February is one of the ideal times to visit almost any place in India. And it’s just not the weather that’s on your side by this time, and the seasons on the brink of a warmer spring, but the calendar this year, that has a long weekend marked over this month that starts on the Valentines, extends itself over a Monday you shouldn’t find very hard to overlook, all the way to Mahashivratri on Tuesday. So, here is Holidify.com‘s list of the best places to visit in India in February for a holiday to make the most of this month.
1. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Kaziranga National Park, also included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites is home to two-thirds of worlds one-horned rhinoceros population in the world. Wildlife enthusiasts also find a large number of tigers, elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer. Situated in Assam, Kaziranga lies on the edge of the Eastern Himalayas biodiversity hot spot. Kaziranga is a super amazing place to visit in India in February as it is not too cold and the rains are also not a problem at this time of the year.
2. Nasik, Maharashtra
An almost essential for February, this one has got on its itinerary the Sula Fest! So there is wine, music, dancing, delicacies, shopping, camping, VERO MODA launching their Spring Summer Collection and absolutely no reason why you should miss this. The dates for the festival are 6-7th February 2016.
3. Agartala, Tripura
Agartala is a perfect tourist destination for those looking either for cultural diversity or natural beauty or both. Once home to Manikya kings, Agartala boasts of some architectural masterpieces including Nir Mahal, Ujjayanta Palace and Kunjaban Palace. Jampui hills, Sepahijala and Gondacherra wildlife sanctuary are a nature lovers paradise.This most developed city in the state, it is still a far cry from the metros and hence maintains the best of both worlds. Agartala should be visited in the month of February as this is the last month before it starts moving towards a temperature you’d rather avoid travelling in.
4. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
With the summer yet to come to the country, Jaisalmer is one of the places to visit in India in February. Jaisalmer being the closest city, is a major tourist spot popular among couples, adventure seekers , and desert safari enthusiasts. This city, located close to Pakistan border is famous for Rajputana havelis and Jaisalmer fort also known as Sonal Quila. Sandstone architecture gives the city its golden hue and therefore the name, Golden City. And that’s not even it – this February, Jaisalmer will be hosting the Jaisalmer Desert Festival, celebrating every possible tint of the cultural festivity that surrounds Rajasthan.
5. Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Though this one remains a staple for most tourist circuits that cover the best of India, there is another reason it’s on the list this February. Taj Mahotsav that takes place between 18th and 27th of February, this time, is a 10-day celebration of art, crafts, cuisines, dance and music by the eastern gate of the wonder itself, Taj Mahal.
6. Gulmargl, Jammu and Kashmir
Surrounded by snow-covered mountains, lush green meadows, deep ravines, evergreen forested hills and valleys, Gulmarg is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in India. Thrill seekers can be found skiing here in winters while snow lovers can get their heart fill nearly round the year. Unlike its counterparts, Manali and Shimla, this place is yet untouched by large crowds and is ideal for people looking to enjoy a quiet vacation amidst nature. Khilanmarg and Tangmarg are nearby destinations that one must remember to visit during their stay here. February is one of the last months of winters when you can enjoy skiing in a fully snow-covered Gulmarg.
7. Bir, Himachal Pradesh
If you plan on doing paragliding in India, Bir is your place. Host to the annual World Paragliding Championship, Bir offers picturesque Himachal terrain as the backdrop for the gliders. Apart from this, trekking is also very famous across its hills. Amidst the adventure, one can also find peace in the Buddhist monasteries famous here for spiritual studies and meditation. Nature enthusiasts can visit Deer Park and Bir Tea Factory for some mental relaxation. February might not be a good time for paragliding, but the weather makes it perfect and the cold winds keep the crowd away for an offbeat experience.
8. Harihareshwar, Maharashtra
Popular as a quiet hill view destination cum beach among the crowd from Mumbai and Pune, Harihareshwar remains a lesser known place for the rest of the country. The most famous landmark in the area is the Lord Harihareshwar temple which makes it a popular destination for religious tourists. The main temple and the Kali Bhairav temple along with many others are fine examples of mixture of Indian and Maratha architecture. February is the last month before summers arrive, so a weekend trip to Harihareshwar makes lots of sense, especially for people staying in Mumbai or Pune.
400 km off the mainland, a bunch of 36 islands surrounded by a spectrum of exotic and vibrant colors, Lakshadweep is one of the most sought after and yet a secluded place to visit in India in February. Green palm and coconut trees, white sands and turquoise blue ocean together compile for you a vacation to remember for a lifetime. Each island offers unique aspects of the area including Scuba diving, Yachting, Pedal boating, Kayaking, Canoeing, Swimming, Snorkeling, etc
10. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Host to the grandest celebrations of Mahashivratri, this one sure puts to use the long weekend, March brings this year. The spiritual capital of India gathers about a million devotees from all around the country who come for the famous Shiva Temple, that sits on the Ganges’ banks, pleasant and enjoyable at this time of the year. Mahashivratri falls on the 8th of March this year. Read more about the celebrations here.
