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India’s skiing hub, Auli in Uttarakhand is where you must spend your winter vacations. Go skiing down the conifer-lined slopes, trek from Auli to Gorson Bugyal, or try the Kuari Pass Trek. You can also take a cable car ride, or drive to the crystal-clear Chattrakund Lake for some gorgeous photos.
Another option in Uttarakhand is Bhimtal -- just 22 KM from Nainital— which allows you to connect with nature. Its centrally located lake is a major attraction and there are plenty of trekking and paragliding opportunities nearby.
If you are a beach person, head to Diu for its golden sands and stunning sunsets. Ghoghla Beach and Chakratirth Beach are a must-try. The 16th-century Diu Fort is worth exploring as is the whitewashed Portuguese-era Church of St Francis of Assisi. Do not miss the Naida Caves.
The small temple town of Gokarna in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka has emerged as an alternate Goa—minus the crowds. Kudle Beach, Half-Moon Beach, Paradise Beach, and Om Beach are popular hangouts here.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a tranquil destination for a winter escape amidst the medieval-era ruins of a once-prosperous empire. The nearby rock formations also offer great opportunities for bouldering.
Visit the Tsuglagkhang Complex—the residence of Dalai Lama and the spiritual core of the town—as well as the Namgyal Monastery and the Tibetan Museum within the complex. You can explore various trekking options here, or head to Dal Lake for some quiet time.
For a bit of French savoir-faire, Puducherry is the place to go. Stroll past the French Quarter and the Tamil Quarter, followed by a French or South Indian breakfast at one of the many charming cafes. Take surfing lessons on Serenity Beach or go scuba diving at Temple Reef or Aravind’s Wall.
Satpura National Park in Madhya Pradesh covers Pachmarhi and Bori sanctuaries and Satpura Tiger Reserve. On your jungle safaris, keep your eyes peeled for tigers, leopards, sloth bears, spotted deer, dhole, and more.
The white sandy beach of Tarkarli in Maharashtra is one of the most beautiful ones along the Konkan Coast. There are plenty of water activities to indulge in like parasailing, jet-skiing, snorkelling, and diving. You can also hop on a boat and go dolphin spotting or even kayaking.
Enjoy bamboo rafting at Kuruva Island, go caving at Edakkal Caves, or zip-lining over the rolling tea estates. Alternatively, just amble amidst the terraced tea estates and then sip on a hot cuppa. Imp note: Considering the current situation, please check the COVID restrictions before travelling anywhere.