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20 Tourist Places in India That You Cannot Miss This December

The winter vacation is one of the most awaited breaks and a great time to visit some of the most popular tourist places in India. This period, especially the last week of December always manages to get everyone in high spirits.

However, family-oriented folks generally look forward to going on a week-long vacation. Whatever be your preference, there’s definitely something in store for you in the below-mentioned list of twenty best tourist places to visit in India during this winter.

Goa

Who doesn’t want to be a part of India’s very own Las Vegas during the Christmas and New Year season? Although crowded, the casinos and beaches are the best places to hang out during the New Year season.

You can also indulge in some interesting activities such as Trekking, Beach Camping, and much more.

Goa
Goa
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – Panjim, Miramar Beach, Donna Paula Beach, Calangute Beach, Baga Beach
  • Things to do – Party like a Rock Star, Beach hopping, Beach Camping, Sightseeing, Water Sports
  • Nearest Airport – Dabolim Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station – Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and Madgaon Railway Station

Agra

The city that houses one of the world’s seven wonders is definitely one of those tourist places in India that everyone wants to visit. Nonetheless, the scorching heat of Agra is the only reason that keeps most people away from it.

However, the month of December is one of the coolest months and one of the best times to tour Agra. You can also visit the majestic Agra Fort, the glorious Fatehpur Sikri, and much more without getting scorched.

Agra Fort
Agra Fort
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Mehtab Bagh
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Trekking, Photography, Places of Historic interest
  • Nearest Airport – Agra Airport (Connected via Delhi and Jaipur)
  • Nearest Railway Station – Agra Fort Railway Station

Srinagar

Imagine waking up to see the entire region around you clad in white snow, indeed December is the best time to head for these snow-capped mountains and enjoy the breathtaking views out there.

If you are a skiing freak, then this is one of the best places to visit in December in India. You can ski through the forests or make a snowman with your kids. In fact, just a walk through the wonderful snow-clad mountains is an outstanding experience.

Srinagar Snowfall in December
Srinagar Snowfall in December
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Chashme Shahi
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Trekking, Photography, Houseboat
  • Nearest Airport – Srinagar Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station – Srinagar Railway Station

Auli

Yet another great place to explore in Kashmir in the month of December is Auli. You can simply capture the beauty of the snow laden peaks or ski across the snowy mountains. You can revel in the beauty of nature for hours with some great Himachali food.

Auli Skiing in Winter
Auli Skiing in Winter
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – Joshi Math, Auli Lake, Chattrakund, Gorson Bugyal, Kwani Bugyal, Auli Ropeway
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Trekking, Photography, Ropeway
  • Nearest Airport – 286 km away is the Jolly Grant Airport via Delhi
  • Nearest Railway Station – 264 km away is the Rishikesh Railway Station

Pahalgam

This is a scenic shepherd’s town where you can connect with the friendly locals while having a great time capturing nature’s beauty with your camera. So if you are looking for one of the calmest places to visit in December then try Pahalgam for a change.

Pahalgam in Winter
Pahalgam in Winter
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – Mamaleshwar Temple, Sheshnag Lake, Betaab Valley, Aru Valley, Chandanwari, Lidder River, Kolahoi Glacier, Lohab Valley
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Trekking, Rafting, Photography, Amarnath Yatra
  • Nearest Airport – 95 km away is the Srinagar Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station – 255 km away is the Jammu Railway Station

Rann of Kutch

The inviting white deserts open up their arms to tourists during the winter season, displaying great grandeur of the local art and culture. In December, these salt marshes turn out to be one of the most exotic and alluring places to visit in December.

The days are best spent on a desert camel safari and during the nights, one can enjoy the bonfire with some traditional folk music.

Rann of Kutch
Rann of Kutch
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – Rann festival, Thar Desert, Topansar Lake, Aina Mahal, Mandovi Beach, Kalo Dongar, Kandla Port, Vijay Vilas Palace
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Folk art and culture, Beach Hopping, Camping, Desert Safari, Camel Safari, Places of historic interest
  • Nearest Airport – 80 km away is the Bhuj Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station – 70 km away is the Bhuj Railway Station

Kodaikanal

The perfect way to unwind is by taking off to a pleasant hill station if you agree then Kodaikanal is one of the most tranquil locations to head for. The lush greenery of the evergreen forests of this region brings great relief to the worked up nerves.

