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Why Ooty Is The Best Place To Visit In December?

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Also famously known as the Queen of Hills, Ooty is a beautiful town which is surrounded by the beautiful Nilgiri Hills. The place has a beautiful climate all round the year because of its perfect location.

Winters Are The Best Time!

The winters in Ooty are colder than the rest of South India. And this is what makes it more unique as a travel destination. The best time to visit this beautiful hill station is from October to June. In these months, the temperature remains somewhere around 25°C which offers pleasant weather. It is the best time for travelling and sightseeing. Find out why it would be the best trip ever.

Ooty Lake Is The Perfect Spot To Relax

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One of the most important parts of every Ooty tour, Ooty lake is indeed a place to visit. It is an artificial lake that was built for fishing purposes actually. This lake is popular for boating. Tourists can be seen enjoying a refreshing ride on its serene waters. There is boating house located near the lake offering a wide array of boats on hire. Cycling by the side of the lake is also worth experiencing. There are also a few shops located around the lake, selling various local food items.

 

 Deer Park For Kids

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Located at a distance of 2 km from Ooty Lake, Deer Park is easily accessible by road. With its rich fauna along with varieties of deer such as Sambhar and the Chithal, Deer park makes up for an interesting visit, especially for wildlife enthusiasts or even kids. Equally rich is the variety of flora in this park. Spread across an area of 22 acres, this park was established in the year of 1986. It is one of the known wildlife sanctuaries of not only Tamil Nadu but of India presenting amazing opportunity to observe the wildlife and various animals from closer.

 

Another Lake To Chill- Emerald Lake

 

Located near the Emerald Village in the Nilgiri District, Emerald Lake lies in a place called Silent Valley. It is situated around 25 km away from Ooty. A beautiful lake offering an ideal place for a picnic where you can relax and spend some quality time with your loved one. Tea plantation surrounding adds on to the overall beauty of the lake. The view of sunrise and sunset from here is breathtaking and not to be missed.

 

Kalhatty Waterfalls Is Gorgeous

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About 13 km away from Ooty, on the Ooty-Mysore Road, Kalhatty Waterfalls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls that you will see on an Ooty Tour. This waterfall can be reached via a trek of 2 miles from Kalahatti village. It is believed that great Hindu saint Agastya has once lived here. With its rich avian fauna, it is often visited by bird watchers as well. Its scenic beauty is sure to leave you spellbound.

 

St Stephen’s Church For Peace 

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Dating back to 19th century, St. Stephan’s Church is a place to visit in Ooty for its architectural beauty and religious importance. Although comparatively simpler, this church has beautiful interiors. The painted glass windows along with the painting of Last Supper is especially captivating.It is said that the timber used in the construction of this church was brought from Srinangapatna as well as from the Tipu Sultan Palace.

 

Tea Museum For Chai Lovers

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Located on the highest peak of Nilgiri, Tea Museum offers you the delicious exhibition of different tea types. As Nilgiri Mountain boasts of being India’s second-largest hill station bounded by tea gardens, this is a heaven for tea-lovers. Owing to its splendid charm Dodabetta Tea Museum can rightfully be addressed as one of the best places to visit in Ooty.

 

Ooty Cottages Are Classy

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Apart from the pleasant weather, the gorgeous lakes, and the beautiful gardens, the quaint cottages in Ooty for couples also make it a perfect destination for a honeymoon or a romantic getaway! The vintage interiors of these cottages wrapped with soothing views around, guarantee utmost privacy and comfort. So, if you too are planning to escape to the hills with your loved one, ditch the contemporary modern hotels and choose a cottage.

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Top 8 Travel Resolutions You Should Make

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Travel is one of the few activities that genuinely changes you as a person exposing you to new ways of living and thinking about the world as well as taking you firmly out of your comfort zone.

It is that time of the year when you ring out the old and ring in the new. New Year resolutions are pretty much a part of this tradition. Make 2020 your best year of travel yet. As avid travellers, here are top 8 travel resolutions that you might want to consider adding to your list. These resolutions are not only achievable they’re a joy to keep. They are bound to make your travel in 2020 wholesome, fun and responsible.

