Embrace The Chill: Top Winter Getaways In India

Get your warm clothes out of the wardrobe, pull your boots up as winter is here, and these destinations in India are not to be missed this time
Kanatal, Mussoorie
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As winter blankets the subcontinent with its icy embrace, there's a magical transformation that takes place in India. From the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas to the misty hills of the Western Ghats, India offers a plethora of winter wonderlands for travellers seeking solace and adventure in the chill. If you're ready to embrace the chill, here's a list of the top winter getaways in India that promise unforgettable experiences amidst the cold.

Auli, Uttarakhand

Auli in October
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Imagine gliding down the powdery snow, feeling the cool breeze on your face, and admiring the stunning vistas around you—that's what Auli has to offer. A town in Uttarakhand, Auli is a winter wonderland that leaves visitors spellbound with its majestic snow-capped peaks, pristine surroundings, and world-class skiing slopes. With an elevation of 2,500 to 3,050 meters above sea level, the town is a paradise for thrill-seekers who love to hit the slopes. And if you're lucky enough, you may even witness some of the exciting skiing events that take place here.

Getting There

The nearest airport to Auli is Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun. From there, you can take a taxi or a bus to Joshimath, the base town for Auli. The journey may take 6 to 7 hours, depending on the traffic and road conditions. You can take a cable car or a road to Auli from Joshimath. Another way is to reach here by train, the nearest railway station being in Haridwar.

Kutch, Gujarat

The white desert of Gujarat
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The Rann of Kutch, located in Gujarat, is a vast salt desert that transforms into a magical wonderland during winter. The region comes alive with cultural festivities, and the desert's white expanse is a sight to behold. You can witness stunning sunsets and sunrises and even camp under the starry skies. The Rann of Kutch is also home to a range of wildlife, including flamingos and wild asses, which you can spot during your visit.

Getting There

The nearest airport and railway station to the Rann of Kutch is in Bhuj. From there you will need to hire a private vehicle or board public transport.

Nainital, Uttarakhand

Governor's house
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Nainital, often called the "Lake District of India," is a delightful winter escape. The town is known for its serene lakes, including Naini Lake, where you can enjoy boating amidst snow-covered landscapes. Don't forget to visit Snow View Point for panoramic vistas and experience the Naina Devi Temple's spiritual aura.

Getting There

You can reach here from the Pantnagar Airport or the Kathgodam railway station. You can drive your own car or hire a taxi to reach Nainital from various parts of India. You can also take a bus from nearby cities such as Delhi, Dehradun, Almora, Haldwani, and others.


Beach in Goa
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With its sun-kissed beaches, swaying palms, and vibrant culture, Goa is a destination that promises to steal your heart away. As the temperatures drop in the rest of the country, Goa comes alive with its warm tropical climate, making it the perfect winter getaway. Whether you're a beach bum, a culture vulture, or a nature lover, Goa has something for everyone. From the buzzing nightlife of Baga and Calangute to the serene and secluded beaches of Palolem and Agonda, you'll be spoilt for choice.

Getting There

You can fly to the Dabolim Airport, about 30 km from Panaji, the capital of Goa, or take a train to Madgaon or Vasco da Gama, the nearest railway stations to Goa. If you are a fan of road trips, consider hopping on your vehicle to reach Goa.

Munnar, Kerala

Munnar in winters
Munnar in wintersWikimediaCommons

While most associate Kerala with sunny beaches and backwaters, Munnar offers a different, equally enchanting experience in winter. The hill station boasts lush green tea gardens and a cool climate, perfect for treks, nature walks, and birdwatching. The town comes alive during the winter with the Neelakurinji flower bloom, a once-in-12-years phenomenon.

Getting There

The nearest airport to Munnar is the Cochin International Airport, about 73 km away. You can hire a taxi or a private vehicle from there. The closest railway stations are Aluva, Ernakulam and Madurai at a distance of 110, 130 and 135 km, respectively.

Wayanad, Kerala

Wayanad at dawn
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As winter sets in, Wayanad comes alive with its natural wonders, waiting to be explored. The majestic Chembra Peak, the tranquil Pookode Lake, and the mesmerising Meenmutty Falls are just a few of the many attractions that will take your breath away. And if that's not enough, the local cuisine is a gastronomical delight, with its unique blend of spices and flavours that will tantalise your taste buds. To top it off, the charming coffee and spice plantations that dot the lush landscape are a must-visit for those seeking a true rural experience.

Getting There

The nearest airport to Wayanad is the Calicut International Airport, which is about 65 km away, and the nearest railway station is Kozhikode, which is about 90 km away. From these places, you can reach Wayanad by cab or bike. Wayanad also has a good road network that connects it with nearby cities and states.

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jal Mahal, Jaipur
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With its beautiful architecture, rich history, and vibrant markets, Jaipur is a city that never fails to impress. During the winter months, the weather in Jaipur is mild and pleasant, making it an ideal time to explore the city's numerous attractions, including Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, and Amer Fort.

Getting There

Jaipur has an international airport connects it with major cities in India and abroad. You can find flights to Jaipur from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, and other cities. Numerous trains come to Jaipur from major cities and states in India. It is well-connected with an excellent and extensive network of roads and highways such as NH8, NH11 and NH12.

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