Head To These Offbeat Places For The Upcoming Long Weekend

Head To These Offbeat Places For The Upcoming Long Weekend
Ruins of an abandoned temple in Skandagiri hills , Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The long weekend is here and we have you sorted. No matter whether you are in Delhi or Kolkata, this is where you should be headed

Simrran Gill
August 06 , 2019
33 Min Read

The long weekend is around the corner and how often does it happen that the plans are not yet set because we are looking for the best destinations? Well, the long weekend is almost here and whether you are Delhi, Chennai or Bangalore, we’ve got you sorted. Each city has within attainable distance has a mountain getaway, a boiling pot of culture getaway or a food trail to follow. Here’s a list of places that you can head to for the upcoming long weekend:

DELHI

AULI (Uttarakhand)

 
 
 
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Surrounded by oak forests Auli is a hill station surrounded by Nanda Devi and Nar Parvat mountains. Not only a mountain retreat but also a peak into the mountain wildlife, Auli is equal parts of recreation and pilgrimage. Badrinath temple and Joshimath are just a cable car away from Auli. The Valley of Flowers National Park also gives you an opportunity to see the red fox and snow leopards within its vicinity.
Distance from Delhi – 76 kms

SHEKHAWATI (Rajasthan)

 
 
 
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Love revisiting history but not crowded places? Shekhawati in Rajasthan is quaint town in Northeastern Rajasthan. The town will let you soak in both the palaces and ruins of the palaces. Well painted havelis and the art and paintings present within the premises are a well kept treasure. Shekhawati immerses you in the royal feeling away from the crowd. While you are here don’t forget to visit Mandawa.
Distance from Delhi – 297 kms

CHAKRATA (Dehradun)

 
 
 
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Sun kissed mountains within the cantonment area, Chakrata is not all about mountains. This secluded hilly town also houses the mighty Tiger waterfall. Chakrata is situated between the rivers Tons and Yamuna and has the perfect weather for your weekend getaway. If you love backpacking trips we suggest that this is your destination.
Distance from Delhi – 324 kms

MUMBAI

KARNALA (Raigad)

 
 
 
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Karnala, that lies within the ranges of the Western Ghats, is almost an hour’s drive from the conundrum of the city. Karnala piques the interests of history and wildlife lovers alike. The Karnala bird sanctuary is densely forested and also houses the Karnala Fort as well. If you are looking forward for calm afternoon or wis to trek through a forest soaking tranquility, this is your place to be.
Distance from Mumbai – 48 kms

MALSHEJ GHAT (Pune)

 
 
 
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Known as the trekker’s paradise and a home to breathtaking mountains, Malshej Ghat is what will let you escape the bustling city. Mountain ranges, waterfalls and migratory birds are what you’ll encounter on your drive up here. Perfectly nestled away, this place comes alive with lush greenery during monsoons. Whether a trip with family or friends, Malshej Ghats is our pick.
Distance from Mumbai – 127 kms

JAWHAR (Palghar)

 
 
 
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Situated in the Konkan division of Maharashtra, Jawhar is an amalgamation of picturesque setting and cultural vibrance. Jawhar is unique in the sense that it houses the vibrant Warli paintings. Not only this, Jawhar is also home to Jai Vilas Palace along with Dabhosa waterfall. Jawhar is package deal for all, regardless of history, art or nature lovers.
Distance from Mumbai – 161 kms

BANGALORE

SKANDAGIRI (Bangalore)

 
 
 
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A fortress that oversees Nandi hills, Skandagiri is what trekkers across the country would love. Perfect weather with perfect The highlight of the Skandagiri hills is the night trek that is offered. After the night trek the sight of the sunrise will behold you. Stargazing with old ruins of the fortress of Tipu Sultan is an experience that you would not want to miss.
Distance from Bangalore – 60 kms

HOGGENAKKAL (Dharmapuri)

 
 
 
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Hoggenakkal waterfall is situated on the Kaveri river. Carbonatite rocks on the site are considered to be the oldest of its kind in South Asia and one of the oldest in the world. The falls are a breath taking sight and sometimes are referred as the ‘Niagara Falls of India’. The waterfalls also give its visitors an opportunity to go for a boat ride and enjoy the scenic view.
Distance from Bangalore – 126 kms

MURUDESHWAR (Bhatkal)

 
 
 
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A temple, an island and beaches, if not this then what? Murudeshwar is not just a pilgrim destination but also your stop for all the adventure sports that you’ve been planning. His place also gives you the liberty to soak in some peace and tranquility at the Murudeshwar beach.
Distance from Bangalore – 489 kms

CHENNAI

YELAGIRI (Vellore)

 
 
 
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A relief from the scorching heat of Chennai, Yelagiri hills is where you should be headed. Mountains on sides, straight road ahead and your favourite music, this drive will be so worth it. Boating, treks, a waterfall and a laid back vacation is what Yelagiri hills will offer you. This is the perfect way to skip the madness of the city.
Distance from Chennai – 229 kms

TRANQUEBAR (Nagapattinam)

 
 
 
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Lying on the Coromandel coast, Tranquebar is near a distributary of the Kaveri river. It was the first established Danish trading post and the place still emits the aura of it. Fort Dansborg is the major attraction here. The sea facing fort is the second largest Danish fort to be constructed. A laid back vacay is what you’ll be offered here. Danish ruins, sound of the waves and churches is the combination you are headed for, if here.
Distance from Chennai – 270 kms

CHETTINAD (Sivaganga)

 
 
 
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While in the city you must have seen and relished full Chettinad meals. Chettinad is not just famous for its meals but also its culturally and artistically rich mansions. Spacious rooms with marble and teak embellishments and imported furnishings give these palaces a culturally rich look. Apart from this the food trails are what you should be headed for.
Distance from Chennai – 321 kms

KOLKATA

RAICHAK (Diamond Harbour)

 
 
 
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A small riverside town, Roychak is the serene escape from the commercial city. If you are looking forward to indulge in some history alongside the mighty Hoogly on the side, Roychak is your destination. Lying closer to the city, this one doesn’t eat up too much time travelling too.
Distance from Kolkata – 54 kms

HENRY’S ISLAND (Bakkhali)

 
 
 
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While the city is bustling with activities and people constantly, Henry’s Island is the serene getaway that you’ve been looking for. The virgin beaches here are something to look forward to. Well kept and unexploited, Henry’s Island is perfect to release all that stress that has caught up with you. The mangrove trees along the sea are also that make for a spectacular view.
Distance from Kolkata – 127 kms

SHANKARPUR (Digha)

 
 
 
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Shankarpur is not yet commercialized, hence not flocked by tourists that often. If you are looking for a little disconnect from the city and little snooze from life, this is where you should be headed. Situated a little ahead of Digha, Shankarpur offers the tranquility of beach and the quiet of a forest. You won’t be disappointed with this decision of yours.
Distance from Kolkata – 175 kms


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