It’s cold outside. There are those of us who will snuggle down in their blankets and enjoy this season under cover in their own way. Then there are those who have other ways to make the most of the winter chill. They want to get out there in the cold and be a part of it. They want to embrace the snow clad mountains and scream at the top of their lungs.
As the temperate is dropping in the north Indian plains, the first feeble flakes of snow have started dropping on the tops of the mountains but they are getting stronger every day.
Yes. Yes. Yes.
Soon they will have enough strength and they will make it to the valleys below. That’s when the true winter lovere will hit the road and run to the hills.
Where will they go?
Kullu – Manali – in Himanchal Pardesh
The Rohtang Pass, Kothi, Gulaba, the Solang valley, generally all the important spots of Manali get o goo dusting of that wonderful white stuff. People here enjoy skiing around the Solang valley and throwing snowballs is never out of fashion.
Auli – Uttarakand
Auli is awesome, with international quality slope and facilities. The skiing and the Gondola here are straight from a Bond movies … can you guess which one? Anyway … if you don’t have the skill or the body double to pull off the high “G” turns it does not matter, you can still sit around a bon fire and warm your toes with a great conversation and some Whiskey.
To know more about Auli Tourism
Sonamarg – Jammu and Kashmir
This year when you hit the road for good old J&K, remember to think beyond the standard Srinagar, Gulmarg and Pahalgam circuit. Head instead to Somamarg. It has amazing slopes and faboulous snow fall and it is relatively empty. One new crazy thing you can do over in Sonamarg is Para Skiing, it’s a awesome new crossover sport that’s been pioneered in Sonamarg.
Narkanda – Himanchal Pradesh
Farther off the beaten track is Narkanda in HP. Don’t go to the same old trip, it can get quite crowded in Shimla, Kufri, Chail , Macleodganj, Dalhouise. You can have a lot of fun in Narkanda ans as you can see from the pictures; you will have the place all to yourself.
One thing you have to watch out for, in case the hotel staff runs off to some warm place like Goa for the winters then you could end up eat snow for lunch.
Enjoy the winters, get out and travel, get your feet cold and your heart warm and know one thing it will be summer soon. Then what will you do?