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Where is hot in January

Come January, and most of India experiences winter. Amidst all the merrymaking of welcoming the New Year, you can plan to celebrate at the hottest destinations in January which offer some warmth even during the cool season. These destinations help you escape the cold climate without compromising with full-filled winter vacations in India.

Goa is the ultimate mecca for beach lovers in India. When you have more than 50 options to bask in the sunshine, indulge in water sports, go exploring the colonial heritage or try new experiences, then nothing beats Goa. Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands are ideal choices for the off-beat destination lovers. Both of these are best beach holiday destinations to be explored in January.

Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Gokarna, Varanasi, Khajuraho and Bangalore etc. also list among the best places to go on holiday in winter. These places offer number of sightseeing spots, festivities, adventure sports, wildlife safaris and other memorable experiences that create some exhilarating memories. Forget foggy morning and bask-in the sunshine at these must-visit destinations.

So, wait no more and make a resolution to visit these warm weather destinations in January to put the right foot forward for the New Year. 


Warm Weather Destinations in India in January

Goa

Goa is everything one needs for a great vacation. When you think of vacations in January, Goa tops the list. The parties synonymous with the end of the year are over but the fun is not just over yet. Get ready for beaches, water sports, and fun. Do not miss to catch up on the dose of Vitamin D. Go sightseeing around towns and village. There are abundant adventures to embark upon. After the parties of Goa in December, January offers the opportunity to detox yourself by participating in the India Yoga Festival held from January 4 to January 9. Get up close with 25 renowned yoga teachers and feel the bliss of yoga work its magic on you.

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Pondicherry

Pondicherry is one of the choicest holiday destinations in South India. Tucked away on the Eastern seaboard of India, the French influenced city is blessed with peaceful vacations. Among its diverse attractions are a coastline of 32 km palm-fringed beaches, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the international city of Auroville, and so on. Enjoy a fine meal with a glass of wine, rent a bicycle and take a stroll at the promenade. Learn meditation at the Auroville, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Or you could watch a cultural event. You can also go fishing in a Kattamaran raft of sorts. The laid-back charm works its magic in January. Feel the bliss of sun, sea and French pleasures.

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Khajuraho

To warm your hearts even in the cold winters Khajuraho is one of the best places to visit in January in India. An UNESCO World heritage site, Khajuraho is the famous tourist archaeological site in Madhya Pradesh. Around 85 temples occupy the lands, dedicated to Hindu and Jain devotees. Any mention of the erotic art sculptures is incomplete without Khajuraho. The set of temples and its sculptural excellence is the result of the Chandela Kings who were greatly influenced by Tantric traditions. The sculptures here portray some of the most aesthetic representations of love making. Since visiting Khajuraho in the summer months is quite difficult, January is the ideal time to enjoy its beauty.

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Tamil Nadu

If you are thinking of warm weather and a fun vacation in January then Tamil Nadu is where you should be. The coastal state of India is delightful throughout the year but in January its appeal is amplified. It is the month of Pongal. The four-days-long harvest festival is celebrated as a thanksgiving to nature. The harvest festival falls typically on the 14th or the 15th of January and is the quintessential 'Tamil Festival'. Tamil Nadu is blessed with a unique topography. Beaches, hill stations, pilgrimage sites and ancient cities are covered in the state boundaries. Its distinctive ancient Dravidian culture is a fascinating part of south India. Your tour will be full of amazing experiences.

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Lakshadweep

Tropical beaches in January is the perfect start of the year. Lakshadweep, the archipelago of pristine sand beaches Lakshadweep is tucked away in the Arabian Sea. The islands shine like little emeralds. All 36 islands offer different sport activities. Go snorkeling, yachting, scuba diving, canoeing, boating, and kayaking, among others. One of world's most spectacular tropical island systems, the islands offer a precious heritage of ecology and culture. The unique feature of the cluster of Islands is its coral reef. The reef is the venue for various adventures. The underwater view at Lakshadweep is kaleidoscopic and breathtaking. Escape everything as you spend days exploring the islands and the marine world. The lavish resort pampers you during your stay.

