17 Best Places to Visit in December in India that’s Worth the Hype

Last Updated on February 18, 2024

Winter is knocking the door and it's time to head to the tropics. For Indians, it’s time to take out those woolens which lie in the cabinets under your bed rest of the year. And it’s time to find out the best places to visit in winter in India.

Because winter is the peak season for travel in India, I bring to you the selection of places that will help you plan ahead and make the most of your winter vacation.

Experience the magic of winter in India. Explore our selection of the best places to visit in December, where vibrant festivals and stunning landscapes await.

Best Places to Visit in December in India for a Beach Vacation

While the coastline of India is gorgeous, the hot and humid weather in summer and the turbulence in monsoon limits outdoor activities for tourists. Winter is the time to unleash the adventurer in you and soak in the sea in all its glory.

Not just tourists, even foreign birds love to visit the beaches and backwaters of India during the winter. That makes the coastal regions a bird-watcher's paradise, besides all the fun, food, culture and history.

Here are my top picks for winter in Indian beach towns

1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands

By Soujanya, The Spicy Journey

Radhanagar Beach
The turquoise waves entice us as we continue walking in the forests (C) Backpack& Explore

Minimum Duration recommended: 5 days

It's not a secret that the Andaman and Nicobar islands are the untouched parts of India. You can make a trip here in December when the weather is just right. Once you land at Port Blair (the capital city), make sure you catch a light and sound show at cellular jail where you'll hear the tales of brave freedom fighters of India.

While in Port Blair, visit the Corbyn's Cove beach and take a day trip to Ross Island where the British colonizers used to stay. Next, take a boat to Havelock island. You can stay at one of the many resorts on the island. Check Hotels here.

The Radhanagar Beach on Havelock Island is known to be one of the best beaches here. You can even take one of the small boats at the jetty and go to the elephant point for snorkeling. If you want to catch a glimpse of the Jarawa tribes, take a trip to Baratang.

In Baratang you can even see a mud volcano and limestone caves. There are lots of islands in Andaman and Nicobar to be explored such as Neil Island, Ross, and Smith islands.

How to Reach Andaman?

There are direct flights to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad.

Where to Stay in Andaman?

Varies from island to island. In Port Blair, I recommend the Seaview Residency in Port Blair

Check out the photo story of Andaman for more inspiration.

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2. Backwaters of Kerala

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Minimum Duration recommended: 3 Days

Kerala's backwaters and beaches are probably the most cliched idea for honeymoon couples in December. But despite its popularity, the place remains surprisingly tranquil and true to its roots. A boat ride in the Vembanad Lake, Alleppey will transport you into a different era.

The lush greenery, numerous migratory birds, winter blossoms floating in the backwaters – this is indeed a unique experience. 

Since coastal Kerala is infamously hot and humid all around the year, December – January is the best time to visit. You will still need sunscreen during the day, but you will enjoy the moderate weather.

The beaches of Kerala are as beautiful but a lot less crowded than Goa. Alleppey, Kovalam, Kochi, and Varkala have some of the most scenic beaches with loads of watersports and great seafood. 

You need at least one week in Kerala for experiencing the best the state has to offer. But if you just have one long weekend to spare choose just one of the places I mentioned.

You can book a houseboat tour in Kochi for a wonderful experience.

Check hotels in Alleppey

3. South Goa

Minimum duration of stay: 3 Days

In winter, I recommend you discover the quieter side of Goa in its southern part. Here, you'll find a different vibe from the bustling North Goa which transforms into a party hub in December. The southern side is much less crowded and more reflective of Goa's authentic charm. It's the best place to visit with family in winter.

I suggest starting with the beaches. Palolem Beach is a must-visit. Its calm waters and gentle arc make it ideal for you to relax and enjoy the serene environment. Next, head to Agonda Beach. It's less frequented and offers you a quiet space to unwind. Don't miss Cola Beach, a hidden gem with a picturesque lagoon – it's a perfect spot for you to capture some stunning photos.

When it comes to exploring South Goa's history, I advise visiting the Our Lady of Remedios Church in Betalbatim. Its simple yet beautiful architecture gives you a glimpse into Goa's past. And for a mix of history and panoramic views, Cabo de Rama Fort is the place to go. The fort, overlooking the Arabian Sea, offers breathtaking sights that you shouldn't miss.

