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    A person tries snowboarding in India

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    Balancing yourself on a piece of slide board, while burdened with multiple layers of woolens to beat the chilling weather and safety gears to keep you safe – that’s snowboarding for you. Skiing, on the other hand, requires two thinner planks and two ski-sticks for propelling. Snowboarding and skiing in India are fairly popular winter sports that are often confused to be the same.

    Skiing in India is, comparatively, a more popular activity and has many operators offering ski tour packages and training courses. Snowboarding in India, on the other hand, is yet to make a wide-spread mark and is mostly done by trained professionals. There are fewer training courses and tours.

    On average the cost of these snow activities, inclusive of equipment, gear, and trainer, varies between INR 500 and INR 1,000 per person per day.

    Located in the northern Indian states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Sikkim, these destinations for snowboarding and skiing should be on your list for this year’s dose of winter adventure.

    Snowboarding and Skiing In Kashmir

    1. Gulmarg

    A man takes stance before snowboarding in Gulmarg

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    Known as the heartland of winter sports, Gulmarg is regarded as the 7th best skiing and snowboarding destination of Asia. Located in Baramulla district, this Valley of Flowers offers an ideal site for long run, off-piste skiing and snowboarding. Skiing and snowboarding in Gulmarg, through its natural virgin slopes, provides for easy floating on the soft virgin snow.

    Skiing Organizer: Powerhounds

    Skiing in India can be enjoyed in the quaint valley of Gulmarg

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    Suggested Read: 8 Lesser Known Secrets Of Kashmir That It Has Kept To Itself

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    2. Pahalgam

    People try skiing and snowboarding at Pahalgam

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    Pahalgam is one of the premier skiing destinations in India, known for its breath-taking views of the snow-capped surroundings. Further, the ample opportunity for winter sports like snowboarding and whitewater rafting has made Pahalgam popular among Indian and international trekkers, adventure freaks, and nature lovers. Skiing, snowboarding, paragliding, and other winter sports are quite famous and fantastic in this part of Kashmir.

    Organizer: Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports

    Beginner Level Ski Course at Pahalgam:

    • Cost: INR 5,600 per person onwards*
    • Dates: 30th January to 2nd February and 5th February to 8th February
    • Contact Number: +91-99069678430

    *Package inclusive of instructor, skiing dress, equipment, food, and stay

    Snowboarding and Skiing in Himachal

    3. Solang

    People try snow sports at Solang - one of the premier destinations for snowboarding in India

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    Solang Valley, popularly known as Solang Nala, is a famous winter sport hot-spot, located 12 km from Manali. The outstanding snowy landscape, chilling weather and fine ski slopes add to make the place a hot favorite for travelers from different parts of the country. Solang Nala also houses ski festival every winter and invites tourists from all over the world. Enthusiasts can enjoy 1.5 km alpine run at this beautiful destination for skiing and snowboarding in India.

    Skiing Organizer: Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports

    Skiing Courses in Solang:

    • Basic Course: Fixed Dates: 11 – 24 January @ INR 8,400 per person*
    • Elementary Course: 7-day courses, 15th January onwards @4,200 per person* onwards (minimum 15 people required)
    • Contact Number: +91-1902-253841

    *Package inclusive of instructor, skiing dress, equipment, food, and stay

    4. Rohtang

    A tourist shows stunt with snowboard near Rohtang pass

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    Rohtang Pass near Manali is famous for its jaw dropping backdrop, snowy mountains, and majestic valleys. The ecstatic and thrilling sports like skiing and paragliding make it an ideal destination for adventure sports in India. One of the best places for snowboarding in India, Rohtang attracts adventure freaks from all over the country for this exciting experience.

    Suggested Read: 19 Photos That Will Make You Want To Leave For Himachal NOW!

    5. Kufri

    People try winter sports at Kufri

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    The pristine natural beauty of Kufri and not so steep surface has made it an ideal spot for snowboarding and skiing in India for beginners. Adventure enthusiasts mustn’t miss any opportunity to visit this charming destination for the spectacular snow sport. Additionally, Kufri is also the venue for the annual winter sports’ festival organized by HPTDC.

    Skiing Organizer: HPTDC

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    6. Narkanda

    Sun lit hill at Narkanda with people ready to try snowboarding and skiing

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    Located at an elevation of 2,708 m on the Hindustan Tibet Road, Narkanda is among the premier snowboarding and skiing destinations in India. Here, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation has been conducting skiing and snowboarding courses for many years. Tourists love this place for its stunning background and tranquility. Adventure lovers and daredevils, however, are fascinated by the snowboarding options.

