10 Stunning Places to Visit in India During Winter – Winter Vacations India

While snow claims northern bits of India, the sun lulls its beaches, its southern outlines acquire an effortless charm. Also, the plains get used to a much awaited extra layer of clothes, the Indian Peninsula enters one of the best seasons to travel here.

 

Here are 15 places to visit in India during winter and a month marked by a string of holidays, itching your feet to get out and travel.

Places to Visit in India During Winter

 

1. Thrissur, Kerala

 

Thrissur is known to be the official cultural capital of Kerala. It has countless festivals on its calendar and countless temples on its maps. Spend a December, under its pleasant weather, in a hub of classical Keralan arts and culture.

 

Moreover, several efforts have been made by the people living here to promote the dying Keralan performing arts and cultural activities. One can learn a lot about the ancient practice of Ayurveda over here as well. Also on its itineraries are falls, a zoo, a dam, gardens and a river.

2. Auli, Uttarakhand

 

Winter and snow always go hand in hand, and what’s a better place to find both in December in Auli?

Renowned for being the skiing destination of India, it is flocked by tourists from within and from abroad as well.

 

Also, December is the best time to visit here because of snowfall. So have snowball fights, indulge in some skiing and other adventure sports in the scenic views of the Himalayas from your resort. Whatever you do, you’re in for the time of your life.

3. Konark, Odisha

 

Konark is identified by the Sun temple located here. Moreover, Konark hosts the annual dance festival called Konark Dance Festival in December.

 

You will be amazed to see the beautiful dances and music here. Definitely a must visit place in India in December. Also, the Konark beach has a stroll on a pristine stretch of golden sands.

4. Ranthambore, Rajasthan

 

One of the best tiger reserves of India, Ranthambore welcomes every tourist with a pleasant weather in December.

Not to mention, it is a region known for being the richest centres of flora and fauna. In addition, a dreamy terrain amidst the Vindhya and Aravalli. Also, it houses the Ranthambore Fort in the reserve.

 

Apart from being the home of the endangered tiger, several other animal species are found here such as the wild cats, leopards, sloth bears, hyenas, Indian foxes.

5. Kaziranga National Park, Assam

 

Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India and a well known, protected animal reserve. Howver, it is known for housing more than half of one horned rhinoceros of the world.

 

Furthermore, it is an important tiger reserve, with a large density of tigers present within the national park. Apart from these animals, there are leopards, foxes, deer, flying squirrels, pelicans, hornbill and plenty of other flora and fauna species.

 

Moreover, one of the most bio-diverse regions in India, this place comes alive in December.

6. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

 

One of the oldest cities in India, historically significant and well known for it’s heritage, arts and culture, Lucknow is one of the most popular tourist cities in North India. Food, Architecture, Heritage, a ‘Nawabi’ old world charm or your shopping spree- there are one too many reasons to spend your winters in Lucknow.

 

One of the most pleasant months to visit the city, the weather in December lets you enjoy the most of hopping form one market to another, Mughlai Cuisine or a heritage walk through its monuments

7. Mangalore, Karnataka

 

With all the hustle bustle that it has managed to gather around itself, Mangalore still finds time for and has at its heart its beaches. An important port city of Karnataka, Mangalore is an ideal weekend getaway from Bangalore and several other places in Karnataka.

 

Also, it is very famous for it’s scenic beauty, and hence is considered to be a nature lover’s paradise.

 

The blue waters of the Arabian sea, the picturesque hills of the western ghats and the Portugese influence which can be seen in the red roofed houses, all add to the loveliness of this small town. If your idea of December holidays is to laze and go back with a perfect tan, Mangalore is your pleasant surprise.

 8. Goa

 

This list of places to visit in India in December would be incomplete without adding Goa to it. December and Goa in the same sentence could only end with the SUNBURN festival. Electronic Dance Music, with Goa’s own charm, head to this bit of trance, and party your way all the way to the New Years.

 

Moreover, Goa is easily one of the best places in India to spend the year end. And obviously, the laid back atmosphere, the numerous beaches, the yummiest of seafood and the booze, all make Goa an ideal place to visit. To know more, you can read Visiting Goa in December

9. Patnitop, Jammu & Kashmir

 

What is known for its parks, valleys, views and nature walks in summers turns into one of the best paragliding and skiing destination in India in December.

 

One of the most popular hill resorts in Jammu and Kashmir, Patnitop is located in Udhampur and is surrounded by beautiful coniferous forests and snow capped mountains of the Pir Panjal range.

 

The calm and serene atmosphere of this place offers a perfect relaxing getaway. Its slope as modest as the town itself, Patnitop is equally enjoyable for first timers, especially in December with a number of setups and ski courses coming up during the winter months.

10. Chennai, Tamil Nadu

 

A growing city with a sleepless nightlife, this one effortlessly breathes in December with its humid summers long forgotten, Chennai becomes an amazing place to visit in India in December.

 

Under Chennai’s metropolitan charm with a rich heritage in the backdrop, churches marking its maps and beaches tantalizing its fast moving life. While here do not miss its temples and their elaborate and intricate architecture and the very famous Vandalur Zoo.

 

Something else that Chennai is famous for, is the Marina Beach, which is the longest beach in India. Watching the sunset at Marina Beach is truly an amazing experience altogether.

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