The month of December is one of the most festive time of the year. With Christmas and New Year celebrations falling towards the end of the year, the vibe is also cheery, mixed with wafts of fresh, cool air. Most of us make year-end travel plans with friends and family as it is the most suitable time of the year to travel, in terms of weather. If you are planning to take a trip across India this December, here is a list of the top eight places that you can travel to, for your much-deserved end of the year vacay!
Top 8 Places to Visit in India in December:
1) Top Station, Munnar, Kerala-
Nestled at a height of 1880 metres above mean sea level, Top station is located about 40 kilometres away from Munnar and has to be on your list, irrespective of how pressed you are for time. The views from Top Station are mind-blowing giving you a full view of the Western Ghats, you will feel like you are in the midst of chilly clouds and will feel the vapour brushing across your face, refreshing you thoroughly. Top Station is located about 32 kilometres away from Munnar and is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodai road.
2) Jaipur, Rajasthan-
Also fondly known as the Pink City of India, Jaipur boasts of a royal history that dates back several decades. A city that was once painted in a terracotta pink colour to lure Prince Albert still remains one of the most beautiful places in India. Laden with intricately designed monuments, havelis and buildings, this city is sure to become a hit with history buffs and those who have an interest in learning about archaic architecture. If you are planning a trip to Jaipur, make sure to visit the Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar and the Ram Niwas Garden. Also, don’t leave without tasting some yummy dal kachoris, dal baati, choorma, pheni, ghewar, and of course, the good old Laal Maas!
3) Udaipur, Rajasthan-
Another gem that you can explore in Rajasthan is the magnificent city of Udaipur. The awe-inspiring architecture and natural beauty of Udaipur are sure to become your favourites in no time, especially in the winter months when the soft, chilly breeze brushes against you as you go about discovering the city. If you are planning to visit Udaipur in December, make sure to catch the most beautiful sight of the sunset at Sajjangarh Fort. Some of the best places to grab some yummy food are, Jheel Café located in Old Udaipur, Ambrai, and Rasleela at The Leela. Don’t forget to sip on some warm coffee served in earthen pots by the streets or get your hands on some mouth-watering malai kulfi, whichever suits you best.
December being the peak party season, makes Goa the best holiday spot. If you are planning a trip with friends, Goa has got to be your number one choice. With some of the best eateries such as La Plage, Burger Factory, Thalassa, Infantaria, Blue Planet Café and Artjuna Café, there’s not a time when you will be left with a dull meal. For party-goers, Shiva Valley is the ultimate place to go to, with foot thumping music and super party vibes, we are sure there is nothing else that you need for a fun night out.
5) Kasol, Himachal Pradesh-
Kasol has long been a favourite among backpackers and with solo travellers from across the world. Very well known for being the rave capital, Kasol has lots of other interesting sights you must discover. Situated in North India, by the banks of River Parvati, Kasol is a great travel option for travellers who want to indulge in some thrilling adventures. Make sure to go for the Kheerganga Trek, visit the Tosh village and relax by River Parvati when you are in Kasol. In the winters, the Tosh village is especially a delight to visit, even a leisurely trail along the meandering streets will make you feel like you are in heaven!
6) Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh-
One of the most beautiful places to visit in India in the month of December is Dalhousie. If you are someone who loves snow-clad trees and pathways, Dalhousie is definitely the December wonderland of sorts! Adrenaline junkies, make sure to attend the National Himalayan Winter Trekking Expedition that takes place every year in the month of December. Apart from trekking, travellers can also head to the St. John’s Church, the Satdhara Falls, the Kalatop Khajjar Sanctuary and Khajjiar, popularly known as the Switzerland of India.
7) Gangtok, Sikkim-
Longing for a snowy holiday in India? Head to Gangtok to experience a Winter Wonderland of sorts! The prime beauty of Gangtok lies in its tranquil and peaceful vibes, making even the most mundane things very holiday-like. Being a spit and litter-free city, Gangtok is also one of the cleanest places in India. When you visit, make sure to go rafting in Teesta, on a Yak Safari, stroll along the Tsongmo Lake and ropeway along with the snow-covered areas. Don’t forget to attend the international flower festival, one of the best places to pack in some beautiful views and pictures, of course!
8) Shimla, Himachal Pradesh-
Dearly christened the ‘Queen of Hills’ by the British, Shimla is indeed the majestic Queen of India. In the winter months, especially during December, the entire city is covered in snow, as white as cotton itself, making it the perfect vacation spot for you. When in Shimla, visit the Viceroy’s lodge, hike the Jakhoo peak and catch up on a film or two at the Gaiety Theatre. If you are looking for a rather cosy getaway, Shimla is just the right place for you!
Most of the places in India make for great destinations to visit in the winters. The beauty of an already beautiful city is only enhanced by the chilled breeze that blows all through December, making it the best time of the year to travel and explore the unexplored regions of India. Tell me where you are planning a trip this December, in the comments below!