The first month of the New Year is indeed a special one that brings with it a promise of hope, positivity and general enthusiasm. It is also a pleasant one that makes traveling more enjoyable and the excitement of taking the very first trip of the year is something else altogether. With just a handful of days left for 2017, it is high time that you plan your January trip soon. Here’s where you can go this January for a memorable vacation in India. ALSO SEE The full list of festivals and events in January  Also Read - Uttar Pradesh News: Two Migrants Found Dead on Mumbai-Varanasi Shramik Train


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With the skiing season on in full swing, Gulmarg is our top recommendation for places to visit in January in India. The winter wonderland is a breathtaking sight during this time of the year and you can take skiing lessons that are conducted by the government and get certified. Stay in a ski resort, enjoy a gondola ride that gives you a bird’s eye view and soak in the beauty of the place as well. Pack in your woollens as you head to one of the coldest regions in the country and when in Gulmarg, do visit the highest golf course. ALSO SEE 5 best ski resorts in Gulmarg Also Read - COVID-19: Maharashtra Records 105 Deaths, 2190 Cases in Last 24 Hours, Total Tally at 56948

Rann of Kutch

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The Rann of Kutch in Gujarat comes alive from November to February when the annual Rann Utsav takes place. The biggest salt marsh in India is a land of white as far as the eye can see and has other attractions nearby like the wildlife sanctuary that is home to endangered species and a beach as well. If you want a taste of rural life, the nearby villages in Kutch are your playground. Rann of Kutch can be unbearably hot in the summer but January is a good time to visit and attend the Rann Utsav as well. Stay in luxury tents and enjoy performances by local artists. Don’t forget to try authentic Kutchi cuisine. ALSO SEE Top 5 things to do in Kutch



With the grape harvest season just around the corner, Nashik is a beautiful place to visit in January. The weather is amazing with a slight nip in the air, the vineyards are green and there is a cheery vibe around being the first month of the year. Nashik is officially the wine capital of India and is home to a number of vineyards and most of them offer accommodation as well. If that seems a little over-budget, you can book a stay at any of the business hotels in the city and drive down to the vineyards. Take a vineyard tour, taste different wines and enjoy the long drive. Don’t forget to pack your jacket.



The crowds who come for partying have gone, there is calm in the air, the breeze is still cool and the beaches are cleaner. Goa in January is a sight to behold and is perhaps your last chance to visit the tiny state before the harsh heat begins. Since you do not need too many days to explore Goa, you can perhaps go on January 26 which is a Thursday, skip work on Friday and you have a four-day weekend. Book soon and you can get air tickets as cheap as Rs 1499 from Mumbai to Goa. Rent a bike and explore all the way from north to south Goa with the wind in your hair.



Make a travel resolution to explore at least one offbeat place in the New Year and one good recommendation is Gangtok. Situated in Sikkim, Gangtok is India’s lesser explored destination but one of the most serene one for sure. The untouched beauty offers a breath of fresh air from the usual hill stations and also views of Kanchanjunga, the third highest peak in the world. Its elevation at 1650m above sea level makes it a hill resort. Expect cold weather during January so pack your warm clothes along as the temperature dips. Gangtok also has less oxygen so carry your inhaler along if you have breathing problems. ALSO SEE Best hotels to stay in Gangtok for all budgets



Kerala is one of the most serene places in India however, the weather can be quite unbearable in the summer and so, if you don’t want to wait till the end of the year to explore the beauty of this state, we suggest you take a trip in January itself. The backwaters of Alleppey where you can cruise on a houseboat make for a romantic sojourn. We suggest staying overnight in the houseboat over a resort stay. However if you prefer that, there are resorts that offer a splendid view of the backwaters. Enjoy some authentic food on a banana leaf and the fresh catch if you are a seafood person. ALSO SEE 6 best resorts in Alleppey that you’d never want to leave



Another attraction in the northeast of India is Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. Surrounded by rolling hills, waterfalls and streams, it makes for a picturesque locale that hasn’t been explored extensively by tourists yet. It is only now that its beauty is been captured in movies and more number of tourists are exploring it. When here, also visit Cherrapunjee and Mawlynnong that are not too far away and offer so much more. The hills are a perfect treat for people who love a vacation in the midst of nature. From solo backpackers to honeymooners and families to foreigners, people have started pouring in and it is only a matter of time till it becomes to commercial so pack your bags and head to Shillong in January. ALSO SEE 14 mind blowing photos of Shillong



Rajasthan is one of the most tourist-friendly states in the county and the best time to visit is in the winter as at other times it is simply too hot. However, winters are pleasant with the night chilly. We recommend taking a trip to Udaipur that offers a luxurious experience that is synonymous with the royal state. From admiring the beauty of Lake Pichola to staying in a haveli, Udaipur is beautiful this time of the year and definitely calls for a visit. Temples and palaces are other prime attractions in the city. And if you have some more time to spend, you can visit other cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer as well. ALSO SEE 5 places you must see in Udaipur


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