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January 17, 2011
 

Can we find snow to play in, though not snowfall anywhere in India in second week of April?

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January 18, 2011

Lakshmi's answer about things to do in India

Hey there,

Its always fun to play in the snow and indulge in some skiing or snowboarding. Although you have chosen April for your vacation, there are a few places in India where you would find snow. But it is very hard to predict if certain places will be open during summer. I will try and give you the most accurate suggestions. Then, I leave it to the weather god wink.

snowbow (Source: jenny downing)

Overview

Although known as Kulu Manali, there is not much you can see in Kulu. All the action is in Manali, an ancient town in its lap. Snow is of the major assets in Manali. Manali is also known for its orchard industry, trek routes and adventure sports. Kulu Manali is 'THE' place for snowfall. You can witness snow in Rohtang Pass in Manali during April.

Lonely Planet had this to say:

The surrounding mountain scenery lures tourists to Manali year-round. Domestic tourists come here for honeymoons and mountain views, while foreigners come for adventure sports or, more commonly, to hang out in the hippie villages around the main town. Until the 1960s there was nothing here but a few old stone houses and temples, but modern Manali is crammed with concrete hotels and the town is in severe need of some town planning to stay in the villages of Vashisht or Old Manali for a more peaceful mood.

 (Source: Lonely Planet)

Rohtang pass - Manali (Source: B Balaji) 

Hear it from a traveler who did a trip to Manali this month:

Prabhu
Delhi | 6th January 2011
First snowfall at Manali
Overview of the destination
Manali was at it's best during my visit. i.e., year end 2010. Saw the first traces of snow over Manali. Paragliding and rope way centre at Solang valley were awesome. however Rohtang was closed due to snow. Drove down to Manali. Was a good drive from Chandigarh.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping
Get good quality shawls at Kullu (on the way to Manali)

Activities & things to do
Paragliding at Solang valley for 500 bugs. Skiing at Solang valley. (IMP....don't get cheated by shops giving skiing dresses and equipment for rent. they charge u anything from 2000 to 3000)

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc.
Please start early atleast by 07:00 either way from Chandigarh.

First snowfall at Manali (Source: First snowfall at Manali) 

Things to See

There are lot of snow-related activities in Manali. You can take your pick - snowboarding, skiing,

Here is some information, I found on this forum:

Re: Holiday in Manali on April 14 onwards
Postby India on Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:57 pm
Dear Manoj

You can get snow in Manali in April... You can experience many activities also in Manali like skiing, snow scooters etc...

For fun and just snow manali is the best place...But at that time it will be peak season in Manali after 14th April, 2011 so book yourself in advance for that you can also contact himachalhotels.in

 (Source: HolidayIQ) 

Here are some must sees in Manali especially for snow lovers:


Rohtang Pass is the only place in Manali where you will be able to find snow in April. It is the highest point on the Manali-Keylong road and provides a wide panoramic view of mountains. It is wise to head out before the crowds which get there after 9 a.m. It will take about an hour from Manali and its totally worth it.

Here is an excerpt:

About 50 kilometers from Manali town, Rohtang Pass is situated at an altitude of 3,978 meters (13,051 feet) on Keylong-Leh Highway. A gateway to the twin valley of Lahaul and Spiti, Rohtang Pass remains open in summers from May/June (depending on the prevailing weather conditions) to October when regular buses ply between Manali-Keylong/Darcha, Udaipur, Spiti and Leh.Rohtang Pass opens up a surreal, white landscape of glaciers, snow-capped peaks, the serene Chandra River flowing down Lahaul Valley and the twin pyramidal peaks of Geypan in the left. You are at the highest point on the Manali-Keylong road affording a panoramic view of frosty mountains soaring into the sky, the pretty Dassaur Lake, Beas Kund - the source River Beas, and massive slopes of snow stretching into distance. Enjoy the stunning scenery and take some pictures.

 (Source: Rohtang Pass | Manali Destination Guide) 

2. Snow Point

Visit Snow Point also known as Solang Valley. It is 13 km northwest of Manali and famous for its 300-meter ski lift offering a chance for a truly remarkable view of the landscape with its snow covered mountains. Some of the other main sights are listed below. You can take a cab from the Manali market or ask your hotel receptionist to arrange one. The cab rates are fixed for all these places. Visiting solang Valley and coming back will easily take half day.

3. Manikaran

Manikaran is home to some amazing hot water springs. A must see!! A little away from snow activities. But worth a visit.

Manikaran

India by Dainis Matisons (Source: Dainis Matisons) 

Here is an excerpt, I found:

High up under the snowy peaks, of the Parvati Valley is situated the hot springs at Manikaran. The water from the steaming springs is noted for its healing properties. The springs in the area are hot enough to boil rice in it. Manikaran, a place of pilgrimage for Hindus and Sikhs, has a temple and a gurudwara. It is also a good spot for trout fishing.

Sri Ramchandra temple is located in the center of the town and one can have a very good look in and around this temple. The Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara provides some extraordinary sights. One can enjoy a dip in the hot waters from the springs. There are altogether three baths, one is located under the Gurudwara itself and the other two are privately owned and located in guesthouses.

