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35 Exotic Places To Visit In India In December 2020 To Enjoy A Surreal Vacation!

35 Exotic Places To Visit In India In December 2020 To Enjoy A Surreal Vacation!


Winter is around the corner and it’s about time we pack up our bags and move out to experience the chill. December is the month when pleasant amalgamates with chill and creates a new fetus known as Whoopee! These exciting places in India in December can turn your regular trip into a new discovery that you’ve been longing for since long. We have got the best places to visit in India in December to make winters an epic affair. These beautiful locations are known for various reasons and one cannot leave the chance to explore the best views and indulge into exciting activities all at once. 

35 Places To Visit In India In December In 2020

Here is the list of places that you should definitely visit in India in December so that you enjoy your winter vacation. Take a look:

1. Thajiwas Glacier, Jammu & Kashmir

Sonamarg covered in snow during winters

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Witness the beginning of snowfall in kashmir in December as you go about the glacial sighting in this winter wonderland. The weather at the meadow of gold, Sonamarg, drops down to subzero levels during this month.

Visit the undiscovered Thajiwas glacier, located just 7 kilometers. Sledge rides, snowboarding, and skiing are the best things to do in December here. Sport a red Santa Claus coat and hop onto a sledge singing ‘jingle bells’ with breathtaking hills on the backdrop at one of the best places to visit in December in India.

Cost of sledge cart with shoes: INR 150 to INR 300
Cheapest stay: Hotel Tourist Palace | Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 3,400 per night
Famous Food: Rogan Josh, Dum Aloo, Yakhni
What To Buy: Shawls, handicrafts, cardigans, carpets and other woolens, stone carved jewelry, embroidered bags
Where To Buy From: National Highway 1D, Sonmarg Market
How To Reach: After reaching Sonmarg from Srinagar by road, one can trek all the way up to the glacier or hire a pony to reach up the top.

2. Dawki, Shillong

Crystal clear water of Dawki river

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The place becomes heavenly in December with a pleasant temperature ranging from 12 to 20 degrees. Shillong is the only hill station in the country which is accessible from all sides. The water of Unmgot river in Dwaki is so clear that a boat floating on it, seems  like it’s flying in mid-air. Shillong definitely needs to be added to your list of top tourist places in India for winter. You can also, relish the sweet and juicy oranges at the border town near the river. Shillong is one of the safest places to visit in December during Covid.

Cheapest stay: Hotel Broadway | Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 30,000 per night
Famous Food: Khao Suey, Thukpa, Jadoh, Jhur Kleh, Makham Bitchi
What To Buy: Oranges
How To Reach: The nearest airport to Dawki lies in Guwahati which is located at approximately 200 kilometers of distance. One can cover the distance in between either via private cabs or hiring the helicopter services.

3. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

a snowladen mountain in Manali

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Tall deodar trees, towering mountains, curvy roads, and heavy snowfall, Manali is one of the best places in India during December. A paradise for newlyweds and snow lovers, this hill station is also a great place for adventure sports in Manali like paragliding, ice skating, rappelling, and rock climbing. One can also do Lamadugh Meadows, Solang Valley, and the Koshla-Tree line trek during the month of December.

Ideal Duration: 3 Nights/4 Days
Places to visit: Old Manali, Chandrakhani Pass, Hadimba Temple, Rohtang Pass
Things to Do: Waterfalls: Listen To The Music, Adventure Sports: Indulge In Exciting Activities, Arjun Gufa: Meditate And Relax, Beas Kund: Trek To The Top
Cheapest stay: Holiday Heights Manali | Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 3,500 per night
Famous Food: Red rice, river trout, masala omelet, Sidu, Babru, Patande
What To Buy: Prayer wheels, Kullu cap, Tibetan handicrafts, woolen clothing, shawls, thangkas
Where To Buy From: Old Manali market, Himachal Emporium, Tibetan Market, Manu market, The Mall Road
How To Reach: The nearest airport lies 50 kilometers from Manali in Bhuntar that is well-connected with Delhi, Chandigarh, and Shimla. The nearest railway station lies in Pathankot which is 285 kilometers from Manali. One can hire private cabs or take public buses from both the places till Manali.

4. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

Snow-capped Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh

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The picturesque town of Dalhousie is one of the best places to visit in India during December. But what makes it one of the best places to visit in December in India? With its snowflake covered Deodar forests, the view is absolutely quintessential! This gorgeous winter destination becomes a ramp opened to the chilly breeze with a view of snow-capped mountains. Additionally, all the trekking enthusiasts must visit Dalhousie in December to attend the National Himalayan Winter Trekking Expedition.

Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
Places to visit: Khajjiar, Peak, Kalatop Wildlife Reserve, St. Francis Catholic Church
Things to Do: Panch Pulla – Experience The Magic Of Whispering Woods, Khajjiar – Go Paragliding, Chamera Lake – Go Boating, Satdhara Falls – Take A Dip, Dainkund Peak – Go For A Scenic Hike
Cost: INR 6,300 
 6 days and 5 nights
Famous Food: Madra, LuchiPoti, Sidu, Dham, Aktori
What To Buy: Copper and silver diyas, Tibetan carpets, Kullu shawls, bags, handicrafts, souvenirs
Where To Buy From: Gandhi Chowk, Tibetan Market, Himachal Handloom and Crafts Centre
How To Reach: The nearest airport to Dalhousie is Gaggal airport which is around 13 kilometers from the destination and the nearest railway station is in Pathankot which is 80 kilometers from Dalhousie. One can take private cabs, local buses, or luxury coaches to travel from airport, railway station, or other destinations to Dalhousie.

5. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh Peaking snow in Shimla is the most romantic hideaway

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How could we miss out on the most beautiful place to visit in December, the Queen of Hill Stations—Shimla! Let’s go for a colonial walk in the most romantic getaway in India. Walk through the snow floors with long boots and visit the Chail town. You will encounter immense  peace beyond the crowd of Shimla. This is one of the magical places to visit during Christmas in India.

Click the perfect selfie with your loved one at the best honeymoon destinations in India in December. Take a joyride at the Winter Sports Festival in Shimla—enjoy the natural ice-skiing and hanging balloons to enjoy the pleasant Shimla weather in December.

Ideal Duration: 3 Nights/4 Days
Places to visit: Summer Hills, Indian Institute Of Advanced Studies, Annandale, Jakhoo Hill
Things to Do: Toy Train Ride: Passing Through The Green Hills, Ice skating: Asia’s Only Open-Air Ice Skating Rink, Jakhu Temple: Trek To The Top, Camping: Stay Amidst The Woods
Cost of ice skiing: INR 100 per person
Cheapest stay: Alpine Heritage Residency | Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 2,500 per night
Famous Food: Madra, Dhaam, Sidu, Thukpa, Babru, Chha Gosht, Mash Daal, Chicken Anardana
What To Buy: Handicrafts, woolen materials, wood items, handmade paper, wooden tables, handicrafts, jewelry, antiques
Where To Buy From The Mall Road, Himachal Emporium, Tibetan Market, Lower Bazaar, Lakkar Bazaar
How To Reach: Shimla is home to the Jubbarhatti Airport which is approximately 20 kilometers from the city and well-connected with main cities such as New Delhi and Chandigarh. The nearest railway station is the Kalka station which is located around 96 kilometers away from the city. One can hire a private cab or take a local bus that runs regularly from the airport, station, and other cities of the country in order to reach Shimla.

6. Auli, Uttarakhand

Snow floors in Uttarakhand for perfect ice-skiing

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The snow-clad peaks of the Neelkant, Mana Parbat, and Nanda Devi give an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the hills which will make your toes freeze, especially at the time of Christmas. Want to learn skiing at one of the best skiing places to visit in December? Well, then you’ve to add Auli to your list of places to explore in December.

It is the time when you can start learning this thrilling adventure sport. And if you think skiing is your thing, you must attend the National Championship of Skiing held in February at Auli.

Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
Places to visit: Gurso Bugyal, Trishul Peak, Chenab Lake, Nandaprayag 
Things to Do: Skiing, Auli Gorson Trek, Camping, Cable Car Ride
When: Skiing could be done from December to March and Championship is being held in February in 2021
Cost of skiing: INR 500 for two hours; hire an instructor in INR 1,000 
Cheapest stay: Maya Deep Herbal Resort | Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 1,600 per night
Famous Food: Dal, leafy vegetables, rice, bal mithai
What To Buy: Souvenirs, handwoven shawls, woolen caps, blankets, gifts
Where To Buy From Lower Market
How To Reach: After reaching Rishikesh via bus from Delhi, one can either opt for a shared taxi or hire a private cab till Joshimath. From Joshimath, one can either continue their journey by road in a cab or go for a more fun option i.e. the cable car that runs from Joshimath to Auli and offers impeccable views. The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun.

7. Chopta, Uttarakhand

a huge snowclad mountain in Chopta

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One of the best places to visit in India during winter, Chopta offers a panoramic view of snow laden Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Chaukhamba. One can feel the freshness and romance in the air of Chopta. It isn’t just a destination to watch mesmerizing snowfall, but also a great trekking destination for adventure lovers.

Ideal Duration: 1 Day
Places to visit: Tungnath, Deoria Tal, Rohini Bugyal, Omkar Ratneshwar Mahadev
Things to Do: The Tungnath Trek, Baniyakund, The Chandrashila Trek, Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary
Cheapest stay: Shivansh Cafe and Resto
Tariff: INR 1000
Famous Food: Chicken curry, rice, kadhi
How To Reach: Chopta has a well-connected road network that allows buses, taxis, and private cars to access this hill station very easily. The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport and the nearest railway station is in Haridwar. One can easily hire a public transport from both the airport and the railway station.

8. Binsar, Uttarakhand

a snow covered mountain visible through floating mist

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Binsar is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places to visit in winter in India. In the lap of statuesque and breathtakingly beautiful peaks of Nanda Devi, Pachachuli, and Trishul, lies the sleepy hill town. Binsar is mainly known for the serene and dense forests of the Binsar wildlife sanctuary. One can admire the panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath and Nanda Devi from Zero Point in Binsar.

