30 Best Places To Visit In January In India On Your 2021 Vacation!


Soon as the new year dawns upon us, we get busy streamlining our resolutions and traveling mostly features at the top of the bucket list. Helping you further with the wish list, here are a few places to visit in January in India that get better as the winter season peaks. The lush green environs breathe life around, and the chill in the air infuses positivity, which makes India an ideal destination to explore in the month of January. Be it walking on the frozen lake in Zanskar, or beholding the magnificent Republic Day parade in Delhi; sailing over the turquoise water in Dawki or attending the coveted Jaipur Literature Festival India presents the best of the best in January.

Post the lockdown, there are several places in India that have lifted all the regulations regarding the quarantine. Some of such safe places to visit in January in India during covid where you can enter without a COVID-19 negative report includes Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Gujarat.

Top 30 Places To Visit In January 2021 In India

With this list of the 30 best places to visit in India in January, you’ll have your priorities sorted and you’ll be able to close the destination you wish the conquer next.

  • Zanskar, Jammu And Kashmir
  • Auli, Uttarakhand
  • Delhi
  • Jaipur, Rajasthan
  • Kutch, Gujarat
  • Diu, Daman And Diu
  • Goa
  • Munnar-Alleppey-Thekkady, Kerala
  • Mamallapuram-Madurai, Tamil Nadu
  • Andaman And Nicobar
  • Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  • Sirpur, Chhattisgarh
  • Puri, Bhubaneshwar
  • Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Dawki, Shillong
  • Mawsynram, Shillong
  • Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
  • Pondicherry
  • Nainital, Uttarakhand
  • Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
  • Darjeeling, West Bengal
  • Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
  • Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand
  • Chikmagalur, Karnataka
  • Udaipur, Rajasthan
  • Alibaug, Maharashtra
  • Coorg, Karnataka
  • Ooty, Tamil Nadu
  • Gokarna
  • Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

1. Zanskar, Jammu And Kashmir

Trek to Phuktal Monastery, Zanskar
Trek to Phuktal Monastery, Zanskar

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This January, catch the nature at its fluffiest as you walk the thick sheet of snow, endure the piercing wind, and contain the elusive at one of the best places to visit in January 2021. Chadar Trek- the most daunting trek in the Himalayas will test your agility to the core. The trek located 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 and the Himalayan range is engulfed by a pristine white sheet clearly making it one of the places to go in January in India. The difficulty level, along with the thrill of walking on the snow, makes it one of the top contenders among the best places to visit in India in January.

Places to visit in Zanskar: Patnitop, Phuktal monastery, Drang Drung glacier, Panikhar, and Zongkhul

Things to do in Zanskar: Trekking, paragliding, river rafting, and rock climbing

How to reach Zanskar
By air: Leh is the nearest airport
By train: Banihal railhead is 167 km from Zanskar
By road: Regular buses run from major North Indian cities to Zanskar

2. Auli, Uttarakhand

Skiers skiing in Auli
Skiers skiing in Auli

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Also known as the skiing destination of India, Auli wears almost all shades of nature to become one of the favorite tourist places in India in January. The hill station – adorned with snow and ladened with adventure – has everything awesome about it that makes people drool over the idea of exploring it.

Apart from skiing, Auli also offers the raw view of Nanda Devi range and other fine architecture of nature that includes pristine rivers and lush greenery. Auli is certainly the place to visit in North India in January. Choose from a range of Uttarakhand tour packages that are completely customisable as per your requirement.

Places to visit in Auli: Kwani Bugyal, Trishul peak, Rudraprayag, Joshimath, and Chenab lake

Things to do in Auli: Skiing, trekking, riding a cable, catch the 180-degree view of Nanda Devi range.

How to reach Auli
By air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport
By train: Nearest railway station is Rishikesh
By road: State transport buses from Haridwar and Rishikesh are available

Places To Stay: Dwarika, Barahbeesh Villa, Kanasar Ecolodge – A Traditional Jaunsary Homestay, Apple Farm Stay, Zostel Homes Kotkhai

Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

Don’t forget to attend the national skiing championship in the month of January

3. Delhi

A morning ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan
A morning ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan

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(Disclaimer: Avoid visiting Delhi in the month of November 2019 due to high levels of pollution observed.)

Nothing beats the charm of Delhi in the month of January. Beautiful people, vibrant festivals, and one national carnival – the capital city of India charm its visitors in more than one ways, every winter. It is this charm that puts Delhi in the bracket of the best destinations in India in January.

While the Mughlai delicacies of Old Delhi tickles the taste buds, the fine ancient architecture of medieval era leaves you in awe. But if I had to underline one thing that compels anyone to visit the city in January, it has to be the Republic Day parade. The parade exhibits numerous elements of India and grapples the onlookers with its sheer excellence and fine execution. India Art Fair is another awaited event for art enthusiasts that catches their fancy. And the Delhi winter is to die for!

