Alright! The month of December & winter has been started; it means now the Sun is on vacation. Therefore, winter marks the best of the holiday destination in India to visit awesome places.


During winter in India, you can enjoy the famous events like Christmas and New Year Eve. There is something special about this month, the cool breeze, the lovely environment, the romance in the air, and the period of celebration and vacation.

Visit these exciting places in India in December that can turn your regular trip into a memorable one like the one you’ve been waiting for since a long time. December, January & Feb are the best seasons for traveling in India and enjoying the winter.

Also, it is advisable to take some heavy woolen clothes because some places in the list receive heavy snowfall and winter.

10 Best Holiday Destinations In India To Go In December & Winters

1. Patnitop, Jammu, and Kashmir

Patnitop in winters

Patnitop in winters

Patnitop is very popular hill station in Jammu famous for its parks, views and nature walks. It is surrounded by beautiful forests and snow-capped mountains of the Pir Panjal range. The calm and lovely atmosphere of this place offer a perfect relaxing getaway to its tourists. A leisure walk in the Pine forest is ideal for the nature lovers. Here tourist can enjoy some of the adventure activities like Paragliding, Skiing, and trekking in the month of December. Also, you can go for Vaishno Devi Yatra quickly from here for the spiritual trip.

A leisure walk in the Pine forest is ideal for the nature lovers. Here tourist can enjoy some of the adventure activities like Paragliding, Skiing, and trekking in the month of December. Also, you can go for Vaishno Devi Yatra quickly from here for the spiritual trip.

Places of Interests:
• Natha Top.
• Skiing and Trekking.
• Naag Mandir.
• Nature Walks.
• Kud Park.

2. Auli, Uttarakhand.

Auli is a famous hill station in Uttarakhand where nature meets adventure and is top places to visit in winter. It is one famous destination in Uttarakhand that is widely known for its immense beauty and the abundant fun activities like Skiing. In December, snow starts to accumulate and form great slope for skiing.

For People who want to have the best skiing experience in India, Auli is just the best and right place for them. Tourists can see some of the best snow-capped mountain peaks namely Kamet and Nanda Devi Parvat.

Hence, Auli is a must visit place for all the nature lovers and of course for a passionate skiing fan. Pack your bags and experience the Asia’s longest cable car and unforgettable skiing experience at Auli.

We recommend using proper trekking shoes to have the best experience while exploring the hilly and uneven terrain.

Places of Interests:
• Skiing.
• View Points.
• Joshimath.
• Rudrapyag.
• Gurson Bugyal.

3. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer is also known as the Golden city of Rajasthan which has come from its view in the afternoon. Also, the city of Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. Sightseeing and other outdoor activities like camel ride, desert safari are more enjoyable during the month of December. It is also an ideal and the best time to visit Jaisalmer. Visit during the month of December, and you will enjoy this golden city to its fullest. The city is also blessed with beautiful Havelis. Do not miss the camel safari through the sand dunes in the month of December. Camel safari can be most enjoyable in the month of December. Winter just adds the beauty to Jaisalmer, and that is why you should visit it during the month of December.

Places of Interests:
• Jaisalmer.
• Sam Sand Dunes.
• Camel Ride.
• Jain Temples.
• Visit to Havelis.

4. Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

Manali Trekking

Manali Trekking

How one could miss the best destination in Himachal Pradesh to visit with friends. For those keen on experiencing snow, December is the best time to travel to Manali. Many people have been to Manali. But, Manali in December has a whole new look. You can also indulge yourself in various activities like Snow Fight, Skiing, Skating, and snowboarding, etc. Tourists can also go to the Kullu nearby Manali. You can stop virtually anywhere along the way for a Kullu for a snowball fight, or even build a snowman. The drive from Manali to Kullu is naturally picturesque and more enjoyable with your friends. Also, Rohtang Pass is the perfect place to see heavy snowfall with an unforgettable road trip. Don’t forget to buy the famous apples from here.

Places of Interests:
• Solang Valley.
• Rohtang Pass.
• Old Manali.
• Manikaran.
• Naggar Castle.

5. Pondicherry, Chennai

Pondicherry, Chennai

Pondicherry, Chennai

If you are looking for Peace, then Pondicherry is surely one of the best holiday destinations in South India. The town offers the memorable experience of common heritage with spiritual culture. The winter season is usually quite impressive in Pondicherry. December is considered as an ideal time to enjoy sightseeing, beach activities and water sports. Wide highways, French buildings, stunning beaches and significance of religious places make Pondicherry a must worthy of being visited. During the month of December, Pondicherry remains quite pleasant, and the place receives the most of its tourists during this time.

Places of Interests:
• Beaches.
• Botanical garden.
• Raj Niwas.
• Local Streets.
• Scuba Diving.
• Promenade.

6. Goa.

Fort Aguada Goa

Fort Aguada Goa

Goa is the beautiful place blessed with some of the beautiful beaches and full of greenery. Many tourists have been to Goa, after all, it’s a Party capital of India. December adds the all new look to Goa. However, December provides many reasons for a trip to Goa like Sunburn Festival. The Famous events like Christmas and New Year amplify when celebrated in Goa. Also, Goa observes the pious Feast of St. Francis Xavier, which concludes with a large fair in the month of December. Water sports activities can be more enjoyable in the month of December. Pack your bags for Goa because it’s December and it’s the best time of the year to be in Goa.

Places of Interests:
• Water sports activities.
• Christmas and New Year celebrations.
• Sea Food.
• Sunburn Festival.
• Beaches.
• Sea Food.

7. Leh and Ladakh.

Leh and Ladakh

Leh and Ladakh

Traveling to Leh-Ladakh is the dream for every traveler in winter. December is the best time to visit Leh and Ladakh when you can experience the best and authentic Ladakh. This is the time when tourists can go on one of the most adventurous treks of the world “Chadar Trek.”