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Hampi

One of the 32 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India, Hampi is an incredible place to plan holidays to. January is just the perfect time to go exploring. The pleasant weather of January adds to the charming experience. The capital of Vijayanagar Empire in 13th century is blessed with magnificent architectural wonders. The city lies in ruins now, but is still one of the most interesting places in India to explore. Sited in Karnataka on the banks of the River Tungabhadra it is a refreshing change from the tourist crowds. Unlike many tourist destinations the bewitching view of architectural ruins are preserved properly. The charm of the ruins enraptures visitors in the very first look.

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Bangalore

Bangalore is a city of myriad pleasures. Though the city enjoys a wonderful weather throughout the year, January certainly increases it appeal. Apart from its fast-pace IT Culture, the Garden city is known for cutting edge nightlife, cultural heritage, gardens and many more things. The month of the first year puts the city in a celebratory mood. There are plenty of music festival, flower shows, sports activities and other things. Wake up to misty mornings which turn into pleasant days to bask in sunshine. End the day with exciting evenings of fun, food, drinks, music, dance, etc. If you have had enough of the city pleasures, Bangalore also offers a plethora of getaway options.

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Darjeeling

The North Eastern Himalayan paradise of Darjeeling is beautiful remedy for weary souls. The hill town of West Bengal is one of the best places to visit in January. The foggy view of snow covered Mt Kanchenjunga, the lush tea gardens, serene monasteries, a ride on the Toy Train and many more exciting experiences make an unforgettable vacation.

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Sikkim

Sikkim is a land of dramatic landscapes, and without a doubt, is one of the most sought after winter destinations in India. This beautiful region is overlooked by Mt. Kanchenjunga (Khangchendzonga), in the local language. The landscape here is dotted with several lakes, most of which are considered sacred. One of the most visited lakes is Tsomgo Lake, located at an altitude of 12,000ft and enclosed by rugged mountain terrain. Another magical lake, which is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists is Gurudongmar Lake. Sikkim is also home to some ancient monasteries like Dubdi Monastery, Rabdentse and Pemayangste Monastery. To come across one of the most revered eco-systems in the world, visit the Khangchendzonga National Park. This place is also a haven for adventure lovers, and offers excellent opportunities for sports like hiking, mountaineering, bird watching, yak riding, paragliding etc. This place is also home to several hot springs (known for their therapeutic values) like Yumthang and Reshi hot springs.

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Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage National Park in Assam, is famous worldwide for its unprecedented success in the conservation of the one-horned rhinoceros. Its also one of the best places to visit in winter in India. The majestic beauty of the one-horned rhino, with its colossal dimensions and charismatic horn, draws both admiration and evokes awe. Apart from these, the sight of herds of wild buffaloes with their curved horns will stop you in your tracks. Here, one finds a unique habitat which is a fascinating mix of wetlands, grasslands, woodlands and highlands. This is the best time to admire the incredible biodiversity of this place due to the amicable weather prevailing during this time. The best way of appreciating the beauty and exploring the natural treasures of this region is taking an elephant safari, which typically lasts for an hour.

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Nainital

The ‘City of Lakes’ Nainital nestled in Uttarakhand is one of the scenic hill towns in India. January, the park of winter enhances the charm. The view of snow covered mountains in the backdrop, chilly winds, glistering Naini Lake, colorful boats, vibrant markets and the relaxed setting makes for a truly invigorating time for family vacation, honeymoon or solo backpacking.

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Varanasi

Even the peak of winters in Varanasi cannot dissuade from visiting the holy city. The otherworldly charm of the oldest city in India, is something that needs to be experienced. The start of the year at the divine blessed city is delightful. Wake up before dawn and take a boat ride on the Ganges. The river Goddess is highly revered. It is the longest river in India starting from its glacial origin till it merges with the sea. The river Ghats are occupied by century old temples. Chants, aromas, rituals are performed invoking the Hindu gods. The streets of the city are where the real magic lies. The town is the door to salvation. Take a dip in the waters to be absolved of all sins.

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