An Ultimate Cold Weather Weekend Bucket List
Amidst the hustle and bustle of our busy schedule, daily city life does not provide us any solace or peace. Everyone wants to take a small break from their mundane jobs and find themselves looking forward to holidays or days or two weekly offs to rejuvenate themselves in a holistic manner. For this reason alone, coming with promises of a refreshing break, weekends excite us in different ways. For some, binging on old movies confided in the comfort of their houses is a top activity on their bucket list, few zoom out to discos with their friends for entertainment but the diehard travelers want to explore, regardless of the amount of time they have on their hands. We all have that traveler in us who wishes to always reach out to new places and explore new dimensions and physical zones of different parts of the world.
Interestingly, the winter season brings out the best of our appetites. With the smoothness of the cold breeze, pleasure encourages us to pursue it near a sea coast, listening to the melodious water waves or some devotional songs sung by the priest in some local tiny temple in an unknown destination. We know these experiences will remain etched in our memory lane for quite a long time. There is an old saying that says you must never underestimate the knowledge of an explorer. The long coastline of Odisha boasts of its rich traditions, awe-inspiring art heritage, ancient temples, pristine beaches, and century-old tribal cultures. With more than 2000 years old history, Odisha reveals a blend of historical and cultural ancestry.
Winters in Odisha
It is in the cold season that everyone, from easterners to travelers, across the globe, finds their way to the gentle coziness and refuge that Odisha offers. The winter season in Odisha lasts from October to March. The weather becomes colder with temperatures falling down to 7 degrees Celsius or even 3 to 4 degrees in various parts. The enchanting nature of Odisha’s aged construction is clearly visible during this season. The experience becomes more delightful with the cold breeze gently caressing your skin as you discover the place in its entirety. Odisha has a long coastal stretch line backed with the most untouched beaches, lakes and waterfalls, rare and unique wildlife, national parks and sanctuaries, temples, monuments, beautiful countryside, and the most popular pilgrimage spots of the country. Even the hill stations here are splendid and breathtaking. Clearly, winter is a delight in the state and must be enjoyed fully.
The making of a bucket list
Wintertime in Odisha brings great opportunities for travelers to set on a sightseeing tour to places like Puri, Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, and more. Travelers can make a weekend bucket list to decide whether they want to touch down as many beaches, go for a jungle safari, sit and meditate in the temples or just relax and calm themselves down after a hectic week by picnicking near the waterfall. Many prefer to just listen to the beautiful rivers’ melodious sounds and think about life’s easy-flowing nature.
Odisha presents varied kinds of attractions suitable for winter. A ramble along these beaches or just an evening short trip to namely Rushikulya beach, Puri beach, Chandipur Beach, Astaranga Beach, and Ramchandi Beach can shower you with a peaceful and calm mind. You can also visit other sites like Dhauli, Buddhist sites, Chilika Lake the largest lagoon in India popular for its wide range of ecosystems, and Nandankanan Zoo. Nalabana Bird Sanctuary serves as a homeland to a vast ecosystem, the fusion of sweet river water, and salty seawater provides the perfect home for diverse aquatic life and birds.
You can also plan your weekends to visit magnificent hill stations namely Daringbadi, Taptapani, Olasuni hill, Dhenkanal among a few. You can enjoy the pleasant weather devouring local food, gathering information about the place and buying its souvenirs from local people can be exciting. You can also simply just walk along the coast, watch the waves turn over, and feel one with yourself.
Apart from these sightseeing destinations, there are many famous festivals of Odisha like the International Sand Art Festival, Konark Festival, Odissi Music Festival, and Mukteshwar Dance Festival are also celebrated during this time of the year. You can have the flavor of Odissi culture added to your bucket list and it can be a great idea for a blissful weekend. These festivals allow you to engage with Odisha as a whole in its entirety, fueling your personal connection with the place.
Know Odisha more wholesomely through glamping Eco Retreats
This year, you can also enjoy the opportunity to experience Odisha’s Eco Retreat, a luxury tourism product organized at various locations of Odisha, having been inaugurated by the Chief Minister of the state, Naveen Patnaik, on the 1st of Dec. Perfect for a weekend trip, visitors here can be treated to recreational activities, cultural performances, guided tours to the nearby destinations of nature, culture, historic and architectural importance. Other recreational activities including adrenaline-inducing water sports, ATV rides, beach volleyball, archery, and much more are also offered and one can dive into them without prior experience, under the guidance of experienced professionals and adequate safety measures. It is, needless to say, an out-of-the-world experience.
Give life to your bucket list!
Travelers can use travel as a commendable stress buster to learn the vibrant culture of Odisha. On the exterior, traveling has a very surface-level appearance. People assume it simply involves visiting new places, capturing photographs, and doing fun activities but actually, if looked into in great depth, traveling is a lot more than that. It helps in self-development, making new friends, and refreshing one’s mind and it also brings about innovative ideas. However, more importantly, it brings transformation. The holistic development brought by traveling can never be achieved sitting at home. It is an investment that equips the person with practical knowledge. Traveling also keeps away stress, depression, and anxiety. It provides a new perspective to a person. Overall, traveling broadens the horizon of a person. For some History is boring to study, but when you get to see those beautiful monuments, ancient temples, and artifacts and listen to the sound of a clear river, it becomes easier to remember the stories associated with them. Traveling also strengthens relationships and builds compatibility. People understand each other in a better way and grow with each other.
Thus, whenever you have free time on your hands, put yourself out there and give reality to the bucket list you have been working on for a long time now. Odisha is an incredible place to start!
Framed by multiple coupled trees, the village of Raghurajpur is one of the most beautiful craft villages in India. It has a heartwarmingly traditional culture of craft making and most villagers invest in the performance in its entirety to ensure it does not stop existing. The works are mostly inspired by the temples and other attractions of the state of Odisha, and have their own stories to tell. Almost every household is covered in art and decorated by craft.
Pipli is another phenomenal village in Odisha that is famous for its applique work, which is essentially carried out by stitching and embroidering different pieces of cloth that are based on the most amazing decorative items such as umbrellas, pouches, wallets, mirrors etc. Take them with you to add a certain twist and change to your homes in the best way possible.
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