Ideal Duration: 1 Nights/2 Days
Places to visit: Zero Point, Kasar Devi Temple, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Chitai Golu Devta Temple
Things to Do: Trekking, Paragliding, Bird Watching, Wildlife Viewing, Forest Walk, Skiing
Cheapest stay: Idyllic Haven Homestay | Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 1,500 per night
Famous Food: Madve ki roti, Bhaang ki khatai, Kaudh ke daal, Kumaoni roti, Aloo ke gutke, Palak ka kapa
What To Buy: Souvenirs, wooden products, sweaters, Rhododendron squash, local honey, handmade soap
Where To Buy From: Binsar nature gift shop, Finest Himalaya, Jagnath gift center
How To Reach: Binsar is well connected to the major cities of the ocuntry by road. The nearest airport to Binsar is located around 152 kilometers from Binsar in Pantnagar and the nearest railway station is approximately 120 kilometers in Kathgodam.

 Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

beautiful views of snow mountains in Mukteshwar

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2,285 mt above sea level, Mukteshwar is among the most spectacular winter places in India. The marvelous views of imposing Himalayan peaks and the dense forests of the hill station fascinate young couples and nature lovers. The snow-clad slopes and the green meadows covered under thick but soft snow make Mukteshwar one of the most romantic destinations to visit in India during winter.

Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days
Things to Do: Trekking, Paragliding, Sunrise Above Nanda Devi Peak, Sitla
Cheapest stay: Mukteshwar Himalayan Resort | Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 2,500 per night
Famous Places To Eat: Rosefinch Cafe, Alankar Restaurant, Chirping Tales Cafe. Nirvana Organic Kitchen, The Birdcage
What To Buy: Jams, Chutneys, handcrafted toys and woolen garments, herbal products and oil, herbal tea
Where To Buy From: Kilmora Shop in Sargakhet village, Mukteshwar 263138, India
How To Reach: Buses and taxis to Mukteshwar are easily available from Nainital, Almora, and Haldwani. The nearest airport to Mukteshwar is 94 kilometers away in Pantnagar which is well-connected with Delhi and the nearest railway station is Kathgodam Railway Station that is around 62 kilometers from Mukteshwar.

10. Leh, Ladakh

Chadar Trek in Ladakh is called the frozen ice trek

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The crystal blue ice and the hills on the backdrop will flabbergast you. The only frozen ice trek in India is incredible! The extreme adventures of the Chadar trek couples with -14 degrees Celsius temperature. There are other amazing treks besides Chadar namely—Sham trek, Liker to Khaltse trek, and Samboo to Khalsar.

Ideal Duration: 5 Nights/6 Days
Places to visit: Zanskar Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Magnetic Hill, Shanti Stupa, Royal Leh Palace, Stakna Monastery
Cheapest stay: Dorje Guest House | Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 1,500 per night
Famous Food: Ladhaki pulao, tigmo, thupka, khambir, phirni, skew, momos
What To Buy: Handicrafts, silver and stone jewelry, pashmina shawls and wooles, rugs, carpets. Apricot jam
Where To Buy From: Main Bazaar, Tibetan Handicraft Emporium, Tibetan Handicraft Community Showroom
How To Reach: The easiest and fastest way to reach Leh Ladakh is via air mode of transport. The nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh. If traveling by train, one can take a rail till Tawi. Both railway station and airport have buses and taxies readily available. One also has an option of catching a bus from Srinagar and Manali to travel to Ladakh by road.

11. Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Jhelum in Srinagar is among the most beautiful places to visit in India in December

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Do you remember that song from the movie Mission Kashmir -‘Socho ke jheelon ka ek shehar ho’ in Shikara featuring Preity Zinta and Hrithik Roshan? Well, then you can actually reshoot the same scene with your love at this romantic hideaway in India. The best part, temperature in December just touches the freezing point.

Explore Gulmarg tourist places and go skiing on the fresh snow. Gulmarg is one of the best places to visit in December. It is just 56 kilometers from Srinagar and is considered as one of the most beautiful places to visit in North India in December.

Ideal Duration: 4 Nights/5 Days
Places to visit: Nigeen Lake, Aru Valley, Mughal Gardens, Dachigam National Park, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden
Things to Do: Seek Blessings At Shankaracharya Temple, Shop Like A Local, Marvel At The Hazratbal Mosque, Stay In A Gorgeous Houseboat
Cheapest stay: Asian Park Hotel | Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 2,000 per night
Famous Food: Rogan Gosh, Modur Pulav, Matschgand, Yakhni, Dum Olav, Kashmiri Muji Gaad, Aab Gosht, Goshtaba
What To Buy: Spices, Kashmiri tea, Pashmina shawls, walnut wood items, copperware, paper mache artifacts, carpets
Where To Buy From: Zaina Kadal Road Market, Lal Chowk, Badshah Chowk, Residency Road
How To Reach: Home to an international airport namely Sheikh ul Alam, Srinagar is easily accessible by airways. This airport is located only 15 kilometers from the main city and one can find taxis and buses covering the distance between the two. For those traveling by railways, nearest railway station is the Jammu Tawi or the Udhampur Railway Station. Apart from this, Sringara also has a well-connected road network that links with all the major cities of the country.

