Whenever planning for a vacation, it is always easier if we have a guide handy about the best place to travel during a particular month. With a diverse country, like India, you have plenty of options to choose from. Here we have listed detailed information about the best places to visit in India each month to help you plan your holidays better.
January: Chilika lake, Diu, Auli
February: Nashik, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Darjeeling
March: Vrindavan, Rishikesh, Jim Corbett
April: Srinagar, Shillong, Shimla
May: Ooty, Gangtok, Kasol
June: Leh, Kodaikanal, Mcleodganj
July: Mahabaleshwar, Munnar, Mount Abu
August: Panchgani, Spiti Valley, Karjat
September: Wayanad, Andaman, and the Nicobar Islands
October: Kolkata, Coorg, Pushkar
November: Lakshadweep, Gwalior, Ranthambore
December: Goa, Jaipur, Rann of Kutch
Where to go: Chilika lake, Diu, Auli
Chilika Lake: Chilka Lake in Orissa is Asia's biggest internal saltwater pond filled with few tiny islands. The region has a wide range of flora, fauna and aquatic faunas, in and around the brackish water of the lake. It is a paradise for bird lovers. The mystical sight of White-bellied sea eagles, Graylag geese, purple moorhen, flamingo jacana and herons at this time of the year makes it perfect to visit in January. It is the best time for watching the resident as well as migratory birds.
Diu: Diu is a small island that used to be a Portuguese colony earlier. This time of the year is perfect due to its ideal weather and numerous activities to keep you engaged. From thrilling water sports, calm beaches, historic forts, and lip-smacking food; Diu is heaven in Winters. The Diu Fort has a Portuguese influence on the area's heritage and architecture makes up a popular tourist attraction. It is a complete experience with interesting museums such as the Sea Shell Museum, temples and churches.
Auli: Auli is the ultimate skiing destination of India due to its clean environment and glittering slopes. With heavy snowfall in January, it is the perfect time for adventure junkies to try skiing in the area. Skiing is one of the best things to do at this time of the year. The small quaint town is full of natural beauty with stunning apple orchards and old pine trees. Apart from skiing, there are several treks in the hills of Garhwal to enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the mountains.
Where to go: Nashik, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Darjeeling
Nashik: If you are a wine lover and love to try new wine and know more about the same, the Sula fest in February is the place for you to be. It is a Gourmet world music festival. It has everything from food, wine, music and loads of fun. Sula Fest in Nashik is a paradise for party lovers with music performances by internationally-acclaimed artists, great food with the wine and fantastic energy with a tent site for you to sleep under the stars.
Periyar Tiger Reserve: Periyar Tiger Reserve in Thekkady, Kerala is blessed with great scenic beauty and rich biodiversity. The winter months are the best for wildlife sighting and make it is a haven of sorts for all wildlife lovers. It is one of the most protected areas for elephants and tigers. The park is adorned with a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary and is known for its wild elephants and Western Ghats forests. Apart from Elephants and tigers, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Gaur, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer, and Indian Wild Dog are also sighted in the tiger reserve.
Darjeeling: With its jaw-dropping landscape, stunning sunrises and tea plantations, Darjeeling is undoubtedly the Queen of Himalayas and amongst the best places to visit in India. The town is spread over a steep mountain range surrounded by the lush green tea plantations, making it a perfect getaway for backpackers, family or couple travelers. Its enchanting beauty during the winter months is mesmerizing. The mighty Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the makes for one of the eye-catching beauties of Darjeeling.
Where to go: Vrindavan, Rishikesh, Jim Corbett National Park
Vrindavan: Vrindavan is for sure the best place to visit and celebrate the festival of colors, Holi in March. It is known for one of the most vibrant and lively celebrations. It is popular for being the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The Holi celebrations here start one week before the festival. Barsana and Nandgaon are known for their Lathmaar Holi, where women playfully beat men with sticks. While in Vrindavan, make sure to savor the local sweets and other popular delicacies.
Rishikesh: Rishikesh, also known as the Yoga capital of the world, is situated on the foothills of Himalayas is the hub of many ancient temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams, and adventure sports. Every year in March International yoga festival is held in the city. Rishikesh is a beautiful amalgamation of spiritual and adrenaline-pumping experiences. Rishikesh has multiple options for adventure sports including Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox, Mountain Biking, river rafting, etc.
