Skiing in Himalayas

Skiing in HimalayaAre you the one with a streak of adventure in you? Come to the Himalayas and accept the challenge that the snow-clad terrain offers. Enjoy the fastest fascinating sport – skiing amidst the slopes of the Himalayan ranges. Skiing time arrives in the Himalayas as soon as the green meadows and the trees dominating the landscape of the Himalayas are covered by sheets of soft snow. The Himalayas serve as a home to several famous playgrounds for conducting winter sports.

Skking has gained immense popularity as an adventure sport in the Himalayan range. The vast open spaces covered with snow for years and the steep slopes make skiing even more adventurous in the Himalayas. Not only the vastness of the area but the different heights of the slopes add variety to skiing. The major sites for skiing in the Himalayas include :


Situated at an altitude of 2,730 metre, Gulmarg in Kashmir offers an adventure enthusiast the best of skiing options. The best time to indulge in this sport lies between December to April, when there is enough snow covering the landscape. Gulmarg has the only ski resort in Asia that is equipped with facilities for heli-skiing. The skiers here are lifted from the slopes of the peak of Affarwat. Gulmarg houses The Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering that offers some of the best skiing courses.


A famous centre for skiing in Himachal Pradesh is Kufri. Kufri, 17 kilometres off Shimla, is a major attraction for tourists from all parts of the world. In the month of February each year a sports festival is held in Kufri. It is organized to promote skiing in Himachal.


Manali offers skiing opportunities for the professionals as well as learning opportunities for the beginners. Courses for skiing are held by The Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports in Manali. Heli skiing offers are also offered to the tourists who come over to Manali in Himachal Pradesh.


Yet another ideal place for skiing in Himachal Pradesh is Narkanda which is 64 kilometres off Shimla. The long ski routes in Narkanda are difficult ones for a beginner but the best for a professional. During the winter months, the whole of Narkanda serves as an excellent ski ground covered with sheets of soft snow. The slopes of Narkanda appeal greatly to the adventure lovers. Several skiing races are also held in Narkanda that make the sport even more interesting. 


The most favoured of all the skiing resorts in India is Auli. And Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) is making efforts to make it the best skiing resort across the globe. Auli is a major tourist interest destination in Uttaranchal. The credit for the popularity of the place goes to the mountain slopes of the place equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.

Dayara Bugyal

Yet another stunning skiing resort in Uttaranchal is Dayara Bugyal. In order to reach upto this place, you will have to trek for 8 kilometres. So be prepared for a tiring trekking journey before you indulge in skiing at Dayara Bugyal. Come to ski at Dayara Bugyal, far away from the hustle bustle of the city life. It is undoubtedly an experience of a lifetime.

Pithoragarh and Munsiyari in Kumaon are other famous ski hideouts amongst the adventure seekers.


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