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24 Best Places to Visit in December in India

Delightfully cool places of unequalled grandeur….

The month of December has its own pleasures to impart on tourists; at some local places chilled breeze follows the windows and streets in ecstasy; at some places the snow falls like a glitter; at some places winter breeze facilitates the movement of exotic wildlife; at some places mountains fascinating views unites all that’s earthly with its surroundings which delights traveler’s heart and at some places weather of December prepares some destinations for adventure activities.

Together all these treasures make India one of the best countries to travel in the world. East, west, south and north wherever you go, each corner of India is a mesmerizing piece of heaven.

While the rest of the world will be busy celebrating Christmas, there will be different cultural festivals and shows in different parts of India like the one in the Great Rann of Kutch.

The cool breeze, the misty environment, the romance in the air and the period of festivity and vacation, will be an opportunity for travelers to see places that otherwise have almost unbearable climate. In short, December is going to be a bash for travelers in India!!

Here is a list of places that can prove to be ideal for a holiday in December-

State Name Best Places to Visit
Goa Goa Beaches & Sunburn Festival
Kerala Alappuzha, Munnar, Thekkady
Rajasthan Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Mount Abu, Ranthambore
Uttar Pradesh Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Sikandra, Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah, Chini ka Rauza and Moti Masjid
Uttarakhand Auli, Nainital, Jim Corbett National Park, Chopta, Haridwar, Rishikesh
Himachal Pradesh Shimla, Kullu, Manali, Dharamshala, Dalhousie
Lakshadweep Beaches & Water Activities
Odisha Konark
Nagaland Kohima
Gujarat Great Runn of Kutch
Sikkim Gangtok
Andaman Andaman Beaches
Diu Diu Beaches
West Bengal Darjeeling
Delhi Red Fort, Humayun tomb, Qutub Minar, India Gate
Madhya Pradesh Bandhavagrh National Park, Kanha National Park
Maharashtra Tadoba National Park
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu, Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam
Assam Kaziranga National Park
Ladakh Leh – Ladakh
Tripura Neermahal Palace, Unakoti, Jampui Hills
Tamil Nadu Nilgiri Hills, Pollachi, Hogenakkal
Andhra Pradesh Araku Valley, Vizag or Visakhapatnam, Lambasingi
Karnataka Coorg, Shimoga, Chikmagalur

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Goa – Travel to the most atmospheric sandy beaches

Goa Beach

If not here, where else will you be in December? One has plenty of reasons to visit Goa; after all it is one of the best tourist destinations in India. However, December provides many reasons for holidaying in Goa.

The warmth and joy of Christmas amplifies when it is celebrated in Goa. Well, India doesn’t know of a better destination that throws the biggest bash on New Year. Furthermore, the ever so lively music festival of Sunburn is evidently a delight, if you are an ardent EDM (Electronic Dance Music) fan.

Also, Goa in the month of December takes you back on the spiritual road as it observes the pious Feast of St. Francis Xavier, which is marked by several days of festivity and concludes with a large fair.

All these celebrations allure tourists to book their tickets for Goa before it gets jam-packed.

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Kerala – Emerald Greens and Divine Serenity of God’s own Country

Thekkady Kerala

Kerala – God’s own country not only is rich in culture but also rich in natural beauty. It is one of the most blessed states in terms of natural beauty in India. From verdant backwaters to age old serene temples, exotic cuisines, tropical beaches to soul soothing Ayurvedic spas, Kerala has it all in its tranquil lap to penetrate the soul of tourists with Joy.

Moreover, visiting Kerala in the month of December is a memorable experience that will last forever in your heart even after you have left its scenic shores as December brings the pleasant weather for sightseeing.

Some of the most popular places to visit in December in Kerala are:

  • Alappuzha
  • Munnar
  • Thekkady

Also Check out: Kerala Tour Packages

Alappuzha – Become One with the Nature

Alleppey Kerala Backtwaters

You want to avoid the crowd and still want to enjoy the vivacity of nature? Well, then Alappuzha is one of the best destinations to visit in December in South India.

The picture-perfect backwaters and the tranquility that Kerala is famous for comes together at Alappuzha to offer visitors their best holiday experience.

Stay in houseboats and sail through the quiet waters; also, December is the time when Alappuzha celebrates a 10-day festival called Mullackal Chirap. So, along with enjoying a stay amidst the serene ambiance, one can also witness the rich culture of Kerala coming to life.

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Munnar- Romancing the Beautiful Landscape

Munnar Hill Station Kerala

Mesmerizing Annamalai mountain ranges, chilled breeze, colonial bungalows, emerald green tea plantations, cozy luxury resorts, picturesque landscapes and cascading waterfalls adorn the beautiful hill station of Munnar which makes it one of the best places to visit for couples.

Packed with tourist places to eat and incomparable loveliness of nature will give you enough reason to come here for a family vacation in December.

Its secluded serenity, song filled mornings, dams, picnic spots, gorgeous mountain streams, tea museum brings the sweetest sensations to the soul and mind.

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Thekkady – Unexplored Piece of Joy

Best Places to Visit in Thekkady Kerala

Rolling hills and scenic meadows completes the gorgeous landscape of Thekkady. Be the serene and mesmerizing views of picturesque wilderness in the form of Periyar wildlife sanctuary, nature walks in the alluring spice and tea plantations, the spectacular hills of Peermade , cascading waterfalls and melodious rhythm of gurgling streams of Pandikuzhi ,the small enchanting hamlets of Gavi or chellarkovil, or the enchanting forests of Ramakkalmedu and the serene vibes of Mangala Devi Temple, you name it and thekkady will provide you the most gorgeous setting to ever wake up to.

Nature lovers and families visit here for a peaceful vacation. Honeymooners here indulge in the journey of discovering each other and embrace quiet time in the lap of nature. No, wonder why it is one of the best places to travel in December.

