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11 Top Spots in India for a Quick Weekend Getaway

Top Spots in India for a Quick Weekend Getaway

A weekend getaway is an ultimate remedy for everyone. Whether you are an aspiring student who desperately needs a break from classes and assignments, a homemaker who wants to get away from the four walls of the house or a corporate employee who is sick of weekly targets and presentations. There’s no better way to take a break from your monotonous routine, forget your worries and spend some time alone with your thoughts. 

There are some amazing options in India where you can escape the hustle-bustle of cities, pollution, and enjoy pleasant weather and explore beautiful sights. After the Covid-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown forced us to stay indoors and work from home, we all deserve a little relaxing getaway to clear our heads and take a fresh breath of crisp oxygen. 

Here’s a list of some beautiful places to can visit for a fun and relaxing weekend getaway.

1. Rishikesh

Also known as the World Capital of Yoga and Adventure Capital of India, Rishikesh is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. Whether you are seeking to soak in the serenity and tranquillity around the Ganges or you are an adrenaline junkie and wants to try adventure sports to feel your blood pumping in your veins, Rishikesh is one destination that will keep you entertained and engaged throughout your stay.

2. Udaipur

The beautiful city of lakes, Udaipur can be an amazing weekend getaway if you plan your trip properly. The grand palaces, sunset, the narrow lanes, the people, the cafés along the lakes, there’s something magical about Udaipur. The best part about choosing Udaipur as a weekend getaway is whether you want to be treated like royalty or on a shoestring budget, you will fall in love with this city.

3. Coorg

If flora and fauna, perfectly pruned coffee plantations, secluded backwaters, elegantly manicured gardens, verdant woods, winding roads sound like the ideal getaway situation to you, then close your eyes and escape to Coorg. With its soothing weather throughout the year, mystic charm, and breath-taking views of vast coffee estates, Coorg is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway from Chennai and Bangalore. Other than a plethora of flora and fauna, Coorg is also famous for amazing avenues for bird watching, golfing arena, hazy jungles, Buddhist temple, and trekking tours.

4. Manali

This beautiful town in Himachal Pradesh is surrounded by flora and fauna nurtured by River Beas and magnificent snow-capped peaks. It’s a perfect blend of scenic beauty, adventure and everything that makes a holiday memorable. You can visit Rohtang Pass to enjoy the snow, try out adventure sports like paragliding, trekking, zorbing, river rafting, camping, etc., have picnics in the apple orchards, make short trips to nearby towns and come back refreshed and rejuvenated.

5. Darjeeling

This hill station is popular across the globe for its infamous Darjeeling tea. It also serves as a pleasant tourist attraction for its scenic views of the Kangchenjunga and vibrant streets. Surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations, this hill town is perfect for a mini-vacation. The ropeway ride will treat you to such majestic views that couldn’t possibly imagine, and then there’s also the toy train ride for the kid inside you. The simplicity and innocence of Darjeeling are what makes it an ideal weekend getaway.

6. Mahabaleshwar

One of the favourite hill stations in the Western Ghats, this land of mystical hills, lush greenery, picturesque surroundings and fresh strawberries, is one of the most amazing getaways from Mumbai. Soak in the bliss of the golden sunrises, devour the taste of mouth-watering gooseberries, mulberries, and raspberry, explore the exciting trek trails and enjoy the perfect weather. It serves as an ideal spot to relax, escape the city buzz and admire the panoramic view of forested hills from the vantage points. 

7. Dharamshala

This hill station has something that makes you want to visit it again and again. Dharamshala also has a prominent spiritual significance as it serves home to the Dalai Lama. It is among the first Tibetan townships of the country. You will be left positively stunned by the beautiful blend of Indian and Tibetan cultures that coexists harmoniously in this place of everlasting elegance. Not just culture, you will be mesmerized with nature’s brilliance and the adventures this place has to offer.

8. Agra

Do we even need to mention why you should visit Agra? The City of the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, will take you back in time to take a peek into the heritage and history of India. The Taj Mahal is the main attraction standing as the epitome of love and architecture is a sight for sore eyes. Once you’ve relished the beauty of Taj, you can visit other historic places like Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort, Akbar’s tomb and Mehtab Bagh.

9. Puducherry

This laidback beach paradise in the south of the country is the French Colony of India. With picture-perfect beaches, beautiful temples and churches, brightly painted houses and buildings, peaceful and tranquil ashrams, this incredible place serve as an ideal weekend getaway for anyone living in South India. You can gorge on yummy French delicacies, witness iconic architecture, indulge in various water activities like scuba diving, or just sit on the beach and enjoy the sunset.

10. Goa

Is any travel list even complete without the mention of Goa? Goa has earned the reputation of the country’s biggest party destination for a reason. This stunning beach state tops the list in terms of adventure, nightlife, culture, scenic beauty, and everything else that pops in your head. With marvellous beaches like Mandrem and Palolem, magnificent temples and churches, Portuguese culture and traditions, water adventure like parasailing and dolphin cruise, Goa offers all. This place is definitely worth witnessing at least once in your lifetime 

11. Gulmarg

If your brain releases a ton of dopamine at the very mention of snow, then pack your bags and head to Gulmarg. This location is absolutely breathtaking without any exaggeration. Gulmarg is the ideal place for you if you want to be mesmerized by the majestic view of snow-covered slopes and mountains. It also happens to be India’s biggest skiing destination that not only offers aesthetic pleasure but also adventure opportunities.

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