Top 5 Winter Vacation Destinations in India

The beginning of winter is marked by a brittle breeze and misty mornings that are more poetic besides being chilly or freezing and nights that deserve a perfect ending with you nestling into a quilt with your favorite book in your hands and music which compliments everything around you.

Winters are the time to execute that perfect vacation that you have been planning for so long. If you are wondering that why winter vacations? It is because winters are the ideal time to travel and explore the beautiful destinations in India with adequate respite from the heat. Here is a list of few places that will make your vacation beautiful.



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The city was named after the great Rajput king Maharawal Jaisal Singh who founded the city in 1156 AD. The yellow sandstone used in the architecture gave city a yellowish-golden tinge and hence the place was called “the golden city”. The city remains hot during the summer as the temperature rises visibly but during the winters the place is perfect for visiting various temples, havelis and forts. With the annual desert festival which happens in January or February, featuring the classic art form – Kalbelia (a dance form), this place is a must visit if you plan to travel India during the winters.



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This is one the most serene places in India. The word “Kashmir” has been taken from the Sanskrit word which means desiccated. With alluring sweeps of forested mountains which are dressed with miles of flowering meadows this place is truly a “paradise on earth”. Winter season usually commences from December, followed by snow which covers the valley to hibernate but at the same time interesting activities like skiing at Gulmarg or duck shooting are thoroughly enjoyed by the tourists. The place is also blessed with fruits which grow in abundance, like apple, cherry, peach, plum, almond, walnut and many more. There are lot of visiting spots in Kashmir for people who love admiring the natural surroundings with a dressing of winter over it.


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Located in the foot hills of the great Himalayas in the northern India, this place is also known as “the gateway to the Garhwali Himalayas”. Legends state that Lord Ram did penance here for killing Ravana, the demon king of Lanka and his younger brother Lakshman crossed the river Ganges, at a point where the majestic “Lakshman Jhula” bridge stands today. Although Rishikesh is entertained by commendatory climate throughout the year but winters in Rishikesh are dazzling. With an average temperature of 19 to 27 degree Celsius, the place is ideal for rafting. The place is also a center for other adventure sports like hiking, backpacking, rock climbing and kayaking.  The city was also nicknamed “The Capital of Yoga” as it has numerous yoga centers which have been a constant attraction for the tourists. With so much to offer this place is one of the most suitable destinations for winter vacations.





Kerala is a state in the south-west region of India on the Malabar cost and was formed on November 1 by combining various Malayalam-speaking regions. The place is influenced by heavy rains and hence has a wet and maritime tropical climate due to the southwest summer monsoon but winters are always pleasing around this region. The winter season is experienced between the months of October and February as the temperature falls down but the weather is never too chilly. As a result, winters become the perfect time to relish around beaches and be a part of some interesting, colorful and vibrant festivals of the regions. With a lot of places for sightseeing such as Varkala beach, the stone sculpture of Kuruvan and an estuary in Paravur – Travel and Leisure magazine names Kerela as “one of the 100 great trips for the 21st century”.



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It is a city and a municipal council in Kangra district of the state Himachal Pradesh. Dharamshala holds Dalai Lama’s residence in McLeod Ganj and the headquarters of Central Tibetan Government and hence is known as “the Little Tibet in India”. The place got its name from the Sanskrit language which means ‘spiritual dwelling’. With winter starting from December till late February, snow sleet is common during this period in upper Dharamshala. As the place experiences an enjoyable climate during the winters it is a world class tourist destination. Unlike any beautiful place Dharamshala has some of the most attractive places which includes Bhagsunag falls, an amazing clean water spring, Kangra art museum and tons of antique shops. With numerous Tibetan handcrafts and sparkling bazaars Dharamshala is the best destination to pick up some souvenirs that can remind you of this charming place.

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Winter being the coldest season of the year between autumn and spring, is the most suitable time to plan a vacation and India being the seventh largest country with Extreme climatic conditions which includes heavy rainfall and snowfall is one of the most distinctive places for a vacation. Though there are tons of places in India during the winters for you to adore but the list mentioned above will guide you through some of the most divine places of this country.


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Rohit Agarwal is the owner of Also, he is a travel writer by profession who likes to visit different places and also contributes his work for various blogs related to tourism.

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I'm a dual Canadian-American from NYC that moved to South Africa for work and ended up traveling all through the continent. I'm currently living the expat life in Frankfurt, Germany and traveling the world as much as I can. I'm a bit obsessed with scuba diving, churning credit cards so I never pay to fly, and eating the most questionable of foods in the most peculiar of places. My bucket list is the world, and some day I might make it there.

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