There is a saying, ‘Make it a December to remember’! December, the year end month is a gorgeous one with the best chilling weather around. December is always awaited for its lovely temperature drops and of course the Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Also, how can we forget the last week of December which is also the most looked forward season to explore holiday destinations in and around the world, especially India. This year-end holiday season calls for a great vacation to gather as many experiences as possible. To make December a season that is remembered, here we bring a list of top 12 destinations to visit in India in December.
Agra: In the year end, how about visiting a place that takes you hundreds of years back! Yes, Agra, the Mughal city, is a great destination to have a December holiday. Agra is definitely not a year round place to visit because of the extremity of the temperature and December is a great month to be here. Touring in Agra involves a lot of daytime exploring of the monuments and tombs, hence a winter month is always favorable. Agra is famous for Mughal era monuments like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Tomb of It Mad ud Daula, Fatehpur Sikri, Sikandara etc, gardens like Mehtab Bagh, Ram Bagh etc and handicrafts. Shopping in Agra is a memorable experience. Agra is an essential part of Golden Triangle Tour Packages. Several customizable single day tours from Delhi like Same Day Taj Mahal Tour by Car & Same Day Taj Mahal Tour by Train are carried out every day except Friday.
Udaipur: Known as Venice of the East or City of Lakes in Rajasthan, Udaipur is the second most visited tourist destination in the desert state. Famous for its unique culture, vibrant lifestyle, historical monuments, pleasant landscape, glorious history and beautiful markets, Udaipur promises a tourist a lifetime experience on leisure holiday. City Palace, Jag Niwas (Lake Palace), Bagore Ki Haveli, Jag Mandir Palace, Jagdish Temple, Eklingji Temple etc are not-to-be-missed some of the historical monuments in Udaipur. Staying in heritage hotels on the banks of Lake Pichola & Fateh Sagar Lake offer an opportunity to regale in world-famous Maharaja-like lifestyle of the bygone era in Rajasthan. A traveller can opt for any of Udaipur tour packages like Golden Triangle with Udaipur Tour; Delhi Agra Jaipur Udaipur Tour; Best of Rajasthan Tour etc.
Kerala: Popularly called as God’s Own Country, Kerala is a southern state of India. Kerala is famous across the globe for its backwaters, eco-tourism, Aurvedic massage, herbal therapeutic practices, rich cultural heritage, spices, tea and delicious sea foods. Ancient temples, synagogue and churches create an ambience that is on where available in the world. Spending a night in a houseboat, floating on backwaters and meandering through the villages, is a lifetime experience. Thiruvananthapuram is known for Padmanabhaswami Temple & Kovalam beaches, Alleppey for backwaters & houseboat stay, Kumarakom for bird sanctuary & lakeside leisure holidays, Munnar for tea gardens, Thekkady for wildlife and spice plantations and Kochi for spices, historical monuments and museums. Kerala is also known for classical music, dance and Pongal festival. Kerala tour packages are highly cherished among the globe trotters.
Konark: If you are someone who would love to explore the culture of any place in India and know more about its diversity then head out to Konark. Konark is a town in Odisha that is culturally rich and a great place for a holiday during the December month. Konark Festival is held in December every year that is a famous winter festival of the country. Also, the city is filled with a lot of places to explore like the Sun Temple which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Konark is in Puri district of Odisha. Odisha tour packages are considered incomplete without seeing Konark Sun Temple. Puri Konark Bhubaneswar Tour is one of the most popular Odisha tours.
Goa: Yes, the most awaited place to head out in December is right here and is Goa. No place in India celebrates Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Years day better than Goa. The enthusiasm, zeal, and the Sunburn festival (when it is hosted there) make Goa the most desirable for a December vacation. Renting a bike or an open car and exploring the famous places of the state, staying at the lovely villas, visiting the clubs at night are the best things to do here. Earlier a Portuguese colony, Goa is famous all over the world for its serene beaches, amalgamated culture, old churches, flea markets, late night beach parties, ancient temples, and deliciously exotic cuisines. Anjuna Beach, Calangute Beach, Baga Beach, Bogmalo Beach etc are some of the famous beaches in Goa. Churches in Goa such as Basillica of Bom Jesus Church and St Francis of Assisi Church, belonging to the time of Portuguese rule, are prominent attractions for Christian community. Goa tour packages are extremely popular among domestic as well as international tourists.
