Top 6 Best Places to Visit in February in India

India is home to more than 1.3 billion people. Although it might seem a lot at a first glance, these people have harmoniously created the dynamic culture and heritage of this fascinating country. Coupled with stunning landscape, and diverse weather, India is beautiful in its every season.

If you are looking for places to visit in February in India, then you have stumbled upon the right place. The following page contains some of the interesting places in India that are ideal for a February trip:  

       

1. Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir - The Honeymoon of India

Known for: Stunning landscape, skiing, and sightseeing   

How to reach: Accessible via taxi from Srinagar or Jammu 

Gulmarg, located 2,730 m above sea level, is truly paradise on the earth which must be on the list of places to visit in February in India. The stunning snow-capped mountains, deep ravines, and lush green fields make Gulmarg a popular honeymoon destination of India. Apart from honeymooners, skiing-enthusiasts come here to ski through the snow-capped mountains.

During the winters, the small township does not receive much tourist footfall in comparison to other Indian hill stations like Shimla or Manali. So, people looking for quiet places to visit in February in India can come here. Gulmarg is emerging as an adventure sports hub, and many tourists come here to train in trekking or mountaineering. You too can enroll in different courses organized by the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering for the same.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal in Agra
Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid, Agra


2. Sikkim – Home to Mighty Kanchenjunga

Known for: Stunning view of the mountains especially Kanchenjunga, and sightseeing   

How to reach: The Pakyong airport close to Gangtok connects Sikkim to major cities in India.

The smallest state in India, Sikkim, is next on the list of places to visit in February in India. The area is covered in a dynamic landscape making it a popular destination among travelers who are looking for an adventure. Sikkim is well-known for its trekking routes and a gorgeous view of the mountains – attracting the adventure lovers.

During February, the state hosts the fabulous Losar Festival, the Tibetan New Year, as per the Tibetan lunar calendar. Interestingly, customs and traditions associated with the Losar Festival are deeply rooted in the Buddhist ideologies. The Sikkim is engaged in the green revolution, and the state is one of the least polluted regions of India.   

3. Agra, Uttar Pradesh - The City of Undying Love

Known for: Taj Mahal, Jama Masjid, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, and shopping

How to reach: Visitors can either take a cab or train from Delhi or take a flight directly to Agra.

Being one of the biggest tourist attractions of India, Agra is probably most talked about Indian city. And why not, the city is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the ever beautiful Taj Mahal - built as a symbol of love of Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.      

During February, the 10 days annual Taj Mahotsav is organized by the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal. The festival celebrates the art and culture of India. Artists and performers from every corner of the country come here to showcase their art.

If time permits, then do visit the stunning Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri to observe the best of Mughal architecture. Before wrapping up your Agra tour, remember to shop for some stunning marble souvenirs.     

Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri in Agra
Ganges
Ganga Ghats in Varanasi


4. Puri, Orissa – Home of Sri Jagannath

Known for: Sri Jagannath Temple and Puri Beach

How to reach: Trains to Puri are available, flights till Bhubaneswar available and then direct cabs cab be booked.

An important center for pilgrimage among Hindus, Puri is frequently visited by the devotees of Sri Jagannath. However, Puri is not limited to just a pilgrimage site. The golden beaches and beautiful waves make this city a popular tourist destination among beach lovers. Close to Puri, Konark is another popular tourist destination that hosts the annual Dance Festival, attended by Indian dancers and performers. On the backdrop of the gorgeous Sun Temple, the entire festival takes a surreal turn.

After attending the Konark Festival and enjoying the gorgeous waves of Bay of Bengal at Puri, if you can squeeze some time, then do visit the stunning Chilka Lake.       

5. Varanasi – The gateway to India’s Spiritual splendor

Known for: Ganga Ghats, boat rides, Saranath, old shopping districts     

How to reach: Major cities in India are connected to Varanasi via trains and flight

The ancient city of Varanasi pushes forward the list of places to visit in February in India. One of the important centers for pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists, Varanasi or Kashi or Banaras is probably the most sacred city in India. Located on the banks of river Ganga, it is believed that the city was founded close to the 6th century B.C.

Although the city is crowded by pilgrims coming to attain moksha, freedom from the cycle of birth and death, the Varanasi has its charm. During the end of February, under the Hindu calendar, on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, the city reflects an extraordinary amount of energy. And, probably it is the most suitable time of the year to visit this fabulous city.          

Sarnath, Varanasi
Sarnath in Varanasi
Victoria Memorial in Kolkata
Victoria Memorial in Kolkata

       

6. Kolkata – The city of joy and books

Known for: Colonial buildings, a stunning history, food and desserts   

How to reach: The city is connected to major Indian cities via train and flight

Also, referred to as the City of Joy, Kolkata is a vibrant city. A perfect destination for those impromptu February trips when you are feeling the urge to go on a vacation. Interestingly, Kolkata was founded close to 350 years ago, making it one of the oldest (modern) metropolises in the country.

The people here are quite proud of their heritage and can talk about it at length over a cup of tea or cha – Kolkata’s favorite drink. You can visit the important landmarks of the city, including the Victoria Memorial, Prinsep Ghat (for a stunning view of the River Ganga or Hooghly), Howrah Bridge, Writer’s Building, Mother House and so much more. Also, remember to savor the special winter desserts like Sandesh or Rasagullah made from fresh date syrup. While talking about food, do remember to sample the delicious Kolkata Biryani.                     


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