10 Best Places To Visit In January In India!

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We all wish to start our year the best way possible and also according to a common belief if you have a great start to your year then throughout the year, greatness follows. And what else can be better than traveling? Choosing a destination can be tough though, but we have you covered by jotting down the best January places to visit in India. Happy Travelling!

Here is a list of the Best Places to Visit in January

1. Chadar Trek, Ladakh

Chadar Trek
Chadar Trek

If you really want to start your year with a true high, then Chadar Trek is one of the best January places to visit in India for you as it is one of the most unique, thrilling and challenging trek, the best part of which is during January-February only.

From walking on the thick sheets of snow and frozen Zanskar river to feeling the chilly piercing wind and the breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges, the Chadar trek is an experience of a lifetime.

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  • How to reach Chadar trek: Nearest airport Leh airport, Nearest railway station Banihal railway station is 167kms, Roadways is the best option to reach
  • Main attractions of Chadar trek:
    • Scenic beauty
    • Tibb
    • Frozen Zanskar River
    • The monastery at the end of the trek
  • What to do in Chadar trek:
    • Trekking
    • Photography
    • Camping
  • Main delicacies of Chadar trek:
    • Well, whatever the least and the best you can carry
  • Temperature range of Chadar trek in January: High -5°C, Low -25°C

2. Ranikhet, Uttarakhand

Ranikhet
Ranikhet

Translating to the “Queen’s Land”, Ranikhet stays completely true to its name. The very less explored mesmerizing place is full of mysteries which you will never be able to solve in just one visit.

Hiking on the narrow paths created by the locals, spending time with them knowing their culture over a cup of hot authentic tea, soaking in the scenic beauty and obviously the tourist spots will just leave you in an awe of it forever.

  • How to reach Ranikhet: Nearest airport Pantnagar airport is 110kms, Nearest railway station Kathgodam railway station is 60kms
  • Main attractions of Ranikhet:
    • Jhula Devi temple
    • Bhalu dam
    • Ranikhet golf course
    • Chaubatia Orchards
    • Gandhi Kuti
    • Katarmal Sun Temple
    • Haidakhan Temple
  • What to do in Ranikhet:
    • Walkthrough Chaubatia orchards
    • Sightseeing
    • Have a fun time at Ashiyana park
    • Visit Majkhali to get a stunning Himalayan view
    • Paragliding
    • Zorbing
    • Zip-lining at Naukunchiatal
    • Shop at the local market
  • Main delicacies of Ranikhet:
    • Variety of cuisines
  • Temperature range of Ranikhet in January: High 11°C, Low 2°C

3. Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand

Jim Corbett
Jim Corbett

One of the most famous national parks in India, Jim Corbett National Park is one of the best January places to visit in India in January as it is the best time to spot the maximum wildlife like Tiger, Himalayan black bears, sloth, yellow-throated martens and a lot more in the total wilderness and the dense forests by the exciting Jeep Safaris.

So if you are planning a family vacation or you are a wildlife photography lover then you can’t get anything better than this. There are also plenty of resorts in and near the national park for you to spend your vacation in tranquillity and make it a pleasant and memorable one.

  • How to reach Jim Corbett: Nearest airport Pantnagar airport is 82kms, Nearest railway station Ramnagar railway station is just 1km
  • Main attractions of Jim Corbett:
    • Corbett Tiger reserve
    • Bijrani zone Corbett National park
    • Corbett falls
    • Garjiya Devi temple
  • What to do in Jim Corbett:
    • Camping
    • Wildlife photography
    • Unwind at resorts in the lap of nature
    • Jeep safaris
  • Main delicacies of Jim Corbett:
    • Bhatt ki churkhani
    • Palak ka kappa
    • Rus
    • Arsa
    • Aloo ke gutke
    • Bhaang ki khatai
    • Sisunak saag
  • Temperature range of Jim Corbett in January: High 20°C, Low -2°C

4. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho
Khajuraho

A UNESCO world heritage site, Khajuraho is home to around 90 Hindu and Jain temples are a fine representation of Nagara style architecture and are quite famous for their erotic sculptures.

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So if the history and architecture intrigue you and you are looking for the same in your vacation this prominent heritage site is one of the best January places to visit in India.

