A Christmas getaway will be much easier to plan this year, with the jolly winter festival falling on a Monday. You get a three-day weekend just like that, which is perfect for those who don’t really want to or cannot take any leaves around that time. With the winter season setting in across most of the country, the idea of exploring India gets even more tempting. Here, then, are a few of the best Christmas destinations in India for the long weekend coming up. ALSO READ: Photos of Thessaloniki That Will Make You Fall in Love with It Also Read - Arjun Kapoor Supports PM Cares, Maha CM Fund, GiveIndia, FWICE in Fight Against COVID-19
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
The Northeastern Indian city of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is a great place to head to during the long weekend, especially if you can take a few extra days off. Snow-clad Tawang offers beauty in every corner, from the namesake monastery to the Shongaster Lake and Sela Pass, and the Taktsang Gompa and Gorichean peak. Bumla Pass, Nuranang Falls and Bap Teng Kang Falls are a few other places to explore here. Also Read - Coronavirus Can Stay on Face Masks for a Week, Last on Banknotes, Steel & Plastic For Days: Study
Sonmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
For those looking to experience snow, Sonmarg in Kashmir is a good place to head to. It lies close enough to Srinagar to make a short trip. The fresh snow would be falling on its timeless green meadows, adding a fresh new color to the scenery around you. Gangabal Lake, Zojila Pass, Thajiwas glacier and Nichainai are a few places to see, but you can also chill by the serene Gadsar Lake or Baltal Lake. Also Read - Golfer Aditi Ashok Narrowly Missed Getting Stuck in the US
Patnitop, Jammu and Kashmir
Patnitop hill, Photo Courtesy:Wikimedia/Creative Commons
Another hilltop destination in Jammu and Kashmir, Patnitop is easily accessible by road and getting to and from here should not be too much trouble. From this small but beautiful hamlet, you can catch incredible views of the Himalayan mountains. You can watch the fresh mountain water flow at Baglihar Dam, visit Sansar Lake, or visit the Naag Mandir to satisfy your spiritual cravings.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
Bengal tiger at Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park, spread across the jungles in the middle of the Aravalli and Vindhya hills, is a haven for tigers and a number of rare endemic species. It is, in fact, one of the most prominent tiger reserves in the country. While December may not be the best time to spot tigers, the pleasant cool temperatures are perfect to venture into the dense jungle and come closer to nature at its wildest. CHECK OUT: Srinagars Beautiful Mughal Gardens, Captured in Photos
Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Kaziranga National Park in Assam
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park is another one of India’s most well-known wildlife preserves and a great option for those looking to spend their Christmas in the wilderness. It is best known for being home to the highly endangered one-horned rhinoceros; more than half of the world’s population of rhinos live here. There are also pelicans, leopards, flying squirrels and other animals to see here.
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Bara Imambara, Lucknow
The capital of the most populous state in the country, Lucknow is also one of its oldest cities. Its culture and heritage draws in millions of visitors every year. The city of Nawabs boasts of an incredible rich history and an old world charm that remains, despite the centuries and recent decades of modernization. The pleasant December weather is perfect to walk the streets of Lucknow, experience all its markets and monuments and food.
Rann of Kutch
The great Rann of Kutch is an ideal destination for those in Maharashtra or Gujarat looking for an escape during the Christmas weekend, especially with the Rann Utsav going on. You can catch celebrations and performances of local musicians and dancers with the backdrop of the expansive salt flats, shop for exquisite handicrafts and take a camel ride along the white desert. NOW READ: Best Food Destinations for Indian Travelers, according to TripAdvisor
For those in Bangalore or Chennai or other nearby locations, the hill station of Coorg or Kodagu is a great winter destination to spend your Christmas. Drink some of the coffee here, said to be one of the greatest in India, and admire the scenery that earned Coorg its nickname ‘Scotland of India’. With lush green forests, misty hills and sprawling coffee and tea plantations to explore, you won’t get bored here.