Places To Visit in India in December

Check out the best places to visit in december in India for 'the perfect' end to your year!

While snow claims India's northern bits, the sun lulls its beaches, its southern outlines acquire an effortless charm and the plains get used to a much awaited extra layer of clothes, the Indian Peninsula enters one of the best seasons to travel here. Here are the places to visit in India in december for a month marked by a string of holidays, itching your feet to get out and travel.

Here is the list of 30 Places To Visit in India in December

1. Kutch, Gujarat


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

An expanse of white sands for most parts of the year, Kutch transforms into a center of celebration, festivity, countless tints, arts and culture in December as it hosts its grand Rann Mahotsav. While the summers at Rann are extremely hot and unbearable, winters are quite cool with temperatures sometimes falling as low as 0 degrees! Visit this moon like desert of India in December for an extraordinary experience that will continue to charm you for much longer. The Rann Utsav will only add to the mesmerizing feel and experience while there.

Best Time : July to March

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2. Bharatpur National Park, Bharatpur


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Now known as the Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur National Park is a famous bird watching paradise and is among one of the World Heritage sites.

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3. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan


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Known For : Desert Safari | Jaisalmer Fort | Gadisar Lake

Situated close to the Pakistan Border, the Golden City is a major tourist spot owing to its proximity to the Thar Desert.

Best Time : October to March

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4. Pondicherry


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Known For : Paradise Beach | Water Sports in Pondicherry | Auroville Ashram

Puducherry was the largest French colony in India and the French influence on the city can still be seen.

Best Time : October to March

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5. Kaziranga National Park, Assam - Place to Spot rhinos in india in December


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Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India and a well known, protected animal reserve. It is known for housing more than half of the world?s one-horned rhinoceros and that?s not even it. It is also an important tiger reserve, with a large density of tigers present within the national park. Apart from these animals, there are also leopards, foxes, deer, flying squirrels, pelicans, hornbill and plenty of other floral and faunal species, which would more than make up for a pretty exciting and enjoyable trip. One of India?s most bio-diverse regions, this place comes alive in December.

Best Time : October to June

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6. Auli, Uttarakhand


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

Winter and snow always go hand in hand, and what?s a better place to find both in December than in Auli? Renowned for being the skiing destination of India, it?s flocked by tourists from within the country and from abroad as well. December is the best time to be here due to the amount of snowfall which takes place. So have snowball fights, indulge in some skiing and other adventure sports, or relax and taken in the scenic views of the Himalays from your resort. Whatever you do, you?re in for the time of your life.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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7. Thrissur, Kerala


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Known For : Athirapally Falls | Charpa Falls | Vadakummnathan temple

Located in south India and also known to be the official cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur has countless festivals on its calenders and countless temples on its maps. Spend a December, under its pleasant weather, in a hub of classical Keralan arts and culture. Several efforts have been made by the people living here to promote the dying Keralan performing arts and cultural activities. One can learn a lot about the ancient practice of Ayurveda over here as well. Also on its itineraries are falls, a zoo, a dam, gardens and a river.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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8. Manali, Himachal Pradesh


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Known For : Solang Valley | Rohtang Pass | Adventure Activities

Nestled at one end of the Kullu Valley, Manali is a hill station with attraction such as the Rohtang pass nearby and is popular among tourists, especially during summers.

Best Time : October to June

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9. Andaman & Nicobar


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Known For : Scuba Diving In Andaman | Havelock Island | Snorkeling in Andamans

A group of about 600 islands in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are known for their scenic beaches, dense forests and adventurous water sports.

Best Time : October to Jun

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10. Konark, Orissa - A December festival with the Sun temple in the backdrop


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Known For : Sun Temple | Chandrabagha Beach | ASI Museum

While Konark is identified by the Sun temple located here, December in Konark is better known as hosts to an annual dance festival by the name of Konark Dance Festival. The temple, each and every structure and element that it finds itself adorned by, together with a celebration of the classical dances, leaves few better specimens of classical Indian arts and culture. Definitely a must visit place in India in December. While in Konark, don?t miss a stroll on a pristine stretch of golden sands, the Konark beach.

