Pack Your Bags Because Here Are The Best Places That You Should Visit This Winter
The morning buzz, cars honking, a motley crowd, tedious job, stern boss and lusterless life is all that people live through daily. It’s time to refresh and rejuvenate. Spice it up by planning serene and awesome trips this winter season where sun lulls the beaches, snow is on its way to melting on you, mountains are longing to listen to your melody. Wouldn’t it be fun hanging up in the air in giant balloons or else what do you think about solid sunrise in the Sun Temple? Isn’t that true that you will regret if by any chance you miss these mesmerizing moments of your life as this life is too short to miss the sweetness of love and warmth? So hurry up !! Pack your bags and figure out a whole new world for your hassled soul.
The top 10 places to visit in December in India are:
Auli – Skiing capital of India
Auli is famous for going on skiing expeditions and mountaineering courses. During the month of December, you will find many people here to experience adventurous activities. If you are not the person who likes daredevil acts, Auli also serves as a silent retreat for those looking for time away from their busy lives. You can also go for a day excursion to the Chenab lake.
Places to stay: Clifftop Club Resort, The Royal Village Resort, Tattva Resort and Blue Poppy Resorts are some of the best places to mark the presence of heaven.
Tourist attractions: Auli Ropeway, Auli Artificial Lake, Gorson Bugyal, Chattrakund, Kwani Bugyal, Joshimath, Chenab Lake, Narsingh Temple.
Ideal for: Adventure lovers looking for an exhilarating skiing experience in India. Nanda Devi National Park has it’s on glory which has wonderful flora and fauna resting in its lap.
Shimla-Queen of hills
With captivating snow, chilling breeze, tall deodar, curvy roads, and heavy snowfall there are a lot of things which can make any person go crazy! It is famous for its Winter sports festival which is celebrated with pomp and joy. It’s a place full of magical vibes and encounter immense peace among the crowd.
Tourist attractions: Mall Road, Jakhu Temple, and The Ridge.
Best places to stay: Hotel Marina, Hotel Willow Banks, Bridge View Residency, and The Cedar Grand.
Manali- Perfect Retreat destination
When we are counting the best places to visit in December in India, it’s nearly impossible to slip off the snowy wonderland which owns in itself the peaceful atmosphere which has guts to relieve our stress and give us eternal joy and satisfaction. The white land is famous for Rohtang Pass, Bhrigu Lake, Hidimba Devi Temple, and Solang Valley.
Best places to stay: Hotel Vintage Manali, The Orchard Greens, and The Manali Inn.
Tourist attractions: Mohan Shakti Heritage Park, Indian Institute of advanced study, Tara Devi temple, Jhaku temple, Shimla Christ Church, Green Valley, Shimla Glen and many more.
Darjeeling – The tea paradise
Luring with its meandering toy trains, Darjeeling also leads when it comes to best tea plantation across the world. This paradise in winter experiences snowfall making it among the best place to enjoy a winter vacation in India. In fact, not just the scenic charm, but the festivals such as Teesta Tea & Tourism festival and Darjeeling Orange Festival are organized during this time, gives an insight to local culture and lifestyle.
Tourist attractions: Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Tiger Hill, Batasia loop, Rock garden, Nightingale Park, Padmaja Naidu Zoo,Singalila National Park and monasteries are some of the wonderful places.
Best places to stay: Hotel Sonar Bangla, Central Heritage Resort & Spa, and Hotel Seven Seventeen.
Rann of Kutch- The salty white desert
Present in Gujarat, Rann Utsav in Rann of Kutch is a must watch. It is famous for its true, archaeological sites and temples. It gives visitors an opportunity to experience full moon on salt deserts where they can also get a taste of the local culture, cuisine and hospitality.
Tourist attraction: Gir Forest, Mandvi Beach, Dholavira, Kutch museum, Kandla port, Aaina Mahal.
Places to stay: Hotel Tulsi Residency, Hotel Ilark, Shiv Hotel, Sara Palace Hotel, Hotel Empire Gandhidham.
Tip: Attend the International Kite Festival held from January 10 to January 14 at Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmadabad.
