As the New Year ushers in, it is an ideal time for a vacation with family. However, the dilemma is about which are the best places to visit in India in January? Whether some hill station, or beach, or a lesser known location in some far-flung corner of the country; there’s nothing to fret, as you can find a comprehensive list of best places to visit in India in January below.
From some of the challenging terrains to sandy beaches, from one direction to another, your winter vacation couldn’t have been bigger and better than this.
Best Places to visit in India in January
#1 Kalimpong, West Bengal
Bengal is the land of hills and serene mountains. Kalimpong is a hidden gem in the east, known among tourists and travel enthusiasts as one of the most favourite honeymoon destinations for January.
Snuggle in your heavy woollens during the chilling winters and enjoy the mesmerizing view of Teesta river valley here.
The Crockety and Galinka bungalows built long back during the reign of the British are commendable examples of ancient colonial architecture.
For accommodation, nothing could be better than these bungalows that have been modernized with best facilities for a wonderful experience.
If you wish to economize your stay, the Morgan House can be a great place.January is usually extremely frosty and chilly, but you can enjoy a panoramic view of the mountains too and this has made our list as one of the best places to visit in India in January.
#2 Auli, Uttarakhand
Auli in Uttarakhand is known to be every adventurer’s paradise for snow sports.
This snow swathed region in the direct of Chamoli, also called Dev Bhoomi, is at 2,500 metres height. It has become one of the most popular holiday destinations for skiing.
Especially people, who aspire to see beyond the commercial counterparts of this place, can have a great time.January is the perfect month to visit this place when the temperature drops to a level of sub-zero.
Hence, you can expect a great vacation with your pashminas and parkas to cover up. Enjoy trekking and excursions here.Adventure and snow are the reasons why Auli is listed as one of the best places to visit in India in January
#3 Kolkata, West Bengal
January is the best time to visit Kolkata, the City of Joy.
Enjoy basking in the sun and see the Alipore Zoo, National Library, Victoria Memorial, Nicco Park and other prominent places of this city of Rabindra Sangeet, puchkas (also known as Pani-puri or Gol Gappas – street food of India) and literature.
The city blends unique diversity culture, heritage, good food and great feel. From Park Street to Gariahat road and South City Mall to Mani Square, you can really have a great time here with family and children.
Kolkata is also the base for visiting nearby beaches like Digha, Mandarmani, Shankarpur and also the Sunderbans.Pack your bags and leave for Kolkata, one of the best places to visit in India in January.
#4 Kalpetta, Kerala
Down south, a quaint town in Kerala’s Wayanad District is Kalpetta.
Away from the regular tourist spots in Kerala, Kalpetta is one of best holiday destinations for January. Its serenity and scenic beauty are definitely going to take your breath away.
Enjoy the lush greenery, tea and coffee plantations and high mountains of this amazing place. Don’t miss out the Wayanad Flower Show.You may also plan a trek to Chembra peak.
A laid-back spot for a vacation, you can relax and spend some quality time here and that’s why we have shared Kalpetta as one of the best places to visit in India in January.
#5 Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
Indian civilisation has a noteworthy history and contribution at international level.
Khajuraho is declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, known for its amazing representation of Jainism and Hinduism as religions, in the form of unified temples and complexes.
Their erotic and intricate carvings on the walls of the temples are significant and beautiful. Immerse yourself in collecting memorabilia of Indian history, art and culture.
Being a UNESCO world heritage site, Khajuraho has all that is needed for being listed as one of the bet places to visit in India in January.
#6 Phwangpui, Mizoram
Phwangpuni is a less discovered haven in the North Eastern part of India.
Located in Mizoram at a height of approximately 2150 metres, Phwangpui is also known as the Blue Mountain.Local stories and folklore about the Sangau deity make this place special for locals.
Besides its spiritual significance, it is also known to be a beautifully preserved spot where natural flora and fauna can flourish.
There are orchards and some rare animals found here. January is ideal for trekking and exploring the lands.
