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So, the winters are here and the Sun is about to show its charming-attitude by not showing its face. Here I am sharing some of the best places to visit in India in winter. The places which can show you the breathtaking things about the winters.
In India, the winters come in different colors. Somewhere in the Northern parts, it falls in the form of snow. In the western part, it shows its vibrant colors in the sky & in the Southern part, it showcases its charms under the waters.
From dancing in the snowflakes falling in Manali to diving in the ocean deep down in Lakshadweep, we all can experience the winter in many ways. And this could only be experienced in this country of ours, India.
Visiting new places is always an exciting and much loving thing. Many do it frequently and call it an addiction (I am full-blown travel-addict) and some manageably take out some time from their schedule and find out some places which can suit them in their time-span. So, I decided to lower down their tasks and give them a list from which they could easily pick up a place and can experience it to its best.
Places to Visit in India in winter for Couple/Family
Winters is not a short season, it starts from the beginning of November and lasts long till March-end. And in between this period, every family wants a great time with their closed ones. They plan their trip according to their needs, time, and place’s availability. Below are the places which suit the plan of a family.
This part of India is known as God’s own country. The beauty of this region makes it heaven as the Gods used to reside there. This paradise is for those who want to explore the mesmerizing view of backwaters and also known for its traditional houseboat stays.
In winters, Alleppey is way beyond beautiful, all thanks to the pleasant weather.
Best time to Visit: Mid-November (Due to annual snake boat races)
Also known as Kodagu. This city has a very attractive name ‘Scotland of India’. Once you visit this city, you can easily figure out why it has this name. Coorg is just for Nature lover and the people who want to breathe beauty and let breathe it by their loved ones. Jaw-dropping waterfalls, greenery laden mountains, and mystical flora and fauna make it a place to must visit.
Best time to Visit: December (Delightful ambiance of Clouds)
Rather than known for its fort, it is also called as ‘The Golden City of India’. Literally, winters are the best time to visit this India’s gem. And it has a scientific reason behind it. In winters, the Sun cast its glory on the sand dunes with all its warmth and make it a place to reside. Nowadays, it can be quite a busy city but worth visiting at this time of the Year.
Best time to Visit: January (Experience Desert Festival)
A city which always dipped in the boisterous clouds and pleasant weather. The name means a hill-top and provides a mesmerizing view of that peak, Mount Kanchenjunga at a distant skyline. This city now also considered one of the greenest cities in the World. Allow this city to grab your attention.
Best time to Visit: Mid-December
Places to visit in India in winter for Trekkers/adventurers
As I have earlier said that ‘India is just not a country, it itself a continent’. In our India, you can have a taste of everything from snowy peaks to lushly Rhododendrons Mountains, from coastal lines to largely stretched deserts. We are fully packed. So, there are many activities which you can do in winter as an adventurer.
Munsiyari, Uttrakhand (For Skiing)
At the very starting of 2019, I came to know about a place that is secretly kept in between the beautiful peaks of Himalayan Ranges. And that place was Munsiyari (you can have all the information about it on the link). This is a village in the Hill-district, Pithoragarh. When I visited this village it was wholly covered in the snow and became a very popular spot for skiing. Now, it is famously known as one of the winter sports destinations in India.
Best time to visit: Mid-January
Kufri, Himachal Pradesh (For Snowboarding)
A small hill station in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. A tourist spot where visitors visit just to feel the aroma of Natura and to get the best view of some mountains. It is also a place where one can do all the adventurous activities related to Snow like Snowboarding and Skiing.
Best time to visit: Last-January
Nag Tibba, Uttrakhand (For Trekking)
Basically, it is a mountain that lies in the Garhwal region of Uttrakhand. This place is best for the trekkers who are about to make their first step in the world of trekking in India. In between the best treks in India, it has a unique space in the hearts of beginners. Camping at this place is one of life’s cherishing experiences. In 2019, I have also conquered this small peak but worth making.
Best Time to Visit: Mid-December
Though, there are many more places that are way beyond beautiful. But these are the places which can generate a love for the country. These are the places that can force you to think upon how the almighty has managed to create all this stuff. Well, it has no answer. Just go there and let yourself puzzled.
The air was as breezy as it could be, the falling sunshine having all the warmth that it could have, and the mountains are all laden with snow that they could be. That’s what the things I could easily capture while sitting atop on the Mountain called Rudugaira. And this is what I can able to get the most from my recent Mount Rudugaira Expedition.
After the successful completion of Bali Pass Trek in May this year, our team of trekkers decided to push our limits furthermore to the title Mountaineers. So, we planned an expedition that can put us aside from the list of trekkers and can give us a thrill of mountaineering.
Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudhchya Varsi Lavkar Ya! “Lord Ganesha Blessings with us, come next year with more blessing”.
On a day, I was strolling down one of the streets of Mathura. I got a phone call from my friend-cum-brother-cum-uncle. He asked me to come with him on street photography. First I fully gave up on the thought but later released that this could be the chance to learn something new or to showcase the ability. Then I found a whole subject to learn. And just roamed around the chapter of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Neetesh, my friend that called me, he always ready to click photographs. In fact, he is keener towards photography than me. So, we headed towards the Haiderpur, area in Delhi. This very exploration made me feel, that era of gods, Ganesh Chaturthi making the money, and little closer to the harsh reality of Ganpati Visarjan.
