- Rajasthan – One Of The Most Authentic Holiday Destinations In India
Things to do: Visit forts and museums, shop in Jaisalmer, try Rajasthani cuisine
If you have always wanted to explore Rajasthan but the idea of travelling in the heat has kept you from doing so, plan a trip during the winter to experience the charm of the land without having to deal with the blistering desert heat.
Riding the sand dunes on camel-back is a quintessential Rajasthan experience, as is visiting its famous forts and palaces, most of which have now been turned into hotels. The Amber Fort, Udaipur’s Lake Palace, and the Mehrangarh Fort will please architecture and history enthusiasts. Set some time aside for Mount Abu, the state’s only hill station.
November is when the famous Pushkar ka Mela takes place, which offers a fascinating insight into local trade and culture. If you are travelling with children, do remember to watch a puppet show while in Rajasthan.
Rajasthan Fact File:
Location: In India’s western part, bordering Pakistan.
How to Reach: Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur have domestic airports; and a good railway network provides regular connectivity from Rajasthan to different Indian cities. Bus services are available from several neighbouring states.
Official Language: Hindi
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Tropical desert
Food & Drink: Mostly vegetarian; dishes to taste are Dal-Baati-Churma, kachori, mawa, and ghevar.
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- Kashmir – One Of The Most Majestic Holiday Destinations In India
Things to do: Ride a shikara on Dal Lake, ski and gondola ride in Gulmarg
If you are still to make your maiden visit to this paradise, a winter vacation is as good a time as any. While Kashmir is spectacular at all times, visiting in the winter months it lets you enjoy the snow and winter-related outdoor activities.
Whether you want to try your hand at skiing on the slopes or prefer to enjoy the views from a gondola, Gulmarg is the destination to head to. Do not miss out on a snowball fight with the family. A trip to the Dal Lake is also an unmissable part of any Kashmir visit. The Mughal Gardens in Srinagar is another attraction where you can feast your eyes on the region’s beauty.
Kashmir Fact File:
Location: In northern India, mostly in the Himalayas
How to Reach: Srinagar airport has daily flights from Delhi and other cities. Private and state buses connect the state to nearby places. Jammu Tawi Railway Station is the nearest railhead
Official Language: Urdu
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Food & Drink: Must-try dishes of the Kashmiri cuisine include Qabargaah, Shab Deg, and Rogan Josh. Noon chai is a popular tea in the state.
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