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Tourist Places to Visit in India in January

Goa, Jaipur, Kutch, Munnar, Chikmagalur, Rishikesh, Kasol, Manali, Udaipur, McLeodganj, Coorg, Pondicherry, Auli, Andaman and Nicobar, Dharamshala, and many more.

Thanks to the cultural and geographical diversity of the country, there is no dearth of places to visit in India in January. From the snow-clad slopes of Himalayan mountains in Auli to breathtakingly beautiful beaches of Havelock Island; from the culturally rich cities of Rajasthan to rich biodiversity of Jim Corbett – nature has blessed India with the most wonderful landscapes and how mankind has contributed to making it even more captivating through remarkable structures is commendable. So, if you are planning a getaway in January, you have a whole range of options covering mountains, deserts, beaches, and ancient cities.

There are ideal options for travelers with distinct preferences in India. Whether you want to spend your January in the company of nature, just relaxing and idling or you are seeking some adrenaline-charged action to give a kick-start to your year, there are plenty of destinations for you to serve the purpose. While you can enjoy exhilarating activities in Manali, Gulmarg, Auli, and Havelock Island, places like Jaipur, Coorg, and Pondicherry are perfect for a laid back experience. In addition to that, these destinations have numerous luxury and budget resorts to make your experience all the more heavenly.

Check the list of best destinations to visit in India in January:

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Goa

Goa

If you love beaches, Goa welcomes you with lots of surprises including exquisite landscapes and unique culture. A visit to Goa is sure to feature some breathtaking sunsets, perfect moments of tranquillity, and soothing sounds of the waves crashing against the shore. Being the most popular destination for beach fun, Goa is among the most happening places to visit in India in January. 

Try from a range of adventure sports or just enjoy a relaxing sunbath on a beach – choose whatever you prefer. To elate your beach fun further, there are some amazing luxury beaches you can find accommodation at.

Things to Do:
Surfing, Swimming, Sunbathing, Partying, Photography.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
587 km from Mumbai.

How to Reach
: Airway and Railway are the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport:
Dabolim Airport, Goa

Nearest Railway Station:
Madgaon Railway Station

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Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer

Winter is the best season to tour the golden deserts of Rajasthan, so you should definitely consider Jaisalmer for an unparalleled dessert experience in January. Jaisalmer is not only visually beautiful but also has a rich culture worth exploring. 

Apart from the vast landscapes with nothing but sand insight where you can experience camel rides and desert camping, the city has some remarkable examples of architecture like Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, etc.

Things to Do
: Camel Ride, Sightseeing, Camping.

Distance from Nearby Metro City
: 564 km from Ahmedabad.

How to Reach
: Roadway and Railway are the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport
: Jodhpur Airport

Nearest Railway Station
: Jaisalmer Railway Station

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Rishikesh

Rishikesh

Located in Uttarakhand on the banks of river Ganges, Rishikesh is one of the best places to visit in India in January if you want to experience a lot of things in a single destination. Housing a number of temples, Rishikesh is an important Hindu pilgrimage. Moreover, it is also celebrated as the “Yoga Capital of the World,” so you must try yoga while you are here. 

Rishikesh is also popular as “Gateway to Himalayas” as it is located in the foothills of Himalayas. For adventure junkies, the exciting activities of trekking and bungee jumping are available here. However, the city is majorly known for its exhilarating river rafting experience.

Things to Do:
Pilgrimage, Sightseeing, Yoga, River Rafting, Trekking, Bungee Jumping.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
250 km from Delhi.

How to Reach:
Roadway is the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station:
Rishikesh Railway Station and Haridwar Railway Station.

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Manali

Manali

Manali, located in Himachal Pradesh, is one of those tourist destinations that are preferred by tourists during all seasons, but the charm it unveils during January is something else. If you get lucky, you will find the entire town hiding under plush covers of snow. 

While the presence of Beas River and the mighty mountains come together to create a wonderful scenery, tourist attractions like Hidimba Devi Temple and The Mall are the lifeline of the town. You can also indulge in various adventure activities here including paragliding and skiing.

Things to Do:
Skiing, Photography, Trekking, Sightseeing, Temple Visit.

Distance from Nearby Metro City
: 532 km from Delhi.

How to Reach:
Roadway is the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport:
Bhuntar Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Joginder Nagar Railway Station

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Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

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Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

A salt marsh spread over an area of 7500 sq. km in Gujarat, Rann of Kutch is certainly among the top places to visit in India in January. The experience of staying in a luxury tent and exploring the colorful culture of the region will make for a great vacation plan for you and your family. The white desert looks absolutely stunning at night. 

Among the best activities, you can try here are camel safari and photography. Besides, tourist spots like Prag Mahal and Aina Mahal ensure a memorable sightseeing experience as well.

