There’s a common belief that the way you spend the first day of the new is reflective of how the rest of the year would be like for you. So, in order to get you started on the right foot, I have got some great suggestions for you for the best places to visit in India in January. After all, I believe that travelling to a new destination is the best way to start your new year.
Top Places to visit in January
Top Destinations to visit in January
The tiny Indian state of Goa offers endless sightseeing options. Here you can take delight in the sun-kissed beaches, supple roadways and exotic seashores. The cold weather will turn warm and the disturbed life will hold peace, with a holiday in summer. A worth spending winter days in Goa lies in a visit to the place of interest such as the Capital City ‘Panaji’, the Mapusa town in North Goa, the commercial town of Margao and Vasco Da Gama, a small city in West Goa.
You will have a better time visiting the vibrant Jaipur in between October - March, because of the cool weather during this time. Jaipur offers a great deal of National Parks and Sanctuaries in and around the city, you can enjoy you wildlife experience more around January. Other reason why you should store your holiday plan for Jaipur until October is for the fairs and festivals, which takes place at this time. You will get to witness the exotic festivals of Teej, Kites, Elephants and more.
Darjeeling, Queen of the Hills, attracts tourists with its beautiful mountain slopes dressed in tea plantations, its pleasant climate which exhilarates the senses, the Darjeeling Himalayan Train, fondly known as the Toy Train, and a host of other attractions which showcase the heritage and culture of this place. From the Batasia Loop to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, there is a lot to see here.
Rightfully named as the heritage hub of ancient India, Khajuraho in the state of Madhya Pradesh hones a large group of temples and monuments. Famed as the world heritage sites, the sculptured structures are amongst the finest examples of artistic creativity, human imagination and architecture. The month of January calls for the best season to explore this heritage land. During this time, the weather stays cool and pleasant throughout the month.
Rishikesh is both a spiritual destination as well as a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Visit the various attractions like Rajaji National Park, Lakshman Jhula and Neelkanth Mahadev Temple or try out some Yoga for the mind, body and soul. Try out water sports like white water rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, bungee jumping and others.
Peacefully nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, Nagaland is one of the most less-explored states in the North-East India. For all those who want to unravel tribal destinations in India, this is your place. Valleys crisis crossed with streams, thick forests on hilly terrain, waterfalls make Nagaland, the abode of rare Indian tribal life. Kohima and Dimarpur is the largest city of the state. The people of Nagaland are basically divided into several regional or tribal community groups such as Konyak, Angami, Ao, Lotha and Sumi Tribal community groups.
The City of Dreams, Mumbai is a charming metropolis. Blessed by waters of Arabian Sea, the glamorous city is full of hopes. The city that never sleeps is buzzing with excitement throughout out the year. January is a pleasant time to visit. The soothing sea breeze calms visitors as they explore the medley of colonial and modern India attractions. Explore the attractions of Marine Drive, Gateway of India, Siddhivinayak Temple, Haji Ali Dargah, the numerous museums, art galleries, etc. Do not miss the flavors of street food and exciting shopping.
Tightly packed with unparalleled mountain and natural beauty; stunning waterfalls, misty valleys, Tawang in the state of Arunachal Pradesh is one of the best places to be visited during winters. During this season, particularly in the month of January, the whole of the region gets covered in thick blanket of snow. For snow fall lovers, this is the perfect time to be in this corner of India. Winters also set the best mood for skiing in Tawang. January also brings the festivities of the Torgya festival in Tawang every year.
A beautiful secret of the North East, Gangtok is the scenic capital of Sikkim. Blessed with picturesque beauty, host of things to do, adventures, monasteries, and other experiences, it is one of the best places to visit in October. The monsoon is gone and winter is yet to arrive therefore quite a pleasant time for holidays.
Located on the West coast of India and bordered by the Arabian Sea, lies an exquisite holiday destination of Daman and Diu. The beaches of Daman are crystal clear and of tranquil nature. The place is scattered with old forts, churches, lighthouses and gardens. However, Diu has its own mythological existence, offering beautiful beaches encompassed by palm trees. It was once colonized by the Portuguese. The beaches of this union territory are pleasant through the early winters, the sun’s warmth is just right for relaxation. During the peak winter season, January, you witness a number of exotic migratory birds, making the place vibrant and attractive.
