11 Places to Visit in December In India
December can be a great time of the year to explore the vast terrain of India. As the country is predominantly hot in the other months to roam around, visiting some of the places during December can make up for a pleasant visit and stay. There are places such as Jaisalmer or Orissa which can be really tough to visit in summers due to the scorching heat levels. However, the same can be mesmerizing when visited in December. That winter glory simply suffuses them with a charm which is simply irresistible. Come, let us explore the places to visit in India in December where you can spend your Christmas and New Year holidays.
1. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Winters can be great time to visit an otherwise hot place like Jaisalmer. Embedded with an innate Rajasthani Royal charm, Jaisalmer has bright sunny days and cold nights during December. The vast golden landscape and forts whose colour merges with the desert, this place has its own terrain to embellish India. This winter month can be one of those times when you can go camping in Jaisalmer’s sand dunes or take a night safari. Moreover, staying in one of those hotels that offer rustic living would be a cherry on the top.
2. Thrissur, Kerela
Thrissur is the official cultural capital of Kerala and can be a great offbeat winter destination to visit in December. Thrissur celebrates a number of festivals that are spread across the year. However, this is the time when Thrissur celebrates classical Keralan arts and culture. Also, cool weather offers a pleasant time to explore this place and you can also get some Ayurveda massages done here to keep yourself rejuvenated.
3. South Goa
You would be well aware that Goa receives tons of visitors during December. Even though you would like to avoid that frenzy but then it holds its own charm which you simply can’t resist. Celebrating your Christmas and New Year in Goa will leave you with immense energy and that buzzing music in your ears. The state celebrates the lively music festival that attracts a lot of visitors. For those who want to embark on a spiritual journey can observe the pious Feast of St. Francis Xavier, which is marked by several days of festivity in December.
4. Kutch, Gujarat
The vast landscape of white sands has always allured the travelers to Kutch. In the month of December, Kutch becomes the host to the famous Rann Mahotsav that celebrates festivity, countless tints, arts and culture of Gujarat. The memories of this grand festival will always be embedded in your memories as you will experience a rustic charm that is unsurpassable.
5. Auli, Uttarakhand
Nothing can be compared to that authentic winter charm in the snow covered hill stations. No matter how much you wish to avoid that winter, the desire to watch that snowfall can surpass any other travel plan. The snow covered mountainscape of Auli can be bewitching during December and what adds to the beauty of this place is that it offers you best ski options during this time. Each year winter-sports are held here and people from all across the globe come to participate. December is the time when the snow starts to accumulate and thus forms excellent gradients for skiing. Whether it is a laidback winter holiday of a fun filled winter sports, Auli is a must visit if you are thinking of planning your ideal winter holiday in December in India.
Not many people still consider Diu as one of the options to choose as the best place to visit in India in December. This union territory is populated with several forts, churches, chapels and beaches that are still untouched by the commercial forces. This year Diu will host the world's longest beach festival starting December 1. The 75-day festival `Festa Di Diu' will go on till February 2016, where the authorities will set up a festival village with luxury beach tents, spa, dinning and conference space facilities. In addition to water sports, which is available round-the-year, adventure sports like bungee-jumping and hot air balloon rides are also planned.
December also marks the Sikkimese New Year that is celebrated with great all around India’s smallest state, Gangtok. This festival celebrates the art and culture of Bhutia and Lepcha community. Something not to be missed here would be the momos that will keep you warm in that winter! Also, the Sikkim food that you find here is simply awesome.
Also known was the capital of French in India, Pondicherry (now Puducherry) looks charming with trendy buildings and curious neighborhoods and alleys, the numerous streets, houses and mansions that showcase an Indo- French charm. During December, the town attracts a large number of visitors, primarily due to the cool and suitable climate that assists in sightseeing and exploration. Also another major attraction of Pondicherry is the Aurobindo Ashram and its branch, located just outside Auroville that pulls a number of visitors from across the world.
Lakshadweep can be considered as our own Mauritius. One of the best coastal December holiday destinations in India, this archipelago is a wonderful destination to visit in December. That time, the weather remains cool and dry enough to explore the beaches and wonder at those pristine archipelago lagoons and azure coral reefs. Here, you can enjoy scuba diving, Yachting, Pedal boating, Kayaking, Canoeing, Swimming, Snorkeling and sunbathing.
10. Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Agra might just receive immense number of visitors throughout the year but December can be a great time to visit this ancient city as the weather can remain pleasant enough to explore its beauty. Apart from Taj Mahal you can also visit Fatehpur Sikri, Sikandra, Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah, Chini ka Rauza and Moti Masjid.
11. Konark, Odisha
Odisha can be difficult to visit during the summers. This culturally rich state of India otherwise has a lot to offer when it comes to spending your winter vacations. Visit Konark in December and you shall be able to witness the immense glory of Odissi dance forms. December is the time when Odisha celebrates the Konark festival where you can come across this ancient dance form. Dancers from all parts of India come to Konark to showcase their art forms ranging from the classic Bharatanatyam, the elegant Odissi and Manipuri, to the very expressive Kathakali and Sattriya. What adds to the beauty of this festival is that it is organized in the premises of Sun Temple that makes up for a heritage backdrop.
I would like to visit Jaisalmer! So which place in India would you like to visit this December?