The chill in the air is the doorbell to the upcoming freezing winters. Prepare yourself for the cold and cool winter season. But not every place in India experiences the same kind of cold and if you want the best experience of winter, here is a list of the best places to visit in winter in India. These wonderful locations will make your winters forever engraved in your memories.

Top 7 places to visit in India in December month. Includes cold and warm places with advantages and different ways to visit there.

Places to visit in India in December

To enjoy the best winter in India, take a look at our carefully prepared list of the best places that you can visit this winter. 

1. Thajiwas Glacier, Jammu & Kashmir

This awesome winter wonderland will make your hearts flutter. Enjoy and visit the first snowfall of this eye-catching glacier in December. The climate will offer you the best feel of Indian winters. This undiscovered glacier also has many winter sports that you can experience there like Snowboarding, sledge rides, and skiing.

  • Cost of Sledge cost: INR 150 and 300
  • Cheapest Hotel: Hotel Tourist Palace
  • Best things to Buy: Shawls, Cardigans, Carpets, Jewelry, Handicrafts and Embroidered Bags
  • Way to Reach: Go to Sonmarg from Srinagar and trek all the way up to the glacier
  • Best food to enjoy: Dum Aloo, Rogan Josh, Yakhni

2. Dawki, Shillong

This place in Shillong feels like actual heaven in December. This is the only hill station in the country that can be accessed from all sides. Boating in the Unmgot River in Dwaki feels like surfing on clear crystal glass. This heavenly place should definitely be added to the list of cold places to visit in December in India. 

  • Cheapest Hotel: Hotel Broadway
  • Best things to Buy: Oranges
  • Way to Reach: Dwaki is nearest to the Guwahati Airport. The rest of the distance can be covered by helicopter services or private cabs.
  • Best Food to Enjoy: Thukpa, Jadoh, Jhur Kleh, Makham Bitchi

3. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali is one of the best places to visit in winter in India. Manali offers the perfect climate and environment to have a nice trip and experience the best snowfalls. The place gives a beautiful view with tall trees and towering mountains which makes it a paradise. The hill station also has many adventure sports like ice skating, paragliding, rock climbing, and rappelling. 

  • Cheapest Hotel: Holiday Heights Manali
  • Best things to Buy: Kullu Cap, Tibetan Handicrafts, Woollen Clothing, Shawls, Prayer Wheels, Thangkas
  • Way to Reach: The closest airport to the hill station is Bhuntar which has connections to all major cities. Pathankot is the nearest railway station from Manali.  
  • Best Food to Enjoy: River Trout, Masala Omlet, Patande, Red Rice, Sidu, Babru
  • Best Places to visit: Hadimba Temple, Rohtang Pass, Old Manali, Chandrakhani Pass

4. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

This stunning town should be on your list if you are planning on taking trips in December to India. The tall Deodar trees enclosed in the snow offer a breathtaking view. You can have the best experience of chilly breeze with the gorgeous landscape in front of your eyes. But the best feature is the National Himalayan Winter Trekking camp. If you love trekking, then Dalhousie is the place for you.

  • Best things to Buy: Tibetan Carpets, Bags, Handicrafts, Souvenirs, Copper and Silver Diyas, Kullu Shawls
  • Way to Reach: Pathankot and Gaggal are the nearest railway station and airport from Dalhousie respectively. You can hire private cabs, luxury buses, or the local buses to reach the hill station.
  • Best Food to Enjoy: Luchipoti, Madra, Dham, Aktori
  • Places to visit: St. Francis Catholic Church, Kalatop Wildlife Reserve, Khajjiar Peak

5. Auli, Uttrakhand

The beautiful mountains of the hill station are the best things to enjoy in Auli. The snow-covered peaks of Nanda Devi, Mana Parbat, and Neelkant will make your body freeze. The hill station also offers the option to learn skiing at the National Championship of Skiing. 

  • Best things to Buy: Handwoven Shawls, Woollen Caps, Blankets, Souvenirs, Gifts 
  • Way to Reach: The closest airport to Auli is Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun. If you wish to go through the road, reach Rishikesh and then use a cab, taxi, or private cable.
  • Best Food to Enjoy: Rice, Bal Mithai, Dal, leafy vegetables
  • Places to visit: Trishul Peak, Chenab Lake, Nandaprayag, Gurso Bugyal

6. Leh, Ladakh

Leh is the only frozen ice trek in India and it is an exceptionally beautiful place. You will get the experience of your life while doing the Chadar trek in the cold freezing temperature of Leh. The other treks that you can enjoy are Liker to Khaltse trek, Sham trek, and Samboo to Khalsar. The impressive backdrop of Leh will bring your heart away. 

  • Best things to Buy: Silver and Stone Jewellery, Pashmina Shawls, Rugs, Carpets, Handicrafts, Apricot Jam
  • Way to Reach: the fastest way to reach Leh is via air. The Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the closest airport to the place. You can also take a train to Tawi and then use the taxis and buses available. 
  • Best Food to Enjoy: Ladhaki Pulao, Thupka, Tigmo, Skew, Momos, Khambir
  • Places to visit: Magnetic Hill, Shanti Stupa, Stakna Monastery, Royal Leh Palace, Zanskar Valley

7. Nagoa Beach, Diu

The beaches of Diu are near heavenly in December. The beautiful bonfires on the beaches make your visit to Diu worth remembering. The union territory of India has a beautiful festival opening in December which can be an added benefit to your trip. 

  • Best things to Buy: Pearl Jewelry, Ivory earrings, Bangles, Brass artifacts
  • Best Food to Enjoy: Jetty Rolls, Saltwater fishes, Crabs 
  • Places to visit: Town Square Bazaar, The Princes Park, Beach Markets
  • Cheapest Stay: Diu Vision Guest House

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So, pack up your bags and gear yourself up to have the best winter adventure in India. Get your family and friends with you to go on a wonderful trip all over India.