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Taste the Royalty of Rajasthan

Udaipur Rajasthan

Rajasthan– the land of timeless beauty and royal grandeur is a scenic winter destination in India. From palaces and forts, thrilling adventures of deserts, mélange of colorful markets, culture folk traditions, to incredible museums and lip-smacking cuisines, Rajasthan is a sanctuary for the senses. You will never fall short of places to visit in Rajasthan. Rajasthan pulses with energy and sometimes soothes you with its serenity and coolness.

Some of the most popular places to visit in Rajasthan are –

  • Jaisalmer
  • Udaipur
  • Mount Abu
  • Ranthambore

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Enchanting Golden sands of Jaisalmer

Camel Safari Jaisalmer

There is a certain aura about Jaisalmer that compels visitors to return time and time again here. The wide sprawling golden desert and the majestic forts have offered great vacation experiences to travelers not only from India but from abroad as well.

It is the perfect place if you are planning to visit Jaisalmer in the Christmas month as the sun becomes merciful and tolerant, so that one can roam hassle-free and as long as one wants.

Also, December is the best time to go camping in the SAM sand Dunes and of course take a night safari as well. Winter just adds to the charm of Jaisalmer and this is why you should visit it during this season of the month.

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Udaipur, Rajasthan City of Pristine Lakes

Lake Pichola Udaipur Rajasthan

Needless to say that Udaipur is one of the best places to go in the month of December. Firstly, the pleasant weather in winter season and secondly the charm and the beauty of the city keeps drawing attention from people from all over the world.

Udaipur has got another feather in its cap in the form of Shilpgram Arts and Crafts Festival that is held each year in December. I believe that this fest will give the best holiday experience in December.

You are going to love the cultural performances and savor the traditional Rajasthani cuisine during this lively festival. Also, do not forget to buy some handicraft items to make this experience stay a bit longer in your memory.

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Mount Abu – One and only emerald gem of Rajasthan

Mount Abu- Nakki Lake Rajasthan

The one and only hill station in Rajasthan – Mount Abu is a paradise of unequalled loveliness. In the scenic land of deserts, the grandeur of this only hill station has been enchanting tourists for ages.

In the month of December Mount Abu shows magical vibes. The weather is absolutely pleasant for sightseeing of the royal legacies of the rulers of Rajasthan. British bungalows, holiday resorts for a pleasant stay, lush green forests, Glimpses of tribal life, picturesque view of Aravali ranges, beautiful lakes, glades and cascading waterfalls, exotic wildlife and oldest serene temples sets the definition of beauty to a whole new level.

Dusk laden surreal sky falls on the green smooth wooden turf ringed around great forests is the most mesmerizing sight to behold. If you are planning to visit Mount Abu, December will be the most suitable month to dive deep into the marvelous sights of this scenic hill station.

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 Ranthambore, Rajasthan – Roam Into the wild

Ranthambore National Park Tigers

It is easy to get lost in the exquisite and pristine wilderness of Ranthambore especially in December’s winter. Delicious weather makes it a heaven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers who otherwise get irritated in the harsh temperature of summer.

From bird watching, breathtaking sights of wild animals like panthers, sloths, tigers etc. to the ruins of royal ancient stone structures in the form of Rajbagh Ruins, dry lands, gravel roads, thrilling jeep safaris and the quiet of Padam talao will be an absolute delight to the eyes, which will make your wildlife tour one of the most memorable one to cherish.

The most highlighted part is the age-old Banyan tree whose shade is visceral.  Don’t forget to explore the village women crafts in Ranthambore.

Their woollen rugs, designer bed covers, paintings will blow your heart away.  So, what are you waiting for?

Obey the call of the wild and get lost in the mesmerizing site of animals roaming in this heaven like habitat.

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Agra, Uttar Pradesh – For Medieval vibes and authentic street food

The Taj Mahal

Ok, this all-time hit destination of Agra gets visitors all year round but winter is the ideal time to visit here. Well, like Jaisalmer, the climate becomes salubrious here during the winter and this is why the visitors find it as a good time to go sightseeing.

It is also one of the best places to travel in the month of December as the marble floor of the Taj Mahal (where shoes are not allowed) does not burn the sole of the feet during this time and neither does the sweltering heat make it unbearable to walk around the Red Fort. So, you can imagine a happy- happy trip around one of the most historically significant cities in India.

Note – Do visit Fatehpur Sikri, Sikandra, Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah, Chini ka Rauza and Moti Masjid.

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Embrace the beauty of Uttarakhand – Dev Bhoomi of India.

India Himalayas

What is winter without the snow? No matter where you go to spend your winter vacation, nothing can beat the charm of a place tucked in the mountains and covered in thick layers of snow.

OHHH! That picture makes me want to break into the Jingle Bell and if you also have this special thing for snow like me, you will love visiting some of the most beautiful places of Uttarakhand

Also Check out: Popular Uttarakhand Tour Packages

Auli – Glittery Snow Paradise and fairytale views

Auli, Uttarakhand

Situated on the way to Badrinath, Auli is now a famous ski destination in India. Each year winter-sports are held here and people from all across the globe come to participate. Auli is one of the most visited destinations in December as the snow starts to accumulate and form excellent gradients for skiing.

From Auli you can see three peaks namely, Mana, Kamet and Nanda Devi. Other than skiing, Auli is a great place to spend a laid-back holiday, make a snowman, play with the snowballs or simply sit on the porch of your hotel and watch the surrounding beauty… you can live like this forever here!

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Nainital – Stress-busting vibes in the midst of mountains

Nainital Snowfall Destination

The lake district of India is an absolute wonder surrounded by picturesque mountains and dipped in delicious weather. It is one of the best destinations in North India for the travelers of all kinds.

December chills blesses Nainital with awe inspiring beauty. Picturesque views of snow-covered trees and mountains; lush green vegetation; varieties of migratory birds in Kilbury Bird Sanctuary and the most beautiful Naina Devi Lake which doesn’t freeze in this season is sure to please any traveler who looks for beautiful sightseeing places.

