20 Wonderful Winter Destinations To Chill Out In India!

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The best time of the year has come with the beginning of the festival season. Almost everyone around you is excited about a list of holidays. As the winter approaches, the relief from the scorching heat of the summer further would make the forthcoming days even more energized. Do you want to enjoy to the core? Then, plan for a thrilling vacation to some of the breathtaking places of India. You will be surprised to know there are a lot of tourists from various foreign thronging to India to enjoy their winter holidays. From the snow-laden mountains of the Himalayas to the vast desert stretches of Thar Desert, each place is full of fun in their own ways.

 

Let us have an insight into the list of places where you can have the best winters.

 

  1. Manali

Perfectly situated in the Kullu district Of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is considered as the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti district and also to Leh. You can reach the place easily through air or road. But the journey through will be tedious as there is no nearest railway station. It is the apt place for adventurous activities like trekking, paragliding, Rafting, Mountain biking, etc.

 

When you visit this place, don't forget to seek the blessings of Hidimba Devi who resides calmly in a beautiful temple built with Pagoda roof temple. Apart from the Hindu temples, Manali is also famous for the Buddhist Monasteries which are famous for colorful carpets. Manali is the hotspot for various handloom products, footwear, Jewels, etc. These products are available in a well-known marketplace called Manu.

 

In Manali, many hotels such as Backpacker Panda, Moustache, and Kalista offer the best accommodation facilities at affordable prices. You can get the best food from the restaurants such as Casa Bella Vista, Cafe 1947, Johnson Bar and restaurants, etc.

 

With the amount of Rs 10,000, you can cover the entire trip of Manali with the wonderful experience.

 

  1. New Delhi

New Delhi stands majestically in the center of the Indian subcontinent which is bordered by Haryana in the east and Uttar Pradesh across the river Yamuna. Indira Gandhi International Airport is connected to all the major cities of the country. With the three important railway stations, it has got the wonderful train networks with even the minor cities. It can be easily accessed by road.

 

The city is filled with many splendid building such as Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, India Gate, Akshardham temple, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Humayun’s tomb, National Museum, and Jama Masjid. The best place for shopping in Delhi is the Chandni Chowk where you can get various ethnic products at affordable prices.

 

As it is the national capital, you can get the best hostels at the reasonable prices. Some of the famous hotels are Haveli Hauz Khas, Thikana, Tatvamasi homestay and Hotel Shelton. People from the different parts of the country will get the foods of even their home place from The Grey House Cafe, Wicked Witches, Handiwala. Here you can find all the types of food items.

 

Apart from the travel cost, the minimum budget needed is 900 with the average price of food to be Rs 200.

 

  1. Auli

Nestled beautifully in the Himalayan Mountains of Uttarakhand, Auli is a ski destination situated in the Chamoli district. The city is famously called as Auli Bugyal. In addition to Skiing, the place is also famous for Mata Murti Ka Mela. The city is better connected by road and rail. Many Uttarakhand Transport Buses move in this route. The city can be easily reached from Haridwar which is a famous destination.

 

People visiting this place in winter will have a fantastic opportunity to witness the snowfall. You don’t have many options to stay in this place. Only there are three places where there is a reasonable accommodation. Those are Cliff Top Resort, and 2 resorts are at GMVN Complex (Auli Resort and GMVN Tourist Guest House). The places which are open for you during winter are Tapovan and Joshimath. The best restaurants in this place are Al-Fresco - Cliff Top Club, Manoranjan Cakes N Bakes Cafe and Auli-D Food Plaza.

 

With the minimum budget of Rs.2000, you can have an amazing trip to Auli.

 

  1. Leh

The word Leh itself gives us a sense of chillness. The place covered with the snow-clad mountains lies in the topmost state of Jammu and Kashmir. It was famous even in the ancient times as it was lying at the old trade routes from Tibet, Kashgar.  As the Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport has a proper connection with major cities like Delhi, Srinagar, the travel by air is the most comfortable option. You can reach this destination by train through two routes: one from Srinagar and the other from Manali.