12. Nagoa Beach, Diu

The virgin Beaches of Diu

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The virgin beaches of Diu are so breathtaking in December that you’ve to see it to believe it. The temperature ranges 16 degree to 23 degree Celsius. Bonfire on the pristine beaches create wonders as Diu is out of the ordinary honeymoon destinations in India in December. The uncharted union territory of India has a unique festival which ,starting in December, can accompany you in your exciting trip.

Diu is one of the cheapest places to visit in India in December, so get your bags packing!

Cheapest stay: Diu Vision Guest House| Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 1,500 per night
Famous Food: Jetty Rolls, lobsters, saltwater fishes, crabs, multi-cuisine food items
What To Buy: Ivory carvings, pearl jewelry, souvenirs, shells, brass artifacts, bangles, terracotta pen stands, bamboo baskets, cashewnuts
Where To Buy From: The Town Square Bazaar, The Maharaja Super Market, The Princess Park, beach markets
How To Reach: Diu is easily accessible from the major parts of the country by rail, air, and road. The Diu Airport connects this destination to other cities via airways while the railway station in Veraval is the nearest to Diu for those who are traveling by train. Diu also possess an amazing road network that links this union territory with other major cities of the country. From buses and taxis to private cabs, one can opt for either of these options to travel by road.

13. Small Vagator, Goa

Sunburn in one of the best place to places to visit in India in December

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Goa is amongst the most popular places to visit in December in India. The casinos in Goa become wilder during this month which is why the place got it’s name as the ‘Las Vegas of India’. The fireworks and the trance music with sand tickling your toes is best feeling you can have during new years!

The list does not end here—loudest EDM party, feast of St.Francis Xavier, and Sunburn Music Festival come complimentary. The place has exactly everything to offer what you expect for a kickass Christmas and New Year.

Buy ticketsBook here for Sunburn
Cheapest stay: Lambana Stay| Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 2,700 per night
Famous Food: Chicken Xacuti, Goan Squid Fry, Goan Fish Curry, Bebinca, Pork Vindaloo, Fonna Kadi, Chicken Cafreal
What To Buy: Cashewnuts, spices, handicrafts, wooden furniture, painted tiles, feni
Where To Buy From: Anjuna Flea Market, Mapusa Market, Panjim Market, Calangute Market Square, Mackie’s Night Bazaar
How To Reach: Goa is home to a wide network of airways, railways, and roadways that connects well with major cities of the country. Goa is home to Dabolim Airport and Margao railway station, each with facilities of taxis and local buses that makes commuting to the main city much easier.

14. Mylapore, Chennai

The beautiful beach of Chennai

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Chennai is hotter in other months, but it is one of the most popular places to visit in December in India. Sip coconut water, stroll along the longest beach of India & feel the pleasant breeze through your hair. And coconut water isn’t the only beverage to quench your thirst here, Pondicherry, just 2 hours from Chennai, offers cheap booze! Spend some bugs for the love of music while traveling to Chennai. Madras Music Festival and 89th Annual Conferences and Concerts is one of the best places to visit in India in December with the baby.

Cheapest stay: R.M.C Travelers Inn| Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 1,500 per night
Famous Food: Idli and Sambhar, Uttapam, Dosai, Ponganalu, Vada, Milagaai Bhajji
What To Buy: Crockery, Costume, Jewelry, Silk Saris, Kanchipuram saris, souvenirs
Where To Buy From: Chingari, Sakyaa, Rasi Silks, Trishla Planet, Mylapore Tank, Sukra Silver, Giri Trading, Palam Silks
How To Reach: After reaching Chennai, one can use any mode of local road transport such as buses and taxis in order to reach Mylapore. Mylapore is linked well with the major cities, Chennai airport, and railway station.

15. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island

beautiful sunset at Radhanagar beach in Havelock

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One of the most popular holiday destinations in India in December is Havelock Island of Andaman, where lies the gorgeous Radhanagar Beach. Situated about 12 km from Havelock’s ferry pier, it is titled as “Asia’s best beach” and “the world’s 7th best beach” by Time Magazine. The stunning curve of white sand, the beautiful palm trees, and the blue waters can be all yours this December. It is the best place to visit in December with family.

Cheapest stay: Greenland Resort
Tariff: INR 1,000 per night
Famous Food: Vegetable, rice, naan, fish curry, chicken curry
What To Buy: Pearls, spices, timber crafts, shells, jute items, coconut handicrafts, Nicobari mats
Where To Buy From: Radhanagar Beach market, No. 2 Village Street Market, Market No. 3 Street Market
How To Reach: The best and easiest way to travel to Radhanagar Beach is through a jetty. One can hire a jetty from Swaraj Dweep dock that drops one at the Swaraj Deep Island which is around 10 kilometers away. Once on the island, one needs to take a cab,an auto, or a rickshaw to reach the beach.

16. Kovalam Beach, Kerala

lighthouse on the beach of Kovalam

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The beautiful waters of Kovalam Beach are great for swimming and trying adventure sports. About 16 km away from Kovalam, the beach is ideal for sunbathing and watching beautiful sunsets. The chilly month of December is an ideal time to visit the splendid beaches and enjoy the warm water of the Arabian Sea. It is one of the best places to visit in December in South India for the views and the food!

