When the temperature drops, there is no shortage of locations to visit on the Indian peninsula, which is defined by a wide range of landscapes. Snow blankets a number of Indian locales throughout the winter months, while others enjoy warm temperatures and a sprinkling of sunshine. We’ve compiled a list of the best spots to visit in India now that winter is approaching.
Top 12 Places To Visit In India During Your Winter Vacations
12 great places to visit in India during winter have been narrowed down for you, so what are you waiting for? Let’s set off on a journey that will change your life!
- Auli, Uttarakhand
Auli is a winter wonderland, with snow-covered mountains on every side and a peaceful atmosphere. The abundance of ski resorts is, of course, the main attraction. Visit the manmade lake at Auli; ride Asia’s longest cable car; and take in a 360-degree vista of Himalayan peaks – Nanda Devi and Hathi Parvat as well as Trishul and Mana Parvat – from the top of the Auli cable car. The National Championship of Skiing, which takes place in Auli in January, is another option if you prefer to ski.
- Nainital, Uttarakhand
Winter in Uttarakhand’s cold reaches calls for a visit to the picturesque town of Nainital, which is home to an abundance of lakes and natural splendor. It might get chilly in the winter, but the Himalayan hills that surround it are awe-inspiring. Even on the coldest days, you may still enjoy the snow because the temperature isn’t as terrible as it is further north. Tourists can visit the Snow Viewpoint, go shopping on Mall Road, or get up close to exotic birds and animals in the zoo during their time in the city.
- Binsar, Uttarakhand
You can’t beat a winter’s seclusion surrounded by the enormous mountains of Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Pachachuli. Binsar has exactly what you need! Known for its rich flora, the Binsar wildlife sanctuary and the mountain peaks from Zero Point, Binsar is a charming hill hamlet. All across the hill town there are stunning views that will keep you clicking away at your camera.
- Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali is a wonderful destination all year round, but it’s especially magnificent in the winter when the Himalayan peaks are covered in snow and the valleys are breathtaking. It’s an adventure sports hotspot where you can go zorbing, skiing, horseback riding, paragliding, and sledding. For those who want to get away from it all, Kasol, Kullu, and Rohtang are all within a day or two’s drive, as well as Pin Parvati Pass, Hampta Pass, Chandertal Lake & the Great Himalayan National Park.
- Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
For three months of the year, Shimla is a winter wonderland renowned as the “Queen of the Hills.” To enjoy the snow, ice skating at an open-air rink, strolling through pine trees, and admiring the remnants of Colonial-era buildings, visitors rush to this former British summer capital.
Narkanda, a two-hour journey from Shimla, is a must-see while you’re in the area. It’s a winter wonderland thanks to the surrounding snow-covered peaks and the cold, bright light. It’s a popular destination for skiing and trekking in the Shivalik hills and apple orchards.
- Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
Visitors flock to the Rann of Kutch, the world’s largest salt desert, every winter to see the white expanse of the peaceful salt sand under the full moon night — a stunning sight, to say the least! Rann of Kutch takes great pleasure in its winter “Rann Utsav” Kutch festival (November-February). If you’re looking for a wide range of activities from traditional cuisine and shopping to folk dancing and cultural performances this festival has something for everyone. In addition, the interesting experience of camping in the tents on the outskirts of the Dhordo village is further enhanced.
- Gulmarg and Sonamarg, Jammu & Kashmir
It is located in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
During the winter months, Gulmarg transforms into a winter wonderland as the town is blanketed in white. With peaks covered in snow and ice-glazed trees, it’s an ideal place for skiing in the winter. Skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are just a few of the many options available. Take a cable car ride to get a bird’s-eye view of this winter wonderland.
From November to April, Sonamarg, a snow-covered wonderland just a short drive from Gulmarg, is a pristine winter wonderland in its own right. Snow activities like skiing, snowboarding, and sledding may be enjoyed here, thanks to the abundance of snow carpets, frozen lakes, and the Thajiwas Glacier.
The winter months are the best time to visit the smallest state in India, Uttar Pradesh, because there are so many things to see and do. Water sports enthusiasts, partygoers, and sunbathers may all enjoy the many beaches and islands in the area, while those who just want to relax and soak up some rays have plenty of options. Winter in Goa is also a time for festivals like the Goa Carnival, the Goa Film Festival, the Sunburn music festival, and Christmas and New Year’s Eve festivities, making it as exciting as ever.
In the winter months (December through February), ‘God’s Own Country’ is the place to be. Kerala, one of India’s most popular tourist destinations, is known for its Ayurvedic spas, beaches, mountains, lush greenery, tea and spice plantations, and a rich heritage of culture and cuisine. National parks like Periyar, Silent Valley and Eravikulam are great places to see wildlife; if you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping experience try surfing at Varkala and Kovalam beaches, paragliding in Vagamon or boating in Kerala backwaters; if you’re looking for a more peaceful experience, head to Kerala backwaters or Chembra Peak. Visit Munnar, the backwaters of Alleppey in Kerala or Wayanad if you’re looking to spend some time in nature. In addition, Kerala is home to a wide variety of historical and cultural monuments that will satisfy your desire for learning about the past.
For a truly regal experience, it’s best to visit ‘Land of Maharajas’ during the winter months. There are a number of historic wonders in the country’s most populous state that are either repaired or in a condition of disrepair, but they’re nonetheless breathtaking. If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, you’ll want to visit the blue city of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, the pink city of Jaipur, and the city of lakes in Udaipur. Ajmer, the holy city, is also a must-see. Don’t miss Ranthambore National Park, which is situated in the Aravali and Vindhya ranges, making it even more gorgeous. Tigers are only one of many species of wild animals that may be found in the jungles of India.
- Shillong, Meghalaya
Meghalaya’s capital city, Shillong, is a charming winter hill resort. It’s a wonderful destination to visit in the winter because of its ancient megaliths, waterfalls, lakes, lush forests, and historic culture and legacy. Visit the adjacent sites, including Asia’s cleanest town – Mawlynnong, go trekking on the David Scott Trail, or go fishing in Dawki in addition to the city sights, like Laitlum Canyons, Shillong Peak, the Don Bosco Museum, the Umiam Lake, and the Elephant Falls.
- Kohima, Nagaland
It’s the Hornbill Festival in December that’s Kohima’s most popular winter event. This event, hailed as one of India’s most important celebrations, sees the tribes of the region come together and display their culture and traditions through folk dance, headhunting rituals, music, and other performances. Tourists may explore Dzukou Valley, which is just 12 miles away from Nagaland’s State Museum of Nagaland, as well as the Catholic Cathedral and the Zoo.
Forget curling up in front of the television or curling up in front of the fireplace; the best time to be outside is during winter. It’s important to us that you don’t miss any of India’s stunning winter getaways.
The question now is, do you have a short list of your top travel places ready to go? Make your trip unforgettable by planning ahead and booking ahead of time.