February presents an excellent opportunity to explore India for two key reasons. Firstly, winter is winding down, offering pleasant weather—neither too cold nor too hot. Secondly, the lack of summer vacations and ongoing student exams results in fewer tourists, providing better travel and accommodation deals.
This off-peak period allows exploration of diverse destinations, including religious sites, serene hill stations, or vibrant beach destinations with water sports. Additionally, February hosts numerous music and cultural festivals across India, promising an exciting and memorable getaway. Prepare for an incredible February adventure!
Nestled in the heart of Uttar Pradesh, Ayodhya holds profound significance as the believed birthplace of Lord Rama. Formerly known as Saketa, this city is of immense importance to Hindu devotees, drawn to its association with the legendary tales of Lord Rama. Ayodhya encompasses temples and sacred sites related to Lord Rama, evoking a profound sense of spirituality among visitors. Beyond its religious essence, Ayodhya boasts a wealth of historical and cultural significance, making it an essential destination for tourists and pilgrims eager to delve into India's rich heritage.
Shri Ram Janma Bhoomi, Hanuman Garhi Mandir, Kanak Bhavan Temple, Nageshwarnath Temple, Raja Mandir, Sita Ki Rasoi, Treta Ke Thakur, Choti Chawni, Dashrath Bhawan, Sarayu Ghat
The ideal time to explore Ayodhya is from October to March, characterised by pleasant weather. Nevertheless, it's essential to note that this period is peak season, attracting a significant influx of visitors.
Ayodhya enjoys seamless connectivity to major cities in Uttar Pradesh through both rail and road networks. Additionally, there are flight options available from Delhi for convenient access to Ayodhya.
Situated in the picturesque Kullu Valley, Manali is a captivating hill station adorned with breathtaking valleys, snow-capped peaks, and verdant forests. Whether embarking on a solo adventure, travelling with friends for fun, or a honeymoon, Manali's mountains offer an enchanting experience for all. This hill town has evolved into a sanctuary for those in search of tranquillity, showcasing distinctive cultural treasures.
Hadimba Temple, Solang Valley, The Manali Gompa, Jogini Waterfalls, Bhrigu Lake, Manu Temple, Hampta Pass, Van Vihar, Kothi and Beas River
While the optimal time to visit Manali is typically from March to June, we recommend considering a trip between December and February. This period offers the possibility of experiencing snowfall, adding a magical touch to your visit.
The most convenient mode of transportation to reach Manali is by road, given that the closest railway stations are Chandigarh (315 km) and Pathankot (290 km). The nearest airports are in Chandigarh or Delhi. If flying, you can land in Delhi and then proceed to book a cab or bus for the onward journey to Manali.
Agra is akin to stepping into a bygone era, steeped in history evident through its myriad scattered monuments. In ancient tales, Agra was referred to as 'Agravana,' signifying paradise in Sanskrit. The name Agra, as we know it today, was bestowed by the renowned geographer 'Ptolemy.' The Agra we witness today was established by Sikandar Lodi in the 16th century, gaining prominence for its architectural marvels under the rule of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
Taj Mahal, Mughal Gardens, Taj Museum, I’timād-ud-Daulah or the ‘Baby Taj’, Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, Akbar’s Tomb, Fatehpur Sikri Fort complex, Jama Masjid and Moti Masjid
The optimal period to explore Agra is from October to March, when the weather is pleasantly cool. Given Agra's North Indian location, the summer months can bring intense heat, making it advisable to steer clear of visits during this season.
Agra boasts excellent connectivity to major cities through both road and rail networks. Additionally, you have the option of flying to Delhi and then securing transportation via cab, bus, or train to reach Agra.
Gulmarg, translating to the "Meadow of Flowers," is a picturesque destination situated approximately 60 kilometers from Srinagar, accessible by a scenic one-and-a-half-hour car ride. Renowned for its breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains, Gulmarg has been a favored retreat for enthusiasts over the years. A major highlight is the Gulmarg Gondola, the world's highest cable car. The initial phase ascends to Kongdori Station at 8530 feet, with the second stage elevating even further to 12293 feet.
Gulmarg Gondola, Apharwat Peak, Alpather Lake, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, Nagin Valley, Baba Reshi Shrine, Strawberry Valley, Lienmarg, Ningle Nallah, and Gulmarg Golf Course among others.
The ideal period to explore Gulmarg is from December to March, although it tends to be crowded during this time. As a hill station, temperatures can drop significantly during the night, so visitors should be prepared for the chilly weather.
To reach Gulmarg easily, you can take a flight from Delhi to Srinagar Airport and then hop on a cab to reach Gulmarg.
Mussoorie, often referred to as the Queen of the Hills, is a beloved hill station, cherished by those seeking a peaceful retreat or honeymooners. Ideal for a summer getaway, it sprawls across a 15-km horseshoe ridge against the majestic backdrop of the Himalayas, standing proudly at 2,000 meters above sea level. This vantage point offers awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan peaks in Western Garhwal.
