With the winters setting in, the weather around India is pleasant and cozy. Though there are several places in the country you’ll probably not be able to visit because of the unbearable cold, December opens doors to some destinations that look their best, this time of the year. So saddle up for a fun ride around India… just before the year ends.
From hills, beaches, cities and lakes to excavated sites, tribes, historic relics and party destinations, India has it all. Plan a trip and take off to one of these places to have the time of your life!
Goa is a destination you can visit all round the year. Though December hold a special place for four reasons. The Feast of St Francis Xavier, a feast held at the Basilica De Bom Jesus, Christmas, Sunburn Festival and of course New Year’s Eve. So take a pick and decide when you’d want to visit Goa. That being said, be prepared for large crowds and super-expensive hotel tariff.
2. Kohima, Nagaland
Kohima is the capital of the north eastern state of Nagaland. The weather here is pleasant and if you’re lucky, you’d get to experience some snowfall too. The reason you must visit Kohima this time of the year is the Hornbill festival that is hosted some 10 km from Kohima, at the Naga Heritage Village.
If you are a Mumbaikar or really from any of the coastal cities, chances are you may appreciate Delhi’s biting cold. Wrap yourselves in warm clothes and venture out when the sun’s shining brightly. Take one of the many organized heritage walks around the city and go on a shopping spree. If food is your thing, Delhi is your Mecca. With some of the best-known chef-run restaurants, Delhi has a wide range of cuisines for you to sample from and more street food items than you will have ever seen in your life. Got a few extra days, take off to Agra and Jaipur to complete the Golden Triangle Trip.
4. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
Mahabalipuram is also known as Mahamallapuram. Located off the East Coast road, the historical town is only 57 km from Chennai. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has plenty of options to let the curiosity in you take over. The Shore Temple, Krishna’s Butter Ball, Descent of the Ganges and the Pancha Rathas are some of the examples of architecture and sculpture from the seventh century.
5. Kochi, Kerala
Kochi, was known as Cochin for the longest time. It is known to be one of the fastest growing cities in India. Kochi has been a port for centuries and the city has a lot to offer when it comes to the number of churches and chapels there are here. December is a great time to visit Kochi, you’ll get to witness the Cochin Carnival at the Kochi Fort.
6. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
The white sand desert of Kutch hosts a beautiful Rann Utsav that includes folk dance and music performances, exhibitions of art works and handicrafts etc. Kutch is known magnificent temples, forts and palaces. Take a trip to this town and look at the horizon that appears to be infinitely far.
7. Aamby Valley, Maharashrta
Aamby Valley is known for having one of the best skydiving organizations in India. You can take a quick getaway to Aamby Valley for a comfortable luxury experience. The best part about visiting it in December is the Enchanted Valley Carnival, a music festival that has a lineup of over 60 DJs from around the world.
8. Konark, Odisha
Konark is known for its Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re visiting Konark in December, make sure you attend the Konark Dance Festival and the International Sand Art Festival. The town is culturally and traditionally rich. The beaches of Konark, especially the Chandrabhaga Beach, are among the best in India.
9. Jaipur, Rajasthan
The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur has amazing weather in December. The city offers a perfect combination of the rays of the sun and the cool breeze that is most welcoming. You can visit the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, Albert Museum, and take a regular shopping trip to Bapu Bazaar. But if you’re up for something interesting, visit the Alsisar Haveli (___ km away) and be a part of the Magnetic Fields Festival that will be hosted at there.
10. Zuluk, Sikkim
December is when the weather changes in Zuluk. A small village at the Old Silk route, Zuluk was the hamlet that helped connect Kalimpong of West Bengal to Tibet. This is one of the few destinations in India where you can drive over the hairpin turns on snow-clad ghats. It is one of the off beat destinations of East Sikkim and offers panoramic views of the Kanchenjunga range.