7 Best Places to Visit in India in December

Winter is in India in its full splendour. You can visit many places during the winter vacation so that you can unwind with your family and friends. What does winter make you thirsty for? Hot cocoa? Kadak chai? Soupy Maggi? It makes us thirsty for travel. To stuff our feet in the warmest boots, wrap ourselves in the thickest shawls, and head out on an adventure. Are you also seeking the sharp cool air to inhale without worry? We’ve got you covered.

India is one of the world’s most diverse countries with so many different cultures, and people of different religions and ethnicity live there. It is one of the biggest countries in the world with respect to area, and the second biggest in terms of population. India has some of the most scenic and picturesque places for tourism.

It is so vast that you can’t visit all the places in one attempt. You have to visit India several times to even think about touring all the places. It is a beautiful country, and its mesmerizing culture, cuisine, beaches, mountains, sunsets, and wildlife will definitely make your trip meaningful. It has 36 states with each state having its own culture and traditions.

India offers great tourism potential and it is full of surprises. It caters a plethora of beautiful destinations to visit and explore. If you are a true travel lover and tired of known tourist trails, here's a list of Indian destinations that let you step away from the beaten path and try something new!

Not sure where to go in India? Through the ages, the rich diversity, natural beauty, culture, art and cuisine of India has enticed travellers from across the globe.

best places to visit in India December

If you are ready to enjoy winter in India, then you can go through this post and know the best places to visit in India that deserve visiting. Read on!

1. Thajiwas Glacier, Jammu

Who would not like to be surrounded by the white beauty of snow? You can pack your bags and visit the famous Thajiwas Glacier in Jammu and Kashmir. Here, you will be able to enjoy snowfall as well as subzero temperatures. The delicacy that you can enjoy while having a gala time with your family includes Rogan Josh, Yakhni and Dum Aloo.

2. Haryana

Want a Valentine holiday but don't have too much time to head out of town? Or do you want to have a private un-valentine with your family or gal pals? Either way, this farmhouse in Sohna Hills is a great chance to escape the city without going too far. A mere 40 minutes drive from the NCR, it's a great spot to walk through fields, enjoy a smooth drink, and have a picnic party.

3. Ahobilam, Andhra Pradesh

Ahobilam in Andhra Pradesh is a popular pilgrimage site. It is the holy abode of the incarnation of Lord Vishnu in man-lion form, Lord Narasimha. Located amidst the majestic Eastern Ghats in dense forest of Nallamala, the place has 9 shrines of Lord Narasimha within a radius of around 5 kms.

While the temples are what tourists travel to this town for, what is also enchanting about this place is the picturesque landscape and the unique rock formations. These temples are scattered among mountainous terrain and one has to trek to visit each of them. The treks are through lush green forests with beautiful streams formed by the River Bhavanasini and spectacular waterfalls which accentuate the beauty and ambience of this place.

Ahobilam undoubtedly has some of the best trekking trails for those interested in hiking and trekking. While all the treks are enjoyable, the most challenging is the trek to Ugra Stambham. This cleft that divides the mountain into two parts is visible from a distance and is rather intimidating! This makes it all the more exciting for trekking and adventure enthusiasts.

The trek to Ugra Stambham is through a narrow path laden with small rocks and extremely slippery, making for a tough climb. The descent is equally challenging! Where there are mountains, there are waterfalls for sure. There are many streams flowing through this terrain which transform into waterfalls elsewhere.

What better time to visit than monsoon to experience these majestic cascades. Majority of tourists miss out on this spectacle because they do not venture here during monsoon which is when these beauties come alive. One of the unique features of this place is the enormous rock formations. The name of the place, Ahobilam, is very relevant to its surroundings. ‘Aho’ is an exclamation and ‘Bhilam’ or ‘Bhilam’ means cave, which comes together as Ahobilam meaning 'oh the mighty cave'.

These huge boulders all along the way seem like they are manmade, but none are. All these formations are caused by the natural forces and each of them are so perfect. One is awestruck by nature’s stunning architecture. On reaching Upper Ahobilam, a jaw dropping, colossal, carved out boulder with red stone and a series of waterfalls welcome you.

The massive entrance with natural fading colors of red stone in the backdrop of lush green landscape is very impressive and creates a dramatic ambience. This trail leads to a narrow path carved inside the mountain with a waterfall gushing down from the top of it. Walking along this passage that’s almost like a water tunnel is an experience of a lifetime. Shri Jwala Narasimha Swami temple is located at the end of this path.

Overall, one is treated to picturesque views of the Eastern Ghats and the Nallamala hills. The trek through the dense forest and across mountainous terrain is a truly thrilling experience, a moderate trek during the summer but a more challenging and exciting one during monsoon. A MUST for every trekker.

4. Rajgir, Bihar

Rajgir is a city which has seen repeated historic events in every thousand years. Under the Magadha Pradesh during Mahabharata, it was the capital city of Jarasandha, which also was one of the richest cities of that time. Later, the city became the hub of Chanakya-Chandragupta duel and even after that, it became the connecting place for Buddhism and Jainism.

Collecting all, this city of Bihar is one of the historically significant cities of India and a place which visitors should never miss out. Son Bhandar cave is quite popular and it is located in the Nalanda district. There are two caves and they are western and eastern cave. Son Bhandar caves have been associated with Jainism and they date back to third to fourth century AD.

As per the inscription, the caves were created by Vair, a Jain muni for the ascetics. There were Teerthankara sculpture and these are found in caves. There is similarity with Nagrjuni cave and also Barabar cave of Mauryan period. Digambar group is associated with the caves. Vaibhar Hill has been controlled by the jains of Digambar order.

The primary attraction for tourist is the city walls of the period of Ajatshatru. It is also great to see the jail of Bimbisar. There is Akhara of Jarasandh. Rajgir has been known for hot water springs and local people call it Brahmakund. It is important to note that seven springs or Saptarshi combine here and this is popular for the healing.

Peace pagoda or vishwa shanty stupa was created in 1969 and it is one of 80 peace pagodas across the world. This has been regarded as the oldest peace pagoda in our India. There is a rope-way which helps the visitor to reach another tourist spot. A spiritual leader from Japan named Fuji Guruji had gifted it in 1960s.

There is a temple of Japanese origin named Venu Vana. This has been artificial forest. Budhha had used it at the time of meditation. There is a popular spot known as Makhdoom Kund. Ramakrishna Math has been involved in humanitarian activities. They are also engaged with social service. Rajgir Heritage Museum is a popular tourist spot.

Sariputta Stupa is situated on top of Giriyak Hills and there is some distance from Ghora Katora Lake.

5. Nalanda, Bihar

Nalanda, one of the most popular monasteries of antiquity, a significant Buddhist seat of academic excellence and a spiritual pilgrimage centre, continues to be an equally enriching place even today. The city has one of the oldest and best residential universities in the world which is itself an architectural masterpiece.

Although in ruins, the whole complex presents a beautiful picture and tourists visit day after day. It is preceded by "Bihars" or monasteries and to the west by "Chayas" or temples. In addition to these, the complex has an interesting small collection, which contains a collection of several original Buddhist stupas, bronzes, coins, terracotta jars, burnt rice specimens, etc.

It is also an attractive tourist destination considering its rich heritage and historical significance. Due to the influence of most of the Buddhism, very common food habits are found in Nalanda. The recipes made from a combination of dal bread and vegetarian seasonal vegetables are quite spicy and healthy. A few other popular dishes are Singara, Kachori, Alu Kabli, Bhuj, Ghughni Chura, Dahi Chura etc.

You must try dipping the crispy fried dish made with water-fried flour dipped in sugar syrup. The place is also great for sweets made from condensed milk. Sour and pineapple are some of the more popular sweets in the region. The best time to visit Nalanda is September to March. It is very hot in summer and the temperature of the sun is high so it is time to go out.

Heavy rains in the rainy season fill the mud all around so it can disrupt your travel plans. So lastly it can be said that the best time to see Nalanda is winter (September-March).

6. Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh

Rajahmundry is a beautiful small city situated near Visakhapatnam, and it would not be wrong to say that Visakhapatnam has overshadowed the beauty of Rajahmundry. Rajahmundry is located on the banks of the river Godavari. You can travel here by boat on the Godavari river. Apart from this, there are Dutch fort and Papi hills, which attract all tourists.

It is believed that the Telugu language was born in Rajahmundry. Rajahmundry is a mythical city, which is why many mythological temples are located here. Friends, it is the specialty of these temples that the temples here are built with Dravidian style. Prominent among these temples is the Markandeya temple.

Rajamahendravaram (alias Rajahmundry) is one of the most beautiful cities on the bank of river Godavari having history of more than 1400 years. Here people are more attached to river Godavari by all means and their lifestyle is linked to this river. Nitya Godavari Harathi everyday at 7 pm is really a feast for eyes. During this time the LED light show on the bridges must be watched.

Alluru, built on the Eastern Ghats of Godavari River, is also called East Godavari. Alluru is famous all over the world for its Guntupalli caves. Maredumilli is a beautiful place in Andhra Pradesh. Many people from all over the world visit this place every year to enjoy the beauty of nature and to spend some good time with their family members.

If you are planning a trip, then it is better not to postpone your travelling plan because Maredumilli offers excellent weather in June and July. The best time for you will be during these months if you want to get tanned while enjoying rainy days. In June, it is common for temperatures of around 31 degree Celsius while in July, the average temperature would be around 32 degree Celsius.

The weather is very big for enjoying in June. You can take many photoshoots and make some beautiful memories with your family members and friends. Many people visit this place in June and July to enjoy nature, have fun with their kids, relax after a long time at work or activities etc. You will be amazed to see the beauty of nature in this place and yes, it’s completely safe to come in June and July.

In Maredumilli, you can find many places like Jathar complexes and many more. It is Thailand in India which attracts a large number of travellers from all over the world each year.

7. Nagarjunakonda, Andhra Pradesh

Near to the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, this historic site offers evidence of a Buddhist civilization that existed here almost 1800 years ago, in the form of stupas, scriptures and artifacts. Named after the famous Buddhist monk Nagarjuna, who is believed to have lived and preached here during the 2nd century AD, this place has proved a huge tourist attraction ever since it was discovered in 1926. Visit Anupu for Buddhist excavations or enjoy the Ethipothala waterfalls and its serene lagoon.

Other than these places, you can also consider visiting hotspots such as Auli, Dehradun, Darjeeling, Nainital, Ooty, Munnar and Kodaikanal.

You can plan your winter vacation to any of these places and leave aside budget worries as you can apply for a personal loan online.

Happy and safe travels! Tell me in the comments below, which place got you most excited and why?
Kalyan Panja