Things to Do:
Camel Ride, Camping, Photography, Sightseeing.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
340 km from Ahmedabad.

How to Reach:
Roadway is the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport:
  Bhuj Airport

Nearest Railway Station: 
Bhuj Railway Station

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Coorg

Coorg

If Karnataka is your choice for this January, Coorg is the best destination in the state. This beautiful hill station boasts an elevation of 900 meters and assures a pleasant climate throughout the year. The charm of green foliage, the mesmerizing beauty of gushing waterfalls, a collection of ancient temples, and much more await you at Coorg to create an extraordinary holiday experience. 

Whether you are traveling with friends, family, or solo, Coorg is the kind of place everyone is likely to enjoy.

Things to Do: 
Nature Photography, Trekking, Sightseeing, Picnic, Camping.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
264 km from Bangalore.

How to Reach:
Roadway is the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport:
Mysore Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Mysore Railway Station

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Corbett

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Located in the district of Nainital, Corbett National Park is a perfect place for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. Named after the renowned British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, the tourist places in Corbett National Park have a mystical status when it comes to wildlife holidays in India. This oldest national park in India is home to abundant flora and fauna and promises to offer quintessential experiences through its safari. The popularity of Corbett national Park is due to the presence of Royal Bengal Tiger in abundance and the captivating landscape for the delight of nature lovers.

Not only wildlife, the park has a good population of bird species and is quite known for fishing and angling as well. Also, with so many wildlife resorts, it’s loved by luxury travellers. Situated on the foothills of Himalayas, this ‘Paradise of Tigers’ is the key to escape from the vivid city lights and constant traffic roar. A Jim Corbett tour will take you on an adventure through lush green hills, reverie belts, water holes and 521 sq km of abounding animal and plant kingdom.

For better administration and tourist flow, Jim Corbett has been divided into six tourism zones, that attract thousands of foreign and Indian visitors every year. When we speak about the tourist places in Corbett, Dhikala zone is the largest and is highly recommended for wildlife enthusiasts as it is home for many animals, primarily tigers. Bijrani zone is also very popular among tourists and is easily accessible from Ramnagar, so is Jhirna. Durga Devi, another prominent zone is known for bird watching. Even though Sitabani zone doesn’t fall under the Corbett Tiger Reserve area, it’s an ideal place to be visited and is adored by nature lovers due to its serene ambience.

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Alleppey

Alleppey

With lovely views as far as your eyes can see, Alleppey is among the most romantic places to visit in India in January. Different shades of blue and green make this place appear surreal. Though Alleppey is quite famous among honeymooners, it is also a perfect place to visit if you are traveling with family. 

Adding charm to its natural beauty, there are a few beautiful Hindu temples in Alleppey. However, the major attraction in the city is the experience of houseboat cruising.

Things to Do:
Cruise Dinner, Houseboat Cruise, Kayaking, Sightseeing, Photography.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
  53 km from Kochi.

How to Reach
: Roadway is the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport: 
Cochin International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: 
Alappuzha Railway Station

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Darjeeling, West Bengal

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Darjeeling, West Bengal

Renowned for its tea estate and Toy Train, Darjeeling is a popular choice among tourists visiting West Bengal in winters. From appreciating the beauty of some prominent Himalayan mountain peaks like Kanchenjunga to visiting some of the most beautifully designed Buddhist monasteries in India like Ghum Monastery, Darjeeling has numerous ways to amuse its visitors. 

Besides, the atmosphere here mixed with the chilly wind of January will revive your senses. If you are planning a vacation with your family, Darjeeling is easily one of the most recommended places to visit in India in January.

Things to Do:
Toy Train Ride, Trekking, Sightseeing, Tea Estate Visit, Photography.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
615 km from Kolkata.

How to Reach:
Railway is the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport:
Bagdogra Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Siliguri Junction

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Spiti Valley

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Tucked away in an inviting blanket of earthly glory, Spiti is a heavenly gateway for those seeking solitude in the bliss of nature. Lahaul Spiti tourism attracts thousands of people every year towards its fascinating beauty and unadulterated environment. Spiti is bordered in the northern side by Ladakh, Tibet in the East, Kinnaur in the South-East and Kullu valley in the North.

This majestic cold desert valley in Himachal Pradesh is replete with pine forests, green meadows, beautiful monasteries and inhabited villages that will leave you totally awe-stuck. Situated at an altitude of around 12,500 ft above the sea level the barren mountains over here change their hues every second and it is definitely a sight to behold. The tiny villages over here under the shadow of huge mountains have a population of around 35 to 200 people. This sparsely inhabited land is a slice of paradise for all those who’re yearning to cut off from the intoxicating city life.