The winter climate in South Goa is ideal for your visit. The clear sky, cooler temperatures and Christmas in the air makes it the perfect place to be in.

How to Reach South Goa

Dabolim Airport is the nearest, with convenient taxi and bus services to take you to your destination. For train travelers, Madgaon Railway Station is well-connected. The roads to South Goa are scenic and well-maintained, so a road trip from Bangalore or any other nearby city is worth it.

Check and print the Road Trip Essentials Checklist here.

Where to Stay in South Goa

I highly recommend Holiday Inn Resort Goa in Mobor Beach for a fun-filled, luxurious stay amidst the migratory birds in winter.

Your winter trip to South Goa is an opportunity to experience the quieter, more authentic side of Goan life. It's a journey into a world less traveled, filled with natural beauty and historical wonders, waiting for you to explore.

4. Rameshwaram,  Tamil Nadu

Dhanushkodi and Rameshwaram
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Minimum Duration: 3 Days

Rameshwaram is an island that is connected to the mainland of the peninsula by the first-ever sea-bridge in the country. It's the iconic Pamban Bridge. Rameshwaram and Dhanushkodi have the most spectacular views of the Indian ocean. The beaches here are clean, desolate and surreal. Read more about it on our offbeat Rameshwaram Itinerary.

Rameshwaram is also a Hindu pilgrimage site, so it is dotted with beautiful old temples that are replete with folklores. It is also the hometown of India's favorite president, Late Abdul Kalaam who was also called the Missile Man of India. If you have more time visit Kanyakumari which is the southernmost tip of India.

How to Reach Rameshwaram?

Take a train to Rameshwaram from Chennai. You can also drive to Rameshwaram across the flyover on the sea.

Book your hotel in Rameshwaram

7. Sundarbans in West Bengal

Sundarban literally means “beautiful forest” in Bengali. It is not a beach destination, but a unique terrain accessible through the backwaters of Bay of Bengal.

The terrain is a mesmerizing labyrinth of deltaic waterways, weaving through dense, mystical mangroves. It's a landscape that shifts dramatically with the tides: every 24 hours, the narrow channels and creeks experience two low tides, submerging the jungle, and two high tides, revealing a magical forest teeming with life. From crocodiles to mudskipper fish and fiddler crabs, these inhabitants are crucial to the biodiversity of the area.

The Sundarbans is home to 85 different species of mangrove trees, some of which contribute significantly to modern medicine. The splendor of the Sundari tree, the unique stilt roots of the Gorjon, and the fruits of the Kewra trees are just a few examples of the region's botanical wonders. In addition to the flora, the area is a haven for wildlife, including over 200 species of migratory and resident birds, playful Irrawaddy Dolphins, and formidable Estuarial crocodiles.

And how can I forget the water-loving, fish-eating Royal Bengal tigers? They are the prime attraction of Sundarbans, although spotting them on a leisurely trip is difficult. December is the best month, not only because of the reduced humidity and temperate climate but also for wildlife sighting.

How to reach Sundarban?

Sundarban is located 100 km away from the mega-city Kolkata. From Kolkata, you can travel by road to one of the gateway towns to the Sundarbans, such as Godkhali, Sonakhali, Canning, or Namkhana. This journey typically takes about 2 to 3 hours.

After that you need to cross the river via motorized boats to reach Sundarbans.

Sonar Bangla Sundarbans located in Gosaba is one of the best properties here.

6. A Road Trip Through the Konkan Coast

Kasarkod Beach - Best places to visit in Karnataka
Kasarkod Beach – A Blue-flag beach on the Konkan Coast.

Minimum Duration: 5-7 Days

Embarking on a road trip along the Konkan Coast in December 2023 is a journey through one of the most scenic coastal stretches in India. The Konkan Coast, a rugged and picturesque expanse, stretches along the western coastline of India, from Maharashtra through Goa and Karnataka, down to Kerala.

This coastline is a treasure trove of pristine beaches, lush forests, quaint villages, and historical landmarks, offering a diverse tapestry of experiences.

