February is a fantastic month to travel across India. It is when the harsh winter gives way to the short spring season. Several amazing cultural events are held all across India during February. The weather and the activities makes these places ideal for traveling in the month of February. With days like Valentine’s Day and Mahashivratri, February offers several opportunities to travel and celebrate. So, if you are planning to take a vacation, short or long, in the second month of the year, you are in luck. India is blessed with some of the most spectacular destinations which you can visit in Feb. (ALSO SEE Top 17 places to visit in India in 2017) Here are ten best places to visit in India in the month of February 2017. Also Read - India-China Ladakh Standoff: 'Situation Stable And Controllable, All Channels Open For Talks,' Says Beijing
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Located in the heart of India, Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh is known mainly for its erotic temple sculptures which have garnered the attention of people all across the world. The Khajuraho Dance Festival 2017 will be held from 20th February to 27th February this year making it a great time to visit this wonderful destination in central India. You can witness some of the richest and most colorful dance forms of India at this festival which is a highlight of Khajuraho in February. Add to it the pleasant weather and what you have is a fantastic offbeat getaway. Also Read - Manchester United Extend Nigerian Ighalo's Loan Deal
Goa is an all-year destination which never fails to impress. While November to January is the height of the peak season, February is when the crowds begin to slowly die down. However, Goa is equally charming during this month especially with the Goa carnival taking place from 25th to 28th February. The weather is pleasant and the sunsets are majestic. All the restaurants, clubs and pubs are fully functional and you can witness Goa in all its glory during this month. CHECK OUT 12 top secret beaches of Goa! Have you been there yet?
India’s capital city is one of its most majestic destinations. Winters in Delhi can be quite severe but February is a month when the weather is extremely pleasant and ideal for exploring the many gems of this lovely city. Be it the narrow lanes and magnificent mosques and havelis of Old Delhi which was once the capital of Mughal India, or the contrasting spacious, tree-lined British avenues and government buildings of New Delhi, every aspect of this city is a treat. DO SEE 22 of Indias most beautiful monuments that make us proud to be Indians
It is quite hot in Mumbai during most months of the year. However, December to February is the best time to walk around this amazing city of dreams which has more to offer than one can imagine. Be it the lanes and buildings of south Mumbai that take you back to the British era or the vibrant suburbs that represent the quick pace and pulse of the city, Mumbai will mesmerize you at every nook and corner. From slums to high-rise buildings, temples to discotheques, libraries to busy markets, Mumbai has it all.
Agra is perhaps India’s most popular tourist destination thanks to the magnificent wonder of the world, Taj Mahal. February is the best time to visit the Taj Mahal as it hosts the vibrant Taj Mahotsav in this month. This year, the Taj Mahotsav will be held from 18th to 27th February. It is a great opportunity for both Indian nationals and foreigners to immerse themselves completely in Indian art and culture while getting awed by the unparalleled beauty of the Taj Mahal.
One of the finest national parks in India and home to the largest number of great Indian one-horned rhinoceroses, the Kaziranga National Park in Assam is a must-visit for every wildlife lover. The February weather is pleasant and apt for the early morning wildlife jeep safari. There are some strategically built observation towers in the park that are ideal places to enjoy the beauty of the park. DON’T MISS Photographs of Kate Middleton feeding baby rhinos and elephants are guaranteed to make you melt in your seat
Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is one of the best places in India to witness Hindu culture, tradition and rituals. Located on the banks of the river Ganga, Varanasi is a pilgrim destination for Indians. Mahashivratri is a great time to be in Varanasi and this year, it falls on February 24th.Varanasi is home to several Shiva temples which spring to life with deocorations and processions during Mahashivratri. Shivas wedding procession which is carried out from the Mahamrityunjaya Temple in Daranagar to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple must not be missed. DO SEE Mahashivratri celebration in Varanasi: All you need to know about shivratri in Varanasi
Renowned as India’s prime skiing destination, Gulmarg is actually Asia’s seventh best skiing spot. It is also home to the highest golf course in the world. December to February is when Gulmarg is at its prime. A ski vacation in Gulamrg is one the bucket list of many a traveler. Resorts like the Khyber resort offer breathtaking views and a comfortable stay. Be it the scenic beauty of surrounding snow slopes and alpine forests, or the number of activities one can indulge in, Gulmarg is a great holiday spot for February.
Located in the newly formed south Indian state of telangana, Hyderabad is one of the underrated destinations to visit in India. With popular historical landmarks like the Charminar and Golconda fort, Hyderabad takes you back in time. The lip-smacking cuisine and vibrant local life are worth checking out. The five-day long Deccan festival which highlights the arts, culture and Nawabi cuisine of the Deccan region will be held on February 25th making it a great time to visit this beautiful city.
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And then there is the pilgrim city of Puri in the eastern state of Odisha. Popular for the reverred Shree Jagannath Puri temple, Puri is considered to be Lord Vishnu’s final resting place. It attracts Hindu pilgrims from all across the globe. It is part of the char dham (four pilgrim centres) if Hindu religion. Best time to visit Puri is during thw winter months of December to February. The weather is extremely pleasant in February making it one of the most preferred offbeat places to visit in the country. NOW SEE Top 10 treks in India for the long January 26 weekend
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