Wherever you go, you’ll witness beautiful Buddhist monasteries, prayer flags fluttering in the air and a large number of monks praying with their prayer wheels. You can also have fascinating glimpse of Dhadkan and Chandratal lake here. The awe inspiring passes like Kunzum and Barchala Pass will further take you at the top of the world with its immense altitude.

The visitors can choose to go on a nature trail over here to encounter rare avian species and jaw-dropping beauty of nature. Take part in adventurous activities like hiking, rappelling and camping here. Step out of the confines of your mundane life and hop on to enjoy some shutter shooting in the arms of nature at the wonderland of Spiti.

Spiti is a cold desert valley and hence it experiences extreme cold temperature during all seasons. But summer is definitely a bit pleasant than the other seasons as the temperature gradually rises up to 0-15 degrees Celsius during Summer. Winters in Spiti is extremely spine-chilling and people avoid visiting this wonderland during this season. Monsoon too is frequented by heavy rainfall and landslides and hence the people refrain from visiting Spiti during monsoon.

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Pondicherry

Pondicherry

Pondicherry is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country, thanks to its idyllic location and a great collection of architectural wonders it has preserved within its ambit over the decades. The city has an interesting history as it was once the largest French colonial settlement in India, which is quite evident from its churches and villas. 

Once you are done exploring the beautiful streets of Pondicherry, you can hit one of its beaches and soak in the serenity and the beauty of the sea. Pondicherry is so visually beautiful that it is truly a delight for visitors!

Things to Do:
Sightseeing, Photography, Boat Ride, Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Cycling.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
150 km from Chennai.

How to Reach:
Railway and Roadway are the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport:
Chennai Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Puducherry Railway Station

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Gokarna

Gokarna

Located in Karnataka, Gokarna is not only one of the best places to visit in India in January, but also a major pilgrimage for Hindus. Bordering the Arabian Sea, the town has some scenic beaches that attract tourists in large numbers throughout the year. So, if you are looking for a peaceful start of the year, this town will surely win your heart. 

The best part of visiting Gokarna is that you will come across different kinds of travelers here. From pilgrims to hippies, from Indian to Europeans – Gokarna tickles everyone’s fancy with its welcoming atmosphere and undiluted beauty.

Things to Do:
Pilgrimage, Temple Visit, Water Activities, Photography.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
  486 km from Bangalore.

How to Reach:
Railway is the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport:
Dabolim Airport in Goa

Nearest Railway Station:
Ankola Railway Station

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Jaipur

Jaipur

One of the most beautiful cities in India, Jaipur is a perfect destination to visit during winters. Being the capital city of Rajasthan, every nook and cranny of Jaipur feel royal and grand in its aura. 

From Amber Fort and Nahargarh Fort to Albert Hall and Jal Mahal, there are such stunning marvels of architecture in the city that will open a window for you to look into the city’s glorious past. Moreover, you will also be thankful to Jaipur for the delicious treats you can try here in the cold evenings of January.

Things to Do:
Elephant Safari, Sightseeing, Temple Visit, Hot Air Balloon Ride, Cycling.

Distance from Nearby Metro City
: 260 km from Delhi.

How to Reach:
Roadway and Railway are the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport:
Jaipur International Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Jaipur Junction

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Munnar

Munnar

Kerala is a beauty, and hill stations like Munnar are the proof! Whether your plan is to spend a peaceful holiday with your family or you are planning an adventurous trip with friends, Munnar will serve whatever your purpose may be. Book a comfortable accommodation and spend your days soaking in the mesmerizing beauty of Munnar. 

When it comes to the scenery, the surrounding hills cladding the velvety green tea plantations will become a sight you will not forget soon. One of the major attractions here is Eravikulam National Park where you can see the endangered Nilgiri Tahr.

Things to Do:
Trekking, Tea Estate Visit, Sightseeing, Fishing, Photography.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
132 km from Kochi.

How to Reach:
Airway and Roadway are the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport:
Cochin International Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Aluva Railway Station

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Meghalaya

Meghalaya

Meghalaya or ‘The Abode of Clouds’ is a state in the northeastern part of India, famed for its lush green forested hills and plunging waterfalls. The state claims some of the highest waterfalls in the country. If you love the rain, you are going to enjoy every moment here as Mawsynram and Cherrapunji in Meghalaya are the wettest places on the planet. 

The dense vegetation of Meghalaya remains enveloped in mist creating a mystical aura for spectators. Long caves are another major attraction in the state for tourists.

Things to Do:
Sightseeing, Photography, Caving.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: 
1097 km from Kolkata.

How to Reach:
Airway is the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport:
Shillong Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Guwahati Railway Station

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Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur

One of the most popular hill stations in Karnataka, Chikmagalur is a little piece of heaven, perfect for a memorable holiday experience with friends and family. Due to its proximity to Bangalore, the residents of the city frequent Chikmagalur for weekend outings. 

