Fascinating Places to Visit in January in India

Swati Arora August 13, 2019

Looking for the best destination to enjoy New Year with a perfect vacation? Fret not, here’s a list of top 10 amazing places to be visited in January in India. These places you can add to your bucket list to celebrate New Year with your family and friends. From East to West and North to South, we have selected the best places to make your vacation impeccable in every manner. From the most challenging trekking to the sparkling beaches, from backwaters to mountains, every single place is listed in this article.

Have a look at the best places to visit in January in India.

Jammu & Kashmir

The voyage to paradise on Earth is possible only in Kashmir. The enchanting beauty of the Himalayas, landscape, and frozen lakes will make you fall in love with the place. However, Kashmir is beautiful in summer also but winter in Kashmir offers breathtaking views. Nothing can be as beautiful as this lovely tourist place is. Destinations like Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Srinagar and Sonmarg are the most visited place in January in Kashmir.  The entire valley gets covered with snow where you can have lots of fun in winters.

Places of Attractions: Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Anantnag, Shalimar Garden, Yousmarg

Things to do: Shikara Ride, Gondola Ride, Trek Chadar Lake, Stay in Houseboat, Shopping, Skiing, River Rafting

How to reach:-

By Air: Nearest Airport is Srinagar

By Train: Nearest Railway Station is Jammu Tawi Railway Station

By Road: Hire any state/private bus or drive yourself. Buses from major cities like Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Kolkata are easily available to Kashmir.


January is the perfect time to visit Shimla when the place is thronged by tourist to experience snow and indulge in various adventure activities. It is also the best place to visit in January in India for the honeymoon as the hill station looks highly attractive in winters. Shimla in winter is snowy-magical and one of the exquisite places to visit in India. Tourist loves to visit this place for snowfall as the place offers mesmerizing views of the snow-covered mountains. Do visit this place during Christmas and New Year Eve to experience the best of your Shimla trip.

Places of Attractions: Christ Church, Jakhoo Temple, The Ridge, Tatta Pani River Rafting, Mall Road, Shimla Golf Course

Things to do: Ice Skating, Ropeway ride, Storll at the ridge, Yak ride

How to reach:-

By Air: Jubbarhatii is the nearest Airport

By Train: Kalka is the nearest Railway Station

By Road: Hire any state/private bus or drive yourself. Places like New Delhi and Chandigarh offer easy connectivity through the bus to Shimla.


It is one of the favorite tourist destinations for most of the people in India. The presence of archetypal monasteries, iconic churches, bustling bazaars, little gompas, traditional handicrafts with quite atmosphere and peaceful ambiance, Kalimpong is the perfect place to visit in January. The place offers a panoramic view of great Himalayan ranges where you would love to spend your winter vacation. If you are hunting for a serene yet fun place to visit in January then Kalimpong is the best place for you.

Places of Attractions: Deolo Hill, St. Theresa Catholic Church, Thongsa Gompa, Tharpa Choeling Gompa, Cactus Nursery, Jang Dog Palriffo Brnag Gompa, etc.

Things to do: Visit Deolo Hill, Cactus Nursery, Gompas, Sightseeing, appretiate the colonial architecture, Savour local goodies.

How to reach:-

By Air: Bagdogra is the nearest airport

By Train: New Jalpaiguri is the nearest Railway Station

By Road: Hire any state/private bus or drive yourself. Direct buses connect the city from neighboring states like Darjeeling, Bagdogra, Gangtol and Siliguri


The beauty of Auli is ineffable where apple orchards, pine trees and old oaks enhance the glamour of the place. In January, Auli becomes a major destination for tourist during winters and especially in December and January when snow can be enjoyed with astonishing views. Enjoy trekking to numerous sites and spellbinding views of snow-capped mountains in winter. Enjoy skiing activity in full covered snow and have unlimited fun at this place.

Places of Attractions: Auli Ropeway, Narshigh Temple, Auli Artifical Lake, Gorson Bugyal, Kwai Bugyal, Chattrakund, Chenab Lake

Things to do: Skiing, Joshimath, Auli Artifical Lake, Ropeway Ride, Camping, Trek

How to reach:-

By Air: Jolly Grant is the nearest Airport

By Train: Haridwar is the nearest railway station

By Road: Catch a bus from Haridwar to Auli.

Andaman & Nicobar

This place is mostly loved and visited by honeymoon couples and known as one of the out-of-the-world places in the World.  It is also the best places to visit in January in India where turquoise water, quaint beaches and silky sand welcomes every tourist. Havelock Island is the best place to enjoy nature and give you a treat for the vacation. The beauty of nature can be enjoyed to the best at Havelock Island that gives a heavenly feeling to all. Enjoy the crystal blue water of the Elephant beach and Kalapather beach and indulge in scuba diving, deep sea diving and snorkeling.

Places of Attraction: Forest Museum, Cellular Jail, Gandhi Park, Diglipur Island, Havlock Island, Fisheries Museum, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex

Things to do: Scuba Diving, Candle Light Dinner, Boat Ride, Kayaking, Sea Plane Ride, Snorkelling

How to reach:-

By Air: Port Blair is the nearest airport

By Water: Ship and Cruise are available from Cities like Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam


Goa is one of the smallest states yet visited by the tourist on a large number. Its pristine beaches, luscious food and Portuguese heritage attract everyone to this place. The numerous beaches of Goa attract honeymoon couples also. It is the best place to visit in January in India when various festivals like Goa Lokotsav and India Yoga Festival is celebrated all over the city. Visit various churches, old-style bungalows, play casino, enjoy at beach shacks and taste the excellent seafood at elegant cafes.

