It’s no secret that we all enjoy that little bit of luxury, especially amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Our deadline-driven existence leaves little time to kick back and relax, so when those long weekends roll around, we’re all for those long weekends away for some much-needed peace and quiet. But now that we’ve left the festivities of 2023 behind us, what better way to enjoy the new year than with some getaways in January?
Here’s our curated list of the top 10 places to visit in January. From mountain stays near Chandigarh offering breathtaking views, to pet-friendly villas with pools and a whole lot more, we have just what you need.
A popular tourist getaway destination, Jaipur takes living life king-sized to a whole new meaning. A city steeped in history and culture, one cannot visit Jaipur without stopping at one of its many palaces or forts. And while the tourist hot spots are a definite must-see, if adventure is on the agenda, there’s a lot more you can do. From the serene and calming Chandlai Lake, the naturally mesmerising Galta Temple to Kanota Dam for breathtaking views, the quaint sights and sounds of Abhaneri village or Jawahar Kala Kendra, for anyone who fancies themselves an art enthusiast, there’s a lot that this vibrant city has to offer.
Lohono’s Morbaugh at Kothari Gadh, situated not too far from the Pink City is opulence at its finest and you’re guaranteed to find yourself in grandeur that defines Jaipur, affording you the luxury of some of the city’s lesser-known sights.
2. Jim Corbett National Park
While luxury isn’t necessarily synonymous with taking a walk on the wild side, one cannot venture out to Jim Corbett National Park without partaking in their must-try jungle safari. If bird watching, or spotting some Asiatic elephants or Bengal tigers is on your bucket list, don’t give this a miss. For those looking to get their adrenaline pumping, you can choose from an array of adventures such as rappelling, rock climbing or even river rafting.
For those looking to keep their feet planted firmly on solid ground, head to the Corbett Museum at Kaladhungi 18 km from the expansive national park, is the epicentre for exceptional service and hospitality to give you that feeling of home, even in the wild.
Brace yourself for colder climes when heading to the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’. After all, there is so much to see and do in Shimla. But before we get into what you should do, it’s best to prepare for what’s in store. For one, pack those woollens because it’s going to be anywhere between 10 to 15 degrees. Don’t forget those walking shoes because the only way to truly enjoy your cottage stay in Shimla is when you sightsee on foot. From those incredible heritage walks around, to the sights and sounds of the Himalayan Bird Park, you’ll be spoilt for choice. If shopping is on the agenda, don’t forget those souvenirs from the local shops on Mall Road and Lakkar Bazar.
Of course, no trip is complete without a ride on the Kalka Shimla toy train. But if all you want is to relax and soak up all that luxury, Lohono’s Jungle House perched atop the sunlit Jakhu Hill offers a luxury homestay experience that’s ideal for sweater weather.
There’s something about being nestled amongst the clouds that takes being on top of the world to whole new heights. And like Shimla, Mussoorie is one hill station that’s guaranteed to take your breath away. A must-visit for those winter getaways, Mussoorie offers luxurious villa stays and is a definite must-visit for any getaway in January. Of course, pack your warm clothes and walking shoes to enjoy all the sights that Mussoorie has to offer. Whether it’s a quick tour of Landour, home of the renowned author Ruskin bond, Surkanda Devi temple, Tehri Dam and Dhanaulti Eco Park in Kanatal village or Cloud’s End that’s known for its hiking trails and birdwatching, your weekend getaway experience will last you a lifetime.
And a Lohono luxury villa experience to boot, whether it’s their Avalon Domes, Wakefield Estate or Ivy Cottage, you’ll experience luxury like never before.
Made of Bollywood dreams with scenic locales, snowy terrains and colourful springs, Srinagar is the apt vacation spot in India. Enjoy a romantic boat ride on the Dal Lake, run through the fields of Tulips, visit the Shankaracharya temple surrounded by snow, and walk around in the pleasing Nishant Bagh embedded with Chinar trees and water channels.
Have a houseboat stay at Harmukh Houseboat or go for a scenic abode like The Red Cottage in Zaznar, which boats of uninterrupted mountain views.
Given that it’s the start of 2024, a getaway in January is a must. And if enjoying the cold is something you look forward to, Dehradun makes for a great escape from the humdrum of city life. Lohono’s villa stays in Dehradun is a stone’s throw away from some fun and exciting things to do around.
From a visit to Tapkeshawar Temple which is situated on the banks of the Asan River, to exploring that famous, but lesser-explored Robber’s Cave river trail (of course, carry an extra pair of clothes to change into and avoid catching a cold), or even the Lambi Dehar Mines for those who dare to venture into what the locals consider a hotbed for supernatural activity, or if adventure is what you seek, Dhanaulti offers rappelling, trekking, zip lining, and rock climbing. There’s a whole lot of fun to be had.
If you’re yearning for a luxurious getaway but prefer not to venture too far, Gurgaon has the answer. Just an hour’s drive from Delhi, our exclusive villa getaways in Gurgaon offer a perfect blend of comfort and convenience. Whether you choose to explore the bustling city life, unwind in a private pool villa, or indulge in gourmet dining options, Gurgaon provides a quick escape without compromising on the extravagance you seek.
Because sometimes, the best retreats are the ones just around the corner.
But remember, no matter what’s on the cards for your weekend getaways near Delhi, make sure to pack for the weather and activities that’s on your itinerary. After all, every adventure starts with a single step. In the end, all you’ll have are your memories.