There are so many destinations in India that provides a thrilling experience and fun, especially during the winter. The enchanting views of these places along with the mystic spell will never let you escape. Winter is best not only for mountains, hills and adjoining areas but also several beaches too. Let us look into few exotic and stunning winter destinations in India that are a must-visit.
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
A snow-laden mountain covered venue gives us the most chilled experience of winter beauty. The best things include the Kalka-Shimla toy train ride, shopping at the colourful bazaars, Asia’s only open-air ice skating rink, divine Jakhu Temple in the Jakhu Hill (the highest peak in Shimla), etc. the beautiful sunset, snow-capped mountains and lush green valleys at scandal point are some of the best nature’s gift too.
Another best winter tourist destination in India is Auli best for skiing. Simply matchless skiing experiences are present here to create everlasting memories. The things or sights to enjoy include the snow-covered hill station of Auli, camping with a bonfire at night, stunning view of Chattrakund Lake, cable car ride to give a thrilling journey around the town, the beauty of the Trishul Peak and most important the famous Nanda Devi National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A place to remember for its beauty and the charisma to make you rest at the beaches of Mother Nature. The tranquillity and scenic view is the most attractive thing of this beautiful island on the Bay of Bengal. The exotic wildlife, aquatic species are a must watch here. Visitors can do snorkelling, water sports at the beaches. Additionally, swimming with elephants is a top demandable thing. It is an island for nature-lovers to seek the beauty of paradise on Earth. The light and sound of Cellular Jail is mesmerising along with Mt. Harriet trekking to Madhuban.
Another beach beauty destination in India is Goa where people love to visit for loud night parties, crazy crowds especially during the winter during the Christmas carnival occasion. There are gorgeous spice plantations to die for, a beautiful sunrise cruise in the Mandovi River, exploration of the Goan caves for their historical beauty, relaxing soul at the Mandrem for yoga and meditation and offbeat treks to waterfalls are very few of many top things to enjoy here. Island exploration and beach walks are the most deluxe things to do here.
Kerala better known for its backwaters is another exotic winter venue to be visited in India. This south-western region is known for its beauty of coconut trees, beaches and nature, backwaters for leisure-seekers, wildlife reserves, hill stations, etc. some of the exciting and beautiful adventures of this place include houseboat cruise in the emerald backwaters, visiting the soothing hill stations to escape the natural chaos, the stunning tea plantations, Shikara rides, Spice tour and so on.
Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
This is never a place to miss for especially during the winters in India. Kashmir is the paradise on earth, becomes more exquisite during the snowy inter with its lofty peaks. There are skiing facilities at Gulmarg between Kongdori and Apharwat ridge, along with Golconda rides (Asia’s largest cable car project). Tourists can also enjoy Golfing at Gulmarg Golf Course. Bird watching at Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve and photography at Ningle Nallah are some famous tourism activities. The Ponytail ride in Khilanmarg and the beautiful temples of Gulmarg will make the journey more delightful.
This is the best tourist destination in India if winter is to be enjoyed without a blanket. Situated 300kms off the Kerala Coast, it is an adventure island with the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean. The underwater life is a must watch along with water sports like yachting and kayaking. Snorkelling, scuba-diving, fishing, kite surfing, canoeing along with mesmerising sandy beaches is ravishing. The architectural beauty at Kalpeni Island and the nightlife will make you feel fresh and active all day long. There are amazing seafood, beautiful eateries and restaurants to add up to the fun.
Gangtok creates a magical winter memory in India with its cherishing weather, beautiful sunrise and chilling climate. One can have a craving view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Gangtok is a Buddhist pilgrimage centre and apart from its other thrilling activities include hiking, paragliding, biking, river rafting, etc. the Food and Culture festival in Gangtok during winter is an enjoyable occasion to last long. Being the capital of East Sikkim, Gangtok houses many beautiful orchards, lakes and other nature’s beauty. The famous Tsomgo Chho Lake in Gangtok is a marvellous glacial lake and tourist attraction spot.