Top 20 Best Winter Holiday Destinations in India

Winter is the best season to take a break from hectic and busy schedule of life and explore beautiful places in the country.

Winter is considered as the best season for sight seeing because of pleasant temperature.

India is a country of myriad of beautiful and magnificent places, whose beauty cannot be expressed in words. This post describes about the Top 20 Best Winter Holiday Destinations in India :

1. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali This photo of Manali is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Manali is the most popular winter holiday destination in India, which is located in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh. Manali is considered as a heaven for tourists and adventure seekers because of its exotic tourist attractions and adventure sites. Manali is an ideal place for various adventure sports like Paragliding, Trekking, Rock Climbing, Skiing, etc.

Tourist Attractions:

  • Manu Temple
  • Monasteries
  • Jogini Waterfall
  • Solang Valley

2. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

ShimlaThis photo of Shimla is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Shimla, once the summer capital of India is a great tourist destination in India that needs no introduction when its about exotic places and scenic views. Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, famous for its pleasant climate, scenic locations and forests. Shimla is an excellent place for trekking, river rafting, skiing and shopping and trip seems incomplete without giving a try on these things.

Tourist Attractions:

  • Viceregal Lodge
  • Tara Devi Temple
  • Annandale
  • Indian Institute of Advanced Study
  • The Glen
  • State Museum

3. Nainital, Uttarakhand

NainitalThis photo of Nainital is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Nainital stands at 3rd in the list of top 20 best winter holiday destinations in India. Located in Uttarakhand, Nainital is also known as Lake District of India due to the presences of beautiful lakes. The beauty of Nainital reaches at its peak during winters with pleasant climate, beautiful lakes and magnificent scenic views.

Tourist Attractions:

  • Naini Lake
  • Naina Devi Temple
  • Naina Peak
  • Cave Garden
  • Tiffin Top
  • Kilbury

4. Darjeeling, West Bengal

DarjeelingThis photo of Darjeeling is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Darjeeling is a great destination for spending winter holidays, which is located in West Bengal. Darjeeling is known worldwide for its magnificent tea gardens and exotic tourist attractions. Popularly known as Queen of the Hills, Darjeeling is an ideal place to enjoy winter vacations in a pleasant weather and exotic surroundings.

Tourist Attractions:

  • Tiger Hill
  • Batasia Loop
  • Peace Pagoda
  • Botanical Garden
  • Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
  • Mahakal Temple

5. Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

GulmargThis photo of Gulmarg is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Next on this list, Gulmarg, an ideal destination for adventure seekers and those who want to experience the exceptional beauty. Located in Baramula district, Gulmarg is a winter holiday destination, which is visited by numerous tourists of different countries every year.

Tourist Attractions:

  • Gulmarg Gondola
  • Alpather Lake
  • Apharwat Peak
  • Outer Circle Walk

6. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

OotyThis photo of Ooty is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Udhagamandalam popularly known as Ooty is ranked 6th in the list of top 20 best winter holiday destinations in India. Located in Tamil Nadu, Ooty is a famous hill station, which is known for its pleasant climate and exceptional beauty. Ooty is considered as one of the best places to visit in winter vacations as its beauty reaches at peak during winters.

Tourist Attractions:

  • Upper Bhavani Lake
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Avalanche Lake

7. Gangtok, Sikkim

GangtokThis photo of Gangtok is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Next on this list is Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim and a popular winter holiday destination in India. Gangtok is an ideal place to visit during winters as it offers numerous places to visit along with magnificent scenic views.

Tourist Attractions:

  • Nathula Pass
  • Tsomgo Lake
  • Hanuman Tok
  • Himalayan Zoological Park
  • Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve
  • Ranka Monastery

8. Auli, Uttarakhand

AuliThis photo of Auli is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Auli is one of the most popular winter holiday destination in India and an ideal place for skiing. Located in Uttarakhand, Auli is the top choice of adventure seekers who want to try skiing.

Tourist Attractions:

  • Trishul Peak
  • Chenab Lake
  • Bhavishya Badri

9. Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Mount AbuSource: zilvinas.saltys via Flickr

Mount Abu is placed at 9th in the list of top 20 best winter holiday destinations in India. Mount Abu is a famous hill station in Rajasthan and known for lakes and rivers.

Tourist Attractions:

  • Dilwara Jain Temples
  • Guru Shikhar
  • Table Rock
  • Nakki Lake
  • Adhar Devi Temple

10. Goa

GoaSource: Vinoth Chandar via Flickr

Goa, the party capital of the country is next on this list, which is a popular holiday destination in India. Goa is visited by millions of tourists every year but during winters the charm of Goa increases many times due to Sunburn Festival and Supersonic Festival, which are organized in the year end.

Tourist Attractions:

  • Agonda Beach
  • Mandrem Beach
  • Ashwem Beach
  • Cola Beach
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