(Source: Manikaran tourism) 

You should make a trip from Manali to Maikaran. Definitely worth it!! Here is what a traveler had to say:

I got a chance to take the photograph of the Sangam of these two (probably) sacred rivers - Beas and Parvati, on my way to Manikaran from Manali. Not only the colour difference between the two rivers is enchanting, but also the way there's an almost straight line of colour gradient at the place where the rivers meet. Does that mean that the speed of water of the two rivers is very similar?

The best part is that the bridge that crosses the combined Beas river is just over the confluence, that you get a chance to stop your vehicle, and have a minute to yourself to admire the beauty of nature. This bridge is very close to Bhuntar airport, set in a deep valley whose peaks are thousands of feet higher than the runway, an easy way to reach Kullu-Manali from Delhi.

(Source: Lonely Planet) 

Overview

Known as a winter holiday destination, Gulmarg is one of the best ski resorts in the world. It is without doubt a skiing hot spot for beginners and professionals alike.

PC150460 (Source: PC150460) 

Here is a little excerpt:

Cradled in the snow capped mountains of the Himalayas, and just a few miles from the Line of Control, this panoramic meadow of flowers, has been a popular hill resort of India.  Gulmarg today is acknowledged not only for its scenic surroundings, but also as the world's highest golf course and a premier ski resort in the country

 (Source: Gulmarg Travel Guide) 

You will surely find snow in Gulmarg in April. Here is a forum which has discussed about snow in Gulmarg. Here is a snippet:

In Gulmarg there certainely will be snow till april so enjoy in Kashmir

 (Source: India Travel Forum | IndiaMike.com) 

Things to See & Do

Since you are keen on playing with snow, I am going to suggest activities and things to see in relation to snow. Skiing is one of the mail activities you can do in the snow. Here is a complete guide on skiing in Gulmarg. Of course, you can simply play in the snow, make a snowman and throw snow balls at each other. I found this interesting article about skiing in Gulmarg in the Guardian.

I have listed some of the organised activities you can do:

1. Poma Slopes

All the slopes in Gulmarg are natural. There are a few gentle slopes of ski runs ranging from 200 m to 3 kms which are suitable for beginners. Ski lifts and chair lifts take skiers up to the top of the slopes from where you can choose the beginners, intermediate or more advanced slopes. The Poma slopes, provide an excellent variety of wide open beginner and intermediate practice terrain. Most of Gulmarg's ski school and race clinics happen here.

Here is an excerpt:

The pomas provide an excellent variety of wide open beginner and intermediate practice terrain. Gulmarg's five short poma surface lifts are located on back-to-back slopes overlooking the snow blanketed golf course. The area is the venue for Gulmarg's ski school and race clinics.

The poma slopes are a few hundred metres walk from the gondola, and can be a handy way of visiting the Hotel Highlands Park or the Golf Club, which are both located further along the golf course. In previous winters the pomas were not open to snowboarders, due to the resort's experience of "derailings" involving novice boarders. The poma slopes are groomed on a regular basis by Gulmarg's modern Kassbohrer machines.

(Source: Ski in Gulmarg) 

2. Heli-Skiing

If you like playing in the snow, Heli-skiing is an option in Gulmarg. Basically, helicopters will lift you to the high, snow-covered peak of your choice from where you can ski down the slopes.

Here is an excerpt:

Heliskiing comprises of being dropped by a helicopter on the summit of a high, snow-covered peak and then skiing down the slopes. Al ready some private companies are offering to take people on heliskiing trips to Gulmarg, using private helicopter and private helipad. Notable are www.gulmargheliski.com & www.gulmargpowderguides.com

(Source: Heliskiing in Gulmarg) 

3. Apharwat Mountains

You should also do the Gandola cable car from Gulmarg to the majestic Heights of Apaharwat Mountains. It starts from Kongdori station and goes upto the Apharwat mountain range.

Here is an excerpt:

The second stage of the Gulmarg- Apharwat cable car project was completed in May, 2005 and the builders were the same as the first phase, the French firm, Pomagalski (popularly called Poma - the gondola car is sometimes referred to as 'the Poma') and their Indian associates. This stretch connects Kongdori station at 3,099 meters (10167.3 feet) with the heights of Apharwat at 3,979 meters (13054.4 feet) Apharwat is the mountain that looms over Gulmarg and is the magnet for serious skiers. With the second stretch, this cable car system has become one of the longest and highest gondola projects in the world. The vertical rise between Kongdori and Apharwat is 880 meters (2887.1 feet) and this stretch is somewhat longer than the first one, and covers over five kilometers.

 (Source: Gondola Lift - Kongdori to Apharwat) 

Click here for more information.

I do hope that you enjoy your time making snow castles. Do write back if you need more information. I could also suggest some accommodation options in one of the ski resorts or plan a ski holiday for you.

Have an action-packed trip!!

Cheers

Lakshmi



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