The month of December marks the beginning of the festive season with everybody being pre-occupied with all the planning & packing that they need to do for their much-awaited holidays & all the godly destinations that they would be visiting & clicking pictures at. Although, we do agree that the dipping temperatures of the long, wintry nights might make a person little too lazy to quit the comfort of cosy beds & the warmth of the multiple sheets under which lies the ultimate solace. Whereas on the other hand, bright sunny afternoons have us craving for a nice brisk walk outdoors feeling the sun & warmth on our cold bodies. We make or break plans to get the most out of these short sunny days and long chilly nights. Picnics, outdoor brunches, and Christmas parties are some of the activities that make up our December weekend calendar. But this year, let us do something different – Why not spot a traveler’s hat and head out to a place that you have longed dreamed of visiting & tick it off your to-do-list.
So, all we are saying is plan a short trip or just club in your pending leaves (P.S. that for sure will expire by the end of this calendar year, if you don’t avail them now) and head off to some of the world’s best winter destinations for Christmas & New Year celebrations like no other. Check out our list of recommended cities that you must visit this winter.
5 Best Winter Destinations in the World
1. Dubai – The City of Gold
Dubai, the City of Gold in the United Arab Emirates is one of the populous shopping and traveling destinations for many visitors around the world. The beautiful desert city is famous worldwide for its state-of-the-art architecture, amusement parks, shopping centres, and other spectacular tourist hot spots. The city which has given to the world some of the amazing structures that exemplifies Dubai’s architectural finesse hosts one of the biggest events on New Year’s Eve every year.
Besides taking in the breath-taking view of the colourful fireworks lightning up the night sky, there are other spots to enjoy while basking in Christmas festivities.
Winter in Dubai is quite enjoyable with temperatures ranging from 23 degrees to 27 degrees. Catch the amazing fireworks from Burj Khalifa or enjoy the festivities from its rooftop while biting into some tasty delicacies in one of the fancy restaurants.
Also, you can silently watch the light and sound of the Dubai Fountain show or enjoy shopping at one of the retail outlets in Dubai Mall.
In Dubai, you will never run short of activities to try and places to visit because the city keeps updating the bucket list for its visitors. This winter get a taste of the Middle East while partying through Christmas and New Year Eve. Also, check our recommended tours while planning your vacation to Dubai.
2. Indonesia (Bali and Lombok)
South Asian island nation of Indonesia is an archipelago that comprises of seventeen thousand islands and enjoys a tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 23 degrees to 28 degrees. The Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok are dotted by volcanic mountains, white sandy beaches, astounding surfing spots, and coral reefs.
The tropical climate provides a pleasant respite from the cold, wintry weather, so plan your trip accordingly to enjoy the sun this December.
Bali is a popular destination amongst honeymooners and young people for its mesmerizing scenic beauty and long beaches. But Lombok, the lesser-known island, can be a perfect alternative if you wish to avoid the maddening crowd in Bali.
Else, you enjoy the best of both the islands on a single trip since Lombok is just five hours away from the famous Bali. The sea beaches will compel you to laze away your time happily throughout the day and party hard at night. Also, you can trek the steep volcanic peaks through green rice paddies or familiarise yourself with the flora and fauna of the islands. Do not forget to visit the famous Tangsi ‘Pink Beach’ which is painted in the brightest hue of pink, derived from the particles of coral reefs called Homtrema Rubrum.
And, there is some good news for the food lovers and young gastronomes – Indonesian cuisine can be a real treat for your taste bud. Plan your trip with our recommended packages here.
3. Kuala Lumpur
The beautiful capital city of Malaysia can be your ideal destination to spend the forthcoming winter holidays with your family. The tropical climate of this South-East Asian nation is a comfortable relief if you wish to escape the freezing long winter nights.
Winters are really pleasant in Kuala Lumpur with January and February being the coldest months in the year. Temperature ranges from 23 degrees to 32 degrees respectively. This is undoubtedly one of the best places to escape the chilly winters and enjoy a tranquil New Year Eve with your partner, family or friends.
