August 22, 2020

10 Most Splendid Places To Visit in Winter This Year - Pahadi Travelers



Who doesn't love winters? Well, I do, of course, the winter season brings out a new me. New vibes come along this time of the year. Well, and you know what's more exciting? Traveling to the best places to visit in winter doesn't matter alone or with someone else.

While you travel across the best winter destinations in the year-end, you witness several more unreal landscapes that just catches your attention at first damn sight! Speaking personally, I'm a big fan of winters, and traveling in winters is just like looking at a way more upgraded version of landscapes and cities. I embrace the snow and enjoy the chilled weather much more than the sweaty summers.
So for you, I'm gonna mention the 10 most splendid places to visit in winter in the world this year

You may or may not be a winter admirer but I'm sure traveling in winter somehow gives you the vibes that are not similar to the summers(in positive terms). 

Tell us in comments, which winter destination you would love to visit from these ones :)



Also Read: 9 Best Solo Travel Destinations in the world 



PLACES TO VISIT IN WINTER THIS YEAR


So here are the best travel destinations for you to visit in winters this year:

1. Hallstatt, Austria


Located in the district of Gmunden in Austria, Hallstatt is a perfect little paradise for those who are convinced by the beauty of snow and its charm. Doesn't matter if you want to see wooden houses or a mirror-lake surrounded by mountains, Hallstatt has got all those for you. Well, it is one of the picks that I would prioritize while picking up my winter bucket list. That's the reason why it is my first recommendation for you too.  


Things To Do in Hallstatt, Austria: Lake Hallstatt Stroll, Dachstein Ice Cave, Hallstatt Salt mine*, Market Square, 5 Fingers lookout point. 

Price for Hallstatt Salt Mine (in EUR):
  • For Adult - 34.50
  • For Youth - 31.00
  • For Child - 18.90
  • For Senior -32.20

Language Spoken: German

Currency: Euros

Travel Tip: Try to speak in the Native German Language as little as you can, this way the natives will be glad to connect with you.



2. Lapland, Finland


Lapland is the Top Part of Finland and is sparsely populated due to the hard-living conditions. Overwhelming Landscapes and extreme places to warm your heart(ironically). But Trust me, Lapland is a truly gorgeous destination and one of the best places to visit in winter. Just stay in an igloo while gazing at the sky for a once in a lifetime experience. A minimum of 3-4 days is necessary to get the most out of your Lapland Trip.



Things to do in Lapland, Finland: Aurora Borealis, Skiing, Levi Ice Gallery, Sauna, Raindeer Experience.

Languages Spoken: Finnish and Sami

Currency: The Euro

Travel Tip:  Do not Forget Bodywarmers, Thermal underwear, etc. Outside can be minus 30 degrees, if you don't want to ruin your trip by shivering in chilled weather then make sure to get yourself enough warm clothes and accessories.




3. Auli, Uttarakhand, India


From December to March, Auli becomes a paradise for snow lovers and sports enthusiasts. Major Tourists attraction include skiing and numerous other snow activities which brings joy. Find the Himalayas surrounding while getting completely indulged in the charisma of this hill station in Uttarakhand. Auli is one of the best destinations in India for ski Lovers. Auli skiing often goes together for the natives for the reason that has gained such huge popularity among the tourists as winters paradise.


Things to do in Auli, Uttarakhand: Skiing, Auli Artificial Lake, Kuari Pass Trek, Chenab Lake, Nanda Devi National Park.

Languages Spoken: Hindi, Garhwali, English

Currency: INR(Indian National Rupee)

Travel Tip: ATM's are not readily available in Auli, you can find 2-3 in Joshimath. So better would be if you carry extra cash with you!


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4. Schloss Neuschwanstein, Germany


This Fairytale lookalike castle looks fully unreal, and it is said that it had inspired one of the Disney castles too. Located on a hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in South-west Bavaria, Schloss Neuschwanstein's beauty enhances, even more, when the surrounding forest gets covered in snow during the winters. (just like in the above picture..)


Things to do near Schloss Neuschwanstein: Hike Along Pollat Gorge, Paragliding 

Languages Spoken: German

Currency: Euro

Travel Tip: Children under the age of 18 can visit the castle without any ticket fee. While the adults have to pay an amount of 13 Euros(with guided tours)

Fact For You: The Neuschwanstein Castle is built for Kind Ludwig II who didn't want any other to visit this castle but he slept only 11 days here and died before its completion.