Popular among nature lovers owing to its breathtaking landscapes, this hill station also attracts adventure lovers to indulge in trekking experiences here. The verdant terrain of Chikmagalur is also home to numerous waterfalls, some of which serve as excellent picnic spots. Besides, the hill station also boasts a few prominent Hindu temples.

Things to Do
: Nature Photography, Trekking, Sightseeing, Picnic.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
243 km from Bangalore.

How to Reach: 
Roadway is the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport:
Mangalore Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Chikmagalur Railway Station

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Udaipur

Udaipur

Fondly called The Venice of the East, Udaipur is arguably the most beautiful destination in the state of Rajasthan. With beautiful lakes, namely Lake Pichola, Fatehsagar Lake, and Lake Badi, the city appears as a visual delight to visitors. Indulging in a boating experience on these lakes will become the highlight of your trip. 

Adding charm to the air of the city are numerous palaces and temples dating back to the times when Udaipur was under the reign of Rajput rulers. This former capital of Mewar Kingdom is easily one of the best places to visit in India in January.

Things to Do:
Boat Ride, Sightseeing, Trekking, Photography.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
263 km from Ahmedabad.

How to Reach:
Airway is the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport:
Maharana Pratap Airport, Udaipur

Nearest Railway Station:
Udaipur Railway station

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Alibaug

Alibaug

Located close to Mumbai in Maharashtra, Alibag or Alibaug is a coastal town majorly popular for its beaches, namely Alibag Beach and Varsoli Beach. Due to its proximity to Mumbai, it is one of the popular weekend getaways from Mumbai. 

f you are planning to spend your January vacation in a quiet and offbeat way, Alibaug is an excellent choice to make. Besides, scenic beaches, Alibaug has other impressive tourist attractions like Kolaba Fort and Korlai Fort dating back to the 17th and the 16th centuries, respectively.

Things to Do:
Cruising, Sunbathing, Partying, Water Activities.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
96 km from Mumbai.

How to Reach:
Roadway is the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport: Mumbai Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Roha Railway Station

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Auli

Auli

Auli is, undeniably, one of the prettiest hill stations in the state of Uttarakhand. January is the best time to visit this place as the fresh snow covers the slopes here, making them perfect for skiing. On the activity front, a cable car ride will help you tease your nerves and enjoy spellbinding views of surrounding mountains. 

There is an artificial lake in Auli which freezes during winters. While you are here, you can also enjoy a spectacular view of Nanda Devi, which is the highest mountain located entirely in India.

Things to Do:
Trekking, Pilgrimage, Skiing, Photography, Cable Car Ride.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
369 km from Delhi.

How to Reach:
Roadway is the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station: 
Haridwar Railway Station

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Ooty

Ooty

A popular name among mountain lovers all across India, Ooty is a hill station located in Tamil Nadu at an elevation of 2,240 meters. A visit to this place is a treat to one’s senses with a refreshing atmosphere and mesmerizing views. 

Ooty has a lot of varied attractions for tourists in the form of Deer Park, Rose Garden with over 2,000 varieties of roses and Botanical Garden created in the 19th Century, featuring various rare species of flora. But the major attraction in Ooty remains the scenic Ooty Lake. You can spend a day rejuvenating by the lake surrounded by lush greenery or can indulge in a boating experience at the lake.

Things to Do:
Sightseeing, Photography, Garden Visit, Trekking.

Distance from Nearby Metro City
: 85 km from Coimbatore.

How to Reach:
Airway and roadway are the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport:
Coimbatore Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Mettupalayam Railway Station

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Andaman and Nicobar

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands featuring palm-fringed beaches with spotless stretches of white sands, an uninterrupted presence of peace, and crystal clear turquoise waters all around - Andaman is a true example of what you call 'Tropical Paradise'.

Andaman and Nicobar is an Indian archipelago located in the Bay of Bengal, claiming a large group of nearly 300 islands. While some of these islands have been commercialized and developed as tourism hubs, the rest are uninhabited, away from human interference and exemplify virgin nature.

Thus, from lively beaches bustling with fun-loving people to beaches teeming with the tranquillity of nature, Andaman and Nicobar has a variety which makes it an ideal destination for all. From kids to adults, from vacationers to explorers - they all return from Andaman elated and rejuvenated. In nutshell, Andaman is a treasure trove of experiences and delights in the form of varied activities, breathtaking sceneries, and of course, delectable seafood.

If you are stuck with a boring routine and a dull life, a visit to Andaman will definitely cheer you up by adding some vibrant shades to your palate. Being in Andaman feels like being in a different world that is far, far away from the world that lacks peace and purity. This piece of heaven in Asia is serene and untouched – a perfect destination for a refreshing holiday that offers a refuge from tiresome responsibilities of the urban world. Spending some days here is a great way to let your heart heal, to let your body relax, and to let your soul revive the lost strength.