For solace seeking and divinely inspired travelers the most beautiful Naina Devi temple will be the mind-boggling sight to explore. Nightlife is one of the most highlighted features that lures travelers to visit Nainital.

It is a paradise for shopaholics. Tibetan market and Mall road are some of the best places to shop in Nainital for local handicrafts, clothes, jewelleries and home decors. It is one of the best places to visit in December.

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Jim Corbett National Park – Pristine wilderness and exotic wildlife

Jim Corbett National Park

Wildlife tourism of Uttarakhand is a sight of Euphoria. The enchanting wilderness of Jim Corbett National Park is known for its tiger population. One can also spot Otters and endemic fish-eating crocodiles along with other species.

Besides wildlife tour the whole landscape provides mesmerizing views of grasslands, lakes, riverine belts and hills. Serene Temples of Durga Devi, Sitabani and Garjia, cascading waterfalls and Corbett Museum, Jhirna and Birjani are some of the most popular sights to behold.

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Chopta-   Radiate your inner peace

Chopta Chandrashila Trek

If you are planning a trip to Uttarakhand in December, don’t forget to visit the delight-inducing unexplored hamlet of Chopta. It is one of the best destinations to explore in December.

Opening your eyes to the call of melodious chirping of birds and sights of pines, deodars, rhododendrons and conifers will be etched to your soul.

If you want to create some thrilling memories to cherish, indulge yourself in a Chopta Tungnath Chandrashila Trek.

It’s a three-day trek.  While you are on your journey, breathtaking views of Himalayan birds, scenic village of Sari, sacred abode of Tungnath Temple and the forever enchanting peak of Chandrashila will seduce your senses.

All these pleasures can be best enjoyed in winter as the month of November, December and January are the best months for this trek. It is easy for you to be hypnotized by the alluring charm of Chopta. Its tranquil aura and soul soothing views makes Chopta the best place to visit for nature lovers and Honeymooners.

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Haridwar and Rishikesh – The Dwaar of Moksha

Rishikesh-Weekend Destination

One should not miss these most visited places in Uttarakhand especially in the month of December. The grandeur of these two religious towns has been luring tourists for ages and it needs no introduction as to why these places are the heart of Uttarakhand Tourism.

The picturesque Ganga River, chimes of temple bells from the serene temples located on the banks of Ganga, divine chanting of priests is Haridwar for you.

t is one of the greatest centers of Hindu religion and is popularly known as ‘abode of gods. Lots of divine destinations makes Haridwar one of the most popular religious places in India.

Haridwar Highlights: Apart from sacred sightseeing Haridwar is popular for its yoga and cultural retreats and thrilling adventure activities like Kayaking, Bungee jumping, giant swing & flying fox.

On the other hand, Rishikesh located in the sublime foothills of Garhwal Himalayas is an abode of unequalled beauty. This sacred city is a beautiful combination of spiritual places, adventure activities and yoga retreats. It is popularly known as Yoga capital of India.

It is the place where your quest for spiritually and divine peace ends. In its shores numerous ashrams, quaint cafes and alluring vibes of the River Ganga are the best sights you can ever behold.

Rishikesh Highlights: Rishikesh is one of the top adventure destinations of India. Don’t forget to indulge in the world-famous adventure activities like River Rafting, bungee jumping, cliff jumping, waterfall trekking, flying fox, Mountain biking and rappelling.

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Utopic Himachal Pradesh

Solang Valley Himachal

Welcome to Utopia where joy and serenity blesses toil-weary soul a kind of Divine moksha. The month of December invites numerous travelers to embrace the glittering snowfall, to the visceral shades of pine, deodar, oak of enchanting deciduous forests, fairytale like exquisite ranges of Shivalik, mid and greater Himalayas, exotic wildlife where calls of snow leopards, Monal pheasants, Western Tragophan, ibex, wild yak resounds in joy.

Centuries old fairs and festivals, traditional delicacies which you will never find anywhere else and fresh farm produce, spine chilling adventure activities like Paragliding, angling, ice skating and water sports etc. and mystical and majestic heritage of Himalayan valleys are the most beautiful things to behold and experience.

All these treasures in one place makes Himachal Pradesh one of the best destinations to visit in India. The most delightful feature of this land is that Himachal is a place of all seasons and all reasons.

Tourists from all over the world come here to seek solace. This place is also very popular amongst honeymooners and nature lovers. Some of the most popular place to visit in Himachal Pradesh are –

  • Shimla
  • Kullu
  • Manali
  • Dharamshala
  • Dalhousie

Also Check Out: Popular Himachal Tour Packages

Shimla, Kullu and Manali – Wander through the poetry inducing serenity

Shimla, Kullu and Manali are perhaps the most beautiful places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. The picturesque landscapes of Shimla, Kullu and Manali resemble the paradise of Eden.

 Shimla – Simply unwind and relax

Kufri Shimla

In Shimla the tranquil and serene parks like Craignano National Park and Himalayan Nature Park, divine temples Hatkoti, Bhimkali and Hatu mata, small hamlets of Naldehra, Narkanda and Sarahan provides the most mesmerizing setting for solace and spiritual ecstasy.

It is a place where the time stops and the enchanting solitudes inducing from every corner inspires the artist in you. Your holidays in December will be the most memorable one if you have already planned to visit it at this time of the year.

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Manali – More of a rustic setting

Manali Himachal Pradesh

Manali is quiet and sublime. The glacial water of meandering Beas River offers spine chilling adventure activities like white water rafting, rowing and river crossing.

Waking up to the mesmerizing sunrises while enjoying the comforts of luxurious hotels and resorts in Manali would make your winter vacation the best one.

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Traditional Charms of Kullu awaits your Presence

Kullu is absolutely different from Shimla and Manali. It is a land of Gods. It has valleys that will take your soul away, deep forests that will make you feel that you are a character of Jungle Book, scenic gushing streams would provide peace to your mind, beautiful orchards, fascinating tribal deities of small hamlets and cling to it so many myths and legends will take you back in ancient time when gods used reside on earth.