1. Explore your own Neighbourhood

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This one is applicable almost every traveller. Many of us think travelling is all about getting lost in a new world. But fail to realize that the essence of true travelling lies in adventure. Most of us are guilty for not having explored our own city. Being a tourist in your own city allows you to know it much better. Visit that hidden temple around the corner or sign up for a walking tour. Better still, be a good host and accompany your guests to the touristy places you might have ignored earlier. You will be surprised with what you discover in your own backyard.

2. Get Outside Your Comfort Zone

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Make 2019 the year to face your fears. Pick that one activity that you wished you could do but were scared to. It could be scuba diving or walking on a skywalk 70 floors above the ground or maybe, just Hot Air Ballooning over the fields. Sign up for it and try it out. This is when you will find the world opening up to you. Whether it’s solo exploring for the first time or heading somewhere you never would’ve dreamed possible, these resolutions are all about pushing yourself that little bit further.

 

3. Learn some local phrases

No matter where you travel in the world, attempting to speak the local language can go a long way even if your pronunciation isn’t the best.Spend some time with the local community. Talk to them, play with the kids, partake a meal or two and discover their local traditions. Along the way, learn a few local phrases that can help you make your way around in that town. The engagement with the locals is bound to make your travel more memorable. Some phrases in French would be Hello (Bonjour), Goodbye (Au revoir) and Thank you (Merci).

4. Pack lighter

Next time you’re stuffing a pair of impractical shoes and a bumper-size shampoo into your bag, stop to consider the downfalls of it. The art of packing evolves into a quite literally a mathematical equation. Lay out everything out you could possibly need or want for your upcoming trip, then ditch half. Six sets of jeans? Take out three, and only one of each type. Four white Ts? Choose two. Two messenger bags? Pick your favourite. You may feel a pang of guilt, as though you’re parting with a friend, but once you reach your destination you won’t even remember what you left behind.

 

5. Take better pictures For Memories

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Sick of returning home from a trip with thousands of hastily snapped images that you’ll never have the time to sift through and edit, let alone share? Whether you’re shooting for social media, an online portfolio or the family album, investing a little time and effort can take your creations from amateur to incredible. A picture speaks a thousand words. Do not waste your time just getting that perfect click but instead focus on taking one good one which will bring back memories!

 

6. Learn to cook a local dish

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Food tours and local restaurants maybe a part of your travel fare. However, go a step further and sign up for a local cookery class. The activity will not just allow you to learn something new but will let you experience the markets. You can bring home the very flavour that you enjoyed during holiday. These travel resolutions can also help you be a better cook. Learning a local dish also helps with bonding with a localite and sharing amazing experiences.

 

7. Make a Plastic-Free Trip

Eco tourism is the need of the hour! Start by using a lot of cloth bags and recyclable paper bags to pack your things. Carry your water in your own flask and refill it at a café or restaurant. Don’t buy anything that is wrapped in plastic. Opt for fresh meals on glass or steel plates. This resolution is a small step towards responsible travel. These simple travel resolutions can make a big difference on a global scale you see.

 

8. Be A Part Of A Local Festival

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Travel to a destination renowned for its local festival- maybe the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad or the Hemis Festival in Ladakh.You could even enjoy the St.Patrick’s day of Ireland. Few festivals transcend across different ages and cultures as St. Patrick’s Day does. Celebrated annually on March 17, the Irish holiday is filled with fun traditions that seem to appeal to people across the globe. Enjoy the celebratory meals while you experience the local music and dances. 2019 is full of such celebrations- just go ahead and pick one.

 

We hope these travel resolutions help you be a better traveller in 2020. Related article- 20 Best Places To Visit In India In December 2019

 

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Visiting Delhi? Here Are The Best Spots For Pictures

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Delhi, the capital of India is a beautiful place to visit. However, if you are visiting Delhi anytime soon, you’ll realise that the beautiful city has so many picturesque spots that you will get confused as to which one to visit and which one to miss! But worry not as we have the perfect guide for you. Just scroll down and go through the following places and you’ll know the places to tick on your next visit to Delhi.

