Owing to its large size, India has a wide range of climates across the different states. While South India is generally warm and does not experience drastic temperature drops in winter, North India is a whole different story. Northern winters witness heavy snowfall, especially in the hilly regions, and temperatures can drop to about -20?c in some regions. The magnificent snow clad Himalayas, the large cold desert in Ladakh, and the beauty of the glaciers in Kashmir are sights that every tourist would love to behold.

If you’re tired of sunbathing at the beach and of going hiking in the spring or monsoons, it is time for a refreshing winter break. Here is a list of 7 spectacular Indian destinations that will make for a memorable winter vacation.

Leh, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir


Winter is the best time to visit the roof of the world and be transported into a world that seems so different from the fast-paced one that we inhabit. It has multiple attractions that suit every individual’s interests. If you love to trek, the Chadar trek is where you want to be; the trail takes you across Ladakh’s frozen lake and is a popular attraction as it is India’s only frozen ice trek. The Sham trek and Samboo to Khalsar treks are other good trails if trekking is your forte. If you’d prefer a more relaxing time, the Ladakhi festivals which are usually celebrated in December could be of interest. Ladakhi Losar, the various monastery festivals and Dosmoche all fall during the winters and attract tourists from all over the world, aside from the senior lamas who visit the key monasteries at this time. Homestays are the best accommodation in Ladakh as they are easy on the pocket and also a great way to experience first-hand the culture of the place.

Manali, Himachal Pradesh


Manali is a popular tourist destination through the year as it provides the perfect getaway destination for a weekend away from the plains. However, to witness this little town in Himachal in all its true glory, winter is the best time. Aside from the sheer beauty of the views during the drive from Kullu to Manali, the actual town of Manali is itself a sight to behold. Taking a dip at the hot sulphur streams at Vashisht, and skiing at the Solang Valley are once-in-a-lifetime experiences that every Indian tourist must live. The hot chocolate and fresh gulab jamuns that can be purchased from vendors on Mall Road are also a huge favourite among tourists. One could also try out adventure sports like paragliding and rappelling that are offered during these chilly winters.

Enjoy the best of Manali by staying at the remarkable White Mist. Indulge in the luxury the mountains have to offer by waking up to a spectacular view.

Gangtok, Sikkim


Sikkim is a popular North-Eastern state during the winter months. The capital city of Sikkim is a delight to witness during the cold climates. The Tsomgo lake, Rumtek monastery, Saramsa garden and the beautiful flower exhibition of Gangtok are all places worth visiting. The Nathu La pass – a corridor between India and Tibet, is another must-visit; you can rent a car and drive along the beautiful road while enjoying the scenery of the snow-clad peaks around you. The Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve – a grand natural habitat in Gangtok – houses numerous species of flora and fauna and is breath-taking during these winter months.

While you are here, complement your visit with a memorable stay at Delisso Abode and rejuvenate your soul.

Nainital, Uttarakhand


The lake city of India, Nainital, has retained its spot in the top list of places to visit during Indian winters, for years. Its gleaming view of the Himalayan peaks and the beauty of the ice-covered lakes contribute to the beauty and serene atmosphere of this town. If you’re looking for a peaceful break from the routine monotony of regular life, this is the place you want to visit. The zoo and the numerous adventure sports that the town offers also add to its appeal as a vacation destination. So grab a bite to eat at one of the attractive cafes and go lake hopping or just drive through the various viewpoints and take in nature’s sheer elegance in the winter.

Enjoy your vacation with a comfortable stay at Bhawanipur Greens and take back memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh


The town of Tawang is visited for both its natural beauty and its historical significance. The Bumla Pass allows for a clear sighting of the Indo-China border and as a result, the town has numerous stories to tell about the history of these countries and their relations. The Tawang monastery and the magnificent Hydel power station are other spots that offer knowledge and awestriking sights to behold. Popular tourist places include the Bap Teng Kang waterfall, that sometimes freezes in the winter, the Shongaster lake and the Sela pass.

Darjeeling, West Bengal


One of the most romantic destinations in India, Darjeeling can be your top choice if you desire a peaceful and cosy time during the winter. The toy train takes you through beautiful sights and covers 13 stations while travelling on an uphill track of 2.2 kilometres. Darjeeling is known to be a trekkers paradise and offers challenging trails such as the Phalut and Kurseong treks. If you’re with your loved one, then Darjeeling also has a wide range of romantic spots to offer that are only more beautiful in these chilly weathers.

Complement your visit with a spectacular stay at Khush Alaya and treat your friends and family to luxurious living.

Kufri, Himachal Pradesh


Located 13km from Shimla (another great winter destination), Kufri is known for its skiing adventures. It is a great winter destination for adventure lovers and also for the peaceful lovebirds seeking a romantic escape. The skiing slopes of Kufri have attracted ski lovers for years to this location owing to its long trails and scenic backdrops. The secluded skiing spot Fagu is an ideal destination located just 6km away from the centre of Kufri. Tobogganing is a relatively new sport that Kufri now offers, that has become immensely popular in a short time span. If you are a trek lover, the magnificent trekking trails and the Himalayan Nature Park are other attractions that you will love.

While you are here, make sure you stay at the magnificent White Ridge for a memorable vacation.

Enjoy India in the winter and head off to explore destinations that you have only heard of before. Bring out the adventurer in you and try some of the exhilarating adventure sports these destinations offer in the snow-filled winter months. So pick a location and plan your trip with Sterling Holidays now, because winter is coming!