Places of Attractions: Calangute beach, Baga beach, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Aguada Fort, Vagator Beach, Mangeshi Temple, Colva Beach, Se Cathedral, Reis Mogos Fort, River Cruise, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, etc

Things to do: Watching Sunset and Sunrise, Water Sports, Eating Seafood, Walk on the seaside, Scuba Diving, Paragliding, Sport Fishing, Houseboat tour, Cruise, Bird watching, etc.

How to reach:-

By Air: Dabolim is the nearest airport

By Train: Major railway station is Madgaon and Vasco-da-gama

By Road: Nearest Bus stand is Kadamba


Kerela is indeed one of the most exquisite places in India to visit in January. The glittering backwaters, long coastlines, beautiful culture, sprawling tea gardens and colorful dance forms together make the Kerela state beautiful to be visited by tourist. This is one of the best places to visit in January in India where you can bask in the sun, trek to Munnar hill station, go boating and explore the vibrant culture of the state. Get indulge in various dance forms, music and buy alluring handicrafts. The calm green atmosphere will surely mesmerize you by its nature. Enjoy a visit to this paradise amidst beautiful rivers, lush green spaces and lovely hills.

Places of Attractions: Thekkady, Kovalam, Allepey, Bekal, Poovar, Ponmudi, Thrissur, Varkala, Idukki, Kasargod, Munroe Island, Guruvayur, beaches, temple, etc.

Things to do: Snake Boar Race, Cruise, Fishing, Ayurvedic Treatment, Watch Kathakali, paragliding, Bide ride, Bird Watching, Village tour, Performance, Shikara Boat ride, Catch Theyyam Ritual in action, etc

How to reach:-

By Air: Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi are the 2 airports in South and Central Kerela

By Train: Trains forms Delhi, Chennai, Calcutta, and Bangalore are easily available to Kerela cites

By Road: Reach Kerela through NH 17, 47 and 49. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are well connected to Kerala


What could be better than enjoying a new year in the land of culture Rajasthan? January is a very special month to visit Rajasthan when a bundle of fairs and festivals welcomes every tourist. The pleasant weather, colorful festivals, amazing sights, and a variety of activities will make your vacation perfect in January. Rajasthan in January is blessed with the vibrant history, culture and heritage which you must explore during your visit to this city. There are many places to visit in Rajasthan in January including Jodhpur, Pushkar, Bikaner, Jaipur, etc.

Places of Attraction: Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Brahma Temple of Pushkar, Bharatpur’s Keoladeo National Park, 

Things to do: Take part in cultural festivals, visit forts & temples, hot air ballooning safari, enjoy street food, enjoy camel festival and International Kite festival, shopping, camel safari, etc.

How to reach:-

By Air: Jaipur International Airport is the nearest

By Train: Trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and other places are easily available to the destination

By Road: Reach Jaipur/Udaipur via NH8. A four-lane road easily connects Agra to Jaipur

Daman & Diu

Daman and Diu is one of the best places to visit in January in India when the ambiance is magnificent and climate is pleasant. Winter season is the best time to travel Daman and Diu when the landscape is refreshed and sea is calm. You can try out different water sports when the sky is clear blue and ocean currents are mild making weather perfect for romantic walks. Make sure to book your air tickets in advance as the season is on and you might not get tickets on your desirable date.

Places of Attractions: Diu Fort, Gomtimata Beach, St. Paul’s Church, Naida Caves, Seashells Museums, Kadaiya Lake Garden, Devka Beach, Moti Daman Fort, Jampore Beach, Nagoa Beach, Ghoghla Beach, Dominician Monastery, etc.

Things to do: Shopping, eating seafood, horse riding, shopping, adventure sports, sightseeing, boating, swimming, etc

How to reach:-

By Air: Mumbai is the nearest airport; Daman & Diu is 193 km from the airport (Take a flight to Diu from Mumbai)

By Train: Vapi is the nearest railway station

By Road: Road networks are excellent to Damn and Diu, NH8 connects the place from Ahmadabad, Mumbai and Vadodara.

Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

Rann Of Kutch is the best place to visit in January who loves desert and camel ride. Holiday seekers visit this place to see the world’s largest salt desert. December and January are the best months to have a tour to the salt desert where you can also enjoy ‘Rann Utsav’ and experience the culture and colorful aspects of Gujarat. It is one of the most exquisite places where family comes to enjoy a picnic and during vacation. Explore historical and adventure places with the with the salt desert as far as the eyesight goes. It can be a memorable trip for any group of age.

Places of Attractions: Great Rann of Kutch, Kalo Dungar, Topansar Lake, Kandla Port, Mandavi Beach, Kutch Museum, Dholavira, Jain Temple, Aina Mahal, Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, etc

Things to do: Camel Safari, Camping in tents, spot black-headed & few brown-headed gulls, horse ride, etc

How to reach:-

By Air: Bhuj is the nearest airport

By Train: Bhuj is the nearest railway station (70 km from Rann of Kutch)

By Road: Buses from many places in Gujarat and from Mumbai are available to this destination

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