INDIA TRAVEL - 3 MOST AMAZING WINTER DESTINATIONS FOR YOU

Hello guys! The winter is upon us and holidays are around the corner. It is that time of the year to treat yourself to some cozy sunshine and winter delicacies. But if you are bitten by travel bug, then it is the best time to pack your bags and head to some enchanting destinations. Let me help you in picking up a destination for your winter travel. Let's walk through three different places in three different corners of the country. You can choose your favorite from among them. The places I am talking about are Mandvi in Gujarat in the west, Mandarmani in West Bengal in the east and Tattapani in Himachal Pradesh in the north.

MANDVI - If you prefer going to a beach during winters, you can head to the western shore of Arabian sea. Here lies the beach city of Mandvi in Gujarat. The beach in Mandvi is still considered virgin. The sunset at this beach is mesmerizing. Not only the beach but you will get a taste of royalty also in Mandvi. While approaching the beach, you can see a huge windmill in the horizon. 


Mandvi, Gujarat
MANDVI BEACH
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Horse riding at Mandvi beach
FUN AT MANDVI BEACH
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Mandvi beach blue water
BLUE WATERS OF MANDVI BEACH
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Vijay Vilas Palace is tha star attraction of Mandvi, whose architecture is a global mix. The palace displays multiple items brought from far off places. This royal palace boasts of well laid gardens, marble fountains and water channels. The palace was designed and constructed in 1920. Architects and craftsmen from Jaipur were assigned the task. Numerous Hindi movies have been shot in this palace.


Vijay Vilas Palace, Mandvi, Gujarat
VIJAY VILAS PALACE
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Vijay Vilas Palace at Mandvi
GRANDEUR OF VIJAY VILAS
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Mandvi used to be a major trading port at one time but later on Mumbai became the major port. However, it is still known for it's ship building yards. You can go and see the ship building in these yards. Interestingly, ships are still built manually in Mandvi shipyards. 


Boat making at Mandvi, Gujarat
BOAT BUILDING
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Mandvi shipbuilding yard
SHIPBUILDING YARD
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Take a long walk along any of Mandvi's beautiful, clean and quiet beaches and enjoy cool breeze along with watching flamingos and other migratory birds there. You should not miss Double rotis popularly known as Dabeli here, which is the special food of the region.


Windmill Farm Beach, Gujarat
WINDMILL FARM BEACH
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Windmills at Mandvi
WINDMILLS AT THE BEACH
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Situated in the Kutch region, you can reach Mandvi by flying to Bhuj, which is the nearest airport and is 57 km(35 mi) away. By train, you can travel upto Okha, which is 49 km(30 mi) away. You can easily get taxis or buses from these places to reach Mandvi. 

Also read: CHAMPANER-PAVAGADH ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

TATTAPANI - Who wants to go near water in winters? It seems like a torture. But what if water is not only warm but natural also? Would you not like to bath in it? Tattapani, is a place known for it's hot water springs. Tattapani, literally translate means "hot water". These hot water springs originate from the river bed of Sutlej river, which flows through the region. The water in the springs is rich in sulphur and can cure many ailments. This water is particularly good for skin. 


Tattapani, Mandi
BATHING IN HOT WATER SPRING
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Tattapani, Himachal
HOT WATER SPRING AT TATTAPANI
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You can enjoy a warm bath in the springs. Don't worry about your hesitation in bathing in the open. There are alternate arrangements. You can make use of covered fencing or bath tub arrangements, made by locals. You can relax yourself here with the help of Ayurved and naturopathy. You can find some health spa resorts also at this place.


Sutlej river at Tattapani
SUTLEJ RIVER
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Apart from bathing in the hot water springs, you can also enjoy water sports in Tattapani. Go for river rafting in the river Sutlej. Breathtaking landscape all around will add to the pleasure. Or you can opt for mountain biking/ cycling along the banks of river Sutlej for adventure. You can drive/cycle for as much as 30 km (19 mi) right up to village Chindi. More adventurous of you can go for trekking. Tattapani has many options for trekking where you can admire the natural beauty on the way.


