India, a country of diverse culture and belief with a mixture of a different tradition, is famous for its unique architect and landscape. Its diversity in landforms and terrains makes it a beautiful country to explore. If in one place it has hot and humid weather, then in the next place it has cool and breezing winds. It becomes a wonderful holiday destination country for every nomad. However, India, being a big country with its varied climatic condition, not every state of this country can be explored in a single season.
As the winters are approaching and so is the holiday season too, I am listing down the best holiday destinations in India for this Winter. So if you are wondering where to go during winter vacations, to enjoy snowfall, or something other, then this blog will be of great help.
1. Kerala - Munnar, Wayanad
Munnar, often regarded as the 'Kashmir of South India', is beautiful in every season, however, during the winters it becomes the most preferred destination among the tourists. Between December to February , the temperature drops to 11 degrees celsius making it the best weather to trek and explore the hilly areas. As this season is considered to be a peak season for holidays in Munnar, hence it is recommended to book your hotels in advance to have a comfortable stay.
Places to visit in Munnar: TATA Tea Museum, Mattupetty Dam, Eravikulam National Park, Pothamedu View point and many more.
Wayanad is a rural district in Kerala. If you're travelling to this beautiful place from Munnar then you have to drive nearly 340 kms because there is no direct flight or train available.. Wayanad is also a beautiful hill station, however, it is situated on a lower altitude than Munnar. This picturesque district is covered with lush greenery, hills and small waterbodies .
The best way to reach Wayanad from Munnar is via taxi, and it will take near around 9 hours. Beauty of Wayanad is far beyond the words.
Places to visit in Wayanad: Chembra Peak, Banasura Sagar Dam, Kuruva Island, Jain Temple, Pookode Lake, and many others.
2. Rajasthan - Jodhpur, Jaisalmer
Rajasthan is the largest state (by area) in India. It would not be wrong to regard this state as a 'land of kings' as its royalty, tradition, culture, color and history makes it supreme compared to any other Indian state. Amongst all other cities of Rajasthan, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer are one of the top-rated tourist destinations, especially during the winters.
Jodhpur is famous for its food and of course the Royal Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace. The distinguished culture of Rajasthan can be seen through its mouth-watering Marwari food. Jodhpur is also been called as a Blue City and is the perfect holiday destination during the winters. Usually, winters (December to February) are mild to cool here in Jodhpur, however, nights are generally colder in comparison to any day time. The average day temperature range around 11 to 12 degrees whereas night temperature drops further to 4 to 5 degrees celsius. Jodhpur city is well connected with other cities and towns of the Indian state via road, rail and air.
Jaisalmer, on the other hand, nicknamed as the 'Golden City' is beautiful on its own. This city lies in the heart of the Great Indian Desert - The Thar Desert and crowned by the famous Jaisalmer Fort. The other beautiful palaces and the landmarks of this city make it a preferred holiday destination for every tourist.
Geographically located in the amid of the desert region, the temperature of Jaisalmer is often in its extreme. It is hot during the day and cold during the night. And during the winters, the temperature usually drops to 3 degrees celsius. Therefore, carry sufficient woolen clothes while traveling to this beautiful Golden City, i.e. Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer city is connected via bus with the rest part of the Rajasthan. However, flight service to Jaisalmer is available with only a few other cities in the country. Jaisalmer can also reach via train which can be boarded at Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan.
3. Gujarat - Somnath, Dwarkadhish
Somnath Temple in Gujarat is exceptionally beautiful and auspicious. According to the Gujarat Tourism, Somnath Temple's jyotirlingas was the first amongst the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. This temple is believed to built-in between 300 to 500 AD. Located just on the beautiful seashore of Arabian Sea, the Somnath Temple looks amazingly mesmerizing under the moonlight.
Somnath is well connected by road and can be reached by State-owned buses or via cabs. It is 79 kilometer from Junagadh.
The Dwarkadhish Temple, which is one of the main temples of Dwarka, is believed to be 'Trilok Sundar' which means the most beautiful of the three worlds. It was built by Vajranabha, the great grandson of Lord Krishna about 2500 years ago. The carving of this temple is exceptionally beautiful and grand. The flag at the top of this temple is constructed using 52 yards of cloth, which can be clearly seen even at a distance of 10 km.
The temple is located on the state highway of Jamnagar-Dwarka. State-owned buses are available to reach this temple. The distance between Jamnagar and Dwarka is about 132 km which can usually be completed in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can also reach Dwarka via NH51 from Somnath Temple which is 233 km away.
The winters are mild and pleasant with an average daytime temperature of 29 degrees celsius and night around 11 - 12 degrees celsius.
4. Sikkim - Gangtok
Although Gangtok is a city which is good in every season, winters make it the best. The snow-capped mountains, the breezing winds from the Kanchenjunga Peak, and of course its beautiful monasteries make it a must-go place during the winters. The M.G. Road, its all-time shopping market, Momos, the popular food and Wai-Wai (a packaged snack made of noodles) should be there in your checklist. There are lot many other beautiful places in Gangtok which can be explored during the stay. The famous, Nathu-La pass can be reached from this city. However, winters are usually extreme in Gangtok with the temperature of 2-3 degrees celsius. Hence, you may get to see snowfall even.
You can reach Gangtok via taxi from the railway station called New Jalpaiguri of Siliguri, West Bengal. It takes around 5-6 hours to drive. You can see much natural beauty while on the way which will definitely make you mesmerizing. So keep yourself wide awake to enjoy these breathtaking views.
5. Himachal Pradesh - Shimla
If you're planning to enjoy snowfall this winter then Himachal Pradesh is the best option for your holiday. Winters are just incredible in Himachal Pradesh. Its capital city, Shimla looks like a valley of snow. The Queen of Hills looks more charming and beautiful. In short, Shimla in winters looks stunning as the white flakes of snows enhance her beauty. So, if you love the chills of the hills, then certainly Shimla is one of the best places to visit in India during winters.
Winter starts showing its presence from the month of October and continues till the month of February. The temperature during this period goes even beyond 0 degrees. The snow covered mountains looks amazing and gorgeous. For exploring the best sightseeing and experience in Shimla during winters, a stay of three days is totally sufficient. During this time you can visit Ridge road, take part in Shimla Winter Carnival, and enjoy Toy train ride.
Shimla is well connected with the other parts of India, However, Chandigarh is one of the most preferred options for reaching Shimla by road. It is only 113 km away from Chandigarh which is approximately 3 hours of drive.
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