Holi Madness vs. Wanderlust! Which one will you choose?

If your idea of Holi does not include rang barse, balam pichkari or do me a favour..lets play holi, then don’t keep calm, just travel. 2018 has been really kind, blessing us with a three-day Holi weekend. So, leave the comfort of your bed and let the good times roll.

Choose a destination from below and plan a mini Holi-Day special this year:

Deep Dive into the Serenity of Kanatal

Pouring its beauty right in the middle of Shivalik ranges, the amazing hill town of Kanatal will let your soul revitalize. The tall pine trees, the scenic panoramic views, the calmness and the incredibly beautiful valleys of this place are just magical.

kanatal

Indulge in: Rock climbing, speed boating, zip lining, visit Surkanda Devi Temple and New Tehri, take a walk through Kodai forests.

How to Reach:

Nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun.

Nearest train stations are at Dehradun and Rishikesh.

Dehradun is 85 km from Kanatal and Rishikesh is 75 km. Taxis are easily available for this route.

Where to stay: Club Mahindra Kanatal, Hotel Pine Queen, The Terraces, The Hermitage

Trip Duration: 2 nights 3 days

Experience the Magic of Mukteshwar

Home to ancient temples, thick green woods, and narrow hilly trails, Mukteshwar is no less than a dream. Spend your weekend here to indulge in jaw-dropping views, relaxed ambience and wondrous weather.

mukteshwar

Indulge in: Trekking and camping, paragliding, rock climbing, the sunrise view above the Nanda Devi peak, a visit to Shiva Temple, Rajarani Temple, and Brahmeswara Temple.

How to Reach:

Mukteshwar is well connected to various towns via motorable roads. Opt for a bus ride till Haldwani, Almora or Nainital and further take a taxi.

Nearest railway station is in Kathgodam which is 64 km away. Take a taxi or a bus for further travel.

Nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport which is 98 km away. Hire a taxi or take the bus easily available right outside the airport.

Where to Stay: Ojaswi Himalayan Resort, Hotel Krishna Orchid, Mukteshwar Himalayan Resort

Trip Duration: 2 nights 3 days

Sleep Under the Stars in McLeodganj

Dalai Lama calls it home, we call it the wonderland. Situated in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, McLeodganj is a perfect amalgamation of beauty and culture. It is the perfect place for nature lovers and trekkers.

mcleodganj

Indulge in: Triund trek, camping, cafes, shopping, sightseeing.

How to Reach:

Gaggal Airport serves as the nearest airport to Mcleodganj. It is located only 10 km from Dharamshala.

Pathankot railway station is the nearest station situated 90 km away. However, Kangra Mandir (25 km away) is a narrow-gauge railway station which can also be considered.

McLeodganj is connected to all major cities via road network. You can opt for HRTC (Himachal Road Tourism Corporation) buses or private bus operators for this route.

Where to Stay: Spring Valley Resorts, Hotel Inclover, Hotel RV INN, Fortune Park Moksha

Trip Duration: 1 Night 2 days

Fly High at Bir Billing

Best known destination for paragliding, Bir Billing is a nature lover’s paradise. Fly amidst the beautiful Himalayas and gain an experience which is unmatched and mystical.

bir

Indulge in: Paragliding, trekking, sightseeing

How to Reach: The closest railway station (broad gauge) is Pathankot which is 140 km away. You can also opt for a toy train run by the Kangra valley railway from Pathankot that covers the distance in 7 hours.

The nearest airport is Kangra Airport in Gaggal which is 67 km away.

Where to Stay:  Bir Resort Hotel, Bhawani Guest House, Colonel’s Resort. There are not many accommodation options here. Camping is a perfect choice.

Trip Duration: 2 nights 3 days

Hey, don’t wait up! Pack your bags and make this long weekend amazingly colourful. Happy Holi everyone!