Looking for some place heavenly to indulge in some pure fun? Or just thirst for some adventure that will get your heart thumping wildly? Want to take in some fresh mountain air? Or is playing in the snow your idea of having fun? Whatever your wish, you can realize your dream in any of the many awesome destinations India boasts.
In this article we go on a little adventure across different states and different places and shortlist 10 wonderful destinations that you can visit in the month of December.
Goa, the land of sand, sea and surf, comes in at the 10th place. The clean beaches, the swaying palm, the river Mandovi, the cruise rides on the river, the carnivals in Panjim – all add to the vacation mood. In fact, Goa is on an eternal holiday. So if you love seafood and a good drink, then the best place to be this December is Goa!
It sure feels like heaven here in the month of December. Manali in Himachal Pradesh in the Himalayas is swathed in snow from November until March and is the haunt of skiers from across the world. The unexplored valleys, snow-capped mountains, virgin tracts of snow and glaciers with nail-biting curves make Manali a favorite destination of people the world over.
Are you the adventurous kind? Looking for an adventure that will send your adrenaline rushing? Then this is the place to be in. In the Garhwal region, the river Ganges gives both the professional and the amateur the exhilaration of white water rafting. Its grade III and grade IV rapids are most sought after. This is a destination that’s also the favorite haunt of Hollywood stars.
Moving away from the hills, the capital city of India, Delhi, is a blend of the old and the new. It’s one of the oldest continually inhabited cities of India. It’s a city known for its beautiful gardens and historical monuments. The city has something to offer everyone, from the modern to the traditional – from the Qutub Minar, Humayun’s tomb, The Bahai Temple, Dilli Haat, to the weekly markets.
This capital of Meghalaya, a state in North East India, is a beautiful and picturesque hill station. Apart from its outstanding natural beauty, Shillong is also famous for its many waterfalls and lakes and great picnic spots. It’s pristine, clean and far away from the madding crowds – Shillong’s location makes it a wonderful travel destination.
The Kaziranga National Park, Assam
One of the most brilliant conservation stories of the one-horned Rhinoceros and other endangered wild animals, this park is considered a World Heritage site. A trip to this beautiful park is worth every effort. This Park is also a birds’ paradise. The tall grasslands, a beautiful feature of the landscape here, make the trip a memorable one.
A must visit if you’re traveling anywhere close to Delhi. This place doesn’t need much of an introduction, thanks to one of the wonders of the world that stands proudly and magnificently on its soil – The Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan built this beautiful monument for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. You cannot afford to miss spending some time in the premises of this monument of love. Another equally attractive feature of this city is Akbar’s fort. Then there are the famous Moti Masjid and the Sheesh Mahal that are as mesmerizing as any other attraction in Agra. Agra is a must visit during a tour of India.
The Blue city or Sun city in Rajasthan is a hot-spot destination while touring India. The Mehrangarh Fort and the Umaid Bhawan Palace are two imposing structures that draw most of the crowds to Jodhpur. Apart from the historical forts and palaces, Jodhpur is a shopper’s delight. It is, therefore, a must visit while in India.
Closer to the Pakistan border, Jaisalmer has long been the traveler’s delight. The Golden Fort or the Sonar Qila, Nathmal Ji ki haveli, Salim Singhji-Ki-Haveli, Tanot, Kuldhara, Sam Sand dunes and other monuments all make a trip to Jaisalmer a memorable one.
Starting from Cochin, hire a houseboat and go on an excursion along the backwaters of Kerala right upto Quilon. The swaying palms, the therapeutic breeze, the thatched roofs, the gurgling brooks, the Kettuvelams (other houseboats), the historical temples, churches and synagogues and, not to forget, the amazing spas all add to the beauty of ‘God’s own Country’. No trip to India is complete without visiting Kerala.
What’s your favorite destination in India? Have you visited any place mentioned in this article? What do you think is the main attraction of that place? What other places that are great December destinations have you visited in India?