Last Updated: January 22, 2020 Kamlesh Nayal
A charming season of intimacy and reflection, winters offers you an opportunity to relish the warmth and sunlight. Cuddle up, make a cup of hot tea and relish the imaginations on this season…!
Winters are an idyllic time to wallow in the chilly and cozy nights at the outstanding destinations of India, which never fail to impress the travelers from different parts of the world. Waking up to a beautiful morning, relishing a hot cup of tea or coffee in bed, idle afternoons, snowy and misty evenings, cuddle in bed with books near the fireplace and so much more can be experienced during the winter season. And in this magnificent season what can be more exciting than planning a vacation. But stop! Where to go? What are the best places to visit in India? After traveling across the country, we have made a list of top 10 winter places that one must not give a miss on his or her trip to India.
Famed for its old havelis, gorgeous forts and camel safari, Bikaner carries a sheer exquisiteness that attracts the people from all over. It is also a dwelling of the largest camel breeding place in India. The camel festival takes place in the month of January in which one can explore the splendid traditions of Rajasthan. The places of tourist interest in the city are Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace and many religious places that are worth visiting. Apart from this, the visitors can also dig into varieties of famous dishes like papad, rasgullas, thandai and bhujjias.
Dotted with an exotic beauty, magnificent palaces, ancient striking shrines, splendid collections of arts and crafts and beautiful havelis, Jaisalmer is among the most popular places of India. It is famous all across the globe for its golden sand deserts and breathtaking appeals. The city boasts of several ancient period Jain temples also. It is certainly a vibrant tourist place with number of amazing attractions such as the Jaisalmer Fort, Desert Culture Center and Museum, Sonar Kila and Chandraprbhu Temple.
Also hailed as the blue city due to the blue painted houses, Jodhpur is situated close to the geographic place of Rajasthan State. To know the history of medieval period and bravery of Rajputs, travel to a beautiful land of Jodhpur and take back charming memories to cherish for the rest of the life. It offers some of the special food items such as the Mirchibada, Lassi, Pyaaj Kachori and many other spicy dishes, which are famous among the travelers in northern parts of India.
A destination, which narrates the valor of Rajputana that dates back to years ago, Udaipur, is a royal destination with many great attractions that entice the attention of the onlookers. The city is beautifully situated in the surroundings of emerald exquisiteness amidst Aravalli Mountain Ranges. It is a home of several breathtaking palaces, serene lakes and marvelous architectural styles. It is worth exploring. Also called as the Venice of East, the most famous lakes in this region are Fateh Sagar, Udai Sagar, Swaroop Sagar and Pichhola.
One of the largest cities in north India, Jaipur is a favorite destination of many travelers. It has got its name from Sawai Jaisingh II, a famous sovereign of Jaipur. Exploring the history of this beautiful city is a thrilling experience in itself. Also known as the pink city of India, Jaipur grows in its vibrant past, sheer history, fabulous structural design and natural sight. Not only this, the vivacious city has wonderful handicrafts and stunning jewelry that showcase the colorful village life and buying any delicate artifacts would be a delight for every traveller.
Nestled on the banks of the Yamuna River in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Agra is one of illustrious places in India and boasts of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Exquisiteness of marbles, palaces, architectural beauty and many other appeals, Agra flourishes as one of the traveler places of India. Some of the places that one can discover during their tour to Agra are Itmad-ud-ulah-tomb, Sikandra, Chini Ka Rouza etc.
A city that everyone once in a lifetime must pay a visit is none other than the beautiful Pushkar, which is located in the Ajmer district in the state of Rajasthan. It is famous for a great number of shrines and the most popular among all is a world renowned Brahma Temple, which is devoted to Lord Brahma. Apart from sanctified significance, it also has splendid shopping places tendering different books, exquisite artifacts, traditional clothes and music. Planning an excursion to Pushker during the months of winters would be a pleasurable experience for every visitor.
Also hailed as Kashi and Banaras, Varanasi is located on the banks of Ganges in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is said that death in Varanasi leads to deliverance. There are scores of temples that date back to the 18th century and being a pilgrimage center many devotees from wide and far pay a visit to this religious place. One can experience a gentle breeze while walking along the sacred river banks at Varanasi. The city is also renowned for Banarasi silk and gold jewelry that enhance the beauty of every woman. For fun and entertainment, the travelers can visit the local bazaars and buy the famous items for home.
A perfect fusion of culture, history and beauty, Lucknow is mainly called as the city of Nawabs. It takes the visitors back to the period of Suryavanshi Dynasty. Located on the River Gomti, the city is a range of delights tendering plenty of sightseeing options and appetizing dishes that will urge the travelers to visit this fantastic place many times. The monument that has inspired several filmmakers and famous writers is Imambara, also known as Asafi Imambara, constructed by Nawab of the city in the year 1784. A few of the other attractions that the visitors can explore in the pleasant weather of winters are British Residency, Rumi Darwaza Kaiserbagh Palace, Jama masjid and more.
A famous tourism site of Punjab, Amritsar is a dwelling of famous religious places, historical sites, and several other tourist appeals, which are perfect to experience during the winter holidays in India. The highly visited place in Amritsar is golden temple, which is the most religious shrine of Sikhs and one must not give it a miss during the tour to Amritsar. There is a sacred pond in the temple where you can take bath before offering prayers to the God. Moreover, the devotees can relish ‘lunger’ within the premises of the temple. In addition to this, there are many places of interest such as the Fort Gobind Garh, Ram Bagh, Mata Mandir and Jalian Wala Bagh.
These are my picks for the best destinations to visit during winter excursions in India. It’s time to get up and start packing your bag for the most exciting trip of your lifetime, filling you with odes of joy, happiness and adventure.
Published: 11 Dec, 2013