Take yourself to places this coming Christmas
Christmas is just two weeks away and the long weekend is just around the corner. Apart from the chiming of bells, warm greetings and melodious hymns, if you wish to travel and explore different regions in India celebrating Christmas and experience the mixture of culture and festivities, then here is a list of five places that are perfect for Christmas getaways.
Enjoy this year’s Christmas in the hills of Meghalaya at Shillong. Shillong with a considerable population of Catholics celebrates Christmas with fun spirit and enthusiasm. During the festival, Shillong is visited by many around the world. Witness the age-old tradition of pre-Christmas celebration at All Saints Cathedral and decoration of a century-old fir tree. Adding to the festivities, the city hosts a number of musical events during the festival, where several local bands and dance troops perform to live audiences.
Puducherry’s architecture still basking in the French culture, is a perfect place to witness traditional Christmas celebrations. The Christmas celebrations at the famous churches of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are a treat to anyone’s eyes. The Christmas mass is held in the local language of Tamil. With the coastlines on the side and December breeze, the city is a perfect Christmas getaway for any travel enthusiast. Enjoy your Christmas celebrations with the high spirited locals, unending gothic churches and pristine beaches of Puducherry. So, if you are planning to escape the buzz of the city and enjoy a traditional Christmas, you know where to book tickets for.
Another holiday destination that is absolutely perfect for the ones looking for a peaceful Christmas in the midst of enchanting hills and beautiful landscape is Lansdowne in Gherwal. The main attraction during Christmas period here is St. Mary’s Church with its old world charms. Apart from Christmas celebrations in the town, the place has a lot to offer to all its visitors. A visitor can take a peek into the history at the Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial, Darban Singh Regimental Museum and St. Mary’s Church. Further, Bhulla Tal (Lake) and Tip-In-Top (Tiffin Top), are a photographer’s delight with breathtaking views from every angle.
Daman and Diu
If Goa is too crowded for you during Christmas, then Daman and Diu is the next best option for all the beach lovers. Daman Diu also boasts a large amount of Portuguese influence and therefore Christmas is a big celebration in the union territory. A visitor can witness several cultural shows, famous Portuguese dance forms such as Corrindinho and Christmas mass in several churches. The festivities start with the Public Fair which is held in December every year and continue with Christmas until New Year.
Christmas in Goa is celebrated with utmost zeal and enthusiasm. Goa has more than 400 churches and all the churches organise midnight mass service. Some of the popular ones are at the Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Immaculate Conception Church. The Christmas delights along with the Goan cuisine are a treat for all the tourists. Another tradition that the locals have had been practising since ages is burning of effigies of an old man to signify the destruction of the worries and ills of the previous year. Goa is famous for its beaches and it gets prettier on the Christmas Eve when fireworks light up the sky. Fireworks are famous at the Baga and Calangute beaches.