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Kick starting the new year with a vacation is indeed a great plan to refresh your mind. Fret not, here is a comprehensive list of some lesser known destinations you can add to your bucket list to welcome the new year with.
From the most challenging terrains to the smoothest sand beaches, from north to south and east to west, on sea and on land, the eternal travel enthusiast’s guide to winter vacationing begins here.
Kalimpong is one of the hidden gems of the east, especially known among travel enthusiasts as one of the honeymoon destinations to be flourished in January in India. Snuggling in the heaviest woolens during January the view of the Teesta river valley is a remedy for every eye aching with the mundane metropolitan sites.
The Galinka and Crockety bungalows built during the British regime which happens to be exemplary specimens of colonial architecture should be your choice of accommodation for the best facilities and experience. The Morgan House is also an option if economizing is an agenda on your trip here. January can be an extremely cool and frosty, but the view of the panoramic snow-capped mountains is worth the cold.
The picturesque town of Dalhousie looks magnificent in January with its snow flake covered Deodar forests. The view looks absolutely incredible. The town was established in 1854 by the British Rulers and is located in the western ranges of the Himalayas at an average elevation of 1,970 meters above sea level.
The town is still exemplary of neatly planned streets and colonial-era architecture of the buildings that are a marvel to witness amidst the lush green surroundings and snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The places that will attract your eyes more are Khajjar, Kalatop Wildlife Reserve, Ganji Pahari, Dainkund Peak
This gorgeous winter destination becomes a ramp opened to the chilly breeze with a view of snow-capped mountains. Additionally, all the trekking enthusiasts must visit Dalhousie in December to attend the National Himalayan Winter Trekking Expedition
Located in Uttarakhand, Auli may also be catagorized as the snow paradise for once and all. The small snow fit, located in the Chamoli district of ‘Dev Bhoomi’ at a height of 2,500 meters, has the charm to become a fantastic gateway of being one of the best seasonal starters among those who want to look beyond its commercial counterparts.
In this month, the temperature paradigm drops to sub-zero levels. Hence the heaviest parkas and pashminas are a must have if you are planning to visit. Apart from skiing, various other excursions like trekking, visiting the world’s highest man-made lake or spiritual enlightenment with the views of some major Hindu pilgrimage points, like Nanda Devi and Mount Neelkanth are what makes Auli is one of the exclusive destinations to visit in the winters.
Known as the “Isle of Calm” in Portuguese, Diu is well known as a fantastic holiday gateway for those who want to have a relaxing time far away from the hustle and bustle of cities. Though being a popular destination among travel addicts, it’s generally not that much crowded. The place also carries an immense heritage value of Portuguese architecture, food, and even the culture. There are plenty of historic forts, churches, and temples that one can visit while here.
The beaches of Diu are so breathtaking in January that you’ve to see it to believe it. The temperature usually ranges 16 degrees to 23 degree Celsius. Bonfire on the fabulous beaches creates wonders. Also, being a major fishing town, an abundance of seafood is available here, much to the delight of the sea-food lovers.
Enjoy the blend of Portuguese and local culture, relax on the sandy shores and dig into the lip-smacking food. It’s one of the best places to visit in January in India. The uncharted union territory of India also celebrates Festa De Diu—Asia’s longest beach festivals, as a welcome note to the new year which can accompany you with a blast of excitement and amusement in your trip to the place.
Andaman and Nicobar islands are a must-visit, especially in January. Most of the New Year’s Eve crowd vibrates their party mood here as the place serves with evergreen beach’s delight. A part of this experience is the 10-day long Island Tourism Festival that usually starts on January 5th and comprises with enormous amusing events like exhibitions, dances and song performances as well as adventure sports like parasailing and surfing among others.
An intriguing part of these two twin islands is Havelock Island, which depicts the perfect combination of the culture, ambiance and the people of Andaman & Nicobar Islands in a nutshell.
One of the most beautiful aspects of these islands is that sea animals, like dolphins, turtles and bigger fishes are friendly with the coastal people and are often seen without much difficulty. Snorkeling is also one of the major attractions here. With temperatures not hovering over 28 degrees and a pleasant air drifting all day, it’s one of the places to give an excellent start to the year in India.
If you desire for a refreshing start of your year with the sweet breeze and delicious cuisines of sea beach, then you don’t need any particular reason to go to Goa. A perfect holiday destination for a good start of the season with ultimate beach parties, new year’s eve events, see food exhibitions, tremendous night-life, exciting bike rides that’s what Goa in January is all about.
Take a walk along the beaches or simply detox yourself by participating in the India Yoga Festival (January 4 to January 8) where 25 renowned yoga teachers will teach you to be one with yourself. The ultimate attraction to freshen up your body, mind and soul to give a great start to your entire year.
Inscribed by UNESCO as one of the World’s Heritage Site, Khajuraho group of Monuments are recognized across the globe for their carved temples. The sculptures of Khajuraho are considered symbolically to represent the motif of Kamasutra, the traditional Indian text on consummation.
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. In January, the pleasant atmosphere along with the incredible beauty of architecture creates the perfect blend to attract your traveler heart towards it.
Kalpetta, a premier small town with the total area of little more than 40-42 square kilometers, is located in the Wayand district of God’s Own Country, Kerala. If you have a particular fondness towards aromatic spices and the enchanting national beverages of tea and coffee, then this is just the best place for you. Large coffee and tea plantations, preceded by high mountain peaks are the ultimate attraction of this location.
January is a peak time for tourists. One thing you shouldn’t miss while in Kalpetta is the Wayanad Flower Show, held every year in the months of January. The misty mountains and cooler plains jointly create the perfect blend of attraction and comfort for those who want to enjoy the real flavors of nature with a spectacular experience.
The peaks of snow-mountains on bright mornings part the dense clouds and soar into the skies. Beneath the skies of a world submerged, lies a lost kingdom. Ladakh, the roof of the world attracts tourist with all its grandeur. At an excellent altitude, this spot tends to bridge up the earth and the sky. Ladakh is where the forces of nature render an incredible landscape of extremes: desert and blue waters.
The crystal blue ice and the hills on the backdrop will revitalize you with the split of enjoyment. The only frozen ice trek in India becomes more attractive in January. The extreme adventures of the Chadar trek couples with -14 degree Celsius temperature. There are other amazing treks besides Chadar namely—Sham trek, Liker to Khaltse trek and Samboo to Khalsar. Too daring an adventure? Worry not, take a cup of hot chocolate and unwind in the God’s paradise.
Surrounded by lush green hills, dense forests, and beautiful lakes, Ooty, the Queen of Hill Stations, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India and has been so since the days of the British. It’s one of the places you to visit in January in India, owing to it’s fresh and misty weather then. The place is a delight for nature lovers as it is extremely rich in flora and fauna.
The numerous lakes in and around Ooty provide some of the most picturesque picnic spots in the area. Among the tourist attractions in Ooty, the Rose Garden, the Botanical gardens, the tea plantations, and a visit to the colonial era buildings is a must.
The most famous hill station south of the Vindhyas, Ootacamund’s resplendent tea plantations and red-roofed bungalows still carry echoes of its colonial past. Originally a densely forested area in the Nilgiri mountains, Ooty was made by colonial rulers as a seasonal holiday gateway. The place still carries this legacy with increasing tourist crowd in the month of January every year.