You’ve probably started 2020 with a bunch of resolutions (as most people do). And if you’ve been infected by the travel bug, visiting new destinations and having new experiences are probably some of the things you’d like to fill your year up with.
Now, the general notion is that January marks the beginning of the end of winter. But it’s still an excellent time to visit places that look like they are straight out of a postcard, with their blankets of snow. So, with a chill still in the air, extend the winter bliss and visit some of India’s snowy destinations.
Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
Located at 2,700 meters above sea level, Gulmarg is perfect for indulging in winter sports like snowboarding and high-altitude skiing, for which it is rather famous. However, if you prefer something less strenuous, you can also enjoy trekking and Gondola rides while holidaying in Gulmarg. If your love for mountains knows no bounds, make Gulmarg a pit-stop and go on to climb the beautiful, snow-capped ‘Nanga Parbat’.
Having recently gained fame for its ski resorts and mesmerising panoramic views of the Himalayas, Auli is a hill station situated at about 2,500 meters above sea level. If you’re not into sports and would prefer spending some quiet time in nature, you can opt to take day trips to the many pristine lakes around Auli.
A popular tourist attraction that you shouldn’t miss out while here is the state-of-the-art cable car – the longest in India – which runs from Joshimath.
Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Famous world over for its arid mountains, monasteries and frozen lakes, Ladakh is a paradise for advanced trekkers. Popular excursions include the Chadar trek across the frozen Zanskar river or a trip to the Hemis National park. Another place worth visiting is the Nubra valley, which is popular for its “two-humped” camels and beautiful orchards.
You can also satisfy your quest for a thrill with white river rafting and biking expeditions around the town.
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
A destination you can visit throughout the year, Manali is located in the valley of Beas, at 2,050 meters. This hill station is at its visual best with freshly fallen snow covering the hills and rooftops. Diminished holidaying crowds is another reason to visit here in the winter. At this time of the year, you can enjoy sports like skiing and ice-skating. Or visit snow point, an experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories.
If you have a day to spare when visiting Manali, take a trip up to Rohtang Pass – it offers an experience you will never forget.
Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
The Valley of Flowers, Yumthang valley is surrounded by the eastern Himalayas which leaves it comparatively untouched. Even the initial drive up to an altitude of 3,600 metres will leave you stunned on account of the powdered snow and serenity. Visit the zero point to witness snowfall or sit by the Yumthang river and enjoy the beauty.
To sum it all up, it is the perfect getaway from city life.
Road trips have a way of rejuvenating us no matter where we go. But it is equally important that your ride is capable of adding to the experience. For instance, with the MG ZS EV, you have features like heated rear-view mirrors and hill assist that ensure a smooth and safe journey wherever you go. It also has three drive modes – normal, eco and sports – from which you can choose based on the kind of terrain you’re driving through. So, make 2020 all about #GoodDrivesOnly and kick-off your year with a trip to the snow-capped hills.