Planning to kick-start the New Year with a vacation? Fret not; Akbar Travels gives you a list of the best places to visit in India in January. Be it walking the frozen lake in Zanskar or sailing over the turquoise water in Dawki; attending the coveted Jaipur Literature Festival or beholding the magnificent Republic Day parade in Delhi; India presents the best of the best in January.

Here’s a list of the best domestic holiday destinations that you can explore in India in January. Take a look! You can also check out the various holiday packages available on our website.

1. Kalimpong

Beautiful view of Kalimpong, West Bengal

Kalimpong is of the best places to visit in India in January. With its little gompas, archetypal monasteries and tiny bazaars, Kalimpong attract all kinds of travelers who wish to take a break from the hustle bustle of life to enjoy themselves. If you too are looking for quiet yet fun places to visit in January, then Kalimpong is the place for you.

How to reach: New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station from where you can hire a taxi to reach Kalimpong. The Bagdogra Airport is the closest to Kalimpong and lies at a distance of 78km from there.

Attractions: Deolo Hill, Teesta River Rafting, Cactus Nursery, Jang Dog Palriffo Brang Gompa, Thongsa Gompa, Tharpa Choeling Gompa, Neora Valley National Park etc.

2.  Udaipur

Stunning view of Udaipur, Rajasthan

Popularly known as “The City of Lakes”, Udaipur is a spectacular option to pick from this list out of the best places to visit in India in January. You can easily do all your sightseeing without sweating a drop of sweat, as it won’t be hot at all during this time of the month. Pick a pretty rooftop cafe, drink a hot cup of coffee and bask in the sun. What’s more? You can book your Udaipur flight tickets on our website to avail exciting discounts.

How to Reach: Udaipur lies on a massive network of rail that joins it to major cities and is well-connected by road too. Udaipur Airport or the Maharana Pratap Airport has regular flights to major Indian cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Jaipur. 

Attractions: City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Lake Pichola, The Monsoon Palace, Jag Mandir, Fateh Sagar Lake, Kumbhalgarh Fort etc.

3. Manali

Greenery in Manali, Himachal Pradesh

For all the mountain lovers who can’t get enough of true winters, the best place to visit in India in January is Manali! Totally covered in snow and detached from the world, Manali is a great choice for all those who want to spend some quiet time and get relaxed! If you wish to do some adventurous activities, then you can head to Solang to ski or paraglide!

How to Reach: The best way to reach Manali in winters is by taking a flight to Bhuntar Airport, which is situated at a distance of 50km from Manali. Manali is very well-connected to important tourist destinations like Shimla, Kullu, Leh, Dharamshala, and New Delhi by means of a network of state-run as well as private buses. If you wish to go by road, the drive up to Manali is simply breathtaking!

Attractions: Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Hidimba Devi Temple, Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art, Vashisht Hot Water Springs, Manu Temple, and Club House.

4. Kerala

Houseboat in Kerala

If you are a true nature lover and wish to enjoy a relaxed vacation in India, then Kerala is the ideal destination in winter holidays. In fact, Kerala is among the best places to visit in India in January. Be it cruising in backwaters in a houseboat or enjoying the ancient Ayurveda massage and therapy, Kerala is a treat for all. Also, Kerala is the land of the best winter honeymoon destinations in India.

How to Reach: Cochin, Trivandrum, and Calicut airport are the nearest airports. Kerala is well-connected to roads from Bangalore and all throughout the state. Frequent trains and even luxury trains are available.

Attractions: Alappuzha beach, Snake Boat Race in Alleppey, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Tea Museum, Attukal Waterfalls, Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary etc.

5. Goa

The serene beaches of Goa

If you wish to indulge in the pure mood of festivity, then Goa is the best destination for you. During winters, you can experience the energy all around. During the day, the beaches are the hotspot destinations to enjoy the winter sun, on the other hand, the nights are lively with happening parties all around. Goa Lokotsav and India Yoga Festival remain the highlight of popular activities to attend in Goa in January. You can also check out the various budget hotels in Goa on our website for your holiday.

How to Reach: Goa International Airport in Dabolim Goa (29 Km from Panaji). It is well-connected by road from Mumbai, Bangalore and many more. If you wish to travel by sea, then Mumbai to Goa luxury cruise is your best choice.