Hauz Khas Village

Hauz Khas Village, the beautiful place where you will often spot engaged couples for their pre-bridal shoot. The heritage vibes of the place and the perfect features such as lake, tombs and greenery make it the perfect spot for clicking photos! You must get one good picture clicked here, especially during the sunset. It is pure beauty! You can easily reach there via the Hauz Khas metro.

India Gate

India Gate from the British era. While visiting Delhi, you must visit India Gate. Firstly, to pay respect to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the war for freedom. Secondly, to enjoy your time with friends and family for a picnic, boating, and of course, getting clicked. You will also find many food stalls around it so it is the perfect place for spending your evening and getting some good clicks. You can reach there by getting down at Central Secretariat or Janpath metro station.

Agrasen Ki Baoli

Do you see the view above? Beautiful, isn’t it? Such is the feel of Agrasen Ki Baoli. It is situated on the Halley Road in New Delhi. To reach there, you can get down at Barakhamba Road or Rajiv Chowk metro station. But the places close by 5:30 p.m., so make sure that you reach on time for such beautiful clicks in this 15-meter wide historical step well.

Humayun’s Tomb

Another historic place for getting beautiful pictures is Humayun’s Tomb. Whether it is a couple picture, or some stylish clicks for yourself, this beautiful place near Jor Bagh metro station is the perfect spot for you. The monument from the Mughal era does not fail to impress anybody. It also has huge lawns for somebody who loves getting clicked among the greenery.

Qutub Minar

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This beautiful and tall monument which also a metro station named to it, is well known worldwide. We have also seen many tourists especially visiting Delhi to get clicked at Qutub Minar. Another cultural addition by the Mughals, this place also has many beautiful restaurants and cafes around it which you must visit during the day time.

Yamuna Ghat

Yamuna Ghat, which is near to the Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station is a outstanding place for getting pictures clicked. The calm water and the birds flying all around is so magical. Especially, if you visit during the golden hour i.e. the sunrise or the sunset. Another pro tip is get clicked while on a boat in the Yamuna, we assure you will get a perfect shot.

Champa Gali

Looking for a perfect evening with food, shopping, drinks and Instagram worthy pictures? Well, we suggest you visit Champa Gali, which lies near the Saket metro station. You will find there many cute cafes and stores which will fulfil for a checklist for street shopping and perfect evening with delicious meals and drinks. The wall art is pretty famous and you’ll see many influencers getting clicked at the specific spot.

Connaught Place

Shopping, clubbing, movies, eating and what not! Get down at the Janpath or Central Secretariat metro station and enjoy all this at one place. Not just this, the beautifully built during the British rule, Connaught Place has strong pillars and decorative restaurants which means endless pictures coming your way!

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20 Best Places To Visit In India In December 2019

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With the most favourable weather all around, December marks the best of the holiday season in India. There is a huge list of best places to visit in December in India such as beaches in South India and the snow-capped Himalayas up North. Gentle weather also makes it ideal to explore central India and even the desert kingdom of Rajasthan in December.

We bring to you the top 20 travel destinations in India during December.

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1. Andaman Islands

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Nature’s beauty and some of the most beautiful, pristine beaches, make the Andaman Islands every traveller’s delight. The Andaman Islands can boast of the various natural phenomena that can be a treat for all, whether he/she is a traveller or not. This isolated group of islands has a lot of things that you should know. December is the best time to explore the place.

What To Do: Snorkelling, Swimming, scuba diving, banana boat rides, underwater walking, parasailing, jet skiing and much more. Each water activity will push that adrenaline rush to an altogether new level.

How To Reach: One of the easiest ways to travel to Andaman is by flight. This tourist destination houses its own airport at Port Blair which has good connectivity with Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore. While the flights from Delhi and Mumbai take 5 hours, travellers from Chennai and Kolkata can reach in just 2 hours.

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2. Jaisalmer 

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It is one of the major tourist spot located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan in India. Its called as the -golden city due to its bounteous golden dunes and castles clad in golden honey sandstone. Jaisalmer is adorned with lakes, ornate Jain temples and Havelis. Climb on to the camel saddle and make your way through this desert or camp under the night sky in this golden land for an unforgettable experience.

