With the arrival of winters, we all get into the perfect holiday mood. The misty poetic mornings, the chilly crispy breeze, the star-studded quiet nights urge us to keep aside all our busy schedules and set out for a winter vacation. To learn about some of the most popular winter vacation destinations in India, read on-
The hill station of Manali in the state of Himachal Pradesh has lots to offer as a winter vacation destination. Your winter vacation at Manali will allow you to visualize this exotic hill station in all its snowy beauty and glory. There is no other season as good as winters to explore Manali’s true essence. Vast expanses of landscape clad in a shimmering white cover of snow along with ample scope of fun activities like snowball fighting, skiing, indulging in mouthwatering delicacies would make your Manali winter holiday an utterly enjoyable experience. While at Manali, you could consider taking a walk down the Mall road or paying a visit to the Hadimba temple. Also, drenching yourself in the waters of the hot sulphur springs at Vashist would be an incredible idea to beat the cold.
Gulmarg in Kashmir is one of the most scenic hill resorts of the country. In the winters, Gulmarg is painted all white by the heavy snowfall. The snow clad terrains and mountain peaks all around create a mesmerizing snow white beauty. Skiing, Hiking, Snowboarding, Gondola cable car rides are some of the activities available to enrich your travel experience. Winter tourism in Kashmir mainly revolves round the lovely hill resort of Gulmarg, pulling enthusiastic travelers from every nook and corner of the country.
Winter holidays spent in the beautiful hill station of Darjeeling could be real exciting. If you are visiting this hill station of West Bengal around the Christmas or New Year time, you could experience a total festive milieu. All shops, pubs and restaurants are decked up with lights. Some restaurants would also offer special Christmas and New Year menu along with surprise gifts. The splendid view of Kanchenjunga from the Tiger Hills adds to the charm of Darjeeling during the winters.
Andaman and Nicobar islands is a conglomeration of many scenic islands on the sea of Bay of Bengal. It is one of the best locations to travel to during the winter months. While at Andaman, you could embark on a tour of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National park only to get mesmerized by the beauty of colorful coral reefs or indulge in adventure sports like snorkeling or scuba diving at the islands like Havelock Island, Rutland island, North Bay island. Also, don’t forget to pay a visit to Port Blair’s famous historical monument, the Cellular jail. The yummy seafood, the tender coconuts available in bounties add a tenfold to the joy of your vacation at Andaman and Nicobar islands.
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Goa is an all-time favorite for travel lovers. In the winters this idyllic beach destination comes as a perfect vacation destination to indulge you and spoil you. Laze away your time on the beaches, get a perfect tan to sport, splurge during your shopping spree at the famous Night bazaars and flea markets, participate in a frenzied dance on a lavish party night, enjoy mouthwatering Goan delicacies to your heart’s content. In other words, there is plenty in Goa to make your winter vacation a fulfilling experience. If you are in Goa in the month of December forget not to miss the grand sunburn festival.
Rann of Kutch
Make your winter vacation truly memorable by visiting the famous Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. The Rann Utsav held during the winter months is the main crowd puller. Exploring the white silvery terrain of the salty sand desert of Kutch, putting up in lavishly decorated tents, rejoicing amid the captivating music and dance shows offer you an out of the world experience indeed. In the moonlit nights with bright stars gleaming quietly on the sky above, the Rann of Kutch looks utterly surreal and romantic. The nights on the Rann bustle with festivities of Rann Utsav which is no doubt the ideal cornucopia of an extravagant culture and design.