“In winter we behold the charms of solemn majesty and naked grandeur.” ~ James Ellis
Through the dreamy lands with hidden mysteries, the magic calls and the one who listens will be rewarded with a bounty unmatched. Living in the Indian subcontinent, the tropical climate does not let us live through these magical winters filled with snowflakes and chilling breezes. In search of such abodes, we travel to the high mountains of the north and yearn for a getaway among pine trees with a crackling bonfire. So when we do take that trip to satisfy our winter cravings, there are a few things we should keep in mind to relish the humble mountains without regret.
Below are a few unknown mountain secrets you should keep in mind while spending time in the winter wonderlands of the Northern ranges of India.
Magic of the Base Layer!
I guess you should know by now that the winter mountains require you to wear more than one layer of clothing, sometimes 3 or even 4! Especially on the cold snowy mountains of the Himalayan peaks. The first layer that you wear is the base layer, which would be the most important part of the warm outfit. Base layers wick moisture away, keeping you warmer during harsh climates by moving moisture from your skin to the fabric’s upper layer. Avoid wearing cotton clothing because it provides little insulation and is difficult to dry. Always choose materials like synthetics and merino wool, paired with 2 other layers on the outside to keep you nice and warm.
Keep yourself moisturised
The winters in the cold mountains can sometimes be relentless and will be seen on your face and lips if not taken care of. The mountain air is dry and causes the same dryness on your skin, which is why it is essential to carry around a good moisturiser and chapstick at all times. If you go on a few winter adventures, you’ll come back with chapped lips and thirsty, parched skin that is as uncomfortable as it sounds. The snow and the adventures might all be well and good, but without a good moisturiser, the journey might get a little less enjoyable.
Always check the weather forecast
The adrenaline and excitement might sometimes take over us and lead us to be careless on the mountain terrains. The conditions can change rapidly thus it’s normal for the prediction to vary hourly and daily. This implies that you should constantly be ready for the worst-case scenario, such as getting trapped in blizzards and snowstorms. Hence it is also advised to always carry a first-aid kit, energy bars, tracking devices and small survival kits, especially when going on high mountain treks.
DO NOT rely on your smartphone
It’s not a good idea to rely only on your smartphone for navigation, even with backup battery power. Always have a map and compass handy and also make sure you know how to use the same, even though we live in the 20th century, learning to use a map and compass is a skill that has to be practised. Being cautious during hikes and treks is of utmost importance on the mountains, and lets you enjoy without the worry of empty batteries.
Choosing the right spots
Now we come to the most important part of your winter guide, choosing the right mountain and hill to spend your winters in India. Perhaps you have already decided, but the spots mentioned below are the hidden gems that allow you to enjoy your winter holiday in luxury and adventure.
The small town has some of the nicest views in the area from its vantage point atop a mountain. The apple and plum orchards of Raison, to the south, create a colourful scene with their magnificent, delicate blooms against a backdrop of majestic snow mountains and the meandering Beas River trickling through the valley. Experience the beauty of this small town while staying at our resort in Naggar.
The beautiful mountains are located in Uttarakhand and occupy the eastern half of the region. Tibet, Nepal, the state of Uttar Pradesh, and the Garhwal mountain range border it on the north, east, south, and west, respectively. The area is a charming vacation spot made up of a sizable Himalayan tract and offers a quiet reflection on nature at its finest. Unwind and rediscover yourself while staying at our resort in Kumaon.
One of the most gorgeous spots in the Kumaon hills is the tranquil and charming village of Binsar, which is located at a height of 2,420 mts. It provides breathtaking views of the spectacular Himalayan peaks because of its picturesque location. It is the perfect place where you can unwind and curl up with a book of your choice at our resort in Binsar.
Mussoorie extends over at a height of 2,000 m above sea level and is situated on a 15 km long horseshoe ridge with the majestic Himalayas in the background. It provides picturesque views of Western Garhwal’s Himalayan peaks from this vantage point. It is also referred to as “the queen of the hills,” and makes for a lovely winter getaway as well as an autumn wonderland. Escape to the queen of hills as you witness the breathtaking views of the mountains at our resort in Mussoorie.
Despite its popularity, Dehradun is a must-see place in the Northern highlands. It is encircled by tall mountains and dense Sal forests as it is nestled in the gently sloping Doon Valley, at the foothills of the Himalayas. Bustling Dehradun is a city for both business and pleasure, offering a blend of world-class scenery and contemporary conveniences. Drive around the charming town set amidst the valley at the foothills while staying at our resort in Dehradun.
Now that you know what to do and where to go, when are you going to pack your bags and start your journey towards the majestic mountains to uncover their secrets?