With winters already having arrived and Christmas bells still ringing all the way, getting out of your comfort zone and chilling out at some of the coolest yet beautiful places in India is something that you must try. What better way to celebrate this winter than visiting a chilly place with snowfalls, beautiful ambience where you can indulge in some snow fights with your friends and even show your creativity by building a snowman. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? So, gear up with your travel bags and get ready to head up to some of the exquisite chilly places that are the best winter destinations one can ever visit. Wondering where to find such chilly places? Brace yourself! Its right here, right now. Here you go with the list!

1) Sonamarg, Kashmir

It is literally a paradise carved with snow and is an absolute treat for the eyes when you witness the grandeur and beauty of snow laden roads, frozen lakes and magnificent glaciers. The best time to visit this place is during peak winters when the whole valley is delicately covered with snow sheets. This is the best place to visit in winters where you can enjoy adventurous activities like river rafting and trekking too. Also, a walk down the snowfall midst the profoundly beautiful mountains and glaciers is something that shall be warmly etched in your memories forever.

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2) North Sikkim

Places like Nathula, Tsomgo Lake and Yumthang in North Sikkim are famous for its evergreen snowfalls. Especially Yumthang is famous for its snowfall that occurs all around the year. Though the winter conditions are extremely cold here but, the scenic beauty of snow covered places is worth all the efforts put in. A trip to this place in the chilling winter is nothing short of an adventurous and mesmerizing journey. However, at times heavy snowfalls leads to road blockages so it is advised to keep yourself updated about such condition prior planning a trip to this place.

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3) Munsiyari, Uttarakhand

A small town located in the Himalayan base, Munsiyari is famously known as the Little Kashmir of Uttarakhand because of its enchanting ambience and beautifully carved natural surroundings. It has places like Thamari Kund, Darkot and Madkot where tourists can enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains and snowfalls. The hot water springs of Madkot are an absolute bliss in the freezing winters of Munsiyari.

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4) Sandakphu, West Bengal

Trekking in the snow laden Sandakphu in winters is an experience that is worth cherishing. Sandakphu is the tallest peak of West Bengal and is the perfect place to get the magnificent view of some of the tallest peaks. The trek in Sandakphu is one of its kinds which are done along with the border of India and Nepal. This trek is every mountain lover’s favorite with the majestic views of great Himalayan trails that serve as the ultimate companions of mountaineers during the adventurous trekking.

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5) Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

Located at a distance of 26 km from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh, Khajjiar is popularly known as the Switzerland of India because of its stifling similarity. The giant Himalayan peaks covered with snow, lying peacefully midst the green meadows and dense forests are a sight to behold forever. The beauty of Khajjiar is enhanced by the presence of the serene Khajjiar and Chamera Lake. The snow laden Khajjiar can be best explored through trekking.

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6) Chopta, Uttrakhand

Located at an altitude of 2700m, this beautiful hill station lies in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It is a perfect getaway for snow trekking during winters with amazing, picturesque view of the Himalayan region. One can witness nature at its best here with a variety of flora and fauna including Rhododendron and deodar trees enhancing its beauty.

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7) Ravangla, Sikkim

Located in the Southern part of Sikkim, this hill station is the perfect escape to a serene and profound place. It is home to variety of Himalayan migratory birds which is an absolute treat for eyes during the winters which brings along the serendipity of snow laden mountains. The hot springs of Ravangla is also a beautiful experience in chilling winters.

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So, this winter, unravel the tourist within yourself, explore these cool destinations and make enormous warm memories.

Contributed By: Sheerin Naz

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