Best 20 Places To Visit India In January
With the commencement of chilly winters, the season of holidaying also begins. It is just like fueling oneself to begin the New Year full of energy. If you are among those, fond of beginning the New Year with a pleasant vacation then here’s a list of some magnificent and popular places to visit in India, in the month of January.
Now you can welcome the New Year by adding these destinations to your bucket list. The travel enthusiasts can choose from the difficult terrains to the pristine sand beaches, a vacation on sea side to dense forest, from east to west or north to south to enjoy their winter vacation. This winter you can have a lovely vacation in any of these top places in India.
1. Khajuraho and Orchha
One of the best places to be visited in India, in the month of January is Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. Khajuraho Group of Monuments, constructed during the period of Chandela Dynasty is considered as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is famous worldwide for the exquisitely carved temples. This erotic carvings and sculptures representing the theme of Kamasutra, adorn the exterior of the temples whereas, the interior of the temples depict spirituality.
A visit to Orchha will give you the real rural experience. The tiny hamlet is situated in Madhya Pradesh, which is popular for its temple spires and chattris or cenotaphs. Besides, the Jahangir Mahal with its intricate carvings is considered as a specimen of excellent Bundela paintings.
Suggested Tour : Golden Triangle + Khajuraho 10 Days Tour
2. Bikaner, Rajasthan
One of the best places to visit during January is Bikaner. It receives swarms of visitors in this month as the popular Camel Festival is being observed in the village of Ladera. Camels are shaved & decorated and are made to participate in the various competitions. The competitions include best haircut of a camel, camel milking and best fur cutting. The camels are also made to dance. The weather and the charm of the city remain excellent during this month.
Read More : Top Tourist Attractions in Bikaner
Suggested Tour : 10 Days – Rajasthan Agra and Varanasi
3. Elephanta Caves, Maharashtra
11 km towards the north of Apollo Bandar, Mumbai is situated the Elephanta Caves. It is considered as a World Heritage Site under UNESCO. The Caves are situated on the Elephanta Island, which is popularly known as the Island of Gharapuri. Our Suggested itinerary for this 1 Day Mumbai City & Elephanta Caves Tour.
The Caves display the carvings of Lord Shiva, blended with the natural environment. A statue of Lord Shiva of 7 meters with three faces is located at the entrance of the first cave. The incarnations of the Lord Shiva as a creator, preserver and destroyer is represented through the statue.
The Archaeological Survey of India preserved these caves as they hold importance in Indian tourism. The ferry ride up to the island adds charm to the trip making it memorable. You can also go to the nearby place like Goa which has pristine silver beaches, intricate churches and provides ample scope for adventurous sports.
Also get the information about Ajanta & Ellora Caves
Suggested Tour : 6 Days Caves Tour of Ajanta and Ellora
Varanasi is one of the holy cities of India and amongst the oldest cities in the world. It is one of the major pilgrimage towns, which is visited by swarms of devotees all round the year. It is believed that a dip in the sacred River Ganges washes every sin. The Hindus visit the ghats of Varanasi to perform rituals related to death and birth.
One of the major attractions of Varanasi is the evening arti, which is performed by a group of priests at the Dashashwamedh Ghat. The beautifully choreographed performance is a treat to watch in the evenings. Well-known Indian poets and saints such as Kabir and Tulsidas hail from the city of Varanasi. You can walk down the narrow winding lanes of the city or sit on the ghats to observe the local life of the city.
The month of January is the best time to visit Varanasi, tough it can be visited throughout the year.
Read More : Top 11 Things to Experience in Varanasi
Suggested Tour : 3 Days – Exclusive Varanasi Tour including Sarnath
5. Auli, Uttarakhand
Sports and adventure enthusiasts may take a trip to Auli as this place is considered as a paradise for its tiny snow wrapped area. It is located in the district of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand. Being located at an altitude of 2,500 m, it provides ample opportunity for skiing and thus it makes a popular destination among the adventurous souls. Trekking can also be enjoyed in this region.
The temperature in Auli drops to sub-zero levels in the month of January. Therefore, heavy woolen clothes are must have during your visit to Auli. World’s highest man-made lake is situated in this place. Some of the major Hindu pilgrimage points of Auli are Nanda Devi and Mount Neelkanth, which makes the place worth visiting.
Read More : 10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Uttarakhand
6. Kalimpong, West Bengal
One of the frequented places in India during winter is Kalimpong, located in West Bengal. The pleasant view of Teesta river valley is a treat for those who wish to escape from the bustling city life and its pollution. The Galinka and Crockety bungalows with the colonial architecture, built during the British period, provide wonderful accommodating facilities with all amenities for a better experience. You have another option of accommodation known as the Morgan House. Get the mesmerizing view of snow cladded mountains, in the chilly and frosty month of January, which is really worthy. You can also take a trip to the nearby places like Gangtok and Darjeeling.
Suggested Tour : 8 Days – Darjeeling Kalimpong Gangtok Tour Packages
Also Read : Tips for First Time Darjeeling Travellers
7. Phawngpui, Mizoram
One of the lesser known heavens on earth, in Indian land is Phawngpui. It is located at an altitude of about 2150 m in Mizoram. It is also known as the Blue Mountain. Phawngpui is much valued by the locals for its local stories and folklore of sheltering ‘Sangau’- a local deity. It is not only important as a pilgrimage site but also popular for its significant beauty. Phawngpui is one of the popular tourist spots enriched with exotic flora and fauna.
