The chilly cold winters are here and now that you are taking out all the warm clothes and sweaters, you might want to take out your bag packs and start packing for an incredible trip that will just make your winter holidays amazing. Winters can be lazy and you might have difficulty just getting out of your cosy warm bed in the morning, but this time try a new experience with travelling around and creating memorable moments that would stay with you lifelong.
Here we have for you the top 6 places to visit in India during winters and when you go through this article, it will be hard for you resist the temptation of visiting these amazing places which promise boatloads of adventures. So, here we go!
1) Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
The Rann of Kutch has the reputation of being one of the largest salt deserts in the world and during winter, its beauty is only enhanced not just because of its wide stretch of white dried sand but because of the amazing Kutchi people coming together to organise the three months long festival- the Rann Utsav from the month of November to February.
Temperature: The temperature is ideal during winter as it remains within the range of a minimum of 17 degree Celsius and a maximum of 30 degree Celsius.
Nearest Railway Station: Although Kutch itself does not have a railway station, Bhuj being 70 km away is the nearest railway station where there is a good network of trains coming from the major cities in India like Mumbai, Kolkata, etc.
Nearest Airport: Bhuj is again the nearest airport from Kutch.
Tourist Attraction: The main tourist attraction during winter is the Rann Utsav which will begin this year from 1st November and last till 20th February 2019. Apart from the festival, there are many other places to visit such as the Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, the Kutch Museum, Dholavira, Great Rann of Kutch, the Kandla port and Mudra port and so on.
Accommodations: There are many amazing hotels and resorts in Kutch which will ensure a comfortable stay for you. The top resorts are Toran Resort, Gateway to Rann Resort and Hill View Resort.
Food options: If you are going to Kutch, it is only reasonable that you try out the famous food items there such as thepla, Kutchi Dabeli, Locho, Lilva Kachori and so on.
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2) Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
The Golden City of India, Jaisalmer is famous for its picturesque landscapes which range on from the wide Thar Desert to the magnificent royal forts which have the power to charm anybody. Because of its climate, the cold winters can be enjoyed here to the fullest.
Temperature: It has a mildly cold temperature during winters ranging between a minimum of 9-10 degree Celsius and a maximum of 28 degree Celsius.
Nearest Railway Station: The nearest railway station is the Jaisalmer Railway Station.
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is the Jodhpur Airport which is 275 km from Jaisalmer.
Tourist Attraction: The very famous tourist attractions in Jaisalmer are the Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon Ki Haveli, Gadisagar Lake and the haunted Kuldhara Village, the Longewala Post along the Border. During winters you should especially indulge yourselves in Desert Camping and Camel rides, and also in Parasailing and Paramotoring.
Accommodations: The best hotels in Jaisalmer which would give you the experience of a royal stay are Hotel Qutub Villa, Jaisalmer Marriott Resort and Spa, Hotel Lalgarh Fort and Palace, Gaji Hotel Jaisalmer and Hotel MOONLIGHT Jaisalmer.
Food options: Some of the must-try dishes of Jaisalmer are Makhania Lassi, Gatte ki Sabzi, Dal Baati Choorma, and Ghotua Ladoos.
3) Manali, Himachal Pradesh
One of the most popular hill stations in India, Manali offers breathtaking landscape covered with snow in winters. The towering snow-capped mountains, luscious pine forests and clear blue streams provide a romantic setting for honeymooners.
Temperature: The temperature in Manali during winter is quite chilly ranging between a minimum of -10 degree Celsius and a maximum of 12 degree Celsius.
Nearest Railway Station: Jogindernagar is the nearest railway station and is about 50 km from Manali.
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is Bhuntar which is at a distance of 50 km from Manali.
Tourist Attraction: Manali attracts thrill-seekers who can partake in various adventure sports such as paragliding, trekking and river rafting. Some of the most visited places in Manali are picturesque Solang Valley, Rohtang pass and Lamadugh Meadows.