We reached the point on time and most of the sculptors picked their job and started doing their related works. First, we both started searching for the best spots and the best idols. Then after spending some time in those idols and with those ultimate-artists, we found the whole arena fully working-place.
All the artists, regardless of their ages, are working in a very professional way. From outlining the eyelashes to carving the Ganesha’s idol lancing, they were doing that work in a very fanatic way. And from that day I had a deep dive in this whole chapter of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Why we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi?
Before we get to know the ‘why’, it is must to know ‘what’. Ganesh Chaturthi is the festival which is celebrated in almost every part of southern India. But nowadays, the highlights of this festival can be seen in the whole of India as well as in other countries also.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-days long festival which was first celebrated by Shivaji, the founder of Maratha Empire in 1680. Because of the charms of this festival, people love to celebrate it. People love to use various colors, they decorate houses, they decorate homes, some people like to play Ganpati songs and some just like to dance on those songs. These are the charms of this festival.
This year we have celebrated this festival on 02 September. We brought Ganesha to our homes, we placed him on a very revered place and he happily stays there, to empower the wisdom and grace. Providing a new beginning to some good things, aside by removing all the obstacles.
There is a song in the movie, ABCD title Sambhu Sutaya (the bringer of happiness). In this song there is a stanza “Yun to sabhi devon ke aage ye sir jhuka hai moray par Apna hai tu Ghar humare Aaya hai moray, Ganpati Bappa Morya (we bestow our head in front of every Lord, but you are the only one who comes to our home, blessings of Ganesha is with us).
Reason Behind the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi
Lord Shiva beheaded a child which was made by Goddess Parvati with the help of sandalwood paste to guard her while she was bathing. In the results, the whole world had to suffer the furious rage of Goddess Parvati. The whole world got trapped into the fiercely swiping anger volcano of Adi Shakti. It was that fast that the things could be done in a snap of fingers.
Then to cool down the Goddess’s rage, Lord Shiva had had to put a calf’s (baby elephant) head. Lord Shiva had not only given the face also he made him the Lord of prosperity, wisdom, and happiness. From the scriptures, that was this time of the year (August – September). That’s why this period of the year becomes more graceful and auspicious.
A Legend Related to This 10-days Worship of Lord Ganesha
After finding much on Google, in various religious books, and from elders, I got an answer from my elder sister, Shivani. Don’t know how much it is correct or it is just like the other myths.
Ved Vyaas directed Mahabharat to Lord Ganesha, Ved Vyaas ordered Lord Ganesha that he will not be able to move or other work, till the speaking and writing of Mahabharat get completed. They both started their work, days passed by, they have not eaten anything, in fact not a single drop of water. Lord Ganesha started feeling fainted but Ved Vyaas was able to manage himself.
In 10 days they completed the work and on that very day, Lord Ganesha fell on the ground due to the lack of energy and dehydration. That’s why on Ganpati Visarjan, we took the idols of the Ganesha to the waters.
Ganesh Chaturthi – The Emerging Festival of India
Though this very festival first celebrated in the Southern part of India now it is the festival of the whole World. Recently in New Jersey, USA, people brought Ganpati Ji to their houses and on 7th day they have celebrated Ganpati Visarjan.
On the very same page, there is a small city in Uttar Pradesh which celebrates the Ganesh Chaturthi at a very high level. Chandausi, a city near to Mooradabaad, is very famous for Ganesh Chaturthi Mela. And the shocking part is that the whole carnival arranged by only one person. In this carnival, people get to see much artistic work.
I especially had a visit to this city on Ganesh Chaturthi, my friend Megha (resident of this city) invited me to enjoy the whole processing. There were many idols of Gods, some are made up of match sticks, some of the cotton, and various other things. Besides the crowd, the mela was awesome and very chaotic.
Interestingly, this city is soon going to house the tallest sculptor of Lord Ganesh in the World.https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/On-Ganesh-Chaturthi-one-mans-devotion-turns-small-UP-town-into-slice-of-Maharashtra/articleshow/49004608.cms
Right after the Diwali Celebration, this is the festival which is getting a big hype throughout the globe. If you want to live this festival to its inner core then you should visit Maharashtra. Literally a very best place to see the beauty of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Though I do not have any rights to molest the religious things, being an environmentalist and a nature lover, I think that we should not harm our rivers and water sources in respect to immersing the Ganesha Idols. Instead of this, we should bury the idols in our home’s garden or in a muddy place.
It has two good aspects, one is that the artistic idols that meant to be immersed in the waters will not get into our feet and also not going to harm our rivers. And the second one is very interested, it is connected with the study of ages and evolution. Like, when we dig a place and found a sculpture in that place, we call it a sacred or religious in the same way when the new era will come, they will get some more content to study. Let’s make a chapter for the planet’s new generation.