Thanks to the climatic diverse country, India has so much to offer and winter is such a
season when you can travel and explore any place followed by the cold and pleasant weather with no or less
humidity. From the snow-covered Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh to breathtaking beaches and oceans in Diu
and heritage sights in Rajasthan, find your perfect destination to visit in India in January. Not just the
hills, green valleys, majestic mountains, cascading waterfalls, and deserts, there are many places for adventure
seekers and history enthusiasts to explore.
Capture the mesmerizing vistas and alluring landscapes with spellbinding sunrise and sunset
with your partner and make beautiful memories from your India trip in the winter season. Below our experts have
customized the best holiday destinations for you to visit this January in India for the perfect vacation with
family and friends.
Alleppey or Alappuzha is a famous tourist destination in India located on the Laccadive Sea in Kerala.
Also known as the ‘Venice of the East, the place is famous for its beaches and backwaters, making it a
perfect getaway destination in January when the weather remains pleasant with temperatures between 23 C to
Enjoy the boat rides, capture the enchanting sunsets by the beach, visit the 19th century Alappuzha
Lighthouse, admire the architecture marvel of Mullakkal Temple, stay in the houseboats, dine on tasty
seafood dishes, and much more.
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Andaman and Nicobar Islands is one of the secluded places in India to visit in January. This tropical
paradise is located in the Bay of Bengal and houses over 300 islands within it that are decorated with
flawless white sand beaches lined with pine and mangrove trees. From the untouched beaches of Havelock
Islands to the vibrant nightlife at Port Blair, the place serves as the perfect honeymoon destination in
India. Get to relive the brave sagas at the Cellular Jail, witness over 560 species of coral reef at Jolly
Buoy Island, rejuvenate your mind with a trek to Mount Harriet, and feel the adrenaline with deep-sea
diving, kayaking, etc., enjoy bird watching at Chidiya Tapu, and much more.
Auli is the most picturesque and beautiful hill station in India located in the Garhwal region of
Uttarakhand. Famous for its ski resort, the place becomes a major tourist destination in December and
January when the dense snowfall covers the entire valley, allowing the adventure seekers to have a thrill
amid the spellbinding views of snow-covered mountain peaks. Embark on the exciting trekking expedition to
Gorson Bugyal, Trishul Peak, and Kuari Pass, indulge in star gazing when camping, visit the pristine
man-made Auli Lake, capture the panoramic view of the Himalayas on Auli Ropeway, pray and seek blessings
at Narsimha Temple, and stroll through the oak forests to Chenab Lake.
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Located around 300 km from Jaipur, Bikaner is an exotic beauty of Rajasthan that allures travelers from
every corner with its glorious past, rich historical culture, royal architecture, and delicious cuisine.
Surrounded by the Thar Desert, the place is adorned with vibrant forests, dunes safari, and the
16th-century-built Junagarh Fort. It has the biggest camel farm in Asia and hence celebrates the biggest
and most famous Camel Fair Festival during the winter season, making it a must-visit place in January in
India when the temperature remains between 24 C to 7 C. Along with the historic sightseeing and several
adventure sports, Bikaner houses some rare wildlife species in the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary.
Chadar Trek, Ladakh
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If you’re a seasonal trekker or an adventure seeker, then Chadar Trek is the perfect activity for you
to do in India in January. One of the most unique and challenging treks in India is an 8-day long
expedition on the Frozen Zanskar River about 5 meters wide, situated in Ladakh.
The major attraction
apart from the frozen river is Nerak Waterfall which remains iced from top to bottom. There are some
mandatory ground rules to follow before embarking on the trek such as gumboots, which are highly
convenient to save your feet from frozen bites but will be slippery, ID proofs for permission to trek,
compulsory medical tests, and bring the reports along, consumption of alcohol and smoke is prohibited
during the entire journey. Don’t forget to carry a backpack that will save you your back from the falls.
Celebrate your New Year with the Lepchas and Bhutias this January in Darjeeling. Nestled in the
foothills of the Himalayas, Darjeeling is an ideal hill station destination in India situated in the
state of West Bengal. This is one of the best honeymoon destinations that offers many fun things to do
with your better half such as a pleasant hike to picturesque Tiger Hill, a scenic Toy Train ride, a
stroll, eating, and shopping at The Mall Road, visiting old Tibetan monasteries, elegant cafes for a
date night, and catch the enchanting sunrise from Mt. Kanchenjunga. This is also the month of some
most-celebrated festivals such as Maghe Sakranti, Sri Panchami, Bumchu, Darjeeling Orange, and Winter
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If your idea of a good vacation is a trip away from city noise and crowds, then Diu is the perfect
island destination to plan your holidays in January when the weather is pleasant with a cool Arabian Sea
breeze. The calm natural surroundings, placid sea, gorgeous beaches, and prehistoric caves are a
wholesome package of a memorable trip. It is this time of the year that Diu celebrates Asia’s Longest
Beach Festival- Festa De Diu which begins in the early December and goes on till February, making the
winter season a peak time to visit Diu.
