Christmas! The first image that hits you is that of the Christmas tree, fairy lights, the warmth of the fire in the middle of the bitter cold, the plum cake and the Christmas dinner. Here are a few places that you could plan your ideal Christmas in.
The place is known for the MTB Himalaya the mountain biking race it hosts annually, the largest of its kind in South Asia. But, come December and Shimla welcomes you with a white Christmas! The decked up place with the white town buzzing in the background won’t let you miss home. Moreover, the skilled local artisans put up their best works for sales- shawls, sweaters, wooden stuff, are not something you can forget after a glance.
Jakhu Hill, one of the highest view points of Shimla offers a marvellous view of the snow capped Himalayas. A popluar picnic spot during summer, the place also houses the breathtaking Chadwick falls.
The Christ Church located close to the Ridge is sure to catch your eye. The lofty Church is known for the stained glass window that symbolises faith, hope, charity, fortitude and patience. And the adventure lovers can always sneak away for a trek in the Himalayas and make merry their way. Christmas here is no hope crasher for sure!
Or, if you’re one of those people who is averted to winter, you could always celebrate Christmas somewhere warmer. Yup, it’s the little state sandwiched between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. Most commonly known for the Sunburn Festival and the beaches and of course, the booze!
Goa boasts of a number of churches like Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, etc., These and ancient and enormous churches are not just beautifully decorated but are a sight for joy and happiness. The flea markets where the Goans sell their hand made things, around this time isn’t something you can miss. Christmas Dances and Carol singing are a part and parcel of the Christmas experience.
Apart from the numerous beaches Goa is known for, you could always visit the less known places. The Arvalem Caves and Waterfalls, the caves are dated back to the 6th Century and well the waterfalls are nothing short of beautiful! The Lamgau caves, on the other hand, is a treat for adventure lovers and trekkers! The spice plantations like the Savoi Plantation and Pascol Spice village where …… is grown is just one of Goa’s other hidden beauties.
Last but not the least, don’t forget to add the 17th Century Portugese fort, Fort Aguada, to your list. The Fort built to protect Old Goa from Dutch ships still stands overlooking the Arabian Sea. Though not entirely intact, some parts of the fort was converted to a prison that happens to be the largest prison in Goa!