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Great Breaks to spend Christmas Holidays in Indian Popular Destinations
Christmas Breaks in North India
Christmas Chakrata: A quaint little town famous for its lush landsc apes and virgin forests, Chakrata is situated some 7000 ft above sea level. Long nature walks & treks takes you past picturesque villages (Deoban), majestic mountains (Kharamba peak-3048 meters), cascading waterfalls (Tiger Falls), historical temples (Lakhamandal, Hanol, Radina, Thaina, Indroli, Lakhwar) are the highlights of this town located some 92 kms from Dehradun and 73 kms from Mussoorie. Option for skiing is available at Mundali.
(Uttarakhand, 73 kms from Mussoorie) ... more
Binsar: Beautiful, quiet and peaceful, Binsar in the Kumaon Hills is balm for the city jaded soul. Far from the maddening crowd that has invaded most of the hill stations in the north, one can safely head to Binsar for its scenic vistas and tranquil environs. Binsar is perched on top of the Jhandi Dhar hills and completely surrounded by dense forests. Oak, rhododendron, pine and deodar grow in abundance here. Binsar is a wildlife sanctuary that may be termed as a goldmine for birdwatchers.
(Uttrakhand, 30 kms from Almora)...more
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Christmas Arki: An emerald bowl bounded by gentle hills, Arki is a place to look forward to a rewarding holiday that offers history, natural beauty and stunning views. This regal hideaway in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh was the capital of the former princely state of Baghal, which means the land of leopards. The beautifully located fort palace in Arki has now been converted into a heritage hotel. Arki offers an excellent escape from the noise and pollution of the plains. Caves abound in here and so do cave-temples.
(Himachal Pradesh, 40 kms from Shimla)
See Driving Direction to Arki.
Kalpa: A little known town in the lap of the mighty 19,965 feet tall Kinner Kailash, Kalpa is situated at an altitude of 9,711 feet. Surrounded by snowy peaks for almost the whole year, Kalpa is a tranquil destination to uplift the soul. One gets clear views of the sacred Kinner Kailash as well as its sister peaks. Besides the fantastic scenery and drives, Kalpa offers energetic moments for mountain-biking, mountain-cycling, jeep safaris, trout fishing, star-gazing, camping, hiking, trekking and river rafting. It is the ancient capital of the Kinners of Kinnaur.
(Himachal Pradesh, 20 kms from Shimla) ...more
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Christmas Breaks in South India
Christmas Madikeri: Part of the Coorg coffee plantations, Madikeri is more than the charming coffee estates and murmuring streams. It is nature’s gift, wrapped in a green foil. There are paddy fields, waterfalls, deep ravines and sloping glades. One of the best things to do here is drive around and smell the coffee-scented air. Madikeri has not only this green foliage; it also has a historical chapter, pages of which can be turned by visiting the Madikeri Fort, re-built by Tipu Sultan. Other important landmarks include Abbi Falls, Omkareshwara Temple and Raja’s Seat.
(Karnataka, 240 kms from Bangalore)...more
Wayanad: Located at a height of 700-1200m above sea level Wayanad is one of the most beautiful hill stations of Kerala. It offers everything to cater to the interests of its visitors whether its is heritage - Thirunelli Temple, Valliyoorkavu Temple, Thrissilery Shiva Temple, Sita Lava-Kusha Temple, Jain Temple, Pallikkunnu Church, Wayanad Heritage Museum and Pazhassi Raja’s Tomb. Nature lovers can visit Banasura Sagar Dam, Kuruva Island, Pookot Lake, Kanthanpara, Soochippara & Sentinel Rock Waterfalls and Ekkadal caves.
(Kerala, 76 kms from Kozhikode) .. More
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Christmas Bellikkal: At 5, 500 ft above sea level and a little away from Ooty is beautiful Bellikkal. It is a small village tucked in the Nilgiris. A perfect place for leisurely walks along the ghats, Bellikkal makes for a laidback holiday. You can also take a walk down to Bison Valley, which derives its name from the innumerable gaur (Indian bison) that roams around the area. The Kalhatti Falls, Neel Kurinji (blooms once in 12 years) and Bellikkal Lake are other places of tourist interest in Bellikkal.
(Tamil Nadu, 16 km from Ooty)
See driving direction to Bellikkal
Devbagh: A beautiful island off Karwar, Devbagh is surrounded by the beautiful blue sea and ivory sands. Accessible by a boat, Devbagh is nature lover’s muse. You can have the beach to yourself, stroll for hours along the beach or simply watch dolphins dance in the blue waters. You may also head to the neighboring islands of Sanyasi, Oyster and Kurumgad. On your way to these islands you may get a chance to see dolphins diving. Adventure lovers can opt for snorkeling, scuba diving, trekking or diving.