 

The Leh Shanti stupa is one of the best monuments in India. Pangong Lake with the crystal clear water will definitely amaze us. You will completely forget yourself in the beauty of the Valley of Flowers. The best areas for the shopping are Tibetan Market, Library Road Vegetable Market, Himalayan Pashmina Shawls and Zanskar which is well-known for Arts, jewelry and gemstones. People interested in trekking will have a thrilling experience here.

 

The hotels such as Rainbow Guesthouse, Ratna hotel offers us the comfortable stay. The apt places for dining are Tibetan Kitchen, Bon Appetit, and Neha Snacks.

 

Many tour packages are available at the low price of Rs. 1730 per day per person.

 

  1. Gulmarg

Gulmarg is a popular hill station which is a notified area committee situated in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. This place is famous as Asia's seventh best ski destination and has the pride of being called the heartland of winter sports in India. Apart from Skiing, the tourists can also have fun by indulging in the Winter sports like tobogganing, snowboarding, and heli-skiing.

 

Maharani temple has the specialty of being visible from all the parts of the city. The other famous religious place here is St Mary’s church. Tourists from all the parts of the world throng here to witness the annual three-day Gulmarg Winter Festival.

 

In hotels such as The Khyber Himalayan resort, the Rosewood, the tourists can get the best services. The best multi-cuisine restaurants here are Cloves Restaurant, Highland Park Restaurant, and Bakshi Restaurant. You will get the beautiful ethnic clothes from the Shabab textiles and Khan Doth House.

 

The minimum amount a person requires for a perfect trip in Gulmarg is Rs.2250

 

  1. Gangtok

Gangtok is the largest town in Sikkim. The amazing city is situated amidst the eastern Himalayan range. The city is connected to the other parts of India by a metalled highway which can be accessible in all the weather conditions. As it got the Pakyong Airport recently, it is now connected by air travel also.

 

The most enjoyable things that are present in this gorgeous city are a crazy cable ride, Yak Safari, Trekking, Mountain Biking and River Rafting in Teesta. The Rumtek monastery is the most important and peaceful place to be visited In Gangtok. If you are a nature lover, you must visit KhangChendzonga Biosphere reserve where you will have the opportunity to see Musk deer, Himalayan Tahr. 

 

Some of the best hotels which offer the most relaxing stay are Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino, Orange Village Resort and Summit Norling Resort and Spa. In the free time, hunt for items such as Handlooms, Cottage Cheese, etc. in the MG Marg. Don’t forget to enjoy delicious food in Bibliotheque, Taste of Tibet, etc.

 

Just Rs 2670 is needed for making your trip amazing at Gangtok.

 

  1. Shillong

Located in the northeastern state of Meghalaya, Shillong is a breathtaking hill station which is well connected by road. But it does not have a good Rail connection or the air connection. Though it has Umroi Airport, there are only limited flights.

 

Shillong is a fantastic destination for undertaking adventurous activities like horse riding, trekking, rafting. You can enjoy Kayaking on the Kynshi River, and Waterfall Rappelling at Elephant falls. The Major shopping centers in Shillong are the Lewduh market and Police Bazaar. Bara Bazaar or Lewduh market is the largest as well as the oldest traditional market in the whole of the northeast. You can get a variety of beef, fish, beef, vegetables, fruits, pork, and betel nut. You will be excited to visit some of the exciting places such as Elephant falls, Butterfly museum and the sweet falls.

 

You can get the best accommodation facilities in Esabella hotel, Shillong Dormitory, and the Hotel Polo Towers. The best traditional food is available at Ginger restaurant, Pinecone restaurants, and City Hut family Dhaba.

 

The maximum facilities in Shillong are available at the minimum price of Rs.3000.

 

  1. Darjeeling

Darjeeling is situated in the Lesser Himalayas in the state of West Bengal. Bus services and hired vehicles are available from Siliguri. Apart from this, there are the best road connections to places such as Bagdogra, Gangtok, and Kathmandu. The air travel to this place is also possible with the nearest airport at Bagdogra Airport.

 

Once you reach Darjeeling, the first thing you should do is to drive up to Tiger Hill. There is also a Himalayan Mountaineering Institute which is an interesting spot for the Mountaineers. Kids will have more fun in this place as they can go for a ride on the 'Toy Train.'