Places to visit in Delhi: Historical monuments, architecture, and Baoli in Mehrauli, Akshardham Mandir, Jama Masjid, Iskcon temple near East of Kailash, Lotus temple, and Lutyens Delhi

Things to do in Delhi: Watch the Republic Day parade at India Gate, go shopping at Karol Bagh, Sarojini Nagar, try Mughlai delicacies in Old Delhi, and explore the Tibetan settlement at Majnu Ka Tila

How to reach Delhi
By air: Indira Gandhi International Airport connects Delhi with other major cities across India and world
By train: New Delhi Railway Station is an important junction, which is well connected to different part of the country
By road: Delhi roadways buses cover most of the important cities across the North and Central India

Places To Stay: The LaLiT New Delhi, Park Plaza Shahdara, Hotel Imperial , Shangri – La’s – Eros Hotel, Hotel Star Paradise

Ideal Duration: 3-5 days

4. Jaipur, Rajasthan

Beautiful prop set up at Jaipur Literature Festival
Beautiful prop set up at Jaipur Literature Festival

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The capital city of Rajasthan evokes an aura of nonchalant charm and imperial regalia, something that the royal state has thrived on since ages. The pink city wears an even darker shade in the month of January, which makes it one of the favorite tourist places to visit in India in January.

Jaipur Literature Festival is a huge confluence of literature enthusiasts and book snobs that take place in the month of January. Besides, Jaipur boasts of imposing forts and palaces that make the sparkling grandeur of the city. Go on, book your Rajasthan tour package, and take a dip in the royal madness and live the excellence!

Places to visit in Jaipur: Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort religious, Jantar Mantar, Chokhi Dhani, and Birla Mandir are among the most popular tourist places in Jaipur.

Things to do in Jaipur: Attend Bikaner camel fair in Bikaner located at a distance of 335 km. Time taken to reach Bikaner from Jaipur by road is 5 hours.

Kumbhalgarh festival, experience the tranquility of Ram Nivas Garden and enjoy a hot air balloon ride. Other interesting activities are paragliding, camping, and jeep safari. Kumbalgarh is located at a distance of 345 km from Jaipur. Time taken to reach Kumbhalgarh from Jaipur by road is 5.75 hours.

How to reach Jaipur
By air: Jaipur airport is located at a distance of 12 km from the heart of the city
By train: Jaipur Railway Station is right in the city which connects Jaipur to other major Indian cities.
By road: Rajasthan state road transport buses operate in tandem with Delhi and other major cities of Rajasthan

Places To Stay: The Lalit Jaipur, Zone By The Park, Bani Park , Radisson Jaipur City Center, Karuna Niwas

Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

5. Kutch, Gujarat

People enjoying camel cart ride in Rann of Kutch
People enjoying camel cart ride in Rann of Kutch

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Comprising of the upper half of the westernmost state of India, Kutch is another exciting place to visit in India in January. Apart from white desert which acts as a major source of tourism in the state, there are other forts and historical buildings that catches the fancy of a travel freak.

Kutch is blessed with rich flora and fauna, and also happens to be one of the favorite residing places for migratory birds who flock to the place especially during winters. Rann Utsav and International Kite Festivals act as the primary allure.

Places to visit in Kutch: White desert/Rann of Kutch, Centre for Desert and Ocean, Darbargadh, Kachchh Museum, Wildlife Sanctuary, Aaina Mahal

Things to do in Kutch: Attend Rann Utsav, International kite festival, watch the beautiful birds walking on the beach in Mandvi, stay in the eco-resorts and homestays, visit- Nirona, Nakhatrana, Khavda, Bhujodi and Ajrakhpur, Dhordo and Hodka- villages popular for handicraft

How to reach Kutch
By air: Bhuj Airport is the nearest flight strip to Kutch
By train: Kutch Railway Station is the nearest railhead
By road: Bus services from nearby and major cities of Gujarat is convenient and simple

Places To Stay: Radisson, Rann Resort Dholavira, HOTEL CENTRE POINT, The Fern Residency Mundra, Royal Guest House

Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

6. Diu, Daman And Diu

Diu Island – Most cultural of the best islands in India
Diu Island – Most cultural of the best islands in India

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Once a pacifying retreat for the Portuguese, Diu remains a major source of attraction for tourists who look forward to a soothing retreat far away from the madding crowd. The quaint sea beaches, calm environs and placid weather of January set up this place perfectly and puts it on the list of best places to visit in India in January.

It’s around the same time of the year that Festa De Diu- Asia’s longest beach festival, takes place and during this time, the whole Diu is adorned like a bride. The picturesque territory and amazing weather call you to Diu.

Places to visit in Diu: Nagoa beach, Shell museum, Jalandhar shrine, Diu Fort, Gangeshwar temple

Things to do in Diu: Bonfire on beach, camping with friends, attend Festa De Diu, boat tour kiosk, party at Casa Luxo bar, go birdwatching, try cave hopping, and indulge in water activities

How to reach Diu
By air: Airport on Diu island makes it easily accessible by air from other major Indian cities
By train: Una is the nearest railways station 12 km from Diu
By road: Ahmedabad is 370 km by road, which is well connected to other important cities of the country

Places To Stay: Krishna Beach Resorts, HOTEL SHIVAM, Hotel Apaar, Dream Vision Guest House

Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

7. Goa

Wooden cottage with sea view in Goa
Wooden cottage with sea view in Goa

India’s most celebrated holiday destination and the fulcrum of bachelors’ most awaited tour plan is at its prime in winters. While vibrant colors of beach fashion essentials adorn the place; palm-fringed beaches make it one of the most favorite places to visit in January in India.