The city is not devoid of tourist attractions and proudly boasts of gleaming skyscrapers and colonial architecture. Petronas Twin Towers are considered the World’s tallest skyscrapers and the major part of the New Year Celebrations is centred on these towers. Besides this, you get to witness the mysterious interiors of 400 million years old Batu Caves and enjoy shopping at Petaling Street Flea Market.
Shoppers and gastronomes will have the time of their lives exploring the expansive shopping malls like Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC or tasting Malaysian gastronomic delights at one of the many stalls, cafes, and restaurants lining up and down the streets.
And, if you still do not wish to miss the Christmas festivities, then check out the different tourist spots where celebrations are in full swing.
Add exciting day tours to your Kuala Lumpur itinerary with our highly recommended tours here.
4. India (Mumbai, Delhi, and Goa)
The multilingual and multicultural South-east Asian nation called India is a sub-continent that offers the best of what Mother Nature can offer. Right from the lofty Himalayas in the North to the sandy beaches in the South, sandy desert in the west to the mangrove forest in the east – India has a bit of everything. Just like Nature, India experiences an exceptional variety in weather conditions. Depending on what you prefer for your holiday this December, you can choose from the ala carte.
If you wish to experience the warmth of the sun and partake in the year-end festivities, then cities like Mumbai or Goa should be your desired destination. Here you are bound to get spoilt for choices. Goa is the Union Territory whereas Mumbai is the financial capital of India. And, there is no harm in admitting that these two places never sleep through the festive nights. Do not restrict your plans to partake in the year-end celebrations only. There are great many tourist attractions to visit during the day and amazing delicacies to taste. Look out for our recommended day tours and plan accordingly.
But, the capital city of Delhi will give you a chance to enjoy both the freezing winter weather and the nightlong Year-end festivities at some of the popular restaurants here. Delhi is a shopping destination for many Indians, so do visit markets like Chandni Chowk and Sarojini where you will get to pick stuffs you like but at affordable rates.
Add fun to your trip with our recommended day tours in Delhi.
5. Sri Lanka (Colombo and Habarana)
Another island nation, Sri Lanka which is located in the Indian Ocean, lying to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea, can be your choicest destination for your December vacation.
Like India, Sri Lanka enjoys different climatic conditions depending, on the land elevation from the sea. But, unlike India, this nation does not experience a wide diversity in temperatures, which ranges from 28 degrees in the coastal areas to 16 or 20 degrees in the upland areas.
If time and budget do not permit to comb the entire nation, then you can select a couple of places that will align with your Christmas plans.
Few cities are handpicked for you to decide which one you will visit this December –
Colombo – An important port on ancient east-west trade routes, Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, was once ruled by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British. The architecture of the colonial buildings, shopping malls, and other high rises proudly reflect their colonial past. Colombo can treat you well this Christmas with their yearly Christmas Fair at Galle Green Face which is a large open area close to the Fort, Midnight Mass in Sinhala or St. Andrews Scots Kirk, and places like Colombo Christmas Street, Rare at Uga Residence or Ozo Hotel have yummy eateries to please your taste buds.
Enjoy the mad festivities of this season by planning your trip and adding an extra oomph with our recommended day tours.
Habarana – This is a small city located in the Anuradhapura district of Sri Lanka and can be an ideal destination to spend your Christmas in peace if you wish to avoid the mad rush of visitors in Colombo. There are amazing spots to fill up your travel to-do-list such as Minneriya National Park, Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples. Here you can still be a part of the Year-end festivity by checking into Habarana village by Cinnamon to treat yourself with artistically organised buffet, outdoor lightning, intricate ice sculptures, and beautiful Christmas decorations.
Enjoy your stay here with our suggested day tours to indulge in here.
Where are you heading this Christmas?
The month of December offers the perfect excuse to enjoy the warmth of the Sun and partake in outdoor activities. The mentioned five places will treat you to the best of what winter has to offer, but why restrict yourself to these five names only? The whole world is your oyster, so plan accordingly and bid farewell to this happening year on good notes.
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