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7 Breath-Taking Skiing Experiences in India

30 May 7 Breath-Taking Skiing Experiences in India

Ever dreamt of getting on a cable car and letting it take you at the top of a snow-covered mountain, looking out at acres of pure white serenity, jumping down into the fluffy white mass and just letting go with the wind in your hair and not a care in the world? We bring you 7 of the most amazing destinations that India has to offer for ski enthusiasts.

 

  1. Solang Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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When people say, you can ski in Manali, they’re actually referring to this gorgeous place about 12km from Manali which has been a hotspot for ski enthusiasts from all over the country for the past decade. With beautiful mountains covered in layers of snow, the Solang Valley is probably the most popular skiing destination in India. It gives the added bonus of offering activities like zorbing and paragliding, in case you want to take a break from showing off your ski moves. To know more about the most famous Skiing destinations in India, check: http://www.transindiatravels.com/adventure-sports/heli-skiing-destinations-in-india/

 

  1. Kufri, Himachal Pradesh

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Another beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh, Kufri is an excellent venue for skiing. The gradual slopes at Kufri are more suited for beginners and amateurs to try their hand at skiing. Situated about 16km from Shimla, Kufri is a must-visit destination if you’ve just started learning the art of skiing and want to gain more experience. The scenic views that Kufri has to offer are just an added bonus. And while you are here, the slopes at Mahasu Ridge, just above Kufri are a must-try. To read more about Kufri and its nearby attractions: http://www.transindiatravels.com/himachal-pradesh/kufri/tourist-places-to-visit-in-kufri/

 

  1. Auli, Uttarakhand

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The beautiful glittering slopes and the pristine, clean environment makes Auli a favourite destination among ski enthusiasts. The snow-clad slopes of Auli have been judged by French and Australian experts as among the best ski slopes in the world. A special advantage that Auli has to offer are the world class ski resorts with luxurious amenities that are sure to make you feel pampered like a royal during your stay at Auli. If you are planning a trip to Auli with your friends and family, check:

http://www.transindiatravels.com/uttarakhand/auli/tourist-places-to-visit-in-auli/

 

  1. Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

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The location of a number of Bollywood movies like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Gulmarg is the heartland of winter sports in India. Situated in the state popularly known as “Heaven on Earth”, Gulmarg lives up to the expectations by offering some of the most scenic ski slopes in India, besides having the highest cable car in the world.

 

  1. Dayara Bugyal, Uttarakhand

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Boasting of a ski training institute, Dayara Bugyal in Uttarakhand is another skiing destination that Uttarakhand offers with vast expanses of snow covered mountains that attract thousands of passionate skiers each year from all over the world. Dayara Bugyal has slopes ranging from gentle to extremely rough terrains to cater to every category of skiers. To experience Uttarakhand at its best, check: http://www.transindiatravels.com/uttarakhand/tourist-places-to-visit-in-uttarakhand/

 

  1. Yumthang Valley, Sikkim

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Situated about 150km from Sikkim, the Yumthang Valley is one of the lesser known skiing destinations in India, which gives you the opportunity to practice skiing amidst the Himalayas without encountering too many tourists doing the same thing. It boasts of slopes that cater to both amateurs as well as expert.

 

  1. Aru, Jammu and Kashmir

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With a surreal landscape and misty weather with snow covered pine trees and clear blue skies, Aru, a place not far from Pahalgam is every ski enthusiast’s dream. It boasts of powdery snow and ample serenity which will ensure that you have an unforgettable skiing experience. Head to the Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports if you are an amateur and get ready to learn something you’ll never get tired of.

 

If you’ve just discovered your love for skiing or are an expert, or even if you want to give it a shot for the first time, India offers you a terrain ranging from bunny slopes for amateurs to the more difficult terrains for experienced and expert skiers. So pack up your boots, bindings and poles and get, set, SKI!

 

 

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10 Comments
  • Lacee
    Posted at 09:20h, 30 May Reply

    These places look gorgeous for skiing! I’ve never been skiing, but my husband really wants to take me. Great photos too! 🙂

  • Kavey Favelle
    Posted at 10:49h, 30 May Reply

    You will think me dreadfully ignorant but I genuinely had no idea there was skiing in India, let alone that there were many resorts! I’ve visited many times but mostly to stay with family, who are not in these regions and have never mentioned skiiing in India. How fascinating. Of the photos, I love the look of the beauty in Gulmarg resort.

  • Candy
    Posted at 14:09h, 30 May Reply

    I have never thought about skiing in India and now it’s on my radar to suggest to people who are looking for ski slopes. I see a lot of people wearing jeans to the ski slopes. Is this normal? I was just curious since I have never seen this at ski resorts I have been to.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 02:46h, 31 May Reply

    These are wonderful destinations to head to in winter to get some exhilarating experience of skiing. We have been to Manali, Solang Valley as well as Kufri near Shimla. We would love to get to Yumthang valley in Sikkim next.

  • LaiAriel R. Samangka
    Posted at 07:53h, 31 May Reply

    Wow, I didn’t know about this thing. You have just shown to us the other side of India and this is truly stunning. I haven’t tried skiing, since i only visited tropical country. I’ll surely bear this mind since I’ve been planning to visit India, hopefully soon If I get the chance. Your photos are really awesome and stunning. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. You truly have enjoyed your stay in India.

  • Natasha
    Posted at 08:59h, 31 May Reply

    Wow. All of your photos look awesome. I think skiing sounds like a great activity and work out but I’m just so afraid to try it. I’m kind of clumsy so I feel even with practice that I will fall over!! 🙂

  • Jyotsna Ramani
    Posted at 09:41h, 31 May Reply

    Did you try all of those? I have only skiied in Gulmarg and Auli and loved it but I can’t compare it to other ski destinations across the world as these are the only ones I have ever tried . Were they up to intl standards, as per you?

  • Tara
    Posted at 10:18h, 31 May Reply

    For some reason, I’ve never though of India as a skiing destination. My family skis all the time here in the US, but maybe it’s time that we explore winter in India. What would you say is the best time to ski in India?

  • Laura Nalin
    Posted at 12:37h, 31 May Reply

    When I think of India, I never think of skiing. Thanks for opening my eyes to that. I guess it’s silly I never thought of it considering how vast and diverse the nation is. Just goes to show that there’s much more to India than palaces and curries! I’ve actually never skiied in my life — I should try!

  • Life...One Big Adventure
    Posted at 16:39h, 31 May Reply

    WOW! I did not know that! Thanks for revealing how truly diverse India is! Mel

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