Start your journey at Palolem Beach in Goa. Known for its calm waters and crescent-shaped shore, it's the perfect kickoff point for your coastal adventure. From Goa, drive through the lush Western Ghats forests to reach Karwar.

Here, consider staying near Devbagh Beach or Tagore Beach. The beauty of the Kali River, meeting the Arabian Sea, is a sight to behold in Karwar.

Next, drive to Gokarna. This laid-back town, known for its sacred sites and beautiful beaches, is your next stop. Spend a night in Gokarna and take the opportunity to hike to Om Beach, known for its unique shape and tranquil setting.

Your journey then takes you to Murudeshwar Beach. On the way, make a detour to explore the Yana caves, an adventurous trek leading you to these natural limestone formations. Murudeshwar, with its spiritual ambiance and the famous Shiva statue, is perfect for soaking in diverse experiences.

Spend a night here to fully experience the blend of spirituality and natural beauty.

The next leg of your trip leads to Udupi, a renowned temple town. En route, drive alongside Maravanthe Beach, a stunning coastline with the Arabian Sea on one side and the Souparnika River on the other. This drive is one of the most picturesque sections of your journey.

If time allows, extend your trip to Bekal Fort in Kerala, the largest fort in the state. Bekal Fort, standing against the backdrop of the Arabian Sea, offers a mix of historical intrigue and scenic beauty.

The Konkan Coast road trip is an ideal blend of sea and mountains, offering diverse landscapes and experiences. Plan for at least a week to fully immerse yourself in this unique journey.

Best Winter Destinations In India For Mountain-lovers

Mountains and hill stations are normally seen as summer getaways in India because of the climate. They are not always in mind when thinking of the best places to visit in winter.

However, the Western Ghats of India and various regions in the North-east have the best climate to enjoy during winter. The snow-clad Himalayas is also the perfect winter wonderland in India. Some of these places are extremely cold during winter but it's also the best time to see clear views of distant peaks like Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest.

Check out the complete packing list for cold-weather places.

7. Sikkim

Sikkim in winter -Katao

Minimum Duration: 5 Days

The tiny state of Sikkim is the crown jewel of the Eastern Himalayas. With snow-covered mountains and pine forests , North Sikkim is the ideal winter wonderlands from December to February.

For those like me who have been in the tropics all their life, experiencing the sub-zero temperatures and snowfall in Sikkim is something else. You can stay at Gangtok and take a day trip to the frozen Tsongmo Lake one day. Then you can stay in Lachung and take day trips to Yumthang Valley, Katao etc.

However, if you are looking for warmth and colors, plan a holiday in West and South Sikkim. Pelling, Ravangla and Namchi are the places where you can stay during a trip to the West and South Sikkim. Even in winters, the weather here is temperate.

The clear winter sky offers spectacular views of Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. Besides there are heritage sites, trekking trails covered in bright rhododendrons, tea plantations and a throbbing wildlife to watch out for.

You can read this post for all you need to know to plan a trip to Sikkim in winter.

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8. Buxa in West Bengal

Buxa , West Bengal - Where to go in December

By Trijit, Budget Travel Buff

Minimum Duration: 3-4 Days

Buxa and Jayanti both are remote villages located in the eastern part of Dooars in West Bengal. Buxa is popular for the Buxa Tiger Reserve which is a reserved forest for tigers situated in Buxa National Park, whereas, Jayanti is blessed with a lush green tea garden, wildlife sanctuary, beautiful hills, and mountain rivers.

Winter is the best time to visit Buxa-Jayanti, especially in December this place is ideal for wildlife photography and jungle safari when the temperature remains between 10 to 22-degree centigrade.

Go for a trek in Choto Mahakal temple. You will never forget the enchanting beauty of the entire trails. It is an easy hike but adventurous. You have to cross the Jayanti river two times by foot to reach to Choto Mahakal temple.

At the end of the trail, there is a little cave where Lord Shiva is worshipped by the locals If you are physically fit and have enough time then continue your hike to Baro Mahakal. The journey is hard but the beauty from the top will heal your pain.

The Core Jungle Safari in Buxa Tiger Reserve is a must-do thing when you visit Buxa. The atmosphere of the forest will give you goosebumps when the gypsy car goes through the dense forest.  You can also visit Chunia Watch Tower, Buxa Fort, Pokhari Lake which are also popular tourist attractions in Buxa Jayanti.

