Given that ours is a tropical country, and we face hot and scorching summers you may want to visit someplace cool for winters and experience snow and see the sunrise from in between the mountains just like you drew it in art class in school. So we have come up with a list of some of the places you should visit to make this winter more memorable.
Located in Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country. It is one of the most famous tourist spots in the country. During the months of December, January and February, Shimla is a heaven for mountain and snow lovers. Known as the Queen of the Hills, the sight of evergreen trees covered with snow is truly sensational. When visiting Shimla, keep a good pair of mountain shoes handy as you will need to walk around a lot in order to enjoy the sights.
Temperature: 7 °C
What to do: Take a toy train ride, go for rafting on Tattapani or enjoy camping.
Must-try food: Madra- made with soaked chickpeas and veggies
Thukpa - a dish originally
from Tibet consisting of noodles and soup.
Even though Manali is beautiful throughout the year, its untamed beauty is best enjoyed in the winters. With snow-white mountain peaks and green valley surrounding the area, Manali is a crowd favourite when it is winter. It is a resort town and is located in the northern part of Himachal Pradesh. Manali is famous not only for its scenic beauty, but also the activities one can partake in. From hiking and skiing to paragliding and river rafting, Manali is the complete package for an adventure lover.
Temperature: -2 °C
What to do: You can visit the Rohtang Pass, visit the various Tibetian Monastries, or if you are feeling adventurous, you can take part in paragliding and river rafting.
Must-try food: Trout- One of the best delicacies of this area, the trout is slow-cooked after marinating it which gives it its distinct taste.
Khatta- The original ‘khatta’ can only be found in Manali. It is a mixture of pumpkin power, ‘boondi’ and dry mango powder.
Located in Uttarakhand, Nainital is a resort town in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Apart from being abundantly blessed with multiple lakes and scenic beauty, Nainital is filled with colonial architecture which further enhances the overall beauty of this place. Nainital got its name because of the presence of the Naini Lake. Rightly called as the city of Lakes, Nainital has a lot to offer to its tourists. You can go boating in one of the lakes, shop at the different stalls and malls and also enjoy the local delicacies. The ropeway is one of the best ways to lose yourself in the beauty of the Himalayan mountain ranges.
Temperature: 14 °C - 2 °C
What to do: You can go boating in one of the lakes, shop at the different stalls and Mall and also visit the Pangot And Kilbury Bird Sanctuary
Must-try food: Momo- Although momos are available all over India, the momos of Nainital have an exceptionally unique taste. Made with minced meat or veggies, and dough, it is a must-have when visiting Nainital.
One of the biggest salt deserts in the world The Great Rann of Kutch has seen an explosion in the number of tourists visiting this place during the winter. Even though it is considered to be an offbeat place, it is famous for its annual festival called the Rann Utsav. During the winter season, the climate of this place is extremely soothing and just perfect for sightseeing.
Temperature: 18 °C
What to do: You can visit Kala Dungar- the highest point in Rann of Kutch, enjoy a Camel ride on the Mandvi reach
Must-try food: Dabeli- Even though famous all over the world, only in the Rann of Kutch do you get the most variations.
Winter is the best time to visit Rajasthan. Take a dive into the culturally rich state of Rajasthan and find yourself embraced in art, colour, and history. The climate of Rajasthan is just about perfect during this time of the year. Warm afternoons are perfect for the various activities you can take part in while the chilly nights are just perfect for enjoying the hot delicacies of Rajasthan. With numerous forts and palaces to visit, Rajsthan is just the perfect getaway you deserve.
Temperature: -2 °C
What to do: You can take a safari to enjoy the wildlife of Rajasthan, or go for a Hot Air Balloon ride and visit the various forts.
Must-try food: The Rajsthani Thali is probably one of the most famous items of Rajasthan. It has a lot of curries as well and parathas and other typical Rajasthani delicacies and tastes heavenly.
The capital city of Meghalaya, Shillong is a major attraction for tourists in Meghalaya. The word ‘Shillong; means ‘Abode of the clouds’. Even though Shillong can be visited throughout the year, but in winter, the whole city comes to life as flowers start to bloom and the temperature starts cooling down. Shillong’s scenic beauty owing to the presence of lakes and the mountain valleys is unparalleled.
Temperature: 2 °C
What to do: You can visit the Umiam Lake, or visit the market and spoil yourself with the various
Must-try food: Jodoh- A rice-based dish, Jadoh is famous in Shillong. It is red rice with pork meat. However, if you do not have pork you can ask them not to add it.
Pumaloi- If you are vegetarian you can try this steamed powdered rice dish. It is appetizing as well as interesting.
So if you have read all the places you must primarily visit this winter then you must have one already fixated in your mind. You might even be thinking about packing your bags and already being there, and guess what? We agree with you!
Writer: Sayotoni Hazra.