Winter travel in India is an incredible experience. The southern regions embrace brightness after the dark monsoon, while the northern regions transform into snowy wonderlands. Even though the year is nearing to an end, the cold season has only begun. Learn one or more of these 5 beginner-friendly sports to make the most of India's winter:
Skating on outdoor ice rinks is a delightful activity you may perform while on vacation at a high altitude. You'll realise this sport has a peaceful yet exhilarating effect as you glide across the icy surface and develop a pattern in your motions. You can travel to several locations in India during the winter to practise ice skating.
Shimla is home to a well-known natural ice rink that is close to Circular Road and an active ice-skating club that was founded in 1920. Typically, the skating season in this area runs from December through February. Additionally, Kufri, Auli, Narkanda, Gulmarg, Manali, and Ladakh all have outdoor skating rinks. Some rinks are actually frozen lakes, while others are man-made. Typically, it requires 1-2 weeks of practise before you can start.
Choose skiing, a traditional winter sport, if you're up for something a little more daring. This is an exhilarating way to navigate icy hills and experience the frigid air (not too literally, we hope). Visit Gulmarg in Kashmir, Auli in Uttarakhand, or Solang Valley in Himachal Pradesh for the best skiing infrastructure; these are the most well-known skiing destinations.
Select less popular locations like Sethan (near Manali), Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh), or Phuni Valley if you wish to avoid the crowds (Sikkim). Enrolling in lessons offered by reputable organisations or licenced instructors is advised. For instance, a two-week course on the fundamentals of skiing is offered by the Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering in Gulmarg. Also available is specialised skiing.