Best Places to Visit in India During Winter

Best Winter Destinations in India

Winter is a season of great winds, chilly weather, and snow. In India, there are some parts where it snows and there are other parts where the sparkling winds of winter dances.

If you want to travel to India without getting wet or tan, then winter is the perfect season for you. Here is the list of best places to visit in India during winter that will make your soul happy and heart zealous.

Nainital – Famous for Naini Lake

Nainital lake in Nainital
Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital is located in Kumaon of Uttarakhand and has many lakes thus it is also called as “City of Lakes”. It is especially famous for the beautiful Naini lake and stunning mountains.

Snow-viewpoint is a great point to enjoy the ropeway ride. One should also not forget to wonder the Mall road. In Nainital, there is also a great zoo to see wildlife.

Rann of Kutch – Famous for salt desert

Rann of Kutch in Gujarat
Image Source Rann of Kutch in Gujarat

Salt is not only good to make food delicious but it is also good for camping! Yup, you read it right. There is Rann of Kutch in Gujarat which is a desert but not of any ordinary sand but it has sparkes of salt. And camping on the salt desert is an amazing thing to experience because in the night the desert shines white due to moonlight.

One can visit the white desert from November to February because in these months the beautiful ‘Rann Utsav’ is held.  This festival is full of music, folk dances, paramotoring, camel rides, local arts, etc. Rann of Kutch is surely one of the best places to visit in India during winter.

Kasol – Amsterdam of India

Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

Kasol of Himachal Pradesh is also known as Amsterdam of India. Even though the village is small, it has many things to offer. The beauty of the Parvati valley will make you feel mesmerized and the heights of the snowy hills around Manikaran will make you stunned. Kasol is also famous for its yummy Israeli delicacies and flea market.

Gulmarg – Famous for winter sports

Gulmarg hill station in Jammu and Kashmir
Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

The snowy blanket of Gulmarg of Jammu & Kashmir will make your eyes daze. Gulmarg has wonderful snowy peaks and magical frozen lakes. The trees here are splendidly covered with sparkling snow.

Gulmarg is a paradise to enjoy snow sports like skiing, snowboarding, sledge rides, and cable car ride. It is also an amazing place to do camping beside Ningle Nallah and Ferozepur Nallah.

Gangtok – Perfect spot to see huge mount Kanchenjunga

Gangtok in Sikkim
Gangtok, Sikkim

Gangtok of Sikkim has stunning hills covered with mesmerizing clouds. Gangtok has everything to offer, from beautiful snowy mountains to pleasant aroma.

Enjoy the winding hill roads by riding in a cable car or enjoy the stunning views of mount Kanchenjunga which is the third highest peak in the world.

This winter destination in India is also famous for Ban Jhakri falls, Tashi viewpoint, Enchey Monastery, Do Drul Chorten, Rumtek Monastery, Tsomgo Lake, and Teesta river.

Tawang – Famous for Tawang festival

Tawang Gate
Image Source Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang of Arunachal Pradesh is the birthplace of Dalai Lama and is truly mesmerizing and peaceful. The mountains, waterfalls, greenery, and lakes will make your heart gratified.

The Tawang festival is a festival which you should not miss. It is a cultural festival celebrated in the month of October consisting of traditional tribal dances. It also consists of the exhibition of local arts, crafts and handloom products.

The fascinating places to explore in this beautiful winter destination of India consists of Tawang monastery, Gorichean peak,  Jaswant Garh, Indo-china border at Bumla pass, Orchid Sanctuary, Tipi Orchid Sanctuary, and Shongaster Lake.

Kohima – Famous for Hornbill festival

Image Source Kohima, Nagaland

Kohima of Nagaland is the best place to visit in the winter season for its Hornbill festival which is celebrated in the month of December. This festival showcases the art of Naga culture. Hornbill festival consists of cultural dance and music. It also consists of an exhibition of handicrafts and handloom.

There is a mesmerizing Dzukou Valley where you can have an adventurous trail. Other attractive places consist of the Zoological Park, the Catholic Cathedral, and the Nagaland State Museum.

Auli – Famous for snow trekking

Auli in Uttarakhand

Auli of Uttarakhand has amazing land of snow for skiing. It is one of the best destinations in Uttarakhand to enjoy trekking in snow.

Enjoy trekking at Gurson Bugyal or have views of apple orchards, oaks and deodars trees. The huge peaks of mountains known as Nanda Devi, Kamet, Trishul, Hathi Parvat and Mana Parvat will surely make your mind boggle. 

Leh Ladakh – Famous for bike rides

Leh Ladakh
Leh Ladakh

Leh Ladakh in winters is a paradise of snowy hills, frozen grassland lake, and the world’s highest motorable road. Ladakh is one of the best places to visit in India during winter that will give you a thrilling feel while riding a bullet.

There are many places to see if you participate in the Chadar Trek. You can see Tilat sumdo, Gyalpo, Shrina Koma, Tibb, Nerak, Lingshed, and Dibyokma.

Ladakh is home for the Bactrian camels who have two humps on their back. Such camels are rare to see in the world.

Lonavala – Famous for stunning points


Lonavala is one of the best destinations in Maharashtra having beautiful serene greenery, wonderful points, energetic waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, and the amazing candy-Chikki.

There are various points and places that you must not miss to visit like Rajmachi Point, Duke’s Nose, Tiger leap, Karla caves, Lohagad Fort, and Lonavala Lake.