The winter beckons! It’s time to bask in the glory of the sun and clean those suitcases kept on top of the cupboard. It’s holiday time! But, all packed and nowhere to go? Don’t fret. Check out these three droollicious destinations to visit this winter.
Rann of Kutch
The beautiful desert district is a must see this winter. The endless desert plain straight to the horizon, is actually a seasonal island which looks quite similar to a tortoise surrounded by water. The Rann has a spectacular history that dates back to 300 B.C. and still shows traces of the Indus Valley civilisations and its nomadic life. The nomadic artisans have the reputation of producing the finest folk textiles, embroidery and mirror work. The little Rann of Kutch has the largest sanctuary of the endangered wild ass.
Chir Batti (ghost lights), a mysterious and strange dancing light phenomenon is seen only in the Rann, the adjacent Banni grasslands and the seasonal wetlands. Along with this beautiful phenomenon, the Rann hosts a 3 month long festival which starts November through March is known as the Rann Utsav. In this festival, tourists get a taste of the cuisine, colours and the hospitality of the Rann.
The beautiful mountainous capital city of Meghalaya, Shillong pulsates with energy and life from dawn to dusk. The narrow hilly terrain in bordered by pine trees and wooden houses. Due to the striking resemblance to the highlands of Scotland, it was named the Scotland of the East. Shillong acquires its name from ‘Leisshyllong’- the almighty power or god who is believed to dwell on the Shillong peak. This picturesque landscape is breath taking, surrounded by waterfall from the crinoline falls, the two Gunner’s Falls, Spread Eagle, Elephant Gait and Elephant Falls to Beadon and Sweet Falls. Take-in the beauty of the East.
Coorg is known as the ‘Land of the Cauvery’ or the Kashmir of the south. Coffee plantations, endless mountain ranges and breath taking valleys are the many features of this southern city.
It has a beautiful terrain for mountain biking, trekking, white water rafting in the Cauvery, rock climbing and dirt track racing. If you just want to put up your feet and relax, Coorg has a remedy for that too. Take breath in the fresh greenery while you have a spa day or an ayurvedic massage.
So, try something new this winter, give all those over done touristy cities a miss and go for some real adventure.