Not to be cliché but, ‘Winter is Coming’
We’re so excited for December!
December and the season of winter just scream ‘vacation’ out loud don’t they? While most people prefer watching Christmas lights in the bed, for others winters may call for an adventure. We’re the second kind and if you’re here reading this, we can bet you are too haha!
Let’s be honest, there is nothing like a breezy evening with a scenic view. Add a cup of coffee/ tea and the feeling is unmatched. Just talking about it makes us want to run to the mountains for a vacation. With the year being so tough, a little time off wouldn’t hurt, would it?
Now presenting to you our A-game, a list of some of the best places in India you can visit this December:
Housing some of the best architectural pieces, Shimla is a beautiful destination in the North of India. It’s the perfect choice for all lovers of snowfall. Counting its numerous adventure sports and snow-clad forests, Shimla stands amongst some of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. Watch the gorgeous Himalayan Mountains while sitting at any of the several restaurants lined up at Mall Road.
2.Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
A popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie is a trekker’s heaven!
This place’s beauty is at its full swing during the winters and the snow feels ever so inviting. The place was founded by Lord Dalhousie as a summer retreat for travel enthusiasts and its splendid forest trails are a sight like no other.
There’s only one word that comes to mind when we hear Goa and it’s ‘Party!’. December brings in the party season in Goa. Extremely famous for its varied seafood cuisine and clubs, Goa is a hub for all party hunters. The beautiful sunrises and sunsets on the beaches are always a bonus.
‘The Venice of the East, Udaipur’s charm has attracted tourists from not just all over the country but from all over the world. The exceptionally striking views at the Fateh Sagar and Pichola Lake never fail to leave one awestruck.
The winters provide just the right temperature for a tour and if you’re a lover of the Arts, we recommend you visit the Shilpgram Arts and Crafts Festival that showcases traditional performances by the locals.
Rajasthan being a desert, what better time to visit the place than winter? Its magnificent Havelis and beautiful lagoons have made it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Desert adventure sports are a must-experience, along with camel or jeep safaris.
Camping in tents is also available for those looking for an opportunity to stargaze. All in all the place scores a solid 10/10 on our vacation scale.
Home to the holiest river of India, the Ganges, Rishikesh has been loved by tourists for years.
One can experience its scenic beauty at the foothills of the Himalayas. The architectural ancient structures of its many temples are guaranteed to catch one’s eye and leave them amazed at their beauty.
The numerous ashrams of Rishikesh teach spiritual ways to unwind from the hustle and bustle of a busy schedule through Yoga and other forms of meditation. Along with this, many places in Rishikesh also offer water sports such as Kayaking, River Rafting, Cliff Jumping, etc.
The picturesque waterfalls of Rishikesh are a perfect alternative to plain sightseeing.
With its beautiful valleys filled with forest oaks and other kinds of trees, there’s no reason as to why Manali would not show up on our list of best places to visit. Crammed with nature treks, adventures, and food Manali is hands down a full vacation package!
Its architectural views and rustic villages are often termed a backpacker’s paradise. All year long the Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley have backpacking enthusiasts from all over the world.
Manali’s flora and fauna are also greatly appreciated by nature photographers that wish to experience its raw wilderness.
Around Mall Road, one may find many local cuisine spots to enjoy, the majority being influenced by Tibetan and Punjabi cuisine.
One may visit Manali with a backpack of supplies but may carry home some valuable memories!
Hills, streams, and a warm cup of coffee. What could be better?
Offering only the best of Karnataka, Coorg AKA the Scotland of India is full of natural scenic views. Coorg is famous for its coffee production.
Coorg is the perfect spot for a quick escape from a monotonous routine!
It is rich in heritage and culture, offers trekking and insights to anyone interested, and honestly, with all its beauty who wouldn’t be?
Alleppey or Alappuzha is a city-based in the Southern State of Kerala. Known for its mystic backwaters and Lagoons, Kerala is the closest to nature a person could be!
The Ayurvedic resorts in Alappuzha help one rejuvenate and unwind before getting back to their busy schedule.
10. Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Popularly known as the Blue City, Jodhpur ranks among the most loved tourist destinations of India. With its rich and valuable historical and cultural spots, Jodhpur houses some beautiful ancient forts and temples.
The aesthetic appeal of the place is unparalleled. As the temperature in December drops significantly, the place becomes the quintessential travel destination.
11.Thajiwas Glacier, Jammu & Kashmir
A winter wonderland, Kashmir rightfully called ‘Heaven on Earth’ offers glacial sightings. Snowboarding and sledding are some of the most fun activities to participate in if you’re someone that appreciates a good adventure!
12. Dawaki, Shillong
The temperature at Shillong during December ranges normally from about 12 to 20 degrees. Its famous Unmgot River has water so clear, it seems like a boat is floating in the air!
Also popular for its orange cultivation. Shillong ranks amongst the top tourist hubs of India all year long, getting even better in December!
