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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, beholding the magnificent Republic Day parade in Delhi; sailing over the turquoise water in Dawki or attending the coveted Jaipur Literature Festival India, there are numerous experiences you can enjoy in January. Here are some that are perfect for all kinds of travellers.

Top 30 Places to Visit in January 2024 in India

Whether you want your January just relaxing or chilling in the company of nature or you are seeking some adventurous activities to kick start the new year in style, we have got you covered. 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 choose the destination you wish the conquer next. Check it out!

1. Zanskar, Jammu And Kashmir

Trek to Phuktal Monastery, Zanskar

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Witness 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 in India with family. 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

Places To Stay: Hotel Chhutuk heights, Barula Hotel, The Highand Mountain Resort & Spa
Ideal Duration: 1 Day

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2. Auli, Uttarakhand

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 and there are a lot of things to do in Auli. 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: The 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

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(Disclaimer: Avoid visiting Delhi in the month of November 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 the world
  • By train: New Delhi Railway Station is an important junction, which is well connected to different parts 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

Suggested Read: 36 Magnificent Places To Visit Near Delhi In Winters

4. Jaipur, Rajasthan

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.
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

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5. Kutch, Gujarat

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

Suggested Read: 20 Best Places To Visit In North India In Monsoon

6. Diu, Daman And Diu

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

India’s most celebrated holiday destination and the fulcrum of bachelors’ most awaited tour plan is at its prime in winter. 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 best places to visit in India in January with friends. 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

Suggested Read: 15 Best Places To Visit In Karnataka In Winter

8. Munnar-Alleppey-Thekkady, Kerala

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, the glaze of a lighthouse beach, and exciting cruises make Kerala one of the best places to visit in January in India with family. Not only this, but 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

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 permeates the air around; the chanting of mantras cleanses 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

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10. Andaman And Nicobar

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

This out-of-the-world place by far remains one of the best places to visit in January for couples. 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 temperatures continuously hovering between 20 and 28 degrees, nothing matches the beauty and charm of Andamans, making it one of the best places to visit in India in January for couples.

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, 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

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, make 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 locations of the country
  • By road: Hyderabad has a huge bus terminus which is well connected with almost all the neighbouring 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

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12. Sirpur, Chhattisgarh

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 enthral 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 the 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

Places To Stay: Soumya Resorts, Aloha Nature Stay, Grand Celebration Resort
Ideal Duration: 1-2 days

13. Puri, Bhubaneshwar

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 and 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 winter. Puri also boasts plenty of marvels 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

Suggested Read: 10 Reasons Why You Should Never Visit Hyderabad

14. Kolkata, West Bengal

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) allow 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

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 with air carrying beads of mist, fluttering leaves and a 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 cosy 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 and Treks-Dawki, Riverside camping tent, Nestled In Nature Camps
Ideal Duration: 1-2 days

Suggested Read: Khajuraho Temples

16. Mawsynram, Shillong

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 receives the 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 connects 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 is one of the best places to visit in January in India.

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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 have 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 and Spa
Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

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18. Pondicherry

A coastal area in Pondicherry, one of the popular places to visit in January in India.

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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-coloured 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 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

Nainital is among the scenic places to visit in January in India.

Nainital in Uttarakhand is 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: The nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport
  • By train: nearest railway is Kathgodam Railway Station
  • By road: roadways are 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

Suggested Read: 12 Adventure Sports In Nainital

20. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho is one of the historical places to visit in January in India.

When looking for places to go in January in India, Khajuraho is an ideal choice of destination. Khajuraho is a 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: The 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 ropeway in Darjeeling, one of the best places to visit in January in India.

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 on 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 taxi. 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

Suggested Read: Darjeeling In Winter

22. Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

Gulmarg is one of the adventurous places to visit in January in India.

Gulmarg transforms into a winter wonderland during winter. 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 in India with friends. 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: Roadways 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

Experience the thrill of seeking out an adventure trail in the 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 are 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: The nearest airport is Pantnagar airport
  • By train: Ramnagar is the nearest railway head
  • By road:  Jim Corbett 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

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24. Chikmagalur, Karnataka

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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

Udaipur is one of the serene places to visit in January in India.

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 and there are numerous things to do in Udaipur.

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 is 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, and 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

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26. Alibaug, Maharashtra

Alibaug is among the places to visit in January in India.

A favourite haunt for people residing in Mumbai and Pune to get away 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 which dates 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

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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 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

Suggested Read: 10 Pleasant Coorg Homestays

28. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Ooty is one of the popular places to visit in January in India.

Ooty is a quaint hill station and among the best places to visit in January in South 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 who are looking for best place to travel in January from Coimbatore or Chennai. 

The destination 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 a boating experience at the Ooty lake.

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

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 a 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

Suggested Read: Goa vs Gokarna

30. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Varanasi is one of the best places to visit in January in India

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, but people also come here to cremate their loved ones, or to seek liberation and solitude.

The ghats of Varanasi come alive in the evening every day 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 go 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

Further Read: Top 10 Road Trips From Bhubaneswar

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 an Indian destination to kick start the year with an exciting first month.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Places to Visit in January in India

Which are the hot places to visit in January?

The following tourist places remain warmer in the month of January:
1. Jaipur - Rajasthan
2. Hampi - Karnataka
3. Jaisalmer - Rajasthan
4. Munnar - Kerala
5. Varkala - Kerala
6. Vagamon - Kerala
7. Pondicherry - Pondicherry
8. Khajuraho - Madhya Pradesh
9. Kochi - Kerala
10. Gokarna - Karnataka

Which hill station is best for January?

Manali, Gulmarg, Mussoorie, Auli, and Srinagar are some of the best hill stations to visit in January.

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

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

Which are the famous festivals celebrated in January in India?

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.

Which city is most beautiful in winter in India?

Some of the beautiful places to visit in India in winter include Goa, Meghalaya, Gangtok, Kerala, Nagaland, and Pahalgam, among others.

How hot is India in January?

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 winters. 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.

Is January a good time to visit India?

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

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

Gulmarg, Auli, Gurudongmar Lake, Sela Pass, Ladakh, and Lachen are the best places to visit in January in India for snowfall.

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

Andaman and Nicobar, Udaipur, Munnar, Jaisalmer, Darjeeling, Goa, and 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.

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

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.

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