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Best Places to Visit in India in January

January will be the best time to explore the various tourist destinations of India, as you are exempted from the scorching heat. The onset of winter season brings forward a large number of tourists in the country. You should take advantage of the favorable climate that lasts for a short period of time and plan out a holiday to celebrate your new year in India. Here are some of the best places for you to visit during the month of January:

Daman & Diu

Daman & Diu

The twin islands of Daman and Dui is the second smallest union territory in India, located on the west coast. It is culturally and historically rich and that can be reflected through the old forts, temples and churches scattered around these cities. Having been colonized by the Portuguese for about 450 years, the area still dwells under the colonial architecture. 

The other factor that attracts the visitors is the pristine white sandy beaches, offering a tranquil view. It remains pleasant during the winters, making the water activities more enjoyable. One of the most overwhelming experience in the peak of the winter season will be to witness the exotic migratory birds entering the islands, which makes the place vibrant and attractive.  

Rann of Kutch

Rann of Kutch,Gujarat

Rann of Kutch is situated in the Thar Desert, Gujarat and is considered as the world’s largest salt desert, but it is seasonal. It remains underwater during the monsoon and becomes dry during winter and summer. The region is home to various tribes, each with their own customs and traditions and that is what appeals to visitors. Each year the Gujarat Government organizes a famous festival of “Rann Utsav” promoting exposure for this part of the state. 

It is an elaborate celebration that lasts for months, here are greeted with friendly faces and offered a close view of their lifestyle, through cultural performances and activities. Almost all the festivals are celebrated during the winter season, January would be a perfect time to visit.



India’s first planned city, Jaipur is the center of the Rajasthan’s culture and heritage. It is one of the top tourist destinations in India, alluring visitors with its spectacular fortifications and colorful bazaars  (markets). The best time to visit Jaipur would be in between the months of October - March, at this time the temperature cools down and allows an enjoyable sightseeing experience. 

The vibrant nature of the city can be observed through the festivals that are celebrated in a grand scale, mostly during the winter season. The fairs and festivals are exotic, the common ones are: Teej festival, Kite festival, Camel festival and more. You will never run out of thing to do or places to visit, when in Jaipur. It offers a great number of options to explore, you can visit the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Lakshmi Narayan Temple and many more. You can also have a wildlife experience through the National Parks and Sanctuaries located in and around Jaipur.

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The landscape of the state of Mizoram is mostly of hills and valleys. Phawngpui (Blue Mountain)Peak is the highest mountain peak in the area and is greatly valued by the locals, it is considered to be the abode of the Gods. Located on the southeastern side of Mizoram and is fairly close to Burma. Phawngpui offers a platform for adventure activities like trekking, nature walks and more. 

The view it offers of the exotic flowers along the way is simply breathtaking against the backdrop of the blue hazed hills. This area is gifted with the beauty of nature, there is a beautiful waterfall nearby and on top of the hill you are greeted by numerous colorful butterflies and the panoramic view of Mizoram is enchanting. One of the main feature of the peak is that is home to exotic wildlife, the National Park is one among the two parks in the state.

Chadar Trek

Chadar Trek,Ladhak
One of the exclusive expeditions offered in India is the Chadar Trek, that takes place only during the winter season. ”Chadar” means blanket and is used to imply to the trek along the frozen River called Zanskar, one of the largest rivers in Ladakh. The trek route connects Chilling with the Zanskar valley, this path has been used for transportation and trade purposes for centuries. 

However, the main challenge you face in the trek is that of the temperature, it has the capacity to drop to -35. The landscape at certain points will leave you speechless, you come across some ancient monasteries and isolated villages of the Indus valley. The famous Spithup’s monastery festival is a must visit that gives you a close view of the local culture. The trek is unique and exciting and at the end of it, you get a sense of fulfillment.

[Also check out some of the Top 10 Hiking Trails in India]


Golden Temple,Amritsar

The city is located in the Northern part of the country and is home to the sacred Golden Temple. It holds a great significance, both spiritually and culturally among the Sikhs and attracts many visitors from all over the globe. 

The peaceful and humble air within the temple is totally opposite of the chaotic and noisy market, right outside. Amritsar is known for its rich cuisine and friendly people, it also carries much importance in the Indian freedom struggle. The best time to visit Amritsar is during the winters, the temperature favors you an enjoyable sightseeing experience.