A popular settlement of the Portuguese, Goa has plenty of attractions to offer during the month of January. India Yoga Festival and Goa Lokotsav remain the highlight of popular activities to attend in Goa in January.

Places to visit in Goa: Basilica of Bom Jesus, Dudhsagar Falls, Fort Aguada, and Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Things to do in Goa: Beach camping, explore Margao and Vasco Da Gama, explore the diverse flora and fauna of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, visit the Naval Aviation Museum, and watch the dolphin drive

How to reach Goa
By air: Dabolim Airport lies 29 km from the state’s capital
By train: Madgaon and Thivim are the two major railheads of Goa and are well connected by trains from all over the country
By road: KSRTC, MSRTC, and KTC bus services operate from Panaji, Madgaon, and Vasco Da Gama

Places To Stay: Seashore Beach Resort, La Quinta Goa – Service Apartments, The Leela Goa Beach Resort, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Goa

Ideal Duration: 3-7 days

8. Munnar-Alleppey-Thekkady, Kerala

Road through tea plantation in Munnar
Road through tea plantation in Munnar

How does the idea of floating frivolously on the calm backwaters of Kerala sound like? Exciting ya! There’s more to it. The calm haven of a boathouse, glaze of lighthouse beach, and exciting cruises make Kerala one of the intriguing places to visit in January in India.

Not only this, after the monsoon departs it leaves the place impregnated and ready to exude greenery and divine beauty. But all that gorgeousness is of no use if you aren’t there to praise the beauty. Munnar-Alleppey-Thekkady is the perfect trio calling out for you. And the experience that it would leave you with after you have booked your Kerala package is going to be next to none!

Places to visit in Munnar-Alleppey-Thekkady: Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Mattupetty Dam, Lock Heart Gap, Anamudi Peak, and Alappuzha Lighthouse

Things to do in Munnar-Alleppey-Thekkady: Boat tours, watch Kathakali dance, leisure cruise on the Periyar, enjoy the bullock cart ride, go range hiking, shop for spices, and ride a majestic elephant

How to reach
By air: Airport in Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city and well connected to major airports of India and abroad
By train: Cochin, Alleppey, and Kottayam are the most popular railheads
By road: Munnar, Alleppey, and Thekkady are well connected with other prominent South Indian cities through road

Places To Stay: Green Valley Vista, Parakkat Nature Resort, Abad Copper Castle, Cuckmere Holidays, Summer Dew

Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

9. Mamallapuram-Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Rock-cut temples built on a single rock at Mamallapuram
Rock-cut temples built on a single rock at Mamallapuram

January is the time when Tamil Nadu is at its best. The place exhibits a myriad of colors offered by nature. Also, January is the time for Mamallapuram Dance Festival, which is an absolute treat for culture lovers. Around the same time, Pongal calls for a statewide celebration, making Madurai and Mamallapuram the best places to visit in South India in January.

Madurai celebrates Float Festival with huge processions that are carried out from Meenakshi temple. While the tempting aroma of crisp vada and dosa permeate the air around; the chanting of mantras cleanse the atmosphere, and to top it all the exciting designs of rangoli adorn the households immaculately.

Places to visit in Mamallapuram-Madurai: Meenakshi Temple, Gandhi Museum, Samanar Hills, Shore temple, Panch Rathas, Descent of the Ganges, and Tiger Caves

Things to do in Mamallapuram-Madurai: Try moving Krishna’s Butterball, go surfing, explore the lighthouse, watch crocodiles move around in their natural habitat at Crocodile Farm, and relax with the Ayurvedic treatment at Sri Durga

How to reach
By air: Chennai International Airport is the easiest way to get to Mamallapuram
By train: Chengalpattu is the nearest railhead at a distance of 29 km
By road: 1.5-hour drive from Chennai

Places To Stay: Four Points,InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort, Sheraton Grand Chennai Resort & Spa, Rani A/c Guest House

10. Andaman And Nicobar

Waves along with the sun cast an orange hue on Radhanagar beach in Havelock island
Waves along with the sun cast an orange hue on Radhanagar beach in Havelock island

This out-of-the-world place by far remains the most preferred honeymoon destination for most of the couples worldwide. Turquoise water, silky sand, quaint beaches – the breathtaking spectacle of nature makes Andaman one of the best places to visit in India in December-January with family and loved ones.

Havelock island being the best of them all calls out the seekers of peace and retreat. Unblemished and spotless as it is, the place definitely has plenty of wonderful things to offer. With temperature continuously hovering between 20 and 28 degrees, nothing matches the beauty and charm of Andamans.

