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Christmas in India, where to stay?

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1. Posted by elincita (Budding Member 38 posts) 9y

Hello everybody, after months of restlessness I found out that I just had to get on the road again, and India is the choice. :)

I'm planning a trip from October to February, so I was wondering about a place to stay over the Christmas 2007. Do you guys have any ideas? At first I was thinking about the Maldives, but they seem to be way out of my league, budget wise.

I would be grateful for the smallest advice. :)

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Elincita

I dont think many Indians celebrate Christmas. I dont think there is a large percentage of Chirstians there, so everything will be open, as on ordianary days there. But I presume u want to so something special, for Christmas. I think if u head to places like Goa or Kerala, there should be some Christmas celebrating going on, amongst the Western travelers.;)

Mel

3. Posted by elincita (Budding Member 38 posts) 9y

Thanks Mel, I will look into Goa and Kerala. I'm not looking for a Christian celebrations, I just want to spend Christmas in a nice place, and eat a nice dinner and call home afterwards:) Maybe just something little bit different from the normal life of a budgeting backpacker (which is a great life btw!).

I don't know, maybe I just want to have a fixed place for Christmas, just to have one place decided and it can be a little bit more expensive then the rest of the trip

4. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

hi elincita,

Just fly down to india and head to Goa for ur Christmas celebrations. Goa has lots of clean and naturally beautiful beaches and it has a festive atmosphere during the christmas period. should u need more information just let me know

Warm regards
Arif

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Elincita

If u are not looking for a party, but just looking for someplace a little fancier to stay and eat, then maybe Goa and Kerala would not be so good. They might be boring, appart from the opportunities to meet more Westerners, party and lie on the beach.

Just by paying double or tripple, what u normally pay from restaurants and hotels in India, will score u luxeries. Maybe that would be the way to go. U could do this in any city, in India.;)

Mel

6. Posted by Daipayan (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

Hi Elincita,
If you can say what sort of a place you will love to spend your christmas in - viz a mountain place, city, beach, river, snow, village, desert, palace, peace & solitude, religious, etc, then I can come up with some good and cost-effective suggestions...

7. Posted by elincita (Budding Member 38 posts) 9y

Thanks to all of you guys :)

Daipayan, I'm not sure of what I'm looking for, but a warm place near a lake or a beach sounds good, (the unpredictable weather here in Iceland, is wearing me out ;)). A peaceful place sounds really nice, it can be in the mountains though.

If you could choose, what would your choice be? :D

8. Posted by Daipayan (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

Hi Elincita,
There will be plenty of peaceful places in mountains at that time (check some pics in my profile) but it will be cold then. Places in the mountains of Sikkim, Himachal, Uttaranchal depending on whether you are travelling there can be unique. Staying at a palace either in Rajasthan or in the South can be a grand experience though expensive. Watching a local folk dance in Udaipur or Jaisalmer can be a unique experience. Varanasi,Visakhapatnam,One of the national forests, Madhya Pradesh(new to tourism and so secluded spots),Arunachal Pradesh- all of these places will provide varied experiences. Offcourse, there are good places in Goa and Kerala but would be very crowded then.
As for me, I will prefer peace and solitude and that can be only in the mountains or the forests.