We’ve all had that time when we need a break but we are little low on the funds. Worry not because not all holidays require a big budget. Here are some budget weekend getaway ideas to choose from:
From Mumbai: Bhandardara
Past the breathtaking hills and steep valleys of the Sahayadris, with the Western Ghats as your companion is Bhandardara. All traces of civilization vanish right before your eyes and the scenic endless road accompanies you all along. Instead of a stay at a five star property and fine dining, here you get a dose of cleaner air and the comfort of nature’s lap. Whether an adventure lover or a laid back visitor, Bhandardara caters to the needs of all.
Distance from Mumbai - 165 kms
Train tickets starting from Rs. 615 (SL category)
Go there for : The backdrop of Western Ghats and treks
From Hyderabad: Ananthagiri Hills
The scenic landscape and verdant forests of Ananthgiri have ample opportunities for trekking and adventure sports too. It is believed that forests here have many medicinal herbs that give the air itself a healing touch.Along with the Katiki waterfall you will also find the famous Borra caves of Araku valley here. Also in order to reach the Katiki waterfall you need to complete a two hour trek. Various other treks are also present throughout the valley.
Distance from Hyderabad - 81 kms
Train tickets starting from Rs. 83
Go there for: The forested hills and adventure sports
From Kolkata: Puri
The religious capital of Odisha and one of India’s most sacred city. When it comes to places to visit, Puri does not fail at all. Puri bazaar, Atharnala bridge, Jagganath temple, Gundicha Ghar temple and Puri beach are amongst a few. The bustling maze of streets in Puri is a delight for all those visiting. Spirituality and serenity is what the air cariies in Puri. You should also not miss the Golden sand beach here. It is perfect for a surf and also to take a dip in the water.
Distance from Kolkata – 497 kms
Train tickets starting from Rs. 95
Go there for : The temples and beach
From Chennai: Kanyakumari
The Southernmost point of the country is exhilarating yet calm with its own charm. A cruise ride to Vivekananda Memorial and Thiruvalluvar statue and the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a stroll in the bustling market, sunset or sunrise at the beach and to top it all the perfect weather, a trip to Kanyakumari looks like the respite you are looking for. The vastness of the sea visible from almost all across the town is a sight to behold.
Distance from Chennai – 700 kms
Train tickets starting from Rs. 220
Go there for : The vast sea expanse
From Delhi: Narkanda
The North Indians are not unaware of the mountains. Everyday there is a new trek discovered and newer surroundings to be explored.One of the places to head to is Narkanda. The very famous Hatu peak is a dangerous and equally thrilling. The trek or the drive to the top will fill your heart with contentment. Accompanying you will be great weather that almost makes you float amongst the clouds. The dense forestation also adds to the mysterious vibe of the place.
Distance from Delhi – 402 kms
Bus Tickets starting from Rs. 651
Go there for : The exhilharating trek
From Bengaluru: Ooty
Ooty is a nature lovers paradise. Surrounded by hills and vegetation from all sides, Ooty is a breath of fresh air from the city’s madness. Ooty is nestled amidst the Nilgiri hills at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level and enjoys a favourable climate all year round. One can embrace nature in its purest form here. It also harvests the old colonial charm since it was a summer escape for most during the colonial times.
Distance from Bengaluru – 271 kms
Train Tickets starting from Rs. 280
Go there for : Rejuvination and fresh air