Hill Station or Beach Resort: that age old debate is posing a mind boggling challenge to us as we plan for our upcoming trip to India. Our seats on Lufthansa have been confirmed.We’ll be staying in India for 13 days, out of which 2 days will be spent in travel and recovering from jet lag, 7 nights will be needed for catching up with friends and family in Kolkata, sparing us (me and Hubby) 4 nights to vacation at some place else.
Kerala was our first choice at the initial stage of our travel planning; but on second thoughts we’re not feeling sure how hot and humid Kerala is going to be in March. Also, given the fact that we’ve visited some other tourist destinations of Southern India before and the fact that we’ll be leaving India through Delhi at the end of our trip, Shimla (due to its close proximity to Delhi) seems like a more viable option. Also being the “Queen” of all Indian hill stations, warmth and humidity of weather shouldn’t be a concern in Shimla. Kerala on the other hand is going to be at its prettiest and lushest best in Spring. So, choosing between the two is not going to be an easy task!
- Famously dubbed as “God’s Own Land”, the natural beauty of Kerala, especially in Spring, is going to be fascinating.
- Beaches are gorgeous and whether you put up in a houseboat in the back waters or a resort, the views of sunrise and sunset are going to mesmerize you for sure.
- Kerala is one place in India that is unbeatable in its seafood offerings (yum…yum…).
- Abhyangam or Kerala Massage with steam bath marks the culmination of Kerala Ayurveda and can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in a never before experienced way.
- We’ve visited some other South Indian beach towns before and don’t want our trip to get repetitive.
- We’re wondering if the Kerala weather is going to be too hot and humid for our bodies accustomed to the desert like climatic conditions in California.
- We’ve never visited Himachal Pradesh before; in fact I’ve never traveled Northern India extensively. Cradled in the heart of the Himalayas, this snowy mountain resort is going to be an ideal Spring getaway.
- Trekking across the Himalayan magnificence and visiting enchanting State Parks inhabited by black bears, barking deer, leopard cats, snow leopards, Tibetan wolves, musk deer, and cheer pheasants sound like fun !
- Fish grilled with cloves and cardamom, Chicken cooked with pomegrenate and Kullu Trout cooked North Indian style sound delectable.
- It’s pretty close to Delhi from where we’re supposed to board our departure flight; so logistically Shimla seems more convenient.
- Roads are not in the best possible shape and in case of even a light snowfall, it may take a few days to clear up the roads. With such a tightly scheduled trip, we’re not sure we can allow any such leeways to natural calamities.
So, currently we’re at our wit’s end wondering which place to pick from these two short listed spring break destinations. If you’ve a feedback, please feel free to jump in and comment.