Monotony is not something that humans adjust to, quite well. May be its in their nature or change is the way of nature. With the pandemic fear settling a bit, the hope to end the monotonous life is rising and soon it will turn into an urge which needs to be settled anyhow. Yes, I am talking about traveling, of which the plans were either cancelled or postponed so far. As the festival season is approaching following with the winter vacations, everyone is onto making some vacation plans. But where to? That’ a question which is crawling up in everyone’s mind. So here are our top five picks for the upcoming season considering the pandemic situation :
The Princely state is one of the best places to visit during, probably it's too hot to handle during summers. Just joking, but weather plays an important role, there is no doubt about that. But in winters, its pretty good to explore the magnificent heritage and vibrant cultural. Plus, this is the only time you can visit the golden sands of thar desert due to the good weather. Note that, you won’t find such geography anywhere in India. Rajasthan (Jaipur) is well connected with other metros cities through frequent flights. While train connectivity is also there but it will take a long journey especially if coming from center, south or west India. Apart from Jaipur, once can enter from Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer as well.
Traveler tip- Spend a couple of day in any of the city here, even if it doesn’t seem like worth it. It might surprise you.
Covid seems to be well in control here plus vaccination drive is going with the required pace. Also Rajasthan Tourism has taken sufficient steps i.e regular sanitization, e-tickets at monuments to make travel safe here.
Rajasthan Tours for coming season
2) MADHYA PRADESH
Who can forget the spectacular & catchy advertisements by MP Tourism saying "MP Gajab hai" or "Hindustan ka dill Dekha". Featuring true potential of Madhya pradesh and not just jungles and wildlife safaris. From intricately carved temples of Khajuraho to gorgeous water falls of Jabalpur, from bustling Ujjain to quaint town of Maheshwar, from modern city Bhopal to ancient rock caves of Bhimbetka. Call your preference and you will something related to it. Also, winter is considered a good time for wildlife sightings as animals often roam in the open areas to get sunlight. So, if you have interest in wildlife, culture, heritage or even leisure, it's your “go to” destination for the coming months.
There are various entry points but if you are flying in, then you can consider, Jabalpur, Bhopal, Indore and Gwalior. Nagpur (in Maharashtra), is also a good point to start with, especially if you are looking for some wildlife parks.
The daily covid cases are down to single digit and vaccination drive is going on full swing. The state has fixed a target to achieve 100 % vaccination status (for elligible population) by the end of 2021.
Here is an itinerary for reference
Yes, you are right. Uttarakhand is one of the most sought out destination even in winters. The reason is its accessibility via all modes of transportation as well as its diversity of destinations. Uttarakhand is not only about snow clad peaks in winters. Many places here, have warm days and cold nights which makes traveling a lot of fun, amidst nature. The spiritual and cultural aspects of this Himalayan state are worth mentioning, which attracts a lot of tourists, across the globe. In the recent times, village tourism has also taken a big leap. Staying at villages, experiencing daily life and interacting with locals provided a new dimension to the travel seekers.
Though it has only one airport (in Dehradun), the state is close to Delhi. A journey of 5-6 hrs can even take you to some beautiful hill stations, i.e Lansdown, Mussoorie. For destinations farther then these, an overnight train or bus journey can also be done, comfortably. Some major railway stations which act has gateways to the god’s abode are Haridwar, Dehradun, Kathgodam and Kotdwar.
Uttarakhand Group Tour for coming Season
Another Himalayan state making up to the list is Sikkim, which I am sure is on the bucket list of every traveler. However, you might have questions whether it's a good time to visit it or not. I can assure you that winters are the best time to visit Sikkim, as it is less crowded then and frozen lakes can be witnessed here only at this time.
Like other Himalayan states in the north, Sikkim is also known for its natural beauty but the culture here is very different. Majority of the population follows Buddhism and hence you will find many beautiful monasteries here. Village tourism is also getting very popular here especially after the achieving the status of the only state in India to have 100% organic farming. It’s a small state and hence most of the highlights can be covered in a week’s time. However, it’s a mountain region and few places are in the high-altitude area, which can make journey’s a bit tire some. Food is also one of the highlights of Sikkim, and we will recommend every traveler to check the local delicacies in local restaurants or the homestays.
Till a couple of years ago, Sikkim didn't have any airports and the nearest airport was Bagdogra in West Bengal. The journey to reach any Sikkim city was quite long (approx 5-6 hrs) and tiring then. But now with the opening of Pakyong airport Sikkim has got a decent connectivity from rest of the Indian cities. Nearest railways station is still Siliguri and the journey from Siliguri to Gangtok takes around 5 hrs.
Sikkim group tour for coming season:
The western most part of the India, Gujarat boast some great tourist destinations. Not only this, it also has the best class tourism infrastructure here. So just because it’s a dry state, doesn't make it less worthy to be on the list. Moreover, Liquor is available but through some actual paper work.
Coming back to its tourism assessment, Gujarat is a perfect mix of natural beauty, cultural heritage and spiritual fragrance. The rugged landscapes of Kutch, the pristine beaches of Mandovi, the architectural marvel at Patan & Modehra, jungle king at Gir, divine cities of lord Vishnu & Shiva and the list goes on and on. All in all, Gujarat has something for every kind of traveler and now with the introduction of Rann Utsav, there is a new feather in the cap.
Due to its hot and arid climate, it is best to travel to Gujarat during winters Ther are many airports in the state but some major airport which are well connected to the other Indian cities are Ahmedabad, Bhuj, Vadodra, Jamnagar etc.
Gujarat group tour for coming Season :
Hope that the above gave you some clarity about the destinations. Let us know in teh comment section which destination you would like to cover this winter. Hurry,
WINTER IS COMING 🙂
I had the great pleasure of exploring Meghalaya with Pawan (Solo Traveller Team Leader) for 5 days and I can tell you it was one of the best journey of my life – it was unique and with so many ike minded solo travellers it made the journey exceptionally beautiful. Keep up the good work Pawan n hope to see u soon. Best Wishes, Suresh Nayak, Melbourne, Australia.