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Winter Destinations in India Worth Visiting in Summer Too!

Written By: Akshatha

The Himalayan regions of India are best known for the mountain peaks and snowfall. Some of these places serve as winter destinations as well as summer destinations in India.

In winter these locations are super cold and white with snow, in summer they are warm and pleasant. A visit to these hill stations in either of the seasons is a must in India.

Those who love snowfall can travel during winter and enjoy winter sports in these destinations. And for people who want to have a summer vacation, then head here for a pleasant climate.

People love the places in both seasons and enjoy equally. So, here is a list of destinations to visit in winter and summer.

Pahalgam in Winter

Pahalgam in Winter

November - February
Pahalgam is a hill station situated at a height of 7,200ft above the sea level. It is one of the best snowfall destinations in India. The hill station is recreational spot with bustling activities.

Pahalgam is a popular winter and summer destination in Jammu & Kashmir.

The snowfall in winter makes this place look white and magical. A ride from Srinagar which is around 88km will reach you to Pahalgam.

There are no railways to this hill station, one can only go by road or a helicopter if one can afford.

Photo Courtesy: Shahtahoor

Pahalgam in Summer

Pahalgam in Summer

March - June
Pahalgam is also a favorite film shooting location for Bollywood movies. In summer, the pleasant climate provides a good vacation spot for the tourists.

The hill station is very popular for the Amarnath Yatra (Hindu pilgrimage). Chandanwari which is near to Pahalgam is the starting base for Amarnath trek. Pahalgam serves as a winter and summer destination.

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Shimla in Winter

Shimla in Winter

December - February
Shimla is one of the top snowy places to visit in India. It has been a holiday destination from a long time and even today it is filled with tourists.

Snow covered Shimla is a visual treat, as it gains a different look in winter.

Ice Skating is one of the popular winter activities in here. Other sports like skiing and trekking in various parts of Shimla.

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Shimla in Summer

Shimla in Summer

March - June
Shimla served as a summer capital for the British; it is still one of the best summer destinations in India.

The sub-tropical highland climate keeps the place cool even in summer and facilitates a clear view of the forests and mountains around Shimla.

People can try various adventure activities in this time and white water rafting in the Sutlej river is the most famous one here.

Bustling with crowds, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh is the top winter as well as summer destination in India.

Photo Courtesy: Bharat Justa

Munsiyari in Winter

Munsiyari in Winter

November - March
The name of Munsiyari itself means a 'place covered in snow'; it is one of the popular snowfall destinations in Uttarakhand.

Munsiyari is located at the foot of the Himalayas and is a hub of adventure activities. A visit during the winter, provides a mind-blowing view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks.

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Munsiyari in Summer

Munsiyari in Summer

March - June
Munsiyari is well known for adventure activities like trekking, mountaineering, etc. Located on the banks of the river Goriganga, it serves as a base camp for various treks.

Munsiyari is yet to become a popular destination, hence it is not over crowded. One can enjoy a laid back and calm vacation here.

It is one of the best winter and summer destinations in India.

Photo Courtesy: L. Shyamal

Nainital in Winter

Nainital in Winter

December - February
Nainital isin the Kumoan foothills of the Himalayas. The pear-shaped lake in the valley is the centre of attraction.

Snowfall in winter covers the valley with a white blanket and makes it more scenic.

Nainital has been a major tourist place in the recent years and a visit during winter is a good experience for sure.

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Nainital in Summer

Nainital in Summer

March - June
Nainital is one of the top summer retreats in India. It has many tourist attractions like Jim Corbett National Park, Nainital lake, Bhim Tal lake, Naina Devi Temple, etc.

The weather will be pleasant and ideal for tourism during summer. So, it is both a winter and summer destination in India.
Photo Courtesy: Dipankar Ghosh

Auli in Winter

Auli in Winter

November to February
Auli is growing as one of the winter sports hub in India. The beautiful snow covered landscapes of Auli is alluring and makes it a must visit attractions in Uttarakhand.

Auli is surrounded by mesmerizing mountains and forests. It is a must visit places in winter if you prefer a less crowded locations.

Photo Courtesy: Ishan Manjrekar

Auli in Summer

Auli in Summer

April - June
In summer, Auli witnesses a moderate temperature and that supports tourism. One can enjoy the greenery of mountains and forests around Auli in this season.

Auli also serves as a base camp for treks like Kuari Pass trek, Badrinath Yatra, etc. It is one of the fast-growing summer holiday destinations in India.

Photo Courtesy: Rick McCharles

Gulmarg in Winter

Gulmarg in Winter

December - February
Gulmarg is India's best skiing destination and a major winter sports hub. The slopes of Apharwat Himalayan slopes provide a good space for skiing in Gulmarg.

Winter brings in snowfall which transforms this place into a beautiful spot. A visit during this season is a must as you can enjoy various adventure activities.

Photo Courtesy: Skywayman9

Gulmarg in Summer

Gulmarg in Summer

March - June
Gulmarg serves as a good summer retreat because the temperatures are moderate and cool. This encourages visitors to cover all the places and have a pleasant stay during the hot months.

Tourism in Gulmarg has been developing gradually and it is becoming one of the popular hill stations in Jammu & Kashmir.

Photo Courtesy: Basharat Alam Shah

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