Going to the mountains is like going home – John Muir 

If you resonate with the above quote, you are a quintessential mountain lover. There is something magical about these towering natural creation that seems irresistible, isn’t it. The breathtaking view from the top, and the thrill and fun of climbing the moutnains, huslting through the tough terrains, gives an unimaginable joy and peace. So, with the International Mountain Day just around the corner, which occurs on December 11th, let us look at the five most spectacular destinations where you can go for a mountain vacation in December.

1.      Manali, Himachal Pradesh 

Situated at the northern end of Kully Valley, Manali can be one of the best mountain places to visit in India in December. A mountain lover’s paradise, Manali is famous for its tall deodar trees, majestic snow-capped mountains, and serpentine hill roads with a picturesque view.

2.      Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh 

The winter capital of Himachal Pradesh can be one of the great places for mountain vacations in India. Dense deodar and cedar forests at the backdrop of the mighty mountains enhance the mystical beauty of Dharamshala. Home to His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, Dharamshala, is an important centre of Tibetan Buddhist Culture.

3.      Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh 

Located in the Chamba district, near Chamba town, the beautiful town of Dalhousie is one of the most famous hill stations in India. The place offers a panoramic view of the Dhauladhar Mountain Range. 

Named after the Earl of Dalhousie, the British Governor General of India, Dalhousie was originally established as a summer retreat. Today, tourists visit Dalhousie in December as well to experience the ethereal winter beauty of this former colonial town.

4.      Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 

Any list comprising the best mountain places in India can’t be complete without mentioning Shimla, Himachal Pradesh’s capital and the largest city. The city retains its old colonial charm with numerous buildings with neo-gothic and Tudorbethan architecture. 

Apart from the picturesque Kalka-Shimla Toy train ride, you can indulge in various activities while visiting Shimla, such as trek to the Jakhu temple at the top of Jakhu Hill, sightseeing, a leisurely stroll at the Mall road, etc. Besides, if you like ice skating, you should know that Shimla has Asia's only open-air ice skating rink.

5.      Gangtok, Sikkim 

Situated in the Eastern Himalayas, Sikkim is India’s least populous state and is well known for its biodiversity. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. Its location and road connectivity with the plains make it an ideal base for exploring Sikkim.  

A majority of tourists visit Gangtok during the summer and the spring season. However, the city has a different charm during December. The streets can be less crowded, providing ample opportunity to explore the city and its densely forested region. You can also get to see the snow-clad peaks of the mighty Kanchenjunga. 

Enjoy a tranquil stay at Le Vintuna, one of the most premim resorts in Gangtok hosted by Club Mahindra while touring Gangtok. It is a wonderful place to enjoya comfortable stay, and enjoy modern amenities. The best-in-class hospitality ensure that you have the most rejuvenating and relaxing holiday amidst the towering mountains and natural greenery. 

Travel Tip for People on a Long Tour:- 

Manali is 50 km away from the Kullu-Manali airport. Once you reach Manali, you can check into Club Mahindra White Meadows or Club Mahindra Snow Peak to have a comfortable and relaxing stay here. 

After spending a few days in Manali, head to Shimla. It will take approximately 7 hours to reach Shimla from Manali by road via NH 3 and NH 205. Stay at the Club Mahindra Mashobra to experience the stunning views of the Himalayas while in Shimla. If you want to spend some quiet time with your family away from the city crowd, consider staying at Club Mahindra Pristine Peaks, Naldehra or Club Mahindra Kandaghat, which are at a moderate driving distance from Shimla. 

Next, you can go to Dharamshala from Shimla. While the road trip takes around 7.5 hours, you can take a 1 hour 30 minutes long flight from Shimla to reach Dharamshala. Club Mahindra Dharamshala is one of the best resorts in Dharamshala. Make this resort your base and visit both Dharamshala and Dalhousie from here.

Mountains can provide a much-needed break from life’s daily hustles. So, pack your bags and head to the mountains this December to recharge your soul.

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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