Come February and we can feel a hint of spring in the air. It means it’s time to leave the cozy blanket at home and put on your travelling shoes. This is one of the best months to explore the beauty of India and cross places off your bucket list.
You can’t call yourself a travel buff, if Gulmarg is not on your bucket list. Gulmarg literally means ‘meadow of flowers’. Nestled in the snow capped mountains, this place is adorned by lush green surroundings, small lakes, and a variety of flowers. A fallen piece of heaven on earth, Gulmarg’s beauty will make you never want to leave. It is also one of the best skiing destinations in India.
2. Runn of Kutch
One of the largest salt deserts in the world, Rann of Kutch is located between Gujarat in India and Sindh province in Pakistan. This white salty desert has grown popular over the years, particularly as a photoshoot location. Every year, the Gujarat government hosts a three-month-long festival known as ‘The Rann Utsav’ where one gets to savour the local delicacies and witness the rich culture of Kutch.
3. Bir Billing
You know you are in Bir when you see colourful paragliders floating in the air. Located amidst the serene mountains, Bir is a go-to destination for thrill seekers and adventure enthusiasts. From trekking, paragliding to mountain biking and hand gliding, one can indulge in a variety of activities here. You can visit the town’s beautiful monasteries and feast on some mouthwatering Tibetan delicacies.
As winter sets in Spiti, the whole valley is covered with a blanket of snow. The scenery is so captivating that it appears to be something out of a painting. February is the best time to visit the valley if you want to experience snowfall. You can trek, camp or even spot a Snow Leopard (if you’re lucky) in Spiti during this time. With its local cuisines and monasteries, the location will provide you with an authentic taste of Tibetan culture.
Before the scorching summers make it impossible to travel to Rajasthan, how about a quick trip to the Pink City? Jaipur is known for its magnificent forts, beautiful gardens and colourful markets. You’ll get to experience the rich culture of Rajasthan as you walk down the lanes in the city. Do try out the local delicacies like Dal Baati Churma and shop for some handmade products to decorate your house with.
The French Capital of India, Pondicherry is a land of serene beaches, heritage buildings and breathtaking sunsets. This city has carefully preserved its French culture over the centuries, making it a popular tourist destination in the country. When in Pondicherry, one can also enjoy water sports at the beaches or take it slow with boating.
The party capital of India is calling and you must go. While December and January are too crowded in Goa, February allows you to explore the beauty of the state in solitude. The weather is pleasant enough for you to soak in the sun on the beautiful beaches all day and then party at night. Try the local delicacies like Goan Fish Curry while you’re here.
The holy city of Varanasi aka Banaras is located on the bank of River Ganges. It is one of the oldest cities in India, home to majestic temples and vibrant ghats. The Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat is a visual treat that allows the devotees to immerse in divinity. When in the city, you cannot miss out on the delectable street food like Kachori Sabzi, Chena Dahi Vada, Choora Matar, etc.
While all of the seven sisters in the North East are breathtakingly beautiful, there’s something about Sikkim that makes it stand apart. This serene place boasts of its beauty with quaint lakes, mesmerising meadows and snow capped mountains. When in Sikkim, you must see Tsomgo Lake, Lachen, Lachung, and Yumthang Valleys, as well as Zuluk for a truly stunning view of the mountains.
Coorg, popularly known as the Scotland of India, is like a breath of fresh air with a pleasant aroma of coffee mixed with it. The coffee plantations and misty mountains of Coorg offer an exotic scenery to the visitors. Abbey Falls, Madikeri Fort, Talakaveri and the coffee plantations are the must-visit destinations in this hill station.
So where are you travelling to this February? Before you go, do check out the COVID guidelines for the destination and stay safe!