15 Best Places to Visit India in Winter

Although India has a hot and humid climate for around six to eight months, winters are charming, full of cold winds, and snow in numerous locations. The Great Himalayan belt from Jammu and Kashmir to the Northeastern states, Kerala and many other hill stations become the centre of attraction as the winter season approaches. If you enjoy cold chilly winds, snowfalls and adventurous then be ready to pack your bags to have a wholesome enjoyment this season. Herewith this blog, we are going to check out the best 15 places to visit in India this upcoming winter.

  1. Auli – The Ski Capital of India

  2. Manali Circuit (Manali – Kullu – Kasol – Rohtang – Solang)

  3. Dehradun and Mussoorie

  4. Rajasthan

  5. Goa

  6. Chopta

  7. Dharamshala Circuit

  8. North East

  9. Chamoli

  10. Almora

  11. Jammu-(Gulmarg,Vaishno Devi)

  12. Malshej Ghat Maharashtra

  13. Chadar Trek, Ladakh

  14. Shimla

  15. Khajjiar Himachal Paradesh


  1. Auli – The Ski Capital of India

As one of the prime winter destinations, Auli has everything one wants in their winter holidays. Also known as the Ski Capital of India, has its state of the art facilities with hundreds of enthusiasts coming here to participate in National and international competition. There are trekking routes, passing meadows, gondola rides, ski lift, ropeway and many more. Panoramic views of the highest peaks in the area – Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat, Dunagiri, Kamet, etc will melt your heart.

  1. Manali Circuit (Manali – Kullu – Kasol – Rohtang – Solang), Himachal Pradesh

Rohtang pass connecting Lahaul and Kullu valleys with more 2.5 million tourists every year is part of Manali Circuit that attracts tourist from all over the globe for its spectacular views, awesome meadows, lush green forests, and natural freshness. Solang valley has picturesque views, breathtaking landscapes and also becomes a Skiing destination during the winter. Manali is also a popular Honeymoon destination and also boasts of museums, temples, hippie village, upscale streets, treks, paragliding in Solang, zorbing, horse riding, mountain biking, and also has a historic Naggar castle.

  1. Dehradun and Mussoorie

Also popularly known as the Doon valley, Dehradun hill stations is among the favourites for Indian tourist along with Mussoorie. The heritage charm of the old, snow-cladded mountains and the lush green area along with snowfall in Mussoorie are the main attractions of this region.

  1. Rajasthan – The Land of the Kings

With winters Rajasthan becomes the centre of travellers from across the country and international tourists as well. Often touted as the Land of the Maharajas’ or the kings, the state has many palaces still in there original form intact that offers awe-inspiring views, majestic forts, traditional dance, handicrafts, royal cuisine, and a heartwarming desert of Thar to give a thorough-some holiday enjoyment during the winters. Jaipur -The Pink City, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Mount Abu, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Ranthambore, Bikaner, Pushkar, Chittorgarh, and Alwar are among the Hotspots for travel movements.

  1. Goa

Credit for one of the most popular international sport in India goes certainly to Goa. It has long sandy beaches, the Shining Sun, and a plethora of activities to keep travellers busy in this small town. Portuguese Heritage, engaging cuisine, seafood, well-maintained roads, airport, colonial-era churches, bars, cafe, discotheques, clubs, and night festivities are there for a complete winter destination in India. Calangute Beach, Fort Aguada, Baga Beach, Bom Jesus Basilica, along with water sports and cruises are among the favourites in Goa.

  1. Chopta, Uttarakhand

As one of the most unexplored regions in Uttarakhand, Chopta has the blend of adventure and quietude along with meadows, evergreen forests, trekking, birdwatching, camping, and yoga too. Photographers come to capture natural sceneries with raw and untouched beauty. Nearby treks of Tungnath & Chandrashila and Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary are must enjoy during your visit to Chopta

  1. Dharamshala and Mcleodganj

Situated in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, this small town is famous as the holy residence of Dalai Lama with monasteries all around. With winters these places have the views of surmounting walls of the Himalayas, snows, chilly winds, Churches, war memorial, International film festival, international cricket stadium among the favourite location. The lower division is Dharamshala itself while upper-division is Mcleodganj. Majestic hills, lush greenery, Dal lake, Truind and home to Dalai Lama monastery Namgyal and Tsulagkhang are the hotspots for tourists in Mcleodganj.

