If pure opulence through snow-laden forests is something you have on your bucket-list this summer, this is for you! With temperatures hitting its highest in most of India, North India is the place to be at so you can cool down & have a quaint holiday experience with your family friend. The breathtaking views, impeccable landscapes and flora & fauna that is to die for, make North India one of the best places in the world to visit during summers.
Rohtang Pass is one of the few places in India you will find snow even during the summer season. The views at this paradistical destination are just breathtaking. With markets where you can buy artefacts & souvenirs that portray the Himachali culture & a myriad of adventure activities including paragliding, snowboarding and much more; Rohtang Pass has something for everybody.
And not just that! Remember that scene in Jab We Met where we saw Geet dancing through the snowy hills. You guessed it right, that was Rohtang Pass!
Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
Sikkim is one of India’s most untouched & undiscovered tourist destinations. The aura here is just so pure, it’s almost magical. Also known as Flower Valley of Sikkim, this lesser known tourist spot is located in Northern India & is one place where you will find snow throughout the year. You can also visit Zuluk, another destination where you will find throughout the year; not very far from Yumthang Valley.
Yumthang is 150kms away from Gangtok so you can take a stop in the city for a few days before you head to see the snow!
Looking for a lovely mountain stay in Gangtok? The Orchid Glade, with picture perfect views and cosy interiors is definitely something you will love! This stylishly designed mountain cottage literally places you on top of Gangtok, giving you everything you dream for in a perfect vacation. After you start your day with a hot cuppa by the cosy viewing deck, you can slowly move to the outdoor sit-out spaces by the bonfire; no matter which part of the house you may be in, a breathtaking view is an absolute promise!
The Orchid Glade is special because of its –
– Convenient location easily accessible from the city
– Contemporary decor in the wooden house
– Located in the vicinity of nature
– Beautiful view of the valley
– Open garden
Also known as the Switzerland of India, Gulmarg is undoubtedly the most serene place in the country. With cable car rides, ski clubs, deep ravines, frozen lakes & enchanting snow-clad forests; there is nothing Gulmarg does not have. Easily accessible from most major cities of the country, Gulmarg makes a great tourist spot for most Indians looking to galavant in the snow!
Must Do’s when in Gulmarg –
- Experience a thrill ride in the Gondola, which is the highest cable car in the world
- Skiing at Apharwat Peak
- Visit the enchanting Ningle Nallah
Located amidst a manifold of snow-clad mountains, nestled away from the commercialisation of the main towns & tourist spots, Munsiyari is a town located at an elevation of 7,200 ft, in the district of Pithoragarh. This rarely visited hidden-gem has snow almost all round the summer and is surrounded by snow capped peaks all year. Make sure to check out the majestic banks of the river Giriganga when you’re here as it is just pure opulence.
This destination also has a number of trek trails that lead to waterfalls, serene lakes & breathtaking views.
As it may be a relatively long drive from Delhi, most people stop by at Nainital, as it is on the way to this snow haven. Make sure to check out our luxurious Nainital villas here.
With panoramic views of the Himalayas, Auli is one of the most serene destinations in India to experience snow. Parts of it are quaint, perfect for someone who is looking for a relaxing & tranquil getaway with cable-cars and a magnificent ski-resort for anyone looking for an adventure.
How to get to Auli –
Nearest major railway station & airport from Auli is Dehradun. Auli is an 8 to 9 hour drive from Dehradun and if you plan to drive to Auli from Delhi, it would take you anywhere between 12 to 14 hours depending on the weather conditions and the amount of pit stops.
Must Do’s when in Auli –
- Enjoy the Ropeway Ride
- Visit the Ski Resort
- Indulge in lip-smacking Garhwali cuisine
Due to long travel hours, it would be ideal to make a pit stop at Dehradun. Click here to check out accommodation in Dehradun.
The rugged beauty of Leh is definitely no secret. If you are an adventurous individual & have a passion for trekking, the Chadar trek is one of the most challenging treks in India where adventure comes to reality. Physically, this trek is not that hard but it is definitely mentally-challenging. Chadar is basically a frozen river that trekkers walk on in order to reach the peak. The ravishing beauty of the different sections of the river keeps you enchanted throughout the trek. Although still quite extreme, the temperatures here are a little more manageable during summers than during the winter season.
Note: Due to the difficulty level of this trek, you will have to spend 3 nights in Let before starting out with the trek, mostly in order to acclimatise. On day 3, a fitness test will be conducted in order to check your vitals and only then will you be granted the trekking permit.