December is the beast month of the year for several reasons. For one, it is the month of Christmas so the whole world is in a festive mood. Then, it falls in the winter season making it an ideal time to explore several destinations that are too hot to visit during the summer season. India, in particular, is home to a number of winter holiday spots that offer breathtaking white landscapes and splendid weather during December. So, in case you are looking for some great holiday destinations this winter, here are some of the best places to visit in December 2017 in India.

Auli

Auli in Uttarakhand

Auli in Uttarakhand

Located on the route to Badrinath, Auli is a prime winter destination in Uttarakhand. It is known for its ski slopes as well as Asia’s longest cable car. The snow-covered peaks all around and the sprawling deodar and oak forests make Auli a delight for nature lovers. Visit Auli in December for an exciting adventure amidst natural beauty.

Gulmarg

Photograph Courtesy: Shutterstock

Photograph Courtesy: Shutterstock

Known as Asia’s prime ski destination, Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir attracts tourists from all around the globe during winter. December is a great time to go skiing in Gulmarg and enjoy its breathtaking Himalayan views. And yes, it also has the world’s highest cable car!

Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer-fort

Rajasthan is a marvel in December. It is THE month to explore several places in the state, the best among which is Jaisalmer. The Gilden city which was the subject of Satyajit Ray’s remarkable ‘Sonar Killa’, Jaisalmer is home to several beautiful places worth checking out. The Jaisalmer fort is India’s only fort which still houses people. It is also the best place to take a safari in the Great Indian Thar desert, witness its majestic sunset and spend a night camping under the stars.

Jodhpur

Jodhpur

Another amazing place worth visiting in Rajasthan during the month of December is Jodhpur. The weather is splendid and ideal for exploring hotspots like the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, often touted as the best fort in the country. Other attractions include the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada Memorial and the busy markets like Sardar Market and Mochi Market.

Mumbai

Mumbai 10

While most months of the year are hot and humid in Mumbai, December is extremely pleasant making it the best time to get a taste of India’s most vibrant city. Be it the beautiful skyline, the majestic Arabian Sea coast, the heritage buildings known or their colonial architecture or the famous nightlife of the city, Mumbai has enough to keep you occupied.

Shillong

Shillong

Shillong

And then there is the beautiful northeastern part of the country. Every bit of northeast India is like a hidden gem. Shillong is the hub and the most prominent city in this part of India. Its food and relaxed ambiance is as amazing as its natural beauty and winding roads that lead to wonderful destinations like Cherrapunji, Mawsynram, Dawki and Mawlynnong.

Great Rann of Kutch

Photograph: Gujarat Tourism

Photograph: Gujarat Tourism

December is when the remarkable Rann Utsav is at its best. Hosted in the Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, the Rann Utsav is one of the best events to attend in December. It gives you a glimpse of the region’s culture with several folk dance performances and events. The Great ran of Kutch is also one of India’s greatest natural wonders.

Take your pick from one of these wonderful holiday destinations and make December 2017, a month to remember forever.