Adventure Sports : Heli Skiing

 

A comparatively new sport in India, skiing has gained immense popularity all over the world. The vast open spaces above the snowline have flung open to the skiing enthusiasts, a plethora of ski locales in Jammu and Kashmir, the hills of Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh and the eastern states.

The awesome height and spread of the snow clad mountains, with the added advantage of powdered snow are tempting enough to magnetize the adventurous spirits of the avid skier, providing all the thrill and excitement attached to the game. Realizing the immense prospect for tourism, India has developed some of the most modern and also the cheapest ski resorts in the whole world.

 
 

Auli is the Mecca of skiing in India. It is the site where enthusiasts throng in large numbers as this is one of the places with the best infrastructure next only to Gulmarg. Auli is the venue of the Indianwinter games in the country. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam conducts courses here and one must book months in advance to avoid disappointment.

Of the popular skiing destinations the following are worth exploring

Himachal Pradesh - Manali, Kufri, Narkanda, Shoja, Triund

Uttaranchal - Auli, Dayara Bugyal, Mundali, Munsiyari

Jammu and Kashmir - Gulmarg