Top 8 Best Places to Visit in January in India

Winters in India is a very dreamy affair. A sub-continent with a separate climate for almost every other region, winters can be extremely harsh in some parts while breathtakingly mild in others. As the great Italian scholar, Petrarch, said, “Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure”. And India is an ideal destination for you if you, too, are looking up for an escape from the madding crowd and the dull monotony of everyday life, then you are right where you need to be. We have compiled for you some of the most exquisite places in India that you can plan a trip to and kick start your new year.

Be it a much needed solo trip to discover yourself or a celebration trip with your family and friends, just read on, plan your trip, pack your bags and be ready for some unfathomable adventure! Happy Reading and a Happier Exploration!

Best Places to Visit in January varkala kerala

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1) Varkala, Kerala

Known as the Pearl of the Arabian Sea, Varkala is a tiny coastal town in the Indian state of Kerala. Adored heartily for its unique Cenozoic sedimentary cliffs, Varkala is a geo-heritage site under Geological Survey of India.

Why in January?

Because it’s beach time, baby! From delicious seafood to amazing Ayurvedic spas, this place is a treat to the soul. You can also visit the holy Jardana Swami Temple which earned Varkala the nickname of Dakshin Kashi (Varanasi of South). Indulge in numerous water sports and then stretch yourself up in the warm beach in front of the crystal clear sea. Ah! Such delight!

Best Places to Visit in January puducherry

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2) Puducherry

A peaceful union territory, Puducherry is often called The French Riviera of the East for its rich past n French influence from the colonial era. With its breathtaking colonial architecture, calm-blue sea and the French quarter, Puducherry is surely gonna take you into some other dimension.

Why in January?

Because of its serenity. Puducherry is like a sweet little French girl with a smile that drenches your soul and whose playmate is peace. From heritage walk to kayaking to experiencing the beauty of Auroville, this January, be little Pudu’s house-guest.

Best Places to Visit in January andaman island

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3) Andaman Islands, Andaman

Looking for an adventurous solo-trip or planning a honeymoon this January? Well, the molten blue water of Andaman is calling you out! A wonderland for Nature lovers, the pristine serenity of the island group will cut you off from the tiring routine of everyday life. With myriads of adventure sports from snorkelling and scuba diving to Island trekking and taking a tour to the volcano at Barren Island, Andaman will not disappoint you.

Why in January?

Turquoise sea, satin-soft sand and quaint beaches, Andaman has a hauntingly beautiful charm that will mesmerise you beyond imagination. Visit Andamans in Jan to be a part of the annual Island Tourism Festival, a 10-day carnival and a perfect treat to the eyes!

What: Island Tourism Festival, 2021
When: To be announced (Usually in January) 
Where: Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Best Places to Visit in January jaipur rajasthan

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4) Jaipur, Rajasthan

Experience the taste of regality in the capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Admired worldwide for its rich culture and heritage, the pink city offers you an exquisite opportunity to taste the regality and grandeur of a past that is carved on its stones. From Hawa Mahal to Jantar Mantar, entire Jaipur is engulfed the royal aura of a rich past.

Why in January?

Because Jaipur Lit Fest is almost here! An amazing confluence of writers and book-lovers from around the globe, Jaipur Lit Fest is a piece of paradise for bibliophiles.

What: Jaipur Literature Festival
When: 28 Jan- 1 Feb, 2021
Where: Jaipur, Rajasthan

You can also travel to nearby city of Bikaner to attend the famous Camel Festival and enjoy your time witnessing the beauty pageant of camels while savouring yummilicious tea made from camel milk and served with traditional snacks.

What: Camel Festival
When: 12-13 Jan, 2021
Where: Bikaner, Rajasthan

Best Places to Visit in January sirpur chhattisgarh

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5) Sirpur, Chhattisgarh

Wanna go to somewhere that is away from the bustling crowd? Sirpur is your answer. A quiet village situated in Indian state of Chhattisgarh, Sirpur is a hub of natural beauty and historical monuments. A perfect blend of nature and art, it used to be a great centre for Buddhism during 6th – 10th century.

Why in January?

For the heart-warming delight of Sirpur National Dance and Music Festival. Interested in art and culture? Does folk rhythm makes your soul go gaga? Then, Sirpur National Dance and Music Festival is your ideal destination.

What: Sirpur National Dance and Music Festival
When: To be announced (Usually in January) 
Where: Sirpur, Chhattisgarh

Best Places to Visit in January chadar trek ladakh

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6) Chadar Trek, Ladakh

Himalayas can never cease to be one of the top 5 in the bucket list of travel lovers. This winter honour the spirit of adventure in you. Pack your bags and go on this breathtaking trek of the frozen lake that spreads like a wide sheet of snow (hence the name Chadar which means a sheet!).

Why in January?

Trek through one of the most beautiful as well as one of the most challenging treks of all time, The Chadar Trek (or the Zanskar Gorge). Call upon the warrior in you this January and prove your mental and physical strength because nothing can eat the kick derived out of achievement, isn’t it?!

What: Chadar Trek on Frozen Lake, Zanskar Range
When: January, 2021
Where: Ladakh, India

Best Places to Visit in January rann of kutch

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7) Rann of Kutch

No travel lover can die in peace without having visited this white beauty at least once in his/her lifetime. Situated in the westernmost state of India, Gujarat, Rann of Kutch shines like a spotless bridal dress in the full-moon nights. Blessed with rich flora and fauna, Kutch also houses some of the mesmerising forts and historical buildings in India. One of the favourite destinations for the migratory birds, Kutch becomes a bird-watcher’s paradise in winters. Famous for its handicrafts, Kutch is a storehouse of creativity and vibrancy.

Why in January?

Because Rann Utsav is all set to welcome you to witness its enthralling magic. Famous as the world’s largest salt desert, Rann Utsav offers you myriad shades of its cultural fiesta right from cultural tours to folk dance to savouring the traditional delicacies. Live in luxury tents and bask in the spotless beauty of the white desert in the light of full moon. Kutch is the dreamy escape from your monotonous routine that you have been wanting for so long.

What: Rann Utsav
When: 12th November 2020 to 28th February 2021
Where: Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

Best Places to Visit in January daman and diu

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8) Diu, Daman and Diu

The little island is a fresh maiden with a historical past. Once the favourite retreat for the Portuguese, Diu’s pristine beauty will leave you spellbound. With its quaint beaches and serenity atmosphere, Diu is a must visit for every island lover here!

Why in January?

Around January, Asia’s longest beach festival, Festa De Diu (or simply, Diu Festival) is celebrated where Diu gets all dressed up like a princess of a fairyland. From bungee jumping to hot air balloon ride over the Arabian to the carnivalesque music and many more, Diu Fest will give you memories for life!

What: Festa De Diu (Diu Festival)
When: Around January 
Where: Festa De Diu - Festival Village, Diu

Safety tip: Take care of your health, people. Maintain a safe hygiene and it wont really be a bad idea to keep following the covid precautions. Better be safe than not, isn’t it? Also, please confirm the dates and venues of the fests from the respective tourism websites when you plan your trip.

Be safe. Enjoy to the fullest. Happy Exploration!

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