Best Winter Holiday Destinations In India To Visit With Your Family

A magnum of people, places culture, religion & traditions, India is a nation that will amaze you with its endless charms. Winter is an amazing time to discover an absolutely new and beautiful side to some of India’s most popular winter holiday destinations. Be it the snow-laden splendor of Gulmarg or a steaming cup of tea in the labyrinth of Shimla, there are many wintry experiences to witness once you’re prepped up with your fur jacket and fall boots. As the winter winds gear up, we bring you a round-up of 7 best winter holiday destinations of India.


#1. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

December Weather Forecast: -2° C to 10° C

One thing that’s surely on the travel bucket list of all the couples is a romantic vacation in the midst of snow. This quintessential winter holiday destination in India is also recognized as one of the best places for skiing. The colonial aura, snow-covered peaks, and easy accessibility makes it one of the most-favored cities for honeymooners. Nevertheless, you could also enjoy a solo vacation in Shimla if you’re seeking some adventure. Some of the must-visit places in Shimla are Green Valley, Viceregal Lodge, Scandal Point and Kufri.

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#2. Wayanad, Kerala

December Weather Forecast: 15° C to 25° C

You haven’t really experienced South India if you haven’t paid at least one visit to Kerala, the land of Gods. Be it relaxing on the houseboat or enjoying the backwaters, the serenity and calm of Kerala will surely win you over. And one of the best winter holiday destinations to visit in Kerala is Wayanad which has the true essence of Kerala, with all its tranquillity, natural beauty, and wildlife. Wayanad is also home to numerous adventure sports, peaks & caves that can give you an adrenaline rush. And if you require a little relaxation, you can always do so under the waterfalls.

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#3. Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

December Weather Forecast: -7° C to 4° C

The Kashmir valley, blanketed in snow, is rightly known as heaven on earth and one of the best winter holiday destinations in the country. The small and remote hill village of Gulmarg is situated at the western edge of the Himalayas in an accompanying range called the Pir Panjals. Owing to its location, Gulmarg experiences some of the heaviest snowfall in the Himalayas and has one of the best ski resorts in the nation. The ski season begins around mid-December and continues till early April. Some of the must-visit destinations in Gulmarg are- Strawberry Field, Alpather Lake, Apharwat Peak, and Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve.


#4. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

December Weather Forecast: 12° C to 20° C

Widely called as Queen of the Hills, this amusing little hill station is situated in the Garhwal hills and is a perfect getaway from the plains. Another great reason for visiting Mussoorie during the winter months is the appearance of ‘the winter line’ from mid-October till January, during which every sunset occurs in numerous shades of red, orange, yellow and purple. Switzerland is the only other destination where this occurs. Some of the must-visit places in Mussoorie are- Kempty Falls, Mussoorie Lake, Adventure Park, and Lal Tibba Scenic Point.

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#5. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

December Weather Forecast: -9° C to 5° C

If you’re looking for the perfect balance between peace and adventure, then Manali is the ideal winter holiday destination for you. Manali changes into a winter wonderland around mid-December, with its first snowfall, snow-covered peaks and a layer of untouched snow swathed across the hill station. The dramatic background of the Himalayas lends further beauty & mystery to this scenic destination. Some of the must-visit places in Manali are- Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Pandoh Dam, Bhrigu Lake, Great Himalayan National Park and Manali Club House.


#6. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

December Weather Forecast: 20° C to 24° C

One of the most colourful winter holiday destinations in India is Jaisalmer. With all its luxurious forts, rich history, sand dunes and romantic getaway experiences, Jaisalmer will traverse you the regal bygone era. Some of the must-visit places in Jaisalmer are- Folklore Museum, Jaisalmer Fort, Rani Ka Mahal, Bada Bagh, City Palace, Desert Cultural Centre, Vyas Chhatri and more.

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#7. Shillong, Meghalaya

December Weather Forecast: 14° C to 20° C

Meghalaya is a must-visit destination in India any time of the year. However, Meghalaya turns into a picturesque beauty during the colder months. It also features numerous adventure sports and an artificial lake concealed in the hills. Some of the must-visit places in Shillong are- Nohkalikai Falls, Elephant Falls, Phan Nonglait Park, Shillong View Point and Lady Hydari Park.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your woollens, tie your laces, grab the map and traverse to a place with endless beauty and wholesome adventure that will feed your wanderlust.


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