What To Do: The prized highlight of the Golden City is the beautiful sand dunes. The stretch of pristine sand dunes of the Thar Desert is a beauty. In addition, it is the hub of adventure sports. Here you can enjoy Jaisalmer desert safari, camel rides and camping, the experience is one of the best of Jaisalmer tour.

How To Reach: Jaisalmer is not directly connected by air with any part of India. Jodhpur Airport, located some 300 km away from Jaisalmer, is the nearest airport to the desert land. The airport connects Rajasthan with all major Indian cities. From Jodhpur Airport, tourists can hire cabs to reach Jaisalmer.

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3. Himachal Pradesh

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Composed of lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, fast-flowing rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, flower-bedecked meadows, beautiful temples and monasteries, Himachal Pradesh is a traveller’s paradise.

What To Do: Explore picturesque hill stations, gushing waterfalls, abundant wildlife, emerald lakes, snow-capped mountains and the barren beauty of upper Himalayas.  Go for Himalayan treks, watch a Tibetan opera in Dharamsala, Visit Asia’s oldest brewery in Kasauli and much more.

How To Reach: The best way to reach Himachal by air is to take a flight to Chandigarh, and then take a car or local buses. By Train: Himachal Pradesh has two narrow-gauge railway lines, one connecting Kalka with Shimla and the other one connecting Pathankot to Kangra.

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4. Kerala

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Visit God’s own country and spend some quality time with your loved ones in a Kerala trip. This South Indian state is a paradise tucked between the stretch of the lush Western Ghats and the cerulean expanse of the Arabian Sea. The land of limitless blues and greens, Kerala finds its place in the National Geographic Traveler’s list of – One of the 50 must-see destinations of a lifetime.

What To Do: There are many reasons to plan a holiday in Kerala. Plush beauty, serene backwaters, golden sand shores, bustling wildlife sanctuaries, colourful arts, dances, crafts, and many more delights offer matchless experiences.

How To Reach: Kerala is well-connected to all the major cities of India including the four metropolitan cities namely, New-Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai through an effective train services link. There are around 200 railway stations in Kerala which connect places both within and outside Kerala.

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5. Goa 

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Goa is always bustling with high-energy during December. The alluring wonders of the beach state of Goa, also known as the -Party Capital of India. Being one of the best holiday destinations in India in December, Goa receives a crazy number of tourists from all across the world as it has two of the most happening events at this time of the year- Sunburn Festival and Special New Year’s Eve parties. Goa is truly a fun-filled destination.

What To Do: Indulge in the pleasures of beaches, parties, music festivals, food, free-flowing booze, water-sports, sightseeing and other adventures. The Sunburn festival is a must.

How To Reach: It is quite easy to reach Goa as the major railway stations in Goa are located in Margao. The main railway station is known as Madgaon and Vasco-da-Gama. These railway stations are well linked with Mumbai and then other major parts of the country as well.

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6. Jaipur 

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December calls for adventure, sightseeing and exciting experiences, with this in mind Jaipur is one of the best places to visit this month. The Royal capital of Rajasthan, popularly known as the Pink City is a city of heritage sights, vibrant culture and experiences. The winter month is perfect to plan a holiday. Marvel at the incredible palaces, forts and temples. Savour the experiences of regal holiday this December!

What To Do: Jaipur is a city full of experiences. It has a plethora of not just royal palaces and forts for you to visit and explore, but also fun and adventurous to quench your thirst for the thrill.  Visit the Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort and also shop at Jaipur Bazaars.

How To Reach: Sanganer airport is the nearest airport to the city of Jaipur. It is located at a distance of 10 kilometres from the city centre. The airport has flight connectivity with major Indian cities like Mumbai and Delhi. International tourists can take connecting flights to Jaipur from Mumbai or Delhi airport.