Places to visit in Andaman & Nicobar: Radhanagar, Neil, Elephant and Kalapathar beach, Venom Bar, Cellular jail

Things to do in Andaman & Nicobar: Try the lip-smacking delicacies at Full Moon Cafe, snorkeling, Scuba diving in Andaman, enjoy light and sound show at the Cellular Jail

How to reach Andaman & Nicobar
By air: Port Blair is well connected with Chennai and Kolkata
By water: Ship and cruise services are available from Chennai, Kolkata, and Visakhapatnam

Places To Stay: Hotel GKM Grand, Sea Shell Havelock, Eco Villa Palm Beach Resort, Sandyy Wavess, PEACEBLUE

Ideal Duration: 4-6 days

11. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Men feeding pigeons in front of Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad
Men feeding pigeons in front of Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad

Holding the prestigious distinction of being home to the Mecca of India, Hyderabad turns into an allure for travelers. The pleasant weather conditions in the month of January, which is neither too hot nor too cold, makes Hyderabad one of the warm places to visit in India in January.

Golconda Fort, Madina, and lip-smacking Hyderabad food are key attractions of your holiday to the city of Nizams.

Places to visit in Hyderabad: Charminar, Golconda Fort, Mecca Masjid, Ramoji film city, Hussain Sagar lake

Things to do in Hyderabad: City detours, heritage walks, try street food in Charminar area, take a ferry ride in Hussain Sagar lake, explore Birla Science Centre

How to reach Hyderabad
By air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is located in Begumpet area
By train: Hyderabad Railway Station connects the city with all the major location of the country
By road: Hyderabad has a huge bus terminus which well connected with almost all the neighboring cities and other major cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Aurangabad, and Kolkata

Places To Stay: Lemon Tree Hotel, Aditya Park Hyderabad, Holiday Inn Express Hyderabad Banjara Hills, Holiday Inn Express

Ideal Duration: 2-4 days

12. Sirpur, Chhattisgarh

Top view of Raigarh Fort in Takmak Tok
Top view of Raigarh Fort in Takmak Tok

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The historical town of Sirpur is an amazing blend of nature and monuments. The nonchalant charm of this relatively quiet sojourn makes it an ideal holiday destination in India in January.

Come January, and the Sirpur National Dance and Music Festival enthrall and leave you mesmerized. The place basks in the festivities and the electric atmosphere leaves visitors enchanted.

Places to visit in Sirpur: Urja park, Iskcon temple, Madku Dweep, Nandanvan garden, Mahant Ghasidas memorial

Things to do in Sirpur: Explore the temples, go for nature walks, go beach camping, and enjoy spectacular nature view at Takmak Tok

How to reach Sirpur
By air: Sonegaon Airport in Nagpur is the nearest airstrip located at a distance of 194 km
By train: There are trains running from other major cities to Sirpur Town Railway Station
By road: Nearest bus stand is Kagaznagar at a distance of 16 km

13. Puri, Bhubaneshwar

A group of migratory birds walking across the Chilka lake
A group of migratory birds walking across the Chilka lake

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Popular worldwide for the Jagannath temple, Puri has plenty of treasures that catch the fancy of most of the discerned travelers and puts it on the list of best places to visit in India in December-January. Chilka lake is a popular tourist attraction for nature enthusiasts sees a large number of footfalls especially in the month of January. Thanks to the pleasant weather and the birds flocking to the place during winters.

Puri also boasts of plenty of marvel from the medieval era which allows visitors a surreal view of fine architecture and craftsmanship.

Places to visit in Puri: Puri beach, Konark beach, Chilka lake, Chilka Wildlife Sanctuary,

Things to do in Puri: Bird watching, private tours to sanctuaries and temples, cruising in lake, and fishing

How to reach Puri
By air: Nearest airport is Biju Patnaik Airport at a distance of 60 km from the city
By train: Puri Railway Station is in the heart of the city
By road: Regular buses from the neighboring city frequent Puri

Places To Stay: Hotel Gandhara, Mayfair, Hotel Niladri, Mayfair Waves, Rishaan Guest House,

Ideal Duration: 1-2 days

14. Kolkata, West Bengal

A view of Howrah Bridge in evening light
A view of Howrah Bridge in evening light

India’s only metro city with a great mix of lifestyle and infrastructure from yesteryears and the current era, Kolkata holds the distinction of being another top-notch place to visit in India in January. It is around this time that colorful Poush Mela is celebrated in Santiniketan.

At Eden Gardens, experience the echo and thrill of numerous chants that still reside in the premises of the 2nd largest cricket stadium in the world, only after Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Places to visit in Kolkata: Nicco Park, Eden Gardens, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Science City, and Howrah Bridge

Things to do in Kolkata: Explore the flora and fauna of Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary, offer prayers at Adi Brahmo Samaj Prayer Hall, lots of water activities at Aquatica Water Park

How to reach Kolkata
By air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport is at a distance of 18 km from the city.
By train: Howrah and Sealdah are the two major railheads that connect most of the Indian cities with Kolkata
By road: The Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC), Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) and West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC) allows plenty of commuting options from the nearby cities by road

Places To Stay: Ethnotel, Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge, The Peerless Inn, Renu Guest House, Bothra Guest House

Ideal Duration:2-4 days

15. Dawki, Shillong

The living roots bridge in Shillong
The living roots bridge in Shillong

100 km to the south of Guwahati lies Shillong- the capital city of Meghalaya, nurtured and groomed by the rain Gods. The mild smoky environs sprinkled air carrying beads of mist, fluttering leaves and minimalistic way of life make Dawki a unique place to begin your quest for happiness and life that should be on your list of places while wondering where to go in January in India.

