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Must Visit Wintersports Sights In India

''An elaborated list of sights that adventure seekers would love to explore''

Winter sports are prominent in the northern states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim.

KASHMIR : 1. GULMARG: This part of Kashmir valley offers some of the best slopes for Skiing, which usually begins around early December and goes on till the end of March.
• Skiing coaching classes are also conducted here in winters.
• Equipment such as skis, sticks, snow boots, woollen socks, mufflers, windproof jackets, goggles, caps and other equipment are available on rent here.
• One can also for Tobogganing, wherein a flat wooden board is taken up the hill and is allowed to descend downhill. It’s easy and doesn't require any prior skill or practice.
• Heli-skiing is also an option for adventure lovers, which is basically a downhill skiing or snowboarding that is accessed by a helicopter.
• Snow scooter are also available here for hire.

2. PAHALGAM: Is the other option for Skiing in Kashmir valley.
• Pahalgam (Aru) is popular for ice-skating, ice hockey and cross country skiing.
• The Jawahar Institute of Mountaneering and Winter Sports offers skiing courses to amateurs here.
• The best time to visit Pahalgam/Aru for skiing is between December and March.

HIMACHAL PRADESH : 1. MANALI: Solang Valley at 12 Kms from Manali is emerging as the adventure sports capital of Himachal Pradesh.
• One can be a part of Winter Carnival organised here every winters that involves a host of cultural events and sports competition.
• Bhrigu peaks and slopes near Hamta Pass are the best slopes in the world for heliskiing.
• Ski slopes of Solang Nala are famous for winter sports.
• Manali too offers basic and advance skiing courses.
• One can also try Snow-Boarding too wherein one gets onto a flat board and do snow surfing.
• Snow-scooter rides are available here too.

2. KUFRI: A small hill station located in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. It is about 15 kms from Shimla.
• Mahasu Ridge, just above Kufri is this slope famous for skiing.
• Here too courses are organised by the Himachal Tourism for the tourists to learn skiing.
• An annual winter sports festival is organized every year in the month of February where skiing enthusiasts and adventure seekers come in large numbers.
• One can also try Tobogganing (sliding down the hill on a sledge)

3. NARKANDA: Located 64kms from Shimla, in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Good for beginnings in skiing.
• HPDC conducts skiing courses here every year.
• Famous for skiing, angling and several winter sports.
• The skiing season starts in January and lasts till first week of April.

4. SHIMLA: A hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
• One of the best places to try out ice skating. In fact a sports festival is held there every winter.
• A highly popular skiing destination too.

UTTARAKHAND : •AULI: A small town in the state of Uttarakhand. Nearest airport is Dehradun which is about 300 kms away from Auli. Being a popular skiing destination, Auli is well connected through roads. The town is very popular for skiing.

•DYARA BUGYAL: Situated in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, known for proffering excellent skiing opportunity.

•MUNDALI: Situated in Dehradun district and at a short distance from Chakrata, this skiing destination in India is known for its steep gradients. There is a ski school that provides all the necessary ski gears and training.

•MUNSYARI: For skiing and trekking.

NORTH EAST : 1. ZIRO: About 150 km from Itanagar in the northeast and a popular spot for organising a winter tent or camp.

• PHUNI VALLEY: The picturesque Phuni Valley located 18 km ahead of Lachung and the Yumthang Valley, serves as the skiing centre.
•YUMTHANG VALLEY: A perfect site for trekking and skiing.

Source / Review By : Team Triponomics

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