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7. Varanasi 

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The month of December is an ideal month to visit the holy city of Varanasi. The ghats of River Ganga, its temples, and the city itself is at its best, offering unforgettable experiences to its visitors. Although Varanasi has a slight chill in the air in December month, it is the best time for the creation of memories here. The city lies on the western banks of the holy Ganges and is a labyrinth of temples, eating joints, shops, and Dharamshala.

What To Do: Enjoy an early morning ride and observe the on-going activities by the Ghat. Pay homage to the deities inside the ancient temples. Take Bath in the Ganges. Rendezvous with Gods at temples of Varanasi. A Sunset Stroll Along The Ghats. Evening Aarti Ceremony at Ganges River. Go for a Sightseeing Tour of Sarnath.

How To Reach: Many people choose to travel to Varanasi by train. It takes a minimum of eight hours from Kolkata, 10 to 12 hours from Delhi, and around 30 hours from Mumbai. Most trains run overnight. The main railway station in Varanasi is called as Varanasi Junction or Varanasi Cantt.

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8. Tamil Nadu

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December brings salubrious weather for Tamil Nadu, one of the best destinations in India. The coastal state of Southern India, tempts visitors with its rich historical past, ancient temples, serene beaches, verdant hill stations, charming nature, and colourful Dravidian culture. While on one side, there are various popular allures, on the other, there are some hidden-treasures too.

What To Do: The weather at time is wonderful, making sightseeing, temple-visit and beach-hopping favourable activities during holidays. There are religion, architecture, nature, wildlife, culture, spirituality, food and much more for a tourist to explore in Tamil Nadu at this time.

How To Reach: Tamil Nadu has a road network of nearly 1.70 lakh km. Private bus operators along with a number of government buses link the important cities and ply the entire south. Inter-state buses run by the State Express Transport Corporation connect Chennai with the states of Karnataka, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh.

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9. Uttarakhand

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Uttarakhand is also known as the- abode of the gods, and as such, everything is beautiful here. Home to the holiest rivers, profound spiritualism, fascinating history caved in ancient stones, a treasure house of flora and fauna and incredible people, words fail to describe the beauty of this place. However, there is no better time to visit Uttarakhand than winters.

What To Do: Witness the exotic wildlife, visit the spiritual destinations, enjoy sightseeing and engage in thrilling activities like mountain biking, rafting and camping. Skiing. The snow-covered mountains of Uttarakhand are perfect for skiing. Visit the Jim Corbett National Park. Rappelling is also one of my favourite activities.

How To Reach: The airports, where the flights from different states fly in, go by the name of Pantnagar Airport which is situated in the Pantnagar in Kumaon Region, Jolly Grant situated in Dehradun and Naini Saini Airport in the Pithoragarh. Jolly Grant is the most well-connected of the three airports in Uttarakhand and Pithoragarh is yet to open for public.

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10. Alleppey

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Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, holds the distinction for being the Venice of the East and has had an illustrious maritime history. It’s also one of the best destinations to head to in winter. This is the time to experience the best of all that this place has to offer from backwater holidays to marine products, beaches and the coir industry. A cruise on its backwaters on a Kettuvallam – a traditional houseboat offers an incredible experience during winter.

What To Do: Stay in Kuttanad and capture the south Indian village life. Grab that camera and go bird watching while you Canoe or Kayak. Explore the beaches and behold the sunset from a lighthouse. Rejuvenate with Ayurveda and Spa pampering. Relish some spiritualism at the temples and churches.

How To Reach: The Cochin International Airport, located at a distance of 75 kilometres is the nearest airport to Alleppey. The airport is well connected to major cities in India as well as abroad. From the Cochin International Airport, one can book a taxi or a cab to get to Alleppey.

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11. Agra

 

For many travellers, Agra is all about Taj Mahal. Indeed! This massive edifice is listed on the 7 Modern Wonders of the World and reflects the grandeur of Mughal architecture and eternal affection of a husband for his wife. But there is more to Agra than Taj Mahal like Agra fort, various Mughal gardens, Itmad Ud Daulah Tomb and several temples. Pleasant weather makes it an ideal time to visit Agra in December.

