10 Unique & Cheap Winter Destinations To Visit In 2020

By mid year, everyone is on the look out for exciting and cheap winter destinations to celebrate the holiday season. The popular locations are usually sold out by this time or the prices would have skyrocketed.

So we decided to list some of the winter destination underdogs. These places are underrated, affordable, promises a magical winter wonderland experience and could easily be the next big thing in the winter tourism market. 

10 Unique & Cheap Winter Destinations To Visit In 2020

GUDAURI

It is still a mystery how the Caucasus region and its breathtaking beauty remained hidden from the world for so long. Winter in Georgia starts around November and lasts till April. Snow fall in this region vary year to year and it is best to check the webcams on the Gudauri website for live updates.

If you love Skiing or plan to learn the basics, Gudauri is one of those cheap winter destinations as compared to rest of Europe.The other Georgian slopes of Bukuriani and Mestia also attracts seasoned skiers.

Also Read: The Perfect First Timers Itinerary to Georgia

HOW TO GET TO GUDAURI

The nearest international airport is in Tbilisi, the capital. It is a 3 hour drive from Tbilisi.

FUN WINTER ACTIVITIES IN GUDAURI

  • Paragliding in Gudauri
  • Snow tube riding
  • Explore the stunning stratovolcano, Mt Kazbek
  • Visit a traditional Russian sauna- Banya

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QABALA

The ancient capital of Caucasian Albania, the city of Qabala in Azerbaijan comes alive in the winter months.You can enjoy a perfect winter getaway here without breaking the bank.

Also Read: Explore Baku-The Capital of Azerbaijan in 48 hours

HOW TO GET TO QABALA

It is a 4 hour drive from the capital city of Baku.

FUN WINTER ACTIVITIES

  • Check out the Tufandag Winter Complex
  • Take a ride on the Tufandag Telifric or cable car for stunning views of the snow blanketed city
  • Snow sliding and skiing.
  • Qabala is the go-to place for wellness retreats in the region. Check into one of their many state-of-the-art wellness centre’s to pamper yourself on your well deserved break.

TSAGHKADZOR

A wellness town in Armenia, Tsaghkadzor is an excellent getaway for winter fun as well as some pampering “me” time.

HOW TO GO TO TSAGHKADZOR

 It is just a an hour away by road from the capital Yerevan.

FUN WINTER ACTIVITIES

  • Tsaghkadzor Ropeway is an excellent activity for snow first timers
  • Tsaghkadzor Zipline
  • Enjoy Balneotherapy-mineral bath at Grand Resort Jermuk
  • Check out the Casinos

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FARAYA

Lebanon is the only country in the Middle East without a desert. Faraya in the Keserwan district is a must visit for winter lovers and is one of those underrated and cheap winter destinations.

HOW TO GET TO FARAYA

It is 42 Kms from the capital, Beirut. The best way to get here is by cab.

FUN WINTER ACTIVITIES

  • Ski at the high altitudes resort Mzaar Kfardebian
  • Enjoy the various christmas markets
  • Chateau Ksara, one of the local favourite winery runs free tours year around.
  • His quotes has shaped our life today. So why not visit Khalil Gibran’s birthplace and a museum dedicated to his work in Bcharrè .

ZLATIBOR

Beginner skiers and children can enjoy the gentle slopes of Obudovica while the experienced skiers can opt for the Tornik slopes in this Serbian town.

HOW TO GET TO ZLATIBOR

It is a 3.5 hour driver from the capital city of Belgrade. Check the bus & train timetables here.

FUN WINTER ACTIVITIES

  • Visit the snow blanketed valley between Tara and Zlatibor mountains
  • Take a ride on the famous railway Sargan Eight
  • Visit Drvengrad, an ethnic town complete with wooden houses
  • Explore the Kapaonik mountain ranges, the ultimate winter wonderland and its various ski routes
  • Explore the beautiful Uvac Canyon
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Christmas Markets

POIANA BRASOV

Nicknamed the Alps of Romania, Poiana Braşov is another one of those equally stunning yet cheap winter destinations when compared to rest of Europe. Did you know that the mountain here are home to Brown Bears?

HOW TO GET TO POIANA BRASOV

180 Km from the capital city of Bucharest, the drive takes close to 3 hours. You can check the train schedules here.

FUN WINTER ACTIVITIES

  • Hike up to Peak Postravaru. You can also take a cable car to the top.
  • Go for a cycle tour of Poiana Braşov
  • Enjoy Romanian folk music and dance at the wide range of bars and discos
  • Lighting up of the Christmas tree and the opening of the Christmas market on Dec 6th followed by a spectacular fireworks show.
  • Visit the vampire city of Transylvania

Sunset over the Dracula Castle, Transylvania

BUKOVEL

This Ukranian town is a fairly new entrant into the tourism industry and a favourite winter destination among locals. It is one of those cheap winter destinations that do not get packed with people.

HOW TO GET TO BUKOVEL

You can directly fly to Bukovel. Check out the options to travel from Kiev to Bukovel.

FUN WINTER ACTIVITIES

Also Read: Winter activities at Bukovel

MINSK

If you are a Friends fan, Minsk will always be that strange land Phoebe Buffay’s scientist boyfriend David went to work. Though Belarus is one of the last countries to have a dictator ruler, as tourists, you wont be affected by it in any way.

HOW TO GET TO MINSK

You can directly fly into Minsk and by doing so you can enjoy a visa-free entry into Belarus. Read on about visa regulations

FUN WINTER ACTIVITIES

  • Swim in an Ice Pond, a very common site in Minsk
  • A walk in the woods in Minsk is a truly amazing activity for nature and silence lovers
  • Enjoy a banya (Russian sauna) experience
  • Though there are no mountains in Minsk, there are high hills and steep ravines suitable for skiers. Check out the top ski resorts in Belarus.
  • Belovezhskaya Pushcha is one of the most ancient forests in Europe, mentioned in a chronicle as far back as 983
  • Sledging with Huskies
  • Zorbing

MANALI

Tourist season in Manali is during the summer months and this town in Northern India is quieter during winters. You get great deals on hotels and tours during this season.

HOW TO GET TO MANALI

 The nearest airport is Bhuntar. Flights to Bhuntar depends heavily on weather and volume. Expect frequent cancellations. Another option is to take a flight into Chandigarh Airport and take an taxi onwards towards Manali.

FUN WINTER ACTIVITIES

  • Manali Winter Carnival
  • Skiing, tubing, snow sledges at Solang Valley
  • Hot springs in Vashisth
  • Visit  Rohtang Pass

KARAKOL

Come November and the regions of Karakol and Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan will turn into a winter wonderland. This is a cheap winter destination with numerous family friendly winter activities.

HOW TO GET TO KARAKOL

There are various public transportation options to get to Karakol from Bishkek

FUN WINTER ACTIVITIES

Traditional Yurt in Kyrgyzstan

 

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