Varanasi: Varanasi, traditionally considered ‘older than the oldest’, is said to be placed on the trident of Lord Shiva. Located on the western bank of divine River Ganga, Varanasi is the seat of Vishveshwar Mahadev (Kashi Vishwanath), one of the ‘dwadash jyotirlingam’. The city holds immense religious significance for the Hindus and treated as cultural capital of India. Varanasi is also known as Kashi or Banaras. Ghats in Varanasi are major tourist attractions. There are numerous temples in Varanasi and some of them are highly revered. Varanasi not only attracts Hindu pilgrims but beckons the Buddhist pilgrims from across the globe. Sarnath is a holy town near Varanasi. It is a town where Gautam Buddha visited many years before. It is a town that is famous for the temples and the monasteries. The town is known for the Buddhist and the Jain monks and is a pilgrimage site for them. But, the locals of the place preach that their religion is kindness. It is the town to explore the famous Ashokan pillar, many stupas and Sarnath Museum. There are many Varanasi tour packages, customizable to the traveler’s budget, duration and interest. There are several activities or special interest based Varanasi day tour packages like Morning Boat Tour; Ganga Aarti Tour; Sarnath Tour; Varanasi Heritage Walk Tour; Varanasi Temple Tour; Varanasi Ghat Tour; Varanasi Food Tour etc.
Auli: Visiting a hill station in the chilliest month of the year is a next level thrill. Auli, the skiing destination in Uttarakhand is a paradise of snow especially in the winters. Celebrating the New Year’s Eve in the snow and experiencing the beautiful sunrise from the mountains is a pure bliss. Also, during the winters, winter sports are held here for the tourists which gives another reason to try out this place. Auli makes for a great adventurous and laid back vacation.
Lakshadweep: There is no holiday possible without a mention of the beach destinations. Lakshadweep is one of the best beach destinations in India that also offer the best holiday experience. It is an isolated archipelago that calls the beach lovers for the serenest and the most peaceful beach vacation ever. The sight from the beaches is extra ordinary with less humans to crowd the space. One can explore the lagoons, unexploited coral reefs, and nicest beaches here. Plenty of water adventure sports are hosted here as well.
Kohima: Kohima is a town in Nagaland. Nagaland is a town which is less explored when it comes to exploring and tourism. And this makes Nagaland a great place to explore during the month of December because of less crowd, amazing ambiance, and also for the Hornbill festival. Hornbill festival is the local festival of the tribes of Nagaland that showcases their authentic culture. Seeing this side of India is always commendable. Exploring the natural caves and the Dzouku valley is a must when here.
Rann of Kutch: Right after the monsoons, the white desert dries up making it more beautiful so planning a holiday here in December is always the best. The second reason to head out here during December is because of the world famous Rann Utsav that is hosted here. Rann of Kutch or the white desert is an area between the Gulf of Kutch and the mouth of Indus river. Going on the night desert safaris, camping in the desert, and experiencing the folk culture is such a blissful way to end the year.
Dawki: Have you ever been to a place in India where water is extremely fresh, looks in its real colour, and where boating on it feels like boating in the air? That place is for real and is Dawki. Dawki is a splendid place with mountains surrounding the town from all sides. Dawki is more beautiful than what is shown in the pictures. Dawki is a little village that is also a border crossing village between India and Bangladesh. This village will take you out of the city life to the fullest and rejuvenate your senses.
Gokarna: For the beach lovers, here is another option if you feel Goa is too busy for you during this time. Gokarna in Karnataka is a perfect beach destination that takes you far away from the city life to just chill by the serene beaches. Gokarna is a beach destination for a perfect laid back destination that is known as a pilgrimage spot, trekking destination, and also a beach town. This coastal town is proffered for its clean beaches and clean holidays.
Ending the year by holidaying in these gorgeous places is always a good idea. December feels different in all these places because of their vibe. These top 12 destinations to visit in India in December are the best to choose from the plethora of many.