  • How to Reach: Alipurduar Junction railway station is the nearby station of Jayanti. Kanchankanya Express is the best option to reach Alipurduar.
    Else there are several trains available from New Delhi to New Jalpaiguri which is well connected with Jayanti by road.
  • Where to Stay: Jayanti River View Homestay, Vamoostrail Raimatang

Check hotels here

9. Spiti Valley

By Priyanka, On my Canvas

Minimum duration: 5 Days

Spiti valley is not just one of the remotest valleys of the Himalayas, it is known to be one of the toughest terrains of India. Barren mountains, empty distances, low-density villages, and the extreme cold that characterizes Spiti make it a difficult place to travel, and many Spiti Valley travel guides agree with this thought.

Then why do so many people visit Spiti every year? Because the valley is one of the most beautiful places in the entire world. Imagine a white layer on top of all that I mentioned above — high peaks, vast horizons, and solitude covered under a shimmery white sheet. Do you see how gorgeous Spiti can get?

Spiti is a dream destination in the winter for many people for the snow-covered views but also to see the notorious snow leopard that descends to villages during winter to find prey. You can easily spend about 5-6 days in the valley visiting many villages and hiking around.

How To Reach Spiti Valley?

In winter, you will have to drive to Spiti from Shimla or take a Himachal Road Transport bus to Kaza, the capital of Spiti. The journey would take about fourteen hours.

Where to Stay in Spiti Valley?

You can either stay in Kaza or in many other villages of Spiti such as Hikkim, Kibber, Chicham, Demul, Key, et cetera. Kaza has many hotels and guesthouses but other villages mostly have homestays that you can find when you arrive at the village.

10. Gulmarg – The Skiing Paradise

All this is great but there's no place for skiing in India, right? Welcome to Gulmarg – the newest tourist sensation of India.

Visiting Gulmarg in winter is a must for anyone looking to experience the true beauty and adventure of Kashmir. This season transforms Gulmarg into a winter wonderland and a skiing paradise. The ideal time for snowfall and skiing in Gulmarg is from December to March, when the landscape is blanketed in pristine snow, offering some of the best skiing opportunities in the world.

Gulmarg's skiing scene is renowned. The slopes here cater to both beginners and experienced skiers, with various skiing options available. The gondola ride in Gulmarg, one of the highest in the world, takes you to breathtaking heights, offering an unforgettable experience and panoramic views of snow-covered peaks.

Apart from skiing, Gulmarg's natural beauty is mesmerizing. The town, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and dotted with pine trees, presents a picture-perfect setting. A walk through the snow-laden paths is both serene and invigorating.

Winter is also an excellent time for budget-conscious travelers. Kashmir's tourism boom in winter means that you can explore other attractions, like the iconic Dal Lake in Srinagar, at a more affordable rate compared to the rest of the year. The frozen beauty of Dal Lake, with its surrounding landscapes in winter, is a sight to behold.

A longer vacation in Gulmarg during winter not only lets you indulge in skiing adventures but also allows you to soak in the tranquil beauty of Kashmir. This season offers a unique and memorable experience, showcasing a different side of this beautiful region.

How to Reach Gulmarg?

To reach Gulmarg, fly into Srinagar Airport, which is well-connected to major Indian cities. From there, it's about a 2 to 3-hour drive to Gulmarg, either by taxi or bus. Alternatively, if traveling by train, the nearest railway station is in Jammu, from where you can continue to Srinagar and then to Gulmarg by road.

11. Wayanad in Kerala

Minimum Duration: 3 Days

Wayanad was our first-ever trip to God's own country. Undulating mountains of Western Ghats, dense forests that are home to thousands of flora and fauna, aromatic spice gardens and coffee estates, sparkling lakes and perennial waterfalls – Wayanad is truly a dream landscape.

The temperature during winter remains in the early 20s – neither cold, not hot. Unlike Munnar where the temperature ranges between 10 -15 degrees, you can visit Wayanad without packing any woolens.

While Munnar (rather Chinnakanal) is my favorite hill station in South India any time of the year, Wayanad is rather off-the-beaten-track.

