The favorite month of the whole year, December world over has been a month of celebration since time immemorial. Even before the birth of Christ. Why? Because this month marks the winter solstice or the shortest day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and longest in the Southern.
The day, for its geographical importance and for the fact that it is the coldest and gloomiest, has been given highest religious importance in many religions, including Christianity and Judaism. Celebrating festivals makes this month happier even in the cover of dark, ice and lots of cold.
Here are the best places to travel to in the month of December –
The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. It’s known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. A swansong for honeymooners and travellers in search of a romantic vacation, Maldives has carved an undeniable for itself in luxury travel. The small islets, incredible resorts, aqua blue water, and pristine beaches make the Maldives as a strong contender for best places to travel in December.
2. Cape Town
Known as the Southernmost city of Africa, Cape Town has historic significance to the growth and development of trade between Europe and Asia. If you’re a fan of panoramic beaches, white sandy banks, and a vibrant nightlife scene it is the right place for experiencing one of the best places to visit in December in the world. It is one of the best places to visit in December for couples. Some of the fun things to do are beach hopping, hiking to Table Mountain, wine tasting, visit Robben Island.
Goa experiences moderate weather conditions during the month of December. The average temperatures range from 22 to 33 degrees. Also, this is the month when the biggest festival, the Sunburn Festival is organized in Goa. Make sure you visit the ‘Queen of Beaches’ in Goa, Calangute Beach. Also, visit Palolem Beach which is one of the most popular beaches among tourists.
4. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is the fabled golden city of Raavan, one of the best tea-growers of the world and lately, a coveted tourist attraction on the atlas. Sri Lanka is known for its tea gardens and fragrant tea shops, so start with those tea-tours in Ceylon and Nuwara Eliya. You can also try your hand at surfing and kite surfing at places like Midigama, Mirissa, Weligama Beach and Hikkaduwa. Since this is a relatively dry season, take your trekking shoes and go hike up Adam’s Peak, Ella Rock and Horton Plains. For a temple run across the monasteries and temples here, check out the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy and Dambulla Cave Temple.
5. New Zealand
The island country of kiwis, New Zealand is a beautiful paradise in the southwest Pacific Ocean, filled with volcanoes and glaciers. Being a country in the southern hemisphere, it is warm during December as opposed to most countries in this list thus far. Some of the most coveted tourist cities are Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Their Christmas and New Year’s Eve make for precious memories as you get to soak in the native festive spirit with Santas dressed in sandals and rugby shirts. Additionally, live musical festivals, light shows and fireworks will amaze you.
December in Australia is basically the beginning of summer. A proper, beach summer for most tourist attractions here. With warm sunny days and a temperature of around 20°C, the summer emits great holiday vibes. While you can indulge in water sports and beach bonanza, there is also the unique opportunity to spend your Christmas and New Year on a beach, warm and sandy. Spend a beach Christmas sipping beers and dancing with Santas in swimwear. Australia is known for these shenanigans after all!
Thailand is the renowned world over for its Thai cuisine, sultry beaches, breathtaking islands and, massages. Its capital Bangkok is the ultimate shopping destination for one and sundry and also doubles up as an amazing Christmas and New Year holiday spot. In the month of December, Thailand experiences its coldest weather of 26°C day average with only 40 mm rainfall. Its night markets bloom to make way for fairy lights and holiday mood of Christmas.
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Sara Ali Khan Inspiring Us With Vacation Workout
While many of us choose to find reasons for a cheat meal, especially during vacations. Here is Sara Ali Khan who is currently enjoying her vacation in NYC, but guess what? She is not missing out on her vacation workout. How cool is that?
In fact, the actress has also posted a pilates workout video with her trainer Namrata Purohit on a Monday morning, right before her vacation time.
Sara is definitely setting new fitness goals for everybody out there! For all those making excuses for hitting the hotel gym or walking miles during a vacation, now do you have an answer? We assume No!
Well, the workout and fitness sessions just did not stop here, Sara is also working out in NYC with her girlfriends. Here, have a look:
More power to you girls!
We have seen Sara taking care of her fitness routine in her earlier vacations as well. Though the form of her vacation workout was swimming, cycling and climbing rocks. This girl can do it all!
However, what we truly perceive here is how important it is to stay disciplined even during vacation. Yes, cheat meals are allowed but a good vacation workout helps you recover the weight gain and extra calories which you have eaten during your fun times with friends and family. Leading to no more regret!