Beaches, forts and water sports would be the ideal version of Diu if there had to be one. Located near the port of Veraval, Diu is a small island which was earlier a Portuguese colony. Beaches are a speciality of this island city; especially Ghogla Beach which is a golden sand beach. The beach undulates into the horizon while the Arabian Sea laps away at the edge as though imploring the sands to let it find its own peach. Diu has an ideal weather in the month of February as it is only slightly cold, tending towards an almost enjoyable temperature and making it one of the places to visit in India in February.
12. Konark, Odisha
A festival for which you should travel to this beach town is the famous Konark Dance Festival, taking place from 19th – 23rd of February this year, makes Konark one of the places to visit in India in February One of the most celebrated platforms for arts, this one has the grand Sun temple in its backdrop.
13. Thekkady, Kerala
A wildlife enthusiast or photographer has not completed his quest in India till he has not visited Thekkady at the least once. A literal heaven for nature lovers and people on family trips, Periyar National Park being the biggest Tiger Reserve in India is one of the best places to be in this season. Other than the tigers, these forests are home to various animals such as Deer, Elephants, Sambar, Nilgiri Langurs, etc. Once you’re done with wildlife expeditions, do try Bamboo Rafting and Border Hiking. Kerala starts getting uncomfortably warm from next month onwards, hence February can give you an ideal just in time trip to Thekkady.
14. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
The Eastern Ghats are said to have their own and an economical version of Ooty in the form of Yercaud. Forests and water are in plenty at this place which means a plethora of beautiful sights to behold in form of Killiyur Falls, Emerald Lake and dense forests. Vast coffee plantations also make up for not having visited Darjeeling while at the same time being offbeat allows tourists much more peace and tranquillity at Yercaud than it’s counterparts. Adventurous people may also look forward to trekking amidst the exotic flora and fauna. It’s one of the best places to visit in India in February.
Add the Capital City to the list of places to visit in India in February. The weather here during this time leans towards the cooler side, but that’s what makes it worth visiting this place then. One can go for a full fledged tour of this old, beautiful, historic city. Visit all the important monuments and landmarks, go shopping at the numerous malls and flea markets and of course, gorge on the heavenly food of this city. Whether you decide to visit this place with your family or friends, you’re in for a great time.
16. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Located far away from mainland India, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a tropical paradise escapade. With its azure waters and white sandy beaches lined with palm trees, this is the place to be if you want to relax amidst the scenic natural surroundings. February is considered to be one of the best times to plan a vacation to this place, as the weather is at it’s best and it facilitates most of the water sports activities, mainly snorkelling and scuba diving.
17. Coorg, Kerala
One of the most popular weekend destinations from Bangalore, Coorg is located in the Kodagu district Karnataka. Evergreen as ever, this place is truly a delightful one, owing to its lush green landscape and pleasant weather throughout the year. Also, there are numerous coffee plantations and cardamom plantations, which add on to the greenery of this enchanting hill station. The temperature in February usually falls between 11 to 20 degrees, making it cool and chilly, and one of the best places to visit in India in February.
18. Kutch, Gujarat
Kutch is probably one of the most beautiful, yet surreal places in India. With the vast expanses of white salt desert in the Rann of Kutch area, this is an amazing experience to witness. One would be able to see just stretches of pure white land as far as the eyesight goes. The place comes to life during the winters when the Rann Festival is held during December-February everywhere in which there are huge camp settlements with cultural programs, functions and adventure activities like hot-air ballooning.
19. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
Khajuraho is known around the world for its stunning temples adorned by erotic and sensuous carvings. A small town located in the Bundelkhand region in Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is a brilliant example of Indian architecture and its culture back in the medieval period. The architecture of these Hindu and Jain temples depict the innocent form of love, the carvings on the walls display passion in the most erotic yet aesthetic ways.
Sikkim, the smallest state of India, is the land of a large variety of plants, animals, rivers, mountains, lakes and waterfalls. The mountain peaks, holy lakes, ancient monasteries, orchid nurseries and stunning trekking routes make Sikkim a perfect Holiday destination for you.
Losar Festival is one of the charms that make Sikkim a must visit in February. It is the celebration of Tibetan New Year commences on the first day of the first month of each lunar year usually celebrated in February. Tibetan customs and rituals for commemorating the new year are deeply rooted in Buddhist ideas and beliefs. Read more about Losar Festival here.
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