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Nagarhole National Park,Kabini

The Kabini River, runs along the Nagarhole National Park and offers an amazing backwater experience. It is originated in the Wayanad District of Kerala and flows eastward to join the Kaveri River, Karnataka and empties into the Bay of Bengal. This location is perfect for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Get ready to have a fun loaded trip to Kabini; safari, backwaters, food, sightseeing and more. 

If you want a peaceful holiday, you can simply indulge in some lighter activities like nature walks, bird watching and studying the local villagers. Kabini trip is sure to flush out all the monotony of your city life with its tranquil atmosphere. During the winter season,the temperature goes down and refreshes the place.


Mangi-Tungi Fort
Mangi-Tungi Fort in Nashik
A very blessed place, Nasik is historically rich with numerous temples and forts; the location offers a great view of the ranges; and the agricultural yields in fruits and some vegetables are the highest in the country. 

It is considered as one of the holiest places for Hindus and attracts a large number of visitors. Today, Nasik is home to several industries and holds some important government offices, it is a perfect mixture of old and new. Winter seasons are the best time to explore Nasik as the climate remains pleasant at the time.


Goa Beach
The beach capital of India, Goa has a number of surprises on hold for you. The scenic view and tranquility of the beaches are contradicted by the vibrant parties along it and the rare culture of the place is very appealing. Goa, once colonized by the Portuguese, can be reflected in their architecture, faith and cuisine. 

There are many imposing forts and ancient churches in and around the place. You can gain a refreshing experiencing by just relaxing  on the beaches with a drink and indulging in the fine cuisine. You can try out the various water activities and enjoy the happening parties for a more exciting experience. Goa has much to offer you, and the most recommended time to visit is during the month of December to February. The Christmas and New year celebrations are grand in Goa.



The state of Nagaland is located in the North - East part of the country , bordering several states and Burma is divided by a natural barrier. The tribal people, Nagas are considered to be very hospitable and friendly. The history of the Nagas is mysteriously interesting, though most of them have now become Christians, they hold on to their culture and some ancient traditions. 

The place is hilly with a suitable climate, Nagaland is not on the top ten list for visiting as it has very less to offer. However, during the Hornbill Festival, held during the winter season a wide range of tourists visit at this time. You can witness the vibrant culture of the different tribes.

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6 Tips for Smart Business Travel

We all think that the jet setter business traveler has all the fun in the world. With reimbursements for every expense and the opportunity to explore the globe but there is a darker side to this as well. The endless immigration queues, sore shoulders from carrying your baggage around, jet lag, missing family moments, bad weather, turbulence, lousy fellow passengers, car rentals, bookings, delays, airplane food and ask any other business traveler and they will give you a longer list. 

Tips for Smart Business Travel

So now that we have established that it isn’t all as glamorous as it seems, the question arises how to make your travel life a little more tolerable. Time is money in business and there saving time during travel is of utmost importance. Another important issue is to save energy of one and direct where it is best needed and not on the flight - the actual business you came for.

Stay packed 
Chances are if you are a frequent flier then your next flight is just around the corner. To tackle last minute packing always keeps your essentially packed. A small toiletries bag that you shouldn’t touch unless travelling and a few staple clothes like pajamas.  This way you can be ready to catch your flight at a moment’s notice.

Be productive
Many travelers have the mindset that work will start once you get to your destination. Sticking to the concept of saving time, use air time to get work done such as reading documents, forming replies to emails or simply educating one.  Use the time to learn about your destination from the locals or fellow passengers and network to gain contacts.

Pack light
This applies to every traveler regardless whether they are on a business trip or not. This has become a golden rule for those travelling by air as to avoid the lengthy baggage queues and possible lost baggage. This will also give you more mobility to maneuver between flights to catch connections. The trick is to keep a few staple items in dark colors and have a few accessorizing items to go with them. Also girls limit yourself to only two pairs of shoes and that includes the ones you are wearing.

Be polite
Be polite and courteous to the people you come in contact with as it will take you a long way. You will be more likely to get an upgrade when you are cheery and smiling at the attendant rather than being grumpy. Pay genuine compliments and always remember that they are there to help you and have no hidden agenda.
Dress smart
It is very understandable that you want to be comfortable on you long haul flights but that is no excuse to be dressed up like you are at home. It is very important to remember you are in public and not your home and never rule out the possibility of having to go straight into your meeting from the flight.

