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Hot travel deals for the festive season

Planning to take a break and escape into nature this festive season? From Rajasthan to Coonoor, Goa to Kashmir, we list a few options you can explore from a range of beaches, mountains and deserts. So, pack your bags and get going.

travel Updated: Oct 24, 2012 15:12 IST
Debasmita Ghosh
Goa

Goa

The beach beckons


Goa:

If you cannot think of anything but Goa when talking about beaches, you can go for the cost-effective Citrus Goa package by Yatra.com. It’s a four-nights and three-days package at Rs. 6,999, and includes hotel accommodation and daily buffet breakfast. Check their website for more details of the offer that’s valid till year-end.



Chennai:

Isolated and unexplored beaches have a charm of their own. If you are ready to splurge and looking for a serene destination, a holiday package from Vivanta by Taj, called Fisherman’s Cove on the East Coast Road, close to the sea, can be a good choice. At Rs. 40,000 for the Deluxe delight cottage garden, for two nights on double occupancy basis, have a relaxing time at the stylish cottages and villas of this property that was once a Dutch fort. If you are a foodie, restaurants like Seagull, Bay View, Upper Deck and Anchor Bar will be at your service. For more details of the package that’s valid till March 31, 2013, log on to

www.vivantabytaj.com/

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Andaman:

The unspoiled archipelago of Andaman has never failed to entice travellers with its blue virgin beaches and peaceful locales. Walk barefooted on the sands of Asia’s most beautiful Radhanagar Beach or go for an underwater snorkelling adventure. Makemytrip’s Exotic Andamans package from Delhi is for Rs. 33,999 and includes three nights at Port Blair and two nights at Havelock. The package includes flights, hotels, food, transfers, snorkelling and more. For more information, you can check

www.makemytrip.com/holidays-india/package



Kerala:

Plush green and earthy, Kerala will sooth your soul with it’s picturesque backwaters. Enchanting Kerala, a six-days and five-nights Cochin – Munnar – Periyar - Kumarakom package from Thomas Cook starts from Rs. 19,999 on twin-sharing basis, and includes hotel accommodation and sight seeing to all the ‘must-visit’ spots apart from Spice market tours and sunset cruise. When in Kerala, don’t forget to dig into fish treats, Malabar parotas and some strong filter coffee.



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The mystic mountains
Gangtok:

Before Winter sets in full bloom, explore the mountainous beauty with a short trip to Sikkim. Yatra.com has come up with a three-days and two-nights holiday package to Gangtok, called Asian Heights. At Rs. 1,999, you can book a stay here with complimentary breakfast as you scout the hot spots of the city. Don’t miss the spellbinding ‘view points’ on mountain tops, beautiful flower gardens, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology Museum that displays rare Lepcha tapestries, masks and Buddhist statues, the Rumtek monastery, and of course, the Tsango Lake at 14,000 feet above sea level. Try their authentic thupka and momos there.




Coonoor:

A pretty town in the Nilgiri Mountains, Coonoor is surrounded by rolling mountains and tea and coffee plantations. If you are in the mood to pamper yourself and relax, head to The Gateway Hotel on Church Road. No two rooms are alike at this historic hotel with old world charm. Standard price for a two-nights stay on double occupancy basis is Rs. 13,000, and it offers a perfect mix of luxury with trekking, bird watching and picnics. Sight-seeing trips include the famed Lamb’s Rock, Dolphin’s Nose and Tea Garden. This Family Getaway offer is valid till March 31, 2013. For more details, check

www.thegatewayhotels.com/churchroadcoonoor



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Kashmir:

The pristine beauty of Kashmir has inspired everyone from the kings of ancient days to modern-day filmmakers. The six-nights and seven-days Charismatic Kashmir package from Makemytrip includes one night in a houseboat at Srinagar, a night at Gulmarg, two nights at Pahalgam and two nights at Srinagar. Complete with a visit to the meadow of flowers, Khilanmarg Valley, Shankaracharya Temple, Chashm-E-Shahi, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh and Hazratbal Mosque, it’s a trip you will treasure all your life. The shimmering Dal Lake, vistas of snow capped mountains, green valleys, floating houses and shops and Shikaras will leave you mesmerised. The package is priced at Rs. 24,999, and you can book it from the company’s website.



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Desert detour
Rajasthan:

Royal, spiritual, romantic, picturesque and exotic — yes, that’s Rajasthan! And, with a slew of festivals lined up in Rajasthan through October and November, including the famous musical rendezvous Jodhpur Riff, this is the place to be this season. MakeMyTrip’s Rajasthan Super Saver package at Rs. 19,999 includes a two-nights stay at Jaisalmer, one night at Jodhpur, one night at Mount Abu, two nights at Udaipur, one night at Pushkar and two nights at Jaipur. While the visit to Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Mount Abu allows you to have a rendezvous with ancient forts, some of the oldest temples, camel and elephant rides, it’s a trip worth every effort. And at this price, this package surely sounds exciting. You can book it by logging on to

www.makemytrip.com/holidays-india



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Royal Rajasthan, a 10-days and nine-nights package from Thomas Cook that includes hotel accommodation, breakfast and dinner and sight seeing at Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Pushkar. The package starts at Rs. 25,999 on twin-sharing basis. You get to see popular spots such as the Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar and also enjoy camel rides, desert camps and more.



Only Jaipur:

If you are looking for a royal retreat, nothing can beat the charm of the Pink City, Jaipur. And if you really want to stay like a king, you can opt for this three-days and two-nights package from Yatra.com that includes a stay at the Singhasan Haveli, Mandawa, a heritage hotel. Pack yourself with the complimentary breakfast as you head out to explore the colourful city often termed as the Paris of India. Don’t forget to scout the markets for some embroidered tie and dye dupattas. The package is economically priced at Rs. 1,799.



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