  • How to reach Khajuraho: Khajuraho has its own airport and railway station
  • Main attractions of Khajuraho:
    • All the temples as much as you can visit
  • What to do in Khajuraho:
    • Photography
    • Temple visits
    • Pilgrimage tour
  • Main delicacies of Khajuraho:
    • Korma
    • Rogan josh
    • Mutton kebabs
    • Chicken biryani
    • Kheema
    • Sabudana khichdi
    • Moong dal halwa
    • Jalebi
    • Poha
    • Cashew barfi
    • Bafla
    • Kusli
    • Lavang lata
  • Temperature range of Khajuraho in January: High 24°C, Low 8°C

5. Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur Literature Festival
Jaipur Literature Festival

The capital city of Rajasthan, also known as “The Pink City”, Jaipur is one of the best cities in India with its impeccable beauty, rich cultural values and an enchanting history.

The forts, heritage sites, local areas of Jaipur are just incomparable and what adds to the beauty of Jaipur in January is the Jaipur Literature Festival, a festival solely dedicated to literature and books, such festivals are rare and if you are a literature enthusiast then you don’t want to miss this at any cost.

  • How to reach Jaipur: Jaipur has its own airport and railway station
  • Main attractions of Jaipur:
    • Amber Palace
    • Hawa Mahal
    • Jantar Mantar
    • City Palace
    • Jal Mahal
    • Nahargarh fort
    • Birla Mandir
  • What to do in Jaipur:
    • Attend Literature Festival
    • Cycling at Nahargarh fort
    • Village jeep safari
    • Shop till you drop
    • Hot Air Balloon ride
    • Visit elephantastic
    • Visit Chokidhani
    • Sightseeing
  • Main delicacies of Jaipur:
    • Pyaaz kachori
    • Rabdi Ghevar
    • Mirchi Wada
    • Rajasthani thali
    • Dal baati churma
    • Ker sangri
    • Gatte ki sabzi
    • Gajak
    • Lal maans
    • Rajasthani kadi
    • Laapsi
    • Baajre ki khichdi
    • Chokhani kheer
  • Temperature range of Jaipur in January: High  22°C, Low 8°C

6. Diu

Festa De Diu
Festa De Diu

It’s Festa De Diu time! Festa De Diu is Asia’s longest beach festival which is hosted by Diu in the month of January which undoubtedly makes Diu one of the best January places to visit in India.

Diu has always been a major attraction to those seeking a beach vacation but with a little less crowd but the scenario of Diu is a bit different during the festival but still, the calm atmosphere, the soothing vibe, and the quality beaches pull you like gravity and you can’t stop falling for it.

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  • How to reach Diu: Diu has its own airport, Nearest railway station Una railway station is 12kms away
  • Main attractions of Diu:
    • Diu Fort
    • Saint Paul’s church
    • Naida caves
    • INS Khukri Memorial
    • Gangeshwar Mahadev
    • Pani Kotha
    • Nagao Beach
    • Shell museum
  • What to do in Diu:
    • Relax at beaches
    • Cave hopping
    • Attend Festa De Diu
    • Bonfire on the beach
    • Water sports
  • Main delicacies of Diu:
    • Sea food
    • Gujarati cuisine
    • Portuguese cuisine
    • Parsi cuisine
  • Temperature range of Diu in January: High 27°C, Low 17°C

7. Munnar, Kerala

Munnar
Munnar

Probably the most ideal hill station you can find in India, Munnar, and also our personal favorite. Sitting in the lap of the Western Ghats in the state of Kerala, the tea gardens, the colloquial peaks, and the lush greenery will have a significant charm on you.

The exotic weather and the scenic beauty here are just unparalleled, you can go trekking, hiking, rock climbing, rappelling, find some hidden waterfalls and this vacation will stay with you forever.

  • How to reach Munnar: Nearest airport Cochin International airport is 106kms, Nearest railway station Aluva railway station is 105kms
  • Main attractions of Munnar:
    • Eravikulam National park
    • Mattupetty dam
    • Anamudi
    • Attukad waterfalls
    • Kolukkumalai tea plantation
    • Chokramudi peak
    • Blossom international park
  • What to do in Munnar:
    • Trekking
    • Camping
    • Sightseeing
    • Spot endangered Nilgiri Tahr
    • Mountain biking
    • Rock climbing
    • Water sports
    • Elephant safari
    • Explore tea museums and plantations
    • Street shopping
    • Ayurvedic spa
    • Watch Kathakali and kalarippayattu
  • Main delicacies of Munnar:  
    • Appam with stew
    • Idiyappam with Egg curry
    • Puttu and kadal curry
    • Nadan Kozhi varuthathu
    • Kerala prawn curry
    • Beef fry and Malabar Parotta
    • Ari pathri and chicken curry
  • Temperature range of Munnar in January: High 22°C, Low 12°C

8. Mamallapuram-Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Float Festival Madurai
Float Festival Madurai

South India never fails to draw your attention when it comes to the cultural values.

