6 Best Winter Holiday Destinations in Uttarakhand

Jul 9


Deependra Dobriyal

Deependra Dobriyal

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Everyone starts looking for alternatives to travel in winter. And Uttarakhand is one such beautiful option. Uttarakhand is a small and lovely state located in North India. "Uttarakhand," as the name suggests, is "the part of the Himalayas to the north." It is world-famous for its spirituality and splendid views of the vast Himalayas. Popularly Known as Devbhoomi, Uttarakhand has always been a cent


Below are five most beautiful places in Uttarakhand where you can spend your winter holidays.

Nainital - Nainital is a famous hill station located in Kumaon region in Uttarakhand.

The headquarters of this district is its primary centre which is Nainital. It was named Nainital because of its location on the banks of the Naini Lake. With a beautiful fresh atmospheric environment,6 Best Winter Holiday Destinations in Uttarakhand Articles this place is covered with hill trees like Sal, Chir, Oak, Barun, and Kafal. One of the best getaways for families or couples, Nainital is one of the most popular places to visit in Uttarakhand during winters. It is a wonderful place to soak yourself and enjoy your pleasant winter holidays.

Apart from this, you can also visit the famous Uttarani Mahotsav and get an idea about the region's culture.

Best Time to visit - November to February

Things to do - Boating, Paragliding, Camping, Trekking, and Visit Mall Road

Auli- Located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Surrounded by high mountain ranges and the Himalayas,  Auli is a winter holiday paradise in Uttarakhand. The unique thing about this place is that it is a famous ski destination, the most favourable position for skiing, and it tops the best ski destinations in India. The main attractions of Auli are Joshimath, Nanda Devi National Park, Chenab Lake, Gurson Bugyal, Badrinath, Tapovan, and Mana villages. You can also take a look at these Auli packages by India Thrills before planning your Auli trip.

Best Time to Visit - November to February.

Things to do - Skiing, Camping, Trekking, Ropeway Ride, Visit Chenab Lake

Mussoorie - Mussoorie is a hill station located in the hills of state Uttarakhand, known as the "Queen of Hills." It is one of the best places to visit in winter, which offers a clear and mesmerising view of the entire Dehradun city, especially in winters. Also here you will see a rare thing like winterline, which is visible only from Switzerland. This line is a miracle of nature, which is visible at sunrise and sunset. You can even see snow here in December and January. One can participate in winter line carnival celebrations from 25th to 31st December, in which you can see the performances of renowned Bollywood singer.

Best Time to Visit - November to January

Things to do - Visit Kempty fall, Trekking in Nag Tiba, Walking on The Mall Road, and Paragliding. 

Dhanulti - Dhanaulti is located in Tehri Garhwal district. It is becoming a popular winter tourist destination in Uttarakhand. It provides a calm, laid-back, and relaxing environment. Dhanaulti, at 2,250 metres, is far from the hustle and bustle of the city into the lap of the Himalayas. It is home to virgin forests of oak, deodar, and rhododendron. It also serves as the base for several treks in the Himalayas. These include the way to Surkanda Devi Temple and Chandrabadni.

Best Time to visit - November to January

Things to do - Trekking, Camping, Zipline, and Visit Nature Park.

Kanatal - Kanatal is Snowy Hill Station in Uttarakhand. If you like winter hiking, trekking and camping, then Kanatal is a perfect winter destination for you . Kanatal is a great place to escape the crowds of Mussoorie. And apple orchards surround this wonderful hill station. Kanatal becomes magical when it snows in winter. There are several home-stays available here that offer organic food and an insight into rural life. Walk the winding roads amidst the fragrant deodar and rhododendron forest, connecting with nature. One can do meditation and photography here.

Best Time to visit - December to March

Things to do - Hiking, Trekking, Zipline, and Camping.

Rishikesh - Located in Uttarakhand, Rishikesh is one of Uttarakhand's best winter vacation destinations. Known as the city of yoga, Rishikesh is the karmabhoomi of Mother Ganga and Lord Shiva. The pure stream of the Ganges and the practice of Yoga make Rishikesh, the land of spirituality. In winter, when the doors of Gangotri Dham and Kedarnath Dham are closed, this place becomes the center of these Dhams in winter, where the confluence of Alaknanda with the Ganges can also be seen. This place also encourages you for adventure activities, with activities like river rafting, bungee jumping, zipline, trekking, and paragliding in the Ganges. Rishikesh also offers the best riverside camping experience.

Best Time to visit - September to February 

Things to do -  River Rafting, Camping, Trekking, Ganga Aarti, and Paragliding