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9 best places to visit in India during December

December, one of the coolest months in India is almost here. Isn’t it the perfect time to pack your bags and leave for a winter vacation? Of course, it is! Winters make traveling easier, as one doesn’t experience fatigue due to heat. The pleasant weather makes vacations more pleasurable. So, where do you plan to travel this December? If you are still confused, we have listed down 9 best places to visit this December.
1. Manali
Manali, in Himachal Pradesh is situated at an altitude of 6,726 feet. It is not only a paradise for honeymooners but also for the adventure seekers. The weather conditions are really cold in December and the temperature falls to -1°C. So, while it is really cold, one can enjoy the scenic white view and snowfalls. You can also indulge in skiing if you love adventure sports!
2. Goa
Goa, the party capital of India is at its happening best during December. The Saturday Night Market is operational in full swing, which is a hippie’s paradise. The much loved music festivals like Sunburn Festival and Supersonic are hosted in December. The weather is cool and the beaches are stunning as ever in December! You can check thebest beaches to visit in Goa here.
3. Lachen
Lachen, in Sikkim is located at a height of 2,750 metres. This town is literally whitewashed with snow during the winter months and it looks like a place out of a fairytale. Lachen is the base for some of the popular treks, which include the Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar lake. This place has a lot to offer and those who love photography will be in for a treat!
4. Pondicherry
Pondicherry is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. Its French colonial past is visible in the architecture. Aurobindo Ashram, Promenade beach, Auroville and the numerous churches are certainly a must visit in Pondicherry. The weather in December is very pleasant and soothing.
5. Mussoorie
Mussoorie, a hill station in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand is popularly known as the Queen of Hills. It certainly deserves this title, and even more so during December. Located at an altitude of 1,880 metres, this charming hill station has numerous places to visit and activities.
6. Ooty
Ooty, in Tamil Nadu is known for its numerous tea estates. This hill station, at an altitude of 2,240 metres, with its scenic beauty will totally make your winter vacation memorable. Dense forests, lush green mountains and miles of tea gardens will leave you enthralled!
7. Jodhpur
Jodhpur, the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan is often referred to as Sun city and Blue city. Forts, temples and palaces are the popular tourist spots. You can visitMehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada and such places to know about Jodhpur’s rich history. It is on the onshore of Thar Desert and hence you can even get a glimpse of the life of the desert folks. The temperature drops down to 15°C in December, hence making winter one of the most perfect times to visit Jodhpur.
8. Kovalam
Kovalam is a lovely beach town in Kerala. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees, and this place lives up to its name. Kovalam has three beaches, which together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach. During December, Kovalam’s weather is enjoyable and you can lie around at the beach shacks, which aren’t as crowded as the ones in other parts of India.
9. The Great Rann of Kutch
The Great Rann of Kutch is a salt marsh in the Thar Desert, Gujarat. While the summers are too hot, winter temperatures fall down to 0°C. The Government of Gujarat organizes an annual 3 month long festival called the Rann Utsav. It will be held from mid-December to mid-March 2015. You ought to visit Kutch to witness the Rann Utsav.
While traveling across India, you can’t help but notice the diverse cultures and yet the unity. It’s indeed a marvelous experience. Hope you have an amazing winter vacation!
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