Skiing in the undulating heights of the Himalayas is an unparalleled experience. The snow-covered mountains are ever ready to welcome the ski enthusiasts, always too happy to let them roll over. Indian Himalayas have a plethora of ski locals in Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and the North eastern states. Any adventure lover feels ecstatic in the lap of the Himalayas.
Solan Valley, Manali
Solan Valley, located in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, is among the best slopes in India. The slope is considered safe for both experienced and novice skiers. Apart from Solan Valley, Patalsu, Kothi, Marhi and Rohtang are also good slopes for skiing. The region witnesses high activity in both winters and summers. A base camp is located in Solang Valley from where skiers, trekkers and campers go in different directions.
Gulmarg, located in Kashmir state, is of the highest lift-served ski resorts in the world. A Gandola Cable Car Lift has been set up from Gulmarg to Apharwat top. The region is also served by three ski lifts and one chair lift. Gulmarg suits beginners and intermediate-level skiing. The skiing season in Gulmarg usually begins middle of December and continues till mid April.
Narkanda, located in Himachal Pradesh, is one of India’s oldest ski resorts. Some slopes in Narkanda are suitable for the beginners while some are right for the advanced skiers. Narkanda hills produce some of Himachal’s most luscious apples and cherries, making the region a suitable place for a visit, for the air is always filled with a fragrant smell.
Garhwal, in the state of Uttarakhand, has skiing slopes of the likes of Auli, Dayara Bugyal and Mundali. Auli slopes are flanked by dense deodar forest and you can enjoy panoramic view of the Himalayan slopes while skiing. Dayara Bugyal is suitable for skiing in winters. Mundali slopes are suitable for beginners.
Munsiari, in Kumaun region of Uttarakhand, is comparatively a less frequented place, but this has its benefits too. While on Munsiari ski tour, you can watch a magnificent sunrise on the Panch Chuli (5 peaks).
Skiing in Nepal
Nepal is the home of some of the highest peaks in the world, which explains it being a popular place for skiing. Major skiing destinations in Nepal are the Everest region Annapurna, Dhauligiri, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Kangchenjunga, and the Dolpo region.