Winter is almost upon us. After the brutal brunt of the Indian summer, the winter season is always welcome. It also happens to be the best time to travel across India. Several places become bounties of natural beauty with breathtaking misty landscapes and splendid weather. It is during winter that you can take long romantic walks and go on rigorous treks without getting too exhausted. While there are several places that are obvious choices for a winter vacation in India, Jammu and Kashmir is one place nobody associates with a winter trip. The northernmost state of India is considered more of a summer vacation destination as it gets too cold during winter in some parts. However, the truth is, Jammu and Kashmir during winter is an experience in itself. If you are wondering where to go and what to do in Jammu and Kashmir during winter, here are some options.
Lovely Khyber resort in Gulmarg
Known as one of Asia’s prime skiing destinations, Gulmarg springs to life during winter with immaculate white slopes that attract skiing enthusiasts from all over the world. Visit Gulmarg for its amazing snow-clad peaks and sprawling pine and fir forests. Gulmarg in winter is nature at its very best. The snow festival held here during this time is a special attraction.
Srinagar receives heavy snowfall during winter making it absolutely alluring. True, you may not be able to travel from Srinagar to other tourist spots in Kashmir due to certain road blockages. But the snowy Dal Lake and the snow-covered roads are sights to behold. You can still visit sites like the Shankaracharya temple and the Hazratbal mosque.
The Frozen Zanskar river becomes home to the adventurous Chadar trek in Ladakh during winter. The trek is one big reason for tourists to visit this region during the chilly winter season. In fact, Kashmir offers some amazing winter sports options including ice hockey, sledge riding, tobogganing, skiing and heli-skiing.
Pahalgam is another marvellous tourist spot in Kashmir that gets a snow blanket during winter. A walk in the city during winter will make you feel like you are part of some fairy tale. Harisa, a winter cuisine of Kashmir, is a must-have during this season.
The second coldest place on the planet is located in India and it is none other than the quaint Dras in Jammu and Kashmir. Its a delight to witness the cold and beautiful Dras during winter. The nearby Kargil War memorial is a must-visit for all patriots.
So, this winter, experience a different side of Jammu and Kashmir. You will see why it is called Heaven on earth.