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Top five holiday destinations this winter

There is vast room in India to suit all kinds and types of travellers. It goes on for all the year round, but the time from October to February, characteristically the Winter season in India is said to be the best time for vacations in India. It is said that some of the greatest treasure troves of Indian tourism are at their spectacular best during this season. Winters also herald the beginning of the peak season of holidays in India. Here are the top five destinations that are a must-visit this winter –

1.Kerala: A treat for all seasons, but it is when the monsoon departs that Kerala’s true splendour is at its apogee. The state is renowned for its backwaters, beaches, spice gardens and abundant wildlife. The scenic beauty manifesting itself in the mystical landscapes and alluring beaches and backwaters becomes the most beautiful in the cold.

2.Goa: Many people in the world, feel that Goa is not a part of India at all! But actually, it is. An innate lackadaisical ambience untypical of India and the cosmopolitan hospitality along with the colonial legacy of Goa make it a truly unique and global tourist destination, which comes to a full bloom with the New Year and Christmas and all the carnival festivities.

3.Kashmir: The Himalayas are the most beautiful in the winters and the Heaven on Earth, couldn’t be better at any other time. The lush gardens, the glittering lakes, the picturesque environs, the tranquil mountain escapes, and the scenery that makes it breathtaking and a wintery cold concoction of romance and serenity.

4.Rajasthan: An amazing mix of colors, royalty, tradition and romance, Rajasthan is a favourite haunt of all tourists. There is so much to see and do here that people find it hard to pick and choose from the plethora of options. Resplendent forts, floating palaces, sam sand dunes, spirituality, tradition, all make it an alluring blend for a vacation. The winter makes it a good time to visit, not only due to the festivities but also so that you can avoid the heat and Sun that is generally characteristic fo the state for the rest of the year.

5.Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Lakshadweep: The Andaman and Nicobar islands have recently oepend up for the tourists and are considered a veritable oasis for the tourists. Hilly in places, fringed with coconut palms, covered with tropical jungles, interspersed with flat stretches of crescent shaped beaches, they offer a serene treat to the tourists. Lakshadweep in turn, is considered as the world’s most spectacular tropical island systems. 32 sq km of land spread over 36 islands, surrounded by 4200 sq km of lagoon rich in marine wealth, dotted with swaying coconut groves, turquoise lagoons, coral reefs, friendly hospitality and salubrious climatic conditions, Lakshadweep makes an equally inviting treat for vacations this winter.

– Bhavi Patel

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