Brace yourself for a cozy sojourn as you plan to explore the wide riches of the North East with your perfect travel companion. I’d recommend one because North East is certainly among the warm places to visit in January in India.

Places to visit in Shillong: Barapani, Cherrapunji, Dawki Umngot river, Elephant falls, Nohkalikai falls, Shillong peak

Things to do in Shillong: Walk Living Root Bridge in Mawlynnong and Double Decker Root Bridge entirely made up of tangled roots, offer prayers to the almighty at Kamakhya Temple, boat ride, trekking, and camping

How to reach Shillong
By air: Guwahati Airport is the closest airstrip to Shillong
By train: There’s no railway station in Dawki, the last railhead before Dawki is Guwahati
By road: Buses and taxis operate at regular interval from Guwahati to Shillong

Places To Stay: Marvel’s Camps & Treks-Dawki, Riverside camping tent, Nestled In Nature Camps

16. Mawsynram, Shillong

lush green mountains
lush green mountains

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This is one of the most picturesque places to visit in India during January. Mawsynram is a refreshingly beautiful village in the Shillong city of Meghalaya. This region in the North East of India is receives maximum rainfall in the country. January is a cool season time to visit Mawsynram. Enjoy the charming waterfalls and lush greenery.

Places to visit in Mawsynram: Mawjymbuin Caves, Krem Dam, Lum Symper
Things to do in Mawsynram: Sightseeing
How to reach Mawsynram
By air: Shillong Airport (86 km) is the nearest railway station to Mawsynram and connect to major Indian cities. It can be reached in 3 hours.
By train: Guwahati Railway Station (151 km) is the nearest railway station to Mawsynram and can be reached in 4 hours
By road: Taxi and buses connect Mawsynram to other nearby cities

Places To Stay: Delight Homestay, Royal View Resort, War Traditional Hut, Ibankordor Jungle Resort

Ideal Duration: 1 day

17. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer in Rajasthan
Jaisalmer in Rajasthan

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This is one of the warm places to visit in january in India. Located in the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is a historical trading center in Rajasthan. Its several golden dunes and striking yellow sandstone architecture has brought it the title of the ‘Golden City’. January is a windy time in this gorgeous desert city and a good time to visit this place. A major highlight of this place is the massive hilltop fort, the Jaisalmer Fort.

Places to visit in Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon Ki Haweli, Gadisagar Lake, Salam Singh Ki Haweli
Things to do in Jaisalmer: Camel ride, desert safari in Jaisalmer
How to reach Jaisalmer
By air: Jodhpur Airport is the nearest airport to Jaisalmer. It is located 300 km away
By train: Jaisalmer Train Station is the nearest train head to Jaisalmer
By road: Jaisalmer can be reached by road via cab

Places To Stay: Swan Hostel, Moustache Jaisalmer, Hotel Shahi Palace, Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa

Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

18. Pondicherry

A coastal area in Pondicherry
A coastal area in Pondicherry

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Pondicherry or Puducherry, a charming Union Territory is one of the most beautiful places to visit in winter in India. This place is characterized by its undiminishing French impact from the colonial era. It is so evident that Pondy is often called ‘ French Riviera of the East. It is located within the boundaries of Tamil Nadu. With French Quarter, yellow-colored villas, cafes and boutiques built in colonial architecture, this place will surely take you back to another time.

Places to visit in Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Promenade Beach, Basilica Of The Heart Of Jesus
Things to do in Pondicherry: Kayaking, Clay modeling, house boat ride, heritage walk
How to reach Pondicherry
By air: Chennai International Airport is the nearest nearest airport to Pondicherry located 135 km away.
By train: Puducherry Train Station is the nearest railway station to Pondicherry
By road: Pondy can be easily reached by road from nearby South Indian cities including Chennai (170 km), Mahabalipuram (100 km), Bangalore (375 km), and Coimbatore (380 km).

Places To Stay: La Closerie – Bay of Bengal, LA VILLA, Micasa Hostels , The Promenade, La Maison Radha

Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

19. Nainital, Uttarakhand

Visit to Nainital
Visit to Nainital

Nainital is the most quintessential hill station in Uttarakhand and amongst the best tourist places in India in January that is famous for its romantic vibes and plenty of places to visit that you can roam around. This is the most famous hill station near Delhi and Delhiites to seek respite for a weekend getaway. The hill station is surrounded by picturesque mountains and the famous Naini Lake is a favourite haunt for boat riding and day outings.

Places to visit in Nainital: Naini Lake, Tiffin Top, Snow view

Things to do in Nainital: Sightseeing, Boating, Cable Car Ride, Trekking, Temple visit
How to reach Nainital
By air:
nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport
By train: nearest railways is Kathgodam Railway Station
By road: roadways is most preferred, it is 337 km from Delhi.

Places To Stay: The Manu Maharani, Shervani Hilltop Resort, Ayar Jungle Lodges, The Lake Resort, mid valley stay

Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

20. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh


While looking for places to go in January in India, Khajuraho is an ideal choice of destination. Khajuraho is the famous heritage site located in central India in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the most prominent heritage destinations in India with an intriguing history and architecture that makes it one of the best places to visit for a vacation in Madhya Pradesh. Khajuraho is home to around 90 Hindu and Jain temples that are a fine representation of Indian architecture with intricate carvings and sculptures. Khajuraho is also listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.  