Lakshadweep- Romantic is in the air
Experience the quintessential island temperature, splash in the azure water, explore the beautiful coral reefs, and enjoy the myriad of water sports at the white sandy beaches of Lakshadweep. Though it is a year-round travel destination, what makes it as one of the top places to visit during December in India is its pleasing weather particularly in this season. And what is more? You would not mind a sun-tan in winters.
Tourist attractions: Minicoy Island, Agatti Island, Bangaram Island, Kalpeni Island, Marine museum.
Places to stay: Kalpeni tourist hut, Island holiday home, Kadmat beach resort and Bangaram Island Resort.
Chennai- City of flyover
While you’d probably pass Chennai for most parts of the summers and the monsoons that follow, winters leave this metropolitan a favourite if you want to travel south. One of the places to visit in winter in India, Chennai is the fourth largest city of India and finds its itineraries dotted by temples, churches and beaches. Landmarks in Mahabalipuram include rock sculptures and caves and a crocodile farm while Thanjavur keeps you busy with its temples and handicrafts and Madumalai with a national park that boasts of exotic species of flora and fauna.
Places to stay: The Park Chennai, Treebo Elan, Tak Club House, Park Hyatt, Gokulam Park Sabari and Hilton are famous places to stay.
Tourist attractions: Marina beach, Government Museum, Sri Parthasarathy Temple,Kapaleeswarar Temple, San Thome Cathedral Basilica, Valluvar Kottam, Vadapalani Murugan Temple are among beautiful places in the city.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh- An offbeat yet famous destination
One of the most gorgeous and difficult-to-reach December vacation destinations, Tawang is a paradise for explorers and adventure enthusiasts. Untouched by commercialization, this place offers magnificent views of the snow-covered Himalayas, ancient monasteries, and valleys wrapped by colourful prayer flags. The beauty and solitude of Gudpi and Chong- Chugmi ranges, Tawang Chu River and Tawang valley. Those who want to experience the fun of celebrating Torgya festival can visit Tawang in January and in February for Losar festival.
Places to stay: Sambala Hotel, Siddhartha Hotel, Hotel Tawang Holiday, Monyul Lodge, Dondrub Homestay.
Tourist attractions: Tawang Monastery, Sela Pass, Nuranang Falls, Madhuri Lake, P.T Tso Lake, Gorichen Peak, Tawang War Memorial, Jaswant Garh.
Konark, Orissa- Where Sun temple is in the backdrop
While Konark is identified by the Sun temple located here, December in Konark is better known for hosting an annual dance festival by the name of Konark Dance Festival. The temple, each and every structure and element that it finds itself adorned by, together with a celebration of the classical dances, leaves few better specimens of classical Indian arts and culture. Definitely, a must visit place in India in December. While in Konark, don’t miss a stroll on a pristine stretch of golden sands, the Konark beach.
Places to stay : Lotus Resort, Sun Temple Hotel, Pagoda Inn, Toshali Sands, Hotel Monihar.
Tourist attractions: Sun Temple, Archaeological Site Museum, Ramachandi Temple, Kuruma, Astranga
Goa- EDM and party
This list of stunning places for a winter vacation in India would be incomplete without adding Goa to it. December and Goa on the same lines could only end with the SUNBURN festival. Electronic Dance Music, with Goa’s own charm, head to this bit of trance, and party your way to the New Year celebration. Goa is easily one of the best places in India to spend the year-end. And obviously, the laid-back atmosphere, the numerous beaches, the yummiest of seafood and the booze, all make Goa an ideal place to visit.
Places to stay: Treebo WTF My House, Holiday Inn Resort, Radisson Blue Resort, La Cabana Beach and spa, SinQ Beach Resort, Baywatch Beach Resort.
Tourist attractions: Panjim,Calangute Beach, Baga Beach, Aguada Fort, Vagator beach, Shri Mangeshi temple, Colva Beach, Sa Cathedral are some of the worth seeing places.
I would like to conclude by mentioning the famous quote by Pat Conroy-
“Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”