Accommodations: Manali Heights, the Manali Inn, Sun Park Resort Manali are amongst the famous hotels in Manali which will provide you with some amazing stay experiences.
Food options: Madra, Dham, Tudkiya Bhath, Chha Gosht are some of the famous delicacies of Manali.
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4) Nashik, Maharashtra
A city steeped in mythology and carved with history is one of the best places for you to visit in winter where there is the perfect blend of the old forgotten world and the new modern one. It is a heaven for spiritual people and also for those wine lovers out there, temples, vineyards, this place can boast of everything.
Temperature: It lies between 10 degree Celsius and 30 degree Celsius during winter.
Nearest Railway Station: Nasik Road Railway Station is the nearest Railway station.
Nearest airport: The nearest airport is Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport which is at a distance of about 180 km.
Tourist Attraction: Saptashrungi, Vallonne Vineyards, Kalaram Temple, Mangi Tungi, Ruchir Art Gallery, Dugarwadi Waterfall, Anjaneri Fort, Chambharlena caves are some of the most famous tourist sites of Nashik.
Accommodation: Hotel Royale Heritage, Ibis Nashik, Hotel Panchavati, Chandrakant Villa, Ginger Nashik are some of the most prestigious hotels in Nashik and their excellent services will give you no reason to complain.
Food options: These mouth-watering delicacies famous in Nashik should definitely be tried by you, the Nasik Misal Pav, Makai Chivda, Amti, Nasik Batata Vada, and Zunka Bhakri.
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5) Darjeeling, North East India
If you are a winter lover then Darjeeling is a must visit place for you during winter. The landscape is beautiful and although it generally does not snow even in winter, it still is mesmerising and the celebrations of Christmas and New Year seem to be pretty enchanting.
Temperature: It is chilly during the winter and you must carry your warm clothes, the temperature lies between 1 degree Celsius and 10 degree Celsius.
Nearest Railway Station: It is Darjeeling Railway Station.
Nearest Airport: It is Bagdora which is at a distance of 95 km.
Tourist Attraction: Some of the major tourist attractions in Darjeeling are the Ghum Monastery, Batasia Loop, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Tinchuley Village, Lamahatta, and Samthar Plateau.
Accommodations: The best hotels to ensure a happy stay in Darjeeling are Villa Everest, Pinetree Heritage Wing, Little Tibet Resort, and Shangri-La Regency.
Food options: The tastiest and amazing food items famous in Darjeeling are Momos, Thukpa, Dalle, Churpee, Sael Roti, and Shaphalay.
The party capital of India, Goa is one of the most visited places in the country and the climate during winter is mild which only adds to the reasons as to why you should visit Goa. Its sandy beaches, night parties, screams of fun, freedom, and enjoyment and the Goa carnival and many such festivities is the perfect cherry on top of the cake. (Also see: Top 10 Water Adventure Activities to Experience in Goa)
Temperature: It is perfectly warm in winter with the temperature lying between 22 degree Celsius and 33 degree Celsius.
Nearest Railway Station: Madgaon Railway Station and Vasco Da Gama are the two nearest railway stations to Goa.
Nearest Airport: Belgaum Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 99 km.
Tourist Attractions: The numerous Winter Events such as the Feast of Three Kings, Grape Escapade, Goa Carnival, Christmas, and New Year set the mood for enjoyment and fun. Other than that, you can visit the Panjim beach, Baga Beach, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Reis Mogos Fort, and Dudhsagar Waterfalls.
Accommodation: Some of the best hotels and resorts in Goa for you to stay in are Baywatch Resort Goa, the Avenue Calangute, Goa Woodlands Hotel, and Goa Villagio.
Food options: Fish Recheado, Vindaloo, Cafreal, Pork Sorpotel, Goan Feni, and Mushroom Xacuti are some of the famous food items of Goa.
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Here are the 6 best places to visit in India in winter. So add them to your bucket list and get ready to enjoy the best nature has to offer in India. Don’t forget to pack your warm clothes because you’re going to have a chilled experience.