February is an ideal month to get into the “travel mode” because it’s that time when harsh winter recedes giving way to the warmer spring season. The temperature climbs steadily from February in the North, North-Eastern and North-Western India. It’s an ideal time to visit South India as the weather is warm and not too sunny or rainy. By the way, you should also check out places to visit in India in January.
If you missed seeing the snow-carpeted mountains, it is not too late! Explore the hilly areas of Jammu & Kashmir or Himachal Pradesh for some snowy affair.
1. Coorg, Karnataka- A romantic getaway
Why not woo your Valentine with a romantic getaway? Pack your bags and explore the quaint colonial plantation town of Coorg located in the Kodagu district Karnataka. Nestled amidst lush greenery with spectacular views of the Western Ghats makes Coorg a place worth visiting for honeymooners who seek tranquility and privacy. You can go bird-watching, trekking in its lush forests, or simply relax with a cup of coffee in one of its many cozy wooden cottages.
2. Sula Vineyard, Nasik- Wine, music, dance and more
If you are a serious wine lover then Sula Vineyard in Nasik is where you want to go in February. Attend the Sulafest to taste some of the finest Indian wines and combine it with some great music, gourmet food and shopping amidst the scenic environs of Sula Vineyard and Greek-style amphitheatre. The three-day annual festival, witnesses music performance by leading Indian and international artists from across genres including rock, folk, blues, electronic and reggae music. A must-do event on every wine and music connoisseur’s list!
3. Kufri, Himachal Pradesh- Your license to “chill”
Don’t worry about missing the peak winter scenes! Plan a trip to the charming town of Kufri situated near the Himalayan range for a fun-filled winter vacation. With majestic peaks, deep valleys and world-class skiing, Kufri provides an exceptional setting to enjoy the snow, slopes and warmth of a fire. Places like Mahasu Park, Hip Hip Hurray Amusement Park, Himalayan National Park, Kufri Fun World, Kufri zoo are must-see destinations for families with kids.
4. Kumarakom, Kerala- Mesmerizing backwaters
Kumarakom is a quaint village retreat popular for its enchanting backwaters nestled at the heart of Vembanad Lake in Kerala. The captivating scenery of lush greenery, tall coconut palms, criss-cross canals and waterways make Kumarakom every nature lovers paradise. The best way to explore Kumarakom is by cruising along the serene backwaters on a traditional houseboat. It’s not only an ideal way to witness & experience the village life but also an absolutely divine experience to feel “one with nature”.
5. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan- Experience the Desert Festival
Take a sneak peek into the glorious history of our country by visiting the Golden City, Jaisalmer. Located in the heart of the Thar desert, Jaisalmer is popular for its massive forts, palaces, old havelis and thrilling desert adventures. February would be an ideal month to visit Jaisalmer as it offers a pleasing weather and you can witness the yearly grand Desert Festival. With camel rides, camel races, turban tying competitions, a moustache competition and the staple Rajasthani folk dances and music, the festival finds itself host to visitors from around the world.
6. Chandigarh- Explore the “Planned City”
Plan a trip to India’s best-planned city, Chandigarh. Chandigarh is a rare epitome of modernization co-existing with nature’s preservation. The brilliance of modern architecture has created a quite a few tourist attractions in Chandigarh. The list of must-visit places includes Nek Chand Rock Garden, Capitol complex, rose garden, Sukhna lake and International doll museum. Rose lovers should not miss out attending the Annual 3 day Rose Festival in Sector 16 that displays over 3000 rose plants with over 500 different varieties. This event also includes a photography exhibition, shopping stalls, dance performance, flower arrangement competition, rose quiz, vintage car rally and more.
7. Taj Mahal, Agra- Experience the “Taj Mahotsav”
There is nothing more romantic than visiting Taj Mahal with your partner on a full moon night. Plan a valentines day trip to visit the architectural marvel and symbol of love, Taj Mahal. Taj Mahotsav is another major attraction in February which is a 10-day non-stop carnival celebrating India’s rich culture and heritage. The festivities commence with a spectacular procession inspired by the Mughal splendour and includes an extensive range of crafts, cuisine and art & cultural activities. A funfair with a variety of rides is also organised for children.
8. Gangtok, Sikkim- Straight out of fairy tale
Located at an altitude of 5500 feet above sea level on the eastern Himalayan range is the capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok. Draped in a cluster of clouds with stunning views of Kanchenjunga and mesmerizing sceneries, Gangtok turns into a winter wonderland during February. The best places to experience snow in Gangtok are- Tsomgo Lake, Zero PoiWhile in Panchgani, Nathula Pass, Tashi View Point, and Lachung & Yumthang Valley.
9. Panchgani, Maharashtra- Unwind and explore nature
Do you wish to spend the weekend in a cozy hill station away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Head out to the colonial style quaint town Panchgani to enjoy some lush greenery and serenity. With breathtaking valleys, green meadows, winding rivers, scenic mountains, and scattered hamlets, Panchgani is every nature lover’s dream destination. The must visit places here are Kamalgad Fort, Sydney Point, Pratapgad Fort, Venna Lake, Kate’s Point, Parsi Point, Wai and Rajpuri caves. Panchgani is popular for strawberry plantations, so do not forget to do the strawberry picking and taste some fresh samples of strawberry jam/jelly from the Panchgani market.
10. Goa- Experience the wild west carnival
If you have been thinking that Goa is all about palm-fringed beaches and partying then probably you got it wrong. Attend the Goa Carnival to see the fun, festivity, dance, music and colourful celebration of life in true Goan style. The festivities during Goa Carnival include parades that are accompanied by live bands and dances dancing troupes, travellers wearing masks and costumes, sports competitions, and some amazing drinks & snacks. The entire city streets are decked up with attractive lighting and grand balls during this time.
So, a month has gone by. Before loosing the next month, start planning for a vacation!