7 Lesser known Winter Destinations in India

Summers are gone and winters are on! And planning a trip during this season is something very joyous. If you have been searching for offbeat winter destinations in India, go through the list of some of the lesser known winter destinations in India. Explore the best scenery and revel in thrilling activities all at once.

Explore these top 6 lesser known winter destinations in India.

  • Jibhi – A Retreat of Tranquility
  • Mechuka – The Forbidden Valley
  • Tawang – Beauty At Its Peak
  • Lava – Spellbinding Views
  • Lambasingi – Kashmir of Andhra
  • Dawki – The Mirror of Nature
  • Khonoma – The land of Angami Naga

Jibhi – A Retreat of Tranquility

Explore Jibhi, one of the offbeat winter places to visit in India in Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by gushing rivers, lush green valleys, and fascinating waterfall, Jibhi is among lesser known winter destinations in India. This astonishing destination is ideal for solo travelers, who love nature and looking for some warm-up by indulging in thrilling activities.

Along with its scenic vistas, the place boasts several unspoiled villages and has some guest houses where you can stay and enjoy the marvelous views of nature.

  • Things to Do: Trekking, camping, nature walk, meditation, photography
  • Places to Visit: Serloskar Lake, Jalori Pass, the Great Himalayan National Park
  • Tips: If you are going for a trek, carry essential equipment such as trekking boots, warm wool hiking socks, a compass, and gloves.
  • Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

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Mechuka – The Forbidden Valley

Visit the unexplored land of Arunachal Pradesh, Mechuka, a small town situated at an elevation of about 6,000 feet above sea level in the Mechuka Valley. Surrounded by rugged mountains, the Siyom River, and lush green forests but during winter the scenario is completely different here.

Once you get to this offbeat place in India in winter, you will find a thick blanket of snow everywhere. Besides, it is one of the most romantic destinations to visit this winter.

  • Things to Do: Trekking, horse riding, excursion to explore the town, photography
  • Places to Visit: Mechuka View Point, Samten Yongcha Monastery
  • Tips: Do not forget to make momos with Memba tribes.
  • Ideal Duration: 3-4 days

Tawang – Beauty At Its Peak

Tawang is renowned for Tawang Monastery, the second largest Buddhist monastery in the world. And if you are an adventure enthusiast looking for offbeat destinations in India in December, this place is heaven. Make this winter thrilling by hitting the land of Tawang. It is surrounded by the majestic Himalayas and valleys wrapped by multicolored prayer flags.

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Be a part of the Losar festival celebrated here and add another festive fervor to your winter. This town has three major shopping sites – the Old Market, the Nehru Market, and the New Market. Enjoy shopping and buy items such as crockery, sweaters, shoes, handbags, traditional jewelry, prayer wheels, flags, and many more.

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  • Things to Do: Trekking, be a part of the famous Torgya and Losar festivals, sightseeing
  • Places to Visit: Sela Pass, Madhuri Lake, Nuranang Falls
  • Tips: Buy prayer flags and make wishes while going to the Tawang Monastery.
    Contact local travel agencies to know about the weather condition
  • Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

Lava – Spellbinding Views

Lava is one of the less crowded places in India in winter and is a scenic village in West Bengal. The picturesque views of Mt. Kanchenjunga are especially recommended for mountain lovers. The romantic destination attracts you with its magnificent beauty. It is surrounded by nature trekking trails, lush green valleys, and misty mountains. Lave is a lesser-known winter destination to visit in India but it is now becoming a major winter tourist destination. This place is ideal for nature as well as adventure lovers to visit this place to soak in the beauty of Mother Nature.

  • Things to Do: Trekking, wildlife exploration, photography, bird watching
  • Places to Visit: Rimbik, Rishop, Neora National Park, Sherpa View Point
  • Tips: While trekking, wear a good pair of walking boots that will support your ankles and give you an excellent grip.
  •  Ideal Duration: 1- 2 days

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Also Read: Best Places to Experience Snowfall in India

Lambasingi – Kashmir of Andhra

Have you ever heard about snowfall in South India? Yes, you read it right. Lambasingi is such a unique village in Andhra Pradesh. A touch of snowfall every year makes this village popular and gives a reason to call it the ‘Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh’. Surrounded by lush green tea and coffee plantations, Lambasingi is one of the offbeat places you must visit in winter for a family trip.

This place is also called ‘Korra Bayalu’, which means “if someone stays out in the open at night, by morning they would freeze like a stick”. November to January is the month when you can enjoy snowfall here. 

  •  Things to Do: Wildlife safari, sightseeing, photography, nature walk
  •  Places to Visit: Thajangi Reservoir, Susan Garden, Ghat Road, Kondakarla Bird Sanctuary
  • Tips:  Capture wonderful moments with your camera do not forget to pack additional batteries and memory cards.

Also Read: Best Winter Destinations in North India

Dawki – The Mirror of Nature

Located between India and Bangladesh, in the northern state of Meghalaya. It is renowned for its crystal clear waters of Umngot, which is also called the Dawki River. It is one of the lesser-known winter destinations of India. With a refreshing temperature varying from 16 to 20 degrees celsius, this tourist destination turns blissful in winters and one of the best you could ever experience around.

The crystal clear waters and plenty of lush greenery all around make this place simply adorable. Boating on the crystal clear waters gives a hypnotizing feeling that the boat is not floating its levitating in the air. Dawki is also one of the amazing places that you can visit with your family this winter. It offers wonderful views of the Meghalayan panorama. The town has a fine vantage point for admiring the Khasi and Jaintia Hills.

  • Things to Do: Boating, photography, sightseeing, trekking
  • Places to Visit: Umngot River, Jaflong Zero Point, Burhill Falls
  • Tips: Do not forget to take your camera if you do so then it’s a big miss
  • Ideal Duration: 1-2 days

Also Read: Popular Winter Festivals in India You Must Attend

Khonoma – The land of Angami Naga

A village in Nagaland, Khonoma is one of the offbeat places to visit in North East India in winter. It is one of the hidden gems of the country. The village is known as Angami Naga village and was awarded the title of the first green village in the country. Khonoma is famous for its conversational ventures, forests, and unique form of agriculture including some of the oldest terraced agriculture in the region.

You can witness the terrace cultivation and also interact with the local tribe to know about their lifestyle and culture. These tribes have a pool of master craftsmen, who are experts in the art of weaving with bamboo and cane. 

  • Things to Do: Trekking, camping, nature walk, meditation, photography
  • Places to Visit: Kohima War Cemetery, Naga Heritage Village, Kisama Heritage Village, Dzukou Valley, Pulie Badze
  • Tips: Be a part of the famous Hornbill festival and experience the best of India.
  • Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

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Are you ready to explore these amazing places this winter? Pack your bags and take your friends, family, or beloved along, or go solo. Just explore this magnificent and lesser-known winter destination of India. Do not wait anymore. Get ready to adore the beauty of these marvelous places and make this winter vacation a memorable one.

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Anand Raj

Anand is a content writer and developer, with 2+ years of experience in creating content for several industries. His zeal for helping the readers and providing authentic information arises from his former experience in journalism. Exploring new places, learning new things, trying out amazing cuisines, and blogging about them are few things that keep Anand fascinated.