India is diverse, varied, culturally rich and one of the most vibrant countries to visit in the world. The ethnicity, the deep rooted cultural values and traditions are a renowned all over the world. All of this is backed by magnificently picturesque backdrops and views. Although, the country observes different seasons all through the year, the festivities, weather, and the overall feel of December makes it the most popular season to visit the country.
If you’re planning a trip, here’s a list of the best places to visit in India in December
One of the best places to visit in India also known as the most urbanized beach party hangout of the country- Goa is dreamy during December, specially during the week of Christmas. With major Portuguese and Christian population in the state, the celebrations are beyond imagination. From night- long parties at beaches to sparkling and delicious cocktails in the pubs; Goa has it all.
At the time of Christmas, the big cathedrals are decorated with lights and flowers. The midnight mass goes on till early dawn with little children singing carols to melodious tunes, thus adding to the air of Christmas. The beach shacks and pubs serve special Christmas lunches and dinners too. All in all, it’s the best place to be at in December.
With people flocking Goa for Christmas celebrations, if you wish to stay away from crowd and love to be amidst nature then Kerala is your place to be. God’s own country looks even more beautiful with lights dazzling the huge churches and with festivities all around. The streets are decorated with lights and churches are open all night. You can enjoy heavy discounts on foods and drinks during Christmas Eve.
Adding to the mood of fun and frolic are the serene backwaters and beautiful beaches where you can relax. Kerala is the ideal place for the ones looking for a balanced approach to enjoyment and relaxation.
The French’s colonization has left its influence n Puducherry. Like Goa, this place also has a good population of Catholics which ensures that this Union territory has a good share of Christmas celebration. Unlike Goa, people in this place celebrate Christmas in a much peaceful yet enjoyable manner.
The enthusiasm in the air and the bright and colorful ambience compels you to take part in the celebrations. The famous churches such as Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception are decorated with lights and conduct night mass. The entire air of the city is celebratory and allows you to enjoy and relax.
Another place to celebrate Christmas is the economic capital of India- Mumbai. The western suburb of Bandra mostly inhabited by Christians is the place where you can see most of the celebration. The sweet smell of cookies, cakes and fresh breads from the bakeries envelope Mumbai in the festive spirit. While trees and houses can be seen decorated with lights, you can hear bells ringing and the voices of children singing Jingle Bells Jingle Bells.
Visit any of the malls and you can see Santa Claus distributing chocolates. Also, churches such as, Saint Andrew’s Church, Saint Michael’s Church, Saint Peter’s Church Mount Mary’s Basilica and many more conduct night mass. Parties in pubs and discos are in full swing and the pleasant weather too adds a topping to the celebrations.
The city of joy that Kolkata is, celebrates Christmas with all fun and fervor. Even though the number of Christians is less compared to South India or Goa, you can feel the spirit of Christmas in the air. The smell of cakes, pastries and cookies fill the air. If you want to have some real fun, then Park Street is the place to be. Christians and non-Christians can be seen singing carols and praying in midnight mass in the churches. And mostly on all the merchandise you can avail heavy discounts in the bazaars in Kolkata. The city is decorated in lights and there are bands playing rock music that you can enjoy while having mouth-watering delicacies.
Daman and Diu
The influence of the Portuguese can be easily felt in Daman and Diu. This once Portugal colonized place has good amount of churches and has many Catholics which makes this one of the destination to be during Christmas. Though it may not be as famous as Goa for partying, it has its share of fun and frolic. Many Portuguese dance shown cultural shows and night mass can be seen in the churches. The sky is lit with zillion lamps making it a fairy tale place during Christmas.
Looking to celebrate a snowy Christmas? Then Manali is the place where you’d want to be. Celebrate in snow, making snow man, or spend time with your loved ones in the café sipping coffee. Enjoy skiing and make snow balls. The city is beautifully lit with colorful lights and it’s a mesmerizing contrast on the white snow. The mall road is full of couples and gag of friends in celebratory mood. Ensure you make advance booking in hotels as Manali is definitely a contender for places to visit in December.
Bangalore celebrates Christmas with all the exuberance. You can feel the spirit of Christmas in air with all the lightings and decorations and the sweet smell of amazing deserts and confectionaries that fills the air. Malls, restaurants and markets are decorated and offer special Christmas discounts and exclusive menus. You can attend midnight mass in at churches such as St. Mary’s Basilica and Christian Fellowship Church and feel joy in your heart. Pockets in Bangalore which are predominant by Christians are beautifully decorated and are a sight to behold.
Dadra Nagar and Haveli
This Union Territory is usually not the place that will come to your mind if you think Christmas. But with a fair number of Christians, this pace comes to life during Christmas. People celebrate Christmas by cooking traditional cuisine. The churches in Dadra Nagar and Haveli are decorated beautifully with lights hold mass service that you can attend. When in festive mood you can always spend some quality time with your loved ones in the beautiful beaches. The territory invites you for its breathtaking views, amazing weather, and peaceful celebrations.
India is at its best of beauty and celebrations during the winter months of December. Visit the vibrant country for its undying zest, warm people and exceptional hospitality. Book your December trip today!