The search for winter destinations and holiday packages are always on the rise, especially when a winter break is right around the corner. Being such a vast country, a variety of places can be travelled in India during the season whether it is beaches you like or snow or wildlife.
We have compiled a list for you which will help you plan your winter vacations better. You can escape the scorching heat and travel up north or enjoy a little bit of sun in the West or down south in places like Goa and Kerela.
Andaman is not only a great honeymoon destination in India during the winter, but anyone who enjoys the tropical jungle and pristine beaches should definitely visit.
Whether it is snorkeling, scuba diving or water sports, Andaman is ideal for all of it. The clean and serene beaches overlooking the beautiful sky is the perfect way to spend your winter holidays.
Attractions: Exotic marine life and exquisite locales
Goa is predominantly known for its food and beach parties but the beautiful state is much more than that. Winters in Goa are very enjoyable especially during the Christmas and New Year’s which is celebrated with enthusiasm.
Winter is also the peak season in Goa with its nightlife going a notch higher. It becomes a cultural hub in India as people from different parts of the world look to travel Goa. If you are a beach bum, here are the top beaches of Goa that you just cannot miss.
Attractions: Nightlife and great vibes during Christmas and New Year’s
God’s own country as it is fondly called, Kerala definitely stands up to that tag. Doesn’t matter what season it is, this place doesn’t fail to astonish you with its immense beauty. It is a lot cooler and pleasant to travel there during the winter since the sun is not beating down on you too hard.
Kerala’s backwaters, wonderful tea plantations and much more will make you want to stay longer. Apart from all these factors, Kerala also has abundant wildlife along with beautiful sights which will have you in awe.
Attractions: Lovely scenery and greenery
4. Udaipur, Rajasthan
Winter is best time to visit Udaipur which is often known as the Venice of the East. The city has a lot of lakes with the most famous one being Lake Pichola which is right near the beautiful City Palace of Udaipur.
Apart from the water bodies, the city has many places worth visiting like more than a few temples. Along with Udaipur, places like Jaipur and Jaisalmer are also worth travelling to. Visiting the various forts and palaces of Rajasthan is bound to be a fun experience.
Attractions: Palaces and lakes
5. Auli, Uttarakhand
Auli is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in India during the winters, and if you are looking to ski or enjoy the snow, then January and February is the time to be there.
A lot of skiing activities are also held during this time. Situated in Uttarakhand, Auli also provides breathtaking views of the snow-clad Himalayan mountains. All the adventure junkies pack your bags and go to Auli, it is worth the fun.
Attractions: Skiing and stunning views
6. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Another popular Honeymoon location in India, Shimla is often swarming with tourists during the winter season. It is very cold there and the perfect place to enjoy the winters.
If you enjoy snow, you should definitely visit this prepossessing hill station. The snow-covered peaks and romantic environment is especially enjoyed by the couples.
Attractions: Snow and ideal romantic getaway
If anything defines awe-inspiring the best, it would Kashmir without having even a shred of doubt. Beautiful valleys and mountains covered with snow are just the tip of the iceberg in this ‘Paradise On Earth’.
Sonamarg, Gulmarg and Pahalgam are magnificent to say the least. Dal Lake offers you a serene yet picturesque experience which you won’t forget soon. If you have the budget for a luxurious vacation, many state-of-the-art hotels and spas have now sprung up in the valley for tourists to enjoy. The mesmerizing beauty of Kashmir will surely leave you spell bound.
Attractions: Elegant spots and postcard-perfect beauty
8. Kullu Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Another snow-clad destination in this list, Manali is yet another favourite spot for honeymooners and couples who want to enjoy the snow and the cold. Kullu is filled with rich natural surroundings during the winter as well.
Manali is the place where one can visit temples as well as indulge in adventure sports like paragliding. You can also enjoy the snowfall during the winter season in Manali.
Attractions: Snowfall and perfect for couples
9. Ranthambore, Rajasthan
If you are a wildlife lover, then Ranthambore is a great place to visit during the winter. Considered as one of the best tiger reserves in India, it is pleasant there during the winter season thanks to the drop-in temperatures.
Apart from the tigers, the Ranthambore National Park boasts of leopards, sloth bears, hyenas, Indian foxes, crocodiles and jackals. It is often believed that spotting tigers at Ranthambore is relatively easy in comparison to other reserves in India, so all the wildlife lovers go book a safari!
Attractions: Wildlife and safari
10. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Situated in Assam, Kaziranga National Park houses more than half of the world’s one horned rhinoceros. If you want to see a tiger and also want to travel east then you are in luck, as the National Park has the highest density of tigers among the protected areas in the world.
Apart from being a Tiger reserve, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beautiful greenery and some exciting visuals will make your visit memorable. Other animals including leopards, foxes, deer and flying squirrels are also a part of the park.
Attractions: Rhinoceros and tigers
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11. Rann of Kutch
Famous for its white desert, the ideal time to visit here is during the winter. Post October, the Rann of Kutch begins to dry up and transforms into a barren and surreal salt desert. This is enough of a reason for you to pack your bags and get there. The Gujarat Government also holds the Rannotsav each year which includes pre-booked accommodation and guided tours for visitors.
Any and every adjective used to explain the experience in the Rann of Kutch on a moonlight night won’t justify the beauty this place possesses. It is also closer to Bhuj which boasts of places like Aaina Mahal and Prag Mahal among others.
Attractions: White Salt Desert and Raanotsav