What To Do: Visit the Mesmerizing Taj Mahal, explore the Agra Fort, bird watching at Chambal river, take a trip to Fatehpur Sikri and don’t forget to splurge on shopping at the Kinari Bazaar. 

How To Reach: Agra’s Kheria airport is also a military base. It is a seasonal commercial airport and is connected only by Air India flights from New Delhi. The flight from Delhi to Agra is less than an hour long. Kheria airport is 13 kilometres away from Agra city. Hire a taxi from the airport to get to the city, which should take you around 10-15 minutes depending on traffic.

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12. Pondicherry 

One of the finest holiday destinations in South India, Pondicherry gets ready to create incredible vacations with the start of winters. December is the perfect time to explore beaches, ashrams and the French connection. This beautiful town boasts of several allures and offers peaceful vacations, away from chaos.

What To Do: The weather at this time is salubrious and is considered to be ideal for enjoying sightseeing, visiting the beaches, partaking in leisure walks, savouring the French culture, and indulging in thrilling water sports. Do not forget to indulge in shopping to get your hands on some amazing keepsakes. Sumptuous food is another highlight.

How To Reach: Train is the best way to go here. The nearest rail station from Pondicherry is Villupuram, which is about 35 kilometres away from the town. The railhead is well-connected to cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, and Trivandrum. Two of the most popular trains are New Delhi Pondicherry Express and Nagarcoli Express.

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13. Gujarat

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Gujarat is the state which flaunts vibrant ethnicity and the whole country takes pride in that.  Located on the westernmost end of India, this state has some magnificent beaches. There are majestic forts and temples in Gujarat attract millions of travellers and pilgrims around the world.  Take home the brilliance dedication of local artisans who leave no stone unturned to carve a masterpiece every time.

What To Do: Explore the Land of Legends. Salt Marshes in Great Rann of Kutch. Spot Asiatic Lions at Gir. Admire the Architecture of Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in Ahmedabad. Visit the Historical Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. Witness a Mesmerizing Sunset in Kankaria Lake in Ahmedabad and much more.

How To Reach: The fastest way to reach Gujarat is to take a flight from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Airport in Mumbai to any of the states in Gujarat such as Porbandar, Surat, Ahmedabad and Vadodara. Take the flight to Surat and you will be there in approximately 55 minutes.

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14. Manali

Winter holidays in India remain incomplete without a visit to Manali. The hill town in Himachal Pradesh snuggled on the lap of the Himalayas along the Beas River is a picturesque beauty coupled with adventure. From family holidays to romantic honeymoon to adventure, Manali is the playground of some of the most unforgettable holidays. December is the month of bliss here, as snowfall blesses the landscape.

What To Do: Snowsports in Rohtang Pass & Solang Valley, picnic in apple orchards, sightseeing, visit holy temples, pampering stay in hotels are some highlights of your December holiday in Manali.

How To Reach: The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, located approximately 50 kilometres away from Manali. Domestic flights connect Bhuntar with Delhi and Chandigarh. Once at the airport, you can take a pre-paid taxi to Manali. However, owing to weather conditions, flights are not the most reliable option for getting to or out of Manali.

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15. Chennai 

Holidays in December in India lure tourists to the beaches. Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu snuggled along the Bay of Bengal is one of the places to check out this winter month. The weather is pleasant. Cultural festivals and performances are also on the calendar for visitors.

What To Do: Visitors can go sightseeing, exploring the heritage of the ancient Tamil Era as well as of the British Raj. The beautiful Marina Beach and Elliot’s beach is amazing to spend your evenings. Museums are fun to explore. Food, shopping, day trips add to the thrill.

How To Reach: Chennai International Airport, situated around 20 km away from the city centre, is among the busiest airports in the country. Spread across uptown regions of Meenambakkam, Tirusulam and Pallavaram, the airport has been recorded to have handled more than 342 aeroplane movements on a day to day basis.

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16. Wayanad

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Wayanad is one of the few districts of Kerala which showcases the pristine face of nature. Spread across a region of almost 2,132sq. km, its hills are home to the oldest tribes untouched by civilization. This place is home to some amazing destinations, from Chembra Peak and Neelimala to Meenmutty Waterfalls and Banasura Sagar Dam.

