Best Places to Visit in India During Winter

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Are you planning for your winter holidays? still confused about how to choose the best winter holiday destination. So, don’t worry we are here for your help. By the way, there are various destinations to visit during the winter season. But if you really want to enjoy your winter holiday. Then, you should plan your winter holiday in India. During the winter, you can enjoy some famous events like Christmas and New Year eve. There is something special about this month, the cool breeze, the lovely environment, the romance in the air, and the period of celebration and vacation.


Visiting these exciting places in India during winter that can turn your regular trip into a memorable one like the one you have been waiting for a long time. The best time to visit in India to enjoy the winter is from December to February, which is regarded as the winter season and seen by many as the best time to visit India. During this time the temperature is cool and dry, making the ideal conditions to take in the highlights and hidden gems of India. You should take some heavy woolen clothes with you during winter vacation in India because some places on the list receive heavy snowfall and winter.

Here is a list of Top 10 places to visit in India during winter.

1. Auli, Uttarakhand

Auli is the kind of place that can be visited during the whole year. But if you want to enjoy a spot of skiing in Auli, the winter season is the time to head to this picturesque town. The ideal time to visit Auli is from November to February, to enjoying snowfall, and skiing. If you are going particularly for skiing, then January-March is the best time to go – that’s when there are skiing festivals and championships all across the town.

Tourist attractions of Auli : Skiing, trekking, snowboarding, and chair car ride.

Tip: Don’t miss the longest cable car of Asia and skiing experience at Auli.


2. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer, also known as the golden city of Rajasthan. One of the best place to witness the charm of the desert especially during the winter season. where you can enjoy sightseeing and various outdoor activities like camel ride, the desert safari, campaigning and Jaisalmer desert festival which are organized in the month of January every year. The best time to visit Jaisalmer is December and January because that time as the maximum temperature does not go beyond 24 degree celsius. During this time the evenings are cooler and at night, the temperature further falls down to 7-8  degree celsius in the desert area, especially in the months of December and January.

Tourist attractions of Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Gadisar Lake, Patwon ki Haveli, Folklore Museum, and Sam Sand Dunes.

Tip: Enjoy a camel safari to the dunes, which you can only enjoy at Jaisalmer.


3. Patnitop, Jammu, and Kashmir

Patnitop is a famous hill station in Jammu and Kashmir is known for its parks, views and nature walk. It is surrounded by beautiful forests and snow-covered mountains of the Pir Panjal range. December to March is the perfect time to visit Patnitop to enjoy some of the adventure activities like Paragliding, Skiing, and trekking. You can also enjoy a leisure walk in the Pine forest to experience nature’s beauty. The best thing is this season Patnitop does not face road blockages so that you can head out to places like Naag Mandir, Shiva Garh, and Billo Ki Powri for a great time.

Tourist attractions Patnitop: naag mandir, nathatop, shiva garh, & shiva garh.

Tip: Visit Nathatop, Sanasar lake, Not to miss this place if you are in Patnitop.


4. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Another winter destination where you can enjoy some quality time with your loved ones or friends. Winter is the best time to travel to Manali because during winter you can indulge yourself in several activities like Skiing, Skating, Snow Fight, and snowboarding, etc. Also, you can go to Kullu. Tourists love Kullu for its picturesque landscapes, lots of adventure activities, and a lovely atmosphere. Kullu offers various adventure activities like Trekking, mountaineering, river rafting, paragliding and hiking over the Himalayan hills.

Tourist attractions Manali: Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass, Old Manali,  Manikaran, Naggar Castle.

Tip: Stay in Tourist Tents in Manali


5. Pondicherry, Chennai

Pondicherry is known for its serenity and scenic charm. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in south India, famous for its mixed cultures, different traditions, ultimate spirituality, an assortment of cuisines and beautiful beaches. The best time to plan a vacation to Pondicherry is from November till March, or the winter season. During the winter season when the climate is comparatively cooler and also perfect for sightseeing, beach fun and water sports.

