13 Best Places to Visit in India in January 2021

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New Year is arriving and we all wondering about what new we can bring to our life, all the do’s and don’t and resolution but traveling is something that should be features at the top of the list especially after the lockdown. And here we can help you to make the list of best places to visit in January 2021.

From the most adventurous places to smoothest sand beaches, from snow-capped mountains in Auli to beautiful beaches of Gokarna; from culturally rich sights in Jaipur to biodiversity of National Park. So if you’re planning a holiday in January here you can choose options like mountains, beaches, religious, cultural and desserts.

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Andaman and Nicobar Manali Kutch Gulmarg Munnar Jaisalmer Jaipur Hampi Kumarakom Goa Gokarna Puri Auli

1. Andaman and Nicobar Island

Located in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar is a group of 300 Islands (approximate). It is one of the most romantic places in India and famous between couples. A glance at these beautiful rain forest and Island leaves you absolutely mesmerized.

Tropical Rain forests, waters of Bay of Bengal, caves, churches, lush greenery, adventurous activities, National Parks, historic monuments and sandy beaches attract travelers from all around. Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar island is the gateway to the reach here.

Top Tourist Attractions:

  1. Havelock Island
  2. Jolly Buoy Island
  3. Swaraj Dweep
  4. Neill Island
  5. Barren Island
  6. Ross Island
  7. North Bay Island
  8. Baratang Island
  9. Port Blair
  10. Long Island
  11. Cinque Island
  12. Indira Point
  13. Merk Bay Beach

2. Manali

Whether you are looking for inner peace from a busy lifestyle or want to spend some time with your friends Manali will be a perfect gateway to you. Manali is one of the best places in India for those who love hill stations. The mountains of Manali always fascinate the tourist. And a wonderful place for the nature lovers.

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3. Kutch, Gujarat

Kutch, India’s wild west is one of the best places to visit in January with a wide range of white salt deserts. Its name derives from Katchua or Kachbo meaning a tortoise. Rugged forts, iconic palaces, ancient temples, Wild Ass sanctuary; you have it all in kutch.

Kutch lies on the Indo-Pak border where you can see some parts of Pakistan as well. It is one of the largest districts of India with a very low population density. Most of its covered by Rann of Kutch, the Salt Marsh Of India that looks like an endless mass of snow. The Rann of Kutch is divided into the Great Rann of Kutch and Little Rann of Kutch.

Every year Kutch celebrates 3 months-long festival called Rann Utsav (12th Nov 2020 to 28th Feb 2021) which attracts people from all over the world to the beautiful white desert. Many times PM Modi too has attended this festival.

Kutch Tourist Attraction:

  1. Rann of Kutch and Salt Desert
  2. Rann Utsav
  3. Mandvi Beach
  4. Wide Range of Flora and Fauna in Great Rann of Kutch
  5. Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary
  6. Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary
  7. Shopping in Kutch especially Handicrafts
  8. The beauty of Bhuj – Capital of Kutch Region
  9. Camel Safari

4. Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir – Heart of Winter Sports in India

Gulmarg is a popular skiing destination in India situated in Pir Panjal Range of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir at an altitude of 2730M above sea level. It is one of the best honeymoon destinations in India.

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Gulmarg rank on the list of best hill station in the world with mighty snow-covered Himalayan’s ranges, lush green forested valley and meadows of flowers. In Gulmarg, one can enjoy trekking, mountaineering, skiing and snowboarding. There is number of private tour operator here which provides courses of these activities. You can also visit India’s Highest Golf Course, 18 Hole Golf Course.

Top Tourist Attractions in Gulmarg:

  1. Nagin Valley
  2. St Mary’s Church
  3. Skiing
  4. Gulmarg Gondola
  5. Alpather Lake
  6. Strawberry Valley
  7. Maharani Temple
  8. Tangmarg

5. Munnar, Kerala

Munnar, heaven in God’s Own Country and the best treasure for the visitors. Situated at 5200 ft above sea level, Munnar is one of the most beautiful and enchanting hill station located in the western ghats mountain range in India’s Kerala State. Once Munnar was the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India.

Munnar is a very popular Honeymoon destination in India. Also, it is an ideal place for nature lovers, adventure seekers and wildlife lovers. Munnar is famous for its blanket of mist, craggy peaks, beautiful tea gardens, lush greenery and wildlife. Sometimes this town is known as Kashmir of South India.

Be it is a family holiday, romantic honeymoon, outing with friends, backpacking or any type of vacation Munnar is a perfect destination for all.

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Top Tourist attractions in Munnar:

  1. Kundala Lake
  2. Echo Point
  3. Tea Museum
  4. Eravikulam National Park
  5. Attukad Waterfall
  6. Lakkom Waterfall
  7. Anamudi
  8. Mattupetty Dam
  9. Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

6. Jaisalmer – The Golden City

If you love Geology then Jaisalmer is a place which you must visit. Here you can discover and trace biological tragedies that happened in the Thar Desert Millions of Years Ago. Jaisalmer, The Golden City of India located close to the Indo-Pak border and 88 KM away from Thar Desert.

The Golden color of this city will amaze you, thanks to the color it gets from the yellow sandstone which used for the construction of the buildings.

