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10 Places to Visit in India During December

December Destinations Decoded.

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    Srinagar

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    Srinagar

    Weekend Getaways, Srinagar

    Mugal Empror Jehangir once said “If there is heaven on earth, it is here!” and we are no one to deny this! You won’t either, when you witness the beauty of Srinagar. Cruise through the waterways in a beautiful shikara and shop away in the lively markets of this city. The Jewel of Srinagar, Dal Lake is one of the most popular scenic attractions and for all the right reasons! Dance Bollywood style, between rows and rows of colourful flowers at Tulip Garden or the manicured lawns of Shalimar and Nishant baug. Don’t miss out on a trip to the famous apple orchids of Srinagar. Also, make sure you keep your cameras handy, because every frame in Kashmir is Instagram worthy. Noon chai; Kashmiri biscuits; Nadru ke Kofte and a full course Kashmiri Vazvaan are some food delights that you should try when in this beautiful valley!

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    Kutch

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    Kutch

    Weekend Getaways, Kutch

    During December the Rann of Kutch becomes even more beautiful than it already is and transforms itself into a traveler’s paradise who come to visit the Rann of Kutch Festival. If you want to spend the year end amidst art, culture, food, tradition, music, sand, sunsets and scenery – The Rann of Kutch Festival is custom made for you. You can find many tours and packages with a wide range of facilities for the Rann of Kutch Festival. Adventure sports, food walks, dancing nights and soul searching to watching the full moon in the winter sky in the middle of a dessert – This is one of those memories that last a lifetime!

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    Auli

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    Auli

    Weekend Getaways, Auli

    Auli in Uttarakhand is Indian very own Switzerland. If skiing amidst snow clad slopes of the Himalayas sound like an amazing way to spend you vacations, then Auli is the best place to go. Other than skiing there are a ton of other activities at this snow paradise. You can visit the world largest artificial man-made lake or just chill at any of the beautiful natural landscapes of this scenic place. Trishul peak, Nanda Devi Peak and Gurso Pugyal which is a lush green meadow amidst all the hilly peaks!

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    Andaman Nicobar Islands

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    Andaman Nicobar Islands

    Weekend Getaways, Andaman

    The sunny beaches of this island are pristine, clear and refreshing and will put you in a very similar state of mind. A location like this is perfect for any getaway – right from a holiday with family, a honeymoon strip or a bachelor’s trip with best friends. Visit places like Havelock Island, Viper island and cellular jain or go enjoy some water sports in the choppy seas! Besides all the touristy stops, Bollywood destinations and local eateries, Andaman and Nicobar island is also a divers paradise. Plan a long enough trip and do a certificate course in deep sea diving! Under the beautiful waters in Andaman and Nicobar, you could definitely live a few ‘Zindagi na Milegi Dobara’ moments!

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    Sonamarg

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    Sonamarg

    Weekend Getaways, Sonamarg

    Sonmarg, literally means the meadow of gold and everything about this beautiful hill station in Kashmir lives up to the hype. If you want to witness snow fall within our own country, Sonamarg is where you should plan to go during the month of December. Camp in the beautiful Baltal Valley or just stare at the views of Krishnasagar lake. There are several religious destinations that you could visit nearby too– temples, mosques and even Buddhist monasteries. Sip on Kashmiri Kahwa or enjoy a full blown Vazvaan. If you want to get a taste of Jannat on earth, Sonamarg is calling out to you.

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    Mukteshwar

    Mukteshwar

    Weekend Getaways, Mukteshwar

    Uttarakhand is often called as Dev bhoomi or land of the gods and if Uttrakhand is the land of gods, Mukteshwar is the capital. This beautiful town in Nainital has inspired poems, stories and art! If you’re looking for a destination where you can surrender yourself to the bounty of nature, the hill scapes of Mukteshwar will blow your mind and calm it at the same time! Visit the Mukteshwar temple of Lord Shiva which offers you a view of the snow-clad mountain or indulge in some adrenaline pumping adventure sports. You could also trek to the bhau gaad waterfalls where spotting a rainbow is not very uncommon.

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    Tawang

    Tawang

    Weekend Getaways, Tawang

    Tawang in Arunachal Pradhesh bordered by Tibet in the North and Bhutan in the south west is one of the most scenic places you can visit in the month of December. While it might include a bit of travel, because the nearest airport Tezpur is 6 hours away, the drive to Tawang is quite scenic in itself. Once you reach this destination everything that follows is a treat to all your senses – body, soul and mind. Make a trip the Tawang Buddhist Monastery and experience what words like ‘shanti’ and ‘keep calm’ actually mean. Check out the vast beauty of nature at the frozen lakes and walk amidst clouds at Sela pass. Visit the local market and shop for cute artefacts and mementos, because you will surely want to take back some physical memories from this trip.

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    Goa

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    Goa

    Weekend Getaways, Goa

    The vibe of Goa is unique - scenic beaches, homely shacks, delicious coastal food and unbelievably cheap liquor make it the party capital of India. Come December, even the hippies descend the cold hills of Himachal and make way to the beaches of Goa, where the weather is just perfect this time of the year. Celebrate Christmas with the locals or attend a New Year’s Eve party at some of the world’s most legendary party venues along the beaches of Baga, Anjuna and Vagator. If a loud party is not on your agenda, head down south to the calm and secluded beaches of South Goa. Spend cool winter evenings with sea breeze in your hair, a beer in your hand and the sun setting into the glorious horizon, right in front of you! Party hard or live the easy going ‘Susegaad’ life in Goa!

     

    Food bait – Anda pav at street side shacks, Goan fish/prawn curry - rice, Bebinca with ice cream.

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    Sikkim

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    Sikkim

    Weekend Getaways, Sikkim

    There are way too many things to do when you visit Sikkim. Trek up the snow-clad Himalayan peaks or plan a trip to beautiful rivers and passes like Tsangmo River or the Nathula Pass. Since it is the wintery month of December, you might even get to witness some snow fall. Check out the bustling local market and pick up a bunch of colourful handicrafts or play a game of football at the beautiful football ground at Gangtok. And the food! The food from Sikkim is heart warming and comforting, much like its people. So get ready for piping hot thukpas and wholesome curries coupled with some delicately baked desserts from the several city bakeries.

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    Kerala

    Kerala

    Weekend Getaways, Kerala

    They don’t call it gods own country for nothing. A holiday in Kerala is relaxation and rejuvenation in every form. Sail through the beautiful backwaters in a luxurious houseboat, indulge in their ayurvedic massages, tap your feet to the cultural music and dance forms and be amazed by the awesomeness of a kalarippayattu artist. December is the perfect time to visit this state, because other times of the year it is too hot or rainy in this coastal state. The scenic hill station of Munnar, wildlife reserves and safari at Periyaar and spice plantations in Tekkady await you.

 
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