Dubai is synonymous with remarkable achievements. The UAE metropolis is the land of the tallest inhabitable tower in the world, manmade coastline and islands, world’s largest shopping mall and seven star luxuries. Relish the balance of profound traditions and its futuristic lifestyle. January is the best time to pay a visit. The Dubai shopping Festival is organized every year in the first month. This festival is not only a shopping expedition but an entertainment extravaganza with delights for all visitors. A Dubai holiday in January is an unforgettable experience.
The Land of Smiles, Thailand is the most visited South Asian Country. Blessed with all elements of an invigorating vacation, Thailand offers cherished experiences. January is the best time to pay a visit as the weather is blissful. Soak up warmth of the sun in the picturesque white sandy beaches. Try out adventures in the blessed azure waters of the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea. Relish the Buddhist culture and heritage in temples and museums. The delicious food, soothing massages, shopping and exciting nightlife entertains visitors.
Maldives is the picturesque archipelago of 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean. The beautiful islands are made of pristine white sands, breathtaking cerulean waters, thrilling adventures and cherished experiences. The islands enjoy a pleasant weather throughout the year. The month of January is the best time as it is devoid of rain. Enjoy a pampering stay in the luxurious beach resorts. Enjoy views of the thriving marine world and technicolor coral reefs as underwater visibility is the best. Cherish sunsets on the silvery sands surrounded by swaying palms.
The Chadar Trek is one of the most memorable and winter expeditions on Earth. The best time to visit the area is to travel via air to Leh in the middle of the winter season, and undertake a difficult trek by climbing over semi-frozen Zanskar River gradients and gorge. Here you can experience the ancient Zanskari culture, which is a traditional mix of Indian and Tibetan cultures. One can also see some unique and rare wildlife-snow leopard, ibex, lammergreyer and blue sheep that can be found in many frozen areas in the surrounding area.
Rann of Kutch is a seasonal salt marsh, located in the Thar Desert, Gujarat. The most interesting part is that it remains underwater during the monsoon and returns into its desert form during the dry season of winter. The best occasion to visit this area is during the festival time, which normally begins from October and ends in March. The Gujarat Government organizes a famous festival of “Rann Utsav”, where the tourists can explore the various areas of the Rann and learn more about the local lifestyle. January will be a perfect time to visit the place, as it is the peak of the cold season plus the festival will be celebrated at its full swing.
Australia is a country of myriad experiences. The island country is home to sun kissed golden seashores, azure waters thriving with marine life, the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef, scorching red deserts, misty mountain peaks, glaciers, lush rainforests, energetic cities, delicious gastronomy and exciting fun-filled activities. January is a perfect time to pay a visit. Numerous events such as Sydney Festival, Music Festival are marked on the calendar. The southern hemisphere is blessed with sunshine during this month and visitors can have a sunny vacation in January.
Founded by Rao Bika in 1488 as the capital of Bikaner, Bikaner is the 4th largest city of Rajasthan and quite famous for its sweets and namkeens. People from all around the world visit Bikaner to learn about ancient culture and architecture of India. Some of the most attractive spots to visit in Bikaner include Laxmi Niwas Palace, Lalgarh Palace and Laxminath Temple among others. The best time to visit Bikaner is from October to March. From December to February, the temperature falls down as low as 4 Degree Celsius making it a favorable time to visit this desert realm.
To witness the ruined city of Hampi bedazzled and come alive, a trip to this part of India must be scheduled during winters; January to be precise. Commemorating the true spirit of Hampi and the glory of the bygone Vijayanagar Empire, this popular tourist destination in Karnataka celebrates the Hampi Utsav in the prime winter month. During this festival, Hampi witnesses a huge influx of national as well as international artists. Adding to the cultural phenomenon of this region is the Purandaradasa Aradhna (classical music festival), which also happens to take place in January.
A year round destination in South India, Ooty evolves to its natural best during the winters. The hill station resides in the blissful geography of the Nilgiris, making this hill station one of the favorite for honeymooners and nature lovers. January being the coldest month here serves the best for tourists who enjoy misty holidays with a slight chill in the environment. The end weeks of January also suffice the interests of wildlife lovers as the favorable season for the nearby Mudumalai National Park starts by that time.
Tucked away on the Eastern Coast of India facing the Bay of Bengal, Pondicherry is a pleasant holiday destination. Charming natural beauty, centuries of colonial history, modern attractions and thrilling adventures has made it alluring for everybody seeking a break. Visit the beautiful French colonial version of India in January. The pleasant season is good time to visit. Explore Aurobindo Ashram, spend times on beaches, savor the charm of a bygone era and relish the dining, drinks, watersports and adventures.