20 Best Places to Visit in India in January

New Year is arriving and we all wondering about what new we can bring to our life, all the do’s and don’t and resolution but traveling is something that should be features at the top of the list especially after the lockdown. And here we can help you to make the list of best places to visit in January in India.

From the most adventurous places to smoothest sand beaches, from snow-capped mountains in Auli to beautiful beaches of Gokarna; from culturally rich sights in Jaipur to biodiversity of National Park there are 20 best places to visit in January in India. So if you’re planning a holiday in January here you can choose options like mountains, beaches, religious, historic ladmarks, cultural and desserts.

Best Places to Visit in January in India

1. Andaman and Nicobar Island

scuba diving in andaman

Located in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar is a group of 300 Islands (approximate). It is one of the most romantic places in India and famous between couples. A glance at these beautiful rain forest and Island leaves you absolutely mesmerized.

Tropical Rain forests, waters of Bay of Bengal, caves, churches, lush greenery, adventurous activities, National Parks, historic monuments and sandy beaches attract travelers from all around. Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar island is the gateway to the reach here.

Top Tourist Attractions:

  1. Havelock Island
  2. Jolly Buoy Island
  3. Neill Island
  4. Barren Island
  5. Ross Island
  6. North Bay Island
  7. Baratang Island
  8. Port Blair
  9. Long Island
  10. Cinque Island
  11. Indira Point
  12. Merk Bay Beach

2. Manali


Whether you are looking for inner peace from a busy lifestyle or want to spend some time with your friends Manali will be a perfect gateway to you. Manali is one of the best places in India for those who love hill stations. The mountains of Manali always fascinate the tourist. And a wonderful place for nature lovers. 

3. Kutch, Gujarat

Kutch, Gujarat

Kutch, India’s wild west is one of the best places to visit in January with a wide range of white salt deserts. Its name derives from Katchua or Kachbo meaning a tortoise. Rugged forts, iconic palaces, ancient temples, Wild Ass sanctuary; you have it all in kutch.

Kutch lies on the Indo-Pak border where you can see some parts of Pakistan as well. It is one of the largest districts of India with a very low population density. Most of its covered by Rann of Kutch, the Salt Marsh Of India that looks like an endless mass of snow. The Rann of Kutch is divided into the Great Rann of Kutch and Little Rann of Kutch.

Every year Kutch celebrates 3 months-long festival called Rann Utsav (12th Nov 2020 to 28th Feb 2021) which attracts people from all over the world to the beautiful white desert. Many times PM Modi too has attended this festival.

Kutch Tourist Attraction:

  1. Rann of Kutch and Salt Desert
  2. Rann Utsav
  3. Mandvi Beach
  4. Wide Range of Flora and Fauna in Great Rann of Kutch
  5. Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary
  6. Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary
  7. Shopping in Kutch especially Handicrafts
  8. The beauty of Bhuj – Capital of Kutch Region
  9. Camel Safari

4. Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir – Heart of Winter Sports in India


Gulmarg is a popular skiing destination in India situated in Pir Panjal Range of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir at an altitude of 2730M above sea level. It is one of the best honeymoon destinations in India.

Gulmarg rank on the list of best hill station in the world with mighty snow-covered Himalayan’s ranges, lush green forested valley and meadows of flowers. In Gulmarg, one can enjoy trekking, mountaineering, skiing and snowboarding. There is number of private tour operator here which provides courses of these activities. You can also visit India’s Highest Golf Course, 18 Hole Golf Course.

Top Tourist Attractions in Gulmarg:

  1. Nagin Valley
  2. St Mary’s Church
  3. Skiing
  4. Gulmarg Gondola
  5. Alpather Lake
  6. Strawberry Valley
  7. Maharani Temple
  8. Tangmarg

5. Munnar, Kerala

Munnar, Kerala

Munnar, heaven in God’s Own Country and the best treasure for the visitors. Situated at 5200 ft above sea level, Munnar is one of the most beautiful and enchanting hill station located in the western ghats mountain range in India’s Kerala State. Once Munnar was the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India.

Munnar is a very popular Honeymoon destination in India. Also, it is an ideal place for nature lovers, adventure seekers and wildlife lovers. Munnar is famous for its blanket of mist, craggy peaks, beautiful tea gardens, lush greenery and wildlife. Sometimes this town is known as Kashmir of South India.

