Good Friday is around the corner. This year, there are barely any long weekends but this is definitely one such lucky break. Wouldn't you want to escape the monotony of everyday life and just head out for a rejuvinating break? Well, this is your lucky day as we bring you offbeat long weekend getaway ideas from around the country. Relax, rejunivate and come back on Monday raring to go!
Definitely one of the lesser-known destinations in Himachal Pradesh, Tirthan Valley is named after the namesake river that originates at Hanskund peak and flows through the valley before joing the Beas. What is on offer here? Tirthan Valley is ideal for trekking, fishing, bird watching and relaxing. With a spectacular mountains on display and greenery everywhere, it will heal the soul, away from the bustle of the weekly grind. Don't forget to visit the Serolsar Lake just six kilometres from Jalori Pass and the Parashar lake with a 14th-century Pagoda style temple by its side. They offer unparalleled beauty. There are plenty of traditional temples and also the 1500-year-old Chehni Kothi nearby. Ideal for a long weekend for a traveller from northern India, camp at Tirthan Valley to be one with nature.
An ideal escape from the summer heat, Samsing is one of the most picturesque places to be in when you stay in the Northeast of the country. An exceptionally beautiful three-hour drive from Siliguri and through the tea gardens of the Dooars, Samsing is a nature lover's paradise. The Neora Valley National Park is adjacent to the town and also the point of origination for a number of trekking routes in the region. On the banks of the narrow and pristine Murti river lies Rocky Island. It is a small resort, completely uncommercialised, only to let support your endeavour of living by the riverside, surrounded by forests. The tiny village of Faribasti also offers several comfortable homestays for tourists and a walk through their flower gardens is a must. Samsing is ideal for travellers from the eastern part of the country who wish to go for a long weekend break.
Also known as 'Little Kashmir', it is the eastern-most district of Uttarakhand. Sharing borders with Nepal and Tibet, the place is an important historical centre of the Kumaon region. Serving as a gateway to the pilgrimage sites in Mansarovar and Kailash, Pithoragarh has many important holy shrines too. While there are prestigious shrines like the Nakuleshwar temple and Arunjeshwar temple, there is also a cave temple on the outskirts called Kapileshwar Mahadev. Built by the Gorkhas in the 18th century, the Pithoragarh fort is another marvel to see here. The town of Gangolihaat, famous for its caves, also offers some of the best views of the Himalaya including the Panchchuli and Nanda Devi peaks. Pithoragarh is ideal for a traveller from north or eastern India for a long weekend idea.
An ideal getaway for an adventurer, the Javadi hills in Tamil Nadu promise a perfect holiday for anyone interested in exploring untrodden trails. While you can trek through the lush green Amrithi forests, another option would be to trek up to Yelagiri village and spend your time in beautiful orchards and rose gardens.Soak your tired feet at the bottom of the Beemanmadavu Waterfalls, one among many in the region. There's also Kommutteri lake, the largest in the region, with an artificial island in the middle, making it an ideal spot for boating and picnics. One of the most important places to visit would be the Kavalur Observatory, home to the Vainu Bappu Telescope named after the astronomer who started it. It is open to visitors and one should not miss the opportunity to explore the skies and the world beyond it through this tool. Javadi Hills is ideally for travellers for the southern region of the country for a long weekend break.
The Kaas Plateau is a UNESCO world heritage site, protected and known for its biodiversity. Home to flora and fauna and almost 70 per cent of all of Maharashtra’s flower species, the Kaas plateau is often called the 'Valley of flowers'. With a beautiful lake surrounded by scenic mountains and hills, this part of the western ghats is a perfect lakeside picnic spot. The village nearby offers a warm homestay, and a short mud-road away is the Vajrai Falls. If you’re looking for a lazy weekend, the Banmoli village next to Shivsagar lake is exactly what you need. There are boating facilities to take you to the Nageshwar Shiv temple and Tapola, the 'mini Kashmir' of the area. Kaas Plateau is perfect for holiday makers from the western and southern parts of the country
Around 400 kilometres from Bengaluru, Honnemardu is a small village located on the backwaters of River Sharavathi. The main attraction is an island located in the middle of the reservoir. The place is perfect for overnight camping with a freshwater swimming pool, nature walks through the enchanting forests, and birdwatching wiht numerous intriguing birds. The Jog Falls and the Dabbe Falls, around 30 kilometres away, are worth visiting. The town of Ikkeri is not far. The 16th-century Aghorevara temple with an amalgamation of architectural styles that range from the Chalukyas, Dravidians, Hoysalas, Deccan Sultanates and Vijayanagara empire, is a must-visit site. It is a great long weekend getaway for travellers from southern India.
Even as one of the most well-known places in Rajasthan, Alwar is an untapped tourist destination. Sitting in the lap of the Aravalli hills, it was part of one of the oldest kingdoms of Rajasthan. It was even mentioned in the Vedic texts. Just like the rest of Rajasthan, Alwar is home to various palaces and forts like the Bala Quila, City Palace, Tomb of Fateh Jung, Purjan Vihar and Vijay Mandir Palace. The most famous tourist spot is Moosi Rani ki Chhatri near the beautiful Lake Sagar. Only a few kilometres away is the Sariska Tiger Reserve. The Neemrana Fort that is now converted into a hotel offers the most luxurious stay and is a popular tourist attraction in itself. So, nature, history and luxury, all in one vacation. Best for travellers from northern India for a quick weekend getaway.