India is a vast country with dramatic contrasts and rich diversity. The destination has plenty of famous natural, historical, and cultural attractions. Enjoy splendid historical monuments of North India, go on a rejuvenating journey through the backwaters of Kerala, and experience a deep sense of peace amidst Ladakh’s rugged beauty. Or, seek spiritual upliftment in Varanasi and test your physical fitness in the challenging North-eastern terrain. Already confused? Don’t know where to go for your next vacation in India? We have zeroed in on these five red hot destinations in India for you to book your flights to for New Year 2017.
The capital of the country, New Delhi, is one of the best places to start the discovery of India, particularly for first time visitors. The metropolitan city is urban and has all modern conveniences to facilitate the exploration of its charming historical ruins and bustling bazaars. Visit the iconic monument, the Red Fort; explore the ancient Qutub Minar, which is a World Heritage Site; the war memorial of India Gate, and the ancient sprawling Jama Masjid. Visit teeming bazaars such as Chandni Chowk and the Khan Market and go on a fest of true north Indian cuisine and also try famous street food.
The North-eastern state of Meghalaya is an unexplored gem for travellers. Literally, the name Meghalaya translates into ‘the abode of clouds’ in Sanskrit and truly so! A feast for nature lovers, enjoy unparalleled natural beauty here. Get refreshed at the ‘Wettest Place on Earth’ Mawsynram and marvel at the ‘living root bridges’ of Cherrapunji, the ‘Second Wettest Place on Earth’. Lush with bright and fresh greenery, the state is full of thunderous waterfalls, misty hills, and exotic tribal outposts. It is also a great place to enjoy hiking, climbing, caving, and rafting.
Visit the historical and colourful city of Jaipur in the North Indian state of Rajasthan. Popularly known as the Pink City because of its pink buildings, Jaipur is best known for royal palaces and rich cultural experiences. Explore the City Palace complex, its several gardens, courtyards, and museums. Admire the architecture of the honeycombed building of Hawa Mahal, the hilltop Amer Fort, and the stunning Man Sagar Lake.
One of the most popular beach destinations in India, the Havelock Island, is a delight for travellers. Packed with numerous sandy white beaches and offering a plethora of water-based adventures, the stunning islands are a part the Andaman and Nicobar islands of India. Explore its several pristine beaches, including the Radha Nagar beach, which was once named the ‘Best Beach in Asia; the Vijay Nagar beach, and the picturesque Elephant beach. Or, explore its vast underwater world of exotic fish and colourful corals. Also, enjoy water activities such as snorkelling, diving, and jet skiing – it is truly an island paradise.
Leave behind the concrete jungles and head for the small, quaint town of Kalpetta, which is located in the Wayanad district of Kerala. Travellers are drawn to the region’s sprawling tea and coffee plantations. This is a paradise for those seeking peace and serenity in New Year 2017. Just trek the high mountain peaks or visit the Wayanad Flower Show of December/January – there’s no better way to sit back and refresh than to visit Kalpetta in God’s Own Country Kerala.