Places to visit in Khajuraho: Kandariya Mahadev Temple,  Lakshmana Temple, Chaturbhuj Temple, Devi Jagadambi Temple
Things to do in Khajuraho: Temple visit, sightseeing, photography, pilgrimage tour
How to reach Khajuraho
By air: nearest airport is Khajuraho airport
By train: Nearest railways station is Khajuraho railway station
By road: Several direct buses of MP tourism are available from cities in and around Madhya Pradesh like Satna, Mahoba, Jhansi, Gwalior, Bhopal and Indore.

Places To Stay: Radisson Jass Hotel, Hotel Isabel Palace, The Lalit Traveller Khajuraho, Khajuraho Dreams Homestay

Ideal Duration: 1-2 days

21. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Ride The Thrilling Darjeeling Ropeway
Ride The Thrilling Darjeeling Ropeway

Take a tour of the quaint Himalayan mountain peaks like Kanchenjunga and beautiful Buddhist monasteries like Ghum Monastery in Darjeeling. Famous for its tea estates and toy train, Darjeeling is a famous haunt for travelers who want to seek respite from the heat and urban chaos making it one of the best places to visit in India during January. Make sure you take a ride in the toy train and feel the mountain breeze in your hair for an exhilarating experience in Darjeeling, West Bengal.

Places to visit in Darjeeling: Batasia Loop, Ghum Monastery, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan, Peace Pagoda
Things to do in Darjeeling: Toy Train ride, Sightseeing, Tea Estate visit
How to reach Darjeeling
By air:
The nearest airport is Bagdogra. From the airport, one can reach the city by hiring taxis. It will take almost 3 hours to reach Darjeeling from the airport.
By train: The nearest railway station in Darjeeling is at New Jalpaiguri which is 62 km from the main town.
By road: Darjeeling is well accessible by road from Bagdogra. The distance is 59 km.

Places To Stay: Hotel Palbheu, Tibet Homes, Ramada, Delight Norling Retreat, Suma Aavaas Farm and Homestay , Classic Guesthouse

Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

22. Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

Things to Do in Gulmarg
Things to Do in Gulmarg

Gulmarg transforms into a winter wonderland during winters. If you’re looking for places to go in January in India, Gulmarg is the ideal destination. With plenty of adventure activities to endure like skiing, cable car ride and more, Gulmarg is the ideal destination if you want to be enveloped around snow and indulge in adventure activities on your vacation. Gulmarg is a favourite haunt for skiing, the slopes are perfect to undertake the exhilarating experience and amongst the best places to visit in January 2021. Gulmarg is also the destination with Asia’s highest and longest cable car that goes as high as 13,400 feet to witness breathtaking views of the surreal landscape covered in a white blanket of snow.

Places to visit in Gulmarg: Alpathar lake, Khilanmarg, Maharani temple, Ningli Nalla, St. Mary Church
Things to do in Gulmarg: skiing, cable car ride, photography
How to reach Gulmarg
By air:
Srinagar is the nearest airport to Gulmarg
By train: Srinagar railway station is the nearest
By road: Roadway are the most preferred means of transportation.

Places To Stay: Heevan Retreat Gulmarg, Nedous Hotel Gulmarg, Hotel Affarwat, Hotel Highlands Park, Gulmarg Inn

Ideal Duration: 1-2 days

23. Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand

Walking Elephant
Walking Elephant

Experience the thrill of seeking out on an adventure trail in absolute wilderness in the dense jungles of Uttarakhand at Jim Corbett National Park. Jim Corbett is amongst the most famous wildlife parks in India that is known for its flora and fauna and jeep safaris making it one of the best places to visit in India in January with family. Explore the dense forests of Jim Corbett and go on a jungle safari to spot some tigers. There are plenty of resorts in the park for you to seek respite in the lap of nature and unwind.

Places to visit: Garjiya Devi Temple, Bijrani Zone Corbett National Park, Corbett Falls, Corbett Tiger Reserve
Things to do in Jim Corbett: Jeep Safari, Wildlife photography, Camping
How to reach Jim Corbett
By air:
Nearest airport is Pantnagar airport
By train: Ramnagar is the nearest railway head
By road:  Jim corbet is well connected by roads – it is 244 km from Delhi.

Places To Stay: Lebua Corbett, Vanghat Jungle Lodge, The Riverview Retreat, De Floresta Resort, Tanhau

Ideal Duration: 1-2 days

24. Chikmagalur, Karnataka

Opt For Jeep Safaris
Opt For Jeep Safaris

amongst the best tourist places in India in January, Chikmagalur is one of the most famous hill stations in Karnataka, known as the little piece of heaven it attracts thousands of tourists all year-round. Immerse yourself in the lap of nature and get awestruck by the mesmerizing scenic beauty of Chikmagalur. This paradisiacal place is bounty of nature with a peaceful landscape where you can explore places off the beaten track. 

