Top 10 Places to Visit in Winter

Top 10 Places to Visit in Winter

Shriya Misra | November 01, 2019 |

May it be language, food, dress, religion, traditions and customs or climate, India is a land of diversity. When the mercury drops in the country, the places to explore remain abundant. The subcontinent has variating climatic conditions in the winters depending on the part of the country. With the onset of winters in the Indian peninsula in November, the season of festivals, fairs and holidays lines up.  The humidity of the beaches shies away while mountains are lined with snow, welcoming tourists for an unforgettable experience. From the ‘queen of the hills’, Shimla to ‘Gods Own Country’ Kerala, one will never seem to run out of places to explore this winter. Here are the top 10 places to visit in India in the winter season for all you folks ready with your backpack. 

 

1. Auli, Uttarakhand 

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With panoramic views of snow-capped mountains and fir trees, Auli is a beautiful hill city in the picturesque state of Uttarakhand. From the start of November to the end of February there is heavy layer of snow in the city. Surrounded by the highest peaks of the Himalayas, the blissful town’s charm increases during the winters. The major attraction here at Auli is it’s skiing resorts. Trekking in the snow meadow or the great Himalayas and participating or viewing the National Championship of Skiing in January are major attractions for adventure seekers. Auli also houses Asia’s longest cable car which provides a panoramic view of the snow lined peaks of Nanda Devi, Hathi Parvat, Kamet, Trishul and Mana Parvat. The Auli artificial lake and scenic views make this an ideal option for winter honeymooners. 

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2.Goa 

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A place where the charm of the older times comes together with the glamorous modern age. Goa is the land of serene beaches lined with beautiful palm trees. Known for its festivals and celebrations, December to March remains the most favorable time for a vacation here. Being a former Portuguese colony, gothic churches are a major attraction, many of which are lined with casinos. The festival of Christmas along with New Years is celebrated with at-most merriment and joy. The Goa carnival is a major attraction which seems to breathe a new life into the small state. Adventure enthusiast have it all lined up with water sports of various kinds, while partyholics will definitely enjoy the nightlife and beach parties packed with music, drinks and an energetic crowd. Surprising tourists with unique experiences, Goa is a one stop winter destination. 

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3. Rann of Kutch, Gujrat 

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Stretching 7,505 square miles into the Thar desert, the Rann of Kutch houses breathtaking views and mouthwatering cuisines. The world’s biggest salt dessert hosts a Kutch festival annually, known as the ‘Rann Utsav’. Held between November and February the Kutch festival is a major tourist attraction. Folk dances, cultural performances, art, shopping, handicrafts, dessert safari and star gazing are few amongst the activities that the festival offers. An interesting experience includes residing in the tents on the periphery of the Dhordo village. For guests searching for calmness and serenity, the villages of Kutch provide an inspiring and grounding perspective to life. The simplicity and solace in the life there leaves the guests with a strikingly meaningful experience. 

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4. Kerala

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Popularly known as ‘God’s Own Country’ Kerala is a must visit South Indian winter vacation destination. Full of serenity, Kerala houses unmatched landscapes almost as those on postcards. An ideal spot for nature lovers, it is home to various national parks like Periyar National Park, Silent Valley National Park or Eravikulam National Park. Situated on the tropical Malabar Coast of southwestern India, the state is well known for its Ayurvedic spas, tea and spice plantations, traditional cuisine, backwaters and beaches. For adventure seekers the Varkala and Kovalam beaches offer surfing while paragliding can be done at Vagamon. The Kerala backwaters are an ideal boating spot while the Chembra park, Anamudi or Dhoni hills are excellent for trekking. Those with an appetite for culture and history will not return disappointed. The beautiful state has a number of historical sites like Bekal Fort, Fort Kochi, Dutch Palace etc. May it be a family vacation, solo trip or a honeymoon, Kerala is your go-to destination. 