Trek to the Chembra peak, visit the Banasura Sagara Dam and sail on the Kabini river to Kuruva island. Learn more about Wayanad's history and tribes in the museum, visit the pre-historic Edakkal caves and trek to the waterfalls too.

There is no dearth of things to do in Wayanad, so you should spend a minimum of three days here.

How To Reach Wayanad?

You can easily get an overnight bus from Bangalore or Kochi to Kalpetta (in Wayanad). The drive from Bangalore via Bandipur forests during the day will be scenic and adventurous.

Where to Stay in Wayanad?

There are many homestays inside the coffee estates and spice gardens where you can get a cheap, yet memorable stay. For more luxurious experience book jungle resorts. 

Best December Destinations in India for City-Lovers

Villages and small towns of India are beautiful and I love to spend my time there. But some gorgeous cities found their way to our list of top 13 places to visit in December in India. If you are traveling with family, young children and elderly parents, then these are a great choice. They are easy to reach, have many playgrounds, museums, amusement parks and are more accessible than the rest of India.

12. Kolkata – The City of Joy

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Minimum Duration: 3 Days

Kolkata always brings a smile to my face because it's my hometown. It's a beautiful city with just the right mix of heritage and modernism. December in Kolkata reminds me of the snow-white clouds floating in the azure sky, collecting the morning dew from the garden, foggy mornings with men in monkey-caps and the most enjoyable afternoons.

The main reason for choosing Kolkata in this list is, of course, the fantastic weather and awesome food. Do try this food tour when you plan to visit to Kolkata.

Check out the perfect Kolkata itinerary for 3 days.

See the architectural treasures like Victoria Memorial, heritage sites like Jorasanko Thakur Bari and watch sunset at Prinsep Ghat– there's so much to do in this chaotic city! Christmas markets and celebrations of Park street is the special highlight of a trip to Kolkata in December. Then you can take day-trips to Dakhineshwar and Belur, Bakkhali and Henry's Island and  Bolpur Shantiniketan for an extended vacation.

How to Reach Kolkata? 

Kolkata is one of the four original metropolitan cities of India and has a big international airport. It is also well-connected by super-fast trains like Rajdhani and Duronto Express

Where to Stay in Kolkata?

There is a variety of hotels for different budgets in Kolkata, starting from less than Rs. 1000 per night. However, my favorite picks are the luxurious heritage hotels of Kolkata – The Oberoi Grand, Taj Bengal and ITC Sonar Bangla

13. Ahmedabad – An UNESCO Heritage Site

Best Places to visit in December - Ahmedabad

By Alex, Lost with Purpose

Minimum Duration: 3 days

The city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat and its surroundings are a great place for a long weekend in December. The average daytime temperature is in the mid-20s… and you might even need a jacket at night!
Ahmedabad is India’s first UNESCO World Heritage-listed city.

The city is overflowing with ancient mosques, bazaars exploding with colors, and, best of all, delicious food. Gujarati thali is famous for a reason!
Some of Ahmedabad's highlights include Sabarmati Ashram, (one of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashrams), the Calico Museum of Textiles, Hutheesingh Jain Temple, Jama Masjid, and Siddi Sayid Masjid.

You can easily spend two or three days in Ahmedabad, but there is plenty to see around the city, too. Rani Ki Vav, the exquisitely preserved and UNESCO-listed step well, is not to be missed.

Rani Ki Vav is located near Patan, a town 130km northwest of Ahmedabad, which is also home to the Patan Patola, one of the most impressive textiles and weaving techniques in the world.

Another choice day trip from Ahmedabad is Modhera. The townhouses a beautiful sun temple, established in 1027. Modhera is about 100km northwest of Ahmedabad.

How to Reach Ahmedabad?

Ahmedabad is well connected by road, rail, and air. There are daily trains from many major cities.

Where to Stay in Ahmedabad?

The House of MG is a beautiful heritage hotel in the heart of the city. They also serve amazing thalis.