Places to visit in Chikmagalur: Mahatma Gandhi Park, Coffee Museum, Mullayanagiri Peak, Kudurekuha Jamly
Things to do in Chikmagalur: Nature Photography, trekking, sightseeing, Day outing, Picnic
How to reach Chikmagalur
By air:
Mangalore Airport, which is located around 113 km away, is the nearest airport to Chikmagalur.
By train: The city does not have a railway station, so the nearest railway station is located in Kadur, at a distance of about 40 km away.
By road: You can hire a prepaid taxi from the airport for Chikmagalur. Chikmagalur is well-connected to cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli and Hassan via state-run buses and private luxury buses.

Places To Stay: The Inchara Hill View HomeStay, The Serai Chickmagalur, Trivik Chikmagalur Resort, Leisure Homestay

Ideal Duration: 1-2 days

25. Udaipur, Rajasthan


Known as the Venice of the East, Udaipur is a quintessential city in the princely state of Rajasthan and amongst the best places to visit in India in January with family. The city of lakes is blessed with a mesmerizing beauty that will leave everybody awestruck. Rest your eyes on the stunning palaces and intricate architecture. The lakes are a visual retreat, you can catch a surreal sunset on Lake pichola or Lake Fatehsagar. These lakes even offer a boating experience that are essential for a trip to Udaipur.

Places to visit in Udaipur: Fatehsagar lake, lake pichola, City Palace, Sajjangarh Fort

Things to do in Udaipur: Sightseeing, Boat riding, photography, cycling
How to reach Udaipur
By air:
The city has its own domestic airport, which is 22 km away from the center of the city.
By train: The local railway station is located inside the city limits
By road: Udaipur is well connected by roads, you can find state buses from major cities going to Udaipur. You can find cabs to Udaipur from surrounding regions and important cities.

Places To Stay: The Ananta Udaipur, Madri Haveli, Udai Kothi, Panorama Guest House, Anandam Homestay

Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

26. Alibaug, Maharashtra

Places To Visit In Alibaug
Places To Visit In Alibaug

A favourite haunt for people residing in Mumbai and Pune to getaway for the weekend, Alibaug is blessed with scenic beaches and a coastal town that is ideal for a detox amidst sea waves. Located in close proximity to Mumbai, it is a popular spot for a weekend getaway and beach bums looking for an escape to soak up some sun and beat Monday blues. Besides beaches, Alibaug is also famous for its forts and dating back to the 17th century.

Places to visit in Alibaug: Alibag beach, Varsoli beach, Kolaba fort
Things to do in Alibaug: Relaxing on the beach, cruising, water sports, sunbathing, leisure activities
How to reach Alibaug: Alibaug is located 110 kilometers (68 miles) south of Mumbai. The quickest way of getting there is by boat to Mandwa Jetty from the Gateway of India in south Mumbai’s Colaba neighborhood. It takes about an hour to reach Mandwa Jetty by ferry, or 20 minutes by speedboat.

Places To Stay: Radisson Blu Resort and Spa, Resort U Tropicana, Maple IVY, Iora Cottages, Vamoose Akshay

Ideal Duration: 1-2 days

27. Coorg, Karnataka

adventure sports in coorg
adventure sports in coorg

Coorg is an ideal destination in Karnataka that is blessed with lush green escapades all around. Coorg is also an ideal destination for a weekend getaway to escape to the green corners and soak in the good vibes away from the urban chaos. With a pleasant climate all year-round, Coorg is a charming place with gushing waterfalls, ancient temples and lots of greenery. Escape to the dense forests and green hills of Coorg to enjoy a detoxifying vacation in Coorg.

Places to visit in Coorg: Raja’s Seat, Omkareshwara Temple, Madikeri Fort, Mandalpatti
Things to do in Coorg: Nature photography, sightseeing, picnics, camping.
How to reach Coorg
By air:
The nearest airport to Coorg lies at Mangalore, about 135 km away. The second nearest airport is at Bangalore about 250 km from Coorg.
By train: The nearest railway station from Coorg is at Mysore, about 120 km away.
By road: Coorg is well connected by road with all major cities in Karnataka.

Places To Stay: The Tamara Coorg, Estate Stay – Riverside Coffee , Sanctum Retreat, WelcomHeritage Ayatana

Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

28. Ooty, Tamil Nadu


Ooty is a quaint hill station perched in the southern state of India. Situated at a height of 2,240 m in Tamil Nadu, it is amongst the favourite destinations in Tamil Nadu that becomes a visual treat for mountain lovers and tourists traveling from Coimbatore or Chennai. It is blessed with mesmerizing locations and scenic lakes, valleys and lush green mountains. You can have a rejuvenating vacation surrounded by greenery and indulge in boating experience at the Ooty lake making it one of the best places to visit in January in India.

Places to visit in Ooty: Ooty Boat House, St. Stephen’s church, Rose garden, Botanical garden
Things to do in Ooty: Boat riding, sightseeing, trekking, church visit, strolling in the garden
How to reach Ooty
By air:
Approximately 88 kilometres away, Coimbatore is the nearest domestic airport from Ooty which is well-connected with most of the Indian cities.
By train: The nearest railhead is Mettupalayam, 40 kilometres from Ooty.

