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Winter Holiday Destinations In India

Winter is incredible for sightseeing tours and adventure activities. Embark on the sojourn of the best places to visit in winter in India in winter and make your winter holidays a delightful retreat. From tourism point of view, winter, or to be more specific, the months of October, November, December, January and February are when tourism in India reaches its crescendo. One of the hottest destinations Rajasthan (It is literally burning during summer months) becomes one of the most sought after places to visit in India in winter.

Then the beaches of the west coast and south, be it Goa or Kovalam offer ideal setting for sunbathing and leisure activities. Up north, it's the time for winter snow treks in Himalayas for the adventure enthusiast. And last but not the least winter is also the wedding season in India. The hills - be it north or south - becomes the cocoon of romance for newlyweds looking for places to go for honeymoon in winter in India.

For families, it is anywhere in entire country when it comes to winter holidays in India but Maharashtra, Himachal, Kerala and Goa remains favorite. For the elderly, Gujarat with its numerous temples and places for pilgrimage becomes one of the top places to visit in India.

So whether you're looking for a family holiday, solo vacation, going out with friends or looking for pilgrimage or honeymoon in India in winter, browse through our list of top destinations to visit in India in winter to plan your trip.

Winter in India comes with lots of enjoyment. Get sun kissed on the beaches, enjoy skiing on the icy slopes of mountains, treat your eyes to the snowfall or just relax in the warmth of the fireplace in a remote hill station. Winter is also the best time to explore the famous heritage sites spotted across India. So basically the travelers keep their bags ready and wait for the snowy breeze to start blowing from the lap of Himalaya.

As the cool breeze kisses your chick you start looking for the best places to visit in winter in India. The vast land of India offers a variety of options for travelers. Sometimes it becomes difficult to decide the best destination for a winter holiday. For your convenience here is a list of the top winter holiday destinations in India.

Goa the fun capital of India

What could be more relaxing than sunbathing on a sandy beach during a trip to Goa in winter. Endless beach parties around Christmas and the New Year, seafood, Bollywood shows, and festivals make your winter vacation a real enjoyment. Also, strolling in the Portuguese colony is extremely enjoyable in winter. The palm swaying beaches are also the top honeymoon destinations of Goa. Visit the flea markets or dance till the dawn at the open stage. Also check out Goa tour packages.

Major Tourist Attractions in Goa: Christmas and New Year beach parties, Flea Markets

Rajasthan the land of royals

A tour to Rajasthan in the winter season is really enjoyable. This is the perfect time to experience the amazing blend of royalty, tradition, culture, and history of the royal state. Discover the history behind the awe-inspiring palaces and mighty fortresses while savoring traditional art, music and local cuisine. Also, take a tour of the exciting sand dunes of the Thar Desert a famous place to visit in the winter season.

Major Tourist Attractions in Rajasthan: Forts and palaces, Folk music and Rajasthani cuisine, Desert safari

Udaipur the city of lakes

A number of charming lakes surrounded by beautiful palaces and temples make Udaipur the Venice of the East. Enjoy boat rides on Lake Pichola and nature view from the windows of the marvelous palaces that have been turned into luxury resorts. Also, indulge in sightseeing at one of the most romantic destinations of India.

Top Tourist Attractions in Udipur: City Palace, Jag Mandir, Jagdish Temple, Monsoon Palace, and Lake Pichola

Jaipur the Heritage City

The capital of the desert state Rajasthan is really pleasurable during the winter season. You can indulge in sightseeing of famous forts and palaces accompanied by lovely weather. Also, during winter you can experience the Rajasthani culture and cuisine to the fullest. The cultural events and folk music make Jaipur one of the best places to visit in winter in North India.

Tourist Attractions in Jaipur: Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, Jal Mahal, City Palace, & Jantar Mantar

Delhi the city of friendly people

A myriad of historical monuments, open markets, and a plethora of shopping hubs and food joints place Delhi amongst the top winter holiday destinations in India. During this time people come out of the malls and houses and gather at the heritage sites, parks, and food joints.

Major Tourist Attractions in Delhi: Qutab Minar, Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place

Kerala God's own land

The eternal beauty of Kerala makes it one of the best winter honeymoon destinations in India. The pine-fringed beaches, lush forest, wildlife, and tea gardens will for sure make an enjoyable vacation for you. There is also serene backwater allowing houseboat tour and authentic Ayurveda spas.

Major Tourist Attractions in Kerala: Houseboat, Backwaters, seafood Ayurveda message, markets, Tea Gardens, and National Parks

Alleppey the backwater paradise

winter is the perfect time for cruising on the Alleppey backwater. Pleasant weather, serene backwater, awe-inspiring views, and authentic Ayurveda make Alleppey one of the best places to visit in December in India for Family vacations.

