Places to Visit Near Your City for a Low-key Holiday Season

The holiday season is finally upon us, and while we scroll through Instagram watching everyone leave for their year-end trips, the thought of having no plans this time of the year  must bother you too. Also, with COVID foiling most of our plans, it almost seems impossible. ‘Almost’ being the keyword here. 😉

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It’s December, and you owe it to your hard-working self to bid adieu to the year the right way (and we know you really need a getaway) 😃. So, how does an intimate Christmas and New Year with your closest ones near your own city sound?

If you’d be into that, here are a few places you can visit for a fun holiday season:

Near Delhi

1. Rishikesh 

View of Ganga river embankment, Lakshman Jhula bridge and Tera M

While Rishikesh is beautiful all year round, visiting the yoga capital in December has its own charm. It has both mountains and beaches, so you never have to choose. Take a walk by the serene beaches in the morning as you watch the sun coming out from behind the mountains. And if you are not a morning person, you can just sit by the ghats at night with your friends and relax.

2. Mcleodganj

View of Kangra Valley and Mountain Homes from Upper Dharamshala

Take a trip to Mcleodganj if you want a laid-back holiday. It is situated near Dharamshala and is known for cute cafes and chill vibes. It has temples, monasteries, waterfalls and lakes. Also, it’s the perfect place to work from homeYou can also visit Bir Billing, the paragliding capital of India, which is only 70 kms away. 

3. Alwar

Temple in Alwar

Skip mainstream places like Jaipur and Udaipur this year for Alwar. One of the oldest cities in Rajasthan, Alwar is known for its majestic forts and royal palaces. The place is almost four hours away from Delhi and is perfect for a weekend getaway in the winters and spring. 

Near Bengaluru 

1. Mysuru

Mysore Palace in Mysore, India

The royal city of Mysuru has a rich heritage that has added it to the bucket list of many travellers. The Mysuru Palace is the most popular tourist attraction in the city, the beauty of which will leave you spellbound. Also, do shop for silk sarees and the delicious Mysore Pak on your way back.

2. Chikmagalur

tea estate at chikmagalur

Situated in the foothills of the Mullayanagiri Range, Chikmagalur is called the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka.’ A pleasant smell of coffee is most likely to welcome you as you enter this hill station. The scenic mountains and tall trees have peace written all over them. It’s a great place for a low-key vacay. 

3. Coorg

The road winds through the forested hills surrounding the city o

Also known as Kodagu, Coorg is home to several coffee plantations, lush green forests and stunning views. Other than taking a trip down the coffee plantations, you can also enjoy water rafting, hiking or just hit the spa. Shop for chocolates and some aromatic coffee to take back home.

Near Mumbai

1. Daman


Daman is a beautiful city in the union territory of Daman & Diu. It is approximately 171 kms away from Mumbai and a great alternative if you want to skip the crowd of Goa and other mainstream party destinations. The most popular places to visit here are the Daman Beach and the Church of Bom Jesus. 

2. Karjat

Sunset at Morbe Dam, Karjat, Maharashtra

Located in the basin of River Ulhas, Karjat has everything from beautiful mountains, forts to rock-cut temples that you can visit with both family and friends. It’s a preferred trekking destination for many Mumbaikars. A weekend stay in the resorts of Karjat is enough to rejuvenate you this holiday season!

3. Silvassa

Panoramic view of dudhani lake

One can experience the beauty of authentic Portuguese culture in Silvassa. The town lies between Maharashtra and Gujarat and is known for water sports, wildlife sanctuaries and breathtaking views. It’s a must-visit place if you want to be in the lap of nature this December.

In North East

1. Cherrapunjee

A rocky stream at a waterfalls site in Cherapunjee, Meghalaya, I

Referred to as the ‘Jewel Crest of Meghalaya,’ Cherrapunji is one of the wettest regions in the world. It is often covered with mist and the weather here is quite pleasant. Cherrapunjee is a quaint place and a go-to destination for all nature lovers. When in the town, you have to visit Thelen Falls and NohSngithiang Falls. 

2. Tawang

Valleys of Tawang seen from the Tawang Buddhist Monastery

Situated at an altitude of 3048m in Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is a land of picturesque waterfalls and spectacular views. You can visit the Buddhist monasteries, Tawang Valley and Madhuri Lake. December is also the best time to enjoy the adventure sports in the town. 

3. Lunglei

The road winds through the forested hills surrounding the city o

If you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, take a trip to Lunglei in Mizoram. The term ‘Lunglei’ translates to ‘the bridge of rock.’ Much like the whole northeast, this town is also known for its scenic beauty and is rich in flora and fauna. It is a great place for trekking, bird watching and also for adventure sports. 

Happy holidays everyone. Have a good one!