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10 Best Things to do During Road Trips to Uttarakhand in Winters

Winter is approaching very hurriedly, and this season brings aberrant hope that mollifies the soul. People become content, joyous and festive. Thus, they want to enjoy this season wholeheartedly by stepping out from their abodes. Many people start looking for options where they can spend some time with their loved ones during this cozy season and indubitably, Uttarakhand is such an option. Uttarakhand or Devbhumi is crammed with many shrines and quaint tourist attractions that will help you to overcome the summer anguishes.

Road trips to Uttarakhand in winter

From Haridwar

The distance between Haridwar and Uttarakhand is 187 km via NH7. If you can take a self-drive car rental service from Revv from Haridwar, you can reach Uttarakhand within 6 hrs.  

From Delhi

On the other hand, the distance between Delhi and Uttarakhand is 367.4 km. You can reach Uttarakhand from Delhi by hiring a self-drive sanitized car from Revv.

Best time to travel in Uttarakhand

March to April and September to October are considered the best time to travel to Uttarakhand. But if you want to enjoy mesmerizing snowfall, then you must visit Uttarakhand in December. Because there are dozens of places in Uttarakhand that observe heavy snowfalls during the winter season.  

10 Must-visited places in Uttarakhand and things to do.

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1. Auli

Auli a romantic getaway

If you are planning some intriguing things to do during snowfall in Uttarakhand, then you must visit Auli. This is a wonderful skiing location of Uttarakhand that welcomes you with an astonishing picturesque. Apart from enjoying the snow, you can camp and ride the gondola once you visit Auli in winter. The breathtaking and panoramic views of some of the highest Himalayan peaks (Nanda Devi, Kamet, Mana Parvat, and Dunagiri) make this place a must-visited tourist spot in Uttarakhand. Dwarika, Barahbeesh Villa, Kanasar Ecolodge, Apple Farm Stay, Auli Artificial Lake, Trishul Peak, and Auli Ropeway are some interesting places to visit in Auli. Skiing, trekking, gondola rides, and camping are certain things to do in Auli.

2. Mcleodganj


Being the home to the famous Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, this place has got immense popularity among tourists. This hilly town portrays ancient Tibetan and British culture. If you want to escape from your humdrum schedule, you can spend some time here and enjoy the serenity. Tibetan Museum, Triund, Bhagsunath Temple & Waterfall, Namgyal Monastery, Dharamkot, Minkiani Pass, Naddi View Point, Dal Lake, Dhauladhar Ranges, Kangra Fort, Indrahar Pass, The Dalai Lama’s Temple, etc. are some places to visit in Mcleodganj.

3. Chopta Valley


If you are planning to explore some uncharted destinations in Uttarakhand, this Chopta Valley could be an ideal place for you. This is an ideal winter destination in Uttarakhand for those who wish to travel more on the road and are fed up with the hustle-bustle of city life.

4. Mussoorie


Striking mountains in the background, sparkling cityscape during the night and a waterfall make this place an ideal winter destination for everyone. This quaint hill station is a perfect honeymoon destination for couples who want to spend some quality time with each other. Popular Places to visit in Mussoorie are Kempty Falls, Gun Hill Point, Cloud’s End, Mussorie Lake, Jwala Devi Temple, Robber’s cave, etc. Things to do in Uttarakhand for couples are boating, paragliding, trekking, etc.

5. Ranikhet


If you are planning for Uttarakhand sightseeing, you must include this place on your bucket list. Ranikhet is a place where you can enjoy local sightseeing, paragliding, indulging yourself in various adventure activities like camping and trekking, and many more. In one word, Ranikhet is everything that you are desperately looking for in your ideal winter vacation. The Jhula Devi Temple, Bhalu Dam, and Apple Garden are the places that you must visit here.

6. Champa

Champa in Uttarakhand

You can’t ignore this place if you are looking for the best winter destinations in Uttarakhand. This location is crammed with astonishing high mountains and pristine deep rivers. You can’t shun the mesmerizing view of this town during the winter days. A trip to Champa will certainly make your road trip memorable and worthy. By exploring nearby places like Champavati Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, and Chamera Lake, you can discover the hidden jewels of this place.

7. Jim Corbett National Park

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This is another popular place that you must visit in Uttarakhand in winter. This national park is divided into various zones and you can visit any zone as per your interests. Dhikala is the largest part and is popular for its endless grasslands; Durgadevi and Sonanadi encourage tourists with jeep safaris. The Jhirna zone is applauded by birdwatchers and nature aficionados. That’s why Jim Corbett is certainly one of the places in Uttarakhand that you can’t miss on your road trip. Jeep safaris, elephant rides, wildlife photography, and bonfire nights are some things that you can do at Jim Corbett national park. Because of night safaris and bonfire nights, Jim Corbett is one of the popular places to go at night in Uttarakhand.

8. Nainital

Dehradun to Nainital

Nainital is an enthralling hill station that is situated at the slopes of the Kumaon ranges in Uttarakhand. Nainital is a perfect winter destination for families, couples, and travel enthusiasts. This astonishing hill town is bounded by seven hills (Ayarpata, Deopata, Handi-Bandi, Naina, Alma, Lariya-Kanta and Sher-Ka-Danda). The grandiose mountains and the glistening waters of Naini Lake add an unfathomable beauty to the town.  In the winter season, this place gets heavy snowfall and converts into a white wonderland.  That’s why it is an ideal Christmas and New Year destination for tourists.

9. Binsar


If you are planning to do trekking in the snow on your road trip, then you visit Binsar in Uttarakhand. The striking walking tracks, snow-clad mountains, appealing valleys and frozen lakes make this place more beautiful. The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is a famous picnic destination for tourists.

10. Khirsu


This is another uninhibited winter destination in Uttarakhand that has immense potential for development. This place is engrossed by oak, deodar, and apple orchards. Khirsu is popular for couples and solo trips.

These are the 10 best things and places that you must visit on your road trip. Make your Uttarakhand road trip more notable and beautiful by hiring a sanitized self-drive car from Revv. 

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