December is that one month which makes me the happiest — not just as a person, but as a traveller as well. And I am sure that there are enough people around the world who share the same feeling. After all, it’s an amazing time travel within the country, and as much as I am concerned, I have actually dug out the best places to visit in India in December — not just to share the knowledge with you but also to plan my vacation. While the mountains will be covered under a layer of snow, enjoyable winters will prevail in all other parts of the country, thus making it the perfect time to travel to any destination in India.
Rajaji National Park
If you are a Delhiite, the Jim Corbett National Park would probably be an obvious choice for you during the winters. Well, undoubtedly it’s one of the best places to visit in India in December, but then, what’s the point of going to a place where you will find half the Delhiites holidaying? For a quieter-yet-authentic wildlife experience, head to the more offbeat Rajaji National Park. Located just 22 km from Haridwar and around 18 km from Rishikesh, the Rajaji National Park is a perfect getaway for anyone who’s looking for a perfect wildlife getaway which is far from the madding crowd of tourists. If you ask me, I would recommend V Resorts Rajaji National Park or even V Resorts Rajaji Jungle Castle as the perfect places to stay in this place. After all, it’s the only property that is situated within the reserve forest and also offers rooms with not just uninterrupted views of the forest landscape, but also a private plunge pools in most of them.
It might not one of those lesser-known destinations, yet Mcleodganj still retains a charm which is a notch above other popular hill stations in India, thanks to the Tibetan aka Buddhist essence of the place that makes it an ideal getaway for travellers looking for peace. Why I feel that it is one of the best places to visit in December in India is simply a combination of two factors — the unparalleled views of the snow-laden Dhauladhar mountain range, thanks to the fresh snowfall of the season, the chilly winds of winter in the hills (something that gives me a high), and of course, the sense of calm that Mcleodganj is anyway known for. When it comes to the resorts in Mcleodganj, V Resorts New Blue Heaven Mcleodganj is the perfect place to stay for those who would like to enjoy stunning views of the destination. In fact, I would probably snuggle down in my blanket and enjoy these views from my bedroom with a hot cup of coffee.
Auli in December is no less than Switzerland — in the literal sense. No wonder, when the discussion is about the best destination to visit in December in India, there’s no way you can miss out on keeping Auli as an option. Blessed with probably the best view of the revered Nanda Devi (India’s second-highest peak), Auli is the best skiing destination in India. Rising above the town of Joshimath in Uttarakhand, Auli located at a distance of 14 km by road from the former. Being a ski resort, Auli is the perfect destination for adventure enthusiasts, but besides it is also a great place to spend some quality time with your friends and family in the company of breathtaking beauty of nature. In fact, Auli has always been one of the best places to visit in December in India for honeymoon.
Pench National Park
A view from Lansdowne. A small hamlet in the himalayas. The image shows a valley in the mountains, with lush greenegetation. The larger mountains in the distance are looking blue in colour. The sky is blue and there are somewhite clouds floating by.In case you are planning a trip to a true blue wildlife destination in India, why not plan a trip to Pench National Park, home to the mighty Royal Bengal Tigers and also the forest which acted as the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Being a forest where the number of tigers happens to be among the highest in the country, Pench is a place which is loved by wildlife enthusiasts. Besides, what makes it one of the best places to visit in India in December is not just because of the amazing wildlife safari experiences, but also because of being a forest which has been known for being a visual treat for those who enjoy the charms of natural beauty. To make you stay in this forest more enjoyable is the V Resorts Mahua Vann Pench which offers cottage accommodation with rustic feel right in the middle of the enchanting wilderness that Pench is known for.
Even though Lansdowne is a cantonment area, but that is a big reason why this place in Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal region is still untouched by the side effects of overpopulation and the increasing tourist arrivals. Perched beautifully within the mountains of Pauri Garhwal, Lansdowne happens to be one of the quietest hill stations in the country with stunning views of the mountains to give travellers company at all times, and those reasons are precisely what makes it one of the best places to visit in India in December. Although the number of accommodation options in this quaint hill station is limited, but the already-existing Lansdowne resorts do a fine job in making a traveller feel at home in this beautiful place.