Yes, it is that time of the year here in India starting October going to April, that winter generally stays in various parts and encourages a large travel crazy population from all over the world to visit India, and that’s why I decided to do a small piece on the 10 best places to visit in India during winter.
Trust me, I love traveling. From my childhood, the only thing best I ever wanted my mom and dad to give me was taking the whole family out on the annual vacation trips. And Dad used to take us on various trips to different parts of this great, vast and diverse land of ours. There is so much to see, so much to explore, and I was always amazed to see so many new places, staying in different hotels, trying out the food, and taking in the visuals, the locales and everything else.
India is a land of rivers, seas, oceans, hills, mountains, forests, deserts, plateaus. there is so much natural beauty and wonders that one can spend an entire lifetime travelling the length and breadth of this amazing land and there will be still plenty left to explore. And everywhere one will go, there will be the beautiful people welcoming with the hospitality that is India’s unique identity.
So, here goes, some of the destinations you might put on our bucket list for any winter vacation in India
#1. Calcutta, and the Hills of Bengal
Haha, I am starting with my own home state, and trust me, it has so much to offer. You can’t miss the capital city Calcutta, a bustling metro and the gateway to any part of the Bengal state is the perfect winter destination to have your hands. You can proceed from Calcutta after enjoying the city for two days to the hills. Darjeeling, the queen of the hills offers gorgeous views of the third highest peak of the world, the Kanchenjunga and is absolutely famous for it’s Himalayan Mountain Rail, known as the toy train. From Darjeeling, you can visit Mirik, Kalimpong and several other places in the hills. Everywhere you will be greeted with gorgeous sceneries, lovely people, breathtaking mountain roads, beautiful tea gardens and lovely mountain cottages, the beaming sun, lovely sunrises and sunsets. You can also keep the adjacent state of Sikkim which has similar breathtaking locales further up in altitude, offering snow-covered lakes, adventurous mountain passes, fantastic Buddhist monasteries and so much more
For more information visit: Hills of Bengal
#2. Agra and The Taj 10 Best Places To Visit In India During Winter
Not much for me to say regarding this one since it is a world icon. I was awestruck for the first time as I stood at the entrance gate of the grand Taj Mahal on a fine winter morning many years back. The Taj stood there like a beautiful epitome of love, bonding, relationship, all curved in the finest of stones, like a dream come true. And it has stood there from time immemorial welcoming millions of people, kings, queens, prince, princesses, Prime Ministers, Presidents, Official dignitaries, rock stars, actors, actresses and so many more. Besides Taj Mahal, Agra has so much more to offer being a historical place, forts, palaces, and imperial buildings. You can start your journey from the national capital Delhi and proceed to Agra by rail, road, air and spend some real quality time in the winters. It is in the state of Uttar Pradesh [North Province].
For more information, visit: The Taj
#3. Kerala, God’s Own Country 10 Best Places To Visit In India During Winter
Kerala, as they say, is God’s own country. And I say, this beautiful state of the southern part of India has a mind of its own. And that mind speaks to you through its gorgeous backwaters, lagoons, sea beaches, houseboats, spices, tasty delicacies, traditional dance dramas, modern city of Kochi, old clubs, imperial architectures, and lush greenery all around. You can easily visit Kerala and travel from the seas, backwaters to hills and forests and still will be wanting for more, and perfect weather in winter, so comfortable.
For more information visit : Kerala Tourism
Pondicherry, a beautiful little coastal town in the southern parts of India, previously French colony, welcomes and entices travelers from the world over, for it’s pristine beaches, beautiful picturesque lanes and by lanes, meditation centers, spiritual connections, sparkling architectures with diverse eateries and cuisines, provides some of the best road trips you can take to and fro, is absolutely among the 10 best places to visit in India this winter. Don’t miss it if you are traveling to South India. You will be happy you put this on your10 Best Places To Visit In India During Winter.
For more information, go through: Welcome to Pondicherry
#5. Mumbai and Goa 10 Best Places To Visit In India During Winter
Another iconic place, in the Western state of Maharastra, the financial capital and the bustling metropolis of Mumbai is well known the world over, for many things, The Grand Taj Mahal Hotel, Gateway of Mumbai, lovely beaches on the Arabian Sea, the cultural and multi-ethnic, multinational population, gorgeous bridges, ever running railways, varied and distinct Maharashtrian and Portuguese cuisine, sprawling and busy metro with it’s iconic skyline, very hospitable and lovely people and the world famous Bollywood Film City, Mumbai is the home to the Richie rich, the business world who’s who, the celebrities and also millions of hard-working people who keeps the city going 24/7.
