I personally love winter because it brings many memories back to the surface. Memories of spending Christmas with family, waiting for Santa to come late at night, drinking hot chocolate but my most favourite ones are travelling with my loved ones. Another reason to love winter is snowfall. Playing with snow, watch the white powder spread all over the place is just so relaxing. And there are some places in India which becomes white kingdoms during this season that one will love to witness. Check out the list of the best places in India to travel, in winter & get dressed in your winter clothes…
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Kerala – Kerala is said to be the most beautiful state in India. Also, it has so many pleasant places for you to travel. The environment during winter makes Kerala more beautiful. There are beaches, parks, trekking places, boat riding and many more. The hill stations of Kerala are the main attraction. Specially Munnar Hill Station, it is blessed with natural beauties. Then there’s Poover, it is the ideal place for honeymooners. Also, places called Kumarakom, Cherai Beach are magnificent to travel.
Dalhousie – Dalhousie is located in Himachal Pradesh and what other states will bring you joy other than this one. That is why it is also known as the “Switzerland of India” and the most visited place in Himachal too. For the people who love snow and all the winter sport, you do not want to miss it. Dalhousie is also known for winter sports from skating to skiing and trekking. In here you will get to see snowfall, play as many sports as you like, spend quality time with friends or family and most importantly make beautiful memories.
Shimla – The capital of Himachal Pradesh is the queen of hills. You can be whatever you want in here, from being religious to becoming a shopaholic everything is possible in Shimla. If you are coming to Shimla make sure you visit Mashobra. It is the most relaxed and my favourite place. You will get plenty of alone time and a hint of mysterious feeling. Kufri is a place to visit in snowfall, the view gets more hypnotising with white all over the place. Then there’s Narkanda, Rohru etc for winter sports and trekking.
Manali – Another place for snow lovers, visiting Manali during winter is heavenly for those who want to be at peace and quiet. Because winter is the one season when you will face no traffic, less tourist, get plenty of places to park and spend alone time with special ones. Another plus point is you can get great deals on hotels and other stay options; the commuted rate is also good. So, overall if you visit Manali in winter you will get snow, less chaos and can save money on hotels and taxies.
Kashmir – Kashmir is “Heaven on Earth” for the most people who have travelled here. Although, Kashmir is going to be very welcome whenever you visit, but travelling in winter going to make your memories more special. The main place to visit is Dal Lake, here you can go for smooth long rides in the Shikara because there are fewer people here. You can also rent a boathouse. Photographers, bring your cameras and click a perfect picture with no editing. Also, Tulip Garden is not to be missed.
Sikkim – Witness the breathtaking valleys, landscapes, lake and festival here in winter. If you want to see beautiful sunrises then must visit Yumthang, which is also called the “Valley of Flower”. Go to the Zero Point for a white landscape to gawk at. Must visit Zuluk, if you want to have a peek at the traditions and cultures of the locals. Frozen wonders of Sikkim are Gurudongmar Lake and Teesta River, the perfect blend of blue and white seems like a painting has come alive. Now for trekkers, come to Dzongri La, it is a power-package of trekking in Sikkim in December for adrenaline junkies. And at last experience the rich culture of Sikkim by witnessing various festivals, which only happens in winter.
Leh Ladakh – Leh Ladakh is a wondrous place, though summer is time to visit here Ladakh in winter is another experience. Here you probably have homestays, in traditional Ladakhi houses. Visit the “Ice Age” place BongBong La Snow Valley. Everything here looks like a set up of frozen animation movie; it’s so beautiful and covered in hard ice. Speaking of ice, almost everything freezes during winter in Ladakh so the frozen Pangong Lake is not excluded. You can ride a bike, play baseball etc on the frozen lake. The Chadar trek and Sham Valley are going to give an adrenaline rush to all the trekking lovers. Because it is winter and there aren’t many tourists visiting, the people here have time to spare. Thus, they engage themselves in many celebrations and festivals to pass time. You are going to have a blast in the “Cold Dessert of India” once you come here.
Beautiful Offbeat Places in India to Visit in winter
Khajjiar – At a distance of 26 km from Dalhousie located in Himachal Pradesh, Khajjiar is a popular hill station. Although it is popular amongst but tourist sometimes due to the heavy snowfall make it impossible to travel here in winter.
Sandakphu – It is the highest peak of West Bengal. Thus, you will get some awesome views of some popular peaks, including Kanchenjunga. Places like Phalut, Kalipokhri, Tumling, Jaubhari etc are the best places to travel in here.
Karni Mata Temple – Now on a different religious note, the Karni Mata Temple is famously known for the rat gods. Yes, people here worship rats and many people come here every day to visit this unique belief.
Gurez Valley – Although, this is as beautiful and mesmerizing as Jammu and Kashmir still Gurez Valley is a little intolerable due to the harsh winter weather. Carved into the Himalayas and set along the banks of the stunning Kishenganga River, Gurez is one of the most beautifully serene valleys in India.
Loktak Lake – This is a totally different place than the others. Placed in Manipur, Loktak Lake is the most divine place in India. The main attraction is the floating phumdis and the houses are built in the middle lake. This is a major attraction for tourist because of its simplicity and beautiful scenes.
Including these amazing places describe here, there are some other beautiful but offbeat places to explore in India. Nubra Valley, The 32 metre Maitreya Buddha statue is the landmark of Nubra Valley and is maintained by the Diskit Monastery.
Tawang, it is known in Tibetan as Galden Namgey Lhatse, which translates to “celestial paradise in a clear night.”
Shani Shingnapur, it is known for its popular temple of Shani, the Hindu god associated with the planet Saturn.
Magnetic Hill, it’s located near Leh Ladakh and known to have strong gravity pull. So strong that it will pull your cars uphill and force the aircraft to increase their altitude to avoid magnetic interference.
Butterfly Beach, many people often mistake this beach with an island. But it is one of the most beautiful beaches of southern Goa, to spend some alone time.
Roopkund ‘Skeleton’ Lake, It lies in the lap of Trishul massif and is famous for the hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake.
These are the most divine attraction of India. If you have never visited here, I’m sure you now eager to come and travel these awesome famous and some infamous places too.