Winter is just round the corner. The chilly mornings have already set foot in Mumbai. Temperatures are slowly beginning to drop and people are eagerly waiting for the winter to arrive so that they can get a welcome respite from the scorching heat of the plains in India. Winter is considered to be the best time to travel to most places in India. Especially, north Indian states like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh which are extremely hot during the summer season, become delightful tourist spots during winter. (ALSO SEE Best Winter Holiday Destinations in South India for 2017) As we get closer to what most people consider the best time of the year, here are some of the best winter holiday destinations in north India for 2017.

Gulmarg

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Photograph Courtesy: Shutterstock

Asia’s prime skiing destination, Gulmarg is one of the finest places to visit during winter in all of India. Its sprawling ski slopes surrounded by breathtaking forests and stunning views of snow-clad peaks make Gulmarg an extremely picturesque winter holiday destination.

Dharamsala

Dharamsala

Dharamsala

While winters in Himachal Pradesh can get quite cold, it also means fewer tourist crowds in places like Dharamsala. Surrounded by the beautiful Kangra valley, Dharamsala is an ideal spot for those who like a mix of beauty and serenity. You can spend time at the monastery that is home to the great Dalai Lama or hang out in one of the several cafes which are always full of friendly people, especially backpackers from all over the world.

Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer

The great Indian Thar desert is one of its most commendable natural wonders. Stretching across a huge area of north-western India, the Thar desert is home to some fantastic destinations, prime among which is Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Its humongous Jaisalmer fort is a must-visit for every history buff and the nearby sand dunes of Khuri are ideal for a safari and night camping under the stars. They say there is no sunset in India more magnificent than the one you witness at Jaisalmer!

Varanasi

Varanasi

Varanasi

Summers in Uttar Pradesh are quite which means that the winter season is the best time to explore its marvelous destinations. One of its jewels is Varanasi, the city located on the banks of the river Ganga. The Ganga aarti here is famous all around the world and is one of the most majestic things to witness in India. Few other places in the country can give you a sneak peek into Hindu culture and traditions like Varanasi can.

Bodhgaya

Bodhgaya

Bodhgaya

Another prominent pilgrim spot in north India, Bodh Gaya is associated with the great Gautam Buddha and attracts tourists all year round. However, winter is when the weather here is most pleasant and ideal for sight-seeing. You can enjoy long walks in the Mahabodhi temple complex as you learn about one of the most significant people to have taken birth on our planet.

India is blessed with these and many other places which are ideal destinations for a winter holiday. Make the most of your Christmas vacation and visit one of these wonderful north Indian spots.