Mumbai is also the gateway to some fantastic destinations throughout Maharastra, the most famous the world over being the sea side town of Goa, known for its international crowd, ever-present strong stream of visitors to the pristine beaches, forts and palaces, the beach festivals, entertainment hub, music festivals and loads of activities going on throughout the winters, is to be never missed in your winter trip to the Western part of India. Goa is the place to be
For more information visit: Visit Maharastra
Also visit: Welcome to Goa
#6. Jim Corbett National Park, the home of Mowgli
Jim Corbett National park is India’s first national park, named in 1956 after famous photographer and naturalist Jim Corbett epitomized this park by putting down to rest one of the most dangerous of the man-eaters there. But, now, under the tiger preservation project, this park has a significant population of tigers and other wildlife including leopards and is one of the 10 best places to visit in India without a doubt in winter. Travelers from all around the world come to the state of Uttarakhand to visit its amazing hills and mountains, lovely old charming hill stations, and also to visit the famous Jim Corbett National park. You cannot miss the jungle safari which will be any photographer’s delight, and full of hair raising adventures when you will face the big cats there. A Must visit on any 10 Best Places To Visit In India During Winter.
Welcome to Corbett : Click here
#7. Sun Temple and Puri, Orissa
Next up on our bucket list is the mystical land of Orissa, the eastern state on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. Another delightful destination for tourists both from India and abroad, Orissa provides the ever popular seaside town of Puri, Sun temple of Konark near to the capital city of Bhubaneswar, lovely forests, long road trips, lazy afternoon walks on the pristine beaches of Puri, visiting the enormous historical temples with their intricate curving and architecture, mouth-watering cuisine, and the ever presence of the mighty sea, the Bay of Bengal and the world famous Lord Jagannath festival. With just a one and half hours of flight from Calcutta, Orissa is sure to be visited and must be in your option
Read more here : The enchanting land of Jagannath[Lord Krishna]
#8. Rajasthan in Palace On Wheels
Welcome to India, on a luxurious tour of Rajasthan and other connecting states on the Grand Royal Palace on Wheels. This is the Orient Express of India :). Ultra luxurious, fully self-sufficient, regal living and traveling through some of the most enchanting parts of Rajasthan, namely Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Chittorgarh. This is the best time in winter to visit the royal land of Rajasthan and if you can book and do the journey on Palace on Wheels, it will be a memory you will treasure forever :). Rajasthan has so much to offer, that it will take a really long time to cover it in entirety, but you can touch the best parts with this trip on the rail, in regal settings. The journey will start in Delhi and take you through Rajasthan to Agra and then back to Delhi. This is dream travel of mine which I am yet to take, and it will take some real savings to do since this is an expensive affair with the minimum fair pegged at almost 10000 USD in the Deluxe Cabin in double occupancy. But the journey is worth it, so I should better start saving from now
For more information click here: Palace on Wheels
#9. Punjab and Amritsar, and The Golden Temple
Punjab, Chandigarh, and Amritsar will offer you some of the most beautiful places to visit in India, and The Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of Shikh people throughout the world, is a must visit. This amazing and huge temple attracts a large number of visitors not only from India but from the world over. While Chandigarh is the bustling modern metropolis, Amritsar and Punjab has so much to offer, abundant natural beauty, spiritual connections, healthy air, healthy food[Punjab is famous for its cuisines], lovely hospitable people, lovely weather, though quite cold in the winter months, but still a lovely trip and a memorable one. You must come and visit the Golden Temple, you won’t regret it
For more information: Welcome to Golden Temple, Amritsar
#10. Dharamsala, the abode of The Dalai Lama
I remember when I was traveling towards upper regions of Dharamsala, in the Garhwal mountain regions of the Himalayas in the Himachal Pradesh state, I was slowly having the feeling of entering into a little Tibet right here in India. That’s what this beautiful hill town is all about, picturesque, health resort, number of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and also very importantly, the current official residence of The Dalai Lama, the spiritual head of Buddhists the world over. I visited the Dalai Lama monastery in the upper regions after traversing through difficult mountain roads, entering a lovely hill town full of Tibetans who are ever smiling, with foreign tourists everywhere and many people from abroad like UK and US who have settled down here in this quaint little mountain town and staying here for many years now. This is a must visit a place and should be on your bucket list. The spiritual connections, meditation centers, lovely Tibetan delicacies, and the chance to meet His Holy Highness The Dalai Lama, will add to the joys of this trip. Do try to visit Dharamsala if you are traveling to India.
For more information: Click here