(Karnataka, 70 kms from Panjim)
See driving direction to Devbagh

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Christmas Breaks in East India
Christmas Netarhat: A quaint village, 3700 ft above sea level known for its breathtaking sunsets and sunrises as much as for its lush greenery and magnificent waterfalls. A perfect getaway to welcome New Year among verdant hills and water falls. Netarhat is 144 kilometers away from Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand and is covered with thick virgin forests. Magnolia Point, approx 10 kms away is an ideal spot to watch the Sun go down. Other places of interest in & around Netarhat include Sadani Falls, Upper & Lower Ghanghri Water Falls and Koel View Point. (Jharkhand, 144 kms from Ranchi) Bishnupur: An ideal getaway for those looking for a slice of art & culture, Bishnupur is known for its ancient temples and terracotta work. Nerve centre of Art & Culture in ancient times, it was the ancient capital of Malla Kings of Mallabhum. Today, Bishnupur is renowned for its temples, terracotta and Baluchri saris. The temples of Bishnupur unlike other temples are built entirely in terracotta. Dedicated to Krishna, the temples built in bricks and also in laterite represent various hybrid styles. Its terracotta pottery is well known, especially the terracotta horse called Bankura, which is the mascot of the town.
(West Bengal, 150 kms from Kolkata)... more
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Christmas Gopalpur-On-Sea: If you are looking for a lovely, lazy holiday away from the regular tourist hot spots, try Gopalpur-on-Sea. A tranquil destination in Orissa, it offers a splendid treat to sea-worshippers. You can have this lovely beach with coconut groves and gentle sand dunes all to yourself. Picture blue waters and high waves…sleepy lagoons and tiny creeks…where you can loll on the sand, stroll down the beach and gorge on seafood. Gopalpur-on-Sea is an ideal place to peacefully meditate on the joys of life.
(Orissa, 180 kms from Bhubaneswar)
Mongpong: Getaway from it all and head to sublime and captivating environs of Mongpong. An enchanting landscape on the banks of the Tista, Mongpong offers unforgettable picnic spots and panoramic view of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a small place with few shops, huts and a forest check post but brimming with natural beauty. It is an excellent place for trekking and one can trek through the virgin forest near Mongpong. If you are looking for an escape from the grind and grime of the city life, Mongpong is the place to go.
(West Bengal, 30 kms from Siliguri)
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Christmas Breaks in West India
Christmas Bhandardara: Relax in nature’s cradle and gaze over the placid lake, Bhadardara is truly getting away from city life. Go to get a healthy dose greenery and natural beauty. Head to Bhandardara. Still to see the onslaught of tourists, Bhandardara is located 165 kms from Mumbai & 190 kms from Pune. Bhandardara has all the making of a beautiful hill station - a salubrious climate, scenic waterfalls (Umbrella falls, Randha Falls), glimmering lakes (Arthur Lake), lofty mountains (Mt. Kalsubai- 1,646 mts), majestic forts (Ratnagad Fort), ancient temples (Amriteshwar Temple, Ghorpada Devi), an earthen dam on a serene river (Wilson River on Pravara River) and yes even an ashram -Sage Agastya Ashram on the banks of the River Pravara - whose reference is found in the Ramayana.
(Maharashtra, 165 kms from Mumbai)...more
Diu: An erstwhile Portuguese Colony, Diu is an island of breeze and beauty. It is an ideal getaway with golden sand beaches, dense palm groves and historical monuments. A few years back Diu’s only claim to fame was it being the industrial hub of Hindustan Lever Limited. But now tourists are waking up to the beauty of this small island located in the southern tip of the Kathiawad peninsula of Gujarat. It has got some of the beautiful beaches in the country and monuments. Portuguese heritage, which include churches (St. Paul's Church, the church of St. Francis of Assisi), museums (St. Thomas Museum) and mansions are the other places of tourist interest which help trace the rich Portuguese legacy. Other attractions include the Gangeshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiv and INS Khukri Memorial
(Gujarat, 67 km from Ahmedabad)
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Christmas Bordi: Long stretch of nice beach and lush orchards of juicy chikoos, Bordi is good quick getaway only 180 kms from Mumbai. Though known for its boarding schools, Bordi has a beautiful tourist side to it as well. It is a peaceful and uncluttered beach town, with easy backdrop and simple life style that is sure to soothe your city-jaded nerves. Far way from the hullabaloo of the city life, Bordi is a quiet sea resort. It is well known for the chickoo and other fruits orchards. Beach being the prime attraction in the town, Bordi is a perfect place to unwind and de-stress amidst the sand fringed with a series of orchards.
(Maharashtra, 180 km from Mumbai)
See driving direction to Bordi.
Panhala: Situated at an altitude of 977 mts is a fascinating hill station with a rich historical heritage. Dotted with ancient fortifications and buildings that have witnessed the rise and fall of the Maratha Empire, Panhala is an enchanting place. It is peaceful, free from pollution, and scenic enough to overwhelm your senses. Places to visit in Panhala include Ambarkhana, which was built by the Marathas and houses the palace, the administrative division and the granary; Sajja Kothi, built by the Mohammedans in 1008 AD; and Ambabai temple built in the memory of Sambhaji.
(Maharashtra, 20 kms from Kolhapur)...more
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