What does winter remind you of? Well, for many it would be hot chocolate, soft sweaters and, long nights. With all of these, there also comes the festive season and a ton of holidays with that- feeling sorry for those who didn’t get the holidays! So why not utilise these holidays, in travelling to some of the most beautiful destinations? Let’s see the top five most serene destinations you can (read: you should) visit this winter.
Finland: Finland makes for a beautiful destination to visit in winter. Its beauty is what makes it incredible. There are a number of places that can be visited during the winter season. Rovaniemi and Lake Saimaa are such places, that look incredible during the winter. Rovaniemi has beautiful rivers and nature, which makes it a good spot for canoeing, swimming, and fishing. It is a home for skiers and snow lovers in the winter season. Finland is also considered to be the best place for children. Rovaniemi is said to be the home of Santa Clause, during winter. Lake Saimaa is a dominant lake to visit in Finland. It is known as the lake of thousand islands, due to its enormous width and area of about 1350 sq km.
Netherlands: The Netherlands is a rather underrated place to visit in winter. Especially, the festivals over there are a must to consider while travelling. One such festival is the Dickens Festival, which is celebrated in the loving memory of the writer Charles Dickens. On this festival, there is a re-creation of 19th-century life, on the streets of Deventer. Many people assemble there, dressed as characters from his books, to show their appreciation for his work. Furthermore, the beautiful Christmas market and Valkenburg are a must-visit during the Christmas season. This place is full of love and excitement, and tourists often visit miniature villages, sand sculptures, and Christmas stalls. A huge number of people gather here, for the fairytale Christmas parade in Valkenburg. The city is full of lights, laughter, love and, a cold breeze.
Auli, in India: Winters in foreign are famous, but the winters in India are a whole other vibe. In India, winter is all about festivities and more festivals and, more festivals. There are sweets, lights, diyas and lots of garam chai to be seen and tasted while being in India. One such destination is Auli, located amidst the Himalayas. It is known as the skiing destination of India. With apple orchards, old oaks, and pine trees there is no limit to the natural beauty of Auli. Auli is famous for its skiing, but you can also enjoy many treks in the hills of the Garhwal Himalayas and get spellbound by the majestic mountains draped in snow. Auli is popular for its skiing activity, because of its cleanliness and beauty. It is located at 2800 meters above sea level and is home to the mountain ranges of Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat and Kamat Kamet. Many religious destinations are also located around Auli, and it is also said that Auli is blessed with the visit by Shankracharya.
Kutch, in Gujarat: Kutch, also known as the White Desert of India, is an island that looks like a tortoise on the map. The tortoise resembling island is a majestic and surreal place in India to visit at least once in your lifetime. It has got its white colour from the presence of white salt. This white island comes to life during the Rann Utsav, which is held between December-February. During the Rann Festival, huge camp settlements are done with cultural programs, functions and adventure activities like a hot-air balloon. Kutch is also known to be the largest district of India, with a significantly low population. Kutch is located on the India-Pakistan border and you can see parts of Pakistan from here. It is also famous for the crafts and embroidery works, done by the household women in Kutch. Their art is a form of their power, creativity and expression. Kutch is also famous for the Flamingo Sanctuary and Wildlife sanctuary.
Ziro Music Festival, in Arunachal Pradesh: The Ziro Music Festival is the most happening music festival in the lap of the green valley of Arunachal Pradesh. It is a festival that showcases independent artists and their talent, in India. It is an amalgamation of talent, music, vibrant culture and art. This music festival was initiated in 2012, by Bobby Hano and Menwhopause guitarist Anup Kutty, which spans for over four days and is hosted by the members of the Apatani tribe in Ziro. The Ziro valley is home to the Apatani tribe, who are famous for their hospitality and their love for music. This music festival gives a platform for independent artists to showcase their music.
So these were the top five destinations, that we would love to visit this winter. What are your plans? Do let us know, and keep travelling.
Winters in foreign are famous, but the winters in India are a whole other vibe. In India, winter is all about festivities and more festivals and, more festivals. There are sweets, lights, diyas and lots of garam chai to be seen and tasted while being in India.