5 Destination To Escape Harsh Winter

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With the option of visiting the ‘land of the Maharajas’ Rajasthan or the ‘land of God’ Kerala or the tropical beaches of the ‘party capital’ Goa, it won’t be an overstatement to say that the season winter is the best time to explore India.

Wayanad 

Wayanad is a rural district in Kerala state, southwest India. In the east, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a lush, forested region with areas of high altitude, home to animals including Asiatic elephants, tigers, leopards and egrets. In the Ambukuthi Hills to the south, Edakkal Caves contain ancient petroglyphs, some dating back to the Neolithic age. The name Wayanad is derived from Vayal Nadu which means the land of paddy fields. It is a picturesque plateau situated at a height between 700 meters and 2100 meters above the mean sea level nested among the mountains of the Western Ghats on the Eastern portion of North Kerala and on the sides of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka States.

  • Best Time to Go: October to May is the best time to visit Wayanad. The times in between December to February are much cooler than the other months of the year with downfall of temperature up to 10°C.
  • What To See: Wayanad sightseeing, Nagarhole National Park and Tiger Reserve, spread along River Kabini, Mudumalai National Park, Kalpetta, Kuruadweep
  • How to Go: It district is not connected directly by rail. Visitors can take a train till Kozhikode, the nearest railway station to Wayanad. Quite a number of trains connect Kozhikode with major towns and cities on a regular basis. After getting down at the station, taxis or buses can be boarded to travel to Wayanad.

Chennai

Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. The city is home to Fort St. George, built in 1644 and now a museum showcasing the city’s roots as a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost, when it was called Madras. Religious sites include St. Mary’s, a 17th-century Anglican church. There are a lot of attractions in Chennai:

(1) Children Tourist Spots like Childrens Park, Snake Park (in the heart of the city)
(2) Powerful public transportation systems like Chennai Central/Chennai Egmore/MRTS Railway Stations, Chennai CMBT Mofussil Bus Stand, Good network of local buses
(3) International and Domestic Airport
(4) World’s Second Largest Scenic (Marina) Beach
(5) Zoological Park at the border of the city
(6) Lot of temples and spiritual places
(7) Beautiful collection of beach resorts down the scenic ECR.

  • Best Time to Go: November to February: These months constitute the winter season in Chennai. It is considered as the best time to visit the city. The temperature during these months hovers between 20 and 25 Degree Celsius. Even during daytime, there are cool breezes from the sea which provide relief from the otherwise hot weather.
  • What To See : Marina Beach, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Guindy National Park, and St. Thomas Mount
  • How To Go: By Air: Touted to be the third busiest airports in India, Chennai International airport is just 7 kilometres away from the city.

Jaipur

Jaipur has the distinction of being India’s first planned city. World famous for its colorful gems, the capital of Rajasthan combines the allure of its ancient history with all the advantages of a metropolis. The modern and bustling city is one of the three corners of the Golden Triangle which includes Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. It evokes the royal family that once ruled the region and that, in 1727, founded what is now called the Old City, or “Pink City” for its trademark building color. At the center of its stately street grid (notable in India) stands the opulent, colonnaded City Palace complex. With gardens, courtyards and museums, part of it is still a royal residence.

  • Top Places to Visit: Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, City palace, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort
  • What To Eat: puchka and paani-puri, Pyaaz Kachori, Kaathi Roll, masala chai
  • Best Time to Go: November to March: It is the best time to visit Jaipur and other parts of Rajasthan as the weather ranges between 8-degree Celcius during nights to 32-degree Celcius in the day. Summers are extremely hot, and sightseeing isn’t a very joyful experience.
  • How to Go: The city has its own airport and railway station, namely Sanganer Airport, (approximately 15 km away) and Jaipur Railway Station (about 5 km away), respectively. Moreover, a range of roadways and state buses ply from nearby cities like Delhi, Agra, Kota and Alwar.

Mysore

Mysore (or Mysuru), a city in India’s southwestern Karnataka state, was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 to 1947. In its center is opulent Mysore Palace, seat of the former ruling Wodeyar dynasty. The palace blends Hindu, Islamic, Gothic and Rajput styles. Mysore is well connected to Bangalore, with about 18 pairs of trains. Mysore has evolved from being a sleepy and quiet city to one that has become the most important in the state after Bangalore. The malls, apartment complexes, new and improved roads, supermarkets the advent of IT and BPO firms and a growing young and dynamic workforce reflect the transformation of the city in the 21st century. The regal city is striking a balance between olden times and modernity, resulting in the city being both old and new.

  • Best Time to Go: Mysore has a tropical climate, but the best time to visit Mysore is from the Monsoons and Winter months from July to February. The months have pleasant weather as a respite from the intense heat of summer. With these months captivating the city’s beauty; summers are less ideal for travelling and sightseeing.
  • Top Places To Visit: Mysore Palace, Somnathpur temple , Mysore zoo, Chamundeshawari Temple, Shuka Vana, Karanji Lake
  • What to Eat: Mysore Pak, Idli, Dosa, Shavige Bath, Pongal, Chutneys and Pickles, Vangi Baath (rice with Brinjal curry), Bisi bele bath,  Payasam, Jalebi, Rave Unde, Ladoo and more. Indian filter coffee and Adike (Areca nut) with Betel leaf.
  • How to Go: The nearest major airport to Mysore is the new Bangalore International Airport, which is about 170 kilometres away from banglore.
  • By Bus. You can also take the bus from Kempegowda Bus Station in Majestic (near the Bangalore City Railway Station) to Mysore.

Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a town in India’s West Bengal state, in the Himalayan foothills. Once a summer resort for the British Raj elite, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or “Toy Train,” completed in 1881. It’s famed for the distinctive black tea grown on plantations that dot its surrounding slopes. Its backdrop is Mt. Kanchenjunga, among the world’s highest peaks. Darjeeling is part of the eastern Himalayan zoo-geographic area. The flora around Darjeeling includes sal, oak, semi-evergreen, temperate and alpine forests. Dense evergreen sal and oak forests are found around the city, where a wide variety of rare orchids can be found.

  • When to Go: April to June when the weather is pleasant. However, a lot of people also prefer visiting the place during the winter months from October to December. The months of July to August welcome the showers.
  • What To See:  Darjeeling Himalayan Railway toy train, Tiger Hills, Batasia loop, Darjeeling Ropeway, The Shrubbery park
  • What to Eat: Momos, Thukpa, Aloo Dum, Sael Roti, Naga Platter, Nepali thali, Tongba, Channg
  • How to Go: The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra which is approximately 95 km away from the city. There are some direct flights from the cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati to Darjeeling. From the airport, one can reach the city by hiring taxis. It will take almost 3 hours to reach Darjeeling from the airport.

 

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