A shift in the seasons means travelling to a new place. Once summers and monsoons come to an end, almost every country across the globe preps for winters. Festive and holiday season calls for long weekends and more reasons to step out of the mundane task. You have numerous places to head to this winter – a romantic holiday at the beach, family time at the the hill station, and desserts welcoming the visitors, who were shying away due to humidity and soaring temperatures.
So, pack your bags, select your choice of place, and be ready for a joy ride:
Goa: While there are no specific months to visit Goa, the winter specifically casts a spell on us. It is the perfect beach destination and you are sure to return with some tan on your face. Goa, ideally, is the best time to visit between December to February. December is also when the Sunburn Festival takes place. You also have the Goa Carnival and Goa Film Festival for the non-party goers.
Udaipur: One of the fascinating destinations during winters in Rajasthan is Udaipur. The best part you need not carry anything extraordinary thick while staying at the place. You can tour the place between 10 AM to 9 PM. The tourist spots are boat ride at Lake Pichola, City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, and the Shilpgram Utsav which takes place in December. It is more like a flea market that includes an array of traditional wear and accessories. It is a 10-day long festival.
Ooty: If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, then nothing matches the calmness of Ooty. This famous South India hill station has several exciting elements to make the tourists journey a dramatic one. You will find a touch of British in Ooty. Right from the Stone House to Botanical Gardens to Ooty Lake to Nilgiri Mountain Railway to Tea Plantation, the vintage touch is still present. A weekend outing or a day’s break is what Ooty offers.
Coorg: It is one of those places that one should not miss while touring India, especially during the winters. The beauty of Coorg lies in its old edifices and the cool breeze makes the experience exhilarating. You can indulge in some adventure activities and enjoy the outdoors as well. The adventurous souls could trek to Pushpagiri and Tadiandamol, the highest points of Coorg. You could also take a stroll at the Abbey Falls or visit the coffee plantation for some quite outdoor activities. Visit the Kushalnagar Golden Temple Monastery in February and celebrate the New Year with the monks.
Kuala Lumpur: The best time to be in KL is between December to February. The humidity is low and the rains are generally a hit and miss. You could spend three days in this beautiful city right from visiting the KL observation deck to Sunway Lagoon to Genting Highland. If you love shopping, do visit the Petaling Street Flea Market. Chinatown is the place for all art lovers to explore some street art. You cannot, of course, miss the Merdeka Square and Batu Caves for some peaceful and adventure activities respectively.
Dubai: The dessert island welcomes you with open arms during the winters after dealing with scorching heat for 6 months. For adventure to romantic to family holiday, Dubai has activities for every type of traveller. The Fountain Show, Burj Kahlifa laser show, Desert Safari, Royal hotel treatment, it is the place to detox and rejuvenate during the festive season.
Abu Dhabi: No Dubai trip is complete without visiting its friend Abu Dhabi. It is the spot for the adventure lovers from Ferrari World to Warner Bros to Yas racing zone. If you want some quite time and immerse into yourself, then head to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Winters will not burn you out, I promise.
Kumbalgarh: From one dessert to the other, Kumbalgarh is an experience in the winters. A small hill station, the prominent tourist spot is the Kumbalgarh fort. It has the largest fort fence after Great Wall of China. If nothing, you could chill in a resort for a day. The route to Kumbalgarh is an interesting one as you can witness the Ranakpur Jain temple made of marble entirely.
Nashik: The cold season in Maharashtra are never harsh as they in North. But this does not stop the tourists to visit the small hill stations and cities in Maharashtra during winters. Nashik, a small city in the state, sees all kinds of visitors from millennials to religious people. Where there is Panchvati for the ardent believers of Ramayana, there is Sula Vineyards and York Wines for the wine connoisseurs.
Mahabaleshwar: It is the one of the oldest hill stations in Maharashtra and is popular for its scenic beauty. Mahabaleshwar and strawberries are synonymous during winters. You cannot miss out on strawberry and cream in this season. You, in fact, can visit the Mapro Garden and purchase some jams, creams, sauces, at discounted rates as well. Some of the other tourists spots are Arthur’s seat, Elphinstone Point, Old Mahabaleshwar temple, and so forth.
Ganpatipule: You will find the cleanest beaches in Ganpatipule, another small town in Maharashtra and ideal place to be in winters. The place is lined with resorts and they are attached or closer to the beaches. The humidity levels are lower during winters, which makes you enjoy the beaches all the more. There are also ample provisions for water sports enthusiasts. The Arey Ware beach, as you can see on the picture, is to the north of the town and less crowded during winters. Further north you will find Malgund beach.
Lonavala: One of the quickest getaways for every tourist goers in India, especially if they visit Mumbai, is Lonavala. You will find range of resorts here and is crowded the most during winters. People head out with their family and friends to farm houses in Lonavala and Khandala for new year parties. Some also spend the festive season with families in these places.
Singapore: Lastly, you want to watch some solid firecracker during New Years, head to Singapore. Although the best time to visit Singapore is February to May, the city is always a good place to be all through the year. Apart from the Universal Studios and Merlion Park and Marina Bay Sands, watching firecrackers lit during New Years elevates your travel experience.
Whether it is a long or short vacation during the festive season, you know which places to head to. Hope your bags are packed 🙂