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6 Best Places to Visit in January in India

India is one of the popular destinations among tourists who want to experience the beauty of the East. Tourists planning on coming to India can plan their trip during the winter season – when the weather is at its most charming self.

Here is the list of 6 best places to visit in January in India, where one can enjoy the Indian winters:

1. Kutch, Gujarat – Festival on the Surreal White Desert Plains

  Known for: Great Rann of Kutch and the Desert Sanctuary

  How to reach: Take a flight or train to Bhuj, and then hire a cab to Rann of Kutch

Kutch is probably the most surreal place in India. Its natural beauty and grandeur - especially the beautiful white sand make it one of the best places to visit in January in India. The salt marshes, located close to the Gulf of Kutch, are one of the most happening places to be during winters. Each year, from October to the end of February, the annual Rann Utsav is organized that celebrates the beauty of the surrounding landscape and its colorful people.

During the Rann Festival, visitors are welcomed by beautifully put up white camps, complementing the white background and filled with all modern amenities. During the festival, tourists get a chance to experience the colorful culture and hospitality of the region and taste its delicious cuisines.

But one thing that makes Rann one of the best places to visit in January in India is the experience of walking through the salt plains on a full moon night. It is a must-try for every tourist. Apart from Rann Utsav, visitors can explore the nearby landmarks like Flamingo Sanctuary and Wild Ass Sanctuary or travel to the quaint beaches of Mandvi close to Bhuj. Also, make sure to visit Dholavira, an ancient town close to the area.          

2. Jaipur, Rajasthan – The Beautiful Pink City

  Known for: Stunning forts and palaces, shopping, delicious cuisines  

  How to reach: Jaipur is accessible through trains, busses, or flight from almost all the major Indian cities    

The palatial Jaipur in Rajasthan is always on the list of an international tourist, who wants to explore the beauty and grandeur of India. Part of the Golden Triangle – comprising of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra – each year a million tourists comes here to experience the colorful Rajputana heritage. During January, the city hosts the magnificent Jaipur Lit Fest (JLF) which is visited by avid book lovers and world-renowned authors.

Apart from the fest, visitors can enjoy the tour of the popular landmarks of the city including the Hawa Mahal and Amer Fort. The busy shopping districts of Jaipur are very famous among the tourists, and a must-visit for shopaholics.

Jaipur Hawa Mahal
Jaipur Hawa Mahal

Amer Fort, Jaipur
Amer Fort, Jaipur

3. Goa – The Party Destination and More

  Known for: Sunny beaches, water sports, and ancient churches  

  How to reach: Goa is accessible from almost all the major Indian cities via flight or trains

Lying on the western part of India, the Goa is an obvious choice for best places to visit in January in India. It gears up for the holiday season, hosting parties and celebrations in its every corner. Beautiful villages, stunning weather, and amazing food – all make Goa India’s favorite party destination.

Beaches of Goa
Enjoy the Sunny Beaches of Goa

Apart from the stunning shoreline and dirt cheap alcohol, Goa has numerous old churches built by the Portuguese settlers, such as Se Cathedral. Visitors, who like it quiet, can head to the less crowded beaches of South Goa - Palolem and Agonda.

While here, do remember to take part in the water sport activities like banana boat rides, paragliding, jet skiing, and so much more. Also, shopping from the Anjuna Flea Market and Mackie's Night Bazaar for some local delights is a must for every visitor.   

4. Mawsynram, Shillong – The Rainy Paradise

  Known for: Beautiful landscape, and stunning hiking trails

  How to reach: Shillong is the starting point for Mawsynram – regular flights from Kolkata and Guwahati are available for Shillong – then to Mawsynram    

Mawsynram holds the record for being the wettest place in the world, beating Cherrapunjee by few centimeters. However, contrary to popular belief during winters the area receives a lesser amount of rainfall. As a result, the weather is at its best with a stunning shade of greens spread everywhere and a gorgeous blue sky.

Located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, Mawsynram is a popular destination among adventure seekers. The natural cave formations with its stalactite and stalagmites attract several tourists. While here, do visit the beautiful Mawsmai Falls and caves. 


5. Havelock Island, Andaman Nicobar-islands – A Quiet Heaven for Travelers

  Known for: Beautiful shoreline, snorkeling and water sports destination   

  How to Reach: Port Blair is the nearest airport to the island – one can either take a ferry or seaplane from Port Blair to Havelock Island   

This destination, although not much talked about, must be included in the list of best places to visit in January in India. Havelock Island is a delightful paradise, away from the noises and crowd. Spread in 113.93 square kilometer (28,153 acres) area, Havelock Island is very close to Port Blair.

With pleasant weather and sea at the right temperature – the place is just right for trying water sports. Visitors can go for swimming, snorkeling, jets skiing, and many more. One can spend the entire day, just soaking in the warm winter sunshine while relaxing on the stunning white sand of Havelock.  

6.  Auli, Uttarakhand - The Skiing Destination of India

  Known for: Skiing

  How to reach: Visitors have to take a bus from Delhi or Badrinath to reach Auli 

Located at 2,500 meters above sea level, Auli is undoubtedly the adventure paradise of India. An up and emerging destination for skiing and snowboarding, Auli is on the checklist of the best places to visit in January in India. Apart from adventure sports, visitors can do a lot of things in this small quaint village in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

During the winters, the area is covered in snow while the temperature drops below sub-zero levels. Therefore, visitors are advised to carry their heaviest winter gear. Apart from skiing, tourists can head for trekking towards some of the important Hindu pilgrimage points like Mount Neelkanth or Nanda Devi.

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