From wind chills to innumerable year-end celebrations, December has a lot to offer. Moreover, India is all decked out for the holidays - with locals generally friendly and in high spirits. In the North, winter is in bloom; and in the south, the weather is pleasant. And thus, December is the best time to tour India.
The countdown has begun, and in the next 30 days, you will be entering a brand new year. Nevertheless, December is still here, and you can accomplish your unfinished travel experience this year.
So, here are the top ten reasons why you should tour India in December.
1. Time to jingle all the way, and in Shillong, no one will judge you for putting on a Santa hat.
Christmas is one of the finest times when people unite and make merry. And Shillong in Meghalaya, which is already beautiful even before the seasonal lights go up, is a picturesque place to celebrate Christmas in North-East India. With a considerable population of Christians living in the region, Shillong celebrates Christmas with much pomp and glory, and one can easily feel the excitement in the air. Therefore, December is the best time to tour India.
2. It is finally a holiday season. You have every reason to relax and unwind in Ooty.
December is the time when hill-stations bloom into a paradise. However Ooty, ever lush and green, comes to life with cool breeze and rolling hills. From relishing authentic local cuisine and masala chai to enjoying a perfect drink by the bonfire, Ooty sure is a complete bliss during December.
3. December is an overdose of fun - with its New Year's Eve party and themed parties, Goa is the place to be!
Goa as enticing as it is; something magical happens in Goa in December. It becomes more party-oriented, approachable and celebratory. From crazy trance parties and organised all-nighters to Sunburn Festival, Goa boasts some of the hottest parties in December. Plus, December falls in the heart of the season, so for party-goers and culture vultures, this is the best time to visit.
4. Festive season means one thing – time to go on a shopping spree in Commercial Street, Bangalore
December is a fun time to be in Bangalore. The weather is more relaxed-something to relish, as it means long explorations into shopping malls, lit up streets, and a chance to explore the best of Bangalore has to offer. The winter light is beautiful, particularly when taking a walk along the shopping haven of Bangalore, Commercial Street. Thus, December is an ideal time for shopaholics to buy what they desire.
5. A romantic vacation in Kumarakom will make this month of festivities better for you
Within Kerala's million square miles are backwaters and tiny river islands blessed by warm sun and lush greenery. December is the best time to avail a houseboat stay with your soulmate in Kumarakom. With a picturesque view, landscapes, fascinating backwaters, authentic cuisine and wealth of romantic and all-inclusive resorts, Kumarakom offers a variety of ways to escape winter during December.
6. The real joy of winter is sipping on Chai in Chikmagalur
Don't blame the chilly weather if you get carried away by hot beverages and drinks in Chikmagalur. December is an ideal time to have a reunion with old friends, savour Chikmagalur' bonafide hot tea, sway to chill music and embrace the warmth of the bonfire. The ambience and pleasant weather is enough to assure you lasting memories; December will cement that experience.
7. Playing in it, watching it fall and eating it, you're never too old for a snowy experience in Shimla
For the unfortunate residents of South India, who have never seen snow before, December is the best month for you and Shimla is the best place to be! December transforms the streets and mountains of Shimla into white playground for all ages. It is the best time of the year to take a vacation with your loved ones. Thus, the experience of snow in Shimla is one of the reasons why you should tour India in December.
8. Because snorkelling and diving is what you wait for – like enjoying fun-water activities in Andaman
Andaman, far-famed for its world-class diving and snorkelling, and pristine waters, exhibit 100 shades of blue. Andaman lights up in December and is sure to be filled with hip crowd from across the world. With toes in the sand beach bars, pleasant weather and jaw-dropping snorkelling options, Andaman transforms into a paradise for wanderers in December.
9. Every tippler can relate to the warmth a drink brings amid chilly weather, especially in Chandigarh
There's something thrilling about finding a local watering hole and enjoying a local spirit amid chilly weather. Chandigarh offers pleasant weather during December and boasts an umpteen number of pubs and resto-bar to have a moment of reflection and ideas with your loved ones. Drinking is an age-old tradition that the entire world shares, especially during auspicious occasions. So, leave your usual cocktail behind and explore Chandigarh for an entirely new drinking experience in December.
10. The end of the year is for introspection and there is no better place to exercise your mind than in the Himalayas
It is important to sit back, relax and to be in the moment every once in a while. And there is no better time to ponder than at the end of the year; there is no better place to do that, than amid nature. The Himalayas allures millions around the year to find peace and solitude. And December transforms Himalayas into bright white heaven, giving a sense of optimism in any which situation. The open skies, high white mountains and you, make an excellent place to contemplate and decide on the end of the year resolutions.