Winter is a season that divides opinions in India – some can’t get enough of it, some can’t wait for it to get over. Regardless of which side you take on this debate, there’s one thing everyone looks forward to when the temperature starts to drop – you guessed it, we’re talking about winter vacation!
As it happens, India is blessed with a rich variety of topography, which is why you can spend the winter months lounging on a sunny beach or frolicking in the snow at a hill station without having to leave the country for more exotic shores. On that note, here’s our selection of the top five winter vacation destinations in India for a memorable vacation with your friends and family!
With the mighty Himalayas framing the country in the north, there’s no dearth of picturesque hill stations to escape to come to the end of the year. However, if there’s one such place you visit in the winter, it has to be Manali. From quaint little villages to bustling upscale streets, Manali has it all, while the nearby hamlets of Kasol, Kullu, and Rohtang are also well worth checking out. Feast your eyes on towering snow-capped mountains and stunning valleys, take part in adventure sports like skiing, zorbing, and paragliding, or explore the wilderness by going on a trek – the opportunities are endless. If you live in a city like Delhi, the cool, crisp, and fresh air here is an added attraction, given the pollution woes Delhiites are facing these days!
You might not find many reasons to visit here in the summers, but winters in Gujarat are a totally different story! Take in the scenic beauty of the Rann of Kutch, the world’s biggest salt desert, and the hills of the Satpura. The Rann Utsav is also held here at this time, offering an array of activities like folk dancing, cultural performances, sampling local cuisines, desert safaris, star gazing, and of course, shopping for traditional arts and crafts! If that wasn’t enough, Gujarat also happens to be the home of the Asiatic Lion, and you might spot one in the Gir Forest if you’re lucky! Tourists can also enjoy magnificent ancient cave paintings, historic murals, and holy temples while they’re here, or take in the sights and sounds of the bustling city of Ahmedabad, with its numerous landmarks (like the Sabarmati Ashram) if you don’t want to stray too far from civilisation.
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
If you live in a particularly cold part of the country and want to spend a week or two soaking in the sun, what better place to do it than the island paradise of Andaman & Nicobar? Replete with picture-perfect beaches, gorgeous lagoons, and turquoise blue water, this is the ideal place to head to when you’re trying to beat the winter chill. You can also take part in a number of water sports, such as snorkelling and scuba diving, and check out the pristine coral reefs. Away from the beach, the capital of Port Blair is steeped in history, and you can visit some of the monuments from the colonial era, browse the markets, and even sample some local cuisine.
If your idea of an ideal vacation involves going off the beaten path, the North East is perhaps the most unexplored and untouched area in the whole country. Dotted with ancient megaliths, beautiful waterfalls and lakes, dense green forests, and an abundance of ancient culture and heritage, there’s a lot to check out here. While the weather is never a problem in the North East, it’s particularly pleasant in the winter, which is yet another reason to visit. Other attractions include Mawylnnong, Asia’s cleanest village, the toy trains of Darjeeling, and the Hornbill Festival in Kohima, where you can get an education in the various tribes of the region, and really immerse yourself in their culture and tradition.
What could be a more idyllic location to spend your winter vacations at that God’s Own Country? Home to languid backwaters, beautiful beaches, serene temples, and an amazing expanse of verdant greenery, Kerala is one of the most sought-after places to visit in India in the winter. From the bustling streets of Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram to the more secluded locations of Munnar, Alleppey, and Wayanad, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy. The delicious local cuisine is another factor that attracts tourists, making it a true treat for all the senses!
Where are you visiting for this winter vacation? Comment below
Domestic Tours to soon be Government Funded
Travelling has always been a trend and is loved by children and adults equally. A lot of us admire and look forward to abroad travels. Running behind the sparkle of foreign tours, we often forget the cool locations that our country houses. Domestic tours are not just a way to relive the heritage of our country. It also makes us more proud of our own identity.
More and more visitors outside the country are getting attracted to tours in India. However, those in India have somehow prioritize abroad travels over domestic tours. Identifying, the need to promote domestic tours, the government has come up with an idea to reward domestic travellers. Those who set up for at least 15 domestic trips a year.
Domestic Tour Funding System
Thing you have to do to get all your trips funded:
- Visit at least 15 or more domestic tourist destinations.
- Make sure the destination is not in your home state.
- Get yourself clicked at the locations.
- submit your travel photographs at the designated government website.
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Once the conditions are fulfilled, reimbursement will be provided to the travelers making their travel fully funded.
Union Minister of Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel recently made an announcement about this. It happened at the concluding ceremony of the two-day National Tourism Conference. This conference was organised by Odisha government. This conference was organized in association with FICCI at Konark.
Getting fully funded domestic tours is not the only outcome of this initiative. Those who are successful in completing 15 domestic trips annually will be identifies as ‘Brand ambassadors of Indian Tourism‘
Apart from this, government will help all those wanting to get into Travel and Tourism as professionals. The government will offer certificate courses. These courses will enable one to become Certified Tour Guides and enter tourism sector professionally.
