Thinking to travel during winter to relax away from biting cold or look for a spectacular snow show? Here’s a summary of the best winter holiday destinations in India to visit.
Travel Tip: Rely only on official web sites of Tourism department of the concerned destination. Links are provided below for the specific destination.
Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar. It is famous as it is the place where Gautama, the Buddha is said to have attained Enlightenment (Pali: bodhi) under what became known as the Bodhi Tree. Since antiquity, Bodh Gaya has remained the object of pilgrimage and veneration for both Hindus and Buddhists.
For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath. In 2002, Mahabodhi Temple, located in Bodh Gaya, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Main Railway Station: Gaya
Airport: Bodh Gaya
Goa is an India state on the western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area’s tropical spice plantations. Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda.
The most popular beaches and areas for tourists in North Goa, e.g., Candolim, Baga, Calangute, and Anjuna, are around 35–45 km from the airport (which would roughly take 1.5 hours to reach by taxi).
Railway Station: Vasco
Airport: Dabolim Airport Goa
Gujarat, India’s westernmost state, has varied terrain and numerous sacred sites. In its urban center of Ahmedabad is the Calico Museum of Textiles, displaying antique and modern Indian fabrics.
Places to visit: Ahmedabad Metro, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Kutch, North Gujarat, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
Attraction: Weekend Get-aways, Beaches, Ecotourism, Heritage, Gandhi Circuit, Golf Tourism, Museums, Religious Sites,
Details at Gujarat Tourism
Fairs & Festivals, Cuisine, Handicrafts, Wellness
Capital: Gandhi Nagar
Kerala: Munnar – Wayanad – Alleppey
Kerala: Munnar – Wayanad – Alleppey
Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. National parks like Eravikulam and Periyar, plus Wayanad and other sanctuaries, are home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers.
Top Destinations in Kerala:
Munnar: Munnar rises as three mountain streams merge – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1,600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. One of the most sought after honeymoon destinations in Kerala, Munnar is replete with resorts and logding facilities that fit a wide rage of budgets. Sprawling tea plantations, picturesque towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once in every twelve years, will bloom next in 2030. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2,695 m.
Parambikulam Tiger Reserve: Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is situated in Chittur taluk of Palakkad district and is about 100 km away from Palakkad. The challenging hill ranges here are placed at an altitude of 300 to 1438 m above sea level and the place offers a good climate with temperatures ranging from 15 degree Celsius to 32 degree Celsius. Sprawling over an area of 285 sq km, Parambikulam can boast of the first scientifically managed teak plantations of the world and also houses the world’s tallest and oldest teak tree.
Chinnar: For Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary in Idukki, rain comes as a much-awaited salvage from the intense heat. Being located in the rain-shadow region of the Western Ghats, Chinnar, missing the generous monsoon in June-July when other parts of the state revel in deluge, gets its meager share of showers only around November. Chinnar has the world’s second largest number of grizzled giant squirrels.
Kakkathuruth – the Island of Crows: Kakkathuruth is a spectacular tiny island on Kerala’s backwaters in Alappuzha, has been listed in National Geographic’s ‘Around the World in 24 Hours,’ a photographic tour of travel-worthy spots in the world. The emerald-fringed ‘Island of Crows’ is a quiet place surrounded by Vembanad Lake, offers a haven for birdwatchers.
Pythal Mala – an enchanting hill station: An invigorating 6 km trek, a trail interspersed with rare endemic species, waterfalls and a panoramic view of neighbouring Karnataka, are some of the primary attractions of the magnificent hill station of Pythal Mala or Paithalmala in Kannur. One of the highest peaks in Kannur, this enchanting hill station is located about 65 km from the main town and about 4500 ft. above sea level, one must traverse a good distance to reach this quaint spot. But the payoff is immediate, as vouched by many a trekking aficionado.
Capital: Thiruvanatpuram. For Details click here