Get ready to embark on a surreal winter expedition in India this December. The cold weather compressed with
mountain winds and wintry hues makes numerous places the perfect holiday destination in India in December.
Whether you are an adventure seeker, a beach person, a history enthusiast, or a religious soul, India offers
endless perfect places to explore.
From the snow-covered mountains and valleys, snowy trails to lush green forests to pristine beaches in the
south, sandy beaches in the west, and gushing waterfalls with verdant greenery in the east, we have made a list
of the most popular and best destinations for you to visit this month. So pack your bags, gather your
essentials, and hit the road to make the best out of this winter season.
Manali is a popular honeymoon destination in India nestled in the Himalayas that offers stunning views of
deodar forest trails, gushing waterfalls, snow-covered mountains, and beautiful meadows. During winter,
the place receives heavy rainfall offering thrilling adventure and recreational activities.
backpackers love to visit in December to enjoy abundant natural beauty and wildlife, and peaceful
surroundings. Famous for its Hadimba Temple, you can trek to Rohtang Pass covered in snow, ski experience
at Solang Valley, visit the hippie and happy village of Old Manali, travel to the glacier zone, and
witness the rich wildlife at Manali Sanctuary.
Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
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Nestled across five hills across the Dhauladhar range, Dalhousie is home to colonial-era architecture
dating back to the British Empire in the 1800s. it is one of the best winter destinations to visit in
India in December to enjoy the surreal surroundings covered in a thick snow blanket.
There are several
famous places to visit like Panchpula for mesmerizing vistas, trek to snow-clad Sach Pass, visit the
Pholani Devi Temple at Dainkund Peak, go paragliding in Khajjiar, boating at Chamera Lake, find the hidden
trails in Satdhara Falls, and shop for hippie looks at Tibetan Market as well as delicious foods at street
The Queen of Hill Station- Shimla is undoubtedly the best destination to visit in India when the whole
place is covered in heavy snow and celebrates the annual Ice Skating Carnival in December, alluring
snow-lovers and adventure enthusiasts from all across the world.
Witness the early colonial charms
converged with modernization, enjoy mesmerizing views when horse riding in Kufri, go skiing in Narkanda,
stroll through the apple orchards of Rohru, trek to capture snowy vistas from Shaily Peak, hike to the
cascading Chadwick Waterfalls, enjoy a picnic amid picturesque Annandale, trek to steep rugged trails of
Majathal Wildlife Sanctuary to witness the rare Himalayan wildlife.
Auli is a popular skiing destination among travelers in India situated in the Chamoli district of
Uttarakhand. The annual Auli Winter Carnival Festival is what makes it an ideal hill station to visit in
December to explore the snow-covered trails of Kamat, Mana Parbat, and the Nanda Devi ranges.
everything to make your trip memorable with the Himalayan views, verdant meadows, and several adventure
activities. There are numerous places to explore in and around Auli that entice bikers, backpackers, and
every kind of tourist like artificial Auli Lake, Gurso Bugyal, Chattrakund, Kuari pass, Joshimath,
Lake, Vishnu Prayag, and many more. It is also a starting point for one of the most important Hindu
pilgrimage sites Badrinath
Leh, Jammu and Kashmir
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The frozen river with a jaw-dropping backdrop of snow-covered desert mountains is a sight to behold in
Leh, making it the top-rated destination in India to visit in December. You will witness the strong
influence of Tibetan Buddhism culture on this region, prevailing through a few important festivals in
Leh-Ladakh such as Galdan Namchot and Ladakhi Losar (Ladakh New Year). The land of high passes not only
offers stunning valley views but also has a rich cultural history that can be witnessed in some popular
Tibetan monasteries and temples. It houses one of the most difficult and popular Frozen Chadar Trek, a
magnetic hill Khardung la Pass, and camping places with scenic views at Pangong Lake, Nubra, and Zanskar
Nagoa Beach, Gujarat
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Nagoa Beach is a heavenly hamlet of Bucharwada village in Diu with a sandy coastline situated on the
Arabian Sea coast is the most popular beach in India to visit in winter with a pleasant temperature up
to 16C from November to January.
This stunning island hosts an annual Diu Festival that commences in
December and lasts for 2 to 3 months till February, catching the attention of tourists around the world.
Experience the best of this peaceful tropical haven during the festival and indulge in various fun and
adventurous activities such as canoe races, swimming, scuba diving, water skiing, parasailing, and many
other activities along with delicious local seafood and mouth-watering delicacies.
Mylapore, Tamil Nadu
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As the southern region remains quite hot in the summer season, Chennai offers amazing places to visit
in December in India and Mylapore is among one of them. Soaked with numerous sacred sites and cultural
structures, it is the oldest part of Chennai, boasting 1000-years-old history,
which depicts in its
famous Kapaleeshwar Temple- the Chennai's oldest skyscraper. Capture the essence of the Cultural Capital
of India at the most important Mylapore Margazhi Festival that takes place from December to mid-January.
