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10 must-see Christmas vacation spots!

Ho Ho Ho ! The happy festival of Christmas is here! Have you been good throughout the year? If yes, then it is time to treat yourself with some nice, cozy vacation. Santa wants you to go out, relax and take a break from your crazy routine, and you should never say no to him! So, now when you have decided to finally hit the road, here are some places that can be your Christmas destination.

Goa

Goa

As clichéd as it might sound, Goa is the party paradise of India, and the charm it exuberates on Christmas is inimitable. Goa has a sizeable population of Roman Catholics and a charming Portuguese legacy, which makes it one of the best places in India to celebrate Christmas. The entire state, decorated with flowers and lights, looks like a beautiful bride on the eve of Christmas. Enter any shack or pub and you will see tables laden with Christmas feast and live bands playing beautiful music. The best beaches to celebrate Christmas here are Anjuna, Mapasa and Candolim.

If you are on a budget trip, you should book a hostel which would give you a room at an approximate price of 1000 INR per night. The hotel rooms are available at 2500 INR onwards per person for a double room. If you wish to rent a villa, or a room in someone’s house then you can get it for 1500 - 5000 for a room and 10,000 - 30,000 for an entire villa, depending on the property and location. If it is closer to the beach, it will be costlier.

Pondicherry

Pondicerry

If you wish to experience France in India, then you should definitely head to Pondicherry this Christmas. This beautiful city becomes even more gorgeous during Christmas, and you would not want the festivities to end ever. 

Pondicherry is relatively cheaper than Goa, and here the prices for a hotel room start from 1000 INR per night. If you wish to take a BnB on rent you can get it in the range of 2000 and 10,000 INR.

Alleppey, Kerala

Alleppey

Kerala is known for its beautiful churches, so it is not difficult to imagine the kind of festivities that would go on there on Christmas. Yes, the entire state will be illuminated and adorned with lights, flowers etc. and the churches remain open all night. It, indeed, is a sight to behold. The best place in Kerala to celebrate Christmas would be Alleppey, known as the backwaters of Kerala. 

Alleppey will mesmerize you with its scenic beauty, clear blue waters and lush green surroundings. Add to it the Christmas festivities, and you would feel like spending your entire life there! A hotel room in Alleppey would cost you anything between 2000 and 20,000 INR. A BnB villa would start from 5000 INR.

Daman and Diu

Daman and Diu

Tread on the untrodden paths this Christmas! Head to the serene and scenic destination of Daman and Diu and revel in the marvels this place has to offer. Splattered with colonial style houses and churches, this place exudes an otherworldly charm on Christmas and you should definitely not miss out on the experience. Diu boasts of some of the most beautiful beaches in the country and you would also love to attend the mass in churches like Saint Paul’s Church, Se Cathedral and Church of Our Lady of Rosary. 

The hotels here start from 1700 INR and go up to 20,000 INR for one night. You can also rent a house for 12-15000 INR. It is ideal if you are travelling in a group.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

This union territory is one of the lesser spoken about destinations in India, and the Christmas festival is celebrated in a grand manner here, with a beautiful tribal touch. This place lies dotted with many beautiful churches and, on Christmas they are adorned in an exquisite manner. The Church of ‘Lady of Piety’, the oldest church of this union territory, boasts of picturesque surroundings. It will become even more beautiful on Christmas Eve with all the lights and decorations.

A hotel room in here would cost you around 3000 INR per night and if you wish to take a villa on rent, the price starts from 1700 and goes till 10,000 INR.

Kolkata

Kolkata

The city of joy! Need we say anything more? Kolkata is always high on celebrations whatever the occasion be! And Christmas is no different. Not only the churches but also the heart of the city, the Park Street, stands illuminated and adorned. The festive spirit of Kolkata is inimitable, and if you add good food and good music to it, then it becomes really difficult to disassociate yourself with the charm this place exudes.

Kolkata is one of the metropolitan cities of India, so here you can find hotels of all budgets. A decent hotel room here would cost around 2000 – 5000 INR per night per person. But a BnB will cost you anywhere between 1500 and 20,000 INR per night.

Auli

Auli

What better way to celebrate Christmas than surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of snow. Auli is a part of the Indian state of Uttarakhand and is home to some gorgeous skiing slopes. So, you can spend your Christmas skiing away on the gorgeous snowy slopes. And if you are a beginner, you can also take skiing courses here.

You can get a good double bed hotel room here in 5000 INR per night, and if you want to rent a room in an apartment or an entire apartment, it would cost you anywhere between 2000 and 7000 INR per night.

Andaman

Andaman

If you are not exactly looking for parties and bonhomie on Christmas and want to spend your holiday in tranquility, then Andaman is the perfect destination for you. Stretches of unending blue waters, the waves curling on the shores lined with palm trees and warm, friendly crowd - Andaman is a spectacle personified. Spend your days gazing at the marvels of nature and go snorkeling on the beautiful Havelock Island to witness the wonders of the marine life.

A double bed room in a hotel on the Havelock Island would cost you between 5000 and 20,000 INR per night. A room in an apartment or the entire apartment would be priced between 2000 and 25000 INR per night.

Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep

The beauty of Lakshadweep lies in its isolation. A string of 36 beautiful islands, Lakshadweep offers you stunning ambience unlike the usual touristy spots. Of the 36 islands, only 10 are inhabited mostly by fishermen, and travelers are allowed to stay only on a few of these. The most prominent islands here are- Kadmat, Minicoy, Kavaratti, Agatti, Kalpeni and Bangaram.

There are not many hotels here, and a decent room in any of the above islands would cost you more than 2000 INR per night.

Shillong

Shillong

Celebrate an enthusiastic Christmas in the capital of the beautiful state of Meghalaya, Shillong. Shillong, with all its rustic colonial charm and beautiful churches is ready to give you a warm welcome this Christmas. So drop all your plans and book your tickets to this North-Eastern beauty right now!

A decent double bed room in a hotel would cost you anywhere between 2000 and 7000, and if you wish to take an apartment on rent, it would be between 2000 and 10,000 per night.

So, now when your question has been answered and you finally have a list of places where you can spend this Christmas, then why haven’t you started packing yet? Hurry, the bells are jingling just for you!! Merry Christmas!

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