Apart from the sacred experience activities like river rafting, trekking in Dhauladhar Ranges, paragliding and mountain biking in Rohtang Pass are some of the best things to do in Himachal Pradesh.

Also Check out: Complete Kullu Manali Travel Guide

Dharamshala – Embrace Nirvana

Dharamshala Himachal

If you want to experience the real Tibetan culture then you must visit Dharamshala. It is a land of Buddhists. Dharamshala is divided into two parts – The lower Dharamshala includes markets including the Kotwali Bazaar.

The upper part of Dharamshala is more scenic, decked with Himalayan Oak Forests. It is one of the best places to travel in December as the weather is pleasant and soul soothing which makes Dharamshala absolutely favorable for travel.

Top Things to Do in Dharamshala

  • Temple Trails – Fluttering prayer flags, resplendent monasteries, scenic temples of Chamunda Devi, Indru Nag temple and Kunal Pathri Temple makes the aura of Dharamshala sacred.
  • Shop and Eat – Moreover it is a shopper’s paradise. It is a place where you can shop for Tibetan arts and crafts and relish Tibetan dishes like momos.
  • Views to die for – Mesmerizing views of Dhauladhar Range, Pir Panjal Mountains in Indrahar pass, tranquil crystal waters of Kareri Lake and Dal Lake and Triund Trek are the best things to enjoy in Dharamshala.

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Dalhousie – Alluring Colonial Paradise

Chamera Lake Dalhousie Himachal

Dalhousie is famous amongst nature lovers but also it is one of the most favorite destinations for honeymooners. In case, if you are planning a trip to Dalhousie in the month of December, this is your best decision ever.

Some of the best things to do in Dalhousie are:

  • In Dalhousie, give your eyes a visual treat of scenic hills of Potreyn, Kathlog, Terah, Bakrota and Bhangora.
  • Revel in the colonial charms of spectacular colonial bungalows and churches,
  • Indulge on meditative forest trails and witness fascinating springs, waterfalls and rivulets.
  • Shop as much as you can in Mall road which is a treasure trove for chamba rumals, traditional jewellery, Tibetan crafts.
  • Get ready to be lost in the wonders of Swiss mountain meadows of Khajjiar.
  • Indulge in the most spine-chilling adventure sports like Kayaking, paragliding and sailing in Chamera Lake. Best from the rest would be the thrill of Paragliding in Chamba Jot. The best time to indulge in all these activities would be the month of December.

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Lakshadweep – Water Water Everywhere!!

Lakshadweep Islands

Well, it seems like you have one more coastal destination in India that happens to offer one of the best vacation experiences. About 400kms off the Indian west coast, this isolated archipelago is a wonderful destination for holidays in December in India.

In the month of December, when the weather is cooler and drier, visitors have a better chance to see pristine archipelago lagoons, unspoiled coral reefs and immaculate beaches.

Highlights: One can greatly enjoy Scuba diving, Yachting, Pedal boating, Kayaking, Canoeing, Swimming, Snorkeling and sunbathing and may also visit local houses, the Marine museum, Lighthouse and a few local industries.

Also Check out: Complete Travel & Tourism Guide Lakshadweep

Konark, Odisha – The Eden of the East

Konark Dance Festival History

December can be a great time to visit the culturally rich land of Odisha. At Konark you have the opportunity to witness the soulful Odissi dance form.

The Konark Festival is held each year in the month of December in Konark. It is one of the popular winter festivals and events in India. People from all around the globe gather here to witness it.

Well, also remember that Konark is the home to the famous Sun Temple which is now recognized as a World Heritage Site. So, along with the golden opportunity to explore this ancient and magnificent architecture, you as a visitor will get the chance to witness the age-old dance form in India.

During the festival, dancers come from all parts of India to Konark to display their skill of age-old dance forms ranging from the classic Bharatanatyam, the elegant Odissi and Manipuri, to the very expressive Kathakali and Sattriya dance styles amongst others.

The festival is organized in the premises of the Sun Temple. Isn’t it exhilarating to realize that one can enjoy great performances against the backdrop of the temple? So, don’t wait, plan your trip to one of the best places to visit in East India, the magnificent Konark.

Also Check Out: Complete Odisha Tourism Guide

Kohima, Nagaland – Unexplored and secluded serenity

Kohima Nagaland

Not many people take a trip to Northeast India but let me just tell you that if one hasn’t seen parts of the Northeast, he hasn’t travelled the country enough. Kohima is one of the best places to visit in December in north east India.

The vivid culture and the vivacious lifestyle is what makes the northeast an anticipated destination for many avid travelers and trust me it is not risky at all. One of the best ideas that I can offer is to visit Kohima in the month of December. It is that time of the year when Nagaland celebrates its famous Hornbill Festival.

During the fest, traditional arts, dances, folk songs and games are held and plenty of handicraft stalls, food stalls, and rice beer can also be seen. The major attraction of the fest is the Hornbill National Rock Concert that begins in the evening.

Many bands from all over the country come to compete and people greatly enjoy their performances. AND if that isn’t enough there is something more for the creatures of the night and that is the lively night bazaar.

Say what?? You want more reasons to be here?? Well then you must witness the Naga Chilli Eating competition here as well.

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Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat – Jewel of Western India


There are three reasons as to why you should visit the Great Rann of Kutch in December: one, it is till the month of December that the entire white desert dries out after the monsoon rain (before it, the Great Rann is submerged in water); two, in December the famous Rann Utsav begins (the traditional festival of Kutch region) and three, your new year vacation would be awesome.

Known as the white desert, the Great Rann sprawls over a 30,000 sq. km area between the Gulf of Kutch and the mouth of the Indus River. It can be easily reached through Kharaghoda in Surendranagar District.

During the Rann Utsav, other than camping and watching the folk performances you can enjoy night safaris in the desert (it is ideal on a full-moon night).

