Best Places to visit in January in India

12 January  |  Listicles

It is the beginning of the year and you need to start it off on a positive note. The sub-continent is full of destinations whether it is nature, culture or adventure you are after. Here are some of the best places to visit in India in January when the weather is best for exploration.

Golconda Fort (Telangana)

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West of the bustling city of Hyderabad, one can explore the remnants of its medieval past. Golconda Fort was a citadel of the Qutb Shahi rulers and is where the famous Kohinoor diamond was stored. One of the best places to visit in South India, Golconda is technically a complex of smaller forts and some of the major architectural features here include the gateways, bastions and places of worship. Baradari is the highest point of the fort, where you can enjoy views of the sprawling city below. When in Golconda, you can also visit the beautiful tombs of the Qutb Shahi sultans.

Kalimpong (West Bengal)

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Often mentioned in the shadow of its more famous hill-station counterpart Darjeeling, Kalimpong offers a very distinctive experience to those who want to explore the rustic Himalayan foothills. Kalimpong is a town with a very long history. It was on a major trade route between India and the kingdoms of Tibet and in its more modern avatar is known as an education hub. The town is known for its picturesque location with the Himalayas in the backdrop and many rare orchids can be found here.

Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary (Karnataka)

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If you are in the South of India, then you can start the New Year with a rejuvenating trip to the cool misty forests at the foothills of the Nilgiris. Browse through the top Kabini resorts and enjoy an escapade that would include wildlife sightings, nature trails, and water adventures like kayaking and canoeing. Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary falls in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is home to a wide range of species like the Bengal tiger, leopard, and the Indian bison. Bird watchers would love to observe the myriad avian specimens in the reservoir backwaters of the Kabini River.

Elephanta Caves (Maharashtra)

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Chiselled and sculpted into caves on an island just off the coast of Mumbai, the rock-cut Elephanta caves offer visitors a glimpse into the blend of Buddhist and Hindu cultures of India’s golden age. The carvings and statues here are more than 1500 years old and some of the major highlights include a 20-feet tall Trimurti sculpture and the restored pillars of the cave entrance.

Fatehpur Sikri (Uttar Pradesh)

Fatehpur Sikri was capital of the Mughal Empire for a very short time and was abandoned in 1610, but for those who are looking to experience the grandeur of Persian influenced Mughal design and engineering, there are few places better than this. Some of the striking features of Akbar’s city are the Buland Darwaza, a 55-metre tall arch, the Jama Masjid, and the very popular tomb of the Sufi saint Salim Chisti.
Even if you do not have the time to visit the best tourist places in India listed above there are many fulfilling day-trip and weekend destinations just outside the city. Check out Masinagudi homestays for a rustic experience set in the lap of nature. If you need to soak in some crisp mountain air and enjoy some nice hikes, a Nandi Hills stay is never a bad idea.