Check home
It is very easy to forget the family back home or at least the ones home feel neglected but the key here is communication. Use Skype and face time to regularly talk to your loved ones and see how they are doing. Chances are you will have more quality talk with them over Skype then you need at home (one word: teenagers) so avail this opportunity. 

About Author :-
A dedicated travel writer Anas Ahmad who loves to transfer his wanderlust onto a page and also read other’s experiences about travel. A spicy food aficionado along with things sweet.  Lives on the personal motto of “bring it on!” and a particular lover of simplicity.Currently he is writing on behalf of Air bridge Travel.
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Best Places to Visit in India in September

Wondering which are the best places to visit in India in September…but the first question that needs to be answered is whether or not one should be traveling in September in India or why - if at all - should you plan your holiday in India in September.

So here we go!

Some of the best cultural festivals in India take place in September. September is also the time of the year that marks the transition from monsoon season to the winter in India. Effectively, the autumn in India, although you won’t get the postcard perfect images of the shedding of leaves from deciduous trees as you see in many of the amazingly beautiful images from across USA.
Here…this is what I am talking about!

There are many places in India which are best visited in the month of September. Some are the best places to enjoy rain and monsoon in India whereas are some are best visited to attend some of the most bizarre and popular festivals in India. Then for adventure lovers it’s a good time for trekking in Himalayas up North. So here we start - in no particular order - with our list of top places to visit in India in September.

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Mumbai, Maharashtra

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration in Mumbai
Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the reason why Mumbai is one of the best places to be in in September
Since we mentioned that you should travel in September because it is the time for some of the amazing cultural festivals across India, we couldn't help but mention Mumbai in our list of top places  in India to visit in September. One of the craziest and fun filled festivals of India is observed this time of the year at its best in Mumbai.

The Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great gusto. This festival marks the birth of revered Hindu god Ganesha. Huge pandals are setup and elaborately adorned statue of the elephant god is installed. Many a pandals are sponsored by politicians and don't be surprised if you find Bollywood stars making appearance and performing at some of these pandals. 
The final days of the festivities is marked by the parade through the streets accompanied by lots of singing and dancing before the idol of Ganesha is finally immersed in the ocean. To attend this festival you need to be in Mumbai in September.

Besides the Ganesha Chaturthi, there are several other things to keep you on your toes during your trip to Mumbai. Trip to Alibaug, Haji Ali, Gateway of India, Siddhivinayak Temple and World Heritage Site Elephanta Caves are some of the top things to do in and around Mumbai.

Kovalam, Kerala

Samudra Beach, Kovalam
Samudra Beach Trivandrum Sunset at Kovalam
Considered as the ‘Paradise of the South’, Kovalam is one of the most popular beach destinations in India. There are 3 beautiful beaches in that together form the crescent beach of this town in Kerala. The tree beaches are named Hawa or Eve's beach, Samudra beach and Lighthouse beach, the latter being the most popular of the Kovalam beach.

Kovalam gained international fame in 1970's when it was "discovered" by hippies as an ideal refuge. With its serene beaches, favorable weather and coconut palm fringed landscape; it soon gained international acclaim as a beach destination.

Since then, this beach town in Kerala has come a long way. It now boasts of some of the finest beachfront luxury hotels, authentic Ayurveda treatment centers and a booming tourism based economy.

Kovalam is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India due to its romantic setting. But it is also one of the popular destinations for family holidays in India.

This town also happens to be a renowned center for Ayurveda in India. People from around the world visit this beach destination to avail holistic Ayurvedic treatments at some of the finest Ayurveda centers in Kerala.

The best time to visit Kovalam is the tropical season making it one of the best places to visit in India in September. The best time to visit Kovalam is from September till March.

Yet another reason why you should travel to Kovalam in September is the harvest festival Onam which is celebrated grandly all across Kerala. Delicious cuisine, festive ambiance and joy in the air as well as cultural performances all across add to the holiday experience around this time of the year in Kerala.

Kovalam is well connected by road and the nearest airport - Trivandrum International Airport - is located just 15 kilometers away. The nearest railway station to reach is also located 15 kilometers away in Trivandrum.

Khandala, Maharastra

Tunga Fort,Khandala

Nothing beats the view of monsoon-replenished hills and landscape as does a visit to Khandala nestled in the Sahyadris Range of Western Ghats.

The misty mountains, floating clouds and waterfalls bestow a magical charm to this hill town which is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Mumbai and Pune and one of the top monsoon holidays in India together with its neighbor Lonavala.