Browse other options here

14. Udaipur, Rajasthan

Best places to visit in December - Udaipur

By Ellis Veen, Backpack Adventures

Minimum Duration: 4 Days

Udaipur is one of the best destinations in India in December. With pleasant temperatures and great weather, it is a great time to come to this beautiful city in Rajasthan. It's not only the lakes and palaces that make this city worth a visit, but also its scenic location in the Aravalli hills.

With all the possible day trips into the lush green hills and with the number of temples and palaces it is easy to spend about 4-5 days in Udaipur. To escape the city you can visit rural villages, ancient Jain temples, scenic lakes, and hilltop viewpoints.

Udaipur was once the capital of the Mewar kingdom. Although no longer kings, the Mewars still own the Udaipur city palace. A large part is now open to the public as a museum about the life of the royal family. Other Mewar palaces have turned into fancy hotels so if you have the money you can sleep like kings and queens in Udaipur. Some are even in islands in the scenic Pichola lake.

Besides the top tourist attractions, there are also a lot of opportunities to watch daily life at Udaipur's bazaars or at the Ghats of Pichola lake. A lot of travelers stay much longer in Udaipur than they originally plan because of the relaxed atmosphere and the number of things to do.

How To Reach Udaipur?

It is easy to reach Udaipur by train from Ajmer and Delhi. Alternatively, you can fly from Delhi, Mumbai or Jaipur into Udaipur airport.

Where To Stay In Udaipur?

For a nice place to stay I can recommend Udai haveli. This budget-friendly guesthouse offers great services and amazing views from the balcony. The best value for money in the peak travel season in India.

Browse other options here

15. Bikaner and Thar Desert of Rajasthan

Thar Desert, India - December Destinations

Ellie & Ravi , Soul Travel Blog

Minimum Duration: 3 days

Many visitors to Rajasthan head up to Jaisalmer for a taste of life in the desert, but there are ways to experience desert life in Rajasthan without heading as far as Jaisalmer and with many fewer fellow visitors! You can take a desert trip/safari from Bikaner instead, and slow down to the desert way of life and visit the Thar Desert from there.

If you choose to do a camel safari in Rajasthan, we recommend choosing an operator who takes good care of their camels and supports local farming communities, as the going can be tough on camels. One such option is Hara Experiences who operate camel expeditions from Bikaner with less riding and more interaction with local communities.

How To Reach Bikaner?

Located in North-eastern Rajasthan, Bikaner is well connected to other cities in Rajasthan and also with Delhi, and can easily be reached by bus, car or train.

Where to stay in Bikaner?

Some of the safaris offer overnight camping along the way in the desert. Or, if you prefer to stay in Bikaner itself and explore from there, we recommend the Bikaner House, in the heart of the Thar desert who have different styles of glamping rooms.

16. Pondicherry and Chennai

Pondicherry French Town

Chennai isn't the city that evokes the same kind of enthusiasm among tourists as does Mumbai or Delhi. But Chennai has a charm of its own. Its beaches are far cleaner and beautiful than the other major metro city on the coastline – Mumbai. Chennai is a great spot to base yourself for short trips to Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram and many other winter destinations in Tamil Nadu.

However, if I have to plan a 5-day trip I'd stay 2 nights in Chennai, then spend a day exploring Mahabalipuram and on the same day drive to Pondicherry. Then you can explore Pondicherry for two more days at least.

How to Reach?

Chennai is one of the four original metro cities in India and has one of the busiest international airports. Both Chennai and Pondicherry are well-connected by Indian railways.

Where to Stay?

ITC Grand Chola (Luxury hotel in Chennai), Accord Metropolitan (mid-range in Chennai), Promenade Pondicherry  (seaside hotel in Pondicherry)

17. Golden Triangle Road Trip in Winter

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You can't have visited India and not heard about the Golden Triangle. It is the most famous tourism circuit of India, with the national capital New Delhi, Taj Mahal's home Agra and the pink city of Jaipur.

Embarking on a Golden Triangle Road trip in winter offers an enchanting journey through India's rich history and vibrant culture. This popular circuit, connecting Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, is well-served by major highways, ensuring a smooth and scenic drive.

The journey from Delhi to Agra is facilitated by NH 44 (previously NH 2), while the stretch from Agra to Jaipur and then back to Delhi is connected by NH 21 (previously NH 11) and NH 48 respectively. These well-maintained highways enhance the travel experience, making the drive between these historic cities comfortable and efficient.