The streets are decorated with unique pottu kolam/rangolis enhanced with cow-dung cakes and pumpkin
flowers, gather in Madras to attend a month-long Music Festival, satiate your hunger with delicious
south Indian dishes, and shop for Kanchipuram Sarees, traditional jewelry, and handcrafted souvenirs.
Radhanagar Beach, Andaman And Nicobar
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Radhanagar Beach is one of the famous attractions in Havelock Islands that has been given the title of
being the best beach in Asia and the seventh-best beach in the world by the Times Magazine. Dotted with
coconut trees, the exotic tropical jungle surrounding the beach from both sides, emerald blue water, and
clear skies fascinate the travelers around the world, giving a serene, rejuvenating feeling with the
stunning panoramic views of pristine beaches. Besides the walking tour on the shore, the place is famous
for several water sports, a trekking trail amid dense forest to Nei's Cave lagoon, and enjoy a
staycation in The Barefoot Jungle Resort's wooden cottages and huts.
Situated in the heart of the Thar Desert, Rann of Kutch is one of the largest salt deserts in the
world, spanning the border between India and Pakistan. With desert on one side and sea on the other, it
enables a perfect balance in the ecosystem and inhabits various endangered species of plants and
Plan a vacation to one of the most famous desert destinations in India in December and witness
the only festival, Rann Utsav for a memorable winter trip to Gujarat. Indulge in the captivating
activities in Rann Utsav such as paramotoring, star-gazing, bird watching, and camelback ride.
Experience the camping under the full moonlight and capture the desert sand turning silvery white in the
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If you're planning to explore the South of India this winter, then Wayanad is the perfect place for you
to visit in December when the winter season embraces the town in its full glory. Situated at an
elevation of around 2100 meters above sea level, winter is the best time to visit the place and enjoy a
joyful Elephant ride in Edakkal Caves and buy local handicrafts and homemade savory spices. Witness the
scenic views of green hills, rich tea and coffee plantation, visit Soochipara Waterfalls, scenic Chembra
Peak, peculiar wildlife at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, a spiritual visit to Thirunelli Temple, and much
Famous for its four decades old and as one of the biggest monasteries and Gompas, Tawang is bestowed
with jaw-dropping natural beauty and gushing river and waterfalls. Its enchanting landscapes are a
paradise for every traveler and a paradise for photographers.
The mild scent of spirituality in the air
will attract you to the Buddhist monasteries surrounded by orchid gardens, lush green hills, and
mountains covered in snow making it the perfect place to visit in India in December. Experience the
cultural extravaganza of Tawang at Losar Tibetan Festival (Tibetan New Year) and explore the picturesque
views around the Pangateng Tso Lake on an exciting trekking expedition through dense jungles.
Surrounded by the Aravalli Hills, Udaipur is popular by the name City of Lakes is an ideal place to
visit in India in December as one of the popular Shilpgram Art Fairs is grandly celebrated promoting art
and culture of the region and encouraging locals to present their many talents to the world.
during December remains pleasant with a temperature from 5 C to 28 C, making it the best time to explore
local streets, eat local food, collect handcrafted souvenirs at the stalls, learn about the rich history
behind this magnificent city, and enjoy boating at Fateh Sagar Lake.
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The capital city of Assam, Guwahati is home to the famous one-horned rhinoceros at the famous Kaziranga
National Park with the Brahmaputra River gushing at its heart, capturing every cultural and creative
essence of northeast India. Not only the place has enchanting landscapes but also acquires the
world-famous Kamakhaya Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of Menstruation. The temple is closed for 5 days
every month as it is believed that the divinity experiences menstruation. On the sixth day, the purohits
of the temple bathe and dresses the deity with rituals and fair. Witness the iconic Umananda Temple
dedicated to Lord Shiva, take a holy dip in Navagraha Temple, stroll around Chandubi Lake, and much
Cherrapunji is the second wettest place on earth and receives rainfall all year long, located in a
small town in the Eastern Khasi Hills in Meghalaya about 53.9 km away from Shillong. Due to heavy rains,
exploring the places can be challenging, hence travelers prefer to visit this stunning place in India in
Explore the famous living root bridge, serene cascading waterfalls, green hills, and a plethora
of natural trails for trekking, hiking, and camping. The place hosts many travelers in December for its
famous The Cherrapunjee Festival which is celebrated to promote livelihood, eco-tourism, and adventure
activities and highlights the diverse culture and ethics of the people of Sohra and Shella.
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Formerly known as Kehwri, the capital city of Nagaland, Kohima is the second-largest city in the state
that has derived its original name from the Kewhi flowers that are vastly grown in the region. A leisure
place in India is a most-visited destination in December for its most renowned Hornbill Festival,
celebrated by the Naga tribe. The places offer endless exploration spots in pleasant weather for
trekking, camping, rock climbing, and many thrilling activities at the famous Dzukou Valley, Japfu Peak,
archaeological excellence, and handicrafts ruins at Tseminyu. It also houses the Commonwealth War
Cemetery, the final resting place of World War II martyrs.