 

The other amazing spots are the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park the Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda. You can also enjoy shopping for gifts at Nehru Road and buy the woolens at Chowk Bazaar.

 

The hotels which are present nearer to the famous tourist’s locations are Aliment Hotel, Magnolia Residency, Pineridge hotel, and Hotel Sonar Bangla. The best indigenous food is available at Kunga restaurant, Sonam’s Kitchen. The cheapest hotel in the Darjeeling is Nanking restaurant. 

 

With the minimum budget of Rs. 1598, you can have a memorable trip to Darjeeling.

 

 


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  1. Shimla

Shimla is the largest city in Himachal Pradesh which is bounded by Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaur in the east, Uttarakhand in the south-east, and Solan and Sirmaur. The city is easily connected by all the means of transport. It has an excellent road network which is connected to all the important cities in the country. There are regular flights from Delhi to this place. The rail connection is the best way to reach here. Shimla itself has a railway station and the other two are in Summer Hill and Totu (Jutogh).

 

The most exciting things that you can do in Shimla are the Ice Skating, Rafting, and trekking to the top of Jakku temple. The other important places which the tourists must visit in Shimla are Chadwick waterfalls, Pine forest in Glen, Kamna Devi temple and the military museum in Annadale. The best markets which are available in Shimla are the Tibetan Market, Himachal Emporium, Lower Bazaar, Lakkar Bazaar, and The Mall.

 

The best accommodation facilities are available at Hotel Mahamaya and the Royale Oaks. Tourists can get the excellent dining in hiding Out Cafe, Wake and Bake Cafe. The world-class dining facilities are available at the hotel called The Restaurant. 

 

The minimum amount for the best tour in Shimla is Rs.1833.

 

  1. Agra

Agra is one of the important historical cities which are present on the banks of the river Yamuna in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The road connection is well developed here as it is directly connected with three national highways and two expressways (Agra Lucknow Expressway & Yamuna Expressway) originating from Agra. The city also has connected with the major train network consisting of trains such as Shatabdi express and Gatimaan express.

 

Here, the tourists can have pleasure by indulging in activities like Bird watching at the Chambal River where you can witness more than 230 species. The most important monuments of this place are TajMahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, and Juma Masjid. You can also do shopping for clothes at Raj Ki  Mandi and Subhash Bazaar which is famous for Silk Sarees.

 

The spacious accommodations with the lowest prices are available at Aman Homestay, Rhine Hostels, and Safar Nama. The delicious ethnic food is available in restaurants such as ITC Mughal Taj and Peshawari etc.

 

You can get the best tourist package with the cost of just Rs. 1500.

 

  1. Rann of Kutch

Situated mainly in the state of Gujarat, the Rann of Kutch is the vast area filled with the salt marshes. It is a famous tourist destination which is connected well by road, rail and air.  NH 8 connects it with the nearest cities. Trains are available from all the major cities. You can catch the daily flights from Mumbai.

 

The place is famous for many tourist destinations such as Banni Grasslands, Kalo Dungar, and Gravity Hills. Goa is famous for the craft articles which are available at the best prices in Hiralakshmi Memorial craft part and the traditional Rogan Art.

 

The best facility for accommodation is available at Gayathri Vatika. The wonderful dining facilities are available at Thakkar restaurant, Zoraba the Buddha, etc.

 

The minimum budget for the trip to Rann of Kutch is present at Rs. 2750.

 

  1. Nashik

Nashik is one of the most important pilgrimage sites which is present in the northwest region of Maharashtra. Here, the Kumba Mela is held every 12 years. It is famous for the vineyards and wineries. NH 50 connects the city to the various other cities in the country. It has an airport located at Ozar which is connected to a number of other cities.

 

Wine tasting, Water Rafting, and Zonker’s adventure park are the things which can be done best at Nashik. The important places which are the best for accommodation are Spice garden restaurants and Coin Museum. The Ram Kund is the sacred bathing tank which is quite famous.

 

The fine dining places are the Hotels such as Panchratna and Spice route.

 

The minimum budgetary requirement for the hotel is Rs. 2130.

