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Skiing in India

Try out India's slopes of the Himalayas, the greatest in the world!

Best time: December–March

Skiing is one of the most beloved and exciting sports in India. The great Himalayas offer various opportunities for skiing in Pahalgam and Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir, Chamba, Manali, and Shoja in Himachal Pradesh, Mundali, Munsiyari, and Auli in Uttarakhand, and many other destinations.

Pahalgam in Jammu and Kashmir used to be a major spot for extreme skiing. Moreover, it is also famous for its breathtaking views. The best time to visit this beautiful area is in months from December to March

The loveliness of Manali in Himachal Pradesh is inexpressible. From January to February gorgeous slopes and abundant snow formations make Manali a total heaven for skiers.

And how about heli-skiing? That's what we call an 'out of sight experience!' Ski experts are always searching for a virgin stretch but it's not that easy to find it by yourself. That's when helicopters take the stage: they help you to access higher and more remote mountain spots. Although this pleasure costs a pretty penny, heli-skiing and truly an outstanding experience and one not soon to be forgotten. The most famous heli-skiing locations are Gulmarg and the Kullu–Manali Valley. The season for this extreme activity lasts until the 15th of April on the upper slopes and until the 15th of March on the lower slopes.

Practical info

When is the best time to ski in Pahalgam in India?

Skiing in Pahalgam is recommended between December and March due to the cold climate and substantial snowfall. During this time, temperatures range from minus two to ten degrees Celsius, providing ideal skiing and winter sports conditions. Show more

Which state in India offers the most skiing opportunities?

Himachal Pradesh in India is renowned for its skiing destinations, particularly Chamba, Manali, and Shoja. It is situated in the Himalayas, attracting a sizeable domestic and foreign tourist population yearly. With numerous areas to choose from, skiing enthusiasts can delight in a variety of slopes set in a beautiful landscape. Show more

How much does Heli-skiing cost in Gulmarg?

Heli-skiing costs differ across India, depending on the location and altitude. Costing approximately INR 30,000 per person per day in Gulmarg, the helicopter ride, guide service, transportation, and meals are typically included in the price. Adventurers will also have an opportunity to ski on pristine slopes during an aerial tour. Show more

Where can one go heli-skiing in India?

Gulmarg and the Kullu-Manali Valley are India's top heli-skiing spots. With its exceptional Himalayan slopes and resort facilities, Gulmarg is a priority destination for the activity. The Kullu-Manali Valley, on the other hand, allows drop-offs at elevations up to 5,300 meters. These locations offer unparalleled opportunities for skiers to have an unforgettable experience. Show more

What is the season for heli-skiing in Kullu-Manali Valley?

Heli-skiing is advised between the last week of January and mid-March in the Kullu-Manali Valley. Its heavy snowfall makes it one of the top heli-skiing destinations worldwide. Safety is paramount, and the season is short, ending in mid-March, owing to the risk of avalanches. Show more

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