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10 Top Places to visit in December in India

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Alright!! December is just around the corner!! This means that the sun is on vacation having left for the Southern Hemisphere and the chilling breeze and snow will take up the Northern Hemisphere now. There is certainly something about this month, the cool breeze, the misty environ, the romance in the air and the period of festivity and vacation, AHHH it’s just all so dreamlike!

However, if you are in India, the picture can be a little different than the rest of the northern hemisphere, so you should we be grateful about it? AND I say ABSOLUTELY! While the rest of the world will be busy celebrating Christmas, there will be different cultural festivals and shows in different parts of India like the one in the Great Rann of Kutch. Also, there will be an opportunity for travellers to see places that otherwise have almost unbearable climate. In short, December is going to be a bash for travellers in India!! Here is a list of places that can prove to be ideal for a holiday in December:

Goa

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If not here, where else will you be in December? One has plenty of reasons to visit Goa; after all it is one of the best tourist destinations in India. However, December provides many reasons for holidaying in Goa. The warmth and joy of Christmas amplifies when it is celebrated in Goa, well, India doesn’t know of a better destination that throws the biggest bash on New Year. Furthermore, the ever so lively music festival of Sunburn is evidently a delight, if you are an ardent EDM (Electric Dance Music) fan. Also, Goa in the month of December takes you back on the spiritual road as it observes the pious Feast of St. Francis Xavier, which is marked by several days of festivity and concludes with a large fair. All these celebrations allure tourists to book their tickets for Goa before its gets jam-packed. You can mark the calendar for:

Dates of Sunburn Festival: December 27 to 30, 2015.

Venue: Vagator Beach

Alappuzha, Kerala

Alappuzha

You want to avoid the crowd and still want to enjoy the vivacity of nature? Well, the idea of vacationing in Alappuzha is just perfect. The picture perfect backwaters and the tranquility that Kerala is famous for comes together at Alappuzha to offer visitors their best holiday experience. Stay in houseboats and sail through the quiet waters; also December is the time when Alappuzha celebrates a 10-day festival called Mullackal Chirap. So, along with enjoying a stay amidst the serene ambiance, one can also witness the rich culture of Kerala coming to life.

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

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There is certain aura about Jaisalmer that compels visitors to return time and time again here. The wide sprawling golden desert and the majestic forts have offered great vacation experiences to travellers not only from India but from abroad as well. It is the perfect place to travel in December as during this time of the year the sun becomes merciful and tolerant, so that one can roam hassle-free and as long as one want. Also, December is the best time to go camping in the SAM Dunes and of course take a night safari as well. Winter just adds to the charm of Jaiselmer and that is why you should visit it during this season of the month.

Agra, Uttar Pradesh

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Ok, this all time hit destination gets visitors all year round but winter is the ideal time to visit here. Well, like Jaisalmer, the climate becomes salubrious here during the winter and that is why the visitors find it as a good time to go sightseeing. It is also one of the best places to travel in the month of December as then the marble floor of the Taj Mahal (where shoes are not allowed) does not burn the sole of the feet and neither does the sweltering heat makes it unbearable to walk around the Red Fort. So, you can imagine a happy happy trip around one of the most historically significant cities in India. Do visit Fatehpur Sikri, Sikandra, Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah, Chini ka Rauza and Moti Masjid.

Auli, Uttarakhand

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What is winter without the snow?? No matter where you go to spend your winter vacation, nothing can beat the charm of a place tucked in the mountains and covered in thick layers of snow. OHHH that picture makes me want to break in to the Jingle Bell and if you also have this special thing for snow like me, you will love visiting Auli. Situated on the way to Badrinath, Auli is now a famous ski destination in India. Each year winter-sports are held here and people from all across the globe come to participate. In December, snow starts to accumulate and form excellent gradients for skiing. From Auli you can see three peaks namely, Mana, Kamet and Nanda Devi. Other than skiing, Auli is a great place to spend a laidback holiday, make a snowman, play with the snowballs or simply sit in the porch of your hotel and watch the surrounding beauty…you can live like this forever here!

