If you are wondering why winter holiday destinations, it is because is the winters are the best time to explore the tourist destinations in India when there's ample respite from heat.
Winters also herald the beginning of the peak season for holidays in India. Not just domestic tourism is at its peak but the visitors from abroad also prefer to travel to India due to the favorable weather.
And while you are surfing for best winter holiday, did you know that it is also the high time for honeymoons in India. So, if you are looking for the same, think of this post as a list of best honeymoon places in India during winters.
Or you may also want to have a look at the 5 honeymoon ideas in Kerala or check out our post on ultimate romantic holiday ideas in India.
However with recent increase in travel related incidences we'd like to recommend that go through our post on how safe is India for woman traveling alone and for general tips it is advisable that you also go through our post on how safe is India for traveling.
Kerala: God's own Country
|A Traditional Rice Barge wades through the Kerala Backwaters|
You name it and Kerala has it: backwaters, beaches, spice gardens, tea plantations, Ayurveda, ecotourism and abundant wildlife. That's why we have chosen Kerala as one of the top winter holiday destinations in India.
For beach lovers its the Kovalam, for backwaters its Thekaddy, Alapuzza and Vembanad. Then there is Munnar's lush tea plantation and salubrious weather.
If you are in for wildlife there is a bird sanctuary in Kumarakom, tiger reserve in Periyar and the world's most biodiverse ecosystem Silent Valley National Park which is home to the largest population of Lion-tailed macaque.
Kerala also happens to be the top destination in India for health and rejuvenation. You could find a number of authentic and world class Ayurveda center that offer therapeutic massages and treatments based on 3000 years old science of healing: Ayurveda.
Goa: Susegado and Siesta
|Se Cathedral of Santa Catarina, Goa|
An innate lackadaisical ambience untypical of India and the cosmopolitan hospitality along with the colonial legacy of Goa make it a truly unique and global beach destination and a famous haunt of global nomads.
There are an array of beaches to be explored, amazing food combined with vibrant nightlife and then there is wildlife, nature and heritage.Winter also rocks as it is the time for Christmas and New Year and people of Goa celebrate both these occasion with great gusto.
For more information on Goa tourism and to plan your trip visit Goa travel guide page of Indian Holiday Pvt Ltd. here: http://www.indianholiday.com/goa/
Kashmir: Paradise on Earth
|Shikara Ride in Dal Lake is a must to do thing if you are traveling to Srinagar|
Kashmir, fondly referred to as the “paradise on earth”, offers scintillating natural beauty. A mesmerizing jewel in the crown of Himalayas, Kashmir is renowned for its lush Mughal Gardens, glittering Dal Lake and picturesque environs.
Some of the most popular destinations in Kashmir include Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Srinagar and Sonamarg.You can see many a newly married couples sailing the Dal Lake in shikaras holding hands in Srinagar or throwing snow balls at each other or making snowmen in Gulmarg and swinging in each other arms as would the newly engaged couple in a Bollywood movie in Pahalgam.
Mughal Gardens in Srinagar are also a major draw among tourists from all part of the world, whereas the Gondola Ride in Gulmarg is favorite activity of couples and families. Adventure enthusiasts from around the globe also head to Gulmarg for excellent skiing opportunity and world class facilities.
And here's something to cheer you up if you are planning a trip to Kashmir: Is Tourism Reviving in Kashmir?
Rajasthan: Land of Maharajas
|Rajasthan is land of desert, forts, palaces and colorful attire|
Maharajas held sway in Rajputana a century ago. Although very, they were great patrons of art and culture. All their idiosyncrasies as well as respect for tradition and art are today evident in numerous mighty fortresses, scintillating palaces, traditional dance and arts.
The capital Jaipur is the most popular place, visited by millions every year. It is closely followed my major tourist places such as Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Ranthambore and Bikaner.
For the lovers of heritage Bundi is a great escape during winters whereas the honeymooners prefer it at the Mount Abu which is the only hill station in the desert state. Pushkar is yet another specialty escape where scores of foreign visitors also pay visit throughout the year.
Our honeymoon tips for people looking for winter destinations in India is to head for the sand dunes in Jaisalmer or Bikaner. Imagine the romance in the ambiance as you sit by the campfire holding each others hand gazing at starlit sky.
Palace which have been turned into heritage hotels are also a big draw when it comes to winter vacations in India. Whereas the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur has been adjudged the best romantic hotel in India, nearby Devigarh by Lebua is a heritage cum boutique hotel which attracts who's who in the world by virtue of its architectural appeal.
If you happen to be visiting Bikaner and want to get a taste of royalty as did Maharajas of yore, then we'd like to recommend Gajner Palace in Bikaner.
Here are our compilation of the 5 best heritage hotels in Rajasthan if you are interested.
|Anadaman is known for its pristine islands and water sport and snorkeling activities|
The islands of Andaman and Nicobar are hilly in places fringed with coconut palm, covered with tropical jungle and interspersed with flat stretches of crescent shaped beaches offering a serene retreat to the travelers.
