Ah, Winters. It’s that time of the year again when we all need a little warmth in the warm hug of our blankets. That time of the year when we dream of fog and snow and sand and sea and wish it was all there with us. Some of us love our winter vacations to places which make us escape biting cold at our place and some of us love our winter vacations to places where cold is frosty, fluffy and snowy. So let’s talk about 5 places to visit in winters:

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Jaisalmer: Stroll around at your own place at the enchanting and unique masterpiece of Jaisalmer Fort located on top of Trikura Hill. The Fort has temples, bazaars, shops etc. The Jain temple inside the fort is marvelous. Enjoy camel and jeep safari at Sam Sand Dunes. Enjoy food such as Dal Baati Choorma – a typical Rajasthani preparation and Ker Sangri which is a favorite with the locals. Venture into offbeat places from Jaisalmer such as the Haunted Kuldhara or explore Jaisalmer on the silk route found as multiple Cenotaphs spread over the wild desert plains.

Where to stay: Jaisalmer

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Ooty: Immerse yourself in the scenic road trip from Ooty to Pykara that goes through Nilgiri forest with huge trees. Enjoy boating in the quiet Pykara Lake that is quieter alternative to the crowded Ooty Lake. Enjoy pretty views of valleys, tea gardens, hills and fields while taking a toy train ride from Ooty to Conoor. Sample and get back a few homemade chocolates and Ooty Varkis (Puffs) in Ooty. Visit the beautiful Botanical Garden and visit lush green avenues of Tea Estates.

Where to stay : Ooty

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Shimla: You’ll be tempted to curl in indoors but believe me the good old Shimla during winters is magical. Take a walk down Mall Road to feel the British Architecture of yesteryear and enjoy street food. If you are lucky like we were in winters, you would get to see fresh snowfall. Hike up to the Jakhu Temple to enjoy fabulous view of mountains on a clear day!

Where to stay: Shimla

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Goa: When it comes to beaches, no one can beat the undying vibe of Goa during offseason of winters. The weather is comparatively less hot and less humid than harsh summers, and its easy to enjoy Beaches in not so overcrowded beaches. Apart from the regular Baga and Calangute, Palolem Beach has lots to offer. You can relax at the shacks, kayak or even take a boat ride to the nearby islands. Dudhsagar Falls is also one of the must visit locations in Goa.

Where to stay: Goa

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Allepey: The Backwaters of Kerala are a network of interconnected canals, rivers and lakes that runs parallel to the Malabar Coast. During winters, rent a houseboat and enjoy the enchanting backwaters of Allepey. Freshly caught fish, prawns and lobsters are served on houseboats of Alleppey. You can also do Kayaking and canoeing here. Also, enjoy the nice and quiet Marari Beach in Allepey.

Where to stay: Allepey