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5. Rajasthan 

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Often known as the ‘Land of Maharajas’, Rajasthan is a land of historic wonders, beauty and delicious delicacies. Palaces and forts can be found at every nook and corner here, in the largest state of the country. Ideal to explore during the winters, Rajasthan houses six UNESCO World Heritage Sites all of which are palaces. May it be the blue city of Jodhpur, the pink city of Jaipur or the city of lakes, Udaipur, Rajasthan will always seem to surprise you with its royalty and charm. Royalty in the form of monuments is not all that Rajasthan offers. Every city offers a vast variety of dishes that one can never seem to get enough of. Rajasthan is truly a testimony to the grandeur, elegance and royalty of the country. With a vibrant culture and unmatched panoramic views, Rajasthan is undeniably the land for a holistic vacation.  

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6. Shillong, Meghalaya 

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Shilliong is the land of exceptional beauty and serenity. The capital city of Meghalaya is a serene hill station which is at full bloom during the winters. With numerous enjoyable waterfalls, Shilliong’s lakes, ancient culture and heritage make it a fascinating place to visit. Sporting a westernised culture, Shillong is also famous for its diverse music and is often referred to as the music Capital of India. Authentic Meghalayan cuisine and mouthwatering street snacks are popular amongst the guests here. Numerous festivals like Tura winter festival, Tysim festival and others are celebrated in December. Encircled by pine trees, the hill station also has one of the only natural golf courses in Asia. Shilliong is one of the few places one can seem to find a peace of mind midst breathtaking lush green panoramic views. With beautiful landscapes, young vibes and jolly people, Shillong is a wonderful place to explore. 

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7. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh  

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Shimla, the queen of hills, is one of the most popular hill stations of India. Perched at an altitude of 2159 m, the hill station experiences snowfall between December and February. The capital city retains its vintage look and feel with spectacular colonial architecture and churches. It also has a lengthy pedestrian friendly mall which has a variety of interesting dishes. The highest cricket ground in the world here at Shimla is a major attraction for guests. An interesting experience that Shimla offers is open air ice skating. Midst the beautiful view of pine trees many enjoy the snow and long scenic walks. Shimla’s breathtaking sceneries can also be enjoyed from a 96-kilometer-long toy train ride. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy paragliding, heli-skating and trekking during the winters. Everything in this glorious land is unique and never fails to impress its guests. 

https://wanderwhale.com/destinations/shimla

 

8. Orchha, Madhya Pradesh  

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Dating back to the 16th century, the ancient town of Orchha literally means 'Hidden Place’. With a spectacular Bundelkhand countryside, the town has various small villages which have majestic temples and beautiful monuments. Bestowed with natural beauty and a vibe of royalty, Orchha has plenty in store from its historic monuments to its religious riches. With a number of multi cuisine places to enjoy, Orchha is definitely the go to place to explore the era gone by. Bringing out the legends and tales of emperors, Orchha is an enchanting place that walks you through medieval history. 

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9. Nainital, Uttarakhand  

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Another mesmerizing hill station in Uttarakhand on this list is Nainital. Bestowed with a number of lakes and beautiful sceneries, Nainital receives snowfall from December to February. One of the finest gems of Uttarakhand, the hill station lies at the lush green foothills of the Kumaon ranges in the Himalayas. The Naini Lake, from which the town derives its name, is a must visit with a number of cafes in its periphery. Famous for its mythological legends, religious places are a major attraction in Nainital. The locals of the town celebrate festivals and keep the old customs and traditions alive through lively fairs. The ropeway ride along with zorbing and paragliding are a few activities in store for adventure seekers. With Punjabi and North Indian cuisine in various restaurants around the town your taste buds will definitely not return disappointed. This miraculous little town is a treasure trove of nature, history and culture. 

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10. Manali, Himachal Pradesh  

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At its best during the winters, Manali is a serene hill station in Himachal Pradesh.  Nestled along the Beas river, this is the land that offers nature, wildlife, adventure and religious tourism, all together. It is surrounded by the snowcapped Himalayan Ranges, whose glacier water invites adventure enthusiasts to river rafting. Various traditional restaurants serve delicious local cuisines while many enjoy the unmatched taste of roadside stalls. The clean roads, rustling wind and scattered local marketplaces add to the extraordinary experience at Manali. The Rohtang Pass, offering breathtaking views, is a major attraction for photography and nature lovers. Museums, temples and trekking trails will keep you on your toes as you wander in the town. A town of effortless beauty, Manali is the little heaven one must definitely visit.  

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Shriya Misra

Living life to the fullest, a curious soul with a creative mind is what you'll find within me.