Kodaikanal Lake
Kodaikanal Lake
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – Kodaikanal Lake, Bryant Park, Croaker’s Walk, Silver Cascade Falls
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Trekking, Boating, Photography
  • Nearest Airport – 120 km away is the Madurai Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station – 171 km away is the Coimbatore Junction

Bandipur

Wildlife Safaris is one of the best Things to do in winter because the monsoon is done with and there is no fear of the scorching heat. In fact, Bandipur, in particular, is one of the best places to visit in December in India, more so if you don’t want to miss an encounter with the big cats.

You can choose a safari and head for the nearby tourist places or even stay in a Forest Resort here. Also, not very far away, there are several cottages and tree houses available.

Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary
Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – Tigers, Elephants, Antelopes, Deer
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Wildlife Safari, Photography
  • Nearest Airport – Around 74 km is the Mysuru Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station – Around 73 km away is the Mysuru Railway Station

Coorg

The iconic mountains, breathtaking valleys and gushing waterfalls shrouded by forests at this picturesque locations turn colder and much more beautiful during December. You can take a dip in the holy Talacauvery, or watch the gushing waters at Abbey falls, or the lesser known Irupu falls.

There are also some amazing places to trek and camp in Coorg but beware of certain areas infested by Tigers and Leopards out there.

Coorg Talacauvery Temple
Coorg Talacauvery Temple
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – Talacauvery, Madikeri, Kushalnagar, Nagarhole National Park
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Trekking, Hiking, Rafting, Kayaking
  • Nearest Airport – 120 km is the Mysuru Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station – 108 km is the Mysuru Railway Station

Andaman

The monsoon ends around mid-October, but November is your best bet because then the Bay of Bengal is back to its calm and serene self. This is the time when you can trek Mount Harriett for spectacular views or laze at the Radhanagar Beach, one of the best beaches in Asia.

Andaman Scuba Diving
Andaman Scuba Diving
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – Radhanagar Beach, Mount Harriett, Havelock Island, Viper Island, Neil Island
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Sea Walking, Kayaking
  • Nearest Airport – Port Blair Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station – None

Jodhpur

The Sun City is a place you cannot miss this winter, mainly because you won’t tire yourself under the scorching sun. Jodhpur witnesses a climate ranging between 26 degrees to 30 degrees celcius during December and is considered one of the most ideal places to visit during that period. You can tour the towering Mehrangarh Fort and go zip-lining from there.

Jodhpur Sun City
Jodhpur Sun City
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – Mehrangarh, Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jaswant Thada
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Trekking, Photography, Places of Historic interest
  • Nearest Airport – Jodhpur Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station – Jodhpur Railway Station

Gir

The Gir Forest is best visited soon after the monsoon and is then a fantastic experience. That’s because the skies are clear and the climate is much cooler. Now that sure makes it one of the best places to visit in December in India.

Gir Forest National Park
Gir Forest National Park
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – The Gir Forest Safari
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, wildlife safari
  • Nearest Airport – 70 km away is the Keshod Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station – Junagad Railway Station or Rajkot Railway Station

Pawna Lake

The best bet for the young and restless is to head to the Pawna Lake during the week-long winter vacation. It is a fantastic camping zone with some of the best tourist spots that one can cover up leisurely.

So if trekking the most beautiful peaks of the Sahyadri early in the morning, paragliding and rafting during the day followed by overnight camping sound interesting, then it’s time to get set and go.

Pawna Lake Near Lonavala
Pawna Lake Near Lonavala
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – Pawna Lake, Kamshet, Bhaja Caves
  • Things to do – Camping, Watersports, Trekking, Hiking
  • Nearest Airport – Pune Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station – Pune Railway Station

Mahabaleshwar

One of the popular hill stations with scenic hills and plateaus, this place easily refreshes and rejuvenates any urban traveler. Some places that you probably have seen in quite a few movies include Table Land and Kamalgad Fort.

Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleshwar
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – Table land, Sunrise Point, Parsi Point, Kate’s Point, On Wheelz Amusement Park, Pratapgad, Arthur’s Seat, Venna lake
  • Things to do – Boating, Horseriding, Trekking, Hiking, Bungee jumping, Sightseeing
  • Nearest Airport – 111 km away is the Pune Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station – 105 km away is the Pune Railway Station

Ratnagiri

One of the best places to hang out during the winter season is the beautiful beaches, Ghats and Forts of Ratnagiri. It is a common sight here to watch the fishermen load their trucks with an assortment of fishes straight from the mighty Arabian Sea.