The hospitality of Ladakh can be experienced most in the month of December. In winter, many festivals take place like Ladakhi Losar, Stok Monastery Festival, Matho Monastery festival and Dosmoche. Here tourists can see some of the species only in the season of winter like Blue sheep and mountain wolf etc.

Also, you can have the best value of money in December because Ladakh in winter is relatively cheap as compared to the other seasons. Also, passionate adventure lovers can go for the Markha valley trek, Stok Kangri Climb, and darcha trek.

We recommend to explore these excellent winter wear for women and enjoy the season while you explore the best of Ladakh

Places of Interests:
• Sham Valley.
• Monasteries.
• Festivals.
• Photography in winter.
• Adventurous treks.

8. Lakshadweep.

Lakshadweep India

Lakshadweep India

The name ‘Lakshadweep’ literally means one lakh islands. The islands offer a precious heritage of ecology and culture. Lakshadweep is a perfect place to relax and blessed with natural greenery, sun-kissed sandy beaches and amazing flora and fauna. Also, Lakshadweep is the only place in India where you can find a coral reef formation. Do remember you cannot pick up the corals; it is a punishable act. In December you can indulge in its exciting sporting activities here like scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, water skiing and deep sea fishing. Experience the cozy and crispy winter on the island and millions of stars above you. Moreover, you can visit the Gods own country “Kerala” easily from here.

Places of Interests:
• Islands.
• Water sports activities.
• Marine Museum.
• Lighthouse.
• City Shopping.
• Sea Food.

9. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat.

The best time to visit the Great Rann of Kutch is in December as the weather is at its best. It is popularly known as a white desert of India. The Great Rann Utsav of Kutch is organized here in the month of December. It is a mixture of Music, Dance, a beauty of White Rann and much more than that. There are many of things to do during the Rann Utsav like Golf Cart, Camel Cart Excursion, Paramotoring, Meditation, Folk performances, Yoga and Enjoying Gujarati Culture. This year the Utsav is from 1st November 2016 to 20th February 2017 on a full moon night. In fact, it’s a perfect place for a family trip.

Places of Interests:
• Must visit Rann Utsav.
• Kalo Dungar – The black hill.
• Kutch Museum.
• Visit to handicraft villages.
• Indian wildlife ass sanctuary.

10. Munnar, Kerala

Munnar Kerala

Munnar Kerala

Munnar is also known as the Kashmir of South India. If you are looking for the peaceful hill station than Munnar is the best hill station for you. Avoid the crowded hill stations and enjoy the nature beauty here with peace. December is the best time to visit since the weather is pleasant and lovely. Also the great time for adventure enthusiasts who can enjoy adventure activities such as rock climbing, trekking, and rappelling.

Also, you can visit the Anamudi, which is the highest peak in South India for trekking. On your journey keep yourself warm with a hot cup of tea at the TATA tea museum and watch the beautiful waterfalls cascade down. And don’t forget to buy the tea from Munnar.

Places of Interests:
• Anamudi.
• Waterfalls.
• Eravikulam national park.
• Tea gardens.
• Devikulam.
• Tata tea museum.


Recommended – The magnificent UNESCO heritage sun temple of Konark and it’s heritage history. Read out about Konark Sun Temple 


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19 Responses

  1. Vaibhav Singh

    Hello, Thanks for sharing such a fantastic blog.I really appreciate your blog to share information about India best places to visit …Visiting in India is amazing experience. This is amazing place with historical monuments and rich traditional culture.great blog…like your blog very much…..

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  2. Sophia

    Nice blog.. Gud job.. It is very important for traveller to know about the places where they want to visit. Places to visit at that time. Places famous for. everything they must. And this type of informative blogs helps a lot at the time of travelling. Thank you so much for the information.

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  3. Amy

    I am always caught off guard seeing photos of snow in relation to blogs on India! It is such a magical, foreign place to me, and I often associate it with hot weather. These places all look like they would be amazing to see, Lakshadweep looks so dreamy and the scenery of Leh-Ladakh is absolutely incredible! I love the vast scenery and rich history India offers!

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  4. Justine

    #3 looks super majestic!

    Plus I didn’t know that it snows in India! I learned something new!

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  5. Kevin's Travel Diary

    Been to a few on this list and they were incredible, I do love India for many different reasons and now you have given me some more reasons to love India and to make sure I schedule a re-visit. Thanks for sharing these incredible places.

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  6. Nathan

    Great list! I’ve spent a bit of time in India before but I would love to go back. It’s such a huge and diverse country.

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  7. Ben and Jess

    The photos look amazing! I’d love to visit India, and will bare this in mind when I do!

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  8. amanda

    fantastic detail in this article – thanks! I have been to india in winter but didn’t realise how many places there are to visit

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  9. Lynne Sarao

    Great suggestions! I’m dying to make a trip to India in the near future and I’d hate to go in the summer so I’ll have to keep these places on my list!

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  10. Harvey (H-Bomb's Worldwide Karaoke)

    A lot of choices! India is surely a diverse country if you can go on camel safaris or to the beach OR skiing during the winter months! I didn’t even realize that it snows in India!

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  11. Angela @ Dang Travelers

    I had absolutely no idea there were so many options to choose from for winter activities in India! Everything sounds great. We love to be out in nature so anything outdoors would make the top of our list. Thanks for the inspiration to visit India in what we would consider the off season.

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  12. Lara Dunning

    There is so much to do in India. I don’t really think of India and snow so I think a hike in the Pine forest would be fun. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  14. Ravi

    Lovely pictures! Great article and post. Glad to find your post. Thank you so much for sharing it… !Wonderful Places!

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