Best Indian Winter Escapes

If the mountains are calling out to you, then there is no better place this season than Himachal Pradesh.
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Woollens have made their way to your cupboards and laziness has started to envelop early mornings… Welcome Winters!

This short season is worthy of spending at any popular Indian destination where it behaves the best. Here we have picked a few for you.

HIMACHAL PRADESH

The lovers of hills can rest their souls in Himachal Pradesh as the place is richly blessed with snow-capped peaks and deep river valleys. Anything from trekking, skiing to paragliding that can be done in the mountains can be done here in Himachal. The state is unique in the way that every passing lane can have its own deity, culture and cuisine.

Explore the mini Tibet that rests in McLeod Ganj, ahead of Dharamsala.

Enjoy the scenic beauty in the valleys of Spiti and Kinnaur touching Tibetan borders.

Trek in the city of Manali- surrounded by high peaks in the green Beas valley.

Relax and enjoy the spectacular beauty of Rohtang La ahead of Manali.

Don’t miss the constantly changing blue shades of the glacier lake- Chandratal.

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Land of Sun, Sand and Spices.
Land of Sun, Sand and Spices.
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GOA

Come here and enjoy the silken beach sand between your toes.

Topping it all is the beach state of Goa with its wide variety of delicious seafood, long green stretches of beaches and bright sunshine making for a perfect holiday. Goa will not change your travel taste as you can have your own kind of vacation here- sporty, lazy, relaxing, party specific, spiritual- just anything that you want!

5 Things to do in Goa

Enjoy a variety of water sports here as the waters are perfect for parasailing, banana rides, scuba diving and much more.

Visit heritage cathedrals to get a deep insight into the history, architecture and local culture.

Dress up for a party night at Tito’s Lane, close to Baga beach.

Go Dolphin spotting at Palolem beach, Coco Beach or Sinquerim Beach.

Enjoy shopping at the flea market at Anjuna.

Get ready to be dazzled in the shades of green at Wayanad (Kerala).
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KERALA

Often referred to as God’s Own Country, Kerala is a perfect haven for tourists looking for natural beauty and tranquility. This peacefully pleasant state attracts tourists for its serene beaches, unique temples, healing therapies and Ayurveda.

5 things to do in Kerala

Visit the extraordinary town of Fort Kochi with 500 years of colonial history.

Experience the exquisitely beautiful tea plantations in and around Munnar.

Spot wild elephants at Wayanad amid spectacular mountain scenery and spice fields.

Take a boat ride in the backwaters of Alleppey.

Experience the unexploited beach of Poovar with mangroves.

NORTH-EAST

Strictly meant for explorers and nature lovers, the states of the north-east can be dubbed for ‘Heaven on Earth’. This eastern zone is a collision of multiple cultures, traditions, art forms and cuisines from India, Tibet and Southeast Asia, thus producing a richly diverse place to explore.

5 Things to do in the North-East

Spend a day at Asia’s cleanest village Mawlynnong and see the rare Living Roots Bridge.

Take an elephant ride to spot rhinos in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park.

Touch the clouds at Se La pass and descend to the beautiful Tawang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh.

Visit Manipur’s Sendra Island which beautifully floats in Loktak Lake.

Nagaland’s Mon will make you feel like you have stepped into another world.

With winter just around the corner, it's time to start planning your trip to Rajasthan.
With winter just around the corner, it's time to start planning your trip to Rajasthan.
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RAJASTHAN

Rajasthan is aptly named as the Land of Kings. Even though the city throbs with crowds and chaos, its glorious historical importance, lavish palaces, epic forts, unique cuisine and colourful festivals attract large number of tourists towards itself.

5 tings to do in Rajasthan

Visit the rich forts of Jaisalmer and Jaipur- Jaisalmer Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal.

Enjoy a Desert Safari in the Thar Desert.

Admire the beautiful yellow stone carvings and lively paintings in Bikaner’s Bhandasar Temple.

Watch some of the rare migratory birds in Bharatpur’s Keoladeo National Park.

Visit the magnificent fort of Mehrangarh that stands above Jodhpur’s skyline.

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