Jim Corbett National Park: The Jim Corbett National Park is set amidst the foothills of Himalayas. It is the oldest national park in India and is home to the endangered species of the royal Bengal tiger. It is home to around 580 bird species and 50 species of animals along with some reptile species. It is a spectacular sight to spot the wildlife living in their natural habitat. The national park offers options of Jeep, Elephant or canter safaris for wildlife viewing.
Where to go: Srinagar, Shillong, Shimla
Srinagar: Srinagar, also known as “Paradise on Earth” is the epitome of natural beauty, with a picturesque view and stunning climate. The view of Srinagar is bound to give you Goosebumps, from the fierce water of Pahalgam to serene meadows of Gulmarg. Taking a shikhara ride and a houseboat stay is a must while visiting Srinagar. April is the best time to explore this beautiful landscape, making it the best place to visit at this time of the year. The region is very popular for being home to some of the most stunning Mughal-age gardens in India, with Nishant Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, and Chashma Shahi Garden.
Shillong: The beautiful city of Shillong is encircled by pine trees. Standing as tall at 1496 meters, Shillong provides relief to its visitors from the heat across the country. This hill station is known for its stunning picturesque sights and local traditions. The breathtakingly beautiful mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, museums, and the zoo are highlights of Shillong. The city is also renowned for being the music capital as many artists have hailed from here.
Shimla: Shimla is a popular hill station with its rich colonial history, heritage and natural beauty. The weather during April is pleasant and apt for trekking, paragliding, and other adventure sports. Shimla still retains its old-world charm with beautiful colonial architecture, Mall Road and stunning churches. The toy train of Shimla connecting with the planes is famous for the Kalka-Shimla train route, a UNESCO listed World Heritage site.
Where to go: Ooty, Gangtok, Kasol
Ooty: The town of Ooty in the state of Tamil Nadu is also known as the capital of the Nilgiri Hills. Botanical Gardens on the slopes of the Doddabetta peak, the small tea factory and museum in Ooty are the must-visit tourist attractions. The very idea of Ooty holds an allure like no other in the heart of every mountain lover. Ooty is a simple and peaceful city, with awe-inspiring hills, tea gardens, and stunning waterfalls. The Nilgiri Mountain Railways has the steepest track in entire Asia and is one of the best train rides to experience.
Gangtok: Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is alluring, pleasantly boisterous and wreathed in clouds that give a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, at a distant skyline. The pristine hill station amidst the mountains and clouds attracts a lot of trekkers to the Himalayan mountain ranges. The mesmerizing beauty and the winding hill roads are breath-taking if seen from a bird’s eye view in a cable car. Gangtok is full of natural beauty and attractions such as the Tsomgo Lake, Ban Jhakri falls, Tashi viewpoint and more.
Kasol: Kasol is the perfect destination in the hills of Himachal Pradesh during the pleasant summertime. The hill town of Kasol and the entire Parvati Valley is a hub of travelers throughout the year. During May, the hikes around this town leading to Kheerganga, Malana, and Rasol offer the best scenic trails to adventure enthusiasts. Kasol is inhabited by a people from Israel, and you will find a lot of food joints serving Israeli food
Where to go: Leh, Kodaikanal, McLeodganj
Leh: If you thrive on adventure, Leh is a perfect holiday destination for you. It is the best place to visit for adventure lovers. Bounded by the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies in the Zanskar range and Ladakh range. Ladakh is filled with attractions that make this city heaven on earth. The month of June is the best time to visit Leh as the climate here is pleasant, with the snow from winter all thawed. Leh Palace, Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri are some of the highlights that are at their scenic best during this time of the year.
Kodaikanal: Kodaikanal is blessed with a wonderful climate, cliffs covered in mist, untouched cloud-capped mountains and beautiful lakes and valleys. located amidst the rolling slopes of the Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal at an altitude of 7200 feet above sea level has a pleasant climate all year round. It’s a perfect getaway from rigorous city chaos. Kodaikanal is a paradise for photography enthusiasts. Kodaikanal has several tourist attractions like Kodai Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker's Walk, Silver Cascade, Pillar Rocks, etc.