  1. North East

Northern Eastern states are also famous for their unique blend of raw nature, evergreen beauty, and unexplored places that will mesmerize you with amazing sceneries. Cherrapunji(Meghalaya) place with highest ever recorded rainfall with living root bridges, Nathu La Pass Gangtok, Scotland of the east as Shillong Meghalaya, Majuli river island with world’s largest freshwater inland, Rhinos at Kaziranga National park, wettest place on earth Mawsynram, Monasteries of Arunachal Pradesh, Loktak lake, and numerous places to keep your journey full of lifetime memories.

  1. Chamoli

As the second-largest district of Uttarakhand, Chamoli boasts of many tourist hotspots for prime winter destinations. Main attractions include Badrinath, Valley of Flowers, Hemkund sahib and Auli that have regular visitors for the whole year round but in winter with snow, these became the CenterPoint of attraction for national and international tourists alike. Trekking in National park among the valley of Flowers will make you feel the raw untouched beauty at its glory.

  1. Jammu- Kashmir (Gulmarg, Vaishno Devi)

Often called as the heaven on Earth, Jammu and Kashmir have the most beautiful valleys of nature. Many temples, shrines, and voyages are there in the Great Himalayas that are taken by Indians on a regular basis. Sonmarg, Gulmarg, and Kashmir attract tourist from around the world for their spectacular valleys. Vaishno Devi in Katra is among the most visited shrine in India with 15 KM trek from its base housing the abode of Maa Vaishno Devi temple along with historical Caves and surrounding temples.

  1. Malshej Ghat Maharashtra

As one of the most complete winter destinations places in Maharashtra, Malshej Ghat has everything with numerous lakes, waterfalls, mountains, structured dams, lofty forts, and ghat to complement journey of this spectacular natural beauty. Perfect for a weekend getaway, especially during Monsoon and later winter this place also has 16th-century temples, pimpalgaon dam, Ajoba Hillfort, and numerous activities for keeping you entertained.

  1. Chadar Trek, Ladakh

Although Leh Ladakh is famous for its numerous location within, still Chadar trek is a unique winter destination as one of the most unique and challenging treks in India. Walking on the frozen sheets of ice, alongside snow cladded mountains, and the stream will make for some extreme tourism activities. Chadar trek passes through this frozen river with the expedition for more than 6 days in Zanskar River is among the rarest sights in India.

  1. Shimla

One of the foremost winter destinations, Shimla is a global tourist spot in Himachal Pradesh. Also called as the Queen of the Hill, especially in Winters place has some of the awestruck sceneries of snow cladded mountains, and is among the favourite winter destinations. The place has something for everyone with solo, couples, families and even Honeymoon packages are there for travellers to enjoy Shimla with its breathtaking views. Ridge, mall road and Jaku Temple are the most visited places in the Shimla.

  1. Khajjiar Himachal Pradesh

With its unique combination of Lakes, forests, and meadows, Khajjiar is famously known as the ‘Mini Switzerland of India’. Spectacular landscapes, beautiful temples, and along with numerous adventure activities such as paragliding, Zorbing, trekking, horse riding, etc makes this place among the favourites to tour this winters.

These destinations are among the most visited locations in India during Winter season starting from October to later March. You can also enjoy solo travelling through these amazing routes, enjoy with family or make some heartwarming memories of honeymoon in these perfect winter destinations.

At Amazing Uttarakhand, we have customized packages for making your winter holidays a complete success. All our packages are inclusive of a complete tour itinerary, to and from moments, food, lodging and complemented with a guided tour of all the hotspots locations nearby. For special discounts, offers and seasonal packages get connected with our travel executives now!

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