In addition, if you are looking for locations to visit for your Domestic tours check out some cool ones here.
34th Annual Handicrafts festival – Surajkund Mela
Cheer up, for the days of vivid joy for the annual mela of Surajkund are here. Yes! I’m talking about the much awaited international crafts fair, the Surajkund mela. The Surajkund mela is an annual festival, which is held in the first fortnight of February. The festival laid its foundation as early as 1987 and since then has been held every year by the Haryana Tourism Department in Surajkund. The Mela is hosted by the Surajkund Mela Authority along with the other union ministers of textiles, cultures, tourism, external affairs, etc.
Theme of Surajkund mela 2020
Himachal Pradesh has been chosen as the theme state for this mela. Every year one of the states is chosen for the theme, which was introduced in order to promote the crafts and cuisines of a particular state. This 34th annual mela would showcase all the culture and traditions of the state chosen. This is one of the largest craft fairs of the world and attracts a huge number of visitors from all over india and abroad.
Main attraction of the Surajkund Mela
The main attractions of this mela is the rich and diverse handicrafts, handlooms and cultural fabric of India. These are crafted by some of the best Craftsmen of the country. This fair is also known as the international crafts fair where started to help these craftspeople showcase their talents.
The evenings of this festive is also one of the key attractions of the festival. A large number of national and international folk artists could be seen in the evenings. As for fun, there are many of the adventure rides and amusement sports for the young and old. Moreover, you would get to eat the traditional mouth savouring cuisines of the various states here.
- The mela starts from 1st of february till 16th February
- The tickets ranges from Rs. 50 to Rs. 200. On weekdays the price of the ticket is Rs. 120/- while on weekends the price is Rs. 180/- per person.
- Key attractions of the Mela are – Exuberant handicrafts along with the crafts of different states while the Evening shows are a special charm to the mela
Top 8 LGBT-Friendly Holiday Destinations In The World!
The world has been extremely cruel to people with queer identities. However, there are nations that embrace such humans and support LGBT rights. People in love have often found it hard to convince the world around them, making them understand their love. Meanwhile, there are nations that have always celebrated love for the sake of love, and not discriminating it from “defined notions” of the same.
There are some exotic places on the face of the earth that’ll add to the wonder of your trip with your partner, whoever, they may be. Let’s thus get into naming these amazing places on the face of the earth that’ll be super-fun to be in!
1. The Canary islands
The Canary Islands are much known European destinations for the LGBT community. The place is a perfect escape for the people in love with the beaches, the scorching sun and an aesthetic landscape.
The islands across the Spanish archipelago are extremely liberal to sexuality, which means that you’ll be able to enjoy the LGBT beaches, bars and nightclubs without someone to interrupt you! Moreover, the annual Maspalomas Gay Pride event in Gran Canaria, attracts up to 100,000 attendees, includes a mammoth 10-day celebration that consists of LGBT parades, pool parties and organised boat trips.
Well, Berlin is the dynamic Gay Capital of Germany and is known for its rich cultural history. The partying atmosphere is way too happening. The bars, clubs and carnivals rather get you hooked in!
Berlin Pride, known as “Christopher Street Day”, is one of the biggest events on Berlin’s LGBT calendar and sees thousands march proudly through this great European city.
Zurich is one of Switzerland’s largest city. Moreover, it offers visitors a colorful sight of LGBT-friendly bars and nightclubs, further complimented by the snow-capped Alps in the backdrop. The “Zurich Pride Festival”, which takes place between June 15 to 17 this year, is a multi-day event that brings people from all nooks and corners, into the very heart of Zurich every year. Festival highlights include grand parades, concerts and pro-LGBT rights demonstrations.
In Spain’s Catalonia region, to the southwest of Barcelona, lies the coastal town of Sitges. Your go-to events in Sitges include the annual “Gay Pride Sitges” which includes a customised enticing, little village with places to eat, drink and party, right in front of the setting and the rising sun.
Israel is the only tolerant places in the Middle-East that are notoriously gay-friendly. Tel Aviv is the country’s second city, famous for the queer nightlife, and also for the fact that it hosts a grand Pride Celebration, that too, funded by the Government. Same-sex people can be seen doing all the normal things, enjoying the aesthetics, the beaches, and parties.
Sydney has its own queer, cultural history that keeps reiterating itself. Newton, the city’s primary area for queer women, is a true revelation. Moreover, The Mclver’s Ladies Bath are the only women-baths remaining in Australia, and a big hit with the Sapphic set. However, the main hub for LGBTQ+ activity is seen around Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, but shopping, bars, and venues for queer interests are found across in the inclusive city!
It’s the “hippy” city in the UK that welcomes each and everyone falling under the rainbow flag. The nightlife is super duper fun, along with the Pride festivities. Even Britney Spears seems to have made her appearance in the festivities, in one of the August parties.
Women seem to have migrated in this ancient city, and have rather served for the name, “Lesbos coming from Lesbian”. The annual Eressos International Women’s Festival is a two-week celebration embracing women in love with other women.
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