December 29, 2011

Five Top Visiting Places of India in Winter

There are several beautiful places in India that draw the attention of tourists worldwide. While some are good to visit in Summer, some other are really good for the Winter season. We have listed five places that are good for this Winter.

1. Jaipur (Rajasthan)

Jaipur, also popularly known as the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur is one of the finest planned cities of India, located in the semi-desert lands of Rajasthan.

The city which once had been the capital of the royalty now is the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal families. Jaipur is a very famous tourist and education destination in India.

At present, Jaipur is a major business centre with all requisites of a metropolitan city. Tourism is a significant part of Jaipur’s economy. Some of the world’s best hotels are located here. Lots of people go to Jaipur to view the various forts and monuments in Jaipur which reflect its glorious past. Some of the remarkable forts and monuments that you can visit in Jaipur and Udaipur are mentioned below.

Forts & Monuments

• Hawa Mahal
• Amber Fort
• Jaigarh Fort
• Nahargarh Fort
• City Palace
• Jantar Mantar
• Jal Mahal
• Rambagh Palace
• Chandra Mahal, The City Palace, Jaipur
• Diwan-e-Aam, City Palace
• Central Museum, (Albert Hall Museum)

2. Kerala

Wedged between the Western Ghats on the East and the Arabian Sea on the West, the narrow strip of land known as Kerala is a destination of a lifetime. The timeless beauty of the palm fringed beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, the majesty of the undulating hills of Munnar and Vagamon, the serenity of the pristine backwaters of Kumarakom & Kuttanad and the enchanting woods and forests of Thekkady and Silent Valley will blow your mind in Kerala.

God has generously bestowed this land with the bounties of nature and so it only seems natural when Kerala is referred to, as God’s own country.

3. Goa

Goa is Famous for its pristine beaches; in fact 90% of all the tourism in Goa happens only for its beautiful beaches in Coastal Areas. In the winter time, tourists from abroad (mainly Europe) come to Goa to enjoy the splendid climate. In fact, many foreigners have made Goa as their home for its laid-back and relaxed lifestyle!

Goa - the land of enchanting beaches is a winter destination which is second to none in India. The getaway beaches of Calangute, Baga, Vagatore and Palolem can help you escape winter and warm your spirit in the sun and relax your mind. Goa is a host to numerous winter festivals.

You can indulge yourself in Goan festivities like the Goa Heritage Festival, Feast of the Three Kings, the Konkani Drama Festival and enjoy all the fun and frolic that happens. Goa is a heaven for ocean-lovers who could indulge in – sunbathing, swimming, yachting, surfing or simply recline on a lounger on the golden sand with a drink.

4. Auli (Uttarakhand)

Auli is a renowned destination for skiing and sightseeing in Uttarakhand, India. Auli has excellent snowy slopes and is equipped with the best skiing facilities which make it a favorite of ski lovers from across the world. You can also come here if you want to learn skiing.

There are Skiing courses and professional instructors available for beginners. Steep snowcapped mountains, frequent snowfalls, hot springs, and ancient temples make Auli a fabulous trip for trekkers and nature lovers who do not intend to ski.

Tourists and Trekkers are rewarded with magnificent views of taller Himalayan peaks - Nanda Devi, Kamet, Mana Parvat, Chhang Bhang, Lampak, Dunagiri and snow covered beautiful alpine forests dominated by Golden Oaks, Pines, and Rhododendron trees. Thus Auli proves to be a perfect combination of a sightseeing tour and an adventure trip.

5. Ooty (Karnataka)

Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam is the "Queen of hill stations" and the capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Nilgiris means "Blue Mountains". It is a land of picturesque picnic spots.

An added attraction for the tourists to Udagamandalam is the mountain train journey on a ratchet and pinion track which commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends its way through many hair-raising curves and fearful tunnels and chugs along beside deep ravines full of verdant vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens.

One can notice a marvelous change in vegetation, as one goes from Kallar to Coonoor. The establishment of numerous tea estates made Ooty famous. Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens greet the passengers on most routes. The annual Tea and Tourism Festival attracts crowds in huge numbers.

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