A little mix and match here and there can jazz up your holidays as you plan your India visit during the biting winters this year.
India is a land of diverse cultures. There are many exciting new places to visit here, each with its own distinct charm. Here are some of the destinations that you can visit to plan the best holidays in India this year!
The capital city of India, Delhi, is the perfect amalgamation of old and contemporary India. With sprawling parks, landscapes, gigantic shopping malls, and swanky discs, Delhi has no dearth of culturally significant architecture, pilgrimage center’s, or ancient Mughal monuments. People flock to Delhi to explore its vivacity, dynamism, and welcoming charm.
Depending on the number of days you have, you can chalk out a plan to cover all the important aspects of sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment. From culturally and historically significant monuments like Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, and Red Fort to war memorials like India Gate and colorful bazaars like Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazaar, Delhi’s splendour and heritage is a sight to behold.
The Pink city named as such after its colourful architecture, has many wonders to see! Amber Palace, for one, is a hilltop fort adjoining a lake. Rajasthan’s Jaipur is perfect for spending an evening whilst enjoying the views of the star-studded sky with the lake as a backdrop. The Hawa Mahal, called as such for its immense height and 953 windows, looks lovely. Comparable to a honeycombed hive it offers scenic views of the Jantar Mantar (a mesmerizing sight in itself, it is a maze, dating back to the Mughal era!) and City Palace, as well as the Sireh Deori Bazaar.
Goa is a world apart and is a melting pot of different cultures. So, Dudhsagar Falls is situated in a district called Sonaulim in Goa. At a height of 320m, it makes for a visual treat. You can go for a jeep ride to Dudhsagar or take a trek to Tambdi Surla Waterfalls as well, another popular spot in Goa.
Another must-visit place is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. With its baroque style architecture and the nature of its history (its 400 years old! Which makes it one of the oldest churches in the world), it’s a rare find!
Manali is a popular hill town known for its scenic views of the Himalayas. The Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass offer a fantastic view of the Himalayas. At Naggar castle, experience the old-world rustic charm that it has, which makes it alluring for just about every traveller. Go to Hidimba Temple and witness rich Indian traditions and rituals in the land of the gods. If you are culturally inclined, make sure to visit Roerich Art Gallery and get a feel of the water sprays and eclectic atmosphere while you warm up your soul. Apart from all this, if you still have the energy, Manali has more to offer in the form of Tibetan monasteries, Club House, and Jogini Falls, to name just a few.
Also known as “God’s own country” due to its natural beauty, Kerala is a beautiful place situated on the Malabar Coast. Lined with canals and palm trees and known for its tea and coffee plantations as well as exotic wildlife, Kerala is a nature lover’s paradise! Visit the backwaters and take a canal ride through this surreal town, marvelling at the calm, serene atmosphere all amidst what is virtually a jungle. Visit its idyllic beaches and explore the many islands within as you start with Alappuzha Beach, Vembanad Lake, Marari Beach, Pathiramanal Islands. Kerala offers the ideal escape, yet a home away from home where one can reconnect with themselves in the best way possible.
Kolkata is one of the few places in India that is just buzzing with life and energy. With its colonial-style architecture and cultural places and galleries, it’s unmistakably one of the best places to visit any time of the year!
An absolute must-visit is the Victoria Memorial, entirely made out of marble; it dates back to the early nineteenth century, built at the time in the memory of Queen Victoria. Fast forward a bit, and somewhere around 1935, the Howrah Bridge was built connecting Howrah to Kolkata. This intimidating structure, made of crisscrossing steel beams, is one of the busiest bridges in India. If that does not satiate your touristy appetite, visit Eden Gardens and watch a cricket match, or just walk along Park Street in the heart of the city to experience “The Real” Kolkata. The iconic Park Street is famous for its fine restaurants, shopping at Chowringhee market, and an active nightlife.
With the palace city of Mysore comes its eclectic attractions like the Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo, Shri Chamundeshwari Temple, and the Brindavan Gardens. This quaint city in South India was known for its royalty and tea plantations and was originally the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore. Housing some of the ancient and historical pieces of architecture like the Chamundeshwari Temple, it gives you a unique vantage point to get a view of the city, including the Mysore Palace lit up in the evenings. It has the revered Nandi temple too, a religious conclave which is revered by many to present.
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