Soaked in the glorious heritage and rich history of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is the perfect place to
explore in December. Also known as the Golden City, the place has several festivities during this time
of month including the Desert Championship and Jaisalmer Literature Festival, attracting many adventure
seekers and nerds respectively around the world. Go for dune bashing in the Thar Desert, visit the main
attractions of the place such as Jaisalmer Fort, Gadisar Lake, Patwon ki Haveli, boating at Lake
Pichola, Desert Art Gallery, camelback ride at Vyas Chhatri Sunset Point, and more to explore.
Ranthambore is the most renowned and one of the biggest national parks in North India located in the
Sawai Madhopur about 130 km from Jaisalmer. Once the hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today it
is a major wildlife attraction destination in India, alluring wildlife lovers, and photographers from
everywhere around the globe. The park houses over 400 distinct endangered species of animals, plants,
reptiles, and birds. Embark on a Jeep Safari for a lifetime experience and spot the Bengal Tigers,
Sambar Deer, Jungle Cat, Sloth Bear, Golden Jackal, Indian flying fox, serpent Eagle, kingfisher,
sandpiper, marsh crocodile, and other species. Apart from the rich flora and fauna, Ranthambore boasts
several amazing places to visit such as Ranthambore Fort, Jogi Mahal, Ranthambore School of Art, and
Popularly known as the Blue City of Rajasthan, Jodhpur brings out the exotic ethics and tradition of
Mewar culture. The second-largest city of Rajasthan is a popular destination among travelers and history
enthusiasts in India to visit during the winter season when the climate is pleasant and chilly with cold
Besides many heritage palaces and historic architectural ruins, the place celebrates the
most vibrant festival- the Kumbhalgarh Festival in front of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. Folk dance, light and
music show, plays, warming fireworks, and delicious Rajasthani Thali are all you need to enjoy the
ethnicity of the place.
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Pondicherry is one of the seven Union Territories of India, situated in Tamil Nadu. One can witness the
French colonial settlement, carefully preserved in the French architecture, hence also referred to as
the French Capital of India. Boast with plenty of unspoiled beaches, ancient temples and churches, and a
French and Tamil colonial aura has been attracting the masses from every corner and offers several water
sports and religious places such as Paradise ad Karaikal Beach for sunbathing and surfing, boating at
Chunnambar Backwater, scuba diving at almost all the beaches, stunning sunset views from Ousteri Lake, a
bicycle ride to explore French settlements, Pondicherry Botanical Garden, and savor the local foods
combined with French, South Indian, European, and Western cuisine.
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
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Varanasi is the spiritual heart of India, which is believed to be founded by Lord Shiva about 3000
years ago. It is the most visited and revered Hindu pilgrimage destination in India. Also known as
Banaras, the city celebrates Dev Diwali/Karthikai Deepam and Annakut on the banks of the Ganges followed
by cultural performances. Behold the imperial sight of Ganga Arti at Assi Ghats and Dashashwamedh Ghats,
visit pure gold plated Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple dedicated to Mahadev Shiva, Manikarnika Ghat for
depart the restless souls, 19th-century Nepalese king built Shivala Ghat and many other popular
Q.What are the best places in India to visit in December?
India has endless places for nature lovers, spiritual souls, and adventure freaks. Plan your visit to Nainital,
Manali, Udaipur, and Kutch. Wayanad, Tawang, Udaipur, Ranthambore National Park, Pondicherry, and more.
Q.What are the affordable places in India to visit in December?
Tight on your budget? Don't worry we've got several beautiful places you can travel to when you're running low
on budget- Pondicherry, Udaipur, Nainital, Manali, Varanasi, Leh-Ladakh, Dalhousie, and Auli
Q.Is October a good time to travel to India?
During this time of the year, the north shelves the clear blue skies and the weather becomes pleasant as the
chill winds mark the peak of the winter season in December.
Q.What kind of clothes do I need to carry while traveling to India?
You should carry an extra pair of woolen clothing with track pants, a t-shirt, hiking/trekking shoes, sunscreen,
a hat/scarf, extra pair of clean socks. Mark an impact on conservation and lessen the use of plastic bags and
other stuff. Bring your water bottle and washable cutlery.
Q.Is India a safe place to travel with kids?
Taking care of a kid simply depends on you. People from around the world come with their families and kids and
enjoy the mild wintry weather. For more information on kids' travel, get in contact with Safar Mentor for
Q.What are the things to keep in mind while traveling to India in December?
Almost all Indians solely keep their taste buds in check with the street food, so don’t hesitate to eat the
local food stalls, avoid bottled water, save big by commuting with public transport (much safer for solo
travelers), and the key tip- keep your exquisite belongings like phone, laptop, chargers, passport, tickets,
wallets, etc., at the safest spot or with you and don’t ask for directions from just anyone, instead use Google
Maps, or call our travel experts in case of any inquiries and get a planned trip customized for you.