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Ravinder Malik Dec 09 2014

Which are the long weekend getaways in 2015 in India?

Jigyasha Prasad Dec 09 2014
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Here is a list of long weekend getaways in 2015 in India. Our country is blessed with some really beautiful destinations. The places on our list will appeal to all--history buffs, wildlife enthusiasts, adventure aficionados and those who want to do nothing but sit back and relax. So, pack your bags and get ready for a refreshing weekend retreat away from the bustling crowd of the city.

From Delhi

Jim Corbett National Park (260 km)

One of the most preferred weekend destinations for Delhiites, Jim Corbett National Park is an intoxicating mix of hills and woods. The Park has two main tourist zones, Bijrani Range and Dhikala.

Photo by Bendale.kaustubh (Own work)

Spend your mornings roaming around in an open-top jeep, and afternoons swaying along atop elephants. Watch, perhaps, a herd of wild elephants or sambars, even as you spot a bewildering variety of birds. And if you are worried about your accommodation, there are some excellent private resorts here, Namah Resort being one of them. Surrounded by lush greenery and scenic natural beauty, the resort promises a memorable stay experience.

Photo of Namah (from the official website)

Pithoragarh (460 km)

If you have been to most of the famous weekend getaways around Delhi and want something different, then we suggest you try Pithoragarh, a little gem hidden in the lush green environs of Uttarakhand.

Pithoragarh (by rajkumar 1220)

This quaint Kumaoni town is a trekker’s paradise with its unexplored, rugged terrain. Its local cuisine is a must try and the local handicrafts make the perfect gifts to bring back from the trip.

Pithoragarh (by rajkumar 1220)

Kinnaur (600 km)

Kinnaur is synonymous with beauty and a remote mystique. This part of Himachal borders Tibet, and was opened to tourism only as late as 1992. An overnight journey from Delhi, this hill station is worth exploring due to its sheer magical beauty.

Kinnaur (by Sanyam Bagha)

The most visited point of
Kinnaur Town is popularly known as Sangla Valley or Baspa Valley. The Sutlej meets its tributary Baspa near Village Sangla in this picturesque valley. There are many meadows, forests, orchards, old villages and temples to explore here. Brightly coloured Kinnauri shawls and woollen socks with their distinctive weave make lovely gifts to carry back. Another great souvenir is the local tweed.

Kinnaur (by Nick Irvine-Fortescue)
Jaipur (260 km)

Want a comfortable weekend trip with loads of shopping, sightseeing and dining options? Well,
a trip to Jaipur will ensure that you get the best of all these on your mini-break. Rajasthan’s capital seeks to combine the modern with the ancient, gleaming malls with resplendent palaces. Behind the city walls, you will find the original, planned city that dates back to the 18th century. Outside lies 21st century Jaipur, with chaotic traffic, multi-storeyed buildings, malls and call centres. Head here for a complete vacation experience!

Hawa Mahal (by _ami)

From Mumbai

Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani (260 km and 245 km)

One of the most sought after weekend destinations around Mumbai, you will never have a dull moment in Mahabaleshwar. Nature is extraordinarily munificent here — rugged hills, gushing waterfalls, dense forests. It has some 30 lovely scenic spots that offer panoramic views of the Pratapgad Fort and adjoining areas.

Views from Mahabaleshwar

A trip to Panchgani will remind you of the good old days. If you’re looking for an action-packed vacation don’t bother with Panchgani. On the other hand, if all you want to do is get away from the world, chill, go for quiet walks and believe in the journey being the destination, head straight there.

View from Table Land, Mahabaleshwar (by ranavikas)

Gokarna (720 km)

A little far away than the usual weekend breaks, Gokarna is simply mesmerizing due to its pristine beaches and scenic beauty. An ideal place if you are planning a long weekend, the coastal town is a charming destination with its laid-back lifestyle and the cool, blue waters.

Kudle Beach in Gokarna (by File Upload Bot (Magnus Manske))

The beautiful town of Gokarna offers you this and so much more. Primarily known as a popular religious centre, the city promises you respite from the mundaneness of daily life.

Gokarna Beach (by Artist in doing nothing)

Karnala (60 km)

Karnala is a great place for a short break with friends and family. It is a short drive from Mumbai. At the Karnala Bird Sanctuary you can enjoy thick forests, entwining vines, wild ferns, chirping birds, frolicking squirrels, flitting butterflies, swinging monkeys and the shrill call of jungle fowl.… The other attraction is the intriguing hill fort of Karnala that attracts trekkers. Expect to walk for at least an hour before you reach the fort.

Karnala Fort (by Flickr upload bot)

From Kolkata

Sandakphu (approximately 650 km)

Sandakphu, which translates to “height of the poison plant”, is named after the poisonous aconitum plants that grow in abundance here. Taking a trek at Sandakphu is quite difficult but completely worth it. If you manage to climb to Sandakphu at the peak of the Singalila Range, you will be rewarded with an absolutely stunning view. Everywhere you look, you’ll find undulating snow-capped mountains nestled amongst clouds.

View from Sandakphu (by MGA73bot2)

What’s even better is that you can see four of the world’s five highest peaks--Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Lhotse--from this place. Seriously, this view is the “height” of beauty!

Sandakphu (by Amartyabag)

Mandarmani (180 km)

Slowly gaining popularity as one of the most sought after weekend destinations from Kolkata, Mandarmani is a quiet retreat, famous for its glistening white beach. It lies 32 km east of Shankarpur. This seaside resort is an excellent place to just sit back and admire nature!

Mandarmani Sea Beach (by Joydeep)

Mandarmani Sea Beach (by sayamindu)

From Bangalore
Nersa, Belgaum (500 km)

Nersa, is an off-beat hill station in the Belgaum District of Karnataka. Situated in the Mahadai Valley, it is part of the beautiful Bhimgarh Sanctuary. It is a great place for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers. You can also explore Kongla, Jamgoan and Abnali, which are all accessible on foot from Nersa. In addition, you can also spend time walking along the banks of the Bandora and Sagarhole rivers.

Bekal (365 km)

Home to attractions like the magnificent Bekal Fort, the pristine Kappil Beach and the imposing Chandragiri Fort, Bekal is your perfect weekend destination from Bangalore.

Bekal Fort (by Hari Prasad Nadig)

There are a number of good accommodation options in Bekal and you can also opt for the luxurious houseboat cruises for a true Kerala experience!

Houseboat Cruise

There are several long weekends in the coming new year. So make use of our list of the long weekend getaways in 2015 in India to plan the perfect mini-vacation.

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