There are two types of people in winters. One (like me) who cherish their warm fuzzy cup and can go on about how great the season is. The other lot just want to hibernate it out, whose voice can be barely heard from within all the layers of clothes. The latter are the ones fantasising about being in a place where the temperatures are much higher (higher than their hopes for surviving this cold season). For this group, we have put together a list of 6 warm and toasty destinations. Escape to these places in order to avoid the grey season, and get a dose of much-needed sunshine:
Often mistaken for just a spiritual retreat, Madurai has a lot more on its plate. Situated on the Valgai river, the ancient city’s culture is played out in its intricately designed structures, the maze of colours, scents in shops and textiles, and in its rich heritage. While you are there, do hit up the famous Murugan Idli shop for a quick bite. Also a mesmerising 3-hour drive from here leads you to Rameshwaram, which is connected to mainland India with the Pamban bridge.
Always imagined your vacation to be at a place where the sun is on your face while the light wind does its magic? Nashik should be your choice. From vineyard trails to temples, it has something for everybody. Situated on the banks of the Godavari, it is home to majestic forts and ancient temples. Nashik is where the ancient and modern come together, blend well and set you off on the perfect vacation.
A comfortable drive from Gujarat, Diu is a gem that still remains largely unexplored. If your idea of a holiday involves low-key Goa vibes, then Diu is your destination. With ancient forts, gorgeous cathedrals, the Arabian Sea, and lots of quiet beaches, this former Portugese colony is the perfect vacation if you are looking for sun and solitude.
Konark is a short drive away from Puri, Odisha’s capital. It is known for ancient temples, especially the Sun Temple which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The place comes alive during the annual 5-day Konark Dance Festival held in the backdrop the spectacular temple.
Hike, beach, eat and repeat is the mantra at Gokarna. Neither undiscovered nor unexplored, yet one of our favorites, Gokarna is gaining traction with people ditching the traditional beach vacation. The hostel culture here is very active, and we suggest you ditch the hotel and make new friends in dorms.
The Khajuraho monuments need no introduction. A group of Hindu and Jain Temples, the caves of Khajuraho are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Out of the 85 monuments built in the 12th century by the rulers of Chandela dynasty, only 25 have survived. The best way to experience ancient Indian art is here. Also in close proximity is Panna Tiger Reserve which makes for an interesting safari.