Winter is near and it is the best time to visit India. It is a multi-dimensional country and speaking about its weather, the country has a diverse topography and for the same reason it sees diverse weather conditions. Therefore if you are planning to make a visit to India, there are certain things you got to keep note of. India is definitely an all year round destination, however to make the most of your holiday, we recommend you travel during the months October- February.
India enjoys Automn during the months October- November and December to February is Winter. This period is the ideal time for an Indian Holiday as per majority of the travellers. During this period, the weather is cool, calm and perfect for sightseeing. If you are a first time traveller, we would recommend you visit India during this time. After you fell in love with the country and decide to come back, try Summer or Monsoon the next time and experience India in a different outfit all together.
Why October- February is the right time?
During this period, India sees lot of incoming tourist traffic only because it offers such a comfortable holiday time. Serene, pleasant and lush, reasons are many to try India now. The Himalayas block the cold winds from reaching India and therefore the Winters are pleasant. However, if you want to enjoy snowfall, there are options too in the Northern most parts of India. To the South, it won’t be so cold but picture perfect for sightseeing. All together India is a one way ticket to experience all kinds of travel experience one is looking for.
Let us recommend you the 10 best places in India which would be a perfect pick for your India tour plan now –
This paradisiacal piece of land is the best pic for the snow lovers. During Winter [October to March], Gulmarg is so covered with snow, that you would literally be addicted to it. The Snow- capped mountain and gorgeous valleys of Gulmarg will keep you entertained every minute of your holiday. The Gandola ride, hot air balloon, a visit to the Alpather Lake are some of the must do things at Gumarg. Also try your hands on Skiing at one of the highest Ski resorts in the world. Last but not the least, savour the rich flavour of the Kashmiri speciality Wazwan and Kahwa. Do remember to carry your most warn clothes as the weather gets spine-chilly at times.
The Alleppey backwaters justify the reason why Kerala is referred by many as the God’s own country. Its unparalleled beauty captivates its visitors and the best way to experience it is a customised houseboat. Hop into a houseboat and glide along the scintillating backwaters of Alleppey. Steer through narrow canals and get close to the rural life of Alleppey. Come across lush green paddy fields, gorgeous narrow canals and lot more. Try the delicious local cuisine prepared for you on board. If you are planning for a Kerala tour now, Alleppey must be in your “Go-To” list.
Varanasi is among the favourite Indian destination for travellers. Located on the banks of the River Ganges, this colourful city has a rich history and is also one of the most visited pilgrim sites in India. A morning boat ride along the River Ganga exposes you to the beautiful sights of Varanasi dominated by the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. For a traveller, Varanasi is all about the vibrant culture, the ghats and people. Do try a stroll along the Assi Ghat and the Dasaswamedh Ghat. The Ganga Arti which is a daily ritual conducted at the Dasaswamedh Ghats is a delightful sight, a must watch.
How about a Camel ride along the golden desert of the golden city, Jaisalmer? It is one of the most loved activity for travellers coming to Rajasthan. Post Monsoon, the months get cooler starting from October and it is a pleasant time for a safari through the sand dunes of Rajasthan. Apart from the desert, Jaisalmer is also famous for the majestic Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon ki Haveli and many other architectural delights.
The ancient ruins of Hampi is a treat for the history buffs. The old charm of the once richest city in the World, the Vijayanagara Kingdom, still reflects in its various temples and other monuments which dot its land. You would literally fall in love with the psychedelic sunsets here, the ginormous boulders, the winding Tunghabhadra River and the welcoming people. During the Summer, the raging heat would tire you down. Therefore post Monsoon [October to March] is the best time to plan for Hampi tour.
The Bandhavgarh National Park opens for visitors from mid-October to June. During the Monsoon [June to September] it would be closed. Therefore the best time starts from October. If you are a wildlife fanatic, this is your go-to destination in India. Enjoy a thrilling jungle jeep safari through the dense forests of Bandhavgarh. Get close to the fiery tigers and other wild residents who call Bandhavgarh their home.
Well, how can you miss out the Taj Mahal? With the temperature around 10-15° C, October to March is the best time to make a visit to this most beautiful monument in the World, the Taj. Watching the Taj Mahal soaked in the morning sunlight will be one of the most beautiful sights you have ever seen. Other than the Taj Mahal Agra entertains its visitors with the mighty Agra Fort, the Moti Masjid and other Mughal architectural gems.
It is also home of one of the richest and grandest Mughal cities, the Fatehpur Sikri. Go for a leisurely stroll through the streets of Fatehpur Sikri and experience the rich legacy left behind by the Mughal rulers.
Unlike the party beaches of Goa, Gokarna has some of the most serene and tranquil sea sides for a perfect laid out beach holiday. To chill on the beach, Winter is the ideal time compared to Summer when it gets too hot, you will be exhausted in a matter of minutes. Winter is pleasant and inviting. The Om Beach, the Paradise Beach and the Half Moon Beach are the best sea sides to spend your time relaxing by the shore. Do make a visit to the Mahabaleshwar Temple as well.
The city of Nawabs is an exemplar of a typical Mughal city. It is a perfect medley of luxury, the grand Mugahl architecture and the exquisite Mughalai cuisine. Summer is too hot with the temperature rising up to 40-45°C. During the Winter, it is pleasant and perfect for sightseeing with the temperature ranging 16-30° C. The prime attractions here are the Charminar, Golconda Fort, Qutb-Shahi Tomb, Chowmahalla Palace and the Falaknuma Palace.
The Southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent, Kanyakumari demands a visit and she is at her best during the Winter. You can enjoy the delightful Sunrise and Sunset both from the Kanyakumari sea side. The place is also famous for the Triveni Sangam, the confluence of 3 oceans where the Arabian Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet. During Summer it is too hot here that you won’t be able to stay outdoors for more than an hour or two. Whereas during the winter the temperature is moderate and ideal for going around and explore.
Happy Travelling 🙂