Winter is a time when you just want to snuggle up cozily beside fireplace with a book and a hot cup of coffee but it is also a great time to travel and explore some of the most extraordinary destinations. India is a tropical country with a diverse topography and varied climate. Winter season is undoubtedly loved by the people here and winter vacations, highly awaited. So, here is a list of five exotic winter destinations in India to plan your next trip.
RAJASTHAN- Land of opulent palaces & rich folk culture
From the vast expanses of the pristine sand dunes of Jaisalmer perfect for camel safari to the magnificent forts of Jaipur known for its grandeur and extraordinary architecture, Rajasthan is truly a magical land that will surprise you with its amazing cultural heritage and hospitality. You have a chance to not only explore the majestic forts and palaces but also experience the culture by visiting some of the oldest havelis coupled with folk dance and folk music. Rajasthan remains a popular destination in India and a perfect place to explore in winters.
KERALA- Serene Backwaters and a Luxurious Houseboat stay
Often called God’s own country for its abundant natural beauty, Kerala does not disappoint but it is much more than the lush greenery and beautiful beaches. Enjoy your stay at the houseboat as you cruise along the tranquil backwaters of Allepey witnessing the natural splendor that Kerala offers, making it an experience of a lifetime. The hill station of Munnar looks pretty in winter and a visit to its tea estates is a must! Wayanad would truly take your breath away with its cascading waterfalls and serenity. Winter is the best time to visit Kerala to avoid its hot and humid climate.
GOA- Carnivals & an amazing nightlife
Goa is popular for its party culture and a great nightlife. One of the finest beach destinations in India, it is your go-to place when you want to just party and drink away the night. In winters with the arrival of Christmas and New Year, various carnivals and music festivals are organized all over Goa. So it is the perfect time for a Goa trip. You can also try a number of water sports if you are an adventure freak. Trekking to the Dhudhsagar Falls is bound to make for an amazing experience.
Temple town of KULLU MANALI
Surrounded by the snow-clad mountains and thick pine forests with river Beas flowing majestically, Kullu Manali valley makes for an enchanting trip. It is not only a popular hill station but also a sacred land with its numerous ancient temples and monasteries. Manali literally means the land of Manu, a Hindu God. Trek to the famous Hadimba temple, the oldest in the region which is located in the middle of the lush Van Vihar forest. Visit the Solang Valley to enjoy adventure sports like paragliding and zorbing.
PONDICHERRY- India’s French Connection
This quaint charming city reminisces of its past with its French architectural styled houses and narrow rustic lanes. Pondicherry has been ruled by Dutch, Portuguese, British and French in the past and you can see the mix of all these cultures here. A walk through its colorful bylanes and lively marketplaces would let you peek into the vast heritage of Pondicherry. It is home to some of the most beautiful beaches that are not only clean but also less crowded. Go for scuba diving and see the magical under-water world.
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