Delhi might be a dreaded destination for many Indians for its chilly winters and infamous smog. However, the air quality index improves in the second half of December and the winter in Delhi is an experience worth having. It's a great time to enjoy the delicious street food of Delhi and explore the markets.

Historic monumnets like the Red Fort , India Gate , Qutub Minar, Humayun's tomb etc. takes you on a time travel to the medieval era of the region. You can also experience the glorious architecture of the Akshardham temple and Lotus temple of Delhi.

After spending at least 3 days exploring Delhi move on to Agra – home to the Taj Mahal. Agra, slightly warmer, presents a perfect backdrop for witnessing the most marvelous wonder of the world. The cool winter climate makes visiting the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri more pleasant.

Jaipur, the Pink City, is a delight in winter. Its historical forts and palaces, like Amer Fort and City Palace, are more enjoyable to explore in cooler temperatures. The winter sun adds a warm glow to the city’s distinct pink buildings, enhancing its allure.

This road trip is not just about exploring three cities but about experiencing the diverse cultural and historical fabric of India. Each city, with its unique offerings, contributes to making the Golden Triangle Road Trip a memorable adventure.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Travelling in India in Winter

These are the 17 best places shortlisted for your winter vacations this year. We made an effort to choose nor just the most popular ones, but a fair share of offbeat wonders too. Now here are a few travel tips and Q&A for planning your winters in India.

What to pack for India in December?

Me in long off-white long winter jacket sitting at the backdrop of expansive landscaped garden in Sikkim

Beaches of India have a warm-weather even during winter, so you can bring summer dresses, cotton tunics, etc. A light jacket will be enough for an occasional cold evening if you decided to spend your holiday on the beach destinations only. You would mostly not need it.

However, if you are visiting the Western Ghats you should bring light woolens and scarves. Also, bring comfortable track pants for adventure activities.

For visiting the Himalayan hill stations you must be ready for sub-zero temperatures. So bring heavy woolens, thermals, woolen socks, and trekking shoes. Check out the best guide to choosing travel shoes in India.

What are the Best Outdoor Adventures to experience in winter in India?

Think of ice-skating in the snow-clad Himalayan Hill stations, or walking on the frozen lake (Chadar Trek in Ladakh), exploring the spice gardens of Western Ghats, or all sorts of marine adventures in the tropical coasts.

There is an abundance of activities to explore in the Indian winters. Given the comfortable weather, it is the best time to take walking tours in the otherwise hot and humid cities like Kolkata, Chennai, and Mumbai.

First, choose your destination and then browse for activities on Get Your Guide

What are the best places to celebrate Christmas in India?

Christmas is celebrated with a lot of pomp in India. The best places to visit in India in December for Christmas are Goa and Kerala. Panjim in Goa, Alleppey in Kerala and the French colony of Pondicherry has some of the most beautiful churches in India. 

Where can you find snowfall in India in winter?

Me enjoying snowfall in Sikkim

The most popular hill stations where you can see snow in winter are Shimla, Manali, Nainital, and Darjeeling. But if you are looking for more beautiful and adventurous experiences visit Gulmarg, Auli, Sikkim and Ladakh. 

What are the best honeymoon destinations in winter in India?

For a honeymoon, you must be looking for some places with scenic beauty with nice romantic resorts where you can relax and enjoy.

Rent a houseboat in Alleppey, book a private beach resort in South Goa, a boutique in Shimla or stay in a palace at Udaipur. Other places to visit in December for honeymoon are Shillong, Coorg, Kovalam and Poovar islands of Kerala, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jaisalmer and Sikkim.  

What are the best backpacking trips in winter in India?

For solo travelers and backpackers, Spiti Valley and Kasol have been all-time favorites. As Ladakh, Sangla, Dharamshala in the north, Gokarna, Idukki, Dhanushkodi in the south and the entire North-east are some of the best offbeat destinations for backpackers. 

What are the best destinations for family holiday in India in winter?

For family holidays with kids or elderly parents choose a place that involves less trekking, parks and more easy sightseeing activities. Rameshwaram, Pondicherry, Bikaner, and Kolkata are the best picks for family holidays from our list.