A number of tourists from different nooks and crannies of the world travel to Andaman to experience mindfulness in the lap of nature. Whether you are planning a vacation with your family, your significant other, or your friends, Andaman will not disappoint you at all. In fact,
Andaman Nicobar tour packages are also rapidly gaining popularity among solo travellers who just want to set out on a journey to discover themselves in solitude.

Thanks to a long list of paradisiacal beaches and an extremely lovely atmosphere, Andaman and Nicobar is also one of the most sought after honeymoon destinations in Asia. The competence of Andaman as an ideal choice for newlyweds is further increased by the presence of numerous luxury hotels and resorts offering honeymoon special suites and experiences. For making your moments here a truly unforgettable experience, you should definitely go for one of our
Andaman honeymoon tours that include tours of virgin beaches so that you can soak in the beauty of nature and love in seclusion. Cherishing various shades of dusk sky, savouring a romantic candlelight dinner on the beach, and a soothing cruise ride in the seemingly endless Bay of Bengal - there is a wealth of romantic things to do in Andaman.

The archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar is home to hundreds of beaches, each one of which is more picturesque than the others in its own special way. Some of these beaches are even ranked among the most beautiful ones in Asia and it is no surprise. If you are after breathtaking vistas, quiet surroundings, and laid back atmosphere, you have some excellent choices on Havelock Island. The exotic scenery of Radhanagar Beach and Vijayanagar Beach will sweep you off your feet the moment you lay your eyes on these beauties. But, Andaman is more than what meets the eye. And to discover its true magnificence, one must go underwater. Most
beaches in Andaman feature shallow coral reefs brimming with exotic species of aquatic flora and fauna which makes them perfect for underwater activities like sea walking, snorkeling and scuba diving. Just dive underwater and swim with these colourful creatures - it will become the highlight of your trip.

The uniquely exquisite landscapes of Neil Island and Havelock Island are evident to the fact that the glory of
Islands in Andaman is truly matchless. The silvery beaches of these islands adorned with tropical vegetation, engulfed in the sea green waters of the bay are aesthetically pleasing, and are renowned all over the world. These islands claim most of the places to visit in Andaman, so they are quite popular among sightseers and vacationers. As for divers, these islands are home to some of the finest spots for scuba diving in Andaman. Besides, there are some lesser-known options like Viper Island and Barren Island that are equally enchanting in terms of scenic beauty and experiences. The magnetic charm of these islands pull in numerous photography enthusiasts to capture the splendour of Andaman and Nicobar in their cameras.

If you think the Andaman and Nicobar is all about relaxing on sandy beaches, basking in luxury resorts, and enjoying the beautiful scenery, you're under a wrong impression. There's a wild side to the place which makes it a fairly popular destination for adventure tourism as well. Welcoming thousands of adventurists from various parts of the globe every year, Andaman and Nicobar is also widely acclaimed for the range of water sports that are available here. The spectrum of
water sports in Andaman covers numerous different kinds of experiences. From easy activities like beach strolling, swimming, and cruising to exhilarating experiences like speed boating, parasailing, and scuba diving, a wide range awaits you in Andaman. So, if you are one of those travellers who cannot be content with relaxation for long, you always have an option in Andaman to unleash the daredevil in you and feed it with stimulating action.

Now that we have convinced you that there is no other holiday destination quite like Andaman and Nicobar, it is time for you to convince your companion(s) and start planning a trip to this tropical gem without any further ado!

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Nainital

Nainital

Nainital is the most popular hill station in Uttarakhand and rightly so. It is famous for its romantic atmosphere and has plenty of places to explore. This pretty hill station surrounds Naini Lake which is the central point of the town. 

Apart from a range of man-made tourist attractions and religious places, you can take a tour of scenic lakes like Sariyatal, Sattal, Bhimtal, and Nakuchiyatal located at short distances from Nainital. If you get fortunate enough, you may also get to witness a live snowfall in Nainital in January as winter is at its peak during this time.

Things to Do:
Sightseeing, Boating, Cable Car Ride, Trekking, Temple Visit.

Distance from Nearby Metro City
: 337 km from Delhi.

How to Reach:
Roadway is the most preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport
: Pantnagar Aiport

Nearest Railway Station:
Kathgodam Railway Station

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Varanasi

Varanasi

Make your year prosperous by starting it with the blessings of God in Varanasi, one of the holiest cities for the followers of Hinduism. The city is frequented not only by pilgrims but also by Indian and foreign tourists because it is arguably the best place to observe Hindu culture from a closer distance. 

Take a plunge into an ocean of divinity by partaking in Ganga Arti held on the ghats of river Ganga in Varanasi every evening. Also, there is a wide range of old Hindu temples you can cover while you here. With a moderately cold climate, January becomes the most ideal time to visit Varanasi.

