Places to visit in January

    New year brings along the promise of a new beginning. New promises, new resolutions and the urge to do something different. It's time to take the road less taken, and set off on a journey to discover a new 'you'. We've got some interesting destinations for the month of January.

    Best picks

    Dubai


    Known for luxury shopping, lively nightlife and stunning skyscrapers, Dubai attracts travellers from across the globe. Popular attractions include Dubai Parks and Resorts, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Aquarium, Jumeirah Beach and Desert Safari. You can also experience the Dubai Shopping Festival from December 26, 2017 to January 28, 2018 which offers amazing discounts on top brands. Indulge in a shopping spree and enjoy the Fashion Events, Carpet and Art Oasis, Beauty and Perfume Events, Mega Raffle and lots more.

    We recommend: 3 Nights / 4 Days in Dubai @ Rs 10,000/-

    Andaman

    Andaman Island

    Blue waters, breathtaking islands and amazing wildlife make Andaman a hotspot among travel enthusiasts. On your trip to this surreal paradise, indulge in island hopping and enjoy adrenaline pumping activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing and kayaking. Places of interest include the Havelock Island, Radhanagar Beach, Baratang Island, Mount Harriet National Park, Ross Island and Neil Island.

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    Long weekends

    Rann of Kutch

    Rann of Kutch

    A New Year is all about celebration so let’s welcome the year in a festive mode. The best way to do it would be to take a trip to Gujarat and attend the famed Rann of Kutch Festival. This festive extravaganza commences on the month of November and runs through February. The 4-month long gala imbues the culture and history of the beautiful state of Gujarat.

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    Bikaner Camel Festival

    Bikaner Camel Festival

    To experience the popular Camel Festival, plan your trip to Bikaner between 12th and13th January, 2019. You’ll see decorated camels participating in various competitions. Events you can witness on your trip include Camel Safari, Camel Riding, Bagpiper Band Recital by Army, Camel Decoration Competition, Camel Dance Competition, Miss Marwan (Beauty Pageant) Competition, Mr. Bikana Competition, Cultural Evening by Rajasthani Folk Artists, Heritage Walk, Tug of War Competition, Villagers Wrestling Competition, Kabaddi Display Match, Turban Tying Competition, Camel Dance Show, Women Water Pot Race Competition, Fire Dance and Fireworks Display.

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    Festivals

    Makar Sankranti: Gujarat International Kite Festival - Uttarayan and Pongal

    January 14, 2019

    Gujarat International Kite Festival

    Known by various names: Uttarayan in Gujarat, Pongal in South India and Makar Sankranti in North India, this festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of summer. If you want to see the fervor of this festival, Gujarat is the place to be. People from all across the globe come here to witness the Kite Festival. Treat your eyes to the colourful kites flying in the air and experience this auspicious festival like never before.

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    Republic Day

    January 26, 2019

    Republic Day Parade

    To experience one of the best Republic Day Celebrations, plan a trip to Delhi. Book your tickets for 26th January, 2019 to enjoy the grand parade at Rajpath. The spectacular military bands and cultural displays are sure to make you feel strong with patriotic thoughts. Other attractions that you can explore include the Red Fort, Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, India Gate, Akshardham, Chandni Chowk, Jantar Mantar and Humayun’s Tomb.

    We recommend: 4 Nights / 5 Days in Golden Triangle @ Rs 15,300/-

    Honeymoon destinations

    Singapore

    Singapore Flyer

    Singapore is a perfect romantic getaway for couples looking for vibrant nightlife, interesting theme parks, breathtaking architecture, amazing wildlife and delectable cuisines. On your honeymoon in this incredible destination, you can explore Sentosa Island, Gardens by the Bay and Merlion Park with your sweetheart. You can visit the Botanic Gardens, enjoy a bird’s eye view from the Singapore Flyer, capture shots of the wildlife at Singapore Zoo, explore the Jurong Bird Park, experience tranquillity at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and enjoy adrenaline-pumping rides and attractions at the Universal Studios with your better half for a fun-filled vacation.

    We recommend: 4 Nights / 5 Days in Singapore @ Rs 20,500/-

    Jaisalmer

    Jaisalmer

    Nothing attracts honeymooners like Jaisalmer, the Golden City of Rajasthan. From majestic forts to desert safari to breathtaking havelis, you’ll find them all in Jaisalmer. Visit the Jaisalmer Fort with your partner and be amazed by the glorious architecture. You can indulge in desert camping with your better half and treat your eyes to the star-studded sky at night. Other activities that you can indulge in include experiencing the stunning sunset at Gadisar Lake, exploring the havelis and enjoying desert safari.

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    Adventure

    Wildlife safari in Jim Corbett

    Jim Corbett National Park

    Nestled in Uttarakhand, the Jim Corbett National Park is a popular getaway among wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. January is one of the best times to go for a wildlife safari in Jim Corbett. During this time, you get plenty of opportunities to spot the wildlife as they come out of their hiding places to soak up some sun. Keep your camera handy to capture shots of the Bengal tigers, leopards, elephants and a myriad of birds. Other attractions include Jhula Devi Temple, Corbett Museum and Corbett Falls.

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    Unique experience

    Chilika Lake


    Tucked away in Odisha, the Chilika Lake is Asia's largest salt-water lagoon. January is the best time when you can see colourful migratory birds visiting this place; some even fly from Siberia, Iran and Central Asia. Get an opportunity to capture shots of beautiful birds through your lens which include golden plovers, pelicans, flamingos, ospreys and many more. Apart from being a paradise for bird lovers, Chilika is also a hotspot for spotting Irrawady dolphins. Popular attractions include the Nalabana Island, Goddess Kalijai Temple and Satpada Island.

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    Long weekends

    • 12 January : Saturday
    • 13 January : Sunday
    • 14 January : Monday (Makar Sankranti)