Another year of travel is nearly over… but not quite because the rewards for braving the cold are many. December is the month when pleasant weather and chill in the air combine and creates a new fetus known as Whoopee! Winter months are also a fantastic time to discover a completely new side of some of India’s popular travel destinations. We pick the ones you should definitely head to.
The rolling hills around Munnar, South India’s largest tea-growing region, are carpeted in emerald-green tea plantations, contoured, clipped and sculpted like ornamental hedges. The low mountain scenery is magnificent – you’re often up above the clouds watching veils of mist clinging to the mountaintops. The breathtaking beauty of Munnar creates a heaven of peace and tranquility. This is a perfect place to spend winters.
Rising above Joshimath, 14km by road – and only 4km by the gondola-style cable car – Auli is India’s premier ski resort. Blessed with the breathtaking panoramic view of the lofty peaks of the Himalayan mountain ranges, the high altitude ski resort of Auli is fast turning out to be the first choice among tourists and adventure sports lovers, especially during winters. Auli is recognised as a winter wonderland in India!
With a hot and tropical winter climate, India’s best beaches, a famous party culture, and a Christian population that celebrates the Christmas season with feasting and festivities, Goa should be high on your list of winter travel destinations. The Christmas festivities, Goa Carnivals are not just one reason to plan a winter trip to Goa. This time of year is perfect for lazing on the beaches and dipping into the Arabian Sea, with minimal rainfall and temperatures that climb above 30°C through the winter season. South Goa is more sedate and family-friendly, but the beaches still get packed over this busy festive season. Budget travellers head south to the gorgeous palm-fringed beaches of Palolem, Patnem and Agonda.
Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Surrounded by a thick cover of deodar and pine trees with the snow-capped Himalayas in the backdrop, Khajjiar makes up for a delightful winter spot. The Khajjiar Lake adds to the natural beauty of this little town, which is why it is one of the prominent tourist places in Dalhousie.
Never mind that there are no hills and it never snows – come to Dubai for a white winter! The city state which plonked an enormous – and hugely enjoyable – water park in one of the driest places on earth also saw fit to build an indoor ski slope. With sweaty temperatures outside you can don your thermals and take on five different runs of up to 400m, all on real snow.