The scenery is straight out of a fairy tale of a fantasy book plot of an enchanted land. Then there are places to visit and things to do in here but that definitely comes later. The foremost thing to enjoy Khandala during monsoon is to do nothing and you would do all that you have come to do.

For restless souls who prefer to remain footloose, Rajmachi Fort, Amrutanjan Point, Duke’s Nose Peak and Karla Hills (2 of the popular places for rock climbing) are the things to do in Khandala.

But above all, it’s the nature trails and the thrilling views of the rejuvenated forest laden hills and dripping water streams that remain the most appealing aspect of trip to Khandala the receding monsoon at this time of year makes Khandala one of the best places to visit in India in September.

Chettinad, Tamil Nadu

Chettinad Palace,Tamil Nadu

Located in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, Chettinad is the home of the Nattukottai Chettiars, an affluent banking and business community. The tourist attractions in Chettinad will help one to reconstruct the simple yet classy lifestyle. Some of the interesting tourist attractions in Chettinad are the museums such as the Kamban Mani Mandapam. The palatial mansions makes Chettinad a place of rare charm and a must visit destination. 

Lachen, North Sikkim

Thangu valley in Sikkim

This small town in Sikkim has recently been open to the tourists as there is much more to explore and discover. If adventure is remotely on your mind, you’ll be in for a treat. Besides challenging trekking trails, Lachen offers you a number of adventure sports. On the other hand, nature lovers can take pleasure in the awe-inspiring beauty and stillness of this town. It is one of the best places to visit in September. 

Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir

Pahalgam, Kashmir

One of the most beautiful cities in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, Pahalgam is a preferred tourist destination for family outings and is a preferred honeymoon destination as well. Some of the places to choose for trekking in Pahalgam include the names such as Lidderwat, Kolhoi and Sonmarg. Other than the sightseeing, the wildlife in Pahalgam is limited to the months of winter only. So if you are planning your visit in the month of September, the best is to skip wildlife tour from your sightseeing list. 

Coorg (Kodagu), Tamil Nadu

Coorg, Karnataka

Also known as Coorg, Kodagu is a popular holiday destination in Karnataka. The mesmerizing beauty of the surroundings also echoes through the myriad tourist attractions. Small villages along the way will give you ample scope to explore rich culture and heritage of Coorg. The aromatic fragrance of coffee, the verdant greens and the untouched beauty of Kodagu is packaged for you. If you are planning a vacation, you can opt for a Coorg travel guide, which contains all necessary information regarding tourists. September is the month when you can explore the beauty of Kodagu. 

Dudhsagar Falls , Goa

Dudhsagar Falls, Goa

Dubbed as Goa’s most scenic picnic venues, the Dudhsagar Falls derives its name from the Konkani term which translates which means “the Ocean of Milk”. There is a small pond at the base of this waterfall. Some daring people take bath here.

Water is quite chilly and current is exceptionally rapid. It comes under the territory of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary in Kollam. July to October is the best time to explore the Dudhsagar Waterfalls when the monsoon season transforms the fall into a shimmering flow of foaming water. 

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Kalimpong, West

Kalimpong,Darjeeling in West Bengal

Situated in Darjeeling in West Bengal, Kalimpong is a small town at an elevation of 1250 meters above sea level. The beautiful hill station has an abundance of lush green forests along with dense tea plantations. The small town of Kalimpong is also bustling with big flower markets and a prime source of orchid flowers in the entire north-east of India.

It is very well-connected with some other tourist destinations of North Bengal, which are breathtakingly beautiful. Travelers, who are not in a mood of making further journey, could also have a great time taking tours of the attractions in the vicinity of Kalimpong. 

Har ki Doon Trek

Har ki Doon Trek ,Uttarakhand

Himalayas, the world’s highest mountain range, has some of the most spectacular lakes, glaciers, forests and wildlife. There are so many adventure treks in Himalayas which include the famous Har ki Doon Trek. At the base of Fateh Parvat, Har ki Doon is a cradle shaped valley surrounded by dense forests of pines and glittering mountain peaks. The diverse nature’s scenic vistas make it the most sought after destination for trekkers. June to October is the best time for trekking in Har ki Doon. During the rest of the years, the region remains either cold or wet.  

[Har ki Doon Trek is featured on our list of Top 20 Trekking Destinations in Uttarakhand]

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