Places to visit: Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach, Vellayani Lake, Kovalam Art Gallery
Things to Do: Take a sightseeing tour – An excursion to discover the town, Spend a night in the houseboat – An experience worth every bit, Give adventure sports a shot – Try that one water sport you’ve always wanted to
Cheapest stay: Hotel Sea View Palace | Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 1,500 per night
Famous Food: Idli, Dosa, Vadai, Uttapam, crabs, prawns, lobsters
What To Buy: Handicrafts, spices, sarongs, lungis, books, seashell jewelry
Where To Buy From: Beachside Shacks, Lighthouse Beach
How To Reach: The nearest airport to Kovalam lies 15 kilometers away and is named Trivandrum International Airport that is well connected with the major cities of the country and other parts of the world while the nearest railway station is Trivandrum Central railway station. One can take a bus or taxi in order to reach the beach from the airport or the railway station or from other cities of the country for those who wish to travel to the beach by road.

17. Rann Of Kutch, Gujarat

Rann of Kutch in Gujarat which is the only salt desert in India

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December is the best time to explore the white desert to see the salt turn blue under the moonlit sky. A stay at a tent in the outskirts of Dhordo village is an enchanting experience. Kutch becomes alive during December with loads of celebrations—The Kutch Festival.

The only festival which extends for two long months is held in this salty land. Visit the Rann Utsav for an everlasting experience. Gujarat, for those of you who don’t know, is one of the warmest places to visit in December in India. But to be fair, the sunshine is bearable during the day.

Places to visit: Kalo Dungar, Kandla Port, Kutch Museum, Dholavira, Bhadreshwar Jain Temple
Rann Utsav date: 12th November 2020  to 28th February 2021
Tickets: Book your tickets for Rann Utsav here
Cheapest stay: V.R.P Guest House| Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 1,100 per night
Famous Food: Typical Gujarati Thali that includes roti, dal, kadhi, curd, rice, and other vegetable curries
What To Buy: Embroidery work, hand block printing, wood carving, mudwall painting, silver work, pen knives, ironbell
Where To Buy From: Rann Utsav, Art Villages like Bhujodi, Dhamkada, Nirona, Bhachau
How To Reach: Once in Gujarat via airways or railways, one can either take a bus or hire a private cab in order to reach Kutchh from Dhordo.

18. Wayanad, Kerala

lush green mountains of Wayanad

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Are you searching for some December vacation destinations in South India? This green paradise rests amidst the gorgeous mountains of the Western Ghats. The history, culture, forests, food, and people, everything about Wayanad is incredibly awesome. There are plenty of trekking routes and bird watching spots that attract tourists from all over India.

Wayanad is truly heaven waiting to be discovered by nature and adventure lovers, making it one of the most gorgeous places to visit in December in India.

Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days
Places to visit: Chembra Peak, Meenmutty Waterfalls, Kuruva Dweep Islands, Phantom Rock
Things to Do: Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Banasura Sagar Dam, Edakkal Caves, Ziplining
Cheapest stay: Wayanad Wind Resorts | Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 2,500 per night
Famous Food: Kilikoodu, Malabar Biryani, Chemmeen Unda Puttu, Puttu, and Beaf Fry, Sadya, Chatti Pathiri, Mutta Mala, Pazham Nirachathu
What To Buy: Spices, coffee, tea, bamboo articles, native craft, herbal plants
Where To Buy From: Market Road, Easwaran Nanmboodiri, The Focus Mall
How To Reach: The nearest airport to Wayanad is the Calicut International Airport that is located around 65 kilometers while the nearest railway station is in Kozhikode. One can easily hire a cab or take the local bus to reach Wayanad from the airport or the railway station.

19. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

prayer flags near Tawang gate which is covered by snow

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One of the most gorgeous and difficult-to-reach December vacation destinations, Tawang is a paradise for explorers and adventure enthusiasts. This place offers magnificent views of the snow-covered Himalayas, ancient monasteries, and valleys wrapped by colourful prayer flags. The beauty of Gudpi and Chong-Chugmi ranges, Tawang chu River and Tawang valley.

Those who want to experience the fun of celebrating Torgya festival can visit Tawang in October and in February for the Losar festival. It is one of the best places to visit in North East India in December.

Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days
Places to visit: Sela Pass, Thingbu Hot Spring, Gorsam Chorten, Shonga-Tser Lake, Pankang Teng Tso Lake
Things to Do: Taktsang Gompa, Gorichen Peak, Sela Pass – Traverse Through This Beauty, Madhuri Lake – Take A Stroll Around
Cheapest stay: Sambala Hotel
Tariff: INR 1,000
Famous Food: Zan, Khura, Gyapa-khaz, Thukpa, Puta, Bresi, Momos, TsizinKyola, Khazi
What To Buy: Handicrafts, woolen carpets, shawls, shoes, handmade sheets, Thangka painting, bamboo utensils
Where To Buy From: New Market, Old Market, Nehru Market
How To Reach: The nearest airport to Tawang is located around 387 kilometers in Tezpur and the nearest railway station is Rangapara Railway Station at a distance of 383 kilometers. One can travel through road and from airport or railway station to Tawang by hiring a cab or taking a coach.