Tamil Nadu just comes alive during January as Mamallapuram hosts the Mamallapuram Dance Festival, an absolute delight to the culture lovers.

Madurai hosts the Float Festival with the rangolis soothing your eyes and the chanting of mantras just purifying the atmosphere and also with Pongal falling around the same time, Mamallapuram-Madurai is the best January places to visit in India if you are looking for a divine trip.

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  • How to reach Mamallapuram-Madurai: Nearest airport to Mamallapuram, Chennai airport is 54kms, Nearest railway station to Mamallapuram, Chengalpattu railway station is 29kms, Madurai has its own airport and railway station
  • Main attractions of Mamallapuram-Madurai:
    • Descent of the Ganges
    • Tiger caves
    • Samanar hills
    • Gandhi museum
    • Meenakshi temple
    • Panch rathas
    • Shore temples
  • What to do in Mamallapuram-Madurai:
    • Watch crocodiles in their natural habitat
    • Ayurvedic spa
    • Sightseeing
    • Explore the lighthouse
    • Surfing
    • Move Krishna’s butterball
  • Main delicacies of Mamallapuram-Madurai:
    • Kothu parotta
    • Kothu parotta
    • Idiyappam kurma
    • Puliyodharai
    • Aviyal
    • Idly
    • Dosa
    • Bun parotta
    • Jigarthanda
    • Paruthi paal
  • Temperature range of Mamallapuram-Madurai in January: High 29°C, Low 19°C

9. Kalimpong, West Bengal

Kalimpong
Kalimpong

If you are looking to get away from the hustle-bustle of the concrete jungle to unwind and a perfect winter place then heads straight away to this less discovered and a hidden gem of the east, Kalimpong.

The monasteries, little gompas, beautiful valleys, rivers, and the beauty will leave you asking for more. Kalimpong should top your list if you are looking for a cozy vacation.

  • How to reach Kalimpong: Nearest airport Bagdogra airport is 78kms, Nearest railway station Jalpaiguri railway station is 79kms
  • Main attractions of Kalimpong:
    • Phodong Monastery
    • Delo Park
    • Pine view nursery
    • Thongsa Gompa
    • Jang Dog Palriffo Brang Gompa
    • Tharpa Choeling Gompa
    • St. Theresa Catholic Church
    • Neora Valley National Park
  • What to do in Kalimpong:
    • River rafting in Teesta river
    • Explore colonial architecture at crockety
    • Shop at local Bazar
    • Visit the haunted morgan house
    • Visit Himalayan handmade paper industry
    • Sightseeing
  • Main delicacies of Kalimpong:
    • Momos
    • Thukpa
    • Mishti Doi
    • Churpee (must try)
  • Temperature range of Kalimpong in January: High 18°C, Low 6°C

10. Santiniketan, West Bengal

Santiniketan
Santiniketan

If you want to spend some peaceful time while exploring something unique and new then Santiniketan is one of the best January places to visit in India.

Referred to as the “Sweetest Place in India”, this town belonged to the great Rabindranath Tagore himself and thus holds quite a significant heritage value. You are sure to experience calmness and feel the literature around you and also explore the Bengali culture a bit.

  • How to reach Santiniketan: Nearest airport Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport, Kolkata is 164kms, Nearest railway station Bolpur railway station is just 3kms
  • Main attractions of Santiniketan:
    • The Rabindranath Bharathi Museum
    • Tagore house
    • Prakriti Bhavan
    • Udichi
    • Kala Bhavan
    • Amar kutir
    • Chhatimtala
  • What to do in Santiniketan:
    • Relax
    • Read books
    • Indulge yourself in literature
  • Main delicacies of Santiniketan:
    • Bengali food
    • Mishti Doi
    • Cham Cham
    • Bengali sweets
  • Temperature range of Santiniketan in January: High 25°C, Low 10°C

So, where are you planning to start your year at?

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FAQs

What are the best places to visit in January?

1. North India
2. the British Virgin Islands
3. Dubai
4. Costa Rica
5. Tulum

Which hill station in India is best in January?

1. Gulmarg
2. Mussoorie
3. Ladakh
4. Lachung
5. Manali

Where should I travel in January 2021?

With many countries not allowing tourists, the best option you have to travel in January 2021 are Dubai and Maldives.

Where is a warm place to vacation in January?

1. Australia
2. Hawaii
3. Martinique
4. Havana
5. Dubai


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