December is a busy month and with Christmas fast approaching, it’s about time to start getting your Christmas vacation plan for family organised. From the high-spirited celebrations in Goa to more sombre observances in Kerala and Shillong, here are several things you and your family could do to have a wonderful time this winter.
Places to Visit
Travelling is an obvious first choice during the winter break. There are tons of places to visit in India, but we’ve narrowed the list down to locations we think would be ideal getaway choices.
With its carnivals, night life, seafood, and adventure sports, Goa is the ideal holiday destination and there's no better time to be here than during the year end. Head out to Calangute Beach and Anjuna Beach in North Goa for an outdoor party or head out to the historic 17th century Fort Aguada along Sinquerim Beach. You could also take a leisurely walk along Tito's lane, which is one of Goa's most entertaining venues.
Mumbai is also a great place to be in during Christmas. Take your children to Adlabs Imagica's theme park for an experience they would absolutely enjoy! You could also arrange for your stay in one of Adlabs Imagica's 287-room hotel. For shopping, Colaba Causeway, Hill Road, and Crawford Market are the top choices. Enjoy scrumptious dinner with your family at Escobar located in Bandra West.
If you and your family are looking to spend a nice, quiet Christmas holiday, Kerala is an ideal place. With its serene backwaters and friendly local populace, Kerala's spirit comes to life every Christmas but without too much 'boom'. Kochi, at this time of the year, has a special gleam with its beautifully lit neighbourhoods and churches. Coinciding with the Christmas celebrations, Kochi also holds the Kochi Muziris Biennale (an art exhibition) and the famous Cochin Carnival that we recommend visiting if you're in the city.
Another perfect Christmas long weekend plan with the family would be planning your vacation to Kolkata. With it's busy streets that come alive at the slightest hint of festive air and the warm, friendly smiles of the locals, India's cultural capital is the perfect place to be with your family. Head out to Park Street for dinner in one of its many restaurants or attend a midnight mass at St. Paul's Cathedral opposite Victoria Memorial before calling it a night.
Outdoor Adventures to Indulge
If you and your family prefer a more adventurous holiday over the conventional annual celebrations, we have the just right list of things to do for you:
1. Skydive Over Aamby Valley
If you're in Maharashtra, Skydive Aamby Valley offers breathtaking skydiving experiences from a 10,000 drop over the amazing Aamby Valley City. However, this is not for the faint hearted!
For nature and animal lovers, spend a night or two at Assam's Kaziranga National Park to catch a glimpse of the one-horned rhino and a whole lot more on a safari trip. Kaziranga offers a sense of peace and tranquility away from the hustle bustle of daily life.
3. Kareri Lake
Endurance permitting, head up to Himachal Pradesh for a host of adventurous activities such as paragliding and skiing. Trek through Kareri Lake and Deotibba Hampta Pass and witness breathtaking view along the .
4. Nehru Planetarium
If Delhi is your choice of destination this Christmas, stop by at the Nehru Planetarium with your family or head out for a good ol' paintball challenge organised by Rockshot Paintball Sports in Noida.
5. Krem Mawkhyrdop
Travel up to Northeast's Shillong and experience outdoor adventure including caving in Krem Mawkhyrdop and Krem Dam. You could camp in Shnongpdeng or hike along David Scott's Trail and witness nature at its best. Boating in Umiam Lake is another fun activity that you could consider.
Based on your and your family's preference, organise your trip by sketching a travel itinerary and deciding on the locations you plan on visiting, hotels or guest houses to stay in, mode of transport, and of course, your budget.
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