10 Preeminent Places to Visit in Winter in India

Are you planning for a vacation trip with your family and friends this winter? Are you confused about where to go for winter vacation?

Well…. Here is a solution to your confusion. Here you will get all the information about the best places to visit in winter in India.
India has a vast geography and every part of it has a different climatic condition. As per the South Asian climatic conditions, most parts of India are not suitable for vacation during summer season due to extreme heat and humidity.

10 Preeminent Places to Visit in Winter in India, winter vacation
Winter Holiday Destination

India enjoys pleasant climatic conditions mainly in winter season from the month of October to March. Thus, this period is the most preferred time for planning a vacation in India. In this period, you can enjoy vacation in a snow covered hill station or on the white shores of a coastal town, in a town surrounded by art and history or in a lush green jungle destination.

Here is a list of the winter destinations to choose for this winter vacation for an ideal trip with your buddies and family:

1. Amritsar

The city of Amritsar is well known for the iconic Golden Temple or Harminder Sahib, which is among the most visited pilgrimages of Sikh religion. The biggest as well as the commercial hub of Punjab, this city is surrounded by spiritualism, history and art. This city is visited by huge number of tourists around the globe every year to know more about the history of India by visiting Jallianwala Bagh, to know about Sikhism by visiting the Golden temple.

You can also enjoy watching the Beating Retreat Ceremony held every day in the Wagah Border between India and Pakistan. In short, if you get fascinated by history and culture than you can plan a trip to this lively city of the Sikhs this winter.

Places to Visit in Amritsar: Jallianwala Bagh, Golden Temple, Durgiana Temple, Gobindgarh Fort, Wagah Border.

Best Hotels to Stay:  Hotel Sawera Grand, Hotel City Park Amritsar, Radisson Blu Amritsar, Hotel PR Residency.

10 Preeminent Places to Visit in Winter in India, winter vacation

2. Auli

If you are planning for a snow destination for winter vacation, than, Auli is a perfect winter destination for you. Also popular as India’s Skiing Capital, this picturesque hill station and ski resort of Uttarakhand is very popular among the adventure enthusiasts and honeymoon couples during winters. During the months of December to February, Auli organizes Skiing Festivals, where beginners and experts both can participate and enjoy skiing in the slopes of Himalayas.

The views of the Himalayan Peaks like Trishul, Nanda Devi, Kamet, Mana Parvat and Hathi Parvath are also splendid. You can also enjoy a Gondola ride here which is the longest Gondola ride in Asia.

Places to Visit in Auli: Auli Ropeway, Joshimath, Auli Artificial Lake, Kwani Bugyal, Gorson Bugyal, Chenab Lake, Chattrakund.

Best Hotels to Stay: Himalayan Eco Lodge and Camps, The Royal Village, Auli Resort, Panchvati Inn.

10 Preeminent Places to Visit in Winter in India, winter destination

3. Shimla

This erstwhile summer capital of the British India is a renowned destination and it always grabs its position in the listing of the best places to visit in winter in India. Bordered by the majestic Himalayan ranges, this ‘Queen of Hills’ has every reason to fascinate the tourists and backpackers. From trekking to skiing you can enjoy a number of winter sports here.

The colonial structures, the heighted deodars and pine trees and the mystical environment of this hill station make it one of the great options for winter destinations in India.

Places to Visit in Shimla: Shimla Mall Road, The Ridge, Scandal Point, Jakhoo Temple, Summer Hill, Annandale.

Best Hotels to Stay: Honeymoon Inn, Woodville Palace Hotel Shimla, Radisson Jass Shimla, Snow Valley Resorts Shimla.

10 Preeminent Places to Visit in Winter in India, winter holiday destination

4. Varanasi

India’s spiritual capital, Varanasi is an ideal destination to spend winter vacation in a peaceful ambience. Located on the banks of River Ganga in Uttar Pradesh, this city is well known for its Ghats and Spiritual destinations. This historical city holds significance in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.

Boating in River Ganga and enjoying the captivating views of sunrise and sunset, taking part in the iconic Ganga Aarti in the ghats of Ganga after sunset, enjoying the mouth-watering cuisines of Varanasi and roaming in the narrow lanes of Varanasi are some activities which will make you trip to Varanasi enthralling. The holiness and peacefulness of this city will revive your soul for a new start.

Places to Visit in Varanasi: Ghats of Ganga, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sarnath, Bharat Kala Bhavan, Ram Nagar Fort.

Best Hotels to Stay: The India Benaras, Brij Rama Palace Varanasi, Hotel Varanasi Inn.

10 Preeminent Places to Visit in Winter in India, winter vacation

5. Igatpuri

A charming hill station located in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, Igatpuri is surrounded by the lofty peaks of the Sahyadri Range. This place is blesses with a number of scenic locations like archaic forts, majestic waterfalls, cool climate and blossoming greenery and this makes Igatpuri one of the most liked weekend getaways from Pune and Mumbai.

This place is a heaven for the trekkers and hikers as they can indulge in many winter sports and camping in Igatpuri.  As the climatic conditions are hot and humid in summers, Igatpuri tour can be best enjoyed From October to February, which makes it an ideal winter holiday destination in India.

