Best Places to Visit in January in India

Kickstarting the new year with a vacation? Fret not, here is a comprehensive list of 17 lesser known places to visit in January in India you can add to your bucket list to welcome the new year with. From the most challenging terrains to the smoothest sand beaches, from north to south and east to west, on the sea and land, the eternal travel enthusiast?s guide to winter vacation begins here.

Here is the list of 19 Best Places to Visit in January in India

1. Kutch, Gujarat - The White Desert of India

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Known For : Great Rann of Kutch | Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary | Dholavira

Virtually an island that resembles the shape of a tortoise, Kutch is an erstwhile princely state of India holding onto its grandeur nature from the past.

Best Time : July to March

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2. Jaipur, Rajasthan - The Pink City

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Known For : Hawa Mahal | City Palace | Amber Fort, Jaipur

The ?Pink City? of India, Jaipur is a palatial wonderland with its unparalleled beauty, spectacular architecture and vibrant, regal history. With a superb collection of breathtaking palaces, exciting camel/elephant rides, vibrant Rajasthani culture and scrumptious ethnic food, Jaipur is a time travel portal to the old time worldly charms of the Rajahs and their lavish lifestyles, giving Jaipur a unique regal vibe in the contemporary 21st century India.
Why is January the best time to visit Jaipur?
If you love literature and books and fancy staying in touch with the literary circle, then the Jaipur Literature Festival is your Mecca! A grand festival solely dedicated to Literature had been long due and JLF made it possible for all of us. So, what is the Jaipur Literature Festival? It is the annual literary festival which takes place in the royal city of Jaipur in the month of January. The Diggi Palace Hotel serves as the main venue for the event with 6 sub-venues inside.

Best Time : October to March

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3. Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights

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Known For : Calangute Beach | Water Sports in Goa | Baga Beach

When you think of Goa, you think of sandy beaches, amazing parties, beautiful little villages, delicious food, and a magical holiday experience. Yes, Goa is rightfully known as the most popular tourist destination on the West Coast of India, and not just because of its scenic beaches, but also because of its tropical climate and its rich Portuguese heritage, which you can still find lingering on in some parts of the town. Nestled in the Konkan Coast Belt, Goa has a coastline stretching for over a 100 kilometres, and attracts millions of visitors both from within and outside the country all year round.

Best Time : October to March

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4. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh - The Architectural Masterpiece

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Known For : Light and sound show | Kandariya Mahadev Temple | Lakshman Temple

One of Indian civilisation?s most noteworthy contribution at the international scale is the sensibility and heightened sensitivity towards the human body. Khajuraho is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its evolved representation of acceptance of diversity among Hinduism and Jainism as religions, through the unified temple complexes and for its intricate erotic carvings on all the temple walls. Although diminished in number from 85 to 20 since their inception in the 12th century AD, the temples still stand strong and are visited by art, history and cultural enthusiasts from around the world. The temperatures around this time lie comfortably between 9-25 degrees Celsius, a perfect place to visit in January in India.

Best Time : July to March

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5. Mawsynram, Shillong

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Currently the wettest place on earth (tough competition with Cherrapunjee), Mawsynram receives 12m of rain annually. The generosity of mother nature can be easily seen and experienced with the fresh air, blue skies waterfalls and lush greenery.

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6. Kalimpong, West Bengal

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Known For : Durpin Dara hill | Cactus Nursery | Morgan House

Kalimpong is one of the hidden gems of the east, especially known among travel enthusiasts as one of the honeymooning places to visit in January in India. Snuggling in the heaviest woollens during January the view of the Teesta river valley is a remedy for every eye aching with the mundane metropolitan sites. The Galinka and Crockety bungalows built during the British regime which happen to be exemplary specimens of colonial architecture should be your choice of accommodation for the best facilities and experience. The Morgan House is also an option if economising is an agenda on your trip here. January can be an extremely chilly and frosty, but the view of the panoramic snow-capped mountains is worth the cold.

Best Time : March to June, September to December

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7. Munnar, Kerala - Tea Gardens, Lakes and Pretty little hill-station

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Known For : Echo Point | Rose Garden | Elephant Arrival Spot

The idyllic hill station Munnar - famous for its tea estates, exotic lush greenery and craggy peaks, is located in the Western Ghats, in the state of Kerala. It serves as the commercial centre for some of the world’s largest tea estates. In addition, Munnar has many protected areas which are home to endemic and highly endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji.