 

  1. Goa

Goa is the state which is located along the Konkan coast in western India. It can be easily reached by all the means. It has the wonderful air connection with the daily flights coming from important cities like Chennai, Mumbai, etc.

 

The two major rail connections in Goa are Madgaon and Thivim. The buses of both public and private operators are playing in this city. The amazing city is filled with a lot of fun activities such as Scuba diving, water sports, Snorkeling, Parasailing, etc.

 

This city is the good spot as a religious destination with the sacred places like Mangeshi temple, St Augustine’s tower. The tourists can also chill out in Agonda Beach, Keri Beach, etc. It also houses a lot of art galleries such as gallery Gitanjali, museums, etc.

 

The major shopping areas are the mall de Goa, Caluco mass. There are several street markets such as Anjuna Flea market, Mapusa market.

 

The places with the best accommodation are Novotel Goa Shrem hotel, Deltin Suite and seashell beach suites.

 

The famous restaurants here are the Sea breeze, spice traders and String fellows Beach Shack.

 

The most reasonable cost of the tour here is Rs 1700.

 

  1. Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep is the group of islands in the Arabian Sea. This can be reached either by sea or airplanes. Around six ships are available to these islands, and there are flights from Kochi and Bangalore to these islands.

 

There are many adventurous activities which give you unforgettable fun. The fishing activities in these islands are fascinating. The beautiful places in this group of islands are virgin beaches on Bangarang islands, colorful scenic corals at Kalpeni islands. Aminidivi Island is the heaven for shopping lovers where they can get various products made up of tortoise shells and coconut shells.

 

The top five hotels which satisfy the tourists to tell maximum level is Bangaram Island Resort, Coral Beach Resort, etc. The wonderful picks for having good foods on this island are Akshaya Mess and the food court.

 

The minimum amount that is required for this island is Rs. 5750.

 

  1. Hampi

Hampi is the city filled with the group of monuments which is located in the east-central Karnataka. As it has a domestic airport at Bellary, the domestic tourists will be able to connect this easily. The railway station at Hospet has the better connection with all the important cities. There are many luxury buses, tourist’s buses and state buses are plying on this route.

 

This Place can be considered as the temple city which consists of many ancient temples such as Virupaksha temple and other buildings like Lotus palace, museums. You will be really comfortable staying at the best hotels like Welcome Heritage Shivavilas Palace and Clarks Inn. Hampi is also good for shopping with a number of marketplaces such as Hampi Flea market, Hippie market, and the Hampi Bazaar. The most exciting part of the trip will be the most delicious food which we can get from the better restaurants such as Bamboo restaurants and Suresh restaurants.

 

Many tour operators are providing these facilities at just Rs 2470.

 

  1. Jaipur

Jaipur which is also known as the pink city is situated in the desert state of Rajasthan. It is the part of the golden triangle tourist circuit along with Agra and Delhi which attracts most of the tourists. It has both the national and international airport so that it can entertain both the national and international tourists. The city has better connectivity by train to almost every part of the country. The city has the National highways 8, 11 and 12 which offer the best route.

 

The tourists can enjoy a number of adventurous activities like cycling expedition at Nahargarh Fort and Elephant ride at Amer Fort. You can get the delicious Rajasthani food at Chokhi Dhani.  The bazaars such as Tripolia bazaar, Chandpole Bazaar, Kishanpole Bazaar offer you the wonderful shopping experience. The famous monuments in the city are Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hot Air Balloon Ride, and Jal Mahal.

 

You can get the taste of a variety of Rajasthani foods at the hotels such as ITC Rajputana Hotel, Peacock Rooftop Restaurant, and Suvarna Mahal.

 

There are many hotels such as Le fort homestay which offers a home-like an experience while other places like Wanderer's nest are good with the lesser prices.

 

Jaipur tour can be completed with the amount of Rs 2333 per day per person.

 

  1. Puducherry

Puducherry is the only union territory of India which consists of four enclaves such as Pondicherry, Karaikkal, Mahe, and Yanam. It is connected with the most popular trains such as New Delhi-Pondicherry Express and the Nagercoil Express. Almost all the major airlines are operating their flights to this city. Buses from both the private players and the state-owned corporations are plying in this route.

