Snow in winters is something that draws million of tourists from plains to the hills. In fact, to experience snow, one has to drive very long in hills and at times trek by foot to reach the destination. Here are the top 5 places in India that can be easily reached by road even by amateur travelers. Auli:
1. Auli, Uttarakhand:
Auli is situated just 12 kms aways from Joshimath (Haridwar – Badrinath Highway), and can be reached by road or ropeway. Auli is 498 kms (around 12 hours drive) from Delhi and offers splendid views of greater Himalayas. One can get 270 degrees of greater Himalayan views from Auli. During winters the Auli Bugyal (meadow) is covered with loads of snow and offers one of the best slopes for skiing and other winter sports activities. During winters if the road to Auli from Joshimath gets clogged by snow, one can easily reach Auli by a ropeway. Its an ideal destination to enjoy snow with family and friends.
2. Manali – Sissu, Himachal Pradesh:
Manali remains a hot tourist destination throughout the year. But during winters, Manali receives huge amount of snow fall. Manali is well connected by wide road network to the major cities of northern India and can be reached by road (568 kms, 13 hours) from Delhi. After the grand opening of Atal Tunnel Rohtang, even then places beyond the pass has become approachable during the winters. Sissu, situated just 50 kms aways from Manali town on the Manali Leh highway is a paradise for snow lovers. One can easily reach Sissu and Khoksar by road with family to enjoy abundance of snow.
3. Chopta, Uttarakhand:
Chopta, is a small village situated at 10000 feet above sea level and can be reached easily by road from Delhi or Dehradun. Situated just 448 kms from Delhi, it is the gateway to the famour Tungnath Mahadev Temple (World’s Highest Temple). Chopta is situated in between the Kedarnath – Badrinath highway, that adds up to its importance especially during Chardham Season. Chopta is having many high altitude grass meadows along with dense forests for Oak, Deodar and Rhododendron. During winters it receives more than 4-5 feet of snowfall. There are many small homestays and hotels located there and one can enjoy the snow with family and friends there.
4. Harsil, Uttarakhand:
Harsil, is a small village situated 25km before Gangotri. Harsil offers beautiful Himalayan views of Gangotri Valley and Bhagirathi river. During winters the place is covered with thick layer of snow adding up to the beauty of the place. It can be easily reached by road frim Delhi/Dehradun. Although Harsil has many hotels and homestays, it is advisable for families and groups to stay in Uttarkashi and visit Harsil for a day trip to enjoy the snow.
5. Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh:
Situated at just 60 kms away from Shimla and 343 kms from Delhi, Narkanda is a great place to enjoy snow during winters. It is well connected by road and has many stay options. Hatu peak is the main attraction which remains covered with snow during winters and offers splendid views of Himalayas. One can even reach to Jalori Pass from there which is only 3 hours drive from there.
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