River rafting at Tattapani
RIVER RAFTING ON SUTLEJ RIVER
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Located at an altitude of  2230 ft, Tattapani is situated in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. It is 56 km(35 mi) from it's more famous cousin Shimla. 

For reaching Tattapani by air, you have to either travel to Shimla airport, which is 68 km(43 mi) away or to Chandigarh airport, which is 153 km(95 mi) away. You can hire taxis from here to reach Tattapani. Alternately, you can travel by train to Kalka (150 km/95 mi) away or to Chandigarh (170 km/ 106 mi) away and get taxis from there. You can get buses also from Shimla to reach Tattapani.

Also read: A PLACE OF PRISTINE BEAUTY AND PEACE - SARAHAN

MANDARMANI - Do you love to drive on the beach? Then this is the place for you. Considered to be the longest driveable beach in India, Mandarmani is a village beach resort in West Bengal. The beach is 13 km(8 mi) long and you will see red crabs crawling around the beach, which is the special attraction of Mandarmani. 


Mandarmani Beach, West Bengal
MANDARMANI BEACH
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Mandarmani beach sunset
BEAUTIFUL SUNSET
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The beach has tranquility and peace and you can enjoy a quiet walk on the silt colored sand. Since West Bengal is in east, you can admire the beautiful sunrise on the beach. You can visit this place just to see the sunrise. 


Water sports at Mandarmani
BEACH VOLLEYBALL
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Boating at Mandarmani beach
BOATS AT MANDARMANI BEACH
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There are a number of resorts on the beach itself. These resorts offer various activities for you to indulge in. Many activities like jet ski ride, banana boat ride, parachute ride or RTV ride along the beach are offered here. You can opt according to your preference.


Parachuting in India
PARACHUTING AT MANDARMANI
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There are a few shops also at Madarmani selling shells, handicrafts and even hand ,made jewelry. You can also go to nearby beaches of Digha and Shankarpur, which are more popular and crowded.


Red crabs
RED CRABS AT MANDARMANI
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Manadarmani is situated 170 km(105 mi) away from Kolkata by road and 180 km(112 mi) from Kolkata airport, which is the nearest airport. You will easily get taxis from here to reach Mandarmani. To reach Mandarmani by train, you have to travel to Howrah and then to Contai (18 km/ 11 mi away) or Digha (30 km/ 19 mi away). From here you can hire auto rickshaw or cycle rickshaw to reach Mandarmani. Keep in mind that trains from Howrah to above places run only during the first half of the day. Both state run as well as private buses are easily and frequently available to reach Mandarmani beach.

So which of these places you would prefer to go this winter? Please leave your responses in comments.


18 comments:

  1. Wow, I have never heard of these places, despite being an Indian. Those red crabs are a sight to see and the Tattapani looks awesome.

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    1. There are so many unexplored places Priya. Just go through my posts and you will find a lot of places which you might not have heard of, but each one of them is unique and has not been fully explored.

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  2. Very nice post. Would love to visit someday!

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    1. Do visit India. I assure you, it will mesmerize you.

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  3. The beach sounds amazing at Christmas! It's so cold and snowy here, sunshine and sand sound fantastic! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Winter has set in here too. But it is beautiful. Merry Christmas to you too.

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  4. Some really beautiful places, I would like to visit these places one day.

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    1. Yes John! You must visit India. I am sure you will be amazed by the beauty and diversity of our country.

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  5. We have never visited India, but it looks like an amazing place. Beautiful pictures.

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    1. India indeed is an amazing place. There is so much to explore. Do visit sometime.

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  6. Nice post, I love india. Thanks for sharing

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  7. I love that picture of the red crabs! Very cool. I never knew India had hot springs. That is something I always wanted to too. Thanks for sharing these cool locations!

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    1. Thanks. Glad you liked it. India has many hot water springs and so many more natural treasures which you would love to explore.

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  8. Hi Vimal, I have never heard of red crabs really. It looks amazing. I have seen lot of places in India with my father as he was in defence. But never heard of some of these. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Glad you liked my post. You must visit these places at first opportunity. These are really amazing places.

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