5. Queenstown, New Zealand


Queenstown is an amazing destination to visit during the year-end. Located at the shore of the beautiful Lake Wakatipu, this astonishing place is the ultimate home to the adventure bucket list. Activities like Bungee Jumping, Sky Diving, Skiing, Jet boating go all year round. This is quite a well-known destination among tourists so chances are you can witness a good amount of tourists in Queenstown.


Things to do in Queenstown, New Zealand: Climb Queenstown Hill, Moke Lake, Adventure Sports.

Language Spoken: English, Maori

Currency: New Zealand Dollar

Travel Tip: Book your Accommodation in advance, regardless of the numerous accommodations available, Queenstown gets booked up quickly in winters and summers.




6. Northern Lights, Iceland


Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see these northern lights which are also known as Aurora Borealis. It is said that the best time to spot these northern lights is during solar maximum when the sun is at the most active point in the 11 year cycle.

Well, it is a cliche' item in the bucket list of every traveler i.e. To Gaze at the Northern Lights and winters is the season to spot these so why not fulfill the fantasy this winters! Head over to Iceland to experience some of the best sights of Aurora Borealis. Some of the places where you can spot these: Near Reykjavik, Near Hella, Near Snaefellsnes.

Things to do in Iceland: Snæfellsjökull National Park, Rauðasandur Beach, Blue Lagoon, Walk on the Black Sand.

Languages Spoken: Icelandic

Currency: Icelandic króna

Travel Tip: While visiting near any waterfall make sure to wear rain gear, you will get wet. Shop Rain Pants, Rain Jackets.


7. Prague, Czech Republic


This serene place in the Czech is a winter wonderland for sure which shines in winters like no one can ever imagine. There are some of the other places in Europe too that are pretty much amazing but what separates the Prague city from the rest of the places in Europe are the snow-covered architectures that cannot be seen like this anywhere else.

You'll find less expensive accommodation in Prague, and the low crowd which is a good thing, personally saying.

Things to do in Prague, Czech Republic: Visit the Christmas Market, Drink Czech Beer, Ice Skating.

Languages Spoken: Czech and some English

Currency: Czech Koruna

Travel Tips: Avoid Cabs and Taxis as they scam the tourists, Book a Uber instead!


In Prague, Bear is Cheaper than water. This city has highest consumption of Beer in the world.




8. New York City, USA


New York is a magical city all round the year and so is in winters. The City views get more amazing and walking past down the ways is a remarkable experience, they're picture perfect anyway. For some memorable experience and unbeatable festivals, NYC is here to impress you as one of the most popular destinations in winters.


Things to do in New York City, USA: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Lookout on Holiday windows, Christmas Chinatown Visit.

Languages Spoken: English

Currency: USD

Travel Tip: Give a good time to explore the new york city. For me, around 5-6 days is good to go to have a great experience in this amazing place.




9. Alberta, Canada


In the winter season, Alberta becomes a complete winter adventure spot for tourists. Natural Beauty will be like you haven't seen anywhere before in your lifetime. Home to 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Alberta is a place to spot some of the amazing lake views. Go for ice skating on Lake Louise, I'm sure you're gonna love it :)

Things to do in Alberta, Canada: Banff, Ice Climbing, Canyon Ice Walk. 

Languages Spoken: Majorly English

Currency:  CAD

Travel Tip: Bring your own food items before visiting Lake Louise as you'll find the food expensive.



10. Shirakawa, Japan


Shirakawa, Japan is really cold in winter but is the best season to visit this place. Snow starts falling around Mid-December and the whole place turns into a magical winter beauty. To make this experience even more amazing the village organizes special light-up events on selected Sunday and Monday evenings in January and February that attracts numerous tourists from all around the world.

Things to do in Shirakawa-go, Japan: Sleep in a gassho house, Gokayama, Bath in Shirakawa-go no Yu.

Languages Spoken: Japanese and some English

Currency: Japanese Yen

Travel Tip: Don't enter private property without the permission of the owner. Don't peek into their houses etc.



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