Things to Do:
Ganga Arti, Temple Visits, Photography, Boating.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
330 km from Kanpur.

How to Reach:
Railway is the most preferred means of transport.

Nearest Airport:
Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Babatpur.

Nearest Railway Station:
Varanasi Junction

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Khajuraho

Khajuraho

Khajuraho group of temples located in Madhya Pradesh is one of the most prominent heritage sites India boasts of. If history and architecture interest you, Khajuraho is the best place you can find for an exciting holiday experience. 

Constructed between 950 AD and 1050 AD, Khajuraho was a group of 85 Hindu and Jain temples out which 22 temples escaped the destruction by foreign invaders. Exhibiting the finest specimens of intricate erotic carvings and sculptures, Khajuraho temples are UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Things to Do:
Temple Visit, Photography, Sightseeing.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
222 km from Kanpur.

How to Reach:
Airway and Roadway are the preferred means of transportation.

Nearest Airport:
Khajuraho Aiport

Nearest Railway Station
: Khajuraho Railway Station

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Daman and Diu

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With a geographical distance of almost 650 to 700 kilometres in totality, Daman and Diu are a part of a single Union Territory in India. Located a little northward towards the state of Gujarat in western India, Daman and Diu lie along the western coast of the country. Lying amidst the many beaches of Maharashtra, Konkan Coast and Goa, this union territory of Daman and Diu is idyllic, tranquil and still quite unspoilt.

Daman and Diu is best for those who wish to have a relaxing holiday. A coastal paradise, anyone who visits this place is guaranteed to have a blissful vacation while enjoying the sea breeze, resting on the beach chair and enjoying the waves of the sea. Mostly a weekend getaway destination, Daman and Diu has a lot of Gujarati as well as Maharashtrian population due to the close proximity to these two states.

There is a huge influence of Portuguese culture in Daman and Diu. This is because it was under the Portuguese rule for over 450 years, which has obviously left its mark on the districts. This is one of the main reasons why tourists flock to the region a lot. It is also due to this influence that you can find a lot of stunning architecture, lip-smacking food as well as breath-taking art and crafts in Daman and Diu.

One of the main tourist attractions here is Devka Beach in Daman. It has an amusement park right beside it, which boasts of vibrantly coloured fountains, a corner especially for kids as well as a food court. For those who wish to take a swim in the cool seawater, you can head to Jampore Beach, located south of Daman.

Additionally, you can also find the St. Jerome Fort on the northern side of the Daman Ganga River. It dates back to the 17th century and has an exceptional structure and architecture which will take your breath away. Furthermore, you can find many notable Portuguese churches scattered throughout Daman and Diu.

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Bhubaneswar

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Known famously as the “City of Temples”, Bhubaneswar has a strong foothold in the history of India. Better known as the capital city of the state of Odisha, this place was under the rule of King Sisupala for a long period of time. The remains of Sisupalgarh found near Bhubaneswar city imply that they predate even the Mauryan empire. Holding a 2000-year old rich history, this place presents the perfect amalgamation of a rustic world that features grand temples and brilliant architecture and a modern era that features flourishing business and commerce.

The city of Bhubaneswar exhibits timeless beauty with its iconic monuments dating back to more than 3000 years. The colourful temples, serene dams, breathtaking parks, ancient caves, picturesque lakes, and renowned museums add to the charm of this city and cater to its rich tourism industry.

It goes without saying that Bhubaneswar is home to some of the most important attractions and exciting places to visit in Orissa that attract travelers of all moods to the city. Important religious sites like Parasurameswara Temple, Mukteshwar Temple, Lingaraj Temple, Peace Pagoda, Rajarani Temple, and Ananta Vasudeva Temple propel a heavy influx of devotees and pilgrims to this place. While Udayagiri & Khandagiri, Ashoka Rock Edict, Odisha State Museum and Ratnagiri Buddhist Excavation attracts history buffs, Nandankanan Zoo, Indira Gandhi Park, Atri, Bindu Sagar, and Ekamra Kanan form a paradise for nature lovers.

If you are an action-living holidaymaker, be sure that Bhubaneswar won’t disappoint you. While you can explore the state’s culture at Odisha Modern Art Gallery and Museum of Tribal Arts & Artifacts, you can interact with wildlife at Chandaka Elephant Sanctuary and Nandankanan Zoological Park. While you can seek blessings at ISKON Temple, you can go boating at Nicco Park. Bhubaneswar has a tropical savanna climate with summers experiencing high temperatures and humidity and monsoons bringing in torrential downpours. The winters make for the most ideal time to visit this city, when the weather is soothingly cold.

