There’s a nip in the air and a new season arrives. With winter comes snow, rides, ice skating, blazing fireplaces, marshmallows warm drinks and festive merriment. Both abroad and in India, there are places that look glorious in winter. Hit these super spots for winter breaks of a lifetime.
Halstatt village, Salzburg: You’ve heard of picture postcard places. This is it. This quaint village sits by a lake that freezes over in winter and lies in the shade of the snow-capped peaks of Salzburg. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its enchanting natural beauty.
Bruges, Belgium: Europe comes into its own in winter as Christmas festivities kick off weeks in advance. Among the cities that look their best in winter is Bruges – with its twisting alleys, canals which are sheets of ice and gingerbread buildings and castles.
Atlas Mountains, Morocco: Yes, it’s Africa and it’s gorgeous in winter. Marrakesh, the vibrant capital, affords fetching views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Intrepid adventure travellers can get up close, trekking in the range, particularly Mount Toubkal.
Lapland, Finland: What could be better than reindeer country in winter? You’ll hardly glimpse the sun during the dark, cold winter months. Butimagine the chance to see the dancing Northern Lights. Winter is when they make their rare appearances and it’s a sight not to be missed.
Prague, Czech Republic: One very good reason to go to Europe in winter are the bustling Christmas markets. Prague does some of the best. Walk through wooden huts lit with fairly lights, shop for Christmas gifts and goodies and some warming mulled wine. It’s guaranteed to put you in the festive mood.
San Juan, Puerto Rico: Want to get swept away in one of the world’s biggest winter events? Head to the San Sebastián Street Fest in San Juan. It has everything that makes a great party – from food to parades and fantastic Puerto Rican music such as salsa, reggae and batucada.
Jaisalmer: Rajasthan is searing hot through most of the year. In winter it becomes cool and welcoming. Jaisalmer revolves around its magnificent, gold-hued fort inside which daily life still carries on in colourful fashion. Walk its bazaars, glimpse its royal quarters and visit temples. Take a trip to the desert and camp on the sands, under the stars.
Auli, Uttarakhand: You don’t have to head for the Alps for a skiing holiday. Auli has for long established its reputation as a super skiing destination. It sits in the majestic Himalayan range and has splendid slopes which provide thrills for both amateurs and professional skiers.
Munsiyari, Uttarakhand: Less known that Kulu and Manali, Munsiyari is slightly off the beaten path and a great place to visit in winter. It’s surrounded by scenic splendour on every side and is a fantastic base from which to plan treks to the glaciers in the region.
Lakshadweep: If snow-capped peaks and sub-zero temperatures aren’t your thing, travel to Lakshadweep. The string of enchanting tropical islands enjoys balmy weather in winter. It’s the perfect time to go here and experience scuba diving, swimming, surfing and snorkelling. Or, simply sit back and soak in the beauty of the place.
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