Looking for an escape from the rumpus of the shimmery manner of modern New Year celebrations? Media India Group brings to you a combination of four calm yet enticing places that one can choose to celebrate the arrival of New Year.
Looking forward to spend the New Year enjoying a small town vibe amidst fresh mountain air and dense forests, then Khajjiar might just be the ideal location.
A little hill station in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh with verdant meadows and snow-laden mountains, at a height of about 2,000 metres from the sea level, Khajjiar is often called the mini Switzerland of India. Located in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges, Khajjiar sports a variety of serene places filled with nature, culture and adventure.
One can head to the Khajjiar Lake, a splendid lake surrounded by saucer-shaped lush green meadow and a floating grassy island.On the bank of Khajjiar Lake lies the Khajji Nag Temple that dates back to the 12th century. Alongside being a peaceful site, this place also hosts several fun activities like zorbing and horseback riding, a real treat for the adventure lovers. For the ones with a wildlife rush, the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary can satiate their desires with its immense variety of flora and fauna including Himalayan black marten, jackal, leopard, barking goral, deer, bear and langur in a surrounding filled with dense deodar forests and little streams.
One of the oldest towns in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, located at an altitude of 1,500 metres above the sea level, Ziro hosts a landscape filled with terraced rice fields, lush bamboo forests and it’s native Apatani tribal community.
Shortlisted in 2012 by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for inclusion in the tentative list for further nomination to UNESCO for inscription in the World Heritage Site, Ziro’s rich biodiversity leaves the tourists spellbound.
Lined with trails of tall blue and green pines, Ziro is widely renowned for the Talley Wildlife Sanctuary. Home to many endangered species like the clouded leopard and dotted with beautiful silver fir trees and orchids, the Talley Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of about 337 square kilometres. One can also visit the Siddheshwarnath Temple, which houses a natural shivalinga (a symbol that represents Lord Shiva), discovered only a decade ago. Places like Hapoli, ZiroPuto and DoloMando hillocks, and Meghna Cave Temple can also be visited by hikers and nature and spiritual enthusiasts.
Famously referred to as the Scotland of India and Kashmir of Karnataka, Coorg is a tiny hill station located in the southern Indian state of Karnataka.
Present in the lap of Western Ghats, Coorg boasts of lush coffee plantations, outstanding landscapes, old villages, refreshing weather and tumbling waterfalls.
Bylakuppe in Coorg, the second largest Tibetan settlement in the world outside Tibet after Dharmashala accommodates the Namdroling monastery, a peaceful site enriched in meditative silence. Tourists also choose to buy exquisite handicrafts and enjoy the authentic Tibetan momos. Coorg also harbours beautiful waterfalls with rapturous sounds, like Abbey and Iruppu falls. The angling season of Coorg is from November to March and it attracts professional anglers from all over the world to catch and feast upon the Mahseer fish in Coorg.
In the heart of the great Indian Thar Desert, Jaisalmer stands with many artistic structures and monuments of local historical importance and as the largest district of the north Indian state of Rajasthan.
The rich heritage of the city is incredibly defined by the Jaisalmer fort, also known as Sonar Quila, and is acclaimed for it’s remarkable yellow stone architecture and design, having intricately carved windows, doors and walls. Overlooking the Jaisalmer city, the fort hosts two canon points, located at focal sites within the fort, to provide the tourists with a bird’s eye view of Jaisalmer city.
Enjoying a camel safari is a must, when visiting Jaisalmer. Not a fan of a bumpy camel ride? One can rather head for a boat ride in the Gadsisar Lake which circumferences many temples devoted to Krishna and other Hindu gods. The winter season brings migratory birds to the region and bird watching becomes an exciting yet peaceful activity in Jaisalmer. Other tourist destinations include a variety of Havelis (mansions) and museums that keep the zest for culture and history alive.
Chamba, Himachal Pradesh