Best Time : September to March

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11. Goa - The Partayyyy Capital


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

Situated on the Western Coast, Goa is the place associated most with touristy beaches, happening nightlife and old Portuguese architecture. This list of places to visit in India in December would be incomplete without adding Goa to it. Goa is easily one of the best places in India to spend the year end. And obviously, the laid back atmosphere, the numerous beaches, the yummiest of seafood and the booze, all make Goa an ideal place to visit.

Best Time : October to March

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12. Kovalam, Kerala


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Known For : Water Sports in Kovalam | Lighthouse Beach | Hawah Beach

An idyllic village along the coastlines of the Arabian Sea, Kovalam is most famous for its three pristine beaches with shallow waters and low tidal waves where one can go surfing, wooden and motor boat riding.

Best Time : September to March

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13. Udaipur, Rajasthan


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Known For : Lake Pichola | City Palace | Sajjangarh Palace

Located in a valley and surrounded by 4 lakes, it is at times referred to as the 'Kashmir of Rajasthan'

Best Time : October to March

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14. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu - Temples, Caves, Beaches and Crocodiles


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Known For : Shore Temple | Mahabalipuram Beach | Five Rathas

Earlier known as Mamallapuram, Mahabalipuram is one of the most popular and beautiful destinations located in the Southern part of India. Famous for its elaborately carved, intricate temples and rock cut caves, Mahabalipuram is a real treat to visit in India in December. The local made handicrafts and curios also add to it?s splendour. With its wide and pristine white sandy beaches, the cool casuaraina trees, along with the pleasant and cool temperature that the state acquires by this time of the year, Mahabalipuram is definitely one of the places to visit in India in December.

Best Time : November to February

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15. Jodhpur, Rajasthan


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Known For : Mehrangarh Fort | Umaid Bhawan Palace | Jaswant Tada

Famously known as the ?Blue City?, Jodhpur is one of the most popular tourist places in Rajasthan. Having a rich and vivid culture and history, one can find numerous forts, palaces and temples here. They?re very appealing aesthetically and are popular among the locals and tourists. In December, the weather becomes considerably cooler and much more pleasant than the usual aridity, thus making it a perfect winter destination.

Best Time : November to February

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16. Shillong, Meghalaya


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Known For : Mawlynnong | Umiam Lake | Elephant Falls

Born in the laps of nature, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya and offers every one of its bequeathed element for exploration to the wanderlust.

Best Time : September to May

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17. Sonamarg, Jammu & Kashmir


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Known For : Thajiwas Glacier | Zoji-La Pass | Vishansar Lake

Sonamarg is a town with snow-covered flower-laden fields, surrounded by majestic glaciers and serene lakes.

Best Time : May to October

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18. Gokarna, Karnataka


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Known For : Om Beach | Water Sports in Gokarna | Mahabaleshwara Temple

With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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19. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh


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Known For : Kashi Vishwanath Temple | Dashashwamedh Ghat | Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple

Famously known as Banaras or Kashi, the holy city of Varanasi is located on the banks of river Ganga and is considered one of the holiest cities in India owing to its location and the numerous temples in it.

Best Time : October to March

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20. Wayanad, Kerala


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Known For : Banasura Dam | Chembra Peak | Pookot Lake

Replete with enchanting waterfalls, historical caves, comfortable resorts and home stays, this popular town is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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21. Ranthambore, Rajasthan


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Known For : Ranthambhore Fort | Kacheeda Valley

One of the best tiger reserves of India, Ranthambore finds itself all the more welcoming in December with the pleasant drop in the temperature. A region known for being the richest centers of flora and fauna, a dreamy terrain amidst the Vindhya and Aravalli, this one also houses the Ranthambore Fort in the reserve. Apart from being the home of the endangered tiger, several other animal species are found here such as the wild cats, leopards, sloth bears, hyenas, Indian foxes, crocodiles and jackals. Compared to other tiger reserves, chances of tiger spotting are relatively higher at Ranthambore.

