2019 is filled with festivals, events and celebrations. Curated with much research and enthusiasm, it lists the best places to visit in India, from every state, and the best time to visit them. Read on for vacation goals for an entire year. Enjoy!
January – Lakshadweep Islands
Located 300km off the Kerala coast, Lakshadweep is as stunning as it is isolated. Lakshadweep is best visited during January, as the temperature is just perfect to enjoy the serene beaches of Lakshadweep. As it is still the winter season, the days are not too hot and one can enjoy to the fullest. We can go scuba diving, kayaking, snorkeling, canoeing and many more. The closest airport is the Agatti Airport which have daily flights to Cochin operated by Air India.
February – Goa
When February starts, most of the young crowd heads to the party capital of India. Winters mark the start of various music festivals in Goa like Goa Sunsplash 2019 and the HillTop Festival. If you want to experience Goa at its finest, you should attend the Goa Carnival or the pre-Mardi Gras revelry - a tradition that dates back to the arrival of Portuguese to in Goa way back in 1510. The carnival features a frenzy of tourist activities. The festivities include dancing troupes, revellers wearing masks and costumes, electrifying music by live bands, sports competitions, parades, great food, and drinking. Goa is well connected by air, rail and roads. The nearest airport in Goa is the Dabolim Airport.
March - Barsana, Uttar Pradesh
Celebrate the festival of colours, Holi in Barsana. It is one of the most colourful festivals in India, celebrated with people gathering in streets throwing colours and playing loud music. Though Holi is just for one day, the festivities start from mid January and continues until the day of Holi itself. The festival is celebrated along with its neighbouring towns like Mathura, Vrindavana, and Nandgaon in the form of 7 events. The closest airport is the Agra Airport which is around 100 km away, and the closest railway station is Mathura Railway Station.
April – Mon, Nagaland
Mon is a beautiful town in the state of Nagaland and is best visited in the first week of April. The Aoleang festival is celebrated during that time. The festival is celebrated after the people of the village sow seeds in the new fields. This celebration marks the beginning of the new year in the region and visitors experience the rich cultural heritage of northern Nagaland through indigenous dance performances by the locals, music talent shows, song and games. Nagaland experiences summer only for two months, and during this time places become a sight to behold. The weather is cool and it is the right time to go for adventure activities and go out on sightseeing. The temperature during this time varies between 16 and 31 degree Celsius. Nearest airport is in Jorhat Assam.
May – Leh, Jammu & Kashmir
Leh is one place that you have to visit once in your lifetime. Leh is also called as the 'Land of high passes'. This is one of the most therapeutic journeys you will ever undertake. As May is the summer season in Leh, the tourists will get the amazing temperature, rather than the usual sub zero temperature. Thus it makes Leh more comfortable for people to travel, sightseeing and for some adventure sports.Travellers can choose to fly to Leh directly.
June – Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Rishikesh is one of the most popular destinations in India. Rishikesh is best visited during the month of June, not only for its scenic beauty but also for the numerous other adventure sports that you can enjoy during the month of June. Rishkesh offers many adventures like the flying fox, rafting, Bungee jumping and camping in the forest and beach side. During this time you would see a lot of crowd, especially the young ones cause Rishikesh is one of the favourable destinations for them, so this will make your trip more exciting. Grant airpot in Dehradun is 35 kms away from Rishikesh.
July – Munnar, Kerala
July is the time of Monsoon in Kerala, and it would be the perfect time to visit the hill stations of Kerala especially Munnar, where the monsoon brings the grandeur to Munnar. The rain brings the beauty to the tea gardens which is spread across Munnar, the rain makes it look greener and beautiful as ever. Moreover the month of July have less footfalls to July mainly because of the rainy season, which makes Munnar an ideal place to visit as you can beat the tourist crowd and explore the true beauty of the numerous Tea Estates across Munnar. Since its the monsoon, and less number of crowds there leaves an aroma of tea leaves in the air that will leave you amazed. Cochin International Airport are the nearest airports. State run and private buses are available from major towns of Kerala to take you to Munnar.
August – Agumbe, Karnataka.
On the southern coasts of Karnataka is a rainforest that is beautiful in its serenity and the serenity and the receding rainfall of August makes it even more beautiful. It is home to numerous and diverse animal species, Agumbe also plays host of an amazing number of medicinal plants that are unique to this region. And Agumbe is also home to the King Cobra. The closest airport is Mangalore Airport which is 100 km and the nearest railway station is in Shimoga.
September – Jaipur, Rajasthan
It is during the month of September that winter begins to slowly approach the country, and in the beginning it wont be too cold, thus giving a mesmerizing mix of summers and winters and what results is that Jaipur is left with warm sunlight, the amazing sunset and a drop in the temperature at night for you to get the best experience of the pink city. You can explore the city with a number of UNESCO world heritage sites in Jaipur. Not just Jaipur you can take your trip further of Udaipur, Jaisalmer, and Amer in the month of September. Jaipur is well connected by the Jaipur Airport and the Jaipur Junction railway station.
October – Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling is best enjoyed during the months of October because it is that time of the year when you get to experience the cultural fest of Durga Pooja in West Bengal. During this time the state of West Bengal is in a festive mood and they celebrate the Durga Pooja with lights, fireworks and more. Then in October winter begins with the month of October and you can welcome them with the serenity of hills in Darjeeling and places around in the North East. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport which is 100 km away from Darjeeling.
November – Amritsar, Punjab
In the month of November, India celebrates Diwali and it is best enjoyed in Amritsar. It is during this time that we can witness the Golden Temple in all its splendour. The shrine puts up all its lamps, diyas, lights and most importantly there is an immense air of devotion. Everyone gathers together to unite in a festivity that is beyond description. Fireworks bursting over shining domes while devoted prayers are sung inside is an experience that just cannot be described in words. You have to be there to feel it. Amritsar is well connected by the Amritsar Airport, and Amritsar Junction Railway Station.
December – Rann of Kutch
Rann of Kutch is best visited during because of the Rann Utsav. Rann Utsav creates a mosaic of exquisiteness which reflects the identity and spirit of the region. The festival is organized for a duration of 3 to 4 months and attracts thousands of tourists across India and the world. A well-known paradise, Rann of Kutch is a perfect for people interested in witnessing creative ingenuity of the artisans, folk music, and mixed representation of culture and communities. The nearest airport is the Bhuj Airport which is 80 km from the Rann of Kutch.