Best Time : September to May

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8. Havelock Island, Andaman Nicobar-islands

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Havelock Island, in January in India, is a delight for all those who love quiet beaches with a never-ending horizon, sands and crystal clear waters that stretch beyond sight. Havelock Island is a hidden gem which is perfect for marine lovers, professional, and recreational alike. The Island is divided into several villages, and the main bazaar in village number 3 is quite popular among the travellers. One of the most beautiful aspects of the island is that larger sea animals, like dolphins, turtles and bigger fishes are friendly with the coastal people and are often seen without much difficulty. Snorkeling is also one of the major attractions here. With temperatures not hovering over 28 degrees and a pleasant air drifting all day, it?s one of the places to visit in January in India.

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9. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan - The Golden City

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Known For : Desert Safari | Jaisalmer Fort | Gadisar Lake

Situated close to the Pakistan Border, Jaisalmer is a major tourist spot located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan in India. It is called the 'golden city' due to its bounteous golden dunes flowing in the Thar Desert. Jaisalmer is adorned with lakes, ornate Jain temples, havelis and castles clad in golden yellowish sandstone. Climb on to the camel saddle and make your way through this desert or camp under the night sky in this golden land for an unforgettable experience.

Best Time : October to March

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10. Bikaner, Rajasthan - The desert town of 'Camel Festival'

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Known For : Junagarh Fort | Karni Mata Temple | Lalgarh Palace

January is one of the best time to visit Bikaner and one of the chief reasons it is thronged in this month is because of the Camel Festival organized here, in village Ladera. Camel owners show off their decorated camels and participate in various quirky competitions, some of which are: best haircut for a camel, best fur cutting, and camel milking. The camel owners make an exclusive show out of their well-trained camels, who dance to the directions of the owners. All in all, Bikaner is a well-packaged deal for January, considering the weather and the infallible charm of the hospitable city.

Best Time : October to March

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11. Elephanta Caves, Maharashtra

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The Elephanta Caves, 11 kms to the north of Apollo Bandar, Mumbai, and about 7 kms off the mainland, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Caves are present on the Elephanta Island, also known as the Island of Gharapuri. The Caves find perfect expression in the carvings of Lord Shiva and appear to blend in with their natural environs. At the entrance of the first cave, the 7 meters high Shiva statue with three facets, represent the incarnations of the deity as the creator, the preserver and the destroyer. Dating back to 6-7th century AD, the caves are preserved with extreme care by the Archaeological Survey of India, and there is ample to explore for the historically aligned. The cafes and craft stores have much to offer, and to top off the trip, the ferry ride to and fro from the island is what makes it even more memorable.

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12. Auli, Uttarakhand - The skiing destination of India

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Known For : Skiing in Auli | Gurso Bugyal | Kwani Bugyal

Auli may as well be named as the snow sports and adventurer?s paradise for once and for all. The tiny snow swathed area, located in the Chamoli district of ?Dev Bhoomi? Uttarakhand at the height of 2,500 metres, is fast becoming a popular skiing destination among those who want to look beyond its commercial counterparts. January is the month when temperatures here drop to sub-zero levels. Hence the heaviest parkas and pashminas are a must have if you are planning to visit. Apart from skiing, various other excursions like trekking, visiting the world?s highest man-made lake or spiritual enlightenment with the views of some major Hindu pilgrimage points, like Nanda Devi and Mount Neelkanth are what makes Auli a well-rounded pit stop.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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13. Chadar Trek, Ladakh - Walk on the Frozen River

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The Chadar Trek or The Frozen River Expedition is one of the unique and challenging treks in India. The 6-day chadar trek across the frozen Zanskar River in Ladakh takes place during the latter part of January till the end of February or sometimes the first week of March, depending on the weather. Though, it seems a challenging trek; it isn?t the most difficult; as it is a flat walk along the Chadar with minimal amounts of climbing. If you can walk for a couple of hours without much strain, you are good to go. If you?re a person interested in trekking, then head over to Ladakh in January for an experience of a lifetime.

