For many, winter may mean snuggling under a blanket, reading a book or sipping on a hot cuppa coffee. But as Neale Donald Walsch said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”, one must take advantage of these cold months to discover a different side of India. Listed here are some of the best escapes which are ideal for your winter holidays.
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Kollam is a beautiful district in the state of Kerala where mountains, lakes, backwaters, lagoons, forests make up the landscape. Kollam is one of the perfect winter destinations in India. With the perfect weather, one can visit the famous Cashew Plantations, Kollam beach and more. It serves as a significant base point for accessing temples, churches, nearby destinations of Ashtamudi Backwaters and Thenmala Ecotourism zone.
Where to stay: Leisure Vacation – The Club – Chinnakanal, Kerala
One of the most popular tourist haven in the world, Goa is known as the party capital, or the meeting point of various cultures. But other than that, it also has its own historical value. It is imperative for holiday makers to visit Fort Aguada and Aguada Beach which is positioned in North of Goa, and bask in the allure of the sea. This harbour charms visitors with its immaculate landscape and ancient citadels making it the ideal destination for honeymoon goers this winter.
Where to stay: North 16 – Calangute, Bardez, Goa
Gulmarg, which is popularly known as Meadow of Flowers, is a town and a popular skiing destination. CNN once said that Gulmarg is the ‘heartland of winter sports in India’. Rated as Asia’s 7th best ski destination, it makes the quintessential winter harbour for those sporty souls. Go skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding and heli-skiing on the slopes of Mount Apharwat. The alluring beauty of Gulmarg is also enough reason to visit it over and over again.
Where to stay: Om Karan Residency – Near Sarswati Chowk, Katra, Jammu and Kashmir
Known by many names such as Summer Capital of India and Queen of Hill Stations, Shimla is one of the most beautiful destinations in India. The majestic snow clad mountains, rich greenery and the gorgeous lakes greet you as you step in to Shimla. Here, discerning travellers can relive the era of a time that was, through the British influenced architectural structures. Although, Shimla is a retreat for summers, don’t miss out on a white winter.
Where to stay: Shimla Havens Resort – Gahan Village, Summerhill, Shimla
Located alongside the foothills of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Nainital is a part of the ‘Lake District’. With a stunning shimmery lake surrounded quaint old cottages, markets, walking tracks, and green hill all around, Nainital is one of the most popular hill destinations in India. It has Bhimtal, Sattal and Naukuchiatal lakes in its vicinity. The charm of this small hill station include boating to old temples, heritage buildings, and various natural attractions.
Where to stay: Emily’s Cottage by Traveller’s Paradise – Ayarpatta Hills, Nainital
Puducherry lies on the east coast of Tamil Nadu. This former 18th century French colony still has a French aura around it. If you are looking for a break from the cold of winter, Puducherry is the ideal destination. During these cold months, it has the perfect weather for holiday makers where they can go sightseeing, indulge in beach fun and water sports, it is also the time when pilgrims seek spiritual refuge in this city.
Where to stay: Le Pondy – Pudukuppam, Puducherry
So, immerse in the snow-laden beauty of the hill stations, the pleasant weather of the Coast, and the scenic plantations of the South this winter. Don’t wait any longer!