Other than that, you can also visit Dalhousie, Khajjar and Chamba, Kochi, Orchha, and Nashik are good places to visit with families in winter.

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Make sure you travel to one of these places in your December holidays. I'm sure you are going to have a great time. What is your favorite out of these? Do you have any other place you want to add here? Tell me in the comments. Save the post and share it as you plan your December holidays.

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  1. I love the idea of visiting Kerala – it sounds like my kind of spot. Whenever I’m traveling I’m happy to explore inland but I’m happiest by the beach. India has been on my list for such a long time, but it’s taking me a bit of courage to work up to it, but places like Kerala could easily tip the scales and get me to finally explore India.

  2. Haha Sinjana, you’re killing me with this! After reading you last post, all I could talk about and read about was India, it drove my husband nuts! 😀 And now you’re back with more inspiration, jeez 😀

  3. I love the look of Kerala and the houseboat trip. I have never been to India so maybe I should start of here! Very inspiring post.

  4. It’s really an amazing post, full of great recommendations! I love going on a long holiday during winter in Europe – when flights are cheaper and the weather is terrible. India would be a great choice and this guide provides a good starting point to plan an awesome holiday.

  5. Amazing post, I just want to hop on a plane now! I had a trip to Goa and Mumbai in November which didn’t go well (not India’s fault) and I want to go back and enjoy it. I will definitely be using this post for my trip in March.

  6. Buxa Tiger Reserve and the Thas desert look great. As di most of the other places listed in this post. Really made me want to go to India when I am in Singapore in January.

  7. I had no idea there would be so many fascinating places to visit in India in December. I had not heard of many of these places, so this was a great way to learn more about this country.

  8. I love to travel… I have read somewhere “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before”. I have visited GOA, Mahabaleswar during monsoon season, but finding some amazing places during the winter season with friends and found your collection of these places with good source of information.
    Thanks for the list of places.

  9. How beautiful is Loktak Lake, the circular islands are fascinating! I havent been to India but we would love to explore and see the Buxa Tiger Reserve and the Sangai deer. Lovely.

  10. And there was me thinking I had seen a lot of India already and then I see this list. Wow, great ideas here and an excellent excuse to return. Manipur looks absolutely incredible. Time to start planning another trip.

  11. Very practical information! There are many places I would love to visit in India, so this is helpful for planning my trip, thanks.

  12. India in December is very beautiful, especially coastal regions. Kerala and Andaman Nicobar is perfect for December and thanks for sharing winter packing list too. Even temples of Southern India are worth too in month of December.

  13. Thanks for sharing so much information. With the size and diversity in India I would have a hard time choosing where to go. It looks like a beautiful country!

  14. Kerala looks gorgeous! I love all of the ‘off-the-beaten’ path recommendations that you have. Its easy to get stuck in the city or to just visit the convenient locations. Great recommendations!

  15. This is a great guide for travelers new to India such as myself. Thanks for sharing all these great spots to hit!

  16. Udaipur has been on my destination list for years. I just love the idea of losing myself in this city and exploring the surrounding area. Thanks for the tip about making sure we allow 4 days.

  17. What a lot of amazing places to visit. Kolkata, Kerala and Ahmedabad particular caught my eye. A great informative post.

  18. There are a lot of gorgeous places on your list! I think I would enjoy driving through the mountains and stopping off at various points of interest there the most.

  19. Amaaaaazing post! I was not expecting there to be sooo many options and such a variety of ecosystems and temperatures in December, as India is so varied. Sikkim looks epic!

  20. I did not realize that winter was peak travel season in India. But it made sense when I thought about it. A beach destination would be top for us. Some great spots to visit for great water and beaches. I might stay away from the skiing spots. But there are so many other great places to visit in India in winter.

  21. So much great places to explore in the winter in India. I love snow covered landscapes so Gulmarg would be on top of my list.

  22. My bucket list is growing! Wow so many nice places. I’ve been to Rajasthan is the sweltering heat so maybe next time I’ll combine a snow trip with some Goa beaches.

  23. There are so many intriguing places to visit – thanks for the informative guide! December sounds like the perfect time to plan a trip. I’d like a little beach, a little city!!

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