Last Updated: July 25, 2018 Kamlesh Nayal
“With the thick layer of fog gradually covering the lanes, the winters are about to begin!”
While the rest of the world enjoys a deep sleep in their warm blankets, the Globetrotters pack their bags for an excursion. If you are also one of those who loves to explore different places, especially during the chilled weather, India is the best destination for you.
Read below to know about the best places that you can visit in India, during winters.
Loud night parties, crazy crowd and delectable dishes, everything that defines an electrifying atmosphere is available in Goa. With Christmas Carnival and New Year Eve around the corner, the high spirits of Goa are best displayed in winters. Be it a bash alfresco at the beach or a high profile get-together in a restaurant, exuberance can be seen in every nook and corner of Goa.
Note: Don’t forget to make an advance booking before it’s too late!
The cozy feel provided by the chilled weather turns the atmosphere romantic. So if in case you are looking for a romantic getaway, visit Shimla. This city is adorned with beautiful snow-clad mountains that make it the hottest destination for love couples.
Further, it’s not that the place is meant only for love birds; tourists seeking some thrill can also visit the city. Shimla is highly popular as a skiing destination and thus, entices adventurists from different parts of the globe.
Completely different from Goa, Andaman is a place which is tailor-made for those who are looking for relaxation in the lap of Mother Nature. The tranquility of the place works as the main crowd puller. Besides serenity, travelers can enjoy exotic wildlife, especially the aquatic species.
In addition to this, visitors can also indulge in snorkeling and other water sports, so as to add some thrill to their vacation.
Located in Uttarakhand, Auli is a home to various perfect skiing slopes. An adventure junky would never miss a chance to visit this place, as the skiing experience offered at Auli is simply matchless. Though the trip to Auli is short, the experience earned provides memories that last forever.
Hitting the deserts in winter sounds like a wise idea! Let’s face it; the charm of Rajasthan can never fade, be it any time of the year. Ideal places to visit in Rajasthan winter months would be Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. A part of the Thar Desert, these glorious cities reflect the authentic culture of vivacious Rajasthan. These two cities have pleasant climate during the winters; so, while your friends swell with layers of woolen clothing, you can climb the sand dunes in t-shirt and a pair of jeans. A camel ride is a must along with watching puppet show and folk dance in Rajasthan.
You will not understand Kerala, until you visit this impeccable place. This southwestern state is like the Santa Claus’s gift bag! There is something for everyone here, beaches for the sun-worshippers, backwaters for the leisure-seekers, wildlife reserves for wildlife enthusiasts, hill stations for nature lovers, ayurveda massages for the rejuvenation of body and yoga for the peace of mind. One can choose the kind of holiday that he wants without being restricted to the limitation of options.
The winter sun is undoubtedly magical…especially if you are experiencing it in the eastern part of the country. Yes, North East India can be one of the best places for winter holiday in India. The emerald beauty glows brighter during the winter season and the warmth of hospitality can be clearly felt. Pelling, Gangtok, North Cachar Hills, Shillong and Lachung can be some of the best places to visit in North East. If you like adventure and want to try your hands at skiing, Phuni Valley and Lachung are the best place to go.
If you don’t feel like spending your winter snuggling in a blanket, then trust me you don’t have to. Plan a holiday to Lakshadweep where you can, instead of getting draped in blankets and quilts, splash in the azure water! Situated about 300kms off the coast of Kerala, Lakshadweep is nothing short of an adventure island. Enjoy a dive into the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean and watch the underwater life; you can even choose to get a harmless sun tan or enjoy water sports like yachting and kayaking.
Rann of Kutch:
Sprawling white desert! Ideal compensation for snow in winter! Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is the perfect place to visit in winter and I will definitely give the reason why. Well, during the monsoon season the salt in the area submerges in the water, it is only till November and December the complete area dries up again to become the white desertSo, it is advisable that one visits Rann of Kutch by mid-December; also it is that time of the year when Gujarat organizes the Rann Utsav. A camel ride on a moonlit night is a must here.
Adventure seekers, you cannot miss out on Gulmarg in winter season. This gorgeous winter destination in India is situated in Kashmir and is best known for skiing. I wouldn’t be boasting, if I didn’t have to but Gulmarg is truly a paradise for adventure freaks. During the winter season, the entire town of Gulmarg is blanketed with a thick layer of snow. The lofty mountains thus convert into a skiing arena. There are two points (Kongdori and Apparwath ridge) from where one can try skiing in Gulmarg and both these points are connected by a cable car called Gulmarg Gondola (Asia’s largest cable car project). The snow-clad town of Kashmir is indeed a perfect destination for a winter holiday in India.
This glistening town in Uttarakhand is amongst the most preferred winter destination in India. Like many North Indian hill stations, Nainital receives a good amount of snowfall, making it look even more stunning. The snow-covered city looks nothing short of fairyland and if you are a honeymoon couple couple, there can be no better place for you than this!
Dressed in snow, Manali looks absolutely gorgeous! This beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh can give you oodles of reasons to be here. The breathtaking scenery enhanced by snow wins every visitors heart. Although, you will miss out on visiting Rohtang Pass (As it closes down in winter season), do not be dismayed because you have excellent places like Solang Valley, where you can go for skiing and other winter sports.
There are various other destinations in India that provide a perfect winter getaway, but the above mentioned are certainly the best ones. All these destinations provide a rare blend of thrill and serenity and thus, every traveler must visit them.
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Published: 10 Oct, 2013