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Five Places For A Long Weekend Away From The City

Five Places For A Long Weekend Away From The City

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Wondering where to travel on this upcoming long weekend? Take a look at some good options below


The official ‘vacation season’ is here! With the rise in temperature and schools shutting down for the season, many are in the mood for a summer holiday. But, for working professionals, a long happy weekend is good enough too! Thanks to Good Friday, we have one right around the corner.

So, if you are in the mood for a short holiday, we have some great getaway options for you..

1. Dalhousie

Dalhousie is surrounded by greenery and mountains on all sides;

Dalhousie is surrounded by greenery and mountains on all sides;

One of the favourite vacationing spots of the British, Dalhousie shines through with its plunging pine-clad valleys and distant mountain views. The crisp mountain air, colonial style bungalows and scenic beauty of Dalhousie will take you back in time and will leave you wanting more.

Things to do in Dalhousie:

#1 Take a walk around Dalhousie for some picturesque and stunning sights. Visit Panchpulla, Satdhara, Bakrota Ground, John’s Church and St. Patrick’s Church.

#2 Hike to the Daikund Peak for an amazing view of the Himalayan range.

#3 Shop for Tibetan handicrafts, rock paintings, shawls and hats.

#4 Take up a cruise journey with the Mystic Boat Cruise Company and enjoy uninterrupted views of this beautiful hill station.

#5 Sleep under the blanket of stars! Dalhousie is famous for its clear skies proving to be an excellent location for star grazing.



2. Shillong

The living root bridge of Shillong

The living root bridge of Shillong

Shillong (Scotland of the East) is the capital of Meghalaya and is the only hill station which is accessible from all sides. Although Shillong is on its way to development, the colonial era charm is still very much present in the nooks and corners. Shillong may be a small hill station, but it certainly does not lack in beauty and adventure.

Things to do in Shillong:

#1 Go waterfall hopping. Shillong is complimented by a number of picturesque waterfalls like elephant falls, spread eagle falls, Sweet falls, crinoline falls and many more.

PS: waterfall rappelling is an absolute must while visiting Elephant falls.

#2 Explore the caves. Shillong offers adventure seekers a chance to explore the secrets within its numerous limestone caves.

#3 Visit the Don Bosco museum and get an insight about all the north eastern states.

#4 Go on a shopping spree at Bara Bazaar, Police Bazaar and Glory’s Plaza.

#5 Explore the famous Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya. Enough said!

#6 Make sure to indulge in adventures like rock climbing, mountain biking, waterfall rapelling and yak safari.



3. Igatpuri

Igatpuri is perfect for a weekend getaway;

Igatpuri is perfect for a weekend getaway;

Located about 44km south of Nasik, this hill station is still untouched by the modern world and allows its tourists to sense its mystic air. Igatpuri acts as a perfect getaway from the hustle of our daily lives with fresh mountain air to keep you company.

Things to do in Igatpuri:

#1 Explore the Tringalwadi Fort. Located 3,000 ft above the sea level, this fort also houses a small Hanuman Temple.

#2 Bask in the beauty of nature at the Igatpuri Lakes. Plan a picnic or just pick a spot and enjoy clear skies.

#3  Visit Vipassana International Academy in Igatpuri and get a glimpse of the world famous meditation center.

#4 Trek to the Avandha Fort and explore the rock cut caves, while reveling in the beauty of the mountains.

#5 Undertake the Kalsubai trek for some breath-taking scenery.



4. Kodaikanal

The engaging hill station of Kodaikanal

The engaging hill station of Kodaikanal

South India is characterised by colourfully decorated temples, vast coffee and tea plantations, verdant luxuriant tropical forests and lagoons canopied by coconut trees. Placed against the glorious backdrop of South, Kodaikanal never fails to enchant its visitors. So, fix a date, book a holiday and explore the unspoiled beauty of Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Kodaikanal:

#1 Visit the Pine forests. Play hide and seek with the sun in these glorious forests.

#2 Catch a sunset in Kodiakanal. As the sun sets, its light falls on the ruins and changes the

colours of the entire town. It’s easily one of the most beautiful things you can view.

#3 Take back lots of hand-made chocolates and Eucalyptus oil. Remember to ask the shopkeeper about the authenticity of the oil, you will be amazed.

#4 Walk or cycle around the picturesque town. Friendly people, empty roads and scenic settings make Kodaikanal a perfect holiday spot.

#5 Visit the Pillar Rocks, Coaker’s walk, Bear-Shola falls and Bryant Park.



5. Ooty

Ooty in all its scenic beauty

Ooty in all its scenic beauty

Also known as the Queen of hill stations, Ooty gets a steady flow of tourists throughout the year. A photographer’s heaven, the place looks like something straight out of a postcard with its lofty mountains, scenic grasslands and miles of tea gardens. Ooty offers a perfect combination of beauty and things-to-do, making it an ideal holiday location.

Things to do in Ooty:

#1 Ride the Nilgiri mountain train. The wooden coaches, large windows and enthralling views take you back to the bygone eras.

#2 Strike a pose against the picturesque background of 9th Mile and a variety of botanical gardens present here.

#3 Get a breath-taking panoramic view of the mountains and plateaus from Doddabetta Peak.

#4 Go boating at the Pykara Lake.

#5 Indulge in adventure activities. Due to the pleasant weather, Ooty offers a variety of options for its visitors ranging from hiking and trekking to mountain biking, and hand gliding.


In addition to the above mentioned Indian destinations, you can also explore some fascinating international options like Singapore, Thailand and Dubai.

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Happy Long Weekend!

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