Come winter and the travel bugs start biting more as they become more active. Don’t panic! This means winter opens the doors for all the places to explore and enjoy which otherwise is a bit tiring during summer months. Here is a list of top 10 destinations in India where you can have a time of your life! So fasten your seatbelt and glide through the list.
Sonamarg – Snow abode of Kashmir
This wonderland is full of snow throughout December and January. Jump, play, make snowman or do whatever you want there. Apart from that, this place is equally exceptional beauty from June to October where you can witness endless streams of colourful flowers and exciting trekking routes.
Dharamshala – Land of the Lama
Apart from Manali which is a famous tourist attraction in Himachal Pradesh, explore Dharamshala this time. The scenic charm and the blend of Hindu and Tibetan culture definitely draw a lot of tourist and travellers alike. Not to forget the snow blanket during the winter this adds a cherry on the cake!
Auli – Skiing capital of India
For adventure lovers, Auli in Utaarakhand is an amazing choice to visit in winter. Other than skiing there are trekking routes and chair car rides to be explored and experienced.
Rishikesh – Bungee jumping and Rafting hotspot in India
Not only famous for its temples, majestic beauty and soothing weather, Rishikesh is the ultimate destination for bungee jumping and river rafting in India. Atleast once in life try it out to get the amazing experience!
Gangtok – Charming beauty of Northeast India
This is yearlong round place but winter adds to its charm a bit more. Apart from its natural beauty and excellent cleanliness, there are old and beautiful monasteries to visit. The market and the foods are famous in Gangtok. So, shop till you drop and enjoy some delectable recipes from the menus offered.
Darjeeling – Tea Paradise
Along with the world famous tea production, Darjeeling is the Queen of Himalayas. Its epic beauty is incomparable. Visit this place for relaxation, scenic beauty, food, shopping and some beautiful memories for lifetime. Enjoy the fairy-tale-like journey in the toy train through world’s highest peak station!
Shillong – Rock Capital of India
The crystal clear water bodies and the spotless beauty along with the warm smile of the locals want you to come back to this place again and again. Apart from the breathtaking views, have the sweet and juicy oranges. There are some amazing festivals during the winter – Baghmara, Tysim festival, Pinjarra festival, Williamnagar and Tura Winter festival, Tura.
Nagoa Beach, Diu – Asia’s longest beach festival
Festa De Diu, the longest beach festival starts in December is a must-have experience. The temperature is cooler compared to other parts of the year. You need to see the breath-taking virgin beaches of Diu where you can enjoy bonfire and celebrate the New Year in the Beach Festival.
Havelock Island – One of the best Beaches in Asia
Andamans, the name itself brings a smile on the face. Yes! Whatever could be said about the beauty of this place is always less. The coral reef, the exceptional beaches, the views everything makes Andamans unique. Havelock Island is where you can completely get immersed in the lap of nature, experience sea-walking and enjoy some delicious sea foods. It is no less than a wonderland.
Allepy – The backwaters of India
If you are in Allepy you must stay atleast a night in one of the hundreds of houseboats. Apart from the lush greenery, the climate during the winter is really pleasant. The experience of staying in a slow moving houseboat having all the practical facilities and yummy foods is something not to be missed.
Rann of Kutch – The White desert
One of the biggest festivals in India during the winter is the Kutch Festival. The desert safari, a stay at the tents under the moonlit sky is the best to explore. This festival extends up to almost two months.
Udaipur – The City of Lakes
The historical city also known as the City of Lakes due to the presence of Lake Pichola, fateh Sagar Lake, Udaisagar Lake, Swaroop Sagar and more offers not only picturesque beauty but a taste of Indian culture at its best. Not to forget about the shopping experience you will enjoy and relish the authentic Rajasthani cuisine, both veg and non veg.
Rameshwaram – The place of India’s first sea bridge
Famous as the pilgrimage site, Rameshwaram offers not only serenity and peace but few exceptional sites to visit. The Pamban bridge, India’s first longest sea bridge is a must visit. Other famous attractions are Ramanathaswamy temple, Dhanushkodi beach, Rama setu. Winter is the best time to visit this place since the weather remains very pleasant.
Goa – India’s biggest tourist hotspot
When it comes to the list of winter destinations, Goa undoubtedly holds a distinct place in it. From rave parties to just chilling, from water sport activities to the most tasty cuisines, Goa has everything to offer for everyone. You can simply rent out cab or two-wheeler if you want to explore and enjoy. There are lots of homestay options available along with a huge number of excellent hotels.
Pondicherry – The French colony of India
The colorful and beautiful colonies of Pondicherry in the French style will take you a trip down the history a bit. The Aurobindo Ashram, the sea beach, the unique cuisines are a must visit especially during the winter when the place is perfect to visit due to its pleasant climate.
So, put on your travelling shoes, pack your bags and set out to explore all these treasures of our country. Enjoy!
Article by Somdutta