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Dharamshala

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Experience a serene vacation exploring the exquisiteness of nature with a vacation in the picturesque Dharamshala. Situated at an average altitude of 1,475 meters above sea level, Dharamshala lies on the scenic stretch of land of Kangra Valley making tourists spellbound for its spectacular beauty. Often cited as the ‘Little Lhasa of India’, Dharamshala is popularly known as the holy residence of the exiled Tibetan monk Dalai Lama.

With the backdrop of the breathtaking Dhauladhar ranges, Dharamshala is the one of the most tranquil destinations which you will find in North India, the perfect amalgamation of natural beauty and culture. Surrounded by thick deodar cedar trees and the snow capped peaks which decorate the landscape, the quaint city is visited by thousands of tourists to beat the summer blues and explore the best places to visit in Dharamshala.

The city of Dharamshala is divided into two parts, the lower division is the Dharamsala town whereas the upper division is known as Mcleodganj. Blessed with spectacular scenes of nature, the calm and serene hill stations proudly boasts strong Buddhist influences with many quaint old monasteries located here. There are a lot of other attractions in Dharamshala like the charming St. John Church, headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dal Lake, etc. that draws tourists from different parts of the country.

Dharamshala remains a distinct tourist destination in India attracting large crowds not only nationally but also internationally who come here to discover the striking Tibetan hub in India. For most ardent travelers, Dharamshala is a popular name on their travel wish lists due to its magnificent beauty and charming splendor of the landscape. So start packing up your bags and go to Dharamshala to behold one of the most scenic hill stations in India. If you are still wondering what makes it so charming, then check out the best places to visit in Dharamshala that attracts thousands of tourists every year.

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Kasauli

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Kasauli is a beautiful, picturesque town and cantonment, situated in the district of Solan, in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Even though there are a lot of unique attractions in Kasauli, it is primarily known for its scenic beauty and serenity. This town is accessible both from Chandigarh, which is 65km away and Shimla, which is 77km away from Kasauli.

The most convenient way to travel to Kasauli is by train since it is a railway junction itself. The Kalka Mail, which is one of the most important trains in the country connecting cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Amritsar, is a great way to reach Kasauli, as the town is a mere 40 km away from the town of Kalka in Haryana. If one wants to reach by air, then Chandigarh Airport is the nearest airport from where you can easily hire cars or avail buses to take you to Kasauli. Buses are also frequently available from Delhi and Chandigarh, making trips to Kasauli easy and convenient.

Despite Kasauli being a small town, it has many spectacular places to visit, which has made it a popular tourist destination. The main attractions of Kasauli are Manki Point (a Hanuman Temple), the Gilbert Trail on Kachcha Road, Sunset Point, the Gurkha Fort, Baba Balak Nath Temple Christ’s Church, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, and the Central Research Library which is famous for its virological research and studies in the fields of immunology.

Since the town is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, it experiences moderately cool to humid climate throughout the year. Therefore, the best time to visit this beautiful town is from March to June, and again during September, October and November. The town has several comfortable hotels and lodges that range from moderately priced to luxury accommodations, depending on the budget and requirement of the visitors.

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Ranthambore

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Ranthambore is an absolute paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. It is widely recognized for its National Park and Tiger Reserve, but these are not the only places that make Ranthambhore a popular tourist destination. The unquestionably mesmerizing locales, palaces, and royal ruins make Ranthambhore more than just a popular wildlife habitat.

So don’t just adore the enthralling locales or feast your eyes on to the beautiful escapades of Ranthambhore but indulge in many other interesting activities that are an absolute value for your money and time. You can opt for a safari ride that is the most adventurous activity and gives you a chance to witness the wild species roaming freely in the jungle. Bird watching tour should also be something that you must try as Ranthambhore boasts of having over 330 species of birds.

Some of the must-visit places at Ranthambore are Ranthambore Fort, which is touted as the most popular landmarks in Rajasthan. This fort was built by the Chauhan rulers in 944 AD and replicates that era in the best possible way.

You can visit this amazing fort for a jaw-dropping experience! Surwal lake is another masterpiece ideal for people who prefer a calm and tranquil ambiance to seek solace. The glorious view of the rare accumulation of wild animals here would certainly take your breath away.

Jogi Mahal is another iconic place in Ranthambore situated near the Padam lake. It is known for its incredible architecture and sculptures. It was initially made available for the visitors to reside, but off-lately Jogi Mahal is available just for sightseeing. This place also boasts of one of the biggest Banyan Trees in the country.

Along with the wildlife, the culture and traditions of Ranthambore also hold a massive significance. Rejoice yourself with the incredible art and craft of the rural women working under the great initiative of Village Women Craft. Also, treat yourself with the exclusive dishes of Rajasthan such as Dal Bati churma, Ker Sangri, and Mawa kachori for a taste that would refuse to leave your taste buds while you’re in Ranthambore!