McLeodganj: McLeodganj is a hill station near Dharamshala. It is very popular amongst trekkers. Its culture has a Tibetan influence as it is an abode of Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama. Mcleodganj has one of the most mesmerizing landscapes in the state of Himachal Pradesh and attracts tourists throughout the year. Other than sightseeing, it is also a great time to trek through the Triund and Indrahar trails and explore the landscape of the region.
Where to go: Mahabaleshwar, Munnar, Mount Abu
Mahabaleshwar: Mahabaleshwar is a hill town in western Ghats, especially known for locally grown strawberries. It is popular for its rivers, magnificent waterfalls, and majestic peaks. The city includes ancient temples, manicured and lush green dense forests, hills and valleys. It is Sunrise Point is the highest point in the town at 1439 m. which makes for a perfect view of the hill. Its charming views, enticing valleys, serene lakes, and scrumptious food will leave an everlasting memory.
Munnar: The hill station of Munnar is known for its tea estates, lush greenery, and rocky peaks. Munnar is a great holiday destination in Kerala with pleasant weather and various tourist attractions. It also acts as the commercial center for some of the world’s largest tea estates. Munnar has many areas that are home to some endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji.
Mount Abu: Mount Abu is the only hill station of Rajasthan with a cool atmosphere and lush green surroundings. The most important attraction in the city is the Dilwara temples, which is one of the most stunning pieces of architecture. The city offers various attractions including the Honeymoon Point, Sunset Point, etc. You can enjoy calm and relaxed boating in the Nakki Lake, and a view of the sunset from Sunset Point. The highest peak of the Aravali Range lies in Mt. Abu and is surrounded by dense green forests. Monsoons are the best time to visit Mount Abu.
Where to go: Panchgani, Spiti Valley, Karjat
Panchgani: Panchgani is a popular hill station famous for its sunset points and scenic views. This small town gets its name from the five hills forming the Sahyadri mountain ranges. The picturesque backdrop of hills on one side and coastal plains on the other makes for an amazing view. Table Land, Parsi Point, Kamalgadh Fort, Rajpuri Caves, Sydney Point, Mapro Gardens, Dhom dam, etc. are some of its attractions.
Spiti Valley: Spiti Valley promises the best options for exploring a road trip that starts from Manali via Chandrataal, Kee, Kibber, Komic, Tabo, and Nako. Spiti is an adventure lover’s paradise, with several trekking trails that tourists can choose from. Spiti valley is a charming and quaint place known for its mystical topography, monasteries, trekking routes, semi-frozen rivers, and lakes. August is the best time to visit the valley with pleasant weather and scenic beauty.
Karjat: Karjat is a picturesque village in the state of Maharashtra filled with lush green fields and farmhouses. It is covered by the mountain route of Bhor Ghat, in the Western Ghats. The river Ulhas originates in Karjat and offers many water sport activities to the trekkers and other visitors. The ancient Kondana Caves and the beautiful Ulhas Valley are two prominent tourist attractions. August is the best time to visit Karjat, as due to monsoons the weather during this time is pleasant and perfect for sightseeing.
Where to go: Wayanad, Andaman, and the Nicobar Islands
Wayanad: Wayanad is the land of the paddy fields. The best way to experience Wayanad is to explore the natural wonders through hiking. It is well known for its Wildlife sanctuaries around the region are Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary. The best way to experience the city is by walking through the sprawling spice plantations and taking that trek into the pre-historic caves. Wayanad is a great place to spot wild elephants, a cool breeze, beautiful scenic views.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands: The popular islands of Andaman are India's archipelago that promises to amaze and enchant the travelers. Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands has the classiest beaches, that makes it the ideal holiday destination by indulging in water sports activities. You can spot marine species in the clear blue water. From snorkeling to parasailing, scuba diving, and kayaking, etc., the island offers a plethora of thrilling activities, for that much-needed adrenaline rush.