#7 Havelock Islands, Andaman & Nicobar
Havelock Island is a perfect delight for people who love serene and quiet beaches.
Especially in January, this island offers marine lovers a paradise on earth. The island has been divided into small villages.
Large sea animals including turtles, big fishes and dolphins can be seen here. Snorkelling is a major attraction here.
#8 Ganpatipule, Maharashtra
Ganapatipule is known for its spectacular beaches. It is the perfect gateway for peace-seekers, pilgrims and beach lovers.
Along the lines of the Konkan coast, this place is also known for its Swayambhu Ganesh temple. Besides its clear waters and beach, Ganapatipule is known for its extravagant flora, which includes coconut palms and mangroves.
The golden sands and trails are amazing for a relaxing vacation.
#9 Bikaner, Rajasthan
Bikaner is known for its culture and camel festival. January is the month when the famous Camel Festival is organized in Ladera village.
Take a sneak peek into the lives of rural Rajasthan, explore the deserts and surroundings and enjoy the festivals. Weather is usually pleasant during this time.To book your Bikaner Camel Festival Tour write to us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goa is the place for your January vacation.
Enjoy the cosmopolitan culture, vibrant nightlife, vast stretches and eclectic cuisine during this time. The sandy beaches welcome all to this lively place, Goa.
Indulge in water sports in North Goa.You may also plan a sightseeing tour of places to visit in Goa.
#11 Pushkar, Rajasthan
Another hidden gem in Rajasthan which must be mentioned among the best places to visit in India in January is Pushkar.
Pushkar, located at a distance of about 150 km from Jaipur, the state capital of Rajasthan, is a pilgrimage destination for Hindus.In fact, it is among the very few places that have a temple dedicated to Brahma, the creator god of the trinity of Gods in Hindu religion.
Few of the things that you may do in Pushkar are a visit to Brahma Temple, an early morning mountain climb of Ratnagiri hill that takes you to Savitri temple, an evening sunset view at the sunset point, a hot air balloon ride(not available across the year, please check availability) and more.
With a moderate climate and a temperature of about 32° C, Mumbai is yet another among the best places to visit in India in January.
With beaches of Chaupati & Juhu, architectural marvels in the form of Gateway of India and Victoria Terminus, UNESCO’s World heritage site of Elephanta, strike contrasts of the urban life of Mumbaikars, the city is a traveller’s paradise.
In case you wish to be sure that you and your family are able to enjoy snowfall, there is hardly any better place to visit in January than Chopta.
Located about 200 Km ahead of Rishikesh, Chopta is covered with snow during the winter months of December to February.There are camps in Chopta where one can stay.
Some of the trekking experiences one can enjoy near Chopta are trek to Tungnath & Chandrashila, Trek to Deoria Taal.
Another of the very best places to visit in India in January is Varanasi, considered one of the oldest cities in India.In fact, there is something about Varanasi that makes it a mystic destination.
Famous for its Ghats, Temples & cultural fiesta in the form of colourful evening aarti on the banks of river Ganges, Varanasi catches the imagination of travellers from across the globe.
Some of the must do things in Varanasi include attending Subeh Banaras a cultural programme in the early morning hours at Assi Ghat, a stroll along the Ghats of Varanasi (From Manikarnika Ghat to Assi Ghat), an early morning boat ride to be witness to one of the most enchanting sunrise that you might see in your lifetime.
Last but not the least, a list of best places to visit in India in January would not be complete if the blue city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is left.
Reminiscent of the old days of royalty in Rajasthan, Mehrangarh Fort, stands tall in this blue city.Another landmark close to the imposing Mehrangarh fort is Jaswant Thada, which is the royal burial ground.
It is strongly suggested that you take an early morning walk along the blue city with one of the knowledgeable tour guides in Jodhpur.Mr Ganga Singh Rathode can be engaged for the morning walk in the blue city.His contact number is 9414294973.
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