As New Year approaches, people get busy deciding on their New Year's resolutions and travelling tops every bucket list. Few places in India bloom into beautiful tourist destinations as the winter season steps into its peaks. With a lush-green atmosphere and a chill in the air, these destinations are lovely to explore. With January approaching fast, get ready to pack your bags and head to one of these exciting tourist destinations.
Kochi is one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Kerala and is popular amongst tourists and visitors for its unique artwork and gold. Browse through the ancient Jewish town that will give you a sneak peak of the rich history of Kochi. The Muziris Biennale kicked off in 2012 and continues to stun audiences with its sheer elegance and charm even today.
Ahmedabad may not be on the hot list for tourists and visitors in January, but the exciting kite flying party hosted each year around the Makar Sankranti is enough for people to visit this fabulous modern destination.
This festival signals the end of the winter season and the city skyline is dotted with varied colours, shapes and sizes of kites. Many eminent Bollywood personalities, like Salman Khan, have been a part of the vibrant festivities.
Goa is a beautiful beach destination that comes with a calm air and cool breeze that has captured the imagination of almost all the people in India and abroad alike.
January is one of the best times to visit Goa before the harsh heat creeps in. If you make necessary reservations early on, you can get good discounts and excellent deals on packages. Just rent a bike and explore all of Goa.
The Pink City has recaptured and transformed ancient cities into a stunning tourist destination. The Jaipur Literature Festival scheduled for January 21st to January 25th will give you another reason to visit this old city. Dotted with historical monuments and structures, Jaipur comes with a rich cultural history that is vying for attention.
A suburb in the capital of God's Own Country, Kovalam houses an array of five-star rated hotels and gives you an excellent weather for surfing and indulging in some adventurous water sports.
Kovalam plays host to the Gramam, the annual festival in mid-January, started to revive the cultural traditions of Kerala. Enjoy delicious Kerala cuisine and watch the locals at their ethnic best.
An ancient town in the lap of nature, Sirpur comes with a beautiful blend of natural beauty and ancient monuments. Sirpur plays host to the National Dance and Music Festival each year; the festival will leave you mesmerised and enhance your stay in this historic town. Do visit the ISKCON Temple, Mahant Ghasidas Memorial, Urja Park, Nandanvan Garden and Madku Dweep during your stay here.
One of the religious towns of South India that oozes with charm and elegance is Madurai. The impressive Meenakshi Temple placed in the heart of the city continues to enthrall audiences even today. There are several temples and ancient monuments that decorate the landscape of this 4,000-year-old town. A stroll around the city is sufficient to get a glimpse of life in the last era.
8. Andaman & Nicobar
One of the preferred honeymoon destinations for couples, Andaman & Nicobar recaptures your imagination with stunning beaches, turquoise waters and silken sandbars. Havelock Island is one of the destinations that is vying for attention, a perfect spot for some peace and tranquillity.
Some of the favourite spots include Elephant and Kalapathar beach, the light and sound show at the Cellular Jail, Radhanagar, Venom Bar, delightful delicacies at Full Moon Cafe and a host of water sports like snorkelling and scuba diving.
One of few planned cities in India, this is one of the most underrated tourist destinations in the country. Famous for its antique temples and stunning architecture, Bhubaneshwar forms an integral part of the Golden Triangle featuring the holy city of Puri and Konark that house the Jagannath Temple and Sun Temple respectively.
Do check out the Mukteshwar Dance Festival held annually in the second week of January.
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Snow hubs that will make you fall in love all over again, spectacular views of the Pir Panjal Range and several adventurous activities to indulge in, like hiking, camping, rock climbing, trekking and paragliding, together make Patnitop a must-visit tourist destination.
Take a stroll and enjoy the scenic views of the Sansar Lake, one of the favourite things to indulge in for tourists and visitors. The tiny villages of Batote and Kud nestled amidst cedar and pine forests give you a glimpse of the fascinating culture in Kashmir.
A religious site serves as a hotspot for the adventure junkies. The humongous Shiva statue is the second tallest structure of Lord Shiva in the world. Surrounded by the Arabian Sea from three sides and the fabulous rolling Western Ghats to its east decorating the landscape, Murudeshwar offers a perfect picnic spot for folks who visit Karnataka.
The neighbouring Netrani Island, or the Pigeon Island, provides excellent facilities for scuba diving and snorkelling. Do check out the Murudeshwar Beach, water sports, diving facilities and the Murdeshwar Temple.
One of the famous skiing destinations in India, Auli features all the shades of nature and becomes a hotspot tourists destination in January. This hill station is decorated with snow and is full of adventurous activities. Enjoy stunning views of the Nanda Devi range and several spectacular architectures of nature that include pristine rivers and lush-green forests.
Do check out the Trishul peak, Rudraprayag, Chenab Lake, Kwani Bugyal and Joshimath. If time permits, you could watch the national skiing championship hosted here.
Once upon a time a relaxing spot for the Portuguese, Diu continues to enthral audiences with its soothing retreat atmosphere away from the bustle of a busy city. The calm environment, quaint sea beaches and pleasant weather make it an ideal place to explore in January. Add the ancient structures, the delightful cuisines and vibrant culture heavily influenced by the Portuguese and you have an excellent holiday package in stores.
Don't forget to be a part of the De Diu, the most extended beach festival in Asia.
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A beautiful combo of incredible natural beauty and exciting cultural traditions, Kohima offers a soothing environment that carries the essence of the tribe culture.
Built by the British and home to the Kulkis and Naga tribe, Kohima comes with a vibrant culture that will surely enlighten all moods. Some of the top things to explore in Kohima are the Kohima Zoo, Shilloi Lake, Dzukou Valley, Japfu Peak, Touphema Village, Kohima Museum and the Khonoma Green Village
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A principal port city in the state of Karnataka, Mangalore is a pleasing tourist destination that will light up all moods. Pristine beaches, tropical climate and fascinating architecture are the key features of Mangalore. Some of the favourite spots to explore here are St. Aloysius Church, Mangaladevi Temple, Kadri Temple, etc.