20. Udaipur, Rajasthan

Sunset at Lake Pichola in Udaipur

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This city of lakes with its magnificent gifts—Lake Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Monsoon Palace and Jag Mandir is amongst the perfect places for a December vacation. The best part of Udaipur is that it is located at the base of Aravali hills. The temperature of Venice of the east in December is cold because of the surrounding hills but the lakes nullifies the extreme effects. So, what you get as a result is fabulous.

And all you art lovers, plan your trip around Shilpgram Arts and Crafts Festival to explore some endemic traditional crafts. You could learn crafting skills from the famous artisans too.

Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
Places to visit: Haldighati, Dhebar Lake, Nakki Lake, Hawa Mahal
Cheapest stay: Anand Mahal Hotel| Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 5,000 per night
Famous Food: Mini Mirchi Bada, Dall Baati Churma, Dabeli, Kachoris, Mewari egg
What To Buy: Silk sarees, jackets, cushion covers, jewelry, turbans, wall hangings, diaries
Where To Buy From: Hathi Pol Bazaar, Bada Bazaar, Chetak Circle, Bapu Bazaar, Shilpgram
How To Reach: Udaipur houses a domestic airport and railway station which connects well with the major cities of the country well. One can also travel to Udaipur by road via a private cab, personal vehicle, or local bus that runs regularly from major cities to Udaipur such as Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, and more.

21. Guwahati, Assam

For A Pleasant Holiday

Guwahati, located on the banks of Brahmaputra river, serves as a gateway to Northeast India. Crammed with tourist hotspots, recreational centres, malls, places of religious significance, and other attractions, a tour of Guwahati has a lot to offer. Being a place which is rich in biodiversity and blessed with an abundance of flora and fauna, it is a great travel destination for all nature lovers.

Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days
Places to visit: Umananda Island, Dighali Pukhuri Lake, Nehru Park, Ferry Ghat
Things to Do: Sualkuchi, Shrimanta Shankardeva Kalakshetra, Assam State Museum, Saraighat Bridge 
Cheapest stay: Hotel Aarian Aatithya | Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 7,679 per night
Famous Food: Momos, Jhal Muri, Luchi, Assam Tea, Thukpa, Chowmein, Khaar, Silkworms, Masor Tenga, Payash
What To Buy: Bamboo decorations, mekhla chadar, silk sarees, tribal arts, Assamese silk
Where To Buy From: Fancy Bazaar Market, Paan Bazaar Market, Paltan Bazaar Market, GS Road Market, Ganesh Gudi Market
How To Reach: Guwahati is home to an international airport named Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport and a railway station which connects well with the major landmarks by road. One can also take buses or private cabs from the neighboring cities such as Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, West Bengal, and Nagaland.

22. Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya

Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya

Located in the heart of Meghalaya, the enchanting Cherrapunjee was once titled the ‘wettest place on Earth’ by the Guinness Book of World Records. This beautiful location boasts of deep valleys, foaming rivers, mystical clouds and rainfall heavy enough to be measured in feet. Untouched by urbanism, Cherrapunjee houses an array of bewitching sights and natural attractions rare to find anywhere else.

Cheapest stay: Jiva Resort | Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 3,000 per night

Famous Food: Pork momos, Jadoh, Sohra Pulao
What To Buy: Orange flower honey, exotic spices, tea, bamboo handicrafts, scottish clothing, handmade soaps
Where To Buy From: Police Bazaar, Sohra Market, Iew Sohra
How To Reach: Once in Shillong via airways or railways, one can take a local taxi, private cab, or the local luxury coaches that cover the distance between Shillong and Guwahati.

23. Kaziranga, Assam

A group of tourist taking up a jeep safari in Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park is the place where man and nature meets together, where wildlife roams fearlessly, and where the nature unwinds its pristine form in millions of hues. Take a ride on an elephant, and go deep inside the wilderness of the park to enjoy the lush-green view, especially during the morning. Or, you may also hop on a jeep safari and enjoy a cruise ride in a boat on the Brahmaputra river.

Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days
Cheapest stay: Prayag Emerald | Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 2,000 per night
How To Reach: There are a total of two airports located near the Kaziranga National Park- Guwahati International Airport which is at a distance of 217 kilometers and Jorhat Airport whch is at a distance of 97 kilometers. The nearest railway station to the National Park is Furkating sitting at a distace of 75 kilometers. Once in Assam, travelers can take a bus or cab or taxi from the to cover the distance between the two.

24. Neil Island, Andaman

Adventurous Snorkelling In Andaman

Neil Island is one of the tiny islands of India’s Andaman Islands, in the Bay of Bengal. With coral reefs and breathtaking views, it is a must-visit for travelers. Neil Island has a peaceful ambiance with the perfect essence of nature. One can chill or take long walks on the magnificent beach of this Island. Neil is really small and thus, doesn’t take much of a traveler’s time to explore it fully.

Cheapest stay: Kalpani Beach Resort | Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 1,630 per night
Famous Food: Samosas, dal pakoras, jalebis
How To Reach: Neil Island can be easily reached via airways and waterways. One can take an early morning boat from Port Blair to Neil Island or cruises from major cities such as Chennai and Kolkata to reach the island directly.

