As we step into a fresh year, we all plan for new beginnings and start wondering about the things we wish to do. If you have wanderlust and love to travel, you should start wondering and planning about the places to visit in India in January. Visiting the beautiful destinations in India is the best way to enjoy the monsoons in India. Plan a perfect vacation to kick start your New Year Celebrations in India. There are various things to do and various places to visit in India in the month of January.
30 Best Places To Visit In India In January
1. Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat
This Land of White Sand is located in the Kutch district of Gujarat. It is visited by travelers coming from all over the world. It is the largest salt desert in the world. The best reason why people love visiting it during the winters is that after the monsoons, the sand dries and the most popular Rann Utsav begins. It lasts from November to February. The cultural fiesta, the adventurous tours, folk dances, sightseeing, and other activities make it very popular during the month of January.
Attractions: Mandvi Beach, bird watching trip, Kalo Dungar, Mandvi Beach, and Kutch Museum.
2. Andaman Islands
Andaman is the perfect place surrounded by the lagoon of crystal clear waters and the most beautiful beaches. It is one of the most laid-back, enjoyable place not only for couples but also for solo trips. The untouched and the pristine beaches of Havelock and Neil Islands provides an amazing experience to cherish for a lifetime. The Annual Island Festival also takes place in the month of January.
Attractions: Cellular Jail National Memorial, Radhanagar Beach in Havelock Island, Smith and Ross Island, Laxmanpur Beach in Neil Island, Lalaji Bay Beach in Long Island, Guitar Island Beach, and Samudrika Naval Marine Museum located in Port Blair.
3. Sirpur in Chhattisgarh
Sirpur is the best place to spend some time in the lap of nature. It is one of the most popular offbeat places where you can find adventures as well as historical and art based elements. Here you can relive the historical era with a blend of monuments and nature. It is a holy village for the Buddhists during the 6th and 10th Century. Even the 14th Dalai Lama visited the place a few years back. The Sirpur National Dance and Music Festival take place during the month of January.
Attractions: Laxman Temple, ASI Museum, Barnawapara, Buddha Vihara and Baleshwar Temple.
Here you can witness Festa De Diu, Asia’s longest festival. This coastal town becomes even more alive and beautiful in the month of January. It is the most picturesque territory with the perfect weather and the most mesmerizing beauty. Fashion shows, carnivals, workshops, music and dance session, hot air balloon ride, bungee jumping, and zip lining are common during this month.
Attractions: Golden Sand Beach or the Ghogla Beach, Naida Caves, Diu Fort, Nagoa Beach, Chakrichirith Beach, Die Museum, Zampa Gateway, Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple, Panikota Fort, and St. Paul Church.
5. Jaipur in Rajasthan
This royal place imposed various palaces and forts which has a sparkling grandeur of its own. The royal madness of the place attracts a lot of tourists during this time. The Jaipur Literature Festival takes place in January during the 24th and 28th of January. The International Kite Festival is also held during this time of the year.
Attractions: City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur Zoo, Albert Hall, and Hawa Mahal.
6. Dawki in Meghalaya
This beautiful town is located on the India-Bangladesh border in the lap of the Jaintia Hills. The fluttering leaves, the beads of mist, the mild and smoky environments, and the minimalistic way of life makes Dawki completely different from others. To experience the richness of the North-East, you should definitely visit this place during the month of January. The Jaflong Zero Point looks best during this month.
Attractions: Burhills Falls, Jaflong Zero Point, and Umngot River.
7. Auli in Uttarakhand
It is one of the most popular skiing destinations in India. The snow-capped mountains and the opportunities of adventure are great during the month of January. The Auli artificial lake is a sight of delight during January. The adventure fervor, nature, and the cold weather make it a great place to visit in January.
Attractions: Auli Artificial Lake, Auli Ropeway to enjoy majestic and magnificent Himalayan views, Gorson Bugyal, Chenab Lake, Trishul Peak, Kwani Bugyal and Narsingh Temple.
8. Kalpetta in Kerala
It is a quaint town, located at a distance of 72 kilometers from Kozhikode is filled with holiness and nature. It is surrounded beautifully by magnificent mountains and coffee plantation. There are various temples and institutions run by the Jains which can be visited. Winter months have a very pleasant temperature.
Attractions: Ananthanatha Swami Temple, Chembra Peak, Karapuzha Dam, Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, Koottamundu Glass Temple and Karapuzha River.