Places to Visit in Igatpuri: Tringalwadi Fort, Kalsubai Peak, Vipassna Center, Sandhan Valley,Bhatsa River Valley, Camel Valley.

Best Hotels to Stay: Dewdrops Boutique Retreat, Hotel Ashwin, Igatpuri, Rainforest Resort and Spa.

10 Preeminent Places to Visit in Winter in India, winter vacation

6. Jaisalmer

Spending the winter vacation in the ‘Golden City’ Jaisalmer is a great option. Winter is the best time to feel the charm of this heritage city and to spend some quality time amid the golden sands of Thar Desert. The fort city of Jaisalmer is surrounded by striking architecture, chivalry of the Royals interesting folklores and colorful culture of Rajasthan.

Enjoying Camel Safari or Jeep Safari in Sam Sand Dunes and watching the captivating views of dusk and dawn in desert will make your winter vacation out-of-the-world.

Places to Visit in Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Gadisar Lake, Desert Camps, Sam Sand Dunes, Kuldhara Village.

Best Hotels to Stay: Hotel Royal Haveli, Hotel Lalgarh Fort and Palace, Hotel Jaisalkot, Hotel Radhika.

10 Preeminent Places to Visit in Winter in India, winter vacation

7. Kutch

Kutch is an apparently eternal tortoise shaped island located in the state of Gujarat. Kutch is popular among the tourists for its vast stretched white salt desert called ‘Rann of Kutch’. This place is recognized worldwide for its unique handicrafts and intricate Kutchi hand embroidery but the chief attraction is the winter festival organised in the Rann of Kutch every year from December to February where you can stay in camps and indulge in cultural functions and adventure activities.

You can also go for beach expedition in the beaches near Kutch and Bhuj. All in All it is an ultimate winter destination in India.

Places to Visit in Kutch: Rann of Kutch, Kala Dungar, Wild Ass Sanctuary, Koteshwar Mahadev Temple, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary.

Best Hotels in Stay: Hotel Kalash Mandvi Kutch, The Village Resort, Hotel Holiday Residency.

10 Preeminent Places to Visit in Winter in India, winter vacation

8. Lakshadweep

If you looking for a winter vacation in solitude, than, Lakshadweep is a good option for you. Situated at a distance of 400 kms from the western coast of Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep comprises some of the best and pristine beaches of India. In winter, you will experience the best weather here along with the blue crystal clear water, dense green coconut groves, white sandy shores, scuba diving over the stretched coral reefs and romance in the air.

This less crowded archipelago of 39 beautiful islands is among the best places to visit in winter in India.

Places to Visit in Lakshadweep: Agatti Island, Bangaram Island, Kadmat Island, Minicoy Island,Pitti Bird Sanctuary, Kavaratti Island Lagoon.

Best Hotels to Stay: White Pearl Beach Resort, Agatti Island Beach Resort, Coral Paradise Beach Resort, Bangaram Island Beach Resort.

10 Preeminent Places to Visit in Winter in India, winter holiday destination

9. Wayanad

Nestled in the lap of verdant nature, Wayanad is one of the appealing destinations in Kerala. The entire place is bordered by bountiful greenery and wildlife and is having some of the best trekking trails for the adventure lovers.

Other than the forest reserve, Wayanad comprises pre-historic caves, charming waterfalls, spice plantations, jungle resorts and home stays. So, if you want to spend your holidays in the midst of nature and greenery, than visit Wayand and explore its virgin exquisiteness.

Places to Visit in Wayanad: Chembra Peak, Edakkal Caves, Soochippara Waterfalls, Thirunelli Temple, Banasura Hill, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Neelimala View Point, Lakkidi View Point.

Best Hotels to Stay: KTDC Pepper Grove, Hotel Haritagiri Sterling Wayanad Resorts and Hotels, Grassroots Wayanad, Le Villagio Holiday Apartments.

10 Preeminent Places to Visit in Winter in India, winter destination

10. Gangtok

The charismatic mountain destination Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim. Perched at an elevation of 1660 meters above sea level, this hill station is blessed with a cool climate all through the year but in winter, the charm of this place is really different with snowfall and the backdrop of snow-clad high Himalayan ranges. 

Located very close to the China border, this striking hill station is a very popular pilgrimage of Buddhism. So, you will get to see many Buddhist Gompas in this winter holiday destination. You can also enjoy river rafting in the white water of the River Teesta.

Places to Visit in Gangtok: Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass, Hanuman Tok, Gangtok M.G.Road, Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple, Tashi View Point, Himalayan Zoological Park, Ranka Monastery.

Best Hotels to Stay: Delight The Fortuna, Sterling Gangtok, Woodberry Hotel and Spa, Hotel Sonam Delek, Summit Golden Crescent.

10 Preeminent Places to Visit in Winter in India, winter vacation

In winter season, some destinations have off-season while some will have peak season. So, as per your choice of location, book your hotel in advance to enjoy a hassle free vacation. If you are planning for a location which receives snowfall in winters, than, always keep instant food stuffs and electric kettle for warm water in your luggage. Hope, you will get your dream destination from this list of places to visit in winter in India.

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