If you are more of a beach person, then Goa is already on your travel bucket list, undoubtedly! Plan
your trip to the most popular beach city in India this January and indulge in the famous India Yoga
Festival and Goa Lokotsav. Not only among beach lovers and backpackers, but Goa is also a beautiful
honeymoon destination as well for its laid-back Portuguese-style colorful architecture, delicious food,
and of course, exquisite beer. Visit some of the popular beaches of the place such as Baga, Malva, and
Anjuna Beach for scuba diving, bungee jumping at Amthane Dam, paragliding at Arambol, and hot ait
balloon ride at Assolda, snorkeling at Grand Island, Kayaking in Goas Baga Creek, and much more.
One of the most prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, Hampi is an ideal destination for
a weekend trip in January when the temperature remains between 15 C to 33 C with pleasant weather and
verdant green surroundings all around. To make your holidays extraordinary, indulge in a famous
classical music festival- Purandara Dasa Aradhana, which is celebrated for 2-3 days in January or
February. Situated amid the valleys in Karnataka, the place houses around 500 ancient ruins and
monuments, temples and shrines, and royal palaces, and offers several famous sights such as Virupaksha
Temple, Hemakuta Hill, Lakshmi Narshimha Temple, Hampi Archaeological Ruins, Lotus Mahal, Stone Chariot,
Pushkarani, Matanga Hill, and much more.
Popularly known as the ‘Pink City of India’, Jaipur is one of the charming places and the capital city
of Rajasthan. Being a tropical desert climate city, January is the best time to visit Jaipur and catch
the city changing its romantic pink hues to even darker, making it a mystically ideal place for
Besides the architectural marvels including Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, Queen
Victoria’s Palace, Birla Mandir, and so on, the city organizes one of the colorful festivals-
Kumbhalgarh Festival and Bikaner Camel Fair, which makes it the best place to visit in winter in India.
For adventure seekers, the place has several adventure activities like paragliding, jeep safari, star
gazing, trekking, camping, and much more.
Want to skip the snow and feel the winter warmness on your face? Situated in the heart of the Thar
Desert, Jaisalmer is the perfect place to visit in India in January when the weather remains between 30
C to 10 C during day and night respectively. Also popular as the ‘Golden City’ as it houses several
golden dunes and yellow sandstone structures. The major attraction Jaisalmer Fort is a must-visit place
that fences the city and adorned with beautiful temples and colorful houses. Get your hands on a desert
ATV bike ride and Desert Thar Safari, enjoy the camelback safari along the dunes, catch the enchanting
sunset by the Gadisagar Lake, capture the wilderness at Desert National Park, and much more.
Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
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Famous for its erotic stone carvings, Khajuraho is a famous heritage site in India situated in the
Chhatarpur district in Madhya Pradesh. Renowned as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ‘Khajuraho Group of
Monuments’, the place is famous for its nagara-style built temples, and intricate sculptures of deities
and apsaras, representing various forms of meditation, spiritual learnings, and stimulating art of
romanticism. It is divided into three groups- Eastern, Western, and Southern, and each place will leave
you spellbound. Plan your vacation to Khajuraho during January when the weather is pleasant with chill
breezes and cool surroundings. It houses around 90 Hindu and Jain Temples such as Kandariya Mahadev
Temple, Lakshaman Temple, Chausath Jogini Temple, Parsawanath Jain Temple, and much more.
Also known as White Rann, the Great Rann of Kutch is the best place to visit in India in January.
Located in Gujarat city in India, the place is situated in the heart of the Thar Desert and partly in
the Sindh region of Pakistan, which attracts visitors from all around year-long. This vast sand marsh is
best visited during the winter months as one of the biggest desert festivals- Rann Utsav is celebrated
from November till February with full enthusiasm that depicts the folk music and dance shows,
handcrafted arts and crafts, and traditional Bandhani Sarees adorned mirror work and cultural jewelry.
Don’t miss the camping under Full Moon night when the desert dunes impregnate into silver sand.