Be it is a family holiday, romantic honeymoon, outing with friends, backpacking or any type of vacation Munnar is a perfect destination for all.

Top Tourist attractions in Munnar:

  1. Kundala Lake
  2. Echo Point
  3. Tea Museum
  4. Eravikulam National Park
  5. Attukad Waterfall
  6. Lakkom Waterfall
  7. Anamudi
  8. Mattupetty Dam
  9. Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

6. Jaisalmer – The Golden City


If you love Geology then Jaisalmer is a place which you must visit. Here you can discover and trace biological tragedies that happened in the Thar Desert Millions of Years Ago. Jaisalmer, The Golden City of India located close to the Indo-Pak border and 88 KM away from Thar Desert.

The Golden color of this city will amaze you, thanks to the color it gets from the yellow sandstone which used for the construction of the buildings.

Jaisalmer Fort is the most prominent attraction of this city which is also known as Golden Fort. Like other forts of India, it is not just a tourist attraction rather than shops, hotels and ancient havelis where the generations continue to live for thousands of years. In 2013, Jaisalmer fort included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Tourist Attractions in Jaisalmer:

  1. Jaisalmer Fort
  2. Jaisalmer Government Museum
  3. Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli
  4. Salim singh ki Haveli
  5. Mandir Palace
  6. Gadisar Lake
  7. Jain Temples
  8. Desert National Park
  9. Kuldhara
  10. Jaisalmer War Museum
  11. Bada Bagh
  12. Camel Rides

7. Jaipur – Pink City of India

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The Pink City of India, Jaipur is the land of King and their Kingdom. Jaipur is a perfect place to visit during winters. From Amber fort to Nahargarh fort, everything is royal. So book your ticket to take a dip inside the royal madness and live the excellence. Apart from its royalty, Jaipur amazes you with its culture, food, history and Literature. In 2021, the Jaipur Literature festival takes place in the month of January from 28th Jan to 1st Feb.

8. Hampi, Karnataka – The City of Ruins

Hampi Heritages Sites

Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, located on the banks of river Tungabhadra in Karnataka. The name Hampi is derived from the name of River Tungabhadra, Pampa, daughter of Lord Brahma. Locally this city is known as the town of Pampa.

Once, Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire and used to be the world’s second-largest city. There are many boulders around the city that are easy to climb and gives you a stunning view of the city. Surrounded by the 500+ ruins of the temples, monuments and other structures of Vijayanagar are the main attractions of this place.

Most of the ruins and prominent structures lie in two parts of the city one is Royal Centre and the other is the Sacred Centre. In the Royal Center, you can see palaces, baths, pavilions and temples for ceremonial use. And around the sacred center, you can see Virupaksha temple and the Hampi Bazaar.

Major Tourist Attraction:

  1. Hampi Bazaar Area
  2. Royal Center
  3. Virupaksha Temple
  4. Vijaya Vittala Temple
  5. Archaeological Museum in Hampi
  6. Achyutaraya Temple
  7. Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple
  8. Stone Chariot, Hampi
  9. Lotus Mahal
  10. Royal Enclosure, Hampi

9. Kumarakom, Kerala

kumarakom village

Kumarakom is a small village in the backwaters of Kerala on the banks of Vembanad Lake. It is one of the reasons that make Kerala one of the sought tourist attractions in the country. This city has everything for travelers from Vembanad lake which is known for its backwater charm to Kumarakom bird sanctuary which is home of the best flora and fauna available in Kerala.

10. Goa – Land of Beaches

Goa India

Located at the west coast of India, Goa is one of the best places to visit in India in January. Once a Portuguese colony now developed as a tourist attraction with beaches, amazing heritage sites, beautiful churches, temples, forts, golden sands and other more. Even Goa is the smallest state of India but tops the list of the best places to visit in India.

Goa is a heaven for those who love music, dance, party, art and culture. Due to its tropical weather, Goa is a destination of all seasons. Goa is divided into two parts North Goa and South Goa. The beaches in North Goa are perfect for the beach holidays while those in south goa are known for the scenic splendor. Apart from the beaches, Goa is also famous for the beautiful churches of Old Goa.

