Winter lasts the shortest but is the most awaited season. With it comes nostalgic vibes, beautiful memories, and cozy feels. But if you think a little differently and brave the weather for a snowy road trip, you can have a memory album of a lifetime to cherish. Even the familiar can seem new and surprising when the landscape is transformed with swaddled in the snow. Just bump up the heater and hit the road because here is a list of some of the most alluring winter trails in India.
Jammu to Srinagar
Kashmir has limitless scenic beauty to offer round the year and it doesn’t fail to mesmerize in winters too. When everything from tree branches to green meadows gets covered with a thick layer of white dazzling snow, you get to witness the heavenly land like never before. For a more thrilling trip, take on a road trip from Jammu to Srinagar that includes the 3 kms long Jawahar tunnel. This trail will sure be a lingering experience, yet absolutely exhilarating. Sonamarg also is in different hues during this time of the year making it a definite place on your list!
Gangtok to Zuluk
If you are up for a ride that will leave a mark on you forever, this is your best bet. The connecting road is situated at an altitude of 11,200 ft. from the sea level and looks like a serpentine drawn on a white canvas during winters. The road ultimately goes to Thambi viewpoint and is located near Zuluk, a small village that is close to the iconic Old Silk Route from Tibet to India. This relatively short distance is long enough to give you an experience of a lifetime traveling in the perfect season of chilly cold winter. Take an SUV like the Ford Endeavour that effortlessly puts you in control to make this snow trip a true adventure.
Guwahati to Tawang
A beautiful amalgamation of different cultures and tribal traditions, Tawang is a mountain town that neighbours a number of small and less-known exotic travel destinations. While traveling from Guwahati, stop at scenic places like Tezpur and Bomdila to take your time to relax and appreciate the wonderful landscapes and snow clad mountains offering the best vistas to soothe your senses. Don’t forget to make a visit to world famous edifices such as 17th-century Tawang Monastery and The War Memorial.
Rishikesh to Auli
Auli is a snowy wonderland of India. This snow meadow that looks like a transient paradise in winter is sure to elicit your wanderlust rapidly. Providing a panoramic view of snow clad Himalayas, you will feel yourself at the zenith of the thrill looking at a full view of marveling Nanda Devi hills. If you haven’t seen snowflakes falling down from sky yet, this place is a perfect destination to witness the hilltops turning into endless white sheets of snow.
Dharamshala to Dalhousie
What gives Dalhousie that quaint feeling, is not only the adjoining hills and sprawling meadows but, also spectacular colonial-era buildings and towering churches. When you travel to Dalhousie from Dharamshala, you will find roads densely aligned with pleasant cedar trees. Do visit the nearby Khajjiar which, in winters, justly resembles Switzerland giving us breath-taking views all around.
While leaving for road trips in winter, be cautious to pack proper thermal clothing, personal care and medical kit. Keep other essentials such as a kettle and umbrella handy to make your winter trip an experience to remember forever. Don’t forget to check the weather and road conditions beforehand.