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winter Packages in India

The idea of snuggling up before a crackling fire, steaming cocoa in one hand and a book in the other as the snow piles up outside your window, is what gives winter holidays its special charm.

Holidays are always fun regardless the season, but the dimension and cosiness of holidays in winter can be experienced when you are exploring a country as climatically diverse as India.

The Tropic of Cancer passing through its centre might give it a largely tropical climate, but when the Thar Desert to the northwest and the Himalayas, the planet’s highest and most extensive mountain range, to the north come together, among others you have some cold to chilly winters.

What with the northern regions witnessing fair bit of snow between December and January. By and large the Indian winter season commences from mid-November and lasts till February opening up some fantastic winter holiday destinations that turn into a white wonderland under a blanket of snow.

But the country’s topography makes even winter a widely different experience across regions. For instance, the winter in the Western Ghats is much milder than the ones in Punjab, Haryana or New Delhi. But just as the capital of the country enjoys a chilly weather, its northern neighbours like Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and parts of Uttarakhand freeze over.

By the same token the coastal region of the country like the Konkan coast or the region skirting the Bay of Bengal receive gentle winter with ample sunshine in the days and a nippy breeze in the evenings. Depending on your love and your tolerance of the cold weather, you can choose from an array of winter tour packages in India.

A bulk of your choice depends on the kind of activity you wish to pursue on your winter holiday and weather or not the climate is conducive for it.

Winter holidays in India range from hardcore skiing destinations such as a Auli, scrambling up a tea estate in Darjeeling or Munnar, motorbiking over a frozen Pangong Lake in Leh-Ladakh, doing a train tide through the pleasantly cool Konkan coast, enjoying a cruise from Port Blair to the Havelock Island in the Andamans or simply driving past fields of snow in Gulmarg.

Not many places in the world have such a diverse winter climate as India each with its unique offering and atmospherics.

Here we suggest some ideas for a perfect winter vacation in India.

India’s snowy north : Kashmir, Himachal, Uttarakhand, and Leh-Ladakh are a significant part of winter tour packages. If your idea of a winter holiday comprises tracts of snow, stiff peaks of ice and cosy gabled construction tucked away in an equally white landscape, your have ample choices among North India’s winter getaways.

Shimla, Manali, Kullu, Nainital, Dhanaulti, Chakrata, Chamba, Kasauli, Auli, Gulmarg, Sonamarg are the destinations you can experience snow in winter. The ideal time to visit these destinations is between Mid-December and January when the cover of white is thick as a blanket and the outdoorsy kind can indulge in activities like skiing, snow boarding, trekking or even boating.

A Shikara ride on a misty Dal Lake in Srinagar can numb you to the bones but it also exposes you to a stunning winter scenery you will remember for time to come. Aside from riding a cable car in Gulmarg, you can sign up for hot-air ballooning, heli-skiing, and skating in Kashmir.

Another extreme adventure of sorts is walking on the frozen Zanskar River in Leh, popularly known as the Chadar trek. Else enjoy trotting down the snowy slopes of Pahalgam on the back of a pony and experience the beauty of a Kashmiri winter.

India’s lush south : South India wears a mystical green cover in the winter months. It is largely because the monsoon rains have ebbed and the trees are back in full bloom, carpeting the hills and the valleys with their lively green vines and blossoms in every imaginable hue.

Little wonder, there are ample winter holiday packages to the southern region of the country especially to its hills and backwaters. In Kerala, backwater getaways such as Alleppey, Kollam, Kumarakom are perfect to drift down in a kettuvalom or houseboat and take in a keen breeze.

The backwater life leaps back to life post the rains and in the colder months starting from late November to February offer rewarding scenery nudging you to stay outdoors for the better part of your stay. Beach getaways down south like Kovalam, Kanyakumari, Varkala are a flurry of activities with some crisp sunshine in the day.