Attractions: Basilica of Bom Jesus, Dudhsagar Falls, Fort Aguada, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Candolim Beach, Baga Beach, Arambol Beach etc.

6. Great Rann of Kutch

Rann of Kutch
Sunset in Rann of Kutch

Famous for its white salt desert sand, the Great Rann of Kutch is a famous tourist spot which is visited by travellers all around the world. This place becomes a narrow wetland that submerges into water during the monsoon and becomes extremely dry during the summers. Even the most celebrated festival, Rann Utsav is organized in winters. That is why the Great Rann of Kutch is best for visiting in the winter season. 

How to Reach: The nearest airport is the Bhuj Airport which is also well-connected to other major cities of the country. The nearest railway station is the Bhuj Railway Station which has trains connectivity from major cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad etc. There are many state and private bus facilities that make your journey convenient.

Attractions: Kalo Dungar, White Desert of Kachch, Nadeshwari Mata Temple, Kutch Fossil Park, Lakhpat Fort, Bhanjano Hills, Siyot Caves etc.

7. Zanskar, Jammu & Kashmir

Zanskar, J&K
Picturesque views of Zanskar, J&K

This time in January, catch the nature at its fluffiest as you walk the thick sheet of snow at Zanskar. Chadar Trek, known as the most frightening trek in the Himalayas will test your swiftness to the core. This trek in the Zanskar range is a living legend made up of breathtaking trails coated with thick snow sheets on the frozen lake. Winter is the time when the entire valley is immersed by a pristine white sheet clearly making it among the best places to visit in India in January.

How to Reach: Leh is the nearest airport to Zanskar. Banihal railhead is 167 km from Zanskar. Regular buses also go from main North Indian cities to Zanskar.

Attractions: Patnitop, Drang Drung glacier, Phuktal monastery, Panikhar, and Zongkhu

8. Delhi

India Gate in Delhi

Nothing beats the magic of Delhi in the month of January. Vibrant festivals, beautiful people, and one national carnival (Republic Day parade) – Delhi charms its visitors in more than one ways, every winter. It is this magic that puts Delhi in the bracket of the best destinations in India in January. The parade displays numerous elements of India and contends the watchers with its sheer excellence and fine execution. India Art Fair is another looked-for event for art enthusiasts that catch their fancy. And the Dilli ki Sardi in winter is to die for!

How to Reach: Indira Gandhi International Airport connects Delhi with other major cities across India and the world. New Delhi Railway Station connects to all different parts of the country. There are buses on the roadways that cover most of the important cities acrossIndia.

Where To Stay: The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi, Le Meridian New Delhi, etc.  For more hotels, take a look at cheap hotels in Delhi here. (can give a link)

Attractions: The Red Fort, Qutub Minar, India Gate, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb, Akshardham, Lotus Temple, Jantar Mantar etc.

9. Daman and Diu

Daman and Diu
Relaxing views of the beaches in Daman and Diu

Once known as a soothing retreat for Portuguese, Daman still remains a major source of attraction for tourists. The calm environs, quaint sea beaches and mild weather of January set up this place perfectly and put it on the list of top holiday destinations in India in January. It’s the same time when Festa De Diu, Asia’s longest beach festival, takes place and the whole Diu is adorned like a bride.

How to Reach: Airport on Diu Island makes it easily accessible by air from other major Indian cities. Una is the nearest railways station from Diu and is also well connected by roads to other important cities of the country.

Attractions: Jampore Beach, Moti Daman Fort, Jetty Garden, Bom Jesus Church, Nani Daman Jetty etc.

10. Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands

If you are looking for a place to escape from the lazy winters, then Andaman Island is the one of the best places to visit in India in January. The place is comparatively warm and thus, travelers can enjoy a peaceful vacation in privacy. The month of January is a good time to enjoy the marine life. Do not miss some exciting activities in Havelock Island such as snorkeling and various water sports.

How to Reach: Veer Savarkar International Airport is the nearest airport from Andaman. There is a Sea Port at Andaman where ships are available from Chennai, Kolkata, Visakhapatnam.W

Attractions: Cellular Jail National Memorial, Turquoise water of Andaman Island, Radhanagar Beach, Museum Circuit, Water Sports Complex etc.

All of these places have different specialties that make them the best domestic destinations to visit in India. So, contact and book exclusive winter deals today. We also have all-inclusive winter holiday deals that feature the best accommodation andsightseeing packages.  

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