Jaisalmer Fort is the most prominent attraction of this city which is also known as Golden Fort. Like other forts of India, it is not just a tourist attraction rather than shops, hotels and ancient havelis where the generations continue to live for thousands of years. In 2013, Jaisalmer fort included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Tourist Attractions in Jaisalmer:

  1. Jaisalmer Fort
  2. Jaisalmer Government Museum
  3. Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli
  4. Salim singh ki Haveli
  5. Mandir Palace
  6. Gadisar Lake
  7. Jain Temples
  8. Desert National Park
  9. Kuldhara
  10. Jaisalmer War Museum
  11. Bada Bagh
  12. Camel Rides

7. Jaipur – Pink City of India

The Pink City of India, Jaipur is the land of King and their Kingdom. Jaipur is a perfect place to visit during winters. From Amber fort to Nahargarh fort, everything is royal. So book your ticket to take a dip inside the royal madness and live the excellence. Apart from its royalty, Jaipur amazes you with its culture, food, history and Literature. In 2021, the Jaipur Literature festival takes place in the month of January from 28th Jan to 1st Feb.

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8. Hampi, Karnataka – The City of Ruins

Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, located on the banks of river Tungabhadra in Karnataka. The name Hampi is derived from the name of River Tungabhadra, Pampa, daughter of Lord Brahma. Locally this city is known as the town of Pampa.

Once, Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire and used to be the world’s second-largest city. There are many boulders around the city that are easy to climb and gives you a stunning view of the city. Surrounded by the 500+ ruins of the temples, monuments and other structures of Vijayanagar are the main attractions of this place.

Most of the ruins and prominent structures lie in two parts of the city one is Royal Centre and the other is the Sacred Centre. In the Royal Center, you can see palaces, baths, pavilions and temples for ceremonial use. And around the sacred center, you can see Virupaksha temple and the Hampi Bazaar.

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Major Tourist Attraction:

  1. Hampi Bazaar Area
  2. Royal Center
  3. Virupaksha Temple
  4. Vijaya Vittala Temple
  5. Archaeological Museum in Hampi
  6. Achyutaraya Temple
  7. Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple
  8. Stone Chariot, Hampi
  9. Lotus Mahal
  10. Royal Enclosure, Hampi

9. Kumarakom, Kerala

Kumarakom is a small village in the backwaters of Kerala on the banks of Vembanad Lake. It is one of the reasons that make Kerala one of the sought tourist attractions in the country. This city has everything for travelers from Vembanad lake which is known for its backwater charm to Kumarakom bird sanctuary which is home of the best flora and fauna available in Kerala.

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10. Goa – Land of Beaches

Goa India

Located at the west coast of India, Goa is one of the best places to visit in India in January. Once a Portuguese colony now developed as a tourist attraction with beaches, amazing heritage sites, beautiful churches, temples, forts, golden sands and other more. Even Goa is the smallest state of India but tops the list of the best places to visit in India.

Goa is a heaven for those who love music, dance, party, art and culture. Due to its tropical weather, Goa is a destination of all seasons. Goa is divided into two parts North Goa and South Goa. The beaches in North Goa are perfect for the beach holidays while those in south goa are known for the scenic splendor. Apart from the beaches, Goa is also famous for the beautiful churches of Old Goa.

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Goa Tourist Attractions:

  1. Butterfly Beach
  2. Anjuna Beach
  3. Baga Beach
  4. Calangute Beach
  5. Fort Aguada
  6. Tito’s Street
  7. Dudhsagar Waterfall
  8. Club Cubana
  9. Chapora Fort
  10. Grand Island
  11. Basilica of Bom Jesus
  12. Vagator Beach
  13. Divar Island

11. Gokarna – Karnataka

A small holy town with pristine beaches and spectacular views, located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. Every year tourist comes here for a relaxing and peaceful vacation. Gokarna is one of the kindest and affordable places full of palm trees, blue sears and golden sands. The beaches are here not too fancy and crowded, it’s meant to be slow and relaxing vacation.

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12. Puri Odisha

Puri Odisha

A prestigious pilgrimage destination, one of four Dham of Hindus; the city is sprawled along the coastline of the Bay of Bengal in the state of Odisha. Puri is famous for the Shri Jagannath temple which is believed to be the final resting place for the Lord Vishnu.

Puri along with Konark and Bhubaneshwar makes the Golden Triangle of Odisha. Puri is known for its larger than life festival of Jagannath temple that sees millions of footfalls. Along with Jagannath Temple, Puri is famous for its beaches, lakes, food, arts and crafts.

Top Tourist attractions of Puri:

  1. Jagannath Temple
  2. Golden Beach
  3. Balighai Beach
  4. Chilika Lake
  5. Brahmagiri
  6. Narendra Sarovar
  7. Puri Beach

13. Auli, Uttarakhand – Ski Resorts of India

Located at the height of 2800 meters on the way to Badrinath in Uttarakhand. Auli is one of the best places to visit in January in India. It is one of the few places in India where Skiing is the favorite pass time.

Auli boasts of Aisa Longest Cable car with 4 KM which allows you to see the stunning view of snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas. Auli also offers a majestic view of Nikanth Hathi Parbat, Mount Nanda Devi, Dungagiri, Nanga Parbat, Beethartoli and Ghori Parbat. One can also do trekking, skiing, paragliding and much more.

Along with Auli, you can also visit other nearby attractions like Badrinath (51KM Away), Josimnath (16KM Away), Valley of Flower (36KM Away), and Hemkund Sahib (51.4KM Away).

Major Tourist Attraction in Auli:

  1. Skiing
  2. Auli Artificial Lake
  3. Gurso Bugyal
  4. Nanda Devi Peak
  5. Auli Ropeway
  6. Chattrakund
  7. Auli Ski Resort
  8. Trishul Peak
  9. Salidhar Tapowan
  10. Nanda Devi National Park
  11. Nandaprayag

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