India is a country with extreme seasonal changes. While the country experiences hot and dry summers in places like Rajasthan, some Northern states like Jammu and Kashmir have very harsh winters. However for a more balanced climatic experience, there are a number of places in the country one can visit during the winter season. While a few of these places are tropical, the summers here are very hot while the monsoons have heavy rainfalls making the winters the best time to visit here. While the winter in India is in full swing, we have curated a list of a few of the top winter hotspots in the country from December to March.
7 Winter Destinations To Visit In India For A Scenic Experience
For all those of you who love the ocean and water more than the mountains, Andaman is the perfect destination for you. You can laze around on the white beaches of Andaman while you take in the breeze and enjoy the tranquility. As the spot is tropical in nature, Andaman tends to be very hot and humid in summer, making the winter months the best time to visit the islands. You can enjoy numerous water sports and the light show at the Cellular Jail is another tourist attraction worth attending.
The majestic beauty of Rajasthan is unexplainable and words won't do any justice to the beautiful architecture and cultural heritage that the state has to offer. Every city in the state has something to offer. While Udaipur has scenic lakes, Jaisalmer's golden desert is worth visiting too. As the temperature in the state is very high during the summer, the winters here are pleasant to visit. So, plan your holiday in Rajasthan during the winter. You can enjoy the grandeur and beauty of the forts and palaces in Jodhpur, Jaipur and Udaipur, desert camping at Jaisalmer and a hot air balloon ride in Pushkar.
Yet another tourist attraction in India during winter is Kerala. There are clear water beaches for water babies, laidback backwaters for leisure seekers, wildlife sanctuaries and safaris for nature lovers and scenic hill stations too. The winter months from November to February are the best time to visit Kerala. The must-do activities here include a houseboat ride, a walk in the tea plantations amidst the greenery and a houseboat or shikara rides at the backwaters. Do not forget to witness a Kathakali dance performance if in Kerala.
4. Rann Of Kutch
The white sand desert at Rann of Kutch is well-known in the country. Making the winter months the best time to visit, The Rann Utsav is also worth attending, which is arranged by the State from October to February. The festival is the best place to try local delicacies and shop for local artifacts. A camel ride on a starlit night is a must-have experience.
One of the most beautiful North Eastern states of the country, Meghalaya is a scenic state with pristine waterfalls, lakes, rivers and immense beauty. Meghalaya has lush greenery and a soothing vibe to offer all the tourists who make it there. While in Meghalaya, do not miss visiting Shillong, hiking to the living-root bridge in Cherrapunjee and experiencing a boat ride in the clear water of Dawki.
Karnataka has a vast coastline which makes it a wet state to visit in monsoons. The ideal time to visit Karnataka would be the pleasant winter months. One can visit Hampi in Karnataka which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site to get mesmerised by beautiful monuments and architecture or visit the clear water beaches like Gokarna, Malpe, Murudeshwar etc. and enjoy the delicious seafood of the locals.
The former French colony in India is surrounded by pristine beaches, making it a great winter destination in India. Lazing around on the white beaches while soaking in the early morning sun or sipping a local cocktail is the perfect way to spend a day in Pondicherry. Do not forget to try out the cute cafes and restaurants in the city. You can also visit Auroville for a calming experience in the lap of nature.
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