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14. Kalpetta, Kerala

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Known For : Karapuzha Dam | Kanthanpara Waterfalls | Shopping in Kalpetta

A tiny town with an area of little over 40 square kilometres, Kalpetta is located in the Wayanad district of God?s Own Country, Kerala. If like a true Indian, you are drawn to aromatic spices and the national beverages of tea and coffee, this is just the place to be. Large coffee and tea plantations, preceded by high mountain peaks are a vision. January is a peak time for traders and tourists alike. One thing to not miss while in Kalpetta is the Wayanad Flower Show, held every year in the months of December-January. The misty mountains and cooler plains are a treat for those looking for a laid back vacationing spot with the bonus of a kitchen supplies? connoisseur?s delight.

Best Time : October to March

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15. Phawngpui, Mizoram

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Phwangpui, like Kalpetta, is one of the lesser discovered havens, and tucked up and away at the height of about 2150 metres in Mizoram. Also referred to as the Blue Mountain, Phwangpui is much revered among the locals for its folklore and local stories to housing a local deity, ?Sangau?. Apart from being spiritually significant, Phwangpui is also one of the most beautiful naturally preserved spots where flora and fauna flourish. Rhododendrons and orchids of various hues and some of the rarest animals, like the Asiatic black bear, leopard cat, gorals, capped langur, stump-tailed macaque, which are now endangered are a regular sight here. Colorful plumed sunbirds are seen soaring in the sky overhead while the calls of the barking deer transport a tourist into a nether realm of absolute natural beauty. Trekking at Phwangpui in January is a must to explore the lands, so make sure to carry all your trekking gear with you.

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16. Kabini, Karnataka - Home to the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary

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Known For : Jungle Safari | Elephant Safari | Boating

Southern India is the most thronged part of the country when it comes to travellers looking to escape the harsh cold of the north, especially during January. The Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka is a wildlife lover?s haven, and the added comfort of the breezy, pleasant southern air adds to the experience. The Sanctuary is the most popular wildlife tourism destination in south India and houses some of the most exotic varieties of animals known to the Indian populace, like the cheetah, panther, spotted deer and is also known as the best bird sanctuary in the area for maintaining and growing the 250 varieties of birds found here.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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17. Ooty, Tamil Nadu - Queen of the Nilgiris

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Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway | Ooty Lake | Ooty Rose Garden

Surrounded by lush green hills, dense forests and beautiful lakes, Ooty, the Queen of Hill Stations, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India and has been so since the days of the British. It?s one of the places you to visit in January in India, owing to it?s cool and misty weather then. The place is a delight for nature lovers as it is extremely rich in flora and fauna. The numerous lakes in and around Ooty provide some of the most picturesque picnic spots in the area. Among the tourist spots in Ooty, the Rose Garden, the Botanical gardens, the tea plantations, and a visit to the colonial era buildings is a must.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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18. Diu, Daman and Diu - A mini-Goa

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Known For : Naida Caves | Ghogla Beach | Nagoa Beach

Known as the ?Isle of Calm? in Portuguese, Diu is a place frequented by those who want to have a relaxing time far away from the hustle and bustle of cities. Though it?s a relatively popular destination for tourists, it?s not very crowded.The Portuguese influence here is very much evident in the architecture, food and even the culture of Diu. There are plenty of historic forts, churches and temples that one can visit while here. Also, being a major fishing town, an abundance of seafood is available here, much to the delight of the sea-food lovers. Enjoy the blend of Portuguese and local culture, relax on the sandy shores and dig into the lip-smacking food. It?s one of the best places to visit in January in India.

Best Time : July to March

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19. Bikaner, Rajasthan - The desert town of 'Camel Festival'

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Known For : Junagarh Fort | Karni Mata Temple | Lalgarh Palace

Located in the midst of Thar Desert, Bikaner is a ?cultural paradise and a traveller's haven?. The city will mesmerize you with the camels sauntering its beautiful sand dunes and captivate you with its ancient palaces and forts. Rightly called as one of the three great desert kingdoms of Rajasthan, the dazzling city boasts of old-world charm, opulent havelis and depicts a pleasing bygone era of the Rajputs. Best known as the ?camel country? for breeding some best-known riding camels. The famous Camel Fair organised by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture in January is a major attraction. The festival includes colourfully dressed camels participating in various performances including dances and races. There are also some folk dance performances and puppet shows. Tea, sweetmeats and other dairy items prepared from camel milk are also available.

Best Time : October to March

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