Winters in India continue to be one of the best time to go on that family, friends or solo vacation. No scorching heat burning your skin, no smothering humidity and no worries of falling sick due to dehydration. From snowy mountain peaks to Maharajas gorgeous palaces to the party capital, Goa, I have listed my top 10 most splendid places to visit this winter.
Here are the places you must visit when planning for a vacation in the winter season –
1. Heaven for Tea-lovers – Munnar
To the very south of India, in God’s own country, lies the beautiful city of Munnar. With its green surroundings and misty hills, Munnar settles as one of the perfect getaways when you wanna escape the monotonous routine. For the adventure seekers, the city offers trekking, rock climbing, exploring exotic wildlife and many others!
Indulge yourself in the tours of spectacular tea and coffee plantations. Tea lovers can watch the making of tea right from the gardens! The scenic hilltops, gorgeous waterfalls and huge national parks definitely make it one of the best hill stations in India.
2. Party Capital – Goa
Tourist places in Goa never fail to amaze any of its visitors. Each of them has something unique to give to their fond travellers. Goa is the perfect blend for the party people and solace-seekers. From raving beaches to artistic churches to tranquil forts to impressive nature reserves – Goa has got it all!
Some of the must-visit beaches include Calangute, Baga, Palolem, Arambol and Agonda. They are famous for their extravagant nightlife and thrilling water sports.
Besides beaches, Goa also has a number of old Churches that boasts of unique architecture. Basilica of Bom Jesus and Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception stands out among all. Ruins of centuries-old forts also have an interesting to themselves.
3. Sparkling Ivory Desert – Kutch
The Great Rann of Kutch essentially describes a salt marshland in the state of Gujarat. The sparkling white marsh dessert is a wonderment to the human mind. Sunsets and walking under the moon in the Rann of Kutch is a treat for life. Home to many rare and endangered species of both flora and fauna, Kutch lets you explore nature’s different wonders.
The region has been so famous for its natural beauty that it was featured in numerous films in India, for example – Refugee, Magadheera, Sarainodu etc.
In the white dazzling deserts of Kutch, every year ‘Rann Utsav’ takes place. A plethora of dance, music, tradition and cuisine constitutes to this world-famous carnival. Every year Gujarat Tourism organizes this marvellous and stunning festival that lights up the whole of Gujarat.
4. India’s Ultimate Honeymoon Destination – Manali
Manali has been a popular place to go backpacking and for the cosy honeymoon trips. Situated near the bank of the river Beas and nestled in the laps of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar mountain ranges is the tourist favourite town Manali.
From adventurous sports that pump your adrenaline to the temples that help rejuvenate your soul, Manali has it all.
The best destination includes the Solang Valley and Rohtang Paas. They both offer you brilliant opportunities to test your limits by paragliding, skiing, trekking and so much more! The architecture of the Hidimba and Manu temples will leave you in awe.
Don’t forget to visit the Old Manali to get a glimpse of the traditional and laidback life of the original inhabitants.
5. Immense Islands of Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Tucked away almost 1400 km away from the eastern ghats of India, sits the beautiful archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar. The turquoise water, the exotic beaches and striking coral reefs remain to be one of the top destinations to see in your lifetime.
Havelock and Neil Island are some of the famous islands among travellers. Popular for pearly white sands, palm-lined shores, they offer some of the best snorkelling and diving options in India.
Visit the bustling city of Port Blair to get a glimpse of the local lifestyle, filled in colonial history. The area boasts of striking architectural monuments. You can also browse the local markets and savour traditional cuisine.
6. The Pink City – Jaipur
Founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1727, Jaipur is one of the most visited historical cities in the world. Along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur is part of the triangle that houses many UNESCO declared world heritage sites. The perfect blend of new and old architecture makes Pink City worthy of all the hype.
The rich history, the awe-inspiring monuments, the mind-boggling architecture and the insight in the royal lives of the bygone era are few of the factors why Jaipur should be visited at least once in the lifetime. Best places to visit include Amer Fort, Galtaji Temple, Bapu Bazaar, etc.
7. Israel of India – Kasol
Becoming popular among backpackers and trekkers lies the simple town of Himachal, Kasol. Commonly known as ‘Amsterdam of India’, the establishment of Kasol is along the banks of River Parvati. Many inhabitants of this town come from Israel. A lot of street signposts uses the Hebrew dialect. Kasol has a significant number of cafes serving delicious food, especially Israeli.
Among the snow-clad mountains and dense green forests, this quaint town will surely take your breath away.
8. Holy Ghats – Varanasi
Abode of Lord Shiva, Varanasi has the perfect blend of spirituality, divinity and tranquillity. The Ganga Ghats of Varanasi are tremendously popular for their picturesque beauty, breathtaking sunsets and beautiful boat rides. The steep steps on the river banks let you near the blessed river water easily.
The cacophony of temple bells, saffron-clad pandits chanting mantras and rowing of boats on Ganga fills you with peace. The incredible Ganga Aarti is a sight to behold and will immerse your soul in a sense of divinity.
Best Ghats to visit include – Dashashwamedh Ghat, Ganga Mahal Ghat and Harishchandra Ghat.
9. Extravaganza of Ziro Music Festival
The most happening music festival in the laps of the green valley of Arunachal, the Ziro Music Festival. It is an outdoor music festival that showcases the talent of independent artists of India. This festival brings together many musical talents of India and a diverse audience to witness it. Ziro Music Festival is a perfect blend of vibrant culture, music and art.
Initiated in 2012, by Bobby Hano and Menwhopause guitarist Anup Kutty spans over four days. Hosted by the members of the Apatani tribe in Ziro. Along with a musical treat, the audience gets an accommodation facility in camps near the venue. Go camping, meet amazing artists and enjoy the euphoria of the festival!
10. Adventurous soul of India – Auli
The snow-clad mountains surrounded by oak and pine trees with a spell-bounding scenery on the road, Auli calls out to the soul of every traveller out there. Some of the best places to visit are the natural springs of in Saildhar Tapovan, the Auli Artificial Lake, and the Chattarkund Lake. Situated on the meeting point of the rivers of Alaknanda and Mandakini, Auli is also said to be blessed by Shankar
For the thrill-seekers, Auli is vastly popular for the numerous skiing opportunities and treks to the hills of Garhwal Himalayas.