Goa Tourist Attractions:

  1. Butterfly Beach
  2. Anjuna Beach
  3. Baga Beach
  4. Calangute Beach
  5. Fort Aguada
  6. Tito’s Street
  7. Dudhsagar Waterfall
  8. Club Cubana
  9. Chapora Fort
  10. Grand Island
  11. Basilica of Bom Jesus
  12. Vagator Beach
  13. Divar Island

11. Gokarna – Karnataka

Gokarna beach
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A small holy town with pristine beaches and spectacular views, located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. Every year tourist comes here for a relaxing and peaceful vacation. Gokarna is one of the kindest and affordable places full of palm trees, blue sears and golden sands. The beaches are here not too fancy and crowded, it’s meant to be slow and relaxing vacation.

12. Puri Odisha

Puri Odisha

A prestigious pilgrimage destination, one of four Dham of Hindus; the city is sprawled along the coastline of the Bay of Bengal in the state of Odisha. Puri is famous for the Shri Jagannath temple which is believed to be the final resting place for the Lord Vishnu.

Puri along with Konark and Bhubaneshwar makes the Golden Triangle of Odisha. Puri is known for its larger than life festival of Jagannath temple that sees millions of footfalls. Along with Jagannath Temple, Puri is famous for its beaches, lakes, food, arts and crafts.



Top Tourist attractions of Puri:

  1. Jagannath Temple
  2. Golden Beach
  3. Balighai Beach
  4. Chilika Lake
  5. Brahmagiri
  6. Narendra Sarovar
  7. Puri Beach

13. Auli, Uttarakhand – Ski Resorts of India

auli ropeway - places to visit in auli

Located at the height of 2800 meters on the way to Badrinath in Uttarakhand. Auli is one of the best places to visit in January in India. It is one of the few places in India where Skiing is the favorite pass time.

Auli boasts of Aisa Longest Cable car with 4 KM which allows you to see the stunning view of snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas. Auli also offers a majestic view of Nikanth Hathi Parbat, Mount Nanda Devi, Dungagiri, Nanga Parbat, Beethartoli and Ghori Parbat. One can also do trekking, skiing, paragliding and much more.

Along with Auli, you can also visit other nearby attractions like Badrinath (51KM Away), Josimnath (16KM Away), Valley of Flower (36KM Away), and Hemkund Sahib (51.4KM Away).

Major Tourist Attraction in Auli:

  1. Skiing
  2. Auli Artificial Lake
  3. Gurso Bugyal
  4. Nanda Devi Peak
  5. Auli Ropeway
  6. Chattrakund
  7. Auli Ski Resort
  8. Trishul Peak
  9. Salidhar Tapowan
  10. Nanda Devi National Park
  11. Nandaprayag

14. Rishikesh

ram jhula rishikesh

The Gateway of Himalayan, The Land of Sages (Rishi), Rishikesh is one of the best places to visit in January in India. Situated on the bank of the River Ganges, Rishikesh is known for its temples, river Ganga, Yoga, Spirituality and adventurous activities. The bungee jumping and rafting of Rishikesh is famous all over India. January is the coldest month in Rishikesh despite this many tourists come here to do rafting in the Ganga river. Due to chilly weather, it is advisable to carry heavy woolens during this time.

Top Things to do in Rishikesh:

  • Witness the famous Ganga Aarti of Rishikesh at Triveni Ghat
  • Try some Yoga
  • Cafe hopping
  • Get an Ayurvedic Massage
  • Do visit Ram and Lakashman Jhula
  • Camping in Shivpuri
  • Visit Beatles Ashra

15. Udaipur


The city of Lakes and the Venice of the east, Udaipur was founded in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh II. Udaipur is located around blue water lakes and is surrounded by the lush greenery of Aravali hills. The famous Dhebar Lake is the second largest sweet water lake in Asia while the Lake Palace that is located in the middle of Lake Pichola is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Udaipur. Apart from Lakes, Udaipur attracts the large number of people interested in arts and crafts when the 10-day Shilpgam festival is held in the month of December. The city is also known for the richness of Zinc and Marble.

Top Tourist Attractions in Udaipur:

  • Udaipur City Palace
  • Lake Palace
  • Monsoon Palace
  • Jagdish Temple
  • Ahar Museum
  • Lake Pichola
  • Fateh Sagar Lake
  • Bagore ki Haveli
  • Vintage and Classic Car Museum
  • Udai Sagar Lake
  • Jaisamand Lake
  • Wax Museu

16. Pondicherry


The former French Colony, Pondicherry is situated around 135 KM from Chennai. This place is known for its beaches and water sports like Scuba diving, surfing, and scuba jumping. The beaches here are not too crowded so you easily get the must need solitude in Pondicherry. Sri Aurobindo Ashram is famous for its spirituality and meditation attracts a large of number tourists. Auroville International City is another major attraction of Pondicherry where people from all countries, caste, religion, creeds and different ideologies can live together peacefully and progressive harmony. The main purpose of this city is to realize unity. Apart from tourist places don’t forget to taste the delicious sea food, French cuisine and famous Zuka chocolate.

