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Top places to visit for an unusual Christmas experience

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If you want to do something offbeat during Christmas this year, we have lined up a range of interesting options in different corners of the country, from snow-covered slopes in the north to the buzz of Bengaluru.

Sip special Christmas drinks in Bengaluru

In certain cities you can smell Christmas in the air and Bengaluru happens to be one of them. Think plum cakes, mulled wine, yule logs, turkey and a hearty brunch with special Christmas buffets. If you would rather grab a drink the microbreweries here have special drinks for the festival. Head to Toit for their special Santa Ale, a beer made with traditional Christmas spices, mulled wine is best at Caperberry while Sangria is great at Olive Beach. Many bakeries such as Fatima, Albert, All Saints, Thomsan, Koshy’s make the ultimate plum cake.

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Visit Daman and Diu for a Portuguese Christmas


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Immerse yourself in traditional Christmas celebrations on a grand scale at Daman and Diu. Home to many churches including Daman’s famous Church of Bom Jesus, the heritage of these former Portuguese colonies comes alive as everyone lights up their homes with colourful lamps, there are Portuguese dances, cultural shows and of course traditional Christmas food. Don’t forget to taste the famous Christmas cookies here.

Get aboard the Deccan Odyssey to spend Christmas on a luxury train

Watch the countryside roll by as you relax in a classy cabin with beds that have sink in mattresses and soft pillows. Christmas aboard a luxury train may be unusual but with two restaurants, a bar, lounge and a spa to spoil you silly, this Christmas will be memorable. After all the Deccan Odyssey is no less than a five star hotel, but the red carpet treatment here goes a notch higher. Did we mention that the food is absolutely delicious?

Watch the sunset at Radhanagar Beach in Havelock Island, Andamans

Sunset at Radhanagar beach, on Havelock island, Andaman and Nicobar, India
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Ranked as one of the best beaches in Asia, this soft white sand beach with crystal clear water on one side and mangroves on the other boasts of spectacular sunsets. You can try swimming or snorkelling and admire the gorgeous colourful corals. With no shacks in sight, it promises to be quiet yet one of the most scenic Christmas evenings you’ve spent in a long time.

Enjoy the Rann Utsav on Christmas

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If this famous festival has been on your bucket list, then make sure you’re here on Christmas this time. It’s a display of Gujarati culture at its best – from traditional dances, music, food and handicrafts to activities such as dirt biking and camel cart rides. Gazing at the white sands of Rann of Kutch on a full moon night promises to be an unforgettable experience.