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20 Exotic Places To Visit In December In India 2023

20 Exotic Places to Visit in December in India 2023

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

1. Thajiwas Glacier, Jammu & Kashmir

Sonamarg covered in snow during winters

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, making it one of the best places to visit in December in India for couples.

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

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

Tall deodar trees, towering mountains, curvy roads, and heavy snowfall, Manali is one of the best places to go in December in India. 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, making it one of the best adventure tourist places in India in December.

Ideal Duration: 3 Nights/4 Days
Places to visit In Manali: Old Manali, Chandrakhani Pass, Hadimba Temple, Rohtang Pass
Things to Do In Manali: 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.

Tall deodar trees, towering mountains, curvy roads, and heavy snowfall, Manali is one of the best places to go in December in India. 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, making it one of the best adventure tourist places in India in December.

Ideal Duration: 3 Nights/4 Days
Places to visit In Manali: Old Manali, Chandrakhani Pass, Hadimba Temple, Rohtang Pass
Things to Do In Manali: 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

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 In Dalhousie: Khajjiar, Peak, Kalatop Wildlife Reserve, St. Francis Catholic Church
Things to Do In Dalhousie: 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 
Duration:
 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

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 In Shimla: Summer Hills, Indian Institute Of Advanced Studies, Annandale, Jakhoo Hill
Things to Do In Shimla: 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

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 In Auli: Gurso Bugyal, Trishul Peak, Chenab Lake, Nandaprayag
Things to Do In Auli: Skiing, Auli Gorson Trek, Camping, Cable Car Ride
When: Skiing could be done from December to March and Championship is being held in February Month
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

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 In Chopta: Tungnath, Deoria Tal, Rohini Bugyal, Omkar Ratneshwar Mahadev
Things to Do In Chopta: 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

 

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 In Binsar: Zero Point, Kasar Devi Temple, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Chitai Golu Devta Temple
Things to Do In Binsar: 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.

9. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

beautiful views of snow mountains in Mukteshwar

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 In Mukteshwar: 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

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 In Leh: 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

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, making it one of the best places to visit in December in India for honeymoon.

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 best places to visit in December in India for couples.

Ideal Duration: 4 Nights/5 Days
Places to visit In Srinagar: Nigeen Lake, Aru Valley, Mughal Gardens, Dachigam National Park, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden
Things to Do In Srinagar: 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.

Suggested Read: 47 Places To Visit In Winter In India Which One Cannot Miss!

12. Nagoa Beach, Diu

The virgin Beaches of Diu

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

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 tickets: Book 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

 

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 December in India 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

 

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

 

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 In Kovalam: Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach, Vellayani Lake, Kovalam Art Gallery
Things to Do In Kovalam: 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

 

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. If you are thinking of the places to visit in December in India you can plan for a vacation to experience 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 In Kutch: Kalo Dungar, Kandla Port, Kutch Museum, Dholavira, Bhadreshwar Jain Temple
Rann Utsav date: 1st November to 20th February 2022
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

 

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 In Wayanad: Chembra Peak, Meenmutty Waterfalls, Kuruva Dweep Islands, Phantom Rock
Things to Do In Wayanad: 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

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 colorful 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 Tibetan new year 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 In Tawang: Sela Pass, Thingbu Hot Spring, Gorsam Chorten, Shonga-Tser Lake, Pankang Teng Tso Lake
Things to Do In Tawang: 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

20 Exotic Places To Visit In December In India 2023 To Enjoy A Surreal Vacation

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 In Udaipur: 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.

Packed your bags already? Quit stalling, book your trip to India and take your friends along on this thrilling vacation. The places to visit in India in December are chock full of friendly people, a rich cultural and historical background, and local experiences that you won’t forget in this lifetime. 

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