The Great Rann of Kutch is simply a magical place that can be felt more than it can be described and since the month of December is giving you so many reasons to be here, I guess you must make up your mind to be somewhere as amazing as this!

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Gangtok, Sikkim – Poetry of Nature


If you have travel plans for December, don’t forget to include Gangtok which is a heavenly abode for nature lovers, families and couples.

In its mesmerizing shores you will wake up to the most melodious chirping of birds. Morning mist, pleasant weather and enchanting hills is a promise that makes Gangtok worth a visit in Sikkim.

Tons of cafes, bars, restaurants, rural landscapes, frozen lakes, grey forests and amazing views of Kanchenjunga will bless your eyes. Visiting this gorgeous place in December will make you feel like you have stepped into the Fairytale world, where everything is Utopic.

Highlights: Some of the most famous places to visit in Gangtok are – Rumtek Monastery, Nathula Pass, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Tashi Viewpoint, Seven sister waterfalls, Hanuman tok etc. Also don’t forget to enjoy some of the most thrilling treks like Tholung Trek, Dzongri Trek, and Varsey Trek.

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Andaman Islands – Sunbathe and dance with the cool breeze

Andaman Island

Go beyond the ordinary to explore the best beaches and dive deep into the serenity of the scenic atmosphere of Andaman Islands. In your December holidays, indulge yourself in the spine-chilling water adventure sports like scuba diving, sea cart, parasailing, sea walk, snorkeling, jet skiing, kayaking, banana boat ride, sofa ride and sail boats.

The trip to the islands is one of a kind. This land of beaches has its own charm. Vibes full of peace, heritage full of wonder, sun toasted beaches, surreal skies makes it a perfect escape for honeymooners.

Its mellow pace of life, remoteness, nightlife and scenic beauty will give you enough reason to travel to the scenic Andaman Islands this December. Also, the festive vibes of Christmas and New Year makes it a best place to visit in December.

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Diu, Veraval Port – Sometimes Crowded but always Sublime

Daman & Diu Beach

The chill of December also blazes bright on the mesmerizing Island town of Diu. The sunlit trees, the refreshing sandy beaches, amazing bonfires, delicious seafood, Portuguese heritage, old museums, serene temples and what not? You can all dive deep into these treasures that pass the spring tide of joy in the month of December.

Trust me, the weather in summer would not be very pleasant to explore the rich heritage of Diu. The best reason to visit Diu in December is its beach festival.

Diu organizes one of Asia’s longest beach festivals, which starts from December and ends in February. Breathtaking music programs, comedy shows, heritage walks and workshops attract tourists from all over the world to this fascinating beach fest.

In December Diu also offers numerous water sports like hot air balloon ride, bungee jumping, zip lining, water scooter and paramotor flying for adrenaline junkies. Also, don’t forget to visit the ancient temple of Gangeshwar Mahadev to seek divine blessings.

Also Check out: Daman & Diu Complete Travel Guide

Darjeeling – Romancing the tea gardens

Darjeeling Hill Station

This happy place is a home to the most aromatic tea gardens in the world. Tibetan vibes, Majestic peaks of Kanchenjunga, resplendent monasteries, Himalayan zoo, delicious weather and fun ride to Himalayan Toy train are the things of delight and joy forever. The landscape of Darjeeling with the quiet of the sky, wild secluded scenes.

Fascinating Mountain streams, quaint houses are sure to please any toil weary soul, couples, nature lovers and solace seekers. Don’t forget to enjoy Sandakphu- Phalut Trek, one of the most thrilling treks in the Indian Himalayan region.

December is the best time to visit Darjeeling because it’s an off season and less crowded place at this time of the year. Some of the best places to visit in Darjeeling are Tiger Hill, Ghoom Monastery, Bagdogra, Lloyd Botanical garden, Japanese Temple and Peace pagoda.

Highlights: In December Darjeeling hosts three most exciting festivals: Teesta Tea and Tourism festival and Darjeeling Orange Festival and Christmas which will be the experience of a lifetime to enjoy in Darjeeling.

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Delhi – Canvas of all pleasures

December will never be monotonous in the capital of India. Delhi has pleasant vibes. Delhi is a land where pleasant weather wraps the streets lovingly for the tourists in the month of December.

Delhi is a place where you will get to see the most beautiful darkest evenings of the year but don’t worry your desire to explore this modern city will never cease as it offers many amazing activities for tourists.

In Delhi you will witness the two different worlds; One, the old historic world of empires, old havelis and narrow lanes which has still kept its Mughal period vibes intact; Two, Modern architectural masterpieces, bustling shops, malls and nightclubs. The old and new world of Delhi is delightfully chaotic.

The best part of Delhi to enjoy in December is its street food. Gajar Ka Halwa, Jalebis, Nihari, Chaats, Tandoori Chai of old Delhi are the best delicacies to enjoy.

Apart from that, Sightseeing of Delhi heritage structures like Red Fort, Humayun tomb, Qutub Minar, India Gate etc. is a soul soothing affair in winters.

In the summer season, due to harsh weather sightseeing in Delhi is unbearable.  Moreover, December is a time to enjoy film festivals, Christmas Eve and New Year which is celebrated with a great pomp in Delhi.

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Madhya Pradesh – India’s heart beat and lifeline

Bandhavgarh National Park

Famed as the “Heart of India” Madhya Pradesh is the top destination to explore in December. In terms of tourism, it is diverse, it has rich architectural, cultural and spiritual heritage.

It is also blessed with the largest number of national parks in India. It is not wrong to say that Madhya Pradesh is the paradise of greenery and pristine wilderness. Wildlife destinations is something one should never miss in Madhya Pradesh; the most highlighted ones are –

  • Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Kanha National Park

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Bandhavgarh National Park – Make friends with the wild

Bandhavgarh National Park Tiger

This boundless piece of nature is a mesmerizing abode of Royal Bengal tigers. It is one of the most popular National Parks in Madhya Pradesh which is historical and sublime at the same time.

