Here are some of the best Indian destinations for those who are looking forward to an exciting winter
India is a world in itself. The country has every season and a range of geographical splendours. On one hand, the infamous Indian summer takes a toll on people, while on the other hand, the Himalayan regions in the north and north-east and the Ghats in the south relieves people from the heat. In India, the winter months have a charm that is unprecedented and along its length and breadth, it presents with a new life in each place.
The ultimate Indian destination for fun seekers, Goa is just what you need during the winter months. The winter season brings forth the best of Goa in the form of clear blue sky and sparkling water, add this to the Christmas celebrations and New Year’s parties, and you are in for something really exciting. The Goan coastline is replete with beaches, from which you could take your pick. The temperature ranges from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius during the winter months. If you are looking for crowd and parties, head to north Goa, and for some peaceful experience go to south Goa. Either ways, Goa can be a pleasant experience during winters.
Sonamarg, Jammu and Kashmir
Sonamarg is an ideal place to enjoy the true spirit of Indian winter. Located at an altitude of 2,740m above sea level, Sonamarg is like a heaven on earth. The valley offers breathtaking views and the beauty of the place enhances even more during winter, laden with cool golden Sun rays. Sonamarg is surrounded by picturesque glaciers, meadows, serene lakes and snow capped peaks, which make for an ideal setting to forget all the hustle bustles of city life. To add an element of thrill to your winter vacation, you can opt for trekking expeditions, organised from base camps at Sonamarg. You will get to know the terrain closely as the treks pass through beautiful mountain ranges and lakes such as Gangabal, Vishansar, Gadsar and Satsar.
Surrounded by seven hills and studded with vast lakes, Nainital is a paradise for winter lovers. Though the weather gets bitterly cold during winter, the bright morning sun makes the weather enjoyable. The major attraction of Nainital is the Naini Lake, which provides ample opportunities to spend an activity filled winter afternoon. You can embark on a day long boat ride and explore the scenic beauty. Take a walk through the narrow wooded lanes of Nainital’s Oak and pine forests or just relax with a cup of hot coffee while enjoying the winter.
Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh
Legend has it that the town was founded by an ancient sage called Vyas. The small mountain town is perfect for a short relaxing stay. Unlike other places of Himachal, Bilaspur boasts a moderate climate during winter, making it a comfortable winter destination. Apart from the historical Vyas Goofa, the place is famous for Gobind Sagar Lake. The lake offers various adventures and water sports opportunities like boating, water skiing and rowing. Other locations worth visiting in Bilaspur are Kandror Bridge and Markanda.
Popularly known as, “God’s Own Country,” Kerala is paradise on earth, and the winter season is the right time to explore its backwaters. Experience the beauty of the Munnar hill station, be enamoured with its backwaters by taking a boat ride, seek peace and tranquillity at the famous Eravikulam National Park, or visit the out-of-the-world beautiful, Kumarakom. To top it all, there are numerous beaches along the Kerala coastline, much of which was unexplored and calm. The Kerala experience in winter is unfinished without its famous Malabar cuisine, so do not forget to eat one of the most delicious cuisines of India.
Popularly known as “The Golden City”, Jaisalmer makes for a good winter travel destination. Though the nights are cold and windy, the bright sunny morning will intrigue you to step out and enjoy the city’s rich heritage. The winter sun will accompany you while you explore narrow winding lanes of the massive Jaisalmer Fort. The lanes are lined with numerous handicraft shops and restaurants, which will keep you busy for the entire day. Besides, you can spend a laid back winter afternoon, while enjoying a camel ride on the deserts of Rajasthan.