Tourist attractions of Pondicherry: Pondicherry Beach, Botanical Garden, Paradise Beach, Aurobindo Ashram 

Tip: Enjoy the amazing sunrises at Pondicherry Beach.

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6. Goa

The best time to visit Goa is Mid-November to Mid-February. It is an ideal time to visit Goa since the weather is pleasantly cold and comfortable. During these three months, most of the tourists visit Goa to witness one of the most popular festivals, Sunburn, besides extensive Christmas and New Year celebrations. Apart from this, there are various things to do in Goa during winter, which makes it a perfect winter holiday destination.

Tourist attractions of Goa: Dudh Sagar falls, Aguada fort, Calangute beach, Baga beach, etc.

Tip: enjoy water sports activities, Christmas and new year celebrations, seafood, sunburn festival, beaches.


7. Leh and Ladakh

Traveling to Leh-Ladakh in the winter season is the dream of every traveler. Winter is the best time to visit Leh and Ladakh when you can experience the best and authentic Ladakh. It is the time when you can go on one of the most adventurous treks of the world “Chadar Trek.” Apart from this, you will enjoy various festivals like Ladakhi Losar, Stok Monastery Festival, Matho Monastery festival and Dosmoche during the winter season. Here you can see some of the species only in the season of winter like Blue sheep and Mountain wolf etc.

Tourist attractions of Leh and Ladakh: Visit Sham Valley, Monasteries, Festivals, Photography in winter, Adventurous treks.

Tip: Go for an adventure bike ride.


8. Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, is a beautiful region where the rich culture and traditions seem to be the most vibrant and visible. Jaipur attracts thousands of tourists every year and has been one of the most popular holiday destinations which spread with forts, palaces, temples and so on. The best time to visit Jaipur is the winter season, which lasts from October to march. It is a great time to explore the Pink City, whether you are going for sightseeing or an adventure trip.

Tourist attractions of Jaipur: Amber Palace, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, etc.

Tip: Enjoy elephant ride at Amber fort.


9. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

Kutch is a district of Gujarat state in western India. It covers an area of 45,674 km², and it is the largest district in India. Kutch District is surrounded by the Gulf of Kutch and the Arabian Sea in the south and west, while the seasonal wetlands of Kutch surround northern and eastern parts. It is a centre of celebration, festivity, arts, and culture in December as it hosts its grand Rann Mahotsav. Visit this moon-like desert of India in December for an extraordinary experience. The tourist season in Kutch runs from late October till March. The best time to visit this region is the month of December when the Rann Utsav is in full swing. The festival is celebrated on the grandest scale on the full moon night in December. Scores of luxury tents are set up in Dorado along with food stalls and arcades for handicrafts and cultural performances. Dance, music, festivities and cultural celebrations of the region are performed all over the district.

Tourist attractions of Kutch: Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Kutch Museum, Dholavira, etc.

Tip: Enjoy full moon safari ride in the vast salt desert of the Rann of Kutch.


10. Munnar, Kerala

Surrounded by the Anamalai mountain range, the lovely hill station of Munnar is a sight to behold in the chilly winter season with mountain slopes covered in 80,000 miles of green tea farms surrounded by misty valleys and low flying clouds.


Visiting Munnar in the winter season is an experience in itself, that time you can enjoy the misty cold weather that can plunge right down to five degrees Celsius. There are various things which you can enjoy theirs during the winter season as you can warm yourself with a hot cup of tea at the TATA tea museum, watch the stunning waterfalls cascade down. There are also trekking routes, tea factories and little bungalows in Munnar that will give you an old colonial feel.

Tourist attractions of Munnar:  TATA Tea Museum, Kundala Lake, Eravikulam National Park,  Mattupetty Dam, Marayur , Lockhart Gap, Meesapulimala.

Tips:  Visit Echo Point for trekking and nature walks.


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