5 Places in India That Will Satisfy Your Wanderlust This January
1. Gulmarg – Ski season
An exhilarating combination of incredible powder snow and the clear blue sky, Gulmarg is the best place to go long-run skiing and snowboarding in India. Gulmarg is known for its legendary beauty, prime location and proximity to Srinagar. Enjoy the bird’s eye view from ‘Gulmarg Gondola’, which is the highest cable car in the world. “Gondola experience was amazing travelling over hills covered with snow, it feels so awesome from the top station of Gondola that experience can’t be described in words.”
2. Rann of Kutch – Rann Utsav
The white vastness of the salt marsh that is the Rann of Kutch comes alive during the Rann Utsav. The three-month long festival seeps deeply into the colourful culture and heritage of Gujarat. Triphealer traveller Manoj Kumar shares “If you are travelling to Bhuj during December to March time frame; you must visit Rann Utsav arranged by Gujarat Tourism. There is tent city created over here in which you can rent a tent. Renting a tent is a little bit expensive, but its worth if you want to experience a night in the white desert.”
The Utsav is peppered with numerous tents, thriving with a host of activities like camel safaris, horse rides and desert cart rallies. Thronged by locals and tourists, and the rich smell of mouth-watering local cuisine wafting through the air, the Rann Utsav celebrates the enigma and mysticism of Kutch.
3. Bikaner – Bikaner Camel Festival
The 2-day extravaganza begins with a magnificent procession of bedecked camels against the backdrop of Junagarh fort. Witness these majestic creatures in all their glory, folk dances and music of the region. Mohd Ali Saifi, a Triphealer traveller shares, “Bikaner is a sleepy district town in Rajasthan India carrying the history of about 600 years of its existence.”
The first day hosts a camel pageant where the owners show off their camel’s jewelry. There is also a dance performance and camel milking competition.
4. Santiniketan – Poush Mela
An annual festival featuring Bengali folk music, especially baul music, the Poush Mela also offers dancing, tribal sports, and thousands of stalls selling an array of merchandise including handicrafts.
Triphealer Traveller Rajat Rathor says, “No one really visits restaurants at Santiniketan during the Poush Mela till the end of the season when winter ends because roadside dhabas and street food takes away the clientele of hotels and restaurants where you can get everything from a traditional Bengal meal of fish curry and rice to Chinese to Mughlai fare including Thai’s famous momos and thukpa.”
5. Mamallapuram – Mamallapuram Dance Festival
Hosted against the backdrop of a Pallava rock sculpture, this 4-week long vibrant fiesta of dance features exponents of Bharatanatyam; Kuchipudi; Kathak; and Kathakali.
Nidhi Khandelwal one of the Triphealer traveller shares her experience of Mahabalipuram. She states, “If you are a lover of architecture, art and love time travelling Mahabalipuram is a place to be. Shore temple, arjuna’s penance, the 5 rathas and the lighthouse are really close to each other.”
If you are a lover of the performing arts, there is no way you want to miss this great event.