Here, it’s safe to say that most people aren’t exactly big fans of the winter. In fact, saying that is the equivalent of saying that cats aren’t fans of dogs.
Most of us hate the winter months as it can be cold, dark, grey, wet, and depressing. If the winter blues are getting to you, you need something to look forward to. You need to book yourself a winter getaway.
Winter holidays in the snow are great for skiing and winter sports, but what about people that are looking to enjoy some sunshine and try something a little different?
This is where you might wish to consider a country such as India. India is one of the most stunning countries on the planet, and in winter it makes the perfect holiday destination.
Here’s a look at 6 of the best places to visit in India in the winter.
Munnar is located in Kerala and is one of the most beautiful places, not only in the country, but on the planet.
It can be stunning at anytime of the year, but visiting in winter gives you warm sunshine, nice weather, and the added bonus of escaping the tourists. Munnar is a romantic part of Kerala and is very popular amongst couples on their honeymoon.
In winter, temperatures can average in the high teens, making for a very balmy climate. With stunning green countryside, mountain vistas, and very warming and friendly locals, Munnar is fantastic.
If you’re a tea-lover, you simply must visit Munnar as there are tea museums and some of the finest teas known to man. If you want to get amongst nature, Eravikulam National Park should be at the top of your list of places to visit.
Nainital is a resort town surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains and is considered by many to be one of the most visually stunning places in India.
People associate India with dry, arid, and desert-like conditions whereas Nainital would give New Zealand a run for its money in terms of lush countryside.
Here, trees, lakes, streams and rivers are everywhere, and there is even a zoo. The weather does get chilly here during the winter, though it’s certainly not going to be anywhere near as cold, dark, dank, or depressing as our winters here.
You can even head up the Himalayan peaks and take in stunning views from the aptly named Snow Viewpoint.
The Jaipur Circuit consists of Jodhpur, Jaipur, and Jaisalmer and is one of the best places to visit in India during the colder winter months.
This is a slightly different part of the country to those we’ve covered so far, as here the weather is noticeably warmer, and there is much more by way of desert conditions. There are heaps of forts, palaces, and olden buildings steeped in history.
Whilst here, you simply must book a desert safari and see what this part of the country really has to offer you by way of animals, surroundings, and nature in general.
When you’re all finished, there is plenty to do in the evening, as there are heaps of restaurants, cafes, and bars serving some of the finest Indian cuisine and beverages you’ll have ever experienced.
Goa is probably the most popular winter holiday destination on our list today, and if you’ve ever seen it before, you’ll know exactly why that is.
Goa is what you might expect by way of a winter sunshine getaway by the beach in a tropical paradise. Here, the sand is golden white, the seas are warm, even in winter, and transparent, the palm trees and coconuts are plentiful, and the sun shines for much of the year, even in winter.
If you are looking for a winter getaway, might we be so bold as to suggest December for Goa? This is due to the fact that it is host to the annual Sunburn Festival every December, hosting some of the best musicians in the EDM scene.
Ever wanted to live a life of luxury and see how royalty used to live, Rajasthan is a part of India you simply must experience.
Rajasthan is not only popular during the winter with holidaymakers from overseas, but also with tourists presiding in the country itself. Here, the architecture is magnificent, every building tells a story, and the weather here during the winter is still very warm and pleasant.
Why not take a trip back in time with the luxurious palaces around here, or why not literally eat like royalty like a Maharaja, and enjoy an authentic dish fit for royalty such as a lamb kurma, or butter chicken served with fragrant rice, all washed down with a rich and creamy mango yoghurt lassi.
If you want to broaden your horizons slightly and explore different parts of the country, Kerala is the perfect base for your winter holiday. Located in Southern India, the weather here from November to March is extremely warm and largely dry.
Kerala is a part of the country which is renowned for its stunning ayurvedic spas, beaches, hills and mountains, tea plantations, and some of the most magnificent flora and fauna that you will ever experience in your life. From adrenaline-fuelled sports Varkala Beach surfing cannot be missed, or if you want something a little more relaxed and laid back, how about a gentle trek up Chembra Peak.
Food lovers will be in their element here, with dishes such as crispy Keralan squid, and delicious pumpkin and lentil stews offering the ultimate in taste and decadence.
As you can see, India during the winter has plenty to offer, and when you consider the fact that off-peak prices are extremely affordable, surely you’d be mad not to book your winter holiday in India and begin counting down to the days. Until you get to visit this far away land, don’t stop wandering!