For those intersested in watersports, snorkeling and scubadiving, Andaman is one of the best place in India to go to. Try Barefoot at Havelock for the best experience of snorkeling and also for once in a lifetime experience of doiving with the lone swimming elephant of Andaman named Rajan.
Enjoy serene moments with your spouse or family or have frolic with kids at the beaches. The beaches and islands of Andamans are the most pristine ones in India. The tropical climate makes it one of the best places in India to visit in winters.
|Bangaram is one of the few islands open for tourism in Lakshadweep|
Dotted with swaying coconut groves, turquoise lagoons, coral reefs, friendly hospitality and salubrious climatic conditions, Lakshadweep is fast becoming a global beach destination in India. This pristine island is ideal for honeymoon, marine exploration and water sports.
|Rohtang becomes the center of adventure activities during winters|
Whereas Kullu is relatively low lying area with lush natural surroundings, Manali is a place where couples could enjoy adventure sports and frolic in snow.
Then there are ancient temples, opportunity for paragliding etc and picturesque ambiance that makes Manali a favored destination even during winters.
Honeymooners in Manali also prefer to head for Rohtang Pass nearby where there's ample opportunity for snow sports.
Kullu is one of the best places in India to visit in October as the Dussehra festivities add to the fun of holiday. To experience snowfall, Manali is one of the top places to visit in in November, December and January.
Shimla: Queen of Hills
|Beauty of Shimla multiplies fourfold during Winter|
Considered one of the best hill stations in India, Shimla could be visited anytime of the year. Winters are fun in Shimla as there's snowfall which add to the romantic appeal of the place. It also gets bit cold which keeps of the crowd making it the best time and one o the best places for honeymoon in India with some sense of privacy and thrill and adventure of snow.
The mall road in Shimla is packed with couples during winters. Adventure enthusiasts also head to Shimla for hiking activities which is one of the things to do in here. Then there are people who visit Shimla for its colonial charm and to explore the seamless blend of tradition and modernity.
The luxe lovers visit Shimla for the award winning Wildflower Hall located at Mashobara. One of the finest luxury hotels and spa destinations in India, Wildflower Hall is one of the best heritage hotels in India. The most alluring factor is that this hotel is located in Himalayas and offer breathtaking views and serene escape and one of its king luxury in the lap of Himalayas.
Dharamsala and Mcleodganj
|Trekking to nearby peaks and mountain passes is most popular activity in Dharamsala and McLeodganj|
As soon as you arrive in McLeodganj, everything changes. The weather, ambience, the crowd and the culture. McLeodganj is thronged by Lamas, foreigners both resident and visitors and tourists from India.
The snowcapped mountain paks of Dauladhar creates breathtaking scenery and there are plenty of hiking trails that begins with McLeodganj as the base.With increasing popularity, McLeodganj has become touristy these days but is a very good option as a winter holiday destination in India.
Lesser people visit during winter. And you may try staying at Naddi or Dharamkot for serenity and proximity to nature. This 2 relatively unknown places are the haven for honeymooners looking to have a memorable beginning of their married life.
Why not try the hike to Triund and spend the night in the camps surrounded by snow. We promise that the first rays of sun would leave you with indelible memories.
Winter could be fun any where in Himachal Pradesh as there so many places to visit and numerous things to do. Check out our travel tips on things to do in Himachal Pradesh.
Delhi: A Tale of Two Cities
|Red Fort is a World Heritage Site and one of the top places to visit in Delhi|
Delhi also houses 3 fascinating World Heritage Sites: Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Qutb Minar Group of Monuments. A city of contrast, Delhi’s diversity manifests itself in the old world charm of the walled city and modern Lutyen’s Delhi.
Recently constructed Lotus Temple and Akshardham Temple are spectacular monuments high on the list of to do things in Delhi.
Delhi is also known for some of the top hotels by international brands which offer great venue for business as well as a refuge from the din of the city to let you rejuvenate. So if you are looking for that oomp factor and exclusivity, here are our recommended 5 best luxury hotels in Delhi.
One of the best ways to explore Delhi is by opting for one of the Golden Triangle Tour Packages.
If you are interested, here's our list of top 10 places to visit in Delhi.
Khajuraho & Orchha
|World Heritage SIte of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh were constructed during Chandela Dynasty's rule|
However the erotic carvings are just the outward appearance as the inside depicts yet another world of spirituality and abstinence. It is believed that the temple architecture represents the phases of life and that one should have all the worldly pleasure before he could be wise to abdicate them and step into a more enlightened state and be one with god...something that is very close to how Siddhartha become Buddha.
Nearby, Orchha is a veritable pastoral delihgt. he claim to fame of this tiny little hamlet in Madhya Pradesh is temple spires and chattris (cenotaphs) along with the exquisitely carved Jahangir Mahal, a specimen of finest art of Bundela paintings.
|A Lady at Parag Mahal Bhuj|
To have the best experience of holiday in Gujarat we recommend that you visit this cultural capital of India during the great Runn Mahaotsav to catch a glimpse of the state in its microcosm.
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Contributed by Nikhil Chandra