As the herald for winter, December is a month that is much awaited. Sadly, work commitments, rushed hours, frustrating traffic jams and breathless hours of chores leave you with no time. Those who crumble under the weight of these, would rather spend time snuggled up in their bed viewing television and sipping a hot beverage. For the restless and adventurous souls, December also spells a well deserved break and family vacation. We bring to you some of India’s charming and almost mystical holiday destinations that range from fallen leaves and cyan waters, to snow covered mountains peaks and nature in its brightest attire. Your toughest decision will be where not to go, given what we are presenting to you are more off the beaten path holiday experiences that will leave you feeling fresh and revitalized and ready to take on the work life grunge.
Sattal, near Nainital
Sattal offers an ambiance of tranquility nestled peacefully high on the hills of Uttarakhand. It is reticent and secluded and just what your tired mind and body needs. December is a great time to enjoy the scores of marine life and also indulge in the thrilling activity of Angling (catch and release only). If you can withstand the cold waters, try your hand at snorkelling as the Sattal lakes waters are so clean and clear that they reveal the bottom of the lake and the colorful life therein. There are a number of places to visit around Sattal that have pristine locales including a natural waterfall. Your holiday here not only draws you closer to nature, but when you stay at you will also have all the modern amenities served to you by extremely friendly and courteous staff. Whether you relax in their well-appointed rooms or lounge in the sit-outs they ensure that you are rested. You could also take a boat ride on the placid lake waters or spend your time watching the gracefully flitting avian community that are in abundance here. Relax
Ramgarh, near Nainital
Ramgarh has an ethereal majesty and beauty that just makes you want to be silent and listen. Listen to the sounds of nature, listen to the stillness and even actually listen to your own thoughts. The silence and hush here has a commanding presence and yet is not overwhelming. Become a poet or writer for a few hours – nature inspires you here. Let V Resorts take care of your needs while you stay at Ramgarh so you can focus on doing what you want, even if it is ‘doing nothing’. The hush is not to be mistaken with nothing to do – you can walk with the clouds, embark on treks and nature walks and also pluck tenderly the luscious fruits that adorn this area.
Pauri has a divine appeal without exaggeration. It is a quaint, laid back and unfrazzled hill station blessed with incredible charm and beauty. It still remains amongst the lesser known little town and a holiday in the verdant green landscapes and hilly terrains are enough to provide the calm and serenity the harried city dweller seeks.The town of Pauri awakens gently with the tolling of temple bells – the town is dotted with small and big temples and is home to the 1000 year old Lakshman temple and possibly the only Lakshman Temple in the world. Pauri also boasts of one of the most spectacular sunsets in the country and must be experienced as words fail to describe this spectacle of nature. You could stay at V Resorts Pauri when you visit simply because of their picturesque property, courteous staff and delish foods. A wholesome holiday
Rajaji National Park, near Haridwar/Rishikesh
Rajaji National Park is an asset to India and the wildbeast that take shelter here. The most majestic of all – the Asiatic Elephants – roam here in large numbers headed by the mighty Tusker. The splendid views of the hills and the chuckling of the waters of the river as they flow right through the center of the Park, make for a relaxed and calm ambiance. V Resorts here is in the heart of the park and allows you to soak in the mighty forest that is also home to many species of small and large animals. The bird community too is rather biased to this place with over 400 species of them chirping delightfully.
Fort Auwa, near Jodhpur
Stay at V Resorts Fort Auwa, near Jodhpur to feel the essence of this city. The weather is pleasant in December as compared to other times of the year. It’s a city that believes in welcoming its visitors with the best of sweets and their most famous dishes of Pyaaz Kachoris and Mirchi pakodas. Jodhpur has great historical significance – Fort Auwa too has many ancient relics of yesteryear bravado and sacrifice. There are a number of shops in Jodhpur from where you can buy local handicrafts, leather goods and bright chunnis in Bandhini work.
Narkanda, near Shimla
This place is blessed with nature’s bounties and is covered in snow during the winter months. The sheets of snow offer opportunities to ski for all – the experienced to the first time skiers. It really is an experience of a lifetime to find yourself gliding lithely over these ice laden hills. The viridian landscapes and thick foliage is also covered in layers of snow and is a sight that will take your breath away and yet leave you feeling surprisingly relaxed. When you stay at V Resorts you can be sure to get all you need to ski and of course the staff ensures that you are well taken care of at the resort too
Are you still waiting to make that holiday happen or are you enthused enough to visit these places and make memories that will last you a lifetime?