9. Bikaner in Rajasthan
Here you can get a rich cultural heritage tour and can even attend the Bikaner Camel Fair which is held in January. It is organized by the Rajasthan Government Department of Tourism, Art and Culture. This winter festival offers an amazing experience where you can see camels are decorated beautifully for competition, camel dancing, camel racing and camel beauty pageants which is very unique.
Attractions: Junagarh Fort, Gajner Palace, Karni Mata Mandir, Rampuria Haveli, The Royal Cenotaphs¸ and Lalgarh Museum and Palace.
10. Madurai in Tamil Nadu
This temple town of Tamil Nadu flaunts architectural brilliance in its temples, especially in the Meenakshi Temple. The 12-day float festival is organized during this time of the year. It is celebrated on the night of the full moon. This is a unique celebration carrying the Goddess Meenakshi and her consort to the lake. The devotees are taken on a boat ride to reach the temple. Colorful lanterns and flowers decorate the procession.
Attractions: Pazhamudhir Solai , Koodal Azhagar Temple, Samanar Hills, Gandhi Museum, Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple, and Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple.
11. Bhubaneshwar in Odisha
Bhubaneshwar is a religious place which is popular for its beaches and pilgrimage sites. It is a trade center as well as a religious hub where a number of tourists are attracted throughout the year. It can be traced to the 3rd century. Stone, wood carving, patta paintings, bamboo basketry, bell and brass metalwork, handicrafts, tie and dye textiles can be found during the winter months in the local markets.
Attractions: Dhauli, Bindu Sarovar, Bhaskareshwar Temple, Ananta-Vasudeva Temple and Lingaraj Temple.
12. Jaisalmer in Rajasthan
This beautiful place was named after Maharaja Jaisal Singh which shows a picturesque view of all the colorful things all around. Various exhilarating adventure activities can be experienced in the month of January like quad biking, camping, desert safaris, paramotoring, and parasailing.
Attractions: Bada Bagh, Tanot Mata Temple, Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Godi Sagar Lake, and the Jaisalmer Fort.
It is the perfect example showcasing the Pallava artwork which you can see extraordinary historical monuments that preserve the artwork of that era. The Open Air India Dance Festival is held in the month of January. It is celebrated by the locals as well as the people visiting the place. It is held against the background of rock sculptures and showcases various classical and folk dances.
Attractions: Teak Museum, Keralamkundu Waterfalls, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Nedumkayam, Arimbra Hills and Kottakunnu.
If you are music lover, Chennai is the perfect destination to visit in January. It is a very popular industrial, educational, economic, cultural and educational centre. January is the perfect time as the Chennai Music Festival or the Madras Music Season is held during this time. It is the world’s largest cultural event. Thousands of performances take place during this month.
Attractions: Fort St. George, Thousand Lights Mosque, Santhome Church, Birla Planetarium, Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Elliot’s Beach, Covelong Beach, and Marina Beach.
15. Alleppey in Kerala
Alleppey is popular for its palm-shaded beautiful backwaters. The beautiful temples, the pristine beaches, and the thrilling boat races are amazing to watch. Traveling to Alleppey in January would surely satiate your wanderlust. The sunrise and the sunset are a must to witness during this time.
Attractions: Ambalapuzha Temple, Vembanad Lake¸ Pandavan Rock,¸ Edathua Church, Maria Beach, Alleppey Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, St. Mary’s Forane Church and the Kuttanad Backwaters.
16. National Street Food Festival in Delhi
January is the best time to visit Delhi. The National Street Food Festival is held during this time. Various types of street food from all over the world is displayed over here. You will surely love this fest. You will surely love to be a part of this grand street food fest.
Venue: Pragati Vihar, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
17. Goat Festival in Goa
Goa is an alluring place for its beaches, lively ambiance, churches, fun and celebrations. The GOAT Festival takes place in the month of January. It is filled with music and art experience. This festival is a perfect mix of local food, live music, wellness therapies, dance, visual arts, and theatre. The intense positive vibes you get during this time is simply amazing.
Venue: North Goa, Ashwem Beach
During the month of January, you can witness the scenic charm and the unspoiled beauty of the virgin forests of Mizoram. If you are an adventure lover, Mizoram offers a variety of options to check out all the best trekking places. The Blue Mountain National Park Trekking or Phawngpui is the most popular trail that you can explore in January.
Attractions: Phawngpui Hills, Phulpui Grave, Memorial of Chhingpui, Vantawang Falls, Thenzawl, Virgin Forest and Palak Lake.
