Christmas is a time for grand festivities. It’s a time of creating family traditions and a reason to bond with each other. While organising Christmas dinners or attending parties are the usual choices, there are unique ways to celebrate this festive season; from enjoying a family holiday in nature, discovering wildlife, soaking in the sun and sand on pristine beaches to exploring the rich heritage of India.

Whatever your choice, one of the best ways to spend your Christmas holidays differently is to take a trip ‘into the wild’ while still enjoying the luxuries of a comfortable stay. Club Mahindra offers the perfect combination of so that you can explore wildlife and nature while still indulging in the luxury of sophisticated accommodation and amenities.

Here are some of the ways in which you and your family can celebrate this Christmas season:

Celebrate a luxurious holiday in the lap of nature

A great way to celebrate Christmas is to camp out in nature. You may think this could be a laborious affair, considering the necessities that need to be carried, from tents, food to water; and not to mention the discomfort of sleeping in the outdoors.

Here’s a perfect solution! At the Club Mahindra Thekkady resort, you get to holiday in a ‘machan’ that has running water, a television, and a telephone. You will have comfy beds to sleep in, and you can have a wholesome meal at the restaurant – or camp style – outside in the machan if you prefer. You will be not too far from civilization while at the same time living the rough life.

You can take a long, aromatic hike through the wooded plantations of coffee, pepper and cardamom and watch the elephants at the Periyar National Park. You can also pick tea leaves and coffee beans with the locals and let the aroma of the brew relax you at the end of a long day. Could you ask for more?

Take a trip ‘Into the Wild’

Discovering wildlife in a holiday spent in nature is a unique experience which creates memorable moments. A jungle safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, something that your whole family will be thrilled about.

Imagine spotting an Asiatic Lion or a Royal Bengal Tiger? The safaris arranged by the wildlife resorts of Club Mahindra can make this happen for you. What’s more, once you return from an exhilarating day trip, the Christmas festivities at the resort are something you wouldn’t want to miss. From cultural performances, rich local cuisine to fun activities, Club Mahindra offers something for everyone.

What better way to celebrate this season than an exciting day spent discovering wildlife along with an eventful evening of folk music, local brew and delectable specialities?

Take a deep dive into royal heritage

Another great way to spend Christmas is to visit heritage sites in India. Every destination in India showcases different cultures, cuisine and colours of their heritage, Rajasthan, however, is one of the most colourful and ambient destinations. Experiencing the traditions, lifestyle, art, architecture and customs of the locals is an exciting way to celebrate a family holiday.

A vacation in one of the Club Mahindra resorts in Rajasthan is a regal experience. The resorts are built like palaces which reflect the Rajput style and the cultural, architectural and cultural heritage of the city. From the resort, you can arrange for day visits to various palaces, temples, and monuments in and around the city. You can shop for various local crafts from Kundan Meenakari style of jewellery, clothes and material such as Bandhani, Zari, and Zardozi, wooden and ivory sculptures and leather goods.

At the Club Mahindra resorts, you can even learn some of the local craft; from learning the tie-and-dye or Bandhani technique, pottery to puppet making. It’s something you can take back home, not just a souvenir, a skill!

Take a leisurely trip to pristine beaches

Ever thought you could swim in the sea and take a jungle safari all on the same trip? Welcome to Goa – the place to be for Christmas – you won’t even miss midnight mass!

Visit the many churches of Goa and attend midnight mass to be part of the festivities. Take a cruise on the Mondovi River and experience the scenic beauty of the state by moonlight.

Goa has a few wildlife sanctuaries in and around the state but the most popular is the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary. It is just a short drive away from Club Mahindra Varca Beach resort so you can make it a day trip. If you are a bit more adventurous though and would like to venture further out there is the Mhadei Sanctuary with water rafting not far off, the Cotigo in Canacona south Goa, and the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in Chorao. Or if you want to relax, you could enjoy fabulous views from your private balcony of your Goan-style room at the resort.

And of course, the beach is a stone’s throw away. You can venture out for some water sports or take a trip to watch the dolphins!

Spend every holiday in a different exotic destination

All this for one holiday – take your pick. If you want to have a series of such unique holidays, the best way is to get a Club Mahindra membership, and you get to visit a new place every time guaranteed luxury accommodation. With more than 53+ resorts in exotic destinations in India and abroad, you get a holiday that you can own!

Once you are a member you can take your pick and avail of free boarding – that is half your trip taken care of – and choose from various types of resorts from cultural resorts, beach resorts to jungle resorts. Spend your Christmas holiday in exotic destinations and bring back memories for a lifetime. Own your holiday!

About Club Mahindra

Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL), a part of Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Mahindra Group, offers quality family holidays primarily through vacation ownership memberships and brings to the industry values such as reliability, trust and customer satisfaction. Started in 1996, the company's flagship brand ‘Club Mahindra’, today has over 250,000 members , who can holiday at 100+ resorts in India and abroad.

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