Top Tourist Attractions in Alleppey :Houseboat, Vembanad Lake, Marari Beach, Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, and Basilica of St. Mary

Tamil Nadu Gateway to the Dravidian culture

One of the best places to visit in winter in South India, Tamil Nadu attracts tourists to explore heritage temples in Madurai, Mahabalipuram, and Rameswaram. Also, the picturesque hill station of Ooty is one of the best places to visit in October in India.

Major Tourist Attractions in Tamil Nadu: Temples, beaches, mountains, hill stations, wildlife

Hampi the city of ruins

January is the best time to explore Hampi when the festival of Hampi Mahotsav is celebrated in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take part in puppet shows, temple parades, sports, dance, music and more that make Hampi a perfect winter holiday destination in India.

Tourist Attractions in Hampi: Virupaksha Temple, Matanga Hill, Vitthala Temple, and Hazara Rama Temple

Jaisalmer the Golden City

October to march the best time to visit Jaisalmer as this is the best time to enjoy the charm of the desert. Explore the grand Jaisalmer Fort and other Havelis. Also, don't miss the chance to take part in the desert festival held during February.

Things to do & places to visit in Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Folklore Museum, and Sam Sand Dunes

Shimla the queen of hills

The timeless beauty of Shimla makes for a perfect winter holiday in India. The snow-clad mountains with trekking trails, meadows, and lakes offer you the best views while you soak yourself in the gentle sunlight and breathe the freshest Himalayan breeze. Take a look at Shimla tour packages.

Things to do & places to visit in Shimla: scenic view, trekking, shopping, and adventure sports

Rishikesh the Yoga capital

While people head to Rishikesh to practice yoga amid serenity, dramatic mountain and rivers make Rishikesh the adventure capital of India. For adventure lovers, this is one of the best places to visit in Rishikesh during winter season.

Things to do in Rishikesh: Bungee jumping, river rafting, and cliff jumping

Auli the skiing capital

Auli is an ideal destination for the best winter holidays in India. Enjoy skiing on the snow-clad mountain slopes or take a cable car ride to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of the surroundings.

Things to do in Auli: Snow, mountains, Skiing, Cable Car, Hiking

Nainital the lake paradise

Nainital is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India famous for stunning lakes. You can spend the whole day boating on the Nainital Lake with the view of the beautiful hill on one side and the busy but calm street on the other side. Also, trek to the Naini Peak or take a cable car ride for a panoramic view of the city. You can also visit the Corbett national park that is located near Nainital. Take a look at Nainital packages.

Majore tourist attraction in Nainital: The Nainital Lake, Naini Peak, Snow View, Landscapes

Darjeeling the face of Khangchendzonga

Once the summer resort of the British Raj, Darjeeling is one of the best places to visit in winter in India. The pleasant weather and tea gardens on the mountain slopes make for a great vacation. Ride on the toy train amid the rolling hills and visit ancient monasteries. Also, enjoy shopping and on a clear day, the stunning view of the Khangchendzonga may leave you spellbound.

Majore tourist attractions in Darjeeling: Mountains, Tea Gardens, Shopping, Trekking, Hiking, Toy Train, views of Khangchendzonga

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Top Places to Visit in India in Winter