Major Tourist Attractions of Pondicherry:

  • Mediated at Aurobindo Ashram
  • Explore Auroville International City
  • Explore beautiful beaches like Promenade beach, paradise beach, Serenity beach and Auro beach
  • Visit the Sacred Heart Basilica
  • Puducherry Museum
  • French War Memorial
  • Bharathi Par

17. Varanasi


If spirituality attracts you, then you must go to Varanasi in January. The abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati, Varanasi is the oldest living city in the world. Varanasi is also known as Banaras and Kashi. For ages, it is one of the most popular pilgrim destinations for Hindus. Situated on the bank of the river Ganges, Varanasi is the center of learning and civilization for thousands of years. According to legends, those who are graced to die on the land of Varanasi would attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of death and birth.

Also, the water of the River Ganges is believed to have the power to wash away all the sins of mortals. This place is older than history, tradition, culture, and even the legends associated with this city. The name of this city is mentioned in Hindu epics like Mahabharta, Bhagavatam, Vedas and Puranas.

Top Tourist Attractions in Varansi:

  • River Ganga
  • Dasawanmedh Ghat
  • Assi Ghat
  • Durga Temple
  • New Vishwanath Temple
  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple
  • Ramnagar Fort
  • Bharat Mata temple
  • Manikarnika Gha

18. Alleppey


The backwater paradise of God’s own country (Kerala), Alleppey is the best place to beat up the chill of January in India. Located around 155 KM from Trivandrum, Alleppey is famous for its backwater charm, network canals, serene beauty, evergreen coconut groves, houseboat cruises, azure lagoons and mystic natural beauty. The romantic houseboat cruises attract a large number of tourists all over India. Also, Alleppey is home to the largest lake in India, Vembanad lake. Apart from natural beauty, the Ayurvedic resorts will make your stay more pleasant.

Top Tourist Attractions of Alleppey:

  • Vembanad Lake
  • Marari beach
  • Kuttanad
  • Alleppey beach
  • Krishnapuram Palace
  • Pathiramanal island

19. Gangtok

gurudongmar lake - gangtok

Gangtok is arguably one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. The land of monasteries, Gangtok is nestled amid the Himalayas. This beautiful hill station is the base for the trekkers to the Himalayan mountain range. Gangtok is that place where you have a spectacular view of Kanchenjunga peak, the third highest peak in the world. There are various viewpoints in Gangtok like Tosh view point, Ganesh tok and Hanuman tok where you can have an amazing view of this mighty peak. Also, there are various adventurous pass and lakes located around Gangtok including Changgu lake, Nathula Pass, Gurudongmar lake and Lachen & Lachung village.

Top Tourist Attractions in Gangtok:

  • Kanchenjunga Peak
  • Seven Sisters Waterfalls
  • Ranka Monastery
  • Rumtek Monastery
  • Cable Car Ropeway
  • Lachen & Lachung
  • Nathula Pas

20. Zanskar, Ladakh

zanskar - best places to visit in january in india

Situated in the Himalayan range, Zanskar is one of the most beautiful offbeat destinations in India. Zanskar is popular among adventure lovers with thrilling trekking trails, mountain biking, jeep safari, camping, horse riding, paragliding and river rafting. Lamayuru to Padum and Lamayuru to Darcha are some of the famous trekking trails near Zanskar. The scenic view of high mountain passes, the snow-capped Himalayan range, and rich flora & fauna makes it a perfect place to visit in January in India. But it is only accessible from April to August.

Top Tourist Attraction of Zanskar:

  • Zanskar Valley
  • Pensi La Pass
  • Padum
  • Zanskar River
  • Rangdum Village
  • Sani Gompa
  • Burdan Monastery
  • Karsha Gompa
  • Stongde Monaster

How to reach Zanskar?

Road is the best way to reach as Zanskar doesn’t have any airport and railway connectivity. NH1 and NH301 connects Zanskar to Leh and Srinagr.

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