Winter is finally here and as the temperature dips, the scenic beauty increases thanks to the misty air and the cool climate. There is more greenery and in some parts of India, there is even snow making it a white winter. With the festive, wedding and holiday season just around the corner, it makes absolute sense to pack your bags and head for a trip this winter. If you are wondering where to go, before you look at other countries, explore Indias beauty that has a charm of its own in the winter season. Here are our top picks for winter. Where will you go? Also Read - KIH vs HAE Dream11 Team Players Prediction Korean Baseball League 2020: Captain, And Fantasy Baseball Tips For Today's Kiwoom Heroes vs Hanwha Eagles Match in South Korea 3 PM IST June 4 Thursday
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People often visit hill stations in the summer to beat the heat but winter is also a good time to take a trip to these places as the weather is chilly and there are fewer people, accommodation is cheap and the view is simply breathtaking. Mussoorie which is called the Queen of Hills is one place you should consider this winter. It offers a view of the Himalayan range, is surrounded by forests and is home to a number of waterfalls. The hill station was also the first residence of Dalai Lama after he fled Tibet and there are many temples around that attract several pilgrims. From the Lal Tibba which is the highest point in Mussoorie to the Kempty Falls, if you love nature and its bounty, Mussoorie is perfect for you. It is 34 km from Dehradun and is accessible by road even in winters. Being a popular attraction, there are enough places of accommodation that the hill station has to offer. Also Read - Lunar Eclipse 2020 on June 5: Can it Impact Your Health in Any Way?
All the way down south is another quaint hill station that warrants a mention in our best places to visit in winter list. Munnar in Kerala is known for its tea and coffee plantations and offers majestic views of rolling hills, plantations and ample serenity. It is perched at an altitude of 5200 ft above sea level and so, the weather here is cool and pleasant around the year. Homestays are quite popular here but Munnar is also home to a number resorts and hotels. If you love a vacation cut away from the city life and being surrounded by nature, Munnar is an ideal destination for you this winter. Not just hills, Munnar is at the confluence of three rivers and you have valleys, waterfalls and forest views too. The first ever tea museum in the country is also in Munnar called the Kanan Devan Tea Museum. The hill station is also rich in biodiversity and you can visit Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Eravikulam National Park to spot several species of birds and animals.
If you want to experience a white winter, Shimla is a destination you should check out. While it is not a hundred per cent certain that it will snow here but for the past couple of years, Shimla has seen snowfall making it a magical destination during this time especially in India as we do not get to see snow and snowfall in most parts of the country. Shimla is again a hill station and the temperature drops during the winter so make sure you are brave enough to tolerate the weather and dont forget to carry your woollens along. Forests with trees of oak, deodar, pine, etc and a view of the surrounding hills, Shimla stands tall at 7238 ft above sea level and is perfect for trekkers, nature lovers and honeymooners. There are hotels that date back to the British Raj and offer amenities like a fireplace and log huts that take you back in time. Shimla also offers skiing, a peak into our history and temples that are centuries old.
If you prefer beaches to hill stations, our pick is Goa for you as winter is the best time to be here. being a coastal stretch, it can be pretty hot and humid in the summer and pouring in the monsoon that shuts down many activities even though Goas landscape looks stunning. Winter on the other hand, bring s the best of Goa. There is a cool breeze that is perfect for hitting the beach, the shacks are open, water sports are on and the general vibe is festive. Goa attracts several foreign tourists as well during this time. While the done thing is to hit the clubs, there is so much more to do in Goa than this. Attend a yoga class, learn fishing, go for a hike or visit a spice plantation when in Goa this winter. Home to some of the best beaches in India, Goa offers both, the one with rave parties and shacks to secluded ones in south Goa where you will find fewer people. From cheap stays to luxury resorts, Goa is perfect for every kind of budget.
While we have listed hill stations and beaches, when it comes to Rajasthan, we havent picked a specific city as the whole of Rajasthan is perfect for a winter vacation. In fact, this is the only time when Rajasthan is suitable to visit, weather-wise as the sweltering desert heat in other seasons is too unbearable. However, the winter months are ideal for sightseeing and you can plan an extensive trip where you cover multiple cities on the same vacation. Udaipur is perfect for a royal stay in a heritage hotel or haveli by Lake Pichola. Jaipur, the Pink City offers sightseeing marvels like Amber Fort, City Palace and Hawa Mahal while Jaisalmer gives a view of the desert and is home to Jaisalmer Fort. Jodhpur should not be missed as it has the Mehrangarh Fort which simply majestic. With so much to offer, Rajasthan is one of the best places you can visit in India in winter. Apart from sightseeing, the royal culture, the cuisine and the folk dance and songs are other attractions of this state. For shopaholics, there is a plethora of markets selling fabrics, clothes to gemstones and furniture that you can take back home.
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