Best Time : October to Apr

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22. Orchha, Madhya Pradesh


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Known For : Jehangir Mahal, Orchha Fort | Ram Raja Temple | Raja Mahal, Orchha Fort

Known for its grand palaces, intricately carved temples and striking forts, situated on banks of river Betwa Orchha is a city with a lot of historical significance and a photographers' delight.

Best Time : July to March

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23. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand


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Known For : Sitla | Mukteshwar Temple | Mukteshwar Inspection Bunglow

Mukteshwar is a small hill town mostly known for adventure sports such as rock climbing, rappelling etc. and the amazing view of Himalayan ranges you get from there.

Best Time : October to June

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24. Kohima, Nagaland


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Known For : Dzukou Valley and Japfu Peak | Kohima Museum | Touphema Village

Break the trend of going to conventional places and plan a trip to the North East. Nagaland is one of the best places to visit in December in India, especially in the North East. The very famous Hornbill festival occurs during this time and hence it would be really wise for you to visit this amazing place at the same time. Traditional dances, folk songs and theatrical performances are held, which will make you fall in love with the local culture. Also, bands from all over the country perform at the Hornbill Rock Festival, which happens at the same time. Wouldn?t want to miss that, would you?

Best Time : October to June

Read More 11 Kohima Attractions

25. Murudeshwar, Karnataka


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Known For : Netrani Island | Murudeshwar Temple | Murudeshwar Beach

A small temple town located on the western coast of India in the state of Karnataka, Murudeshwar is marked by the second highest Shiva statue in the world. This structure watches over the sea and all that?s around and is worth the sprain in the neck. Murudeshwar in December is also surprisingly a venue for Scuba Diving. With its scuba diving facilities active during a few months, head to the city in December, to see the most of all that?s below its seas. It?s golden history, scenic beauty and calm, serene environment, makes it one of the places to visit in India in December.

Best Time : October to May

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26. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh


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Known For : Sela Pass | Tawang Monastery | Madhuri Lake

Located at a height of about 3048m, Tawang is known for many important and beautiful monasteries and is famous as the birth place of Dalai Lama.

Best Time : September to March

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27. Chopta, Uttarakhand


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Known For : Tungnath Temple | Deori Tal | Tungnath and Chandrashila Trek

Chopta, very simply put, is a trekker cum explorer's heaven. Visit the valley of Chopta for a life altering experience and expand the boundaries of your physical horizon.

Best Time : March to June

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28. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh


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Known For : Bara Imambara | Hazratganj Market | Lucknow Zoo

One of the oldest cities in India, historically significant and well known for it?s heritage, arts and culture, Lucknow is one of the most popular tourist cities in North India. Food, Architecture, Heritage, a ?Nawabi? old world charm or your shopping spree- there are one too many reasons to spend your winters in Lucknow. One of the most pleasant months to visit the city, the weather in December lets you enjoy the most of hopping form one market to another, Mughlai Cuisine or a heritage walk through its monuments.

Best Time : October to March

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29. Dudhwa National Park, Uttarakhand


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Dudhwa National Park is all about wildlife, nature and diversity and is a perfect getaway for nature buffs and wildlife lovers.

Best Time : December to Apr

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30. Chennai, Tamil Nadu


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Known For : Marina Beach | Breezy Beach | MGR Film City

A growing city with a sleepless nightlife, this one effortlessly breathes in December with its humid summers long forgotten, Chennai becomes an amazing place to visit in India in December. Under Chennai's metropolitan charm with a rich heritage in the backdrop, churches marking its maps and beaches tantalizing its fast moving life. While here do not miss its temples and their elaborate and intricate architecture and the very famous Vandalur Zoo. Something else that Chennai is famous for, is the Marina Beach, which is the longest beach in India. Watching the sunset at Marina Beach is truly an amazing experience altogether.

Best Time : October to March

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