The advent of winters brings along a whole lot of vacation ideas. Winters are meant for the explorers. For a lot of us, winters is all about wrapping ourselves in the warmth of the blanket and a cup of coffee. However, there’s another sect that believes in travelling during the most beautiful time of the year. And why not? Our country offers so many avenues to experience the pleasant scenic beauty. While there is no dearth of things to do in India, we have made a selective list of the top 10 things to do in India during winters.

1) Wake up to the pleasant sound of the backwaters of Kumarakom

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The network of canals of the brackish waters down South is a huge attraction for honeymooners and regular travellers. The houseboat experience is one marvellous memory you’d want to gift yourself. You can take an hour or two ride, however, we recommend staying on these houseboats at least for a night.

2) Lose yourself in the vibrant culture of Rajasthan at Jaisalmer

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One thing you wouldn’t want to miss this season is the Jaisalmer Desert Festival. This February, experience camping amidst the sand, take village tours and gorge onto the authentic lip-smacking Rajasthani food.

3) Be a spectator to the Vintage Car Rally at Jaipur

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Jaipur attracts the maximum number of tourists during winters. While you are lost in the city’s rich culture and heritage, take some time out to attend the city’s amazing vintage car rally. This rally has most of the royal families participating and who would want to lose the chance to sit amongst the royals?

4) Head to the cleanest village in the continent, Mawlynnong

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Located in Meghalaya North East, this village offers activities like trekking, nature walks, and caving expeditions to travellers. A visit here will also give you an idea about how the locals manage their waste so as it make it the cleanest village in Asia.

5) Drink, Dine, and Dance at the Sunburn Festival

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Goa is the most sought after places in India during Christmas and New Year. Around the same time, the much popular Sunburn Festival is held which we are sure you wouldn’t want to miss!

6) Study the ruins of Hampi

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Hampi, a small village located in Karnataka, stores the ruins of the mighty Vijayanagara empire of Southern India. Although the fortresses and temples are in a dilapidated condition, they manage to portray such beauty and magnificence that it leaves the spectator enchanted.

7) Skiing at Auli

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Come January and the mesmerizing ski resort turns into a dreamland. No other place in India offers skiing avenue except for Auli in Uttarakhand. Book a cottage and admire the beauty of the snow covered mountains from the window side.

8) Experience Elephant Safari at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

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A part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve,  Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the place to take the amazing elephant safari. Not just the safari, the place provides a chance to spot several species along with a whole lot of birds for the bird watchers.

9) Spend a sunny afternoon at Mughal Gardens in Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi

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The much popular Mughal Gardens are situated in the President’s estate and are open for public only for a month. From February 16th to March 16th, citizens get a chance to admire the beautiful gardens. A wide variety of flowers in their full bloom can be seen here. Make sure you carry the least of items as none of it is allowed inside.

10) Stay in a Tree House in Munnar

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Nestled amidst several tea plantations, tree houses are the best places to make your winter holidays exquisite and dreamlike. Sip some aromatic tea and enjoy the nature’s beauty. While this place is often thronged by couples and honeymooners, it is as good an idea for solo travellers. Also, visit the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary located nearby.

After going through this list, we are sure you’d have got a better plan for your holidays. If you liked our compilation or have any suggestion, do leave your feedback in the comments below. We’ll make sure we add them up. Have a happy trip!