December brings with it some of the greatest things one can cherish in life. It brings winter, the best of all the seasons in India. It brings Christmas and New years, the most festive season all over the world. Thanks to this perfect timing of great weather and exciting events, several places in the country become ideal vacation spots. From Kashmir in the extreme north to Tamil Nadu down south and from Mumbai in the west to Odisha in the east, every region in India has something fantastic to offer during Christmas time. Christmas is also when the kids get a vacation which makes it a great time for a family holiday. So, if you haven;t planed your Christmas trip yet, nothing to worry.(ALSO SEE 5 best honeymoon destinations in India for December 2016) Here are the top 5 places for Christmas holidays In India for all kinds of travelers. Also Read - We Have Named Her 'Priyanka Twitter Vadra': UP Deputy CM's Jibe at Congress Leader
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Located high up in the mountains of the beautiful north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie is one of the the most popular hill stations in India. Named after its founder Lord Dalhousie, this scenic hill station is surrounded by snow-clad peaks and beautiful valleys. It is perfect for those looking for a vacation amidst nature. You can go trekking on the several mesmerizing trails and reach places that provide fantastic views of the surrounding terrain. There are many popular attractions for sight-seeing in and around Dalhousie. The prominent ones include hill stations like Kalatop, Dainkund and Panch Pula. The Subhash Baoli located amidst tall pine trees is worth visiting and so is the beautiful Lohali village. Khajjiar, which is located just 8 km away, is emerging as a great attraction especially for backpackers and nature lovers. Circular roads called malls in Dalhousie are full of exciting activities and give you a sneak peek into the local life of the place. If you are a wildlife lover, you must not miss the Kalatop wildlife sanctuary. There are several options for a comfortable stay and delicious food as Dalhousie is an established tourist spot in Himachal Pradesh. So, no matter what kind of activities your family likes, there is something for you in Dalhousie! Also Read - 11 Tremors in 3 Months Not Enough? Major Earthquake Likely to Hit Delhi-NCR Soon, Experts Predict Severe Destruction
India is blessed to be home to some of the most amazing natural wonders of the world. One amongst them is Sundarbans, the world’s largest delta. Spread across 10,200 sq km of Mangrove Forest over India and Bangladesh, the Sundarbans are spectacular and home to some of the most intriguing species of flora and fauna. The Indian territory of Sundarbans is called the Sundarbans National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Proclaimed as a tiger reserve since 1973, Sundarbans is home to the great Royal Bengal Tiger and several other animals including endangered species like Batagur baska, King Crabs and Olive Ridley Turtles. Around one-third of the Sundarbans is covered in water or marsh, but the park is a great place to get yourself introduce to India;s forests and wildlife. There are a good number of hotels, forest lodges and resorts for visitors here making it a fantastic choice for a family vacation amidst raw nature.
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December is an excellent month to visit the magnificent state of Rajasthan. Ideal for those who want to get a taste of ethnic India and its history, Rajasthan is home to some of the most magnificent monuments and structures of the country. Udaipur, one of Rajasthan’s jewels, springs to life during December. The weather in Udapur is the best during December making it perfect for sight-seeing. Dubbed as India’s most romantic city, Udaipur is ideal for honeymooners but also a great choice for family vacations. Home to several mesmerizing lakes like the Fateh Sagar lake and Lake Pichola, Udaipur is simply stunning in its scenic beauty to say the least. It is also one of the best places in the country for a luxurious vacation. The City Palace of Udaipur is its greatest tourist attraction. You can also pay a visit to the Eklingji Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva or take a trip to Kumbhalgarh famous for its magnificent fort. Chittorgarh fort and Jalore Wildlife Sactuary are other nearby places worth visiting if you have the time.
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Gwalior – Orchha – Khajuraho
Madhya Pradesh is India’s most underrated tourist destination. This is a shame since it is home to some of the most amazing and historic places of India which take you back in time and also give you a tour of India’s great heritage and architecture. Prime amingst the tourist attractions of Madhya Pradesh are the city of Gwalior, the temple land of Orchha and the historic site of Khajuraho. Known for its humongous Gwalior fort, Gwalior is also home to some excellent museums like the Sarod Ghar which was the first ever museum to display musical instruments. Orccha, on the other hand, is popular for its cenotaphs which take you back in time. A trip to Orchha’s fort complex is like a tour of Indian history. Khajuraho is famous all across the globe for its erotic temple sculptures which are a UNESCO world heritage site. Together, these three places form a great circuit of Indian tourism and Christmas holidays are a great time for this trip as it is the best time to visit Madhya Pradesh.
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And then there is Rameswaram, south India’s offbeat hidden delight. Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram is known for its stunning temples and beautiful beaches. Home to India’s first sea bridge (Pamban bridge), Rameswaram is prominent pilgrim center for Indians, thousands of whom visit it daily. Its biggest tourist attractions is the Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple which has the longest corridor in the world running 197 m from east to west and 133 m north to south. It also has a thousand pillars and houses one of the 12 jyotirlingas. Rameswaram is part of the famous Char Dham pilgrimage, which holds great religious significance for Hindus. Christmas vacation is a great time to visit this quaint temple town as the weather here is perfect around that time and extremely pleasant for sight-seeing.
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