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Five Reasons to Visit India in Winter

Updated on June 20, 2017

India is an extraordinary land of vast plains, high mountains, lush rainforests and national parks teeming with exotic wildlife, great cities, fabulous temples, mosques and palaces, and over a billion people with myriad cultures and languages. Whether you are looking for a chance to find spiritual enlightenment, experience a Maharajah's lifestyle, or take a stroll around the Taj Mahal and other world famous monuments, India is the place to visit any time of the year.

Here are 5 reasons why you should visit India this winter:

1. Winter sports in Kashmir (Nov to Jan)

If you love winter sports and want to experience exotic cultures against the backdrop of the some of the most breathtaking views of the Himalaya mountains, then Kashmir is the place you should be in winter. This Himalayan state in the northwestern corner of India is a tourists' paradise that attracts millions of people from all over the world for sightseeing, mountain climbing, skiing, ice-skating, heli-skiing, and snowboarding and other winter sports.

2. Chennai Music Festival (mid-Dec to mid-Jan)

The Chennai Music Festival is a month-long music festival that offers the best of south Indian carnatic music, dance and other art forms. Taking place in music hall throughout the city of Chennai, it is considered the world's largest music festival. Along with over 1,000 music and dance performances, the festival also includes seminar, discussions and demonstration on music-related topics.

3. Hampi Festival (Jan 10 - 12)

One of the most exotic festivals, the Hampi festival takes place against the ruins of Hampi. Celebrated each year to commemorate the glory of the medieval kingdom of Vijayanagar kingdom, one of the greatest Hindu kingdoms in India's history, the two-day festival brings the ruined city alive with dance, music, drama, puppet shows, and spectacular processions.

4. Mamallapuram Dance Festival (Dec - Jan)

If you want to enjoy authentic classic and folk dances from all over India, which can be an experience of a lifetime, then you should be in the beach town of Mamallapuram, near the city of Chennai, from the last week of December to the last week of January 2015. Held against a backdrop of awe-inspiring rock sculptures, the festival attracts dancers from all over the India and tourists from all over the world. (Click on the link to find and compare hotels in Chennai).

5. International Kite Festival (Jan 14)

Every year on the day of Summer Solstice (called Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan locally), which falls on January 14 in 2015, kite-lovers from all over the world gather in the cities of Ahmedabad in Gujarat and Jodhpur in Rajasthan (click on the links to find and compare hotels) to fly million of colorful kites from sunrise to sunset. The festival is celebrates the end of winter and the arrival of spring.

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