Rhododendrons and variety of orchids can be seen be there. Unique and endangered animals such as Asiatic black bear, gorals, leopard cat, stump-tailed macaque, capped langur are found in this region. One can also get the view of colorful plumed sunbirds soaring in the sky. Get set and go for trekking at Phawngpui in the month of January to explore the majestic landscape and natural beauty at its best.
8. Daman And Diu
Daman and Diu is a small still beautiful, striking and mesmerizing paradise surrounded by Gujarat. Ruled by Portuguese for more than four centuries; it is the second smallest Union Territory of India since 1987. Daman and Diu house various buildings and monuments with Portuguese styled architecture. Tourist attractions comprised of picturesque sun-bathed beaches, colonial forts, and renowned churches. Beside this, there is a rich heritage and culture which offers lively festive days and bustling nightlife.
The nearest railway junction is Veraval which is 90 kms. from Diu and has a direct & well connection to the major cities of India like Mumbai, Jabalpur, Pune, Ahmedabad, Dwarka etc. Although the temperature is moderate throughout the year; January has the most favorable climatic conditions to lure tourists from different parts of the world. The key attraction includes –
- Jalandhar Beach
- Portuguese Fort
- Paul Church
- Fortim-Do-Mar Diu
- Dominican Monastery
- Thomas Church
- Goptimata Beach
- Zampa Gateway
9. Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
The magnificent town of Jammu & Kashmir is a heaven for the adventure seekers and a paradise for nature lovers. The town is situated in the Pirpanjal Range of Western Himalayas and is popularly known as the “heartland of winter sports in India” and is rated as Asia’s 7th best ski destination. Gulmarg also takes great pride in owning Asia’s largest and world’s second largest cable car project called Gulmarg Gondola, connecting Gulmarg with Aparwath Mountains from where one can ski down on a long snow trail. The key destinations includes –
- Alpather Lake
- Gulmarg Alpine Guides
- Gulmarg Ski Resort
- Aparwath Peak
- Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve
Suggested Tour : 10 Days – Kashmir With Taj Mahal Tour
10. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
Rann of Kutch which separates India from Pakistan is one of thee place in India one should visit once in a lifetime. A full moon night in one of the largest salt desert of the world gives you the most unforgettable and romantic experience. It is the host of Rann Festival which is a three month long annually celebrated festival.
The great Indus river which laid the foundation of many settlements and civilization flows though Runn of Kutch which not only adds to the mesmerizing beauty of the place but also a purity and peace in nature. Gujarat is said to be blessed with culturally and ecologically abundant land forms and Rann of Kutch is surely adds seven stars to this statement beat its evening sunsets or a full moon night, white desert safari or its glorious past traditions and cultures.
It is famous for its Rann festivals which attracts thousands of tourists around the world to see the ethnic beauty & culture of India and providing the largest tent accommodation in India. Key attractions includes –
- Mandvi Beach
- Kandla Port
- Siyot Caves
- Aina Mahal
- Marine National Park
11. Shillong, Meghalaya
Shillong adds the seventh star to the breathtaking beauty of North Eastern India. It is popularly known as “The Adobe of Clouds” or “Scotland of East” and is associated with many renowned personalities of India like Arundhati Roy, Lt. Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda, Amita Malik etc. This mystical hill station is situated 1491m above the sea level and is well cultured institution made it an educational hub for entire North East. The key destinations includes –
- Lady Hydari Park
- Cathedral Catholic Church
- Don Bosco Centre For Indigenous Culture
- Golf Course
- Spread Eagle Falls
- Elephant Falls
- Everliving Museum
- Shillong Peak
One can easily get all the beauties of nature, peace and North Eastern culture under one umbrella.
12. Chilika Lake, Odisha
If you are really looking forward to escape the chills of North, Chilika Lake in Odisha is a perfect destination. Its brackish water lagoon is not only largest in Asia but also acclaimed by tourist all over the world. Chilika offers you with its legendary historical background and geological studies. Home of many islands, Honeymoon Island and Breakfast Island holds a special attraction among the tourists. It offers you with a wide range of flora and fauna and its one of the two lagoons in the world where Dolphins can be seen. The nearby destinations to visit are-
- College Of Arts And Crafts
- Salia Dam
- Chilika Lake Sanctuary
13. Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand
Jim Corbett is the first and the oldest national park in India and initiated the First Tiger Project in India for the protection of decreasing number of Tigers. Apart Tigers; it is the home of varieties of 110 tress species, 25, reptile species, 50 mammal species,580 bird species, 25 reptile species which proves it to be the best wildlife destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lover. It is the resident of some endangered species like Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephants, Leopards, Wild Boar etc. It consist of six ecotourism zone-
Kosi river flows through Jim Corbett which not only provides you with scenic beauty but also a great site for camping and bonfire and if you will be lucky enough then you will be able to say hello to the tigers coming there to drink water.
Suggested Tour : 11 Days – Golden Triangle and Corbett Tour
Hyderabad is known as “The City of pearls” as it was the trading centre of pearl and diamonds during Mughal Era. Now, it’s a residence of financial, research and manufacturing institutions. Having a rich and royal history, it has many palaces and forts whose architecture is dated back to medieval period. Some of the main tourist attraction includes –
- Ramoji Film Studio
- Chowmahalla Palace
- Nehru Zoological Park
- Birla Science Museum
- Snow World
The climate would be soothing during January which helps you to explore the city as much as you can and please don’t forget the famous and original Hyderabadi Biryani which has the capability to give your taste buds a new life of royalty.
Have a blissful winter vacation and fill yourself with energy to deal with the workload throughout the year. We at Travelogy India also offer you a range of exclusive tour packages to keep stress at a bay.
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