So are you going to follow Sara on your next vacation?
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Vineyards Every Wine Lover In India Must Visit
Wine is one drink that has many fans in and across India. From red to white to sparkling to rose, wines come in all different varieties. And so do vineyards! India now has a few very pretty vineyards that are worth visiting. So, if you haven’t been to one, now is the time to plan a trip to one. Also, many vineyards also have a fully functional resort where you can plan a mini-vacation.
Check out these Vineyards you can go to-
1. Sula Vineyards, Nashik
Probably the most famous name when it comes to wine tourism in India. Sula Vineyard was established in 1997, and today it is the producer of top wines in India and abroad. Furthermore, adding onto its fame is the yearly Sula Fest, which is often termed to be the Mecca of Wines. The festival is organized in February with exquisite cuisine, delectable wine and a lot to shop for. The highlight surely is an exciting artist lineup.
However, if you’re not visiting during the fest, Sula Vineyard anyway stays open for visitors, offering wine tours, and India’s first wine resort called Beyond Vineyard Resort.
2. Four Seasons Vineyards, Pune
Located 25 km away from Pune city, Four Seasons Vineyard is your own little heaven. This is a resort cum vineyard inspired by the Great Gatsby. Also, this splendid property features 14 grand rooms, swimming pool, spa and a party hall which can accommodate up to 1000 people. Wine lovers don’t seem to have enough of the wine trails, tasting room and the merchandise store.
3. Chateau D’ Ori, Dindori
A dome-shaped winery watered by three artificial lakes Chateau D’Ori is located in Madhya Pradesh. The property was built in 2007. It houses the largest merlot plantation in India. Thus the chateau D’Ori is considered among premium wine brands. So you can taste the best of it in the intimate tasting room in the property.
4. Grover Vineyards, Bengaluru
One of India’s oldest wine producers, Grover Vineyards was established in 1988. However, in 2012, Grover Vineyards tied up with Vallée de Vin (producer of Zumpa Wine). It became an even stronger brand and compete with Sula. The vineyard spans over an area of 410 acres. This thus means the wine tour is indeed quite extensive, lasting for as much as 3.5 hours.
5. York Winery
This is yet another popular name that’s taken when talking about the best vineyards in Nashik! York Winery is located near Sula Vineyards. Looking over the magnificent Gangapur Dam and rolling hillocks. This is an award-winning winery applauded for both red and white wines it produces. York Sparkling Brut is one of its most-loved sparkling wine made entirely from Chenin Blanc grapes.
5 Reasons To Visit Bhutan Just Like Virat & Anushka!
Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.
We all love taking a break from our busy work schedule and spend some quality time with our family and friends. Just like us, Bollywood celebrities also enjoy spending time with their loved ones. And one power couple that has given us major travel goals recently is Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli.
Earlier this month, the duo was seen having a gala time in Bhutan. Both Anushka and Virat shared several photos from their getaway on social media.
Here, check out 5 reasons why you should visit Bhutan
1) When you travel through Bhutan, you will find many spectacular views that will take your breath away. Here you will find steep mountains crisscrossed by networks of swift rivers. The climate in this country is always good for the travellers. However, October to December is the ideal time to visit Bhutan.
2) The beautiful country of Bhutan offers several tourist attractions. From Paro Taktsang to Gangteng Monastery and Punakha Dzong, the travel bug inside you will get fully satisfied here. Interestingly, the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu has one of the largest statues of Buddha made of bronze and gilded in gold towering over the city.
3) Bhutan is also an amazing place for foodies. Ema datshi, the national dish of Bhutan is a very spicy delicacy made with cheese and chilies. Even if you don’t enjoy spicy food, you must try Ema datshi for sure.
4) The rich heritage and culture of Bhutan is an important reason why one should visit this country. More than two-thirds of the Bhutanese citizens follow Vajrayana Buddhism and around one-third follow Hinduism. One can easily get to see the Bhutanese culture and traditions in their dressing style, way of speaking, and cultural activities.
5) Bhutan is also an amazing place for adventurists. There are many places in Bhutan where one can get a great trekking experience. Even Anushka and Virat went trekking during their trip.
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Bhutan is a beautiful country on the eastern edge of the Himalayas and is popular for its monasteries, fortresses and breathtaking landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. And just like Anushka and Virat, this Buddhist kingdom should be on the top of your travel list too.
We are surely planning the itinerary soon. Are you?
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