Being popular for its living root bridges, Mawlynnong is a beautiful village in Meghalaya. The living root bridges are one of the finest human creations. It has grown over a period of time and is one of the most popular tourist attraction here. Walking through the bridge is a great experience. At one time, 50 or more people can walk on it. It is a mind-blowing experience which will make your eyes and mouth open.
Attractions: Mawphlang Sacred Forest, Elephant Falls, Umiam Lake, Mawjymbium Cave, and Shillong View Point.
20. Tamil Nadu
Thaipusam is the most popular festival during this month. The majority of Tamil community worship Lord Murugan who is the son of Parvati and Lord Shiva. It is believed that by celebrating the festival their life’s burden could be reduced and they could overcome forthcoming obstacles. They walk long distances carrying a kavadi. Some of the devotees even pierce their body with skewers and metal hooks.
Venue: Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple in Palani, Tamil Nadu.
21. West Bengal
In the month of January, the Kenduli Mela is organized in West Bengal. The rich culture of various states influences people to a great extent. Bengal folk music and the wandering Baul musicians could be seen playing the ektara during this time. It takes place in the Kenduli village. Various other fairs are also organized in different places during this time.
Venue: Kenduli Village, West Bengal
A very popular and amazing festival is organized during the month of January in India. It is called the Modhera Dance Festival. It is organized by the tourism corporation of Gujarat. Various traditional dance forms are also preserved and performed in an evocative backdrop of the ancient Sun Temple. In the evening, the monument is properly lit during the performances.
Trekking in the Himalayas is a great thing to do in January. The Chadar trek is situated in Zanskar Range. It consists of some of the best breathtaking trail routes. It is covered with thick layers of snow on the frozen lake. During this month it is completely engulfed in a snowy sheet which makes it look even more breathtaking. It is the reason the Himalayas is one of the highly favored places to visit in India in January.
January is the best time to try out all the Hyderabadi cuisine. Being the city of Nizams it has a lot to offer regarding mouthwatering delicacies. You can enjoy the kebabs and the famous Hyderabadi biryanis during this time. January provides you with the most favorable climatic condition to visit the place.
Attractions: Charminar, Golconda Fort, Ramoji Film City, Hussain Sagar Lake, Birla Mandir, Jala Vihar, Chowmahalla Palace, Lumbini ParkQutub Shahi Tombs, and Birla Planterarium.
25. Chilika Lake
It is a beautiful place to be visited during the winter months. You can witness a large range of migratory birds during this time. During January, you can see a completely different view of the place. You can even take a speed boat ride during this time. Several private operators and OTDC provide speedboats where you can enjoy a cruise on the beautiful Chilka Lake.
26. Republic Day Parade in Delhi
This is a great sight to behold. In Delhi, you can witness the Republic Day celebrations held on 26th January every year. It features all the three divisions of the armed forces like the Army, Navy and Air Force. Various traditional dances and helicopter and aircraft shows are also held.
The Snow Leopard Trek is a very popular trek during the month of January. It is a wild stretch which is filled with rugged mountains. You can even spot various animals like Eurasian Brown Bear, horned sheep, blue sheep, snow leopards, and Tibetan wolves. It will be better if you have experience in trekking. The trekking path remains tough. If you do not have experience, you can help from a tour guide to assist you.
Attractions: Zanskar Valley, Kargil, Nubra Valley, Magnetic Hill, Spituk Gompa, Pangong Tso Lake and Khardung-la Pass.
28. Corbett National Park
Imagine where you are witnessing violent big cats or the Royal Bengal Tiger along with other species. January is the best time for safaris and wildlife exploration in India. Ranthambore National Park makes your imagination come true. It is a great time to spot the Royal Bengal tigers. You can find 600 species of birds and over 500 varieties of wild animals and flora. It is the most protected and accomplished national parks in India.
If you are a wildlife enthusiast, it is a great wildlife destination in Rajasthan. It gives you a great opportunity to see the Royal Bengal tigers. The Rajasthan Forest Departments conducts these safaris. The Tigers love to play a hide and seek game over here. So you need a lot of patience and luck to witness tigers over here.
Kaziranga National Park is a unique and sustained ecology which makes Assam a popular tourist destination. One-horned rhinos are the most popular ones here. Even Indian tigers can be spotted here. You can witness the true wild beauty of the place in the forest of Kaziranga. Other animals like wild buffaloes, elephants, Chinese pangolins, civets, gibbons and many more. It is the best way to kick start your New Year.
If you are a person who loves wandering and thinking about the best places to visit in India in January, it is sure you would enjoy this blog. We have mentioned several unexplored festivals and places so that you can add it to your bucket list. Hope, you have selected a place to tour around this January.