Top 10 Places to Visit in India this Winter

Winters have arrived and it’s time to get set and ready to explore the chill. The beautiful white snow-covered peaks call out, whereas the sunny beach, the warm sea and the cool breeze lure us to pack our bags and enjoy a lovely get-away.


India is a majestic country with beauty all around. Be it any month or season, you always have a place to plan your vacation in India. But it’s in winters that you get to see the most beautiful places that make you catch your breath. The diverse topography of this country is unmatchable and wonderful, especially with the onset of winters. There are so many places to visit, whether you want to enjoy the sun or embrace the chill. So let us help you out in listing out the 10 top places to visit in India this winter.


  1. Jammu & Kashmir

Called the Paradise on Earth, Jammu & Kashmir is the most beautiful and most popular place to plan your winter break. It’s snow-covered and the scenery is breathtaking. Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Ladakh are only some of the places that you could visit in this winter wonderland.

Gulmarg is a pilgrimage for tourists. The mesmerising Himalayan range, the Dal lake, the enchanting Mughal Gardens are all a part of this heavenly place, which is why it is the most visited place in India during winters. Sledging, skiing and cable car rides are also available to enjoy this place to the fullest.

Srinagar, another beautiful city in Jammu & Kashmir is perfect for a winter honeymoon. The temperature in December just touches the freezing point and the city glows. It is near Gulmarg so there’s no chance that you can miss the amazing snow festival.

Another beautiful place for adventurers is Leh, Ladakh. The only frozen ice trek in India takes place in this beautiful, isolated city which is surrounded by mountains and chilling breeze.


  1. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

The old-world glamour of this place attracts many people during winters. You can literally count your foot impressions on the white snow. It’s like a cotton town and the landscape is unbeatable. Every street in Shimla is as beautiful as the rest of it. But there are some places which are not to be missed on your trip to this paradise. Chadwick Falls is a mesmerising waterfall and a picturesque destination. Other popular places are the Botanical Garden, Dorje Drag Monastery, Jhakoo Temple and many others.


  1. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Called the ‘Queen Of Hills’, Mussoorie is a small town situated 2,005 m above the sea level on Garhwal Hills. The aura of this place is amazing as you walk past the street shops in the popular marketplace. You can buy beautiful handcrafted items from the market as souvenirs. Several lakes and waterfalls ornate this lovely city along with other popular places like Mussoorie Heritage Center, Jawahar Aquarium, K Dev Bhoomi Wax Museum, etc.


  1. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali is situated in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated 2,050 m above in the Beas Valley, surrounded by snow covered mountains. It is adorned with lush green pine forests. It is a popular destination for adventurers who enjoy paragliding, skiing, hiking, biking, river rafting and much more! It is loaded with such activities to enjoy, while you fall in love with the charming panorama of this place.

Moreover, another very popular destination is Rohtang Pass which is about 51 km from Manali. It is a high mountain pass which experiences extremely cold temperatures. It is considered to be a very dangerous pass due to the unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards that strike this place. It is only open from May to November and closed in the other months of the years.


  1. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Situated at the Himalayan foothills, Darjeeling is a small town popular for the black tea plantation. The soothing views of Mt Everest, Mt Kanchenjunga and several other Himalayan peaks add up to its unmistakable beauty. The evergreen pine forests, chattering waterfalls and the sunset view of the place are not to be missed.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or the “Toy Train” is an amazing ride to make the best of the magnificent sites of this place. The temperature in winters varies from 5 to 7 degree Celsius. Snowfall is rarely seen, but the temperature can sometimes drop down to -2 degree Celsius.


  1. Goa

If you don’t like the weather to be cold and chilly, enjoy the lively and warm atmosphere of Goa. The city is among the most visited places in December. The fireworks, EDM nights, the wild casinos – all make your vacation spirited in all ways. The Small Vagator Beach with its dramatic red cliffs, the casinos and the numerous churches make this place all the more special.

Plan your vacation to the “Las Vegas of India” and get your Christmas and New Year lightened up in the best ways.


  1. Mount Abu, Rajasthan

The endless Thar Desert, camels and the prestigious royal forts jump into our mind at the mention of Rajasthan. But the place is more than just deserts and forts. Mount Abu is an oasis situated amidst the monotony of the desert. Once you visit this place, it is sure that you’ll have to paint a different picture of Rajasthan in your head with the shades of green, too.

The temperature of Mount Abu in winters varies from 10 to -8 (in the night) degree Celsius. It is situated graciously on a plateau with temples, Nakki Lake, wildlife sanctuary and a beautiful view of the sunset. It is a perfect spot for a winter getaway.


  1. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Situated 80 km North of Coimbatore, Ooty, also known as Udhagai, is one of the smallest hill stations in India. It represents a departed era of the British Rule. The natural beauty of this place attracts tourists for summer as well as winter vacations due to the pleasant temperature of this place.


The beautiful gardens, museums and a mesmerising lake make this place a wonderful holiday destination. Moreover, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a must-visit place and is considered as a UNESCO World Heritage.


  1. Mylapore, Chennai

If you don’t like winters at all, then this is your escape. Chennai is very hot during the summers, but in December, the temperature is pleasant with a cool breeze brushing against your skin. Enjoy the beaches, sip coconut water, get a tan and make the best of this cultural hub in the south. There are many temples which add up to the heritage of this city.

Pondicherry, which is about 2 km away from Mylapore, is popular for offering cheap booze. Kick in some dance moves while you make your night one of the best with the Madras Music Festival which takes place in December.


  1. Shillong, Meghalaya

This place has got to be on your list. This place has got its name because it is nestled between the clouds. The indigenous beauty of this place lures many visitors not only in winters but throughout the year. The natural elegance of this place is flawless.


There are many natural sites that can be visited during your vacation. The river Umngot is famous for its crystal clear water. Its water is so clear that a boat in the river seems like it is floating in the air. Many waterfalls like Elephant falls, spread eagle falls, museums and gardens make it a wonderful holiday destination.


India is a unit of diversity. There are many beautiful cultures and places to see and experience. Its beauty is remarkable throughout the year, but it is in winters that the places show their true colours. The heritage of the places is unforgettable and amazing. It is just what you need for a perfect winter vacation.

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