December is the winter season in India, where the southern part of the country experiences cool weather, and the Northern part remains cold. When winter becomes extreme, few hill stations in the Himalayan mountains of India receive snowfall. International and local tourists visit these hill stations to have fun here.
Here are a few best places to visit in December in India.
4) Thajiwas Glacier
Auli is located in the Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand. One of the popular skiing and hiking destinations in the Himalayan mountains, this hill station is surrounded by thick oak and coniferous forests.
Otherwise known as Auli Bugyal, you get a stunning view of the great Himalayan Peaks here. Auli is situated nearly 2800 meters above sea level, it has the highest number of varieties of flowers in the world found in a valley.
Approximately 520 species of plants of which nearly 498 are flowering plants of endangered species are found here. You can Trek, Ski, Camp, and go on Cable Car Ride. If you stay for nearly 2 to 3 days, then you can visit Trishul Peak, Nandaprayag, Gurso Bugyal, and Chenab Lake.
Dalhousie is a popular hill station in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of nearly 1,
970 meters above sea level, this hill station has a humid subtropical climate. There is extreme rainfall here in the monsoon season. Averagely, the city gets frozen for about three months and experiences snowfall for a month.
The temperature levels here are very low throughout the year. You can visit places like Khajjiar, St. Francis Catholic Church, and Kalatop Wildlife Reserve. You can go paragliding, hiking, boating, taking a dip, and enjoying the waterfalls.
Alleppey, otherwise called Alappuzha, is situated in the Alappuzha district of Kerala. One of the best places to visit in December in South India, this place is popularly called the Venice of the East. The famous backwaters of Alleppey attract tourists from across the globe.
A place with backwaters, lagoons, beaches, and canals, it is located nearly 55 km from Kochi and 155 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Sightseeing is a common thing here and you can visit places like Marari Beach, Alappuzha Beach, and Pathiramanal Island.
4) Thajiwas Glacier
Thajiwas Glacier is situated nearly 3000 feet above sea level near the Sonamarg hill station in the state of Kashmir. This glacier is a paradise for trekkers. You can view the beauty of the frozen lake, snowy mountains, alpine meadows, fir, and pine trees with lush greenery surrounding the glacier.
Even though the weather in the winter is harsh here, you can go pony riding, trekking, hiking, camping, and sledding. A considerable number of Gujjars have settled here who are involved in grazing horses and wildlife cattle. Popular food items served here are Yakhni, Dum Aloo, and Rogan Josh.
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Situated in the Union Territory of Ladakh, Leh, is the best place to visit in December with family. Leh is famous for Mountain Passes, Buddhist Monasteries, Hills and Landscapes, Valleys, and Snowy Peaks. Famous food items that are served here are Thupka, Tigmo, Skew, Ladhaki Pulao, Phirni, Momos, and Khambir.
You get to see places like the Leh Palace, Sankar Gompa, and village, Pangong Tso Lake, Zorawar Fort, Shanti Stupa, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Ice Stupa, Cho Khang Gompa, The Victory Tower, Chamba Temple, Royal Leh Palace, Stakna Monastery, Jama Masjid, Datun Sahib, Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, Ladakh Marathon, Zanskar Valley, War Museum, Magnetic Hill.
Manali, a hill station town, is located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Tourists enjoy the stunning view of Kullu Valley and the Beas River. One of the cheapest places to visit in India in December is Manali.
You can enjoy the waterfalls, take part in adventure sports, meditate, relax, and trek at Manali. Visit the Rohtang Pass, Chandrakhani Pass, Old Manali, and Hadimba Temple which are the few best places to visit here.
The capital of Himachal Pradesh is Shimla. The Britishers declared the city as India’s summer capital. One of the popular hill stations in Northern India, Shimla attracts tourists across the globe throughout the year and remains overcrowded during the Christmas and New Year Celebrations.
Shimla receives good snowfall in a year. Toy Train rides, Camping, Trekking, and Ice Skating are popular here. Tourists show more interest to travel in the Kalka–Shimla Railway to view the amazing beauty of nature.
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