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10 Best Places In India That Should Be On Your Year-End Travel List For Christmas

December 24, 2015 — by Team PeppyStory

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Different places, different celebrations! There is no other place in the world where a single country has so much to offer in terms of variety. So, why not experience the different flavours of Christmas in India itself? Here is a list of places- some obvious, some unique, for you to visit during the Christmas holidays this year.

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#1. Live and Pulsating Goa

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There is not just one, but plenty of reasons why you must witness the Christmas celebrations in Goa. From bonfire parties, casinos, pubs, resto-bars, trance music, nightclubs, and rave parties to Asia’s biggest music festival- Sunburn, Goa has everything for the party animal in you. At the same time, the numerous beautiful Gothic churches and cathedrals shining bright with fairy lights, and pulsating with beautiful carols would fill you with an unforgettable joy.

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#2. Serene Shimla

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Don’t want to spend your Christmas amidst heat and humidity? Then head on straight to the dreamy winter wonderland of Shimla where tall pine trees, misty weather, snow-capped mountains, cosy cafes, meandering lanes, decorative lights, and the warmth of people would soothe your senses like no other. You can lose yourself in the beautiful surroundings, attend mass at the popular Christ Church, eat delicious food, trek in the mountains, and shop handicrafts made by the local artisans for a laid-back holiday.

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#3. Joyful Kolkata

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Former capital of British India, Kolkata is an amazing place to spend your Christmas holidays. The famous Park Street comes alive with colourful fairy lights, silver bells, streamers, nativity scenes, Christmas parades, and the whole atmosphere is said to resemble the iconic Oxford Street of London. The icing on the cake is the annual Kolkata Christmas Festival where you would find lip-smacking food in plenty with some amazing live music from renowned bands. While you are here do not forget to attend the midnight mass at the St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Nahoum and Flurys for the best of baked goodies.

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#4. Exotic Kochi

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Christmas amidst the palm-fringed backwaters of Kochi would be an entirely different experience altogether. With a very good population of Christians in the city, the festive spirit is really high and the place is even said to have the best weather during this time. There are many beautiful churches in Kochi, and the food is truly exotic. Along with Christmas celebrations, you can even be a part of the local festivals held in the last week of December, like the Indira Gandhi Boat Race and Cochin Carnival.

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#5. Misty Shillong

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Can there be anything better than a Christmas amidst the rolling hills of Shillong- our very own ‘Scotland of the East’? With a population of 70 per cent Christians, the holiday spirit is in full swing here. Apart from the services at the Church, there are a number of places you can visit like the Ward’s Lake, Butterfly Museum, Lady Hydari’s Park, Dainthlen Falls, Elephant Falls, Umiam Lake, Mawlynnong Village (famous for its cleanliness), Mawsmai caves and the Sohra bridge. The old world charm and the quiet beauty of the place will make your holiday extra-special.

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#6. Never Sleeping Mumbai

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The melting pot of different cultures, Mumbai is another great destination to be during your Christmas holidays. The best place in the city to have a feel of the festivities is the Bandra Street where the residents are predominantly Catholic. Although there are numerous Churches and cathedrals in the city, the midnight mass at the Mount Mary’s Basilica in Bandra is the most popular. As Mumbai is also a city that never sleeps, the Christmas Eve party continues till dawn.

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#7. Bewitching Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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Looking for some water sports and fun in the sun this Christmas? If yes, then Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the right destination for you. Vast expanses of turquoise blue and emerald water, and the white sands would take your breath away. You must try scuba diving, banana boat ride, snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing, speed boat rides, and rowboat paddling while you are there. Go hiking, sail the mangrove creeks, explore the ruins of the Church, or just watch the spectacular sunset with the love of your life. It is a perfect destination for those who want to rejuvenate themselves during the holiday.

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#8. Laid-Back Lansdowne

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Away from the crowds in the Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, lays a picturesque hill station called Lansdowne, which is perfect for a quiet Christmas holiday. There is nothing much to see here apart from a few important places like the Darwan Singh Sangrahalaya war museum, Tiffin Top, Snow View Point, Bhulla Tal, Bhim Pakora, and Tarkeshwar Mahadev. Just lie back, attend the service at St. Mary’s Church or St. John’s Church on Christmas Eve, eat and bask in the beautiful surroundings. And if you are lucky, you might even get to experience snowfall.

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#9. Different Daman and Diu

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Experience a different kind of Christmas surrounded by blue waters on the beautiful islands of Gujarat in Daman and Diu. Once colonised by the Portuguese, the islands are dotted with numerous beautiful churches like the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, and St. Paul’s Church. There can be nothing better than enjoying Christmas amidst fascinating Portuguese dance, lovely music, mouth-watering delicacies, and picturesque surroundings. The islands are well connected to the mainland so you would have no issues while making your travel arrangements.

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#10. Desert Camp in Jaisalmer

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Far from Churches and the carols, Christmas celebration under the stars and amidst the never-ending stretches of sand, would be a totally unique experience. Stay within the desert in a camp in either one of the small villages- Sam or Khuri and relish in the musical concert by the local musicians, delicious Rajasthani cuisines, and fine wine. That is not all! You can even ride on camels, go on a desert safari, marvel at the majestic forts and havelis, walk by the serene lakes, or shop to your heart’s content.

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So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, and get ready for your year-end vacation with these amazing places for you to choose from and visit. If you think we have missed out on some, do let us know in the comments section below.

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