Head out to Munnar, Coorg, Ooty, Wayanad if you seek to be among the Western Ghats and enjoy the misty tea, coffee and spice estates and some beautiful flowering valleys. The Eravikulum Wildlife Sanctuary is open at this time of the year and offers a good chance to spot the endemic Nilgiri Tahr.

Round up your South India stay with a quick break in India’s answer to the French Riviera, Pondicherry. Pondi’s open courtyard cafes, its long and leafy seaside promenade and its general aura at this time of year holds a special appeal.

India’s vibrant west : Tackle the Konkan coast either by train or fly straight into Goa and experience its carnival-like atmosphere come December. Goa’s beaches receive a breather with the setting of the winter months, besides it also heralds the holiday season bringing in busloads of European travellers to its beaches and shacks.

Aside from tucking into some of the freshest seafood and the fiery Goan Vindaloo, there is joy is zipping down its narrow by-lanes in a bike and soaking up the street life. North Goa hosts a range of Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties at its popular party venues like Tito’s in Baga and the many clubs and bars on Anjuna.

The hills stations close to Mumbai and Pune are also great to visit in this season. Whether it is Lavasa near Pune or Mahabaleshwar near Mumbai, the hills offer a pleasant respite to a city starved for some pleasant and cool, and not to mention, a dash of greenery.

Kutch in Gujarat, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Mount Abu, Ranakpur, Jaisalmer and Ranthambhore are perfect winter getaways in Rajasthan. From boating on Lake Pichola, fort-hopping in Jodhpur, visiting the Jain temples of Ranakpur and Mount Abu and desert safari in Jaisalmer, a winter holiday with your family here will be apt when the weather is between pleasant to cold.

India’s glittering east and north-east : Either you arrive in Bagdogra and plan a nice winter vacay in Darjeeling and explore places like Ghum, Mirik, Kalimpong, the rolling tea estates, frost-covered hills and some truly breathtaking sunrise over the snow-covered Tiger Hills.

Or arrive in Kolkata and after paying your tributes at its customary eat and drink landmarks and the epic coffee houses, proceed to explore its cultural roots in places like Shantiniketan, Bakura, Mednipur among others.

Look up the terracotta temples, the trademark terracotta horses of Bakura that are home to a host of delicately handcrafted pieces. You can then ride a ferry to Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman Islands.

December to February is the best time to visit this archipelago and browse its white beaches and azure waters. After a stay of a day or two in Port Blair and exploring its beaches like Chidiya Tapu and Corbyn Cove, set off for the sun-and-sand paradise of Havelock.

Elephant’s Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Neil’s Cove are some of its gems. The waters of these beaches are popular with snorkellers and divers for their vivid marine life and colourful reefs. With a weather increasingly favourable and the skies clear of storms, there is no better time to be at Andaman and enjoy its bountiful deep sea delights than the winter season.

Choose the kind of holiday you have in mind, and quickly plan your winter break to one of India’s gorgeous cold destinations.

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Winter Packages FAQs

Q. Which are the top destinations in India to see snow in winter?
A. Leh-Ladakh, Pahalgam and Gulmarg in Kashmir, Auli in Uttarakhand aside from several other destinations in both Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand such as Manali, Kullu, Nainital, Shimla, Mussoorie, Chamba, Chakrata, Dhanaulti, all turn into a winter wonderland receiving generous amounts of snow through December and January.


Q. Where can I go skiing in India in winter?
A. Auli, the Himalayan ski resort in Uttarakhand is the foremost destination for skiing in the Indian winters. A land of oak jungles surrounded by the Nar Parvat and Nanda Devi peaks, Auli is the ideal white landscape for some serious skiing. It is connected by a cable car to the nearby Joshimath. The Badrinath temple is quite close from Auli, as is the Valley of Flowers National Park known for its special blossom, red foxes and snow leopards.