Situated in the middle of the jungle of Bandhavgarh is the royal Bandhavgarh Fort which is said to have been gifted by Lord Ram to his brother Lakshama, testimony to the fact is the meaning of the name Bandhavgarh – Brother’s Fort.

This entire place used to be the private property of Maharaja of Rewa but he gave it to the government in 1968 and since then it is a national park which attracts wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world.

Apart from Tigers it is also home to 250 species of birds, 80 species of butterflies and 37 species of mammals. For a hardcore wildlife enthusiast this place would feel like heaven. Also, several man-made caves, rock paintings would seduce your senses.

One can enjoy the best of Bandhavgarh National Park either by jeep safari or riding on elephant’s back. The park has numerous budget hotels to enjoy a comfortable stay in the lap of nature.

The best time to visit the park is April and May but the landscape after the monsoon is like a paradise so December is also the best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park.

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 Kanha National Park- Enchanting Wilderness

MP Kanha National Park Tiger

When you are in Madhya Pradesh, nothing beats the thrill of exploring the pristine wilderness and exotic wildlife. Kanha National Park is one of the best administered national Parks of Madhya Pradesh.

The most highlighted feature of this park is the population of Barasinghas which is also the state animal of Madhya Pradesh.  Thick vegetation, crystal clear streams, Majestic Tigers, countless species of birds, reptiles and exquisite flora makes Kanha National Park a soulful poetry of wildlife in the bewildering world of God’s creation.

Elephant safari, Jungle safari, night safari and camping are the best experiences which makes Kanha National Park worth visiting for. For Tiger lovers the month of April and May is the best time to visit but the weather will be harsh. This is why October to March would be the best time to visit Kanha National Park due to pleasant weather.p>

In December Madhya Pradesh showers exquisite views to soothe the eyes of tourists. It has everything to offer to the travelers of all kinds; water sports, cruise and caravan journeys, picturesque views of the moonlight in the Marble Rocks of Jabalpur for romantic souls, forts and palaces for architecture and history lovers, sacred and mysterious temples like Khajuraho and UNESCO world heritage sites like Sanchi, Bhimbetka to seduce your senses. Moreover, it is a great shopping destination for Chanderi textiles.

Your quest to explore India is really incomplete if you haven’t visited the city of Madhya Pradesh yet. If you have travel plans for December, Madhya Pradesh can be the best choice. Don’t miss the Pachmarhi Utsav craft fair held in December in the delightful shores of Madhya Pradesh.

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Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra – Pleasant Greens of Commercial Capital of India

Tadoba National Park

Open for the visitors – 15th October – 30th June

There is hardly any corner left in India that doesn’t have any piece of natural reserve. In the delightfully chaotic city of Maharashtra lies the largest and the oldest Tadoba National Park.

Magnificent teak trees, tranquil lakes, Call of the wild tigers, hyenas, panthers, sloth bears, jackals, sambar, bison etc. from the awe-inspiring hillocks and terrains, the beauteous forms of nature will overpower your soul forever.

This scenic wildlife sanctuary also includes Andheri wildlife Sanctuary where the deep valleys, cliffs, lakes, melodious chirpings of native woodland are the joy of your heart.

Jungle Safari through these enchanting landscapes would definitely be a breathtaking experience.

Summer temperatures are extremely unbearable to enjoy the exotic wildlife here, hence December is the best time to visit Tadoba National Park in West India and enjoy the views of pristine wilderness.

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Jammu and Kashmir – The beautiful land of Solitudes


How can one forget the delightful beauty of the fascinating town of Srinagar, Gulmarg and Pahalgam in Kashmir? If you are planning a trip to Kashmir in December, these beautiful towns are the top destinations to visit in North India for the most memorable holidays in December.

Here nature will overpower your senses. The beauty of mighty mountains, lakes, green turfs and magnificent trees will awaken the poet in you. Visit here once and you will be lost in the folds of time. Peace and old-world charm of small hamlets are still intact because it is away from commercialization.

Srinagar- Switzerland of India

The most intriguing thing is that the climate of Kashmir after every hundred feet of elevation changes. Mughal gardens, frozen lakes, Fascinating rowboats and floating vegetable markets of Srinagar is an absolute delight to the eyes.

Village of Shepherds- Pahalgam

Thickly wooded pine forests of Pahalgam and adventure activities like snow sledding are the best things that one can experience and behold.

Icing the landscape – Gulmarg

Gulmarg will give you the delightful thrill of skiing in the glittering snowy carpet. No doubt, why Gulmarg is one of the best tourist places to visit in December. It is the place of beauty and joy forever. Where ice melts heart and views etched on your soul.

Jammu – Winter capital is calling for winter holidays

Jammu needs no introduction to the tourists. It is famed as the winter capital of the state Jammu Kashmir. When you enter the shores of Jammu, you will be overpowered by the breathtaking atmosphere, snowfall, chilled breeze and picturesque offbeat tracks which are best for trekking and biking.

Hill stations like Patnitop and Doda are the most visited destinations by tourists in the month of December. Jammu is also known as the temple town of India. So, it is the best place to seek spiritual peace and rejuvenate your soul.

It houses the sacred pilgrimage site of Vaishno Devi which is one of the most visited Pilgrimage sites of India. Every year tourists from all around the world come to seek holy blessings from Vaishno Devi.

You might have heard the famous quote” Kashmir is the paradise of India” but let me tell you Jammu is a place that you might picture in your dreams.

It is one of the best places to enjoy your holidays in December. Every mile reveals here some exotic peaks. One can get the best thrilling experience of Zip lining, paragliding and Gondola ride in Jammu. Don’t forget to visit these famous places – Bhaderwah, Gauri Kund, Baglihar Dam and Mantalai.

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Kaziranga, Assam – Amazing wilderness in the land of blue hills

Kaziranga National Park Rhino

How about a cruise ride in the boat of Brahmaputra River or thrilling jeep safari to roam around the wilderness of Kaziranga National Park?