 

The City has Sri Aurobindo Ashram which is the best meditation and the yoga center. Rocky beachfront with a promenade offers you a different experience. There are some of the sacred places in the city like Basilica of the sacred heart of Jesus in the city.

 

There are many hotels here which offer the best accommodation like Bonjour Bonheur Ocean Spray, the Windflower Resort and the LeRoyal. Here, you can taste a variety of continental food in the restaurants like Les Chefs, Le Club and Canteen 18.

 

You can get the best facilities at the lesser cost of Rs. 4000 per day per person.

 

  1. Allepey

Allepey also called as Alapuzha, is present in the southernmost state of Kerala. A national highway 66 connects the city to the other parts. National Waterway 3 also passes through this place. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport links it with other parts.

 

It has India’s longest lake Vembanad lake which has a bird reserve in it. The beach is a beautiful sandy beach where we can have good houseboat tours. You can also rejuvenate yourself with the Ayurveda and spa pampering. The hotels which offer the best accommodation facilities are Saffron Holidays, Orchid homestay and Sea Breeze Beach homestay. You can shop for the ethnic handicrafts in Canal Bazaar and Sharada Shopping complex etc.

 

The famous restaurants of this place are Dreamers restaurant, halais restaurant, and Cassia with all the types of food.

 

The tours are available at the minimum price of Rs.1200.

 

  1. Chennai

Located on the Coramendal coast, Chennai is the biggest cultural center in South India. The Chennai has well-developed air connectivity for both the international and the national passengers as there is the busiest airport present here. The city also has four railway terminals Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Chennai Beach, and Tambaram. Chennai is one among those cities connected by the golden quadrilateral system. The city is also linked by the ports. The tourists can enjoy well in the series of beaches such as Marina Beach present in the city.

 

Here there are certain theme parks where you can enjoy a lot of Water games. The city has a number of temples, churches, and museums showing its rich history and heritage. Some of the interesting activities that you can enjoy in Chennai are water sports in Muttukadu, bird watching near Pulikat Lake, and fishing at Barracuda Bay. The other wonderful place which you can visit in Chennai is Mahabalipuram which has a lot of stone monuments. You can do shopping at an affordable price at T-Nagar, Pondy Bazaar, Sowcarpet, etc. There are also several options available for street shopping.

 

The hotels which offer the best stay are Trident, Taj Coramendal, Lemon tree hotel, etc. The best places where we can have an awesome meal is Annalakshmi restaurant, Hotel Saravana Bhavan, etc. In Chennai, you can have a wide variety of meals even the continental dishes. 

 

In Chennai, you can get better tourism facilities with the minimum cost of Rs 2500 per day per person.

 

  1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands

These islands are present in the Bay of Bengal in the eastern side of the Indian subcontinent. They have a series of islands such as Great Andaman, Little Andaman, and Nicobar, etc. The Islands can be reached either through the air or by the ships. These facilities are available from all the major coastal ports of India.

 

The major tourist attractions in these islands are the presence of primitive tribes in this region. The most important among them is Jarawa tribals. The islands are also famous for a lot of water games. The Havelock islands present here is renowned for Elephant beach and birdlife. There are some other islands which are famous for the mangroves are Baratang Island and Viper Island. The limestone caves which are present in the Baratang islands are the most important place to be explored. There are many unexplored places present in these islands. The people can go shopping for a lot of tribal products. The most important hotels where we can get the best kinds of seafood are the golden spoon, Fat Martin, etc.  

 

The people opting for a luxurious stay cab select the Barefoot at Havelock while the cheapest hotels are available for the people who want to spend economically.

 

Most tour operators charge the minimum of Rs. 5000 per day per person.

 

 

Now, you have acquainted with some of the best places to spend your winter vacation. But you should make sure that you select the best tour package which suits your needs to have a wonderful stay. In addition to that, you should also take necessary safety measures when you are indulging in any sort of adventurous games. Strictly, follow the instructions given by the tour operators and follow the proper schedule.  While planning for a trip, select the places in such a way that you can cover a maximum number of places in the minimum time. For example, cover all the places in Jammu and Kashmir in one season if possible.

 

Have a great winter ahead!!!!

 

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