Best Places to Visit: The new year is around the corner, and so are our plans to celebrate it. Some plan to celebrate the new year in the comfort of their home, while others like to travel with friends or family.
When it comes to travel, the options are endless as there are many places to visit in India. And in January, there are many amazing places to visit in India, where various activities take place that is a strong tourist attraction.
In this article, we will discuss 10 of the best places to visit in India in January 2023.
1. Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir
If you love snow and trekking, Zanskar in Jammu and Kashmir will be the best for you. In January, Zanskar will be at its fluffiest. The land will be glad in thick pristine sheets of spotless white snow. For trek lovers, Chadar Trek- which is the most daunting trek in the Himalayas will test your agility to the core. This trek is located in the Zanskar range and is undoubtedly a living legend of breathtaking trails coated with thick snow sheets on the frozen lake.
Notable places to visit in Zanskar are Patnitop, Phuktal monastery, Drang Drung glacier, Panikhar, and Zongkhul.
Tips: Make sure to do these things in Zanskar: Trekking, paragliding, river rafting, and rock climbing.
2. Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
Another place for snow and adventure lovers is Gulmarg. In January, Gulmarg is a winter wonderland. Gulmarg is the ideal destination if you are looking for plenty of adventure activities like skiing, a cable car ride, and more.
The slopes of Gulmarg are perfect for the exhilarating experience of skiing and are amongst the best places to visit in January 2023. Gulmarg is 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.
Notable places to visit in Gulmarg are Alpathar lake, Khilanmarg, Maharani temple, Ningli Nalla, and St. Mary Church.
Tips: During your stay in Gulmarg, do skiing, cable car rides, and photography.
3. Dawki, Shillong
If you want to begin your new year in a peaceful and soul-refreshing way, Dawaki, Shillong, is the place for you. Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, is nurtured and groomed by the rain gods. Dawki is a unique place to begin your quest for happiness and life. The atmosphere is mild and smokey, with the air carrying beads of mist and fluttering leaves, which will be a refreshing experience.
While you plan to explore the wild richness of this northeastern place, make sure to visit Barapani, Cherrapunji, the Dawki Umngot River, Elephant Falls, Nohkalikai Falls, and Shillong Peak.
Tip: While in Shillong, visit the Living Root Bridge in Mawlynnong and the Double Decker Root Bridge made of tangled roots; pray to the almighty at Kamakhya Temple; take a boat ride; trek; and camp.
4. Sirpur, Chhattisgarh
Sirpur is an ideal holiday destination in January. This historical town is an amazing blend of natural landscapes and historical monuments.
Also, various events take place at this time of the year. The Sirpur National Dance and Music Festival will leave you enthralled.
This place basks in the festivities during January, leaving the visitors enchanted.
Notable places in Sirpur are Urja park, Iskcon temple, Madku Dweep, Nandanvan garden, and Mahant Ghasidas memorial.
Tips: During the stay, explore the temples, go for nature walks, go beach camping, and enjoy the spectacular nature view at Takmak Tok.
5. Kutch, Gujarat
Kutch, known for the white desert, is a vibrant allure for visitors in January mainly because of its festivals.
Rann Utsav and International Kite Festivals act as the primary allure for visitors during winter. This westernmost state of India, Kutch is a source of tourism in Gujarat. Kutch is blessed with rich flora and fauna and has forts and historical buildings. During winter, Kutch is the favorite residing place for migratory birds.
Amazing places to visit in Kutch are the White desert/Rann of Kutch, Centre for Desert and Ocean, Darbargadh, Kachchh Museum, Wildlife Sanctuary, and Aaina Mahal.
Tips: During the trip, attend the Rann Utsav, the international kite festival, watch the beautiful birds walking on the beach in Mandvi; and stay in the eco-resorts and homestays.
Also, visit Nirona, Nakhatrana, Khavda, Bhujodi and Ajrakhpur, Dhordo, and Hodka- villages famous for handicrafts.
6. Diu, Daman and Diu
If you are looking for a peaceful vacation far from the madding crowd, come to Diu.
Once a pacifying retreat for the Portuguese, Diu has quaint sea beaches, calm environs, and the placid weather of January.
The picturesque territory of Diu and the soothing weather will replenish your soul.
Notably, around this time of the year, Festa De Diu, which is Asia’s longest beach festival, takes place. During this time, the whole Diu is gracefully decked up.
Places to visit in Diu include Nagoa beach, Shell museum, Jalandhar shrine, Diu Fort, and Gangeshwar temple.
Tips: During the trip make sure to enjoy the Bonfire on the beach, camp with friends, attend the Festa De Diu, boat tour kiosk, party at Casa Luxo bar, go birdwatching, go cave hopping, and indulge in water activities
7. Coorg, Karnataka
For a feel-good and detoxifying vacation away from the urban chaos, Coorg is an ideal destination. It is blessed with lush green escapades all around. Coorg has a pleasant climate all year round and is a charming place with gushing waterfalls and ancient temples. The dense forests and green hills of Coorg will be a detoxifying vacation.
There are notable places to visit in Coorg: Raja’s Seat, Omkareshwara Temple, Madikeri Fort, and Mandalpatti.
Tips: During the stay, you must do nature photography, sightseeing, picnics, and camping.
8. Mamallapuram-Madurai, Tamil Nadu
If you plan to visit South India in winter, then January is the time to plan a trip to Tamil Nadu.
During this month, the place exhibits a myriad of colors offered by nature. For culture lovers, January is the time for Mamallapuram Dance Festival. Around the same time, Pongal is a statewide celebration. During this time Madurai celebrates the Float Festival with huge processions from the Meenakshi temple.
Famous places in Mamallapuram-Madurai are Meenakshi Temple, Gandhi Museum, Samanar Hills, Shore temple, Panch Rathas, Descent of the Ganges, and Tiger Caves.
Tips: While your stay in Mamallapuram-Madurai, you must 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
The charming Union Territory of India, Pondicherry, or Puducherry, is one of the most beautiful places to visit in winter. This location bears a strong resemblance to the French colonial era. Located within the boundaries of Tamil Nadu, this picturesque location has French Quarters, yellow-colored villas, cafes, and boutiques built in colonial architecture.
Notable places in Pondicherry are Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Promenade Beach, and Basilica Of The Heart Of Jesus.
Tips: During your stay, go kayaking, clay modeling, on a houseboat ride, and on a heritage walk.
10. Andaman and Nicobar
The breathtaking natural spectacle makes Andaman one of the best places in the world to visit in December-January with family and loved ones.
With turquoise water, silky sand, quaint and spotless beaches, and warm weather with temperatures continuously hovering between 20 and 28 degrees, Andaman and Nicobar islands are a preferred destination during this time of the year.
Notable places to visit in Andaman & Nicobar are Radhanagar, Neil, Elephant and Kalapathar beach, Venom Bar, Cellular jail, and Havelock island.
Tips: During the trip, try the lip-smacking delicacies at the Full Moon Cafe, go snorkeling and scuba diving, and enjoy light and sound shows at the cellular jail.