Kaziranga National Park is one of the most delightful places to visit in December because of its soothing climate. It is the heart of wildlife tourism in Assam.

When the cool breeze and serene weather of December falls on the street of Assam, Kaziranga prepares itself with the promise to provide exquisite views and whispers in the ears of exotic wildlife to prepare themselves to welcome the tourists with euphoria.

It is a home to one horned rhinoceros, elephants, wild water buffalo and swamp deer and pochard duck etc.  The vibe of Kaziranga is magical. Wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers come here from all over the world to become one with nature.

Elephant safari, bird watching, boat safari, breathtaking tea estates, Orang National Park, Hoollongapar gibbon sanctuary, Kakochang fall are some of the top things to do and popular places to visit near Kaziranga.

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Leh, Ladakh – Time for Adventurous tales


Surrounded by the majestic Himalayan mountains Leh, Ladakh is rustic yet sublime and one of the best travel destinations to visit in December. The grandeur of Leh lies in its rugged terrains, turquoise Pangong Lake and serenity dipped ancient monasteries, Desert Mountains and thrilling trekking routes.

It is the best place to enjoy some thrilling adventure activities like biking, water rafting and safaris. It is also the best place to enjoy exotic wildlife.  Karakoram Wildlife Sanctuary and Changtang wildlife sanctuary are the top destinations for wildlife tours in Leh.

Leh houses rare ibex, yak and Tibetan antelopes.  December is a time when Leh is dipped in festive vibes. Galdan Namchot festival, Losar Festival and Spituk Gustor Festival are the two most prominent festivals celebrated in the month of December and January.

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Tripura, An Eco-friendly Destination in India

Tripura - Neermahal Palace

Tripura is one of the north eastern states in India which is hardly talked about in comparison to others like Meghalaya, Nagaland, Assam and Sikkim. The third smallest state of India is a hidden gem and treasure trove for nature lovers. This eco-friendly state is home to more than 15 tribes who have been especially adding value to Tripura’s culture and hospitality for ages. Tripura offers a unique experience to its visitors as the way of life here is unique in comparison to the rest of the country.

Some of the most popular places in Tripura to visit in December:

  • Neermahal Palace
  • Unakoti
  • Jampui Hills

Neermahal Palace – Explore the Royalness of Tripura

A former royal palace built in the 1930s by the then king of Tripura Kingdom, Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Debbarma Bahadur, Neermahal is located in the heart of Rudrasagar Lake. Popularly known as the ‘lake palace’ of Tripura, Neermahal Palace is the largest of its kind. The architecture is huge, shows a mixed style of Muslim traditions and Medieval Hindu.

Built by a British company, Martin and Burns, which took around nine years to complete, Neermahal was the summer residence for the royal family. It has two parts; Andar Mahal (western part) where the royal family used to live and an open-air theatre (eastern part) where cultural and public events were organised for entertainment purposes. The mesmerising layouts along with the stunning landscapes infuse curiosity among tourists coming from all over the world to witness this grandeur.

Unakoti – An Ancient Wonder

Unakoti is a place to witness ancient rock sculptures dating back to the 7th to 8th centuries. This Shaivite pilgrimage, which is home to a 30-ft high Shiva stone sculpture, is one of the top places to visit in Tripura. It is to be believed that Lord Shiva spent a night here with 9999999 (one less than a crore) gods and goddesses on his way to Kailasha. The next day when Shiva woke up, others were asleep and Shiva put a curse by which they all turned to stone. The place derived its name from this, ‘Unakoti’ means one less than a crore and you will see numerous larger-than- life figures on the stones here.

Jampui Hills – A Hidden Gem

Jampui Hill in Tripura is a hidden gem for travellers willing to explore the nature of Northeast India. It is accessible from Kailashnagar and Dharmanagar via Kanchanpur and is the best place to watch the panoramic views of Mizoram, its valleys and villages. Thaidawr, the highest peak of the Jampui Range is itself a viewpoint from where you can behold both the stunning views of sunrise and sunset, the Chittagong Hill Tracts, other hill ranges of Tripura and Mizoram and lush green valleys. It is the most wonderful eco-tourist destination in Tripura that no one should miss on their trip.

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Tamil Nadu, The Perfect Winter Retreat

Tamil Nadu - Tea Plantations Nilgiris

Home to numerous hills, canyons, waterfalls, beaches, religious places and coffee plantations – Tamil Nadu is one of the most beautiful locations in South India to be the perfect retreat in winter. The lush green forests with the clear blue sky create the perfect backdrop for pictures taken at the numerous tourist spots in Tamil Nadu this time. The coffee ranches along the slopes of the hills look mesmerising and create the additional charm of the state. Planning a trip to Tamil Nadu in December is always the perfect choice as you can witness the difference in beauty at this time.

Some of the most popular places in Tamil Nadu to visit in December

  • Nilgiri Hills
  • Pollachi
  • Hogenakkal

Nilgiri Hills – The Blue Mountains

December is apparently the best time to explore the ranges of Nilgiri and its spectacular surroundings. Nestled in this range of mountains are four famous destinations: Ooty, Coonoor, Gudalur and Kotagiri and they see major tourist footfalls around this time of the year. The verdant forests, gushing rivers, deep blue sky and alluring tea plantations make nature in these places look mesmerising. People also admire the friendliness of the tribes who live here for ages and their lifestyle is the greatest attraction of Nilgiri.

Pollachi – A Hidden Gem of Tamil Nadu

Located at a distance of 40 kilometres, there is Pollachi, an amazing place to visit in December. The place is famous for producing and supplying coconuts to several cities but the major attraction lies within its nature, blissful sceneries and wildlife. Pollachi is also a popular shooting spot for movies made down south. The major attraction here is the Subramanyar Temple where devotees from all around the world seek blessings. Other attractions are Topslip Tiger Reserve and Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, which attract nature and wildlife enthusiasts in winter especially.