Lal Tibba, Kempty Falls, Gun Hill Point, Company Garden, Cloud’s End, Mussoorie Lake, Jharipani Falls, Sir George Everest’s House, Lake Mist and The Mall Road
While Mussoorie is typically bustling with visitors from March to June, the winter months, spanning from December to February, offer a serene escape. During this time, you might be fortunate enough to experience snowfall, providing a tranquil and picturesque setting for your visit.
Mussoorie is easily accessible from major cities in India through air, rail, and road routes connected via Dehradun. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant International Airport in Dehradun, situated approximately 60 km away.
Kachchh is an ancient region with a rich history, named for its resemblance to a tortoise. Referred to in Puranas, writings of ancient travellers, stone inscriptions, and copper plates, Kachchh was known as Abhir in the Mahabharat era, situated between Sindh and Saurashtra.
White Desert of Kutch, Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, Kutch Museum, Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Aaina Mahal, Prag Mahal, Kalo Dungar, Maa Ashapura Temple, Roha Fort, Vijaya Vilas Palace
The perfect time to explore Kutch is from October to February. During these months, the weather is just right for sightseeing, with temperatures ranging from 25 to 12 degrees Celsius. It's also the ideal time to experience the vibrant Rann of Kutch Festival.
To reach Kutch, you have to travel by road as it's mainly a desert. Kutch City doesn't have its own train station or airport. The nearest ones are in Bhuj, and from there, you'll need to take a vehicle to reach Kutch.
Nainital is a beautiful hill station tucked in the Kumaon ranges of Uttarakhand, not too far from Dehradun and Delhi. It's the preferred hill station in North India, offering a perfect weekend getaway from Delhi and nearby areas.
Nainital welcomes visitors with its delightful climate throughout the year, making it a preferred destination for families, couples, and solo travellers. Easily accessible by road from nearby cities, Nainital is ideal for a quick 2-day trip. The focal point is Naina Lake, bordered by Mall Road, Thandi Sadak, and the bus stand.
Nainital Lake, Bhutia/Tibet Market, Snow View Point, Eco Cave Gardens, Bhimtal Lake, High Altitude Zoo, Naina Peak, Naina Devi Temple, The Mall Road, Raj Bhawan- Governor’s House Nainital
Numerous tourists flock to Nainital between February and June when the weather becomes a bit warmer. During these months, you can enjoy pleasant days and cool nights, ideal for activities like boating and sightseeing.
The nearest railway station to Nainital is Kathgodam, approximately 23 km away. Trains from cities like Delhi, Dehradun, Lucknow, Agra, and Mathura regularly reach Kathgodam. Buses and taxis are readily available from Kathgodam for the onward journey to Nainital.
Varanasi, also known as Kashi or Benaras, holds the distinction of being the world's oldest living city and the spiritual capital of India. This sacred city, situated along the western banks of the Ganges River, features narrow winding streets where encounters with holy cows are common. Temples abound, with the Kashi Vishwanath Temple being the oldest and most frequented. Varanasi is often referred to as the city of Lord Shiva.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Durga Temple, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Assi Ghat, Ramnagar Fort, Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, Alamgir Mosque, Tulsi Manas Temple, Banaras Hindu University, New Vishwanath Temple
The best time to explore Varanasi's tourist attractions is between October and March, when the weather is cooler.
Varanasi is well connected by train, road, and air. It has two major railway stations, Varanasi Junction and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction. The city also has its own airport with daily flights to Mumbai and Delhi.
Rishikesh is a quaint town in Uttarakhand, nestled in the Himalayan foothills where the Ganga and Chandrabhaga Rivers converge. Famous for adventure activities, ancient temples, and its title as the "Yoga Capital of the World," Rishikesh is a gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas, attracting pilgrims and adventure enthusiasts alike.
Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Tera Manzil Mandir, Triveni Ghat, The Beatles Ashram, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Parmarth Niketan, Byasi, Muni ki Reti, Lakshman Temple
Between September and March, Rishikesh experiences cool and pleasant weather, creating the perfect conditions to explore the city's temples, mountains, waterfalls, and nature, and engage in thrilling adventure sports.
To reach Rishikesh, the closest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, located just 35 km away. You can easily hire a taxi or cab to reach the city. Alternatively, you can take a train to Rishikesh Railway Station, and buses from Delhi and other locations in Uttaranchal also offer transportation to Rishikesh.
Kasol, a quaint village in Himachal Pradesh along the Parvati River, is often referred to as the 'Amsterdam of India.' Popular among trekkers and nature enthusiasts, it's approximately 23 km from Bhuntar, near the religious town of Manikaran. Kasol offers a serene retreat with stunning views of snow-clad mountains, pine trees, and a tranquil river.
Manikaran Sahib, Parvati River, Nature Park, Kheer Ganga Peak, Manikaran Hot Springs, Tirthan Valley, Tosh Village, Chalal Village, Shiv Mandir, Manikaran, Pulga Village
While the peak season in Kasol is from March to June, with pleasant weather, it tends to get crowded. To avoid the crowds, consider visiting in February when there are fewer people around.
Kasol is well connected by roads with regular bus services. However, there are no direct flights or trains to Kasol. The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport, located around 31 km away in Kullu.