Winters are usually the time to snuggle up with a good book in front of a fireplace, enjoying a hot cup of tea in bed every morning, lazy afternoons and more. Winters are also the time of festivities and a feel good spirit. They also make for a good time to go on a vacation with your family, or even all by yourself. In fact, any season is a good season to go on a holiday.
India is blessed with different climatic conditions in winter season in different parts of the country. Unlike most of the Western world, where cities are covered under a blanket of snow in winters, there is quite a bit to choose from when it comes to winter holiday destinations in India.
Here is a list of top 10 winter holiday destinations in India that you could get started with:
One of the best times to visit the royal state of Rajasthan is during the winter months. Like most parts of North India, Rajasthan too experiences cold climatic conditions during the winter months, which are pleasant by western world standards.
There is something magical about visiting the different forts and palaces of Rajasthan, coupled with traditional folk dances and the famed Rajasthan hospitality. Jodhpur and Jaisalmer are must visit cities in Rajasthan during the winter months. A part of Thar Desert, these cities offer a magical experience.
Some people just don’t like the idea of snuggling up in a warm blanket all day long. For people who would rather escape the chilling temperatures of winters, Kerala is ideal for winter holiday destinations in India.
This gorgeous Indian state experienced moderate climate throughout the year. And it has loads to offer to tourists throughout the year. During a Kerala trip, you can choose to relax on tranquil beaches, stay in a treehouse in Kerala, take a backwater tour and do so much more.
If you are looking for a skiing holiday, one of the best destinations to be in during winter months is Auli. A part of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, this valley is home to some gorgeous skiing slopes. In fact, in a short period of time, it has fast caught up to the popularity of Manali and Shimla as skiing destinations in India.
There is nothing like spending a romantic vacation with your special someone in the midst of snow. Shimla is a quintessential winter holiday destination in India. The colonial character, snow covered peaks and good accessibility makes it one of the hottest destinations for honeymooners in the winter season. However, you could enjoy a vacation in Shimla in winter months even if you are alone and looking for some adventure. Shimla is considered one of the best destinations for a skiing holiday in India.
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Looking to bring in the festivals this year with a lot more joi de vive? If yes, Goa can be your ultimate winter holiday destination. The place comes alive during the winter months with all night parties and some seriously crazy crowd. The atmosphere is electric especially during the time of New Year and Christmas. Just be aware of overpriced hotels and restaurants during that time of the year. Better yet, make your bookings well in advance, for the place is jam packed during the winter months.
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In complete contrast to the electric atmosphere of Goa is the tranquil ambience of Andaman. If you would rather spend your time some place secluded and some place relatively warm, consider having a vacation in Andaman. The winter months are one of the best times to enjoy the exotic marine life of Andaman Islands. And while on an Andaman trip, do not forget to try snorkeling with an elephant in Havelock Island.
Similar to Andaman are the Lakshadweep Islands, a group of 39 small islands. You can expect quintessential island temperature, which is moderate for most part of the year. There are secluded beaches to enjoy and gorgeous marine life to explore. If you would rather while away your time under the sun during winters, you should seriously consider Lakshadweep as your winter holiday destination in India.
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Much has been said about Delhi’s winters. Despite the chaos of the capital city, despite all the mayhem, the city takes on a magical air during the winter months. There are mist covered mornings, festivals to enjoy during winters and so much more. And do not forget to sample Delhi’s famous street food during the winter months. It tastes that extra bit delicious when there is chill in the air.
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Located at the foothills of the Himalayas is the gorgeous little hill station of Nainital. It is located at an altitude of little more than 2,000 meters, which means it enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year. However, if you are looking for a quintessential winter holiday amidst snow capped peaks, winter season is the best time to visit Nainital.
Just like most hill stations in India, there is romanticism in the air in the winter months here, and the streets are fairly less crowded, which adds to the experience.
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10. Corbett National Park
Located in Nainital district is Jim Corbett National Park, one of the most famous wildlife reserves of India. Anytime is a good time to visit the national park, which boasts of sizeable population of tigers and several other wild animals. However, winter time is particularly special. Foggy mornings, a slight nip in the air, and a greater probability of spotting wild animals make the experience a whole lot better.