    Organizers: HPTDC and International Youth Club (IYC conducts regular ski tours. Updates can be seen on their website)

    Cost for snowboarding in Narkanda: INR 900 onwards

    Cost for skiing in Narkanda: INR 900 onwards

    Skiing Trip by International Youth Club

    • Date: 15th January 2016 – 20th January 2016
    • Cost: INR 6,999 per person*
    • Reporting Place: HPPWD Guest House Narkanda
    • Nature of Trip: Skiing, Snow Trekking, Camping & Adventure

    *Package inclusive of instructor, skiing dress, camping, trekking, equipment, food, stay on sharing basis, forest entry and permissions, group insurance, and certification on completion

    Snowboarding and Skiing in Uttarakhand

    7. Auli

    Ski-Resort-A person tries snowboarding at Auli Ski Resort

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    With its clean and tidy surrounding, glittering white slopes, and quaint backdrop, Auli resembles heaven. Located on the Garhwal hills, 250 km from Rishikesh, Auli is a must visit for adventure and snow sport freaks. Popular as a destination for skiing in India, Auli is also considered a premier destination for snowboarding in India.

    Skiing Organizers: Auli Ski and Snowboard School, also known as Trek the Himalayas

    Auli Snow skiing Deals by Trek the Himalayas 2016

    • Cost: INR 13,500 + 3.63% Service Tax *
    • Duration: 6 days
    • Dates: 23rd January – 28th January, 30th January – 4th February, 6th February – 11th February, 13th February – 18th February, 20th February – 25th February, and 27th February – 3rd March
    • Pick and Drop: From Haridwar
    • Contact Number: +91-9456362345/ +91-7351523841

    *Package inclusive of instructor, skiing dress, equipment, food, and stay

    Auli is one of the premier ski destination in India

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    8. Munsiyari

    Snowtrekking, skiing, and snowboarding at Munsiyari

    Munsiyari in Uttarakhand is located on the banks of the Goriganga River and is the one of the preferred places for glacier enthusiasts and trekkers. It is also a getaway to the Johar Valley. Munsiyari hosts fantastic activities of snowboarding in India for both novices and professionals. Much like the snowboarding, skiing in Munsiyari is equally popular.

    Skiing Organizers: Local organizers such as A1 Tours & Travels

    9. Dayara Bugyal

    Skiers can be seen enjoying skiing at Dayara Bugyal

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    Experience offbeat snowboarding in India with Dayara Bugyal in Uttarakhand. The steep slopes, alpine meadows, and the frozen Barnala Tal provide for a complete bliss for the nature lovers and the snow fanatics. There is also an option for skiing and a combo-package for skiing and trekking.

    Skiing Organizers: Renok Adventures and Neo Adventures

    10. Mundali

    A collage of the snowboarding India tours at Mundali

    Steep slopes, thick snow during winter and mesmerizing backdrop sum up the ambiance of Mundali – the most upcoming snowboarding and skiing destination of India near Dehradun. Ski school of Mundali provides necessary equipment and guidance for the lifetime experience. The natural prettiness and majestic delightful backdrop have made it a perfect choice for all sorts of travelers – camp lovers, trekkers, snow-sports’ experts, and nature devotees.

    Skiing Organizers: Local Organizers such as A1 Tours and Travels

    Skiing in Sikkim

    11. Skiing In Yumthang Valley

    A view of the mile stone at the quaint Yamthang Valley

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    Yumthang Valley is not only famous for its picturesque landscape, but also as a trendy hot-spot for snow and adventure sports like skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. It is located at a distance of 140 km from Gangtok and an elevation of 3,564 m above sea level. A forest house is the only permanent residence in the valley.

    Suggested Read: 9 Extraordinary Places In Sikkim That Will Leave You Spellbound

    12. Skiing in Phuni Valley

    An indicative image of skiing in Phuni Valley

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    Phuni Valley is a new name, yet a wonderful destination for skiing in India with tremendously growing popularity. 18 km from Lachung, at an elevation of 11,000 sq. feet, snowy slopes offers tailor made landscape for skiing enthusiasts.

    Note: In Sikkim, there are local skiing organizers. Ask hotel staff or cab drivers to get best deals.

    So, isn’t this offbeat skiing experience another reason to travel to Sikkim?

    This year round do not plan a typical leisure winter holiday. Instead, pick a vacation destination with adventure and daring attitude! Pick your place and go for skiing and snowboarding in any of these ideal destinations in India.

    Further Read: Snowfall In India Beautifully Blankets These 15 Hill Stations

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