Christmas is a great time to travel across India. While India is a predominantly Hindu nation, it is home to a large number of Christians. Regardless of religion, a large number of Indians celebrate Christmas with great zest. It is one of the cool things about this country. Every festival is celebrated by people of all religions with unparalleled pomp. There is no doubt that the best way to celebrate Christmas is with your family, friends ad loved ones. However, if you want to do something offbeat, there are several amazing ways you can celebrate in India. Christmas is a great time of the year to visit some of the finest holiday spots in India and indulge in some fantastic activities. (ALSO SEE Festivals and events in December 2016 that you shouldn’t miss) Here are 5 fun ways to celebrate Christmas in India this year! Also Read - Sleep-inducing Foods: 7 Best Foods To Eat Before Bed

Trekking in Cherrapunjee

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Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Heard of the double-decker living root bridges in northeast India. Well, there are a wonder worth witnessing and Christmas is a great time to do so. Sure, it will be quiet and secluded but if you have someone who love, this can actually be a great place to bring in Christmas. Take the 3-hour trek at Nongriat through one of the most scenic trails. Then, when you get to the living root bridges, you can enjoy the great view and ambiance of this lush green, lesser explored spot. There is also a small, modest guest house if you wish to stay back for the night. Do carry some warm clothes as it will get very cold! Also Read - India vs England 3rd Test Live Cricket Score: Root Takes First-Ever Five-Wicket Haul, India Dramatically Allout For 145

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Camping in Jaisalmer

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Imagine taking a camel ride in the cold desert, watching a stunning sunset against the backdrop of vast sand dunes, having a hot meal and your favorite drink, and then gazing at the stars as you lie down in a warm rug right in the middle of the desert! Few experiences come close to the one of a desert safari and camping in the deserts of Rajasthan. Khuri and Sam near Jaisalmer are a couple of the popular regions you can try. Bringing in Christmas like this amidst nature can be your most memorable experience for life. It also gives you a sneak peek into the rural life of India. You can club your trip with a visit to some other mesmerizing locations in Rajasthan like Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Jaipur which are all rich in culture, architecture and heritage.

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Partying in Goa

Photograph Courtesy: Club Cabana

Photograph Courtesy: Club Cabana

Goa is India’s biggest party spot. Considered one of India’s greatest tourist attractions, Goa is the hub of backpackers, family vacationers, globetrotters, honeymooners and hippies alike. From spectacular beaches to magnificent temples and forts, and from hep clubs and pubs to quiet cathedrals, Goa has it all. It also has some of the finest hotels, hostels, resorts for all kinds of budgets making it a preferred holiday destinations for millions of travelers around the world. There are a host of activities one can try out in Goa from water sports to motorbike tours. However, it is mainly a place that makes you want to party hard! And Christmas is perhaps the best time to go partying in this wonderful beach land. Several cool nightclubs as well as beach shacks have exciting events planned for Christmas eve as well as the whole festive season. No matter where you are in Goa during Christmas, you can be sure to have a ball! Just pick your favorite part of Goa and let your hair down at one of the amazing parties.

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Wildlife safari at Kaziranga National Park

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If it’s good enough for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it is good enough for you! Kaziranga National Park is one of India’s finest wildlife sanctuaries. Not only is it huge in area, it is also home to the most diverse wildlife. It is actually the best place to witness Indian wildlife in its raw form. Kaziranga has the highest density of the Royal Bengal tigers in India. It is also home to the world’s largest population of the one-horned rhinoceros. If you are a nature and wildlife lover, there can’t be a better place for you to visit in India. Take a wildlife safari early in the morning on one of the four trails and then follow it up with another one in the evening. It is truly one of the greatest experiences amidst nature and Christmas is a great day for you to try it out. It will also give you a slice of the beauty of the lesser-explores north-eastern region of India which is an upcoming jewel in India’s tourism crown.

Midnight mass in Mumbai

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Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

If you want to pay your respects and start your Christmas celebrations by thanking the Almighty, you can attend a midnight mass in one of the many amazing churches in Mumbai. Hundreds of people visit Mount Mary church in Bandra for the midnight mass with candles and prayers. It is truly an amazing experience to be part of. You can then spend Christmas day shopping in Bandra or visiting some of the other churches in Mumbai. You can also get a taste of Mumbai’s popular nightlife as many clubs and pubs have great offers for Christmas day. Be it posh South Mumbai or the busy suburbs, there is something to do everywhere!

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