With its utter care for its tourists, Shillong is one of the safest places to visit even in the middle of a pandemic like COVID.
Cold as it may be during December, there is nothing better than watching a panoramic view of the beautiful snow-clad peaks of the mountains of Neelkant, Nanda Devi, and Mana Parbat.
The place is at its best during the Christmas season and if you think skiing is your cup of tea, go ahead and add Auli to your list of places you need to visit this December. Who knows if you gain expertise in Skiing we might see you at the next Championship held at Auli in February!
Located 2,285 meters above sea level, this place is filled with dense forests. A hill station, Mukhateshwar is very popular among young couples and lovers of all things nature.
Who doesn’t like a little romantic getaway from time to time? We know we do!
15. Leh, Ladakh
If you could get the chance to live anywhere in the world, where would you live? We’ll go first, Leh, Ladakh!
The only ice trek: The Chadar Trek available in India is at Leh. With its -14 degree celsius temperature, its crystal blue ice makes it the perfect holiday destination.
There are a few other treks suitable for all kinds of trekking enthusiasts, from beginners to experts.
16. Nagoa Beach, Diu
One of the most underrated places according to us, Dui with its virgin beaches is a breathtaking sight!
Popular foods one must try at Dui include all kinds of seafood from Jetty Rolls to Lobsters. Shopping from the local market is also a must experience when you visit for the first time. And let’s not forget, bonfires on beaches!
Compared to the other states of the South, Chennai is hotter during the other months but December with its pleasant breeze makes it a popular spot for vacation for young couples.
For the love of music, one may visit the Madras Music Festival and the Annual Conferences and Concerts.
Sip some coconut water and let go of all your worries in the cool December breeze of Chennai!
Oh and also, don’t forget to try the famous South Indian Cuisine while you’re at it.
18.Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island
In the Havelock Island of Andaman, lies the exceptionally beautiful beach of Radhanagar.
The beach is about 12 km away from the ferry pier of Havelock and is the best place to visit for families. The stunning white sand and tall palm trees are what make Radhanagar Beach the ‘World’s 7th best beach’ as termed by Time Magazine.
When shopping, one must keep an eye out for gorgeous pearls, spices, timber crafts, etc.
19.Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
The sight of the white desert turning blue under the moonlight!
If you’re visiting the Rann of Kutch, we urge you to stay in a tent, watching the stars in the night sky.
A two-month-long festival, the Rann Utsav is held at this place.
Disclaimer: Gujarat is amongst some of the warmest places to visit in December.
20.Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
A hot spring in the cold winter weather, need we say more?
Tawang is difficult to reach but its gorgeous sights and slow-clad mountains are worth all the hassle it may take!
Located in the North East of India, one can also visit Tawang during October or February to experience some local festivals that are popular amongst many tourists.
Must visit places if you visit Tawang in December are the Panjang Teng Tso Lake, Gorichen Peak, Sela Pass, etc.
Buy some traditional paintings, bamboo utensils, and handmade sheets from Tawang’s local market as souvenirs this December!
On the banks of the Brahmaputra river, lies Guwahati. It is the gateway to the North East of India, filled with backpacker hotspots, the place houses malls, spiritual areas, and ashrams. Guwahati is rich in culture, heritage, and biodiversity too!
One may also visit places such as the Assam State museum to realize the state’s rich cultural heritage.
Side Note: Please know that we swear by a good plate of momos and Jhal Muri!
22. Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya
Once listed as the ‘Wettest place on Earth’ by the Guinness Book of World Records, Cherrapunjee comprises deep valleys, beautiful clouds, and gorgeous rivers. Unsuitable for urban living, the place is untouched and a natural attraction like no other! Orange flower honey, spices, handmade soap are some of the things one must buy from the local markets of Cherrapunjee.
One of the Seven Sisters of the North, Nagaland is culturally rich. The state’s capital Kohima is home to the Naga tribes that are known for their innocence and bravery. The flora and fauna at the place only add to its awe-inspiring views. When in Kohima, one must try the meat dishes and bamboo shoots dishes.
Sikkim is located in the northeastern region of India and its beauty is surreal!
Scenic views and snow-covered mountain hills. Enjoy the view with some Thukpa or Momos and shop gorgeous canvas wall hangings and woolen carpets from the local markets.
25.Sonamarg, Jammu, and Kashmir
A quaint hill station is a great choice for a nice little vacation and Sonamarg is just that!
Located 2800 meters above sea level, Sonamarg houses some serene lakes. Trekking, skiing, and hiking are some of the most common adventure sports that are held in Sonamarg, all year long! Camping and fishing are also popular among tourists.
There are so many more places we wish we could keep writing about but these are it for now. December with its cool breeze brings time to make new memories. End the year on a good note by taking a vacation to one of these beautiful destinations with your family or for a solo trip.
So have you decided where to go this December? Go on, pack your bags then and make sure there’s enough space for your cozy winter wear.
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