What To Do: This place is famous for its beautiful hill-stations, sub-tropical savannahs, sprawling spice plantations and rich cultural traditions, besides much more. Located on the southern tip of the magnificent Deccan Plateau, the region is a wonderful combination of wilderness, culture and history.

How To Reach: Calicut International Airport, located around 65 km away serves as the nearest airport to Wayanad. Visitors can avail direct or stopover flights to Calicut from different parts of Kerala as well as rest of India, depending upon availability. On arrival at the airport, local taxis can be availed to travel till Wayanad.

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17. Hampi

The glories and achievements of the past ages are reflected brilliantly in the ruins of Hampi in Karnataka, once the capital of the famous Vijayanagara Empire. The ruins shed light on the incredible architectural traditions existing during that time. The Virupaksha Temple, with its 9 stories tall gopura, presents a picture of magnificence. The brilliance of the past is visible in the form of structures like Stone Chariot, enormous Ganesh statues, and much more.

What To Do: Take the taxi boat across the river to the hippie side of Hampi, Anegundi. Where to Stay in Hampi: A cottage on the rice fields. Rent a bike and finally learn how to drive one! Go cliff jumping, but watch the crocs! Bathe/Get blessed by an elephant. Enjoy views from Matanga Hill.

How To Reach: The nearest air link to Hampi is the Belgaum airport which is located at a distance of 270 km. Bangalore airport, on the other hand, is 300 km from Hampi. By Train. There is no railway station in Hampi. By Road. Hampi is well-connected to Bangalore and other major cities of Karnataka.

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18. Delhi 

Delhi is an amalgamation of several cultures and traditions, having served as the capital of several dynasties and empires. The avenues for exploration, shopping and hanging out are many. For music and art lovers, the city is also home to a number of art galleries and theatres which host incredible performances and exhibitions throughout the year.

What To Do: It boasts several historical monuments which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. Eating out is a particular delight, with several options available for indulging in gastronomical delights. There is also the Dilli Haat, a one-stop destination for almost everything.

How To Reach: Delhi is well connected by air, railways and roads with all major cities across India. For a comfortable journey, you can take a flight to Delhi. Indira Gandhi International Airport is just 20 km away from the city centre. The railway stations in Delhi are all well connected with different parts of the city.

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19. Bodh Gaya

Bodhgaya is one of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage centres in the world. It was here that Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree, and became known as the Enlightened One. One of the main attractions is the Mahabodhi Temple, whose architecture has been influenced by various cultures and heritages over the centuries.

What To Do: Apart from the Mahabodhi Temple, the other attractions here are Animesh temple, Chankramana and Ratnagarh, to name a few. Here are some favourite attractions to see in Bodh Gaya- Great Buddha Statue, Tibetan Refugee Market,  Bodhi Tree, The Thai Monastery. Mahabodhi Temple Complex Book store, Muchalinda Lake and the Royal Bhutan Monastery.

How To Go: Gaya is the nearest airport which is approximately 17 kilometres from the town of Bodh Gaya. Though the frequency of flights is lesser, the airport is well-connected to Kolkata by flights. Now, however, the airport has started catering to international as well as domestic sectors. To start with, Thai Airways has an everyday flight to Gaya, Druk Air (an international carrier) flies once in a week from Bangkok.

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20. Amritsar

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Amritsar, in Punjab, is linked with the history of Sikhism and is one of the most revered sites in the world. Founded as far back as the 16th century, this place is associated with a range of historical and mythological narratives. The most prominent tourist attraction here, the Golden Temple. The other most historically important site is the Jallianwala Bagh, which evokes strong emotions from the visitors.

What To Do: Amritsar is also famous for its textiles, particularly shawls and carpets. One can witness the exciting Wagah Border Ceremony here, apart from exploring the old bazaars, historical monuments and much more.

How To Reach: For transportation within the city, you can take rickshaws, auto-rickshaws, taxis or buses. The Amritsar Railway Station connects the city to almost all major Indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Agra, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Chandigarh. A train journey from Delhi to Amritsar takes about 6 hours.

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