That coupled with the mouth-watering Konkan cuisine itself is a reason good enough for seafood fanatics to head to Ratnagiri. Also, it is a budget-friendly destination with amazing beaches like Ganpatipule and Guhagar. If you are a trekking buff then you can try the Ratnagiri Fort or the picturesque Amba Ghat.

Ratnagiri Amba Ghat
Ratnagiri Amba Ghat
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions Ganpatipule, Ratnagiri Fort, Guhagar, Amba Ghat
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Beach Hopping, Camping, Watersports, Trekking, Hiking
  • Nearest Airport – Ratnagiri Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station – Ratnagiri Railway Station

Koyna

Close to Pune, this is one of the coolest places to visit in December if you are a safari buff. Since it is closer to Satara, you can also drive to the nearby historical places. Lush green and rich with flora and fauna, Koyna itself is quite a retreat.

Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary
Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions -Sahyadri Tiger Reserve, Chandoli Park, River Koyna, River Kandati, River Solashi
  • Things to do -Nature, Wildlife Trekking, Hiking, Camping
  • Nearest Airport – 142 km away is the Pune Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station – 136 km away is the Pune Railway Station

Konark

The most admired Sun Temple of Konark is set in an awe-inspiring 24-wheel chariot structure, built both scientifically and artistically.

Earlier, the top portion of this majestic temple had a huge magnet sandwiched between huge iron plates which made the deity’s idol float in the air. However, that magnet was removed by the Portuguese in order to save their ships from losing direction.

Konark Sun Temple
Konark Sun Temple
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – Konark Sun Temple, Konark Archaeological Museum, Konark Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Trekking, Hiking, Nature, Wildlife
  • Nearest Airport – 64 km away is the Bhubaneshwar Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station – 31 km away is the Puri Railway Station

Kohima

Kohima is a nature lover’s paradise and a wonderful off-beat place to spend an entire week in. You can also get a glimpse of the exotic wildlife of this region at the Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary.

However, if you got there with the bubbling desire to revel in the beauty of its landscapes, then consider heading to the Dzukou Valley.

Kohima Dzukou Valley
Kohima Dzukou Valley
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – Japfu Peak, Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary, Dzukou Valley
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Trekking, Camping, Photography
  • Nearest Airport – 74 km away is the Dimapur Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station – 70 km away is the Dimapur Railway Station

Daman and Diu

Situated amid the Arabian seas, these exotic islands make an excellent holiday destination and a great place to party during the New Year’s Eve. Despite the colonization by the Portuguese, this place does not fail to showcase a strong imprint of the Gujarati culture and traditions.

Daman and Diu Beach
Daman and Diu Beach
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – Gangeshwar Temple, Vanakbara Beach, Ghogla Beach, Jampore Beach, Naida Caves, Jalandhar Beach
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Trekking, Beach hopping, Camping, Photography, Places of Historic interest
  • Nearest Airport – Daman Airport (via Mumbai)
  • Nearest Railway Station – 12 km away is the Vapi Railway Station

Munnar

One of the best hill stations in Kerala, Munnar is exceptionally picturesque in December. Just a drive through the lush greeneries of the valleys around Deviyakulam is so refreshing that it’s sure to recharge a stressed-out mind. Not to forget the Mattupetty Dam, yet another beautiful place to picnic.

Munnar in Kerala
Munnar in Kerala
About the Activity with Details:
  • Tourist Attractions – Deviyakulam, Mattupetty Dam, Chithirapuram, Attukal Falls, Rajmala, Eravikulam National Park, Lakkam Waterfalls, Nyayamkadu Waterfalls, Kokkumalai Tea Estate
  • Things to do – Sightseeing, Trekking, Camping, Photography
  • Nearest Airport – 110 km away is the Cochin International Airport, 140 km away is the Madurai Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station – 130 km away is the Ernakulam Railway Station

We have listed down some of the best places to visit in December and you can pick the one that fits into what you are looking for. However, make your choices soon in order to book your tickets and hotel well in advance. That’s because it is always better to plan well ahead and avoid the last minute price hikes.

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