India is indeed one of the one most sought after winter holiday destinations in the world. Well my Indian folks know it all about India. But for my foreigner friends, let me tell you that India is one of the most diverse countries globally and is famous for its diverse array of cultures, landscapes, religions, and languages. India has geographical diversity in the form of mountains, plains, plateaus, deserts and islands. It has the best weather conditions in winter which brings snow in the mountains, fogs in the plains, warm sunshine near beaches, and mysterious mists in the lush environment. There are umpteen numerous destinations across the length and breadth of this vast and beautiful country. Below I have compiled the list of the best places to visit in India in winter.
BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN INDIA IN WINTER
Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan in North India is surely worth a visit during winters when the weather is just perfect. Make sure to visit this beautiful state from November till mid March when the weather is ideal for sightseeing. There is so much to do while in Jaipur. Jaipur is the city of forts, temples, palaces, markets and what not. You can explore the City Palace, which is the residence of the royal family of Jaipur. Visit the Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort. Check out Jal Mahal from a distance. Visit Albert Hall Museums, Govind Ji Temple, as well as Jantar Mantar. Don’t forget to go for shopping for traditional Rajasthani clothes, jewelry, handicrafts, souvenirs, etc.
Mussoorie , also known as the “Queen of Hills”, is located in North India on the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan Ranges in Uttarakhand. It is one of the most scenic hill towns in Uttrakhand. I have been to this awesome hill station many a times and I literally experienced moving amid the clouds while taking a walk in the Mall Road. This place looks so romantic in winters thereby making it a perfect destination for a honeymoon, weekend outing, or family time. There are so many places to enjoy during winters here like go to Kempty Falls, or go for boating. Visit temples & monasteries here. You can also opt for ropeway ride to Gun Hill or watch Sunset at Cloud’s End.
Ooty is a beautiful hill station in South India. This hill station has beautiful range of picturesque Nilgiris hills surrounded by lush greenery. Spending time in Ooty during the winter months has its own charm when this place gets enveloped in dreamy mist all over. You can visit this place with family or for a romantic honeymoon. While in Ooty, you must Ride the Nilgiri Mountain Railways listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a must to do activity in Ooty and you just can’t miss it. Then explore the coffee & tea plantations, and botanical gardens. Visit Avalanche Lake for trekking and camping, Pay a visit to Emerald Lake, Kamaraj Sagar Dam, and Enjoy spectacular views of Nilgiris from Doddabetta Peak.
Goa in North India, is another magical place you can visit during winters when the rest of India is shivering with cold as Goa has a pleasant climate during winters. Pristine sun kissed beaches, lots of water activities, fresh sea food makes Goa a must visit destination during winters. Goa is also a perfect getaway during the winters because of Goa Carnival, Film Festival, Christmas as well as amazing New Year parties.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
In the North-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh lies Tawang which is an offbeat hill station. It is indeed one of the best places to visit in India in winter. If you a serious backpack traveller, then you ought to visit Tawang. The snow-covered Himalayas, the valleys wrapped by colourful prayer flags and ancient monasteries, it’s just so worth it.
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