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Mcleodganj

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Housed in the Kangra district and at the suburbs of the town of Dharamshala, Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh is one of the most favorite tourist destinations of recent times. Because of being occupied by a lot many of Tibetans who moved here after China’s invasion of their homeland, Mcleodganj is also sometimes referred to as the Little Lhasa. It is also noteworthy the exiled government of Tibet is also based in Mcleodganj only.

Speaking of Mcleodganj tourism, this quaint little town some 3 km away from Dharamshala is visited by thousands of tourists every year. People come here for various reasons like spirituality, volunteer programs, Himalayan experiences and adventures, and for much other sightseeing, photo and excursion opportunities in this religious small town cum hill station in the Himalayas.

The town of Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh is famous especially and foremostly for being a spiritual getaway and pilgrimage for the Buddhists. The reason behind that is it is home to the 14th Dalai Lama of the Buddhists, Lama Tenzin Gyatso, who came here in the year of 1960 after his exile from Tibet. Dalai Lama established Tibet Government in exile here at Dharamshala and made the quaint little town of Mcleodganj as his permanent residence.

The presence of His Holiness in town attracts a lot of tourists and pilgrims to the town. Mcleodganj is also one of the best places to see the real lifestyle of Tibetan Buddhists and monks from up close. One of the reasons this place is called Little Lhasa is because the people have built this place in the image of their previous abode. And it is possible to get a glimpse of the Dalai Lama on the occasions that he is in town and one of the many Buddhist festivals celebrated in the town.

Apart from this, Mcleodganj is considered by many to be an adventurous hub, especially in terms of trekking in Mcleodganj. Home to one of the most beautiful, scenic and exciting treks of the country, the Triund Trek, Mcleodganj is the base camp for reaching the summit of the famous hill. Starting from Dharamkot in Mcleodganj, the 9 km trek leads the trekker through forests of Oak, Deodar, and Rhododendron before opening up to one of the best sceneries that you will find in the Himalayas.

And as the elevation rises, the picturesque hills and valleys become clearer, giving it all a serene touch. Upon reaching the top of Triund, one can see far off hills of the Dhauladhar mountain range that look to be so close that you could touch them if you only extended your hand. The exciting trek has become such a favorite of the community that one can even call it the poster boy of Mcleodganj tourism. And speaking of mountain ranges, Mcleodganj lies in the Dhauladhar range, with the highest peak of the range Hanuman ka Tibba lying just behind the town. The 5,639m giant stands tall and like a guard in the backdrop which is a sight to behold from everywhere in the hill station.

And with such beauty and spirituality, sightseeing in Mcleodganj is something that will never bore a person visiting here. Apart from Triund, some of the places to visit in Mcleodganj include the name of the famous Bhagsunath temple. Attached to a wonderful legend, the medieval era temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is famous for a waterfall that flows right through the temple. The majestic cascading waterfall, called the Bhagsunag falls, forms a pool at the base which is considered to be sacred amongst the devotees and dip in the cold water brings about a different feeling of spiritual in the people.

Another famous tourist spot in Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh is Kareri Lake. Filled with the melting snow of the Dhauladhar ranges, this lake at the base of the Minkiani Pass is the perfect combination of offbeat trekking and scenic beauty in the middle of snow-capped peaks. Alongside the experience of trekking to this calm and serene lake is the added experience of camping by its side and in a scenic meadow right under the Minkiani Pass.

Speaking of which, the Minkiani Pass is another great place to see when in Mcleodganj. You can simply extend your trek to Kareri Lake to conquer the summit of this serene pass lying at an amazing height of 14,000ft above sea level. The view that one gets of the nearby ranges makes you feel like you are walking on the clouds. A great place to take pictures, Minkiani Pass trek is considered to be somewhere in between easy and moderate in difficulty and makes it worth facing the trek at the end.

And one of the most important places in Mcleodganj is the Namgyal Monastery. The place is actually a personal monastery for the 14th Dalai Lama and relates to the very second Religious teacher of the Buddhist belief, dating back to the mid 16th century. Originally in Lhasa, the monastery was entirely relocated to Mcleodganj in the uprising of 1959 and is now the home to the Dalai Lama. It is also the largest Tibetan Temple outside of Tibet. Apart from being a beautiful monastery, Namgyal is also center for education, called the Namgyal Tantric College, where the arts of Kalachakra, Vajrakilaya and many other such Tantric practices are taught to the future Namgyal Monks.

With such beauty, spirituality, adventure, and serenity, Mcleodganj is truly one of the best places to visit in the Himalayas. In fact, Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh, and many areas around it are experiences that should be visited at least once in a lifetime. So let the adventure unfurl as you take on the spellbinding journey through this amazing hill station of the Kangra District and in the lap of the Dhauladhar mountains.

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