Rajasthan Rajasthan
Forts, palaces, temples, Thar Desert, royal culture, amazing shopping, delicious shopping, Rajasthan is a riot of colors and a must visit winter destination in India. Up for the experience?
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Goa Goa
The best beach destination in India, Goa is mesmeric. Golden shores for every mood, watersports, exciting nightlife, mouthwatering gastronomy, Goa doles out fun and colonial hangover!
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Kerala Kerala
Mesmerizing with its palm-fringed backwaters, Ayurvedic treatments, tranquil beaches and lush hills, Kerala is rightly called "God's Own Country". Bask in the bliss of paradise this winter!
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Darjeeling Darjeeling
The real "Queen of the Hills" in West Bengal is also home to the Daarjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Daarjeeling is every bit the quintessential summer getaway.
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Himachal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh
Snuggled in the lap of Himalayas; Himachal Pradesh is a must-visit place to experience the mountains. Winter in all its snowy glory tempts for a vacation, be ready for the adventure! Choose your favorite hill station!
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Kalimpong Nainital
The gem of Uttarakhand, Nainital is a beautiful hill station nestled in the foothills of Kumaon Himalayas. It is among the best places to visit in winter in Nainital.
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Andaman Andaman
Andaman Islands, home to sandy beaches dotted with swaying palms, historical monuments, numerous adventure activities and abundant marine life, is one of the best kept secrets of India.
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Kaziranga Kaziranga
Listed as a UNESCO World heritage Site, known for being the home of one-horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park in Assam is one of the best winter holiday destinations in India.
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Lakshadweep Auli
Auli is one of the best places to visit in Auli during winter season. It is a popular skiing destination that offers spellbinding views of the snow-draped mountains.
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Pushkar Pushkar
The only place in India with a temple dedicated to Lord Bramha, Pushkar is at its best in winter month. Not to forget the Pushkar Fair, the celebration of the camel which takes place in November.
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Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu
Temples, beaches, culture, UNESCO World heritage Sites, food and more, Tamil Nadu gives abundant reasons to visit. Plan a winter escape to the southern Indian state to bask in the amazing bliss.
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Uttarakhand Uttarakhand
Dev Bhoomi, Uttarakhand settled in the lap of Himalayas is the land of bliss, adventure, romance, relaxation, wonderful experiences and more. Indulge in white winters planning your trip to the mountains.
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Bandhavgarh National Park Bandhavgarh National Park
A must visit place during winters, Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh is home to rare Royal Bengal Tigers and other exotic flora and fauna in huge numbers, perfect for exciting wildlife adventures.
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Coonoor Jaisalmer
Embellished with majestic lakes, exquisite Havelis, and unexplored forts. Tour to Jaisalmer in the winter season is the best idea as this 'Golden city' becomes pleasant during this time.
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Agra Agra
Home to one of the World's Seven Wonders 'Taj Mahal', Agra is a sought-after destination of India. Winter increases the ethereal charm of the white-marbled mausoleum and the Mughal City.
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Khajuraho Khajuraho
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Khajuraho Group of Monuments becomes all the more enchanting during the pleasant winters, especially when the Khajuraho Dance Festival is held.
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Rishikesh Rishikesh
White water rafting at grade 5 rapids? Or some therapy of body, mind and soul in a Spa, Ayurveda and Yoga Ashram Himalayas? Maybe both! Choose whichever, you're still coming to Rishikesh!
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Gujarat Gujarat
Home to UNESCO World heritages sites, vibrant culture, tasty food, wildlife, nature and all modern amenities, Gujarat is undoubtedly one of India's top tourist attractions, especially in winters.
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Kodaikanal Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal, the 'princess of hill stations' is popular amid family vacationers and couples for its scenic locations and pleasant weather. Ready for a taste of pure bliss on your holiday this winter?
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Hampi Hampi
Having its name inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi Group of Monuments along the river Tungabhadra is home to ancient history, wondrous topography and awe inspiring relics of Vijayanagara Empire.
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Rameshwaram Rameshwaram
A small island in Gulf of Manner, a part of Tamil Nadu, the holy center and one of the Char Dhams in India, Rameshwaram is best visited during winters for a divine holy experience at Ranganathaswamy Temple.
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Ooty Ooty
Located in Nilgiri Hill Ranges, with its pristine lakes, awe inspiring view point and unmistakable Raj era charm often make you believe you're meandering an English lane. Do not miss the toy train ride!
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Konark Wayanad
It is an abode of enchanting waterfalls, pre-historic caves, and wildlife. If you wish to spend the best winter holidays in India then Wayanad is a perfect destination.
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Pondicherry Pondicherry
Peaceful Pondicherry with its colonial charm, one of the most sought-after South Indian destinations, offers an eclectic mix of modern and spiritual worlds. Get ready for a French holiday!
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Ranikhet Ranikhet
Ranikhet, the cantonment area of Uttarakhand is surrounded by the massive Himalayas on all sides. Secluded and relaxing, it is a pleasant change from the other 'touristy' hill stations, prefect for a winter holiday.
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Corbett National Park Jim Corbett National Park
Immortalized by the great Ruskin Bond, the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand is the one of the oldest national parks in India. Home to ferocious Tigers and other wildlife, its haven for winter adventure.
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Shillong Shillong
The capital of Meghalaya is also one of the most picturesque and modern hill towns set along the Northeastern Himalayas. Vintage / Overhauled cars and waterfalls are a rage here.
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Bodhgaya Bodhgaya
The most significant places among Buddhist pilgrimages in India, Bodhgaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is where Siddhartha attained Nirvana and became Buddha. This winter, get blessed!
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Kanyakumari Kanyakumari
Panoramic sunset and mesmerizing views, stunning beaches and pleasant weather and add to it the pervading charm & serinity, Kanyakumari a one of the best places to visit in India in winter.
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Jammu & Kashmir Jammu & Kashmir
Glistening lakes, carpets of snow and lush greenery combine to make Kashmir look like "Heaven on Earth". Winter enhances the charm making honeymoon, adventure, family time all the more amazing.
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