From chilling in the streets and sipping on piping hot beverages to flaunting warm attire and enjoying time with family; for many, the urge to travel, peaks when wintertime rolls around. And with umpteen places in India experiencing cold weather, it’s hard to pick the right winter holiday destination.
Fret not! We will help you narrow down your vacation options, by contemplating factors like adventure activities and recreation options, accommodations, cuisines and weather to compile a perfect winter holiday destinations list for you!
Have a look at this list to plan your holiday this winter in India.
Because Auli sees such good weather in India, tourists from all over, head to this picturesque Indian destination; where daytime temperatures remain pleasant at a low 10 °C. And once you take a look around this scenic hamlet during the daybreak, you’ll see why people ditch all the other traditional vacation spots to enjoy Auli, this time of year. The destination’s stunning attractions become even more enchanting, including the romantic Hemkunt Sahib (Valley of Flowers), Chenab Lake and Nanda Devi National Park, the latter of which offers panoramic views of the snow-clad mountains along with rolling verdant hills.
Due to its popularity with diving and other fun-filled water activities, Lakshadweep attracts as many visitors in the winter as it does in the summer. Though it is a year-round destination, pleasant weather makes winter an excellent time to kick back, unwind and savour the island’s incredible beaches and awesome water sports activities. In addition to stunning shorelines, Lakshadweep is home to the picturesque Kalpeni and Minicoy Island, which offers both easy and challenging hikes.
What makes Mysore such a great winter destination in India is that so many of its iconic landmarks can be visited free of cost! Visitors can soak up the history and scenery at the Mysore Palace, the Chamundi hills and the Brindavan Garden, as well as the Karanji Lake, Mysore Zoo and Shivanasmudra Falls, all under the pleasant sunshine. While Mysore’s extravagant architecture and alluring culture are heavenly with the right weather, know that winter is extremely busy and packed. Accommodations will be thrifty, however, the attractions will be congested with fellow travellers.
Shimla has enough outdoor attractions to satisfy all kinds of travellers. Families can enjoy the famous Toy Train Ride, while nature lovers can admire the impressive landscapes that makeup Summer Hill and Scandal Point. History lovers can enjoy a tour at the Military Museum, while those looking to explore will have a ball in the Shimla Ridge. No matter what type of traveller you identify as, the eye-catching architecture and beautiful landscape that make up Shimla won’t disappoint you. And as for the fun-filled activities, Shimla’s variety of recreational hotspots means you’ll never be bored.
Because of coral bleaching caused by climate changes, you should get to Andaman Island ASAP. Diving and snorkelling are still as scenic as they can be in the reef area located between theNarcondam Island and North Reef Island. However, you don’t have to be a diver to fully enjoy the marine life in Andaman. Sailing the blue ocean and kicking back on one of the beautiful Havelock Islands beaches will no doubt satisfy relaxation seekers. You can also get to know some of India’s exotic animals at Mount Harriet National Parks and Saddle Peak National Park.
A trip to Coorg in the winter is a must for those who are searching for a time to visit when the weather is comfortable. During this time of the year, outdoor attractions in Coorg like Abbey Falls, Raja’s Seat and Nagarhole National Park shine even brighter. The warmer weather also makes strolls to other iconic city attractions, such as Tadiandomal Peak and Honey valley, all the more enjoyable. At night, sit back and relax at some of the best homestays and their surrounding rolling hills for a rejuvenating good time!
Gokarna‘s proximity to Murdeshwar and other beach destinations makes it a superb spot to hang your hat in the winter. While the serenity and privacy are the two best selling points of Gokarna, however, you should save room on your itinerary to explore this charming coastal hamlet. Venture down the quaint Kudle Beach, where you’ll find plenty of beach shacks, seafood restaurants, ice cream shops, and more. Then, book a boat tour around or to the nearby Om Beach or hike along the scenic mountain paths for awe-inspiring views of the Arabian Sea.
During winter, tourists swarm to Munnar to witness the picturesque views of the rolling hills – and for good reason. Daytime temperatures in Munnar are naturally pleasant, giving the area a chance to thaw after foggy summer. In addition to relaxing by the hillside, travellers can plan a scenic cycling tour along the Triund Trail with the family or wander through the serene Chokramodi. Since Munnar is one of the most visited winter holiday destinations in India, you should ensure availability (especially on weekends), reserve your hotel rooms or vacation rents, as soon as possible.