Jaislmer is one of the last cities of India on the western front. Flanked by the Thar Desert on the west, the scorching heat and the dry spell somehow belie the glamour of this city. But every winter the city wakes from its long summer hibernation and with vengeance the city celebrates the cooler season. The celebration goes late into midnight. The city fills up with color and music. Desert festival in Jaisalmer is celebrated each year in February and it exhibits Desert life and their love for camels. The 4-5 leaves you with enough of camel shows and traditional attires. Folk musicians and performers also make the most of this event. In fact Jaisalmer has a good breed of folk singers.
Jaisalmer is a small city built around Jaisal fort, which is one of the only few living fort in India. Jaisal Fort is an amazing place that has a mix of both old world charm and new age glamour. Cyber cafes or Coffee shops built in 12th century Fort is like travelling on a time machine to and fro. Jaisalmer is also called the Golden City because of its golden hue especially in sunset.
Best time to visit: November- February. But nothing can come close to the glory and gaiety of Desert Festival.
- Having dinner at one of the rooftop restaurant in Jaisal Fort.
- Sam sand dune is just 40 km away from Jaisalmer. Camel riding is expensive but it is an unforgettable experience.
Where to Stay:
- Hotel Jaisal Castle:
- Mandir Palace:
- Hotel Nachana Haveli
- Paradise Palace Hotel
- Himmatgarh Palace
When a Stretch of potato cultivated land turns white in winter with snow it is no more good for cultivation. Instead it is time to change business. That’s what Kufri is. It is one of the most popular ski tracks in India. Located just 13 km from Shimla, it remained obsolete until the British discovered in 1819. Apart from skiing, Kulfri has a Himalayan wildlife Zoo which is home to some rare antelopes, Himalayan Monal (State bird of Himachal) and many other animals. Treking to Mahasu Peak the highest peak in Kufri is another event for adventurers.
Best Time to visit: December and February for Skiing and September-October for more pleasant view and stay.
- Visit Himalayan Nature Park, Mahasu Park and Indira Tourist Park apart from a lot of skiing.
Where to Stay:
- Club Mahindra Snow View Resort
- Kufri holiday Resort
- Kufri Pacific
- Tulip Inn
Beaches of Goa
Goa is India’s smallest City in terms of area but it has a lot to offer in terms of scenic beauty. It has some of the best beaches in India. Goa’s climate is warm and humid for greater part of the year but the temperature and humidity drops during December-February. This brief span of time is characterized by warm days and cool nights. This winter season is the most ideal time to visit Goa. The sea is calmer and the climate is also perfect. Goa registered huge number of tourist each year.
The Sunburn Festival is the most popular festival in Goa during winter. It is the biggest electronic music festival in India. This year the event starts from 27 December and ends on 29 December. It will happen at Candolim Beach.
Best time to Visit:
- Goa is most beautiful during the Monsoon season. But the weather is Hot and humid.
- December to February is the best season. And highest numbers of tourist flock during this time.
- Visit as many beaches as possible.
- The Goan city Margo still exhibits signs of Portugal influence.
Where to Stay:
- Bogmalo Beach Resort.
- Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa.
- Go Marriot Resort and Spa.
- The Lalit Golf and Spa resort and Goa.
- Vijayanta by Taj- Fort Agauda Goa.
Backwaters of Kerala:
Kerala is aptly called ‘God’s own country’. The state has the Highest Human Development Index in India. Kerala also score high in tourism industry. Geographically Kerala can be divided into Eastern highlands, Central midlands and western lowlands. Such is the diversity of landforms. It is also in the biodiversity hot spot regions. Kerala entertains various kinds of tourist year round. But the famous Kerala Backwaters are most popular destination during this season. Backwaters are unique of Kerala.
Backwaters cover a network of 1500 km of canals both man made and natural, 38 rivers and 5 big lakes all over Kerala. It was traditionally used as means of transportation by the locals to navigate the unique water bodies. Today it is being used innovatively to give whole new experience of exploring the beautiful landscapes of Kerala while enjoying the peaceful stay inside the boat Hotels. The most popular and easily navigable Backwaters are Vembanad backwater, Astamudi Lake and Kannur-Valiyaparambu Backwaters.
Nainital is also a popular summer retreat but a visit to this picturesque is as good, if not better than the summer retreat. This town is built around a pear shaped lake called Naini. The town came into being when P. Barron, a sugarcane trader from Shahjahanpur constructed his house in 1841. He called Nainital, “by far the the best site ,“ he had witnessed in the course of a 1,500 miles (2,400 km) trek in the Himalaya. Though the town has changed a lot, it has retained its charm.
Nainital in winter is chilly and the town sees snow falls sometimes. It is the right place for people with hermit like temperament; for those who wish to escape the chaos of city life. Sight of snow capped mountains or roofs can make one’s Christmas more vibrant and memorable.
- One can do a lot of trekking.
- Naini Devi Temple, St. John’s Church, Naina Peak, Bhimtal Lake, Snow View point etc. are some places to see in nainatal.
Where to stay:
-Claridges Naini Retreat
- Shervani Hilltop inn
- Vikram Vintage Inn
- Palace Belvedere Nainatal
- Royal Hotel
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