It is that time of the year again! India's favourite travel season, winter. And for the people who are fond of travelling in colder months, get ready! Pack your bags and travel to the best winter getaways with your family.
The best thing about winter in India is the amalgamation of chill breeze, festivals, decorated streets, delicious foods, lights, and music. It's truly a magical experience to be a part of unique cultures and festivals. So, why not gather your whole family and escape to the best winter gateways in India.
Here is the list of winter holiday destinations in India that you should visit to have a jolly time with your family. Take a look.
1. Sonamarg, Jammu And Kashmir
Let's start from the summit, Jammu and Kashmir. A glacial sight of Sonamarg, a meadow of gold amid snowfall, will leave you awestruck. As for fun activities, you can have a shot at sledge rides, snowboarding, and skiing. If you visit Thajiwas Glacier in December, you can witness breathtaking snow-capped hills touching the clear blue sky.
2. Dawki, Shillong
With pleasant temperatures ranging from 10 to 18 degrees Celsius, Shillong is a perfect winter gateway for families. The Umgot river in Dawki, located in Shillong, is so pristine and clear, if seen from far, it will deceive you into thinking the boat is flying in mid-air. Many festivals are celebrated during the winter season in Shillong. Tysim Festival, Baghmara, Pinjera Festival, Williamnagar, and Tura Winter Festival, to name a few.
3. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
A perfect combination of sky-reaching deodar trees, snow-capped mountains, hairpin roads, and continuously falling snow makes Manali a must-visit winter destination for families. Also, a prime place for newlyweds, this hill station attracts many from across the country to enjoy serene yet stunning landscapes. Besides natural wonders, Manali is also an excellent place for adventure sports like paragliding, ice skating, rappelling, and rock climbing.
4. Nagoa Beach, Diu
Nagoa Beach is a town in Diu and is primarily known for its pristine beach. The expression "seeing is believing" was probably quoted in response to the view of Nagoa Beach. And you have to visit Nagoa beach to believe its beauty.
The virgin beach in Diu is in such a pristine condition, so much so that you can see sand, swimming at the bottom. The temperature varies between 16 to 23 degrees Celsius, making it one of the most visited beach destinations in India during winter. You can have a gala time with your family by the side of a bonfire on the shore of Nagoa Beach.
5. Vagator, Goa
This pint-sized state in India doesn't need much introduction. Goa is probably one of the most visited places in India, if not in the world. Besides beach attractions, Goa is proclaimed as the 'Las Vegas of India,' and casinos in Vagator gets wild during festive seasons. Besides casinos, Beach in Vagator too attracts a large number of tourists during winter. The artwork, decorations, music, and fireworks light up Goa in the night to make it a beacon of hope for travellers. The place has everything to offer to people from all walks of life.
6. Havelock Island, Andaman Islands
Havelock Island is a must-visit destination in the Andamans in India. And Radhanagar is the prime attraction in Havelock Island. It is located 12 km away from Havelock Island's ferry harbour. In the year 2017, Radhanagar Beach was given the title "Asia's best beach" and "the world's 7th best beach" by Time Magazine. This destination perfectly embraces white sands, beautiful palm trees, and crystal clear water to allure many to its heavenly beauty.
7. Kutch, Gujarat
Kutch is famed for its wildlife, but it is nothing like a conventional wildlife sanctuary. Situated about 100 km away from the city Bhuj, this vast white desert surrounded by saline wetlands turn blue under the moonlit sky. And millions of pink flamingos move to the swamps and paint Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary into a canvas of pink. A stay at a tent around these wetlands is an enchanting experience.
8. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
Ziro is an offbeat hill-station situated in Arunachal Pradesh and is one of those natural wonders you would surely fall in love with. Winter is the best time to visit Ziro, as it offers a panoramic view of clouds and lush green hills. Ziro is a popular place among nature lovers and photographers.It is one most visited holiday destinations in India.
9. Udaipur, Rajasthan
Famed as the City of Lakes, Udaipur attracts many tourists with its historical gifts such as Lake Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Monsoon Palace, and Jag Mandir. Confined at the base of Aravalli hills, Udaipur in Rajasthan is one of the best winter gateways for families. The pleasant temperature and the surrounding hills make it an apt place for families to have a great time during winter.
10. Kohima, Nagaland
Kohima is the capital of the Northeastern state of Nagaland that shares its border with Myanmar. Perched atop a high ridge, this natural wonder appeals to many tourists, making it one of the most visited places in the Northeast. The panoramic landscape, lush green meadows, and bright blue sky is a delightful watch for tourists and travellers..