25. Kohima, Nagaland

Pink rhododendron in Dzukou Valley in Kohima

Perched atop a high ridge, Kohima is the capital of the northeastern state of Nagaland that shares its borders with Myanmar (formerly Burma). Kohima tour packages beckon ardent tourists to delight in its hilly beauty. Kohima is amongst the three Nagaland towns with Municipal council status along with Dimapur and Mokokchung. This picturesque town is the home of the brave and daring, yet simple and innocent Naga tribes.

Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days
Cheapest stay: The Heritage Hotel | Hotel reviews
Tariff: INR 1,815 per night
Famous Food: Bamboo shoots, Axone, meat dishes
What To Buy: Metal work, woodcraft, baskets, jewelry, beadwork, traditional attire, souvenirs
Where To Buy From: Naga Bazaar, Central Market, Mao Market, Tibetan Market
How To Reach: The nearest airport to Kohima is the Dimapur Airport which is situated 74 kilometers away. There is no railway station connectivity in Kohima. By road, one can easily hire a taxi, take local buses, or take a private vehicle to reach Kohima.

26. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 


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This is one of the major tourist spots in India located in Rajasthan which welcomes tourists in the month of December and offers a wide range of things to explore. Also called the ‘golden city’, the city is surrounded by the golden dunes and the castles which are made of golden sandstone. Alongside that the city is also famous for its beautiful architecture in the forms of temples and Havelis which reflects the rich heritage. The main highlight of the city is the Jaisalmer fort which is surrounded by narrow alleys.

Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days 
Places To Visit: Jaisalmer Fort, Gadisar Lake, Patwon Ki Haveli 
Things To Do: Shopping, sightseeing 
Cheapest Stay: Shahi Palace Hotel 
Tariff: INR 550 per night 
Famous Food: Pyaz ki kachori, Gatte ki sabzi, Daal Baati Choorma 
What To Buy: Camel leather products, Jaisalmer fossil stone, Mirror work embroidery 
How To Reach: The nearest airport is the Jodhpur airport from where one has to take a taxi. The city is also well connected with many states by road. Alongside this, some of the famous trains which connect to the city are Jaisalmer express and Jodhpur Jaisalmer Express. 

27. Alleppey, Kerala 

Alleppey Backwaters

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Often called the Venice of the East, Alleppey is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kerala which is bordered by the Laccadive Sea. Known for its majestic palm-fringed canals called the backwaters and the rejuvenating Ayurvedic resorts, this place is truly a paradise. Alleppey is also known for its beautiful houseboats which gives a tour of the backwaters. 

Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/1 Day 
Places To Visit: Alappuzha Beach, Marari Beach, Pathiramanal Island 
Things To Do: Sightseeing 
Cheapest Stay: Mariya Homestay 
Tariff: INR 550
Famous Food: Puttu and Kadala, Shappu Meen Curry, Semiya Payasam 
What To Buy: Coir Items, Spices 
How To Reach: The nearest airport from Alleppey is Cochin International Airport, and it has its own railhead. It can be visited by road as well. 

28. Ranthambore, Rajasthan 


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Considered to be one of the best tiger reserves of the country, the Ranthambore national park is known for its rich flora and fauna. Surrounded by the Vindhya and Aravali Hills, the tiger reserve houses friendly tigers that can be easily sighted. Alongside that Ranthambore is also famous for its fort which makes the trip worthwhile. This place makes an ideal escape for wildlife photographers and nature lovers. 

Ideal Duration: 2 Days 
Places To Visit: Ranthambore Fort, Padam Talab, Jogi Mahal 
Things To Do: Sightseeing, Wildlife Safari 
Cheapest Stay: Saini Guest House 
Tariff: INR 999
Famous Food: North Indian Cuisine
What To Buy: NA 
How To Reach: To reach Ranthambore one can travel from Jaipur Airport which is the nearest. One can also reach by bus/taxi. The nearest railway station is the Sawai Madhopur railhead. 

29. Jodhpur, Rajasthan 


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Also called the Blue City, Jodhpur is one of the magnificent cities to visit in Rajasthan. The main highlight of the city is the Mehrangarh Fort and the blue houses which appear to be just exotic for the eyes. Alongside that, there are many temples, lakes, and shopping places that look like a mirage from the bygone era. 

Ideal Duration: 2 Days 
Places To Visit: Mehrangarh fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada 
Things To Do: Sightseeing, Shopping 
Cheapest Stay: Govind Hotel 
Tariff: INR 670 
Famous Food: Pyaz ki kachori, Gatte ki sabzi, Daal Baati Choorma
What To Buy: Handicrafts, Bandhani  
How To Reach: The city has its own domestic airport and there is a Jodhpur railhead that connects to major cities. 

30. Gokarna, Karnataka 


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Known for its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is actually a Hindu pilgrimage town located in Karnataka. Located at the Karwar coast, Gokarna is an ideal place for beach lovers and hippies. The place is also known for its out-of-town beaches like the Kudle and Om beach. Holding a wide contrast, surrounded by the palm-fringed trees the place is visited by mainly foreigners and very less of Indian crowd can be seen.

Ideal Duration: 2 Days 
Places To Visit: Sri Mahabaleshwara Swami Temple, Om Beach, Kudle Beach 
Things To Do: Sightseeing
Cheapest Stay: Hotel Gokarna International  
Tariff: INR 918
Famous Food: Seafood like Pomfret and Kingfish, South Indian cuisine 
What To Buy: Brass lamps, Organics, and herbal products, Kallu Sarkkare, 
How To Reach: The nearest airport is the Dabolim airport in Goa which is 140 km away. The nearest railhead in Ankola which is 20 km away 

31. Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu 


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Often called Pondy locally, this is one of the seven Union Territories of India which was also the former French colony. Holding a perfect blend of traditional Indian and French architecture, the place is also known for its beautiful streets lined up with French Quarter, mustard-yellow colonial structure, and also huge walls covered with bougainvillea. Alongside that, there are some beautiful cafes and boutiques which give a glimpse of the French culture.

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Days 
Places To Visit: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, The Sacred Heart Basilica, Puducherry Museum
Things To Do: Sightseeing 
Cheapest Stay: Nomad House 
Tariff: INR 930 
Famous Food: Baguettes, Croissants, Idly, Sambar 
What To Buy: Leather products, Textiles, Aromatherapy products, French antique furniture 
How To Reach: The nearest airport is Chennai International airport which is 135 km away. 

32. Thrissur, Kerala 

Resorts Near Thrissur

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Often called the cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur is famous for its classic Keralian performing arts, beautiful religious sites and also the well-known Thrissur Pooram Festival and Onam festival. The name Thrissur is the concise form of Thiru-Shiva-Per-Ur which means a city of three temples. It was also once the capital of the Kingdom of Kochi.

Ideal Duration: 3-4 Days 
Places To Visit: Sri Vadakkunathan Temple, Sakthan Thampuran Palace, Thrissur Zoo And Museum 
Things To Do: Sightseeing
Cheapest Stay: City Lodge 
Tariff: INR 400
Famous Food: Puttu, Vellayappam, Meen Porichathu 
What To Buy: Handicrafts, Kerala Crafts, Brass Artefacts, Gold Ornaments 
How To Reach: The nearest airport from Thrissur is Cochin International Airport, and the nearest railheads are Kollam, Shertallai

33. Nainital, Uttarakhand 


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Also called the gem of Uttarakhand, Nainital is known as one of the most beautiful hill stations in Uttarakhand which is situated at the foothills of Kumaon ranges. Situated at a height of 1938 metres, Nainital is famous for the Naini lake which is one of the famous attractions there. Alongside that, it is considered to be one of the best places to visit in India in December. Founded by the Britishers, the hill station looks similar to the Cumbrian Lake District.

Ideal Duration: 2 Days 
Places To Visit: Naini Lake, Tiffin Top, GB Pant High Altitude Zoo 
Things To Do: Sightseeing, Shopping, Boating 
Cheapest Stay: Vista Hotels And Stay  
Tariff: INR 820 
Famous Food: Bhatt ki Churkhani, Aloo ke Gutke, Arsa, Gulgula, Arsa 
What To Buy: Pine cone decorations, Aroma Candles, Knick Knacks, Woollens, Fruit Products 
How To Reach: The Kathgodam railway station is the nearest railhead from Nainital which connects to major cities. The nearest airport is Pantnagar which is located 70 km away from the hill station. 

34. Sikkim, India 


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Located in the north-eastern region of India, Sikkim is one of the surreal places to visit in India. Surrounded by the dramatic scenery, this place is known for panoramic views and snow-covered mountains. The state is one of the must-visit places for the adventure junkies who love to indulge in enthralling activities. Alongside that, it is also a home to Kanchenjunga which is also the third-highest peak in the world.

Ideal Duration: 5 Days 
Places To Visit: Pelling, Ravangla, Lachung 
Things To Do: Sightseeing, Trekking, Shopping 
Cheapest Stay: Magellan’s Hotel Tashi Thendup 
Tariff: INR 950
Famous Food: Gundruk Soup, Thukpa, Momos, Sael Roti 
What To Buy: Canvas wall hangings, Thangkas, Woolen Carpets, Choosees 
How To Reach: To reach Sikkim, one has to take a flight to Bagdogra Airport in Gangtok and continue the remaining journey by road. The nearest railheads from Sikkim are Jalpaiguri and Siliguri. 

35. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 


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Known as the world’s oldest living city, Varanasi is called the city of gods and holds strong importance among the Hindus. Resting by the banks of Ganges, the streets are very narrow and one can spot cows at very nearby distances. Besides this, there are various temples to explore and experience the culture of the country.

Ideal Duration: 2 Days 
Places To Visit: Sri Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Dashwamedha Ghat, Dhamekh Stupa
Things To Do: Sightseeing, Shopping 
Cheapest Stay: Alka Hotel
Tariff: INR 595 
Famous Food: Kachori Sabzi, Chena Dahi Vada, Choora Matar, Malaiyyo
What To Buy: Banarasi Silk Sarees, Gulabi Minakari, Glass Beads, Rudraksha Mala 
How To Reach: The two main railheads of the city are Varanasi railway junction and Kashi railway junction which connects with major cities. The city also has its own airport named the Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport. 

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