The winter break is one of the best times of the year for families in India. This time is meant for planning trips and setting off on vacations that you will remember for a lifetime. Wondering where to head to this winter? Look no further. Here is a list of the top five places you can plan to visit in the winters this year.
Whether you want to bask in the sun, play in the snow, soak in some culture or spot exotic wildlife, India has something for everyone. Read on to find out the perfect destination for your winter vacation this year.
If you are craving some vitamin sea, then Goa is where you should be headed this winter. Escape the chill of the north and soak in the sun as you laze on the beautiful beaches. Goa is blessed with a bounty of natural and historical treasures that can be enjoyed by all age groups.
New Year celebration in Goa is one of the most fantastic experiences that you will remember forever. There is also the Goa Carnival slated to happen between 22 to 25 February 2020 where you can celebrate the spirit of Goa to the fullest.
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Goa is also a great destination for nature lovers and a trek to the famous Dudhsagar Falls is sure to quench your thirst for greenery. There are also bird sanctuaries in North Goa-Karnataka border which can be visited. For the foodies, Goa is famous worldwide for its lip-smacking cuisine which is a blend of Indian and Portuguese styles. Try the seafood and definitely try the delicious vindaloo!
Perched high on top of a steep cliff is the majestic Meherangarh Fort looking over the famous Blue City of Jodhpur. If this site fills you with excitement, then Jodhpur is where you should be headed for your winter vacation this year. One of the most recognized images on Instagram the Blue City is a must-visit for history buffs and food connoisseurs.
Connected by flights from major cities in India, Jodhpur offers splendid experiences in heritage, royalty, cuisine, and handicrafts. The Meherangarh Fort is an exquisite example of the finesse achieved by the architects of medieval India. You can explore the fort and its surroundings and also take a walk along the serpentine lanes of the Blue City on your way back.
Jodhpur is also a paradise for those who love good food. The rich culinary delights such as Ghevar, curries made with chillies and a variety of spicy and tangy street food make Jodhpur an absolute gastronomic extravaganza.
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Another option for getting some sea, sand and sun is visiting the beautiful islands of Andaman located in the Bay of Bengal. This picturesque archipelago is the perfect blend of history and natural beauty. It also has a wide variety of water sports activities in North Bay if you are craving some adrenaline rush.
Explore the Havelock Island and Port Blair and take a day cruise to Ross Island. Port Blair is home to the infamous Cellular Jail which was used by the British to imprison Indian freedom fighters. The Sound and Light show at the Cellular Jail is one of the best experiences you can get.
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Enjoy the pristine beaches of Havelock and Radhanagar which are virtually untouched by human hands. Disconnect from the outside world and get lost in the midst of nature. Listen to the sounds of the waves breaking on the white sand beaches and sip on some coconut water. You can also take snorkelling sessions to witness the exquisite coral reef teeming with underwater life.
Corbett National Park
Want to explore the wildlife of India? Looking for a chance to spot the elusive tiger? Then head to Corbett National Park this winter. Named after the famous hunter turned wildlife conservationist Jim Corbett who worked extensively in this area, this national park is a dream come true for nature and animal lovers. The open grasslands make it one of the best places to spot wildlife in their natural surroundings.
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Corbett National Park is well connected by rail and road with Delhi and is also a good option for a quick weekend getaway this winter. There are plenty of accommodation options near the main park which offer all the best amenities to make your stay a pleasant one.
Venture into the National Park for safaris early in the morning or the afternoon to try and catch a glimpse of the majestic Bengal tiger. There are also many other species of animals, birds and flora to be spotted in the hauntingly beautiful jungles. Different types of deer, elephants, crocodiles, eagles and even leopards haunt these areas.
Winter in the mountains is synonymous with snowfall and picture-perfect surroundings cloaked in white. Located in Himachal Pradesh in North India, this is a favorite destination for both Indian and foreign travelers. The region offers a wide variety of winter sports activities such as skiing, rafting, trekking, mountaineering and much more. There are also breath-taking apple orchards which fill the air with a sweet and heady aroma.
You can trek to the famous Hadimba Temple which is located in a lush complex surrounded by tall Deodar trees. The peaceful surroundings are a great break away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and you can refresh and recharge your soul here. Take a walk along the busy Mall Road which is filled with cute and cozy cafes.
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Visit an apple orchard and see the blossoms or apples depending on when you plan to visit. These orchards with their picturesque surroundings are totally Instagram worthy and is sure to make your family and friends jealous!
Start planning your winter vacation in India today and make memories of a lifetime. Choose from one of the above popular winter vacation destinations for the perfect winter getaway.