On the next extended weekend you get, steal some moments from your mundane routine and find peace and relaxation in one of these long weekend getaways in India.
Synonymous with the Taj Mahal, Agra is one of the most popular weekend destinations in India. And thanks to its pleasant weather and close proximity to the national capital (about 230 kilometres), it is crowded with tourists throughout the year. Taj Mahal, the monument that symbolises undying love, is the highlight of this city. The grand building oozes sophistication and is an architectural marvel from the Mughal period. Apart from the wonderful Taj Mahal, the city also boasts of incredible places like Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb.
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Dharamsala and Mcleodganj
Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Dharamsala and Mcleodganj are two cities lying next to each other in Himachal Pradesh. Both the cities are renowned for their stupefying scenic beauty and serene environs. The fascinating snow-covered peaks of the Dhauladhar range create a perfect background. With Dharamsala being the headquarter for the Tibetan government in exile and Mcleodganj serving as the residence of Dalai Lama, you will find a prominent Tibetan population in the area. Bhagsu Waterfall, Naam Art Gallery, Triund Hill, Kunal Pathri Temple, Tsuglagkhang Complex and the Namgyal Monastery are the most significant attractions in the area.
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Jim Corbett National Park
The oldest national park in the country, Jim Corbett National Park is a wildlife hotspot located in the foothills of the low-lying mountains of the Himalayas. It spans over 520 square kilometres covering riverine belts, rolling hills, marshy lands, a spectacular lake and grasslands. This park is especially renowned for its number of Bengal Tigers that find their natural habitat here. A popular weekend haunt for tourists and wildlife enthusiasts, this large park is home to a wide range of flora and fauna.
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The spellbinding beaches along the Konkan coast dot this stunning town located about 320 kilometres away from Mumbai. It is famed for pristine, coconut-studded white sand beaches like the Ganapatipule Beach, which is bordered by Aare Beach and Ware Beach on either side. About 15 kilometres from the town lies the magnificent Jaigad fort, from where you can be awed by the mesmerising view of the confluence of the Arabian Sea and the Sangameshwar River.
Set in the Western Ghats, Kodaikanal is one of the best hill stations in India, lying at an altitude of around 7,200-ft. You can escape to this remarkable town from Bangalore following a 9-hour drive. The town is renowned for its spectacular scenery that comprises deep forests, stunning lakes, rolling hills dotted with silvery waterfalls, roaring river and lush valleys. Berijam Lake, Kodai Lake, Green Valley View, Guna Caves, Bear Shola Falls and Devil’s Kitchen are some of the most prominent attractions here.
The pink city, Jaipur is one of the splendid gems of Rajasthan. It is known for its royal splendour and glory of the bygone era. From the magnificent Amber Fort to the astounding Jaigarh Fort, the city boasts of incredible Rajputana architecture. It is located just about 270 kilometres from Delhi and can be conveniently reached via a bus or a train. That’s not all, the magnificent Hawa Mahal and the Nahargarh Fort are also great architectural marvels of Jaipur. Traversing through this enchanting city gives you the feeling of the old world and its charm will leave you in awe.
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This hilly town in the state of Uttarakhand offers tourists a delightful fusion of spirituality and scenic elegance. Perfectly lying in the lower hills of the Himalayas, around 240 km from Delhi, Rishikesh takes pride in its stunning natural beauty, round-the-year pleasant weather and a religious fervour that encapsulates the city. On top of that, it is a haven for adventure enthusiasts and is specifically renowned for amazing white-water rafting. The rafting excursions offered in this adventure-packed weekend getaway are suited to the likes of both beginners and novice as the river has rapids of different grades.
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Ranthambore National Park
Offering more than just wildlife sighting, Ranthambore National Park provides a great mix of lakes, rivers, waterfalls and ruins of a bygone era that span over an area of around 400 square kilometres. Located at the intersection of the Vindhya and Aravali mountain ranges in Rajasthan, this national park is located approximately 360 kilometres from Delhi. It houses numerous animals including Bengal tigers, deer, wild boar, hyenas and bears. And even slightest glimpse of any of these animals will fill your long weekend break with excitement and fun.
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So mark the dates on your calendar and take an eventful journey to any of these famous tourist destinations.