Who does not like an additional day of the holiday? Long weekends on budget friendly places are fantastic opportunities for a mini-vacation or a weekend getaway for students, professionals, or anyone who has to deal with the stresses of work and life regularly. These small breaks can help you reenergize, get your mind off the stresses of life and come back with higher energy levels and allows you to work for productively and efficiently.
With the long weekend approaching, with Eid-al-Adha, also popularly known a Bakri Eid falling on Monday, 12th August, it is a convenient time for students to take a small long weekend getaway.
Here are some weekend getaway destinations near Delhi and Mumbai you can make the most of during the long weekend with your college gang.
Weekend Getaway Destinations Near Delhi
Also, known as the city of the Taj, Agra is one of the most visited cities in India by domestic and international travellers.
Agra offers a rich glimpse into the history and culture of India and is part of the Golden Triangle circuit along with Jaipur and Delhi.
Some of the places you can visit while in Agra include the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Mehtab Bagh and the Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah. The sunrise and sunset boat rides by the Taj is a must-do for any traveller to Agra. You can also shop at the Kinari Bazaar for local and traditional artefacts and souvenirs.
A scenic hill station from the colonial era, Kasauli is blessed with abundant natural beauty, lush greenery, tranquillity, and fantastic weather. Kasauli is a treat to the eye with rich flora and fauna and mesmerizing views.
Kasauli offers a wide range of activities for every type of traveller. You can hike around the Gilbert Trails and explore nature, enjoy a toy train ride, try authentic Tibetan cuisine, shop at the Kasauli Tibetan Market and Mall Road, and much more.
You can also go sightseeing at some local attractions which include Christ Church, Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanak Ji, Kasauli Breweries and much more.
Situated in Uttarakhand, about 290 km from Delhi, Lansdowne is a perfect getaway for people who wish to escