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Best Places to Visit in January in India

December 07, 2023 • 669 views

New year. New hopes. New list of places you can visit! The joyous mood and different Indian festivals in January like Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Republic Day, etc. - make this the perfect time to plan a trip with friends or family. If you are wondering where to go in January, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of 7 best places to visit in January in India. Scroll down!

The 7 Best Places You Can Visit in January

Alleppey-Munnar-Wayanad, Kerala

best places to visit in january in india kerala

God’s own country, Kerala, known for its beautiful lush green forests and misty hills, could be the best travel destination for you this January. Kerala’s natural scenic beauty has lots of places to explore, from the calm haven boathouse to tea estates that can soak your mind with spiritual blissfulness. 

  • Ideal Duration: 4-5 days
  • Places to Visit: Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Mattupetty Dam, Lock Heart Gap, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, and Chembra Peak.
  • Things to Do: Houseboat, kayaking, go to the beaches, ziplining, visiting Kuruva island, camping, trekking, tea estate tour, tree house stay, shop for spices, and enjoy majestic elephant ride.

How to Reach

  • By Air: Take a flight to Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital. All the flights are well-connected to major airports in India and abroad.
  • By Train: Cochin, Alleppey, and Kottayam railway stations are well connected to reach these destinations.
  • By Road: Munnar, Alleppey, and Wayanad are well connected with other prominent South Indian cities by road.

Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir

best places to visit in January in India Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir

Visit Zanskar and witness nature, walk through the thick white snow, and go for the Chadar trek, the most challenging trek of the Himalayas. It's one of the top choices for the greatest locations to visit in India in January because of its difficulty level and the excitement of walking on snow.

  • Ideal Duration: 1 day
  • Places to Visit: Patnitop, Phuktal monastery, Drang Drung glacier, Panikhar, and Zongkhul.
  • Things to Do: Trekking, rock climbing, paragliding, and river rafting. 

 How to Reach

  • By Air: Leh airport.
  • By Train: Banihal railway station is 167 km from Zanskar.
  • By Road: You can take regular buses from north Indian cities to Zanskar.

Jaipur-Udaipur-Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

best places to visit in January in India Jaipur, Rajasthan

The pink city, Jaipur’s glorious stucco buildings along the wide streets, have prospered for decades. Spend your days exploring Hawa Mahal, Amber and Jaigarh fort. Visit the colourful bazaars and pick camel leather slippers, bangles, and puppets as gifts for your friends, colleagues, and family members. 

  • Ideal Duration: 3 days
  • Places to Visit: Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Choki Dhani, Birla Mandir, and Amer Fort.
  • Things to Do: Bikaner camel fair, which is just 335 km away from Jaipur.

 How to Reach

  • By Air: Jaipur airport, 12 km away from the city.
  • By Train: Jaipur railway station.
  • By Road: Rajasthan state road transport connects with Delhi and other major states.  

Kutch, Gujrat

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Another fascinating destination in India to visit in January is Kutch. Aside from the state's most popular tourist destination, the White Desert, there are other historic forts and buildings that pique the interest of adventure seekers.

  • Ideal Duration: 3-4 days
  • Places to Visit: Rann of Kutch, Darbargadh, Kachchh Museum, Aaina Mahal, and Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Things to Do: Attend Rann Utsav, Kite festival, Dhordo and Hokda – a Village popular for handicrafts.

 How to Reach

  • By Air: Take a flight to Bhuj airport.
  • By Train: Kutch railway station.
  • By Road: Bus services from major and nearby cities of Gujrat.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

best places to visit in January in India Andaman and Nicobar

With beautiful beaches and interesting marine life, Andaman is one of the best places on the list to visit this January. Havelock Island offers peace and retreat and is a must-visit this year in January.

  • Ideal Duration: 5-6 days
  • Places to Visit: Radhanagar Beach, Cellular Jail, Elephant Beach, Ross Beach, Jolly Buoy Island, Limestone Cave, and Kalapani Museum.
  • Things to Do: Scuba diving, snorkelling, enjoy light and sound shows in Cellular jail, and explore cafes.  

 How to Reach

  • By Air: Take a flight to Port Blair from Chennai or Kolkata.
  • By Water: Ship or cruise service is available from Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, and Kolkata.

Dawki-Mawsynram, Meghalaya

best places to visit in January in India Dawki Mawsynram, Meghalaya

Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, has lots of places yet to explore. Two of them are Dawki and Mawsynram, nestled with beautiful crystal-clear water and forests that are worth exploring.

  • Ideal Duration: 3 days
  • Places to Visit: Barapani, Cherrapunji, Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, Krem Dam, Lym Simper and Mawjymbuin Caves.
  • Things to Do: Sightseeing, walking on Living Root Bridge, Kamakhya Temple, Boat ride, camping, and trekking. 

How to Reach

  • By Air: Take a flight to Umroi Airport Shillong.
  • By Train: Guwahati railway station is the nearest railway station for both locations.
  • By Road: Taxis and buses are well connected from Guwahati to Shillong and the other cities.

Varkala, Kerala

best places to visit in January in India Varkala, Kerala

51 km from Thiruvananthapuram city and 37 km south of Kollam, Varkala is a coastal town with a northern cliff. Popular for its hippie culture, Cliff with finger-licking seafood and global music. Varkala is also known for its Jardana temple and is popularly known as Dakshin Kashi.

  • Ideal Duration: 2-3 days
  • Places to Visit: Varkala Cliff, Varkala Beach, Kappil Lake, Ponnumthuruthu Island, and Agnihotra Yoga Retreat.
  • Things to Do: Water sports, enjoy sunrise and sunset from Varkala cliff, shop for souvenirs, and explore the south and delicacies.

 How to Reach

  • By Air: Take a flight to Trivandrum; Varkala is just 41 km from it.
  • By Train: Varkala Sivagiri railway station is the nearest railway station to your vacation destination.
  • By Road: Varkala is well connected from Kochi to Trivandrum. You can travel by taxi or state bus.

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To Conclude

Start your new year with a wonderful getaway with your family and friends. Pick the best place to visit in January and start planning accordingly. Don’t hold back on your travel plans. Get a Personal Loan from Poonawalla Fincorp and unleash the wanderlust in you.


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