Where to go: Kolkata, Coorg, Pushkar
Kolkata: Popularly known as the City of Joy, Kolkata is the artistic, cultural and intellectual capital of the country. Kolkata's streets are vibrant, colorful, brimming with life and creativity. October is the best month to visit the city to witness Durga Puja which is widely celebrated with Pandals decorated with grand idols of Goddess Durga. There are plenty of ghats all over the city to enjoy a sunset, one of the most noted of these being the Prinsep Ghat, which offers stunning views of the Vidyasagar Setu in the backdrop.
Coorg: The popular coffee producing hill station of Coorg is a perfect getaway for all the nature lovers. The city is filled with beautiful green hills and the streams cutting right through them. It is well known for its breathtakingly stunning scenery and lush greenery. Forest covered hills, spice and coffee plantations add to its stunning landscape. The place is bound to leave you breathless with the pleasant climate that this hill town offers in October.
Pushkar: Pushkar is popular for its annual fair every year in October. Tourists from across the globe visit Pushkar to soak in the color and festivities against the backdrop of hills and sand-dunes. It is a lively and spectacular festival that celebrates the rich culture and unique folklore of this town in Rajasthan. Several cafes with a relaxed and chilled out vibe serve delicious, authentic vegetarian Indian food during the fair in Pushkar
Where to go: Lakshadweep, Gwalior, Ranthambore
Lakshadweep: Lakshadweep is the perfect destination for a beach vacation with its blue sea and unspoiled beaches. The island is apt for diving and water sports. The month of November is perfect for sightseeing and water sports. Lakshadweep has mesmerizing natural landscapes, sandy beaches, a variety of flora & fauna along with an easy-going lifestyle, which is free from pollution. The island offers various activities like scuba fishing, diving, kayaking and snorkeling for your adventurous soul.
Gwalior: Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh has an abundance of stunning monuments, palaces, and temples, giving this city a majestic charm, which speaks volumes of its glorious past. Gwalior is full of stunning palaces known for its architecture and ancient temples. The Gwalior fort gives a panoramic view of the entire city, the Jai Vilas Palace and the Sun Temple are few of the tourist spots in Gwalior. Every year, in November/December, a four-day Tansen Music festival is celebrated in the city as it is considered to be the birthplace of Tansen and various classical musicians from all over the country can be seen performing on the stage.
Ranthambhore: Ranthambhore National Park is located at a distance of 158 km from Jaipur in the Sawai Madhopur district of South-eastern Rajasthan. It is covered in an area of about 392 sq km, surrounded by Mansingh Sanctuary & Kaila Devi Sanctuary. Leopard, Jungle cat, Fishing cat, Caracal and different kinds of cats can be found in the Ranthambhore National Park. The park offers Jeep and Canter safari for wildlife viewing.
Where to go: Goa, Jaipur, Rann of Kutch
Goa: Goa, the party capital of the country is the best place to visit and spend the month of December with pleasant weather, mystic beaches, and scrumptious seafood. Water sports, like banana boat ride, jet ski, parasailing, etc. are also popular amongst tourists during these months on most of the popular beaches. Goa was formerly a Portuguese colony; Goa boasts of stunning architecture from the colonial era. With excellent seafood, Goa has one of the best nightlife in the country with vivacious bars, beach shacks, cafes, and discotheques.
Jaipur: The “Pink city of Jaipur” is a vibrant blend of the old and new. With the old city surrounded by walls on the backdrop of a beautiful pink hue, Jaipur successfully manages to retain its old-world charm. The city is home to a few UNESCO World Heritage sites including Amer Fort and Jantar Mantar. Jaipur is filled with bustling local bazaars where you can shop for local handicrafts. Jaipur is also very popular for its local lip-smacking delicacies.
Rann of Kutch: The Rann of Kutch, also known as the Great Rann of Kutch is a remarkable place to visit in Gujarat. It consists of the world's largest salt desert, measuring around 10,000 square kilometers. The month of December makes it a perfect time to visit Kutch as the very popular Rann Utsav is celebrated at the same time. A plethora of sorts, the abundance of design, culture, music, and dance, all together in the lands of Kutch creates an atmosphere of exquisiteness which reflects the spirit of the region.
With all the above-listed places, you will be able to plan your travel better with the relevant information on the PML holidays website.