Q. What are the trekking options in winter?
A. Consider the Chadar trek which is an exciting, adrenaline-surging activity in Leh when the Zanskar Lake freezes over in winter. At 11,400 feet above sea level, the trek begins in Leh and progresses to the frozen Zanskar River. Trekking on ice is a surreal experience and warrants you to be aware of the ice conditions such as a crack in ice, dusting of snow or slippery ice and the precautions one needs to take to trek on such a surface. February is the best time to take up the Chadar trek.


Q. Is Rohtang Pass open in the winter months?
A. About 51 kilometre from Manali, Rohtang Pass on the Keylong-Leh highway is closed in the winter months owing to heavy snowfall. It further opens up in June and stays open till October when motor vehicles can pass through it. May brings in many adventure enthusiasts to Rohtang who take interest in skiing, mountain biking and snow scooter-ing. A gateway to Lahaul, Spiti and Leh Valley, it opens up phenomenal views of glaciers, frosty mountain peaks, and the Chandra River that flows into the Lahaul Valley. Stop by to see the majestic Rahala falls on the way to Rohtang from Manali.


Q. What is the weather of the Andamans in winter?
A. The winter months starting from late November to February are the best to visit the Andamans. Take a cruise or fly to Port Blair, the capital and the getaway to the Andaman Islands on the Bay of Bengal. Make the most of the pleasant weather and the gentle morning sunshine to explore around Port Blair, get its historical connect before heading out to Havelock Island for its stunning white sand beaches and aquamarine waters rich in reefs and exotic fish. Winter sunsets are particularly breathtaking in the Andamans.


Q. How is Goa in the winter season?
A. Tourism in Goa peaks in the winter months with the setting in of the holiday season between late November and February. The weather is pleasant and the beaches no more scorch in the day. There is an air of festivity at this time of the year as travellers from all over the world flock in for its boisterous Christmas and New Years gatherings with food festivals and parties spanning out across its many shacks and landmark eat and drink hubs. Travelling around Goa is also fun in the winter.


Q. How are the Kerala backwaters for a winter holiday?
A. Backwater getaways like Alleppey, Kollam and Kumarakom are ideal for a visit in the colder months of December, January and February. The humidity and the heat of the monsoons have ebbed by now and the weather is dry and cool with a gentle breeze blowing in from the sea through the day. You can explore the backwaters on a houseboat at your own pace, sit out on the deck with a sundowner as you watch the villages pass by.


Q. What are the popular destinations in Rajasthan for a winter holiday?
A. Rajasthan’s lakes, its dusty forts, golden sands and tiger reserves make for a perfect retreat in the cold months of December, January and February. Choose the lake city of Udaipur for a pleasant stay in the vicinity of the iconic Lake Pichola. Head out to Jodhpur, an absolute delight in these months and round up with an atmospheric dinner on the Mehran Terrace. Jaisalmer’s undulating dunes, its Golden Fort are ideal for a December or January visit when the sun is warm in the day and you can spend more time on foot without really exhausting yourself. Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Ranthambhore and Mount Abu can also be visited at this time of the year.


Q. When does the Rann Utsav take place?
A. The Rann Utsav in the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat begins late October and goes on till the mid-March when the salt flats of Rann shine in bright colours as it welcomes travellers from all over the world to its white landscape that turns into a veritable cultural venue. From art installations, to local artisans selling their wares from handicraft, pottery, weaves and textiles interspersed with some fantastic folk dance and music performances, make it a highlight of your Gujarat holiday in the winter. There are Swiss cottages and premium tents on the site you can book ahead of visiting the desert festival.


Q. Suggest some plantation visits in Winter?
A. No better time than winter to roam the sprawling tea estates of the country. Kerala’s Munnar is simply spellbinding in the cold months between December and February and even early March when the tea plantations are shrouded in a haze of mist making it quite an experience driving around them. Coorg’s extensive coffee estates and spice plantations send a cool breeze your way as you stay at a quaint little homestay in the heart of one. Darjeeling’s tea plantations such as the Glenburn Estate are simply perfect for a winter visit and offer views of the snow-covered Himalayan ranges.

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