Lakshwadeep

Lakshwadeep

Well, seems like you have one more coastal destination in India that happens to offer one of the best vacationing experience. About 400kms off the Indian west coast this isolated archipelago is a wonderful destination for holidaying in India. In December, when the weather is cooler and drier, visitors have better chance to see pristine archipelago lagoons, unspoiled coral reefs and immaculate beaches. One can greatly enjoy Scuba diving, Yachting, Pedal boating, Kayaking, Canoeing, Swimming, Snorkeling and sunbathing and may also visit local houses, the Marine museum, Lighthouse and a few local industries.

Konark, Odisha

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December can be a great time to visit the culturally rich land of Odisha. At Konark you have the opportunity to witness the soulful Odissi dance form. The Konark Festival is held each year in the month of December in Konark and is one of the popular winter festivals and events in India. People from all around the globe gather here to witness it. Well, also remember that Konark is the home to the famous Sun Temple which is now recognized as a World Heritage Site. So, along with the golden opportunity to explore this ancient and magnificent architecture, you as a visitor will get the chance to witness the age old dance form in India. During the festival, dancers come from all parts of India to Konark to display their skill of age-old dance forms ranging from the classic Bharatanatyam, the elegant Odissi and Manipuri, to the very expressive Kathakali and Sattriya dance styles amongst others. The festival is organized in the premises of Sun Temple and isn’t it exhilarating to realize that one can enjoy great performances against the backdrop of the temple.

Dates for the Konark Festival 2016: 19th – 23rd December 2016

Kohima, Nagaland

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Not many people take a trip to the Northeast India but let me just tell you that if one hasn’t seen parts of the Northeast, he hasn’t travelled the country enough. The vivid culture and the vivacious lifestyle is what make the northeast an anticipated destination for many avid travellers and trust me it is not risky at all. One of the best ideas that I can offer is to visit Kohima in the month of December. It is that time of the year when Nagaland celebrates its famous Hornbill Festival. During the fest, traditional arts, dances, folk songs and games are held and plenty of handicraft stalls, food stalls, and rice beer can also be seen. The major attraction of the fest is the Hornbill National Rock Concert that begins in the evening. Many bands from all over the country come to compete and people greatly enjoy their performances. AND if that isn’t enough there is something more for the creatures of the night and that is the lively night bazaar. Say what?? You want more reasons to be here?? Well then you must witness the Naga Chilli Eating competition here as well.

Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

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There are three reasons as to why you should visit the Great Rann of Kutch in December: one, it is till the month of December that the entire white desert dries out after the monsoon rain (before it, the Great Rann is submerged in water); two, in December the famous Rann Utsav begins (the traditional festival of Kutch region) and three, your New Year can get a new meaning!

Known as the white desert, the Great Rann sprawls over a 30,000 sq km area between the Gulf of Kutch and the mouth of the Indus River. It can be easily reached through Kharaghoda in Surendranagar District. During the Rann Utsav, other than camping and watching the folk performances you can enjoy night safaris in the desert (it is ideal on a full-moon night). The Great Rann of Kutch is simply a magical place that can be felt more than it can be described and since the month of December is giving you so many reasons to be here, I guess you must make up your mind to be somewhere as amazing as this!

Dates of Rann Utsav 2015 – 16: 24th December 2015 to 29th Feb 2016

Udaipur, Rajasthan

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Needless to say that Udaipur is one of the best places to go in the month of December. Firstly, the pleasant weather in winter season and secondly the charm and the beauty of the city keeps drawing attention from people from all over the world. Udaipur has got another feather in its cap in the form of Shilpgram Crafts Festival that is held each year in December. I believe that this fest gives visitors another reason to be here, you are going to love the cultural performances and savour the traditional Rajasthani cuisine during this lively festival. Also, do not forget to buy some handicraft items to make this experience stay a bit longer in your memory.

Ok, to come to think of it, December will mark the end of the year, so you better make the most of it. Choose from one of these destinations and finish this year off with a BANG! For more on these destinations and tour packages, you can contact us at info@tourmyindia.com. Allow us to offer you a trip that you will never forget and shall always cherish down the memory lane. HAPPY WINTER!!!BRRRR

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From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a well traveled writer whose love for nature can be seen in her writings. She loves to trek and enjoy nature and portrait photography. Nidhi has covered most of the valleys along the foaming streams of Jammu & Kashmir and aspire to cover all major trekking routes of Ladakh and Uttarakhand. She also takes keen interest in different cultures and traditions of the world and enjoys collecting mementos. With her flair for writing and personal travelling experiences, she offers vividly descriptive write ups.


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