The otherworldly charm of snowclad mountains, coniferous forests and gentle snowfall attracts thousands of tourists every year to Himalayan hill stations. There is something for everyone when it comes to these mountainous regions that are rich with the ‘pahadi‘ culture, thrilling with their adventure sports and have a calmness that can only be achieved by stepping away from the hustle and bustle of the cities into the lap of nature. Family hotels in Gulmarg to friendly hostels in Leh, skiing with friends and visiting one of the largest buddhist monasteries with loved ones in Tawang.
Here are some destinations that will leave you speechless with their sublime scenery and beckon you to drop everything and go right now!
A place whose beauty seems to have been blessed by gods, Gulmarg – the crown of Kashmir, is situated in a cup-shaped valley of the Pir Panjal Range. During winters, Gulmarg is known for its powder ski, snowboarding, skiing resorts and a wide range of adventure sports available for enthusiasts in Shark Fin, Apharwat Peak and Kongdori.
Those who want to avoid adventure activities can visit top sightseeing places like Baba Rezi Shrine, Ferozepur Nallah, Khilanmarg, St. Mary’s Church and Tangmarg. Golf enthusiasts can try out their hands at the 18-hole Gulmarg Golf Course, which is spread over a sprawling 7,505 yards and is a delight for locals and visitors alike. The gorgeous OYO 5475 Gulmarg Resorts will keep you warm and toasty while you witness the splendid snowfall.
The Valley of Shepherds, Pahalgam is located on the banks of Lidder River and nestled in the Anantnag district of J&K. Lush apple orchards, regal mountains, and a peaceful environment greets visitors when they first step onto Pahalgam. Choose family hotels in Pahalgam, like OYO 18990 Hotel Bright Palace, for a peaceful stay in the valley.
Adventure enthusiasts can go for white water rafting and trout fishing at Lidder, and trekking takes you to Kolahoi Glacier via a small village called Aru. Camping is famous at Tarsar Lake, Kolahoi Glacier, Lidderwat and Panchtarni. Pahalgam is the first destination of the Amarnath Yatra and is a popular pilgrimage destination. One can also find valleys where Bollywood films had been shot, such as the Betaab valley, inspired by the movie Betaab starring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh.
Leh-Ladakh is the dream destination for all snow lovers in the country. A peaceful destination which turns into an exciting amalgamation of thrilling adventure, rich culture, and rugged beauty that never fails to amaze visitors.
The famous Shanti Stupa is perched here in Leh. The Magnetic Hill is also waiting for you to discover its optical illusion. The Leh Palace and Leh Market are popular tourist spots, and the War Museum gives an insight into the ever-vigilant Indian Army and its role in wars in India. You can book a family hotel near Shanti Stupa, like OYO 5243 Hotel Omasila.
Leh is famous among the adventure-loving community because Leh is the base of numerous mountain biking tours, trekking courses, bike tours and river rafting adventures. Leh promises an experience of a lifetime, one that will satisfy a thrill-loving, adventure-seeking soul.
One of India’s most popular tourist destinations, Kullu Manali, is brimming with all the experiences it has to offer. It has a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions reflected in the temples, historical monuments and national parks that Kullu-Manali hold.
Kullu is home to several endangered species, such as the Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep and Himalayan Brown Bear, in the Great Himalayan National Park, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Trekking and outdoor camping are popular activities in the park.
The Rohtang Pass, situated 51 km from Manali, is the most popular tourist destination. Visitors require a special permit to visit and can undertake paragliding, skiing and trekking and could also slip away to Spiti and Lahaul for an even more exciting snow-clad adventure. Waterfalls and streams mark the way to Rohtang Pass and are a treat for tired eyes.
Vashisht Village and Bhrigu Lake are renowned tourist spots because people believe Sage Bhrigu meditated here. Explore the Mall road for travel souvenirs, Himachali handlooms, hats and woollens. Family hotels in Manali, like the OYO Townhouse 985 Hotel Hampta Pass View, offer a lavish stay.
Auli is another tourist destination which boasts a quality skiing experience. Located in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand, Auli is visited by travel enthusiasts and devotees alike. One of the 4 ‘Maths’ carved by Adi Shankaracharya, Joshimath, is located around 10 km from Auli. During winters Joshimath, also called Jyotirmath, becomes the resting place of Lord Badri Kedar.
For a short one-day trek, you can visit Gurso Bugyal, a small 3 km trek from Auli. Perfect view of the Dron Parvat, Trishul and Nanda Devi, this trek is meant to be taken during winter as the scenic landscape demands to be witnessed.
If you wish to experience snow, very few places offer a better snowing experience than the ones mentioned above! From humble abodes to luxurious resorts, OYO hotels ensure your stay is peaceful, pleasant and worthwhile.
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