Experiencing a travel rut? Sick of being cooped up at home with lockdown after lockdown spoiling all your travel plans? Winter blues setting in and need a little pick me up? We’ve got the answer for all your troubles. With countries slowly opening up their borders, Indians have a wide variety of international destinations to choose from for their next trip. And if domestic shores are more your scene-we’ve got both beautiful snowy and tropical winter escapes that you can fly off to right this second. Read on for our list of 5 national and international destinations that Indian travelers can explore this winter season. Whether you are a snow bunny or a winter hater, we’ve got some fun options for you to check out.
New York City
It doesn’t get more exciting than the Big Apple. Want to celebrate winter in style- bring yourself to the flashiest and most glamorous of international cities-New York City. If media reports are to be believed, US will reopen for travel very very soon which means you need to get your bags packed right now. The melting pot of a city, New York has got something for everyone spread across 5 exciting boroughs. There are world class museums, stunning architecture and delectable cuisine.
Not much of a winter person and need to get away from the depressing fog and snow of North Indian winters, we’ve got the perfect location for you. Make yourself over to the beautiful Southern city of Chennai. Summers in Tamil Nadu’s capital city are a beast. Winters however are the perfect time to enjoy the picturesque area. From locations of natural beauty, caves, rock sculptures and rolling hills to religious temples, Tamil Nadu never fails to amaze.
Looking for an affordable international destination that is closer to home-Sri Lanka is the answer you are looking for. The stunning island country and India’s neighbor has recently restarted tourism for fully vaccinated Indians so what are you waiting for. From stunning temples, monasteries and natural landscapes, Sri Lanka is a dream for Indians looking a little glamour close to home.
Not everyone can afford to travel to France but what if we told you, you can enjoy a small taste of France right at home. Puducherry is our travel destination of choice for international flavor on domestic shores. This past French colony is now a cosmopolitan Indian travel destination with French looking streets, cafes selling French food and beautiful architecture to admire. With pleasant weather during winter months, Puduchery makes for a perfect weekend getaway from the fog and gloom of North Indian winters.
An international destination perfect for lovers of European architecture, food and culture, Spain is what we would recommend if you want to make your way outside of the country this year. Our suggestion, visit Madrid-Spain is welcoming fully vaccinated Indian travelers with minimal formalities so get yourself over to this exciting Mediterranean city with stunning architecture, mouthwatering food and exciting experiences galore.
Kashmir is one of those beautiful destinations that poems are written after. And with good reason-Indian travelers must visit this ‘Paradise on Earth’, at least once in their lifetime. While the valley is stunning year around, for lovers of snow, Kashmir in winter is a sight for sore eyes. Visit Kashmir for its lush Mughal Gardens, glittering Dal Lake, and the picturesque hinterlands. There’s also skiing in Gulmarg, snow spotting in Sonmarg and house boat rides in Srinagar.
Another international destination close to India is Nepal. With easy travel guidelines, Nepal offers a variety of fun adventurous opportunities for Indian travelers. There’s natural beauty, temples, wildlife sanctuaries, stunning mountains and so much more. Oh and lest we forget, the mountains of all mountains, Mt. Everest.
An amazing winter destination away from the crazy crowds of seaside tourist filled states like Goa, Laksadweep has everything that Goa has to offer with much less crowds. Enjoy water sports, sea food, coral reefs and white sandy beaches. And with mild winter weather, it’s the perfect location to escape cold North Indian winters.
For a stunning international destination that is not too far from Indian shores, there’s the jewel of an island state of Mauritius has serene, lush green mountains, breathtaking sandy white beaches and dense exotic forests. And with actvities like snorkelling, trekking, hiking, there’s enough to keep tourists occupied for days on end.
Rann of Kutch
If you are looking for a travel destination closer to North India, consider attending the Rann Utsav, a desert festival organized in the Rann of Kutch area of Gujarat. A region known for its eye catching all white sands, the Rann Utsav is held in the area from November to February. And with camping, camel rides, hot air balloons, local Gujarati cuisine and moon light expeditions, there is a little something for everyone.