If you still haven’t figured out your Christmas holiday plans, you need to hurry up! And if you need travel inspiration, we can tell you about India! This magical country has lot going on during the Christmas time; read on!
Goa is a vivacious Indian state with Portuguese legacy and a considerable Christian population, inviting tourists from all over the world to come and celebrate a balmy yet traditional Christmas holiday here. From the night long parties on the beaches and the cocktails in casinos and bars to the cathedrals decorated with lights and flowers and the midnight masses in churches, there’s nothing like a Goan Christmas. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Santa Cruz Church and Se Cathedral are some of the best churches to visit in Goa during the season.
With countless churches scattered all over the southern Indian state, Kerala ensures a wonderful Christmas holiday experience for all. The backwaters and swaying coconut trees add more grace to the festival celebrations here. People enjoy midnight masses and Christmas plays, have bonfires on beaches and try local feasts for a traditional experience. The Cochin Carnival which is held every year during the last two weeks in December is a major tourist draw.
‘Bollywood’ Mumbai is another terrific Indian city where the best of Christmas celebrations can be enjoyed. The fancy Christmas trees on the sidewalks, the delicious scent of fruit cakes and date rolls, and lights, music and smiles all around bring a true festival feel in the city. While all the churches in Mumbai organise midnight masses, the raging parties in the night clubs ensure you have an exciting Christmas holiday here. Hill Road, Bandra and Church Gate are some of the popular places to explore in Mumbai during Christmas.
Kolkata is another city to enjoy wonderful Christmas celebrations. The popular thoroughfare in the city, Park Street comes to life with strings of lights and other decorations during the season. The street is lined with bars and pubs where you can dance to your favourite tracks all night long. You can try a wide range of Christmas cakes and treats at Flury’s, an elegant design tearoom located on the street. Kolkata Christmas Festival organised by West Bengal Tourism is another attraction. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and St. Philomena’s Cathedral are some of the best churches to visit in the city.
Delhi is popular for its unique festive celebrations; and Christmas is one of the biggest festivals celebrated here with enthusiasm. Sacred Heart Cathedral, the most popular church in the capital city at Connaught Place is an ideal place to attend a midnight mass. The entire Connaught Place area comes to life with glittering lights and food stalls during the season. You can also attend theme parties at clubs and bars scattered all around the city and enjoy special decorations and discounts at the malls.