borders. The Buddhist heritage site has a thriving culture and breathtaking views of snowfall. For those unaware, Tawang is one of the first regions in the Indian Himalayas to receive snowfall each year in December. It is also one of India's lesser-known hill stations.
Despite its remote location, Mcleodganj is one of the most surreal places to visit near Delhi for snowfall this winter and the closest hill station with snowfall from Delhi. When the town is blanketed in white
snow in December and January, the valley views and mountain peaks become even more spectacular. A bowl of Maggi and a hot cup of cutting chai only add to the fun! Remember to bring your warmest clothing; you never know when it will start raining in the hills, making it even colder than expected!