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Christmas is just round the corner and this is a time to celebrate. The festive season, the lovely weather and loads of holidays, that is what the year end is all about. People all over the country take a few days out of their hectic schedules to enjoy the winter holidays with their loved ones. While some people go to hill stations to enjoy the chill and snow, others prefer to party the holidays away in a warmer climate.

Where are you headed this year? Memsaab brings you a list of India’s most loved holiday destinations for the winter. Our country has a wide variety of topography and weather. So you can choose a holiday destination according to your preferences.

Shimla & Manali: These are the two of the oldest and most loved holiday spots in India. Shimla and Manali are located in Himachal Pradesh. These are quaint little cities nestled between the peaks of Himalyas. You can expect to see some snow anytime after the second week of December. Shimla is known to have a white Christmas usually. There are small hamlets around Shimla and Manali, which are very popular with tourists looking for trekking and snow based activities. These include Kufri, Kullu, Shilon Bagh, Chail, Narkanda etc. Though Shimla and Manali are very popular during the extreme summer heat, both these places get an equal tourist response in the snowy winters also.

Gulmarg, Patni Top & Srinagar: Whenever there is a mention of winters and traveling, a mention of the beautiful Kashmir valley is a must. The “Heaven of Earth” is most beautiful during the winters, with lovely Chinar trees covered in snow. Gulmarg is also very famous for its ski resort.

Goa: If you are not the “enjoy the snow” kind of person, Goa is the perfect destination for you. People who like to party away the winter holidays flock to Goa, which is a terrific party destination all year round. But the never ending party fever in Goa takes on new highs during the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Beaches, natural beauty, food, water sports, sightseeing and partying…that’s Goa for you!

Auli & Uttaranchal: Auli is a remote place in Uttaranchal. It is tough to reach Auli and the climate is rather harsh. But if you like to challenge yourself with hostile environment, you will be in for a pleasant surprise. Auli has one of the best skiing resorts in India. Other places in Uttarachal include the Queen of hill stations “Mussourie”, Nainital, Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Almorah, Ranikhet etc.

Sikkim & Leh: Other places that are simply awesome in the winter season include the Sikkim valley and Leh & Ladakh. These places are gaining popularity as new found tourist destinations. People who love challenges and exploration often go in for the exotic places in these two destinations. If you are looking for unspoiled natural beauty, these are the places for you!

If you are really interested in planning a winter vacation getaway for your family, get cracking on it because it will be really difficult to find air tickets and hotels if you delay this any further. However, if you do miss booking the winter vacation of your dreams, don’t fret. Organize a really cool Christmas and New Year party for all your friends and loved ones. It will be fun and everyone will thank you for it!


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