Winter season brings along the long vacations and in case you are planning a holiday trip then we give you some of the most amazing destinations in India that must be visited during this season and in case you are not planning, this article will surely make you ditch your comfy warm bed and head for these locations.
Coonoor in Tamil Nadu, is a mesmerizing hill-station in the Nilgiris and is enclosed by aromatic lush tea plantations, a popular weekend getaway from nearby places like Coimbatore and Ooty. If you are living in south or in the eastern parts of the country where you don’t get to enjoy winters like north indians do, then Coonoor is the best destination for you. Coonoor warmly welcomes its visitors and offers them serene ambiance and scenic beauty to set their eye upon. The weather in Coonoor remains pleasant throughout the year. People come to Coonoor for bird watching where you can spot beautiful and colorful local as well as migratory birds. Coonoor is a calm and serene hill town, and you can shop good-quality shawls, handmade antiques and Indian handlooms. Special attractions at Coonoor are Sim’s Park, Dolphin Nose Viewpoint, Lamb’s Rock, Pomological Station and Katary Falls.
Another favourite winter destination is Munnar, Kerala. Sprawling tea gardens, lush green rolling hills, picture perfect town and the cool winter climate makes Munnar a perfect destination specially for those who love winters. You can also visit Pothamadu where a sprawling land of tea, coffee and cardamom welcomes you. Other tourist attractions are Attukal and Nyayamakad. Sita Devi Lake in Devikulam is an ideal family picnic spot. So trek your way and enjoy long walks while exploring Munnar. Donot forget to keep your woolens.
Also known as the ‘Queen of Hills’, Darjeeling is amongst the famous hill stations of the British era. It is one of the most beautiful holiday destination which is not only popular for its summers but also for its winters. Take the Darjeeling Mountain Rail to explore and soak in the magnificient surroundings of the scenic hill station in India. In Darjeeling you could find colonial mansions and churches as well as recent structures such as Buddhist and Hindu temples and botanical gardens. There is nothing like watching the sun rise at the Tiger Hill peak. Also visit monasteries such as Ghoom Monastery, Dali Monastery, Aloobari Monasteri while you are in Darjeeling. Other attractions include Red Panda Breeding Farm, Himalayan Zoo, Japanese Peace Pagoda.
Rajasthan is amongst the best destination for winters specially for those who want to take a respite from the chilly winters because in Rajasthan you can enjoy taking strolls in the city or in the sand dunes while wearing just a tee shirt. There are various cities to explore in Rajasthan all of which are rich in culture and offer you some great shopping experience. Cities like Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer etc are known for their magnificient forts and fortresses and the history that surrounds them and the sand dunes of the Thar desert. You can enjoy the camel ride, the palaces, puppet show, folk dance, rich rajasthani cuisine. No other city offers you a complete royal experience like Rajasthan making you keep coming back for more.
The north-east region of India is one of the most unexplored and mystical region. Bound by the majestic Himalayas with the gushing Teesta River crisscrossing the entire stretch of the land, Sikkim in North East India is one of the best tourist places in India to uncover. Sikkim is the second smallest state in the country has a lot to offer to its visitors. The fact that it is relatively unexplored makes it all the more appealing for discerning travelers and one of the top destinations for winter holidays in India. Sikkim has Buddhist Monasteries, cascading waterfalls, unexplored caves, gushing rapids, Himalayan trekking trails, high altitude lakes and lush valleys to be explored that makes Sikkim an ideal destination for family holidays, adventure trip and honeymoon tours in India.
Kerela is amongst the best tourist destination in winters. You would never be able to imagine the beauty of Kerela if you haven’t visited Kerela. With tranquil beaches, lush green surroundings, pristine back waters and some most amazing ayurvedic spas Kerela truly stands on its name of God’s own country. With moderate climate throughout the year, Kerela is a must visit destination specially for those who want some respite from the chilly winters.
Nainital is a small town in Kumaon and is the most popular and favourite weekend getaway for people living in Delhi and nearby areas. Nanital is a small hill station situated at an altitude of approximately 1,938 m above sea level. The centrally located lake is a major attraction in Nainital. Boating at the Naini Lake is one of the greatest tourist attractions. Temperatures are very low during winters in Nainital and you might get lucky to witness the snowfall during winters so carry your woolens accordingly. There are many places to see around Nainital like Saattal, Bheemtal, Naukuchiyatal and Khurpatal and the peaks of Nanda Devi mountains covered with snow will surely take your breath away.
One of the most famous destinations in India known for its electrifying night life and peaceful, clean and pristine beaches is Goa. While the whole country is freezing during winters, Goa enjoys the hustle bustle of the tourists soaking the sun in their summer dresses. You can enjoy the sunny beached of Goa all round the year but if you are a party person and want to enjoy the Christmas and welcome the New Year in the most electrifying way, then Goa is the place to be. Apart from being the favourite venue to host the biggest music festivals, Goa is high spirited during the whole of december. While in Goa, donot miss the flea markets which offer you unique yet cheap shopping experience, the crazy night at the beach shacks, delectable Goan cuisines and the addictive gambling experience at the casinos.
Looking for some winter adventure sports then Gulmarg is the place to be. Gulmarg situated in Kashmir is truly a paradise on Earth and is packed with snow throughout the year. During winters, Gulmarg experiences sub zero temperatures and gets covered with thick layer of snow so plan your trip to Gulmarg only if you are an adventure junky. Gulmarg offers you the best skiing experience during winters.