Hogenakkal – An Offbeat Romantic Getaway

Home to a famous waterfall, which is often cited as the Niagara Falls of India, Hogenakkal is a paradise for nature lovers who seek a calm place away from the chaos. The place is named after Hogenakkal Fall, which is the major attraction in this picturesque village. River Kaveri makes cascading streams through carbonite rocks, which are one of the oldest of their kind. December looks charming here. People choose this month to visit the fall as it is possible for activities like bathing, trekking, nature walking and especially, Coracle Riding because the streams become a tad calmer than usual.

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Andhra Pradesh, Experience Snowfall in South India

Lambasingi Andhra Pradesh

River Krishna and the great man-made wonder on it, the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, Amareshwara Temple, a popular shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mangalgiri, Vijayawada and Vizag Beach – Andhra Pradesh is a popular name because of all these places. But, what no one knows is that it is the ideal place to experience snowfall in winter in south India. Andhra Pradesh is much more than its temples, beaches and caves. It’s about the lush green valleys, the hills and some picturesque villages. Let’s know about some places in Andhra Pradesh which you should visit in December.

Some of the most popular places in Andhra Pradesh to visit in December:

  • Araku Valley
  • Vizag or Visakhapatnam
  • Lambasingi

Araku Valley – The Best Place to Witness Winter Special Afternoon

Located in the lap of Eastern Ghat Hills, there is a scenic valley where people visit to witness the magical winter afternoon. When sun rays coming from the spaces between two hills kiss the paddy fields on Araku Valley – it turns into a magical place for winter photography. The picturesque combination of different shades of blue, green and golden with a flying bird – is the best postcard you will be capturing for winter this year.

Vizag – The Beach Holiday Destination

The famous beach holiday destination of Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam or Vizag sees major tourist footfalls during winter. The charming weather in December makes it comfortable for spending hours on the beach and visiting nearby destinations like the Submarine Museum, Borra Caves, Ramakrishna Beach, Dolphin’s Nose, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park and Vuda Park. Most importantly, there are no obstacles for hiking, trekking and other activities in Vizag this time.

Lambasingi – Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh

Popular as Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh, Lambasingi is located 100 kilometres away from Visakhapatnam. Here in December, sometimes the temperature falls below sub-zero and the clouds become snow. The place is also known as Korra Bayalu, in the regional language which means “if someone stays out in the open they would freeze like a stick!” The best time to watch snowfall here is from 4 AM to 9 AM in the morning.

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Karnataka, A Famous Winter Destination

Coorg Hill Station

You can visit Karnataka at any time of the year. Big cities like Bangalore and Mysore always see flocks of tourists all through the year. But December makes it alluring with its charm which you should not miss. However, the relaxing and calm nature can be best explored in places like Coorg, Chikmagalur and Shimoga where you will find yourself in activities like hiking, camping, forest walks, temple visits and safaris.

Some of the most popular places in Karnataka to visit in December-

  • Coorg
  • Shimoga
  • Chikmagalur

Coorg – For Trekking and Fun

Coorg is pleasant and cool in December as the temperature hovers around 15 degrees to 20 degrees celsius. It is bordered by the Western Ghats Mountains and is also known as Madikeri. Coorg is referred to as ‘The Scotland of India’ for its breathtaking nature and winter makes it more beautiful. Winter here in Coorg is the best time to enjoy camping, hiking and trekking in forests and it is also an ideal time for wildlife lovers to enjoy jeep safaris in Nishani Hills and Kabbe Hills.

Shimoga – Gateway of Malnad

Officially known as Shivamogga, Shimoga is an idyllic city, adorned by the Tunga River and the Western Ghat Hills. Popularly known as the ‘Gateway of Malnad,’ Shimoga is a World Heritage Site, declared in 2012 for its lush greenery and plentiful rainfall. Aghoreshwara Temple, located atop a hill is the top-most tourist destination in Shimoga followed by a list of places like Jog Falls, Kodachadri, Kundadri, Kavaledurga Fort and many more.

Chikmagalur – Coffee Capital of South India

Chikmagalur is a famous place for its vast coffee plantations. The coffee land of Karnataka is located in the foothills of Western Ghats at a height of 1,090 metres. The geographic location and its moderate climate throughout the whole year make it a popular name in coffee production. It is one of the best destinations in Karnataka to explore in December as the charming weather supports activities from trekking and hiking to rafting, village walks and temple visits.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What are the best places to visit in North India in December?

Some the best places to visit in North India in December are Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Agra and Auli.

Q.What are the best destinations in India to see snowfall in December?

Some of the best snowfall destinations in December are:

  • Auli
  • Manali
  • Shimla
  • Gulmarg
  • Chopta Tungnath

Q. What are the best places to visit in East & Northeast India in December?

There are many places to visit in East India in December. Of all, a visit to Konark in Odisha will give an opportunity to witness the Konark Festival. The place to visit in Northeast India is Kohima in Nagaland.

Q.What are the best places to visit in Rajasthan in December?

The best places to visit in Rajasthan in December are Jaisalmer and Udaipur.

Q. Which places are great for enjoying adventure activities in December?

For the best adventure activities in India in December plan a trip to Auli and Lakshadweep.

Q. What are the must-see festivals and events in December in India?

The must-see festivals and events in December in India are Sunburn Festival in Goa, Konark Festival in Odisha and Rann Utsav in Gujarat.

Q. What are the best destinations for Honeymoon holidays in December?

Goa, Alappuzha, Auli and Lakshadweep are the best honeymoon destinations in India to visit in December.

Q. What are the best places in India to visit in December for a family vacation?

Agra, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Great Rann of Kutch and Lakshadweep are the best places in India to visit in December for a family vacation.

Published: 09 Sep, 2022

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She is a candle who burns and melts in the chaos of infinity, from where her visceral whistles and leaves an imprint of desire in her heart to know the map of an Island where there are different sunrises and sunsets. Her curiosity brightens to conquer the hearts unrelieved and sometimes mysterious. Her name is - Pallavi Roy - A traveller by soul and a writer by Profession.