Situated at an altitude of around 6000 ft., Munnar is an ideal hill station located in the Western
Ghats in Kerala. Once was the summer resort destination for British rulers, the place is famous for its
vast tea estates, lush green rolling hills, and several natural streams and gushing waterfalls. Adorned
with hundreds of species of flora, Munnar has a unique flower that blooms only once in 12 years-
Neelakurunji. Visit the exotic and most-visited lake in Kerala, Lake Kundala, picturesque Atukkal
waterfalls, visit the colonial-era structures, Eravikulam National Park, which is blessed with rich
flora and fauna, and camp under the starry night.
Nathu la Pass, Sikkim
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One of the three open trading border check posts, Nathu La Pass is a fascinating place in India where
you can catch the glimpse of the Indo-China border. Situated on the old silk route in Sikkim, to visit
here for trekking and sightseeing, you need to take a permit from the Sikkim Government. Many visitors
trek to this high-altitude mountain pass to witness the scenic views of the snow-covered Himalayas and
cascading waterfall. The place is a perfect haven for photographers and adventure seekers to visit in
January and capture the spellbinding frozen Tsomgo Lake. Enjoy the yak ride, spiritual trek to Baba
Mandir, Tibetan monasteries, and the famous seven sister waterfalls.
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To explore the incredible beauty and historic and cultural ethos of the capital city of India, the best
time to visit New Delhi is in January. The man-made wonders and ancient palaces and forts are truly a
marvel to witness on your winter holidays. Visit the famous stepwell- Agrasen ki Baoli, magnificent
Akshardham Mandir, celestial observatory- Jantar Mantar, the Bahai faith depiction in Lotus Temple, the
biggest mosque in India- Jama Masjid, Nehru Planetarium- a hub of science and information, Chandini
Chawk- the heart of Delhi, iconic Red Fort, and much more. For the partying freaks, New Delhi has the
best nightlife to offer at many ethical and vibrant restaurants and pubs.
Another most popular family and honeymoon in India is a quaint hill station in Tamil Nadu, Ooty.
Nestled in the Nilgiri Hills at an altitude of approx. 2,250 meters, the place is bestowed with lush
green mountains, pristine lakes, and verdant meadows offering pleasant weather and cold breezes in
January. Besides the rich tea plantation, Ooty offers numerous mesmerizing sights such as Ooty Lake,
Emerald Lake, Botanical Garden, Doddabetta Peak, Ketty Valley View Point, Wax World, and hobbit-like
Toda Temple, Tiger Hill, and much more. Spend some time amid natural surroundings away from the bustling
sounds of horns and hordes, and take back memorable experiences with you.
Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
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Pondicherry is a charming Union Territory of India and the best place to visit in January for serene
surroundings. You will witness the French legacy preserved in its French quarters and multicolored
colonial bungalows and streets. This quaint French Town of India is blessed with furious beaches lined
with pine trees along the Bay of Bengal seaside. Many travelers visit the place to meditate in Auroville
and Sri Aurobindo Ashram, try surfing at Serenity Beach, scuba diving in Paradise Beach, visit the Old
Lighthouse, the French War Memorial, Mahatma Gandhi Statue, Pondicherry Museum, and much more.
Ranthambore National Park is a former royal hunting ground and is now home to extinct tigers, lions,
and many endangered species. Surrounded by the Banas and Chambal Rivers from the north and the south
respectively, Ranthambore National Park is the perfect place for wildlife photographers and nature
lovers. Enjoy the jeep safari or canter safari and catch a closer sight of Royal Bengal Tigers playing
and preying by the picturesque lake like Padam Talao, Malik Talao, Raj Bhag Talao, and quite an
enriching landscapes with small hills, dense forests, and vast greenery. Besides the wildlife
sightseeing, the place has several famous spots to explore like Ranthambore Fort, Trinetra Ganesha
Temple, Kachida Valley, and Jogi Mahal.
Q.What are the best places in India to visit in January?
India has endless places for nature lovers, spiritual souls, and adventure freaks. Plan your visit to Coorg,
Mussoorie, Varanasi, Udaipur, Kutch, Thekkady, Ranthambore National Park, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, and many
Q.What are the affordable places in India to visit in January?
Looking for a budget-friendly destination to visit this winter in India? Don’t worry we’ve got several beautiful
places you can travel to when you’re running low on budget- Ooty, Manali, Pondicherry, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Kutch,
Q.Is January 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 and snowfall in the northern regions in India make the winter season more pretty in January. It is
during this month that the country has many auspicious and significant festivals making India an ideal holiday
destination among tourists.
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 January?
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.