Places To Stay: Ooty White House, Fortune Resort Sullivan Court, Ganga’s Sri Balaji Cottage, Wenlock Homes

Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

29. Gokarna

Gokarna In Karnataka
Gokarna In Karnataka

Soak in the tranquility of pristine beaches and dip your toes in the sand, feel the salty air and sea breeze across your face. Gokarna is the beach paradise located in the coastal region of Karnataka. Witness magic at this popular hindu pilgrimage site, it boasts numerous ancient hindu temples that people visit all  year-round. Gokarna is the perfect escape if you’re planning a trip in January.

Places to visit in Gokarna: Om beach, Sri Mahabaleshwara Swamy Temple, Half moon beach, Paradise beach
Things to do in Gokarna: Beaches, water activities, pilgrimage tour, temples visit
How to reach Gokarna
By air:
Dabolim airport in Goa is the nearest airport which is located about 140 km away.
By train: The nearest railway station is at Ankola, about 20 km away from Gokarna.
By road: Gokarna is well connected by road.

Places To Stay: Gokarna City Stay Rooms, Coconut Tree Resort, Namaste Sanjeevini, Namaste Yoga Farm

Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

30. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Best festivals to celebrate in Varanasi
Best festivals to celebrate in Varanasi

One of the holiest cities for the followers of hinduism, Varanasi is the spiritual destination that is visited by many pilgrims who here to wash away their sins in the famous River Ganges. It is said that taking a dip in the sacred waters of the river Ganges will wash away all your sins from the past. Not only that, people also come here to cremate their loved ones, or to seek liberation and solitude. The ghats of Varanasi come alive in the evening everyday during the main Arti held on the banks of the River Ganges. Witness magic unfold and feel the electric vibe of the ritual. This soulful experience is a great way to start your new year on a good note making it one of the best places to visit in January in India.

Places to visit in Varanasi: Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika ghat, Ramnagar fort
Things to do in Varanasi: Ganga Arti, temple visits, boating, photography
How to reach Varanasi
By air:
Varanasi airport is well-linked to some of the major cities in India like Delhi and Mumbai.
By train: Varanasi is connected to major cities of Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring states by state-run buses.

Places To Stay: La Vaca India, Hog Hostel Varanasi , Wander Station Varanasi, Stay Inn Heritage, Baba Guest House

Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

If you plan to begin the year with some adventure and freshness instilled in the air, I don’t think this list of the best places to visit in India in January would ever let you run out of ideas! Plan a trip to your favourite Indian destination to kick start the year with an exciting first month.

Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In January in India

Q. What are the important safety guide for your post-quarantine vacation? 

A. Some important things to keep in mind while traveling includes –

1. Carry hand sanitizer, tissues, face mask and disinfectant wipes
2. Be extremely mindful of what you touch
3. Minimize human contact

Q. Which is the best place to visit in India in January?

A. All of these places have different specialties that make them awesome in January. Udaipur is your place if your love desert and want to try glamping, visit Munnar if your want to get away from the biting cold weather of north India, go to Andaman if you wish to explore the gorgeous beaches and islands in January.

Q. Which are the famous festivals celebrated in January in India?

A. There are various festivals in January in India which you must attend at least once in your life. Some of the popular ones are Lohri, Vasant Panchami, Republic Day, Jaisalmer Desert Festival, Jaipur Literature Festival, Bikaner Camel Festival, Bhogali Bihu and Modhera Dance Festival.

Q. What countries are best to visit in January?

A. Italy, France, Czech Republic, Britain, Australia, Spain, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka are incredibly gorgeous during January. Choose any of these countries if you’re planning an international vacation in Jan.

Q. How hot is India in January?

A. January is among the coldest months in India. The temperature in the extreme northern regions of the country can go as low as -10 to -15 degrees Celsius . Cities in northern India aren’t as cold as the mountainous regions and the temperature can drop down to 4-5 degrees Celsius. The southern part of India doesn’t experience harsh winter. Winter months are the best months to explore and enjoy the beauty of south India. The minimum temperature in south India ranges between 22-30 degrees Celsius.

Q. Is January a good time to visit India?

A. January is among the best time to visit India as the weather during this time is likely to warm, sunny and dry. January is a cool month offering clear blue skies and mountain views.

Q. What are the places in India to visit in January to see snowfall?

A. Gulmarg, Auli, Gurudongmar Lake, Sela Pass, Ladakh, Lachen are the popular places in India to visit in January to see snow. You can catch fresh snowfall at these places.

Q. What are the places to visit in January in India for honeymoon?

A. Andaman and Nicobar, Udaipur, Munnar, Jaisalmer, Darjeeling, Goa, Ooty are some of the famous places to visit in January in India for honeymoon. Choose any of these honeymoon places in India and start your love life truly spectacular.

Q. Which are the best places to visit in India in January with friends?

A. Pondicherry, Goa, Auli and Andaman and Nicobar are some of the amazing places to visit in India in January with friends. A trip with friends is always memorable and full of fun.

Q. Which are the best places to visit in India in January with family?

A. Munnar, Puri, Jaisalmer and Hyderabad are good vacation spots if you are looking for places to visit in January with family.

Q. Where to go in January in India?

A. Kutch in Gujarat, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Goa, Munnar and Udaipur are amongst the best places to visit in January in India.

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