10 of the Best Winter Holiday Destinations to Visit in India

10 of the Best Winter Holiday Destinations to Visit in India

Winter is here. It’s time for warm clothes, hot chocolate, and blanket cuddles. It’s time for travel. It’s time for snow. In some places and for some people, it’s time for Christmas. For the whole world, its new years, and it’s time for togetherness. 

A unique quality of winter is that it is also a time to go within. For many animals and birds, it’s time for hibernation. It’s cold outside; it’s snowing, the soul and body turns within. We turn inwards to go within and rest.  

Winter is many things for many people. Some love to rest, some love to travel, and some love to do both. 

Here are ten beautiful winter holiday destinations in India where you can rest and travel and enjoy the best of both worlds: 


Kerala is known for its luscious nature, thousands of species of plants and trees, blue water beaches, the backwaters, and so much more. It is also known for its offering of the healing sciences of yoga and Ayurveda. 

Kerala is one of the best winter holiday destinations in India. The cool winter breeze will soothe your soul after a yoga class. It is a perfect place to travel and go inwards at the same time. 

There are a number of yoga schools and Ayurveda resorts are available there that offers various yoga retreats and Kerala Ayurveda Retreats for the healing of your body, mind, and soul. 


Hampi. Located in the south of India, it is recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. It holds an ancient, beautifully constructed architecture of different eras. This ancient architecture was scientifically built and tells deep stores of the period when Ashoka ruled. 

The Vithala Temple, the Daroji Bear Sanctuary, the Queen’s Bath, The Matanga Hill are some of the most beautiful ancient and historic places to visit.


Goa is known for its beaches, its hippie culture, its mouth-watering sea-food, and its soul-awakening yoga programs. The climate of Goa makes it an apt destination for the practice of yoga and Ayurveda.

One of the best winter holiday destinations in India, Goa is the perfect place to travel inwards and outwards in search of the mysteries of the soul. 


Located 2 hours away from Goa, is a beautiful small town called Gokarna. Gokarna, too, is a meeting place and home to many yoga teachers and students. Gokarna, along with its beautiful beaches and heart-warming people, also provides space to teachers to hold yoga retreats in India. 


Mysore is well known for its South Indian dishes, ancient temples, sarees, waterfalls, and so much more. It is also well known for its offerings of yoga and Ayurveda. It is a perfect winter holiday destination in India where you can strengthen your body, mind, and soul with yoga and Ayurveda. 


One of the best winter holiday destination in India offers in-depth yoga retreats in India. Manali is known for its snow and the local dishes of Lungri ki sabzi, siddu, and the classic Rajma Chawal. 

The snow is said to reach at least 4-5 feet in the winters. It’s a perfect place to stay within, meditate and go inwards and when the sun comes out, to go outside and enjoy the majestic and magical mountains. 


Known as the land of gods, Rishikesh is known for Ganga Aarti, Lakshman Jhula Temple, its traditional Garhwali Meal, the Rajaji National Park, and so much more. 

Rishikesh is also home to some of the best yoga masters who live a deep yogic life and have set out to teach others the knowledge of yoga and Ayurveda. 

The place is home to numerous yoga schools, centers and ashrams where the ancient art of yoga is taught with authenticity since Rishikesh is also the birthplace of yoga. Winters can be chilly in this Himalayan foothill town but perfect to explore this ancient land and also indulge in yogic practices.

Rishikesh is a must-visit winter holiday destination in India. 


In 1959, Dharamshala became home to the Dalai Lama and the refugees who fled from Tibet. Since then, Dharamshala has become a mini Tibet with beautiful monasteries, Buddhist temples, Buddhist schools, libraries, and meditation centres. 

Dharamshala is known for its Buddhist culture and offers various yoga programs for the refinement of the body, mind, and soul. 

Dharamshala has various yoga schools that offer yoga teacher training courses for those that are deeply passionate about yoga and understand the importance of yoga in today’s world. 

During the winters, this Himalayan town turn into a natural spectacle with snow all around. Temperatures can be freezing especially during the months of December and January. So, always carry your layers with you.


A perfect winter holiday destination in India is the state of Rajasthan. You can enjoy the sun in the day and the freezing soul-soothing cold at night. Travelling in Rajasthan can be a fun adventure if you combine the delicious local cuisines with the grand architecture. 

It has been the home to many Kings and Queens, and you can enjoy the various forts and palaces where they have stayed in the ancient eras. 

Pushkar in Rajasthan is one of the most beautiful places. You can take a dip at the famous Pushkar Lake, attend the camel fair, visit the ancient temples of Brahma and Savitri, and spend some quality time with your loved ones in the Rose Garden. 


One of the most beautiful states in the the north-eastern part of India, Meghalaya, is a lovely winter holiday destination for those who are hungry for soulful adventures that touch upon the mystery of life and soul. 

You must visit Dawki, a beautiful place in Meghalaya where you can go fishing and enjoy the pristine Umngot River with crystal clear water. You can visit Mawlynnong, which has been awarded the title of the cleanest village in Asia. 

The living-root bridge in Riwai and the Deep Dark Valley Regain are real miracles of Mother Nature that you would surely not want to miss! 

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