Winter season not only bring bone chilling breeze and dullness along but makes life somewhat difficult for all of us. We do not wish to step out of our beds and desire to remain wrapped in our warm quilts but there are certain tasks unavoidable. Making children ready for the school turns into a Herculean task, stumbling every now and then while walking or bumping into someone becomes quite common, all thanks to smog (read smoke plus fog), traffic snarls become part of the routine but we may get rid of it easily- plan a winter vacation. The schools get closed during winter season in wake of extremely cold weather, so pack your bag and baggage and book a winter vacation package and enjoy winters in its true essence.
You may choose destinations across different States of India but it is recommended by enthusiastic travelers and explorers to visit Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. The choice of destinations across these regions is several and exhibit different colours of winters. Some of you may have a question that why to include destinations at Himachal Pradesh during the winter trip. The State has various hill stations which are most suitable for summers, alright, but the heavy snowfall you may witness and enjoy besides undertaking several winter sports is simply appealing and completely mystifying. The Mall Road, Toy Train ride, Kalka Temple, Jhakhu Hills, Ice Skating and Skiing at Shimla, Go-Kart Track and Himalayan Wildlife Zoo at Kufri besides panoramic view of the beauty scattered all around, home of Dalai Lama and highest peak of Dhauladhar range at Dharamshala, Solang Valley, Hidimba Devi Temple, Bhrigu Lake at Manali cannot be missed out in winter vacation package.
However, if you have a plan in mind to explore Regal India during winters, Rajasthan is a definite answer to your wish. The most magnificent destinations include Jaipur, Udaipur, Mount Abu, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Ranthambore, Ajmer, Pushkar, Mandava, Kumbhalgarh, Bharatpur, Chittorgarh, Ranakpur and several others. The unconquerable forts, clear water lakes, temples and appealing culture are what destinations at Rajasthan offer. A visit to Rajasthan during winters will provide you an experience, much better and soulful. The layers of fog around the lakes, blurred view of colossal forts from behind the curtains of fog and cold increase their beauty manifold and such snapshots captured in the heart will remain with you perennially. Of many places several worth sighting places are mentioned here, however, the list is limited. City Palace, Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal at Jaipur, Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar, Fateh Prakash Palace and Kumbhalgarh Fort at Udaipur, Holy Dargah Sharif at Ajmer, Pushkar Lake, Lohagarh Fort and Keoladeo National Park at Bharatpur, Jain Temple at Ranakpur, Mount Abu, Chittorgarh Fort, the Kalika Mata Temple, Fateh Prakash Palace, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Badal Mahal shall form a part of your itinerary of winter trip.
The western part of India especially Gujarat attracts many tourists of all sorts and if you intend to travel to Gujarat, it will be a great choice for certain as it has a lot to showcase. Laxmi Vilas Palace is four times larger than Buckingham Palace of England, Sursagar Lake looks exquisite particularly on moonlit nights, Nazarbaug Palace also known as Shish Mahal, Makarpura Palace all at Baroda, Somnath Temple at Veraval, Dwarakadheesh Temple at Dwarka, Haji Pir Dargah at Kutch, Gir Forest National Park at Junagadh, Lothal in Bhal, Saputara, the most popular hill station in Gujarat, Kirti Mandir at Porbandar, birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and of course Rann Utsav which begins from December onwards need to be part of the winter travel plan in an quintessential fashion.
The offerings do not end here. If as an avid traveler, you have explored all the places, still much is left to be seen. This time you may head towards Madhya Pradesh for your winter vacation and apart from visiting other destinations, do certainly visit Kanha National Park which is popular not only for majestic animal Tiger but also Bamni Dadar popularly called as Sunset Point which offers the most awe-inspiring backdrop of the sunset. When Tiger has been mentioned, we cannot rule out Bandhavgarh National Park which has highest density of Tiger population and is a famous natural hub for White Tigers. Moving away from woods, you may also travel Orchha on the banks of Betwa River where you may visit Chhatris , Lakshmi Temple, Raja Mahaland Orchha palace cortile. The visit to Madhya Pradesh will be deemed incomplete if you do not visit Gwalior. The major attractions of the destination are Gwalior Fort, Sun Temple, Jai Vilas Palace Museum, Memorial of Tansen and Tigra Dam.
Happy Winters which is just round the corner..!