Best Winter Destinations in India

It’s that time of year again! Time to unpack those winter coats, beanies, dusty ski boots from the closet and flock to mountains.

Like us, if you are tired of seeing pictures from all around the world painted in white with snowflakes descending and want to escape to one, real SOON.

Then we are at your rescue, here is a list of some of the best winter destinations in India to satiate your craving for winter wonderland !!!

Best winter destinations in India!

divider– Gulmarg, Kashmir –

Best Winter Destinations in India

The famous Persian poet Amir Khusrau had the following words to say about Kashmir.

Agar Firdaus bar rōy-e zamin ast, hamin ast-o hamin ast-o hamin ast.

When translated into English it means, If there is a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.

Kashmir has a charm like no other place on this earth and its beauty has been portrayed in so many of the Bollywood flicks. With the onset of winter, Gulmarg gets covered in snow and is regarded as one of the best places for skiing in India.

divider– Ladakh –


A photographer’s canvas. No doubt the alluring and majestic sweeps of deserted mountains have mesmerized so many travelers for years now.

During winters, there is hardly any crowd, so you have the entire of Ladakh to yourself. And if you are an adventurous soul, you don’t want to miss a game of ice hockey or a visit to the confluence of Zanskar river for the Chadar Trek.

divider– Manali –


A Perfect winter escapade. Manali during winters is engulfed in snow and looks right out of a fairytale. The hotels and restaurants offer heavy discounts to the guests.

A perfect place for skiing, sledging and having fun in the snow.

divider– Gangtok, Sikkim –


( Pic Courtesy : Vickeylepcha )

Sikkim is adorned with beautiful mountains and lakes. From NathuLa pass to one of the highest lakes in the world, the Gurudongmar lake, every corner of Sikkim is fascinating.

No doubt, tourists throng to Sikkim in winter to appreciate the winter wonderland. If the roads stay open during winters, we would highly recommend you to visit North Sikkim, Yumthang Valley, and Zero Point.

You can also check out various Sikkim Tour Packages

divider– Auli, Uttarakhand –

Auli-winter-destination-indiaA small picturesque hill station tucked in the Himalayan belt in the state of Uttarakhand is a famous ski destination in India.

Auli has the longest Gandola ride in Asia, which is 4 KM long and has been gaining popularity in recent years.

divider– Shimla, Uttarakhand –


Last but not the least,  SHIMLA.

The glorious view of the snow covered peaks, snow laden deodar trees and the famous Shimla’s toy train makes it straight out of Pinterest board.


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  • Reply
    January 22, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Shimla & Manali coming up.. 🙂 Great list ! 😀

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    January 22, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Visited just 2 of them and that too in summers. 😛 🙂
    Great captures.

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    Steps Together
    January 22, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Beautiful places.. Our country is truly incredible..

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    VJ Sharma
    January 22, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Lovely photographs and nice post.

    As a Photographer, I always love to see photographers name below a photograph, instead of source.

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      January 26, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Wish I knew the photographers name but will try to post the next time when we do some generic informative posts like this 🙂

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    rupam { xhobdo }
    January 22, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Great post, Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    My Unfinished Life (@MyUnfinishedlyf)
    January 22, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I would rather go to sunny south for my best winter destinations of india are more like puduhcerry, karnataka (hampi), kerala, etc!!

    The destination you listed would make great summer destinations for me…though i hated shimla everytime i was there for work trip!!!

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      January 26, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Visit Shimla during winter, we are sure you will love it 🙂 For us, winter is all about cuddling under a warm blanket, reading our favourite book with a hot cuppa coffee and watching the snow flakes descending <3 <3

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    January 22, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Thank you for share information and i like to visit to Ladha, Manali and Shimla….

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    Archana Kapoor
    January 23, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Can you beat it I haven’t been to any of these places!!! But hopefully someday soon ??
    Great post dear!

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    January 12, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Wow! I pictured these kind of images only in areas like Scandinavia or Canada – but never India! Thanks for the insight!

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    January 13, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Wow these are some really beautiful places! I’m so stupid, I didn’t even realise that there are places like these in India but of course there are, it’s not just summer all year around 🙂

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    kathy (from
    January 15, 2017 at 2:37 am

    I have been to India 4 times and I do not know why I never think of it as a winter destination. I am missing out on so much. Thank you for sharing and making me realise my error of thinking of it as a summer destination.

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    January 15, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    These snowy photos of India are beautiful – I always think of India as a hot country. I don’t know why I’ve never thought of it having cold weather so thanks for opening my eyes to a different side of the country!

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    shayan Naveed
    January 16, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Wow such winter wonderlands in India! Who needs to go to Europe or Japan when you have places like this, right?

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    Agness of Fit Travelling
    August 1, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Kashmir is on my bucket list for a while and I really hope to cross it off soon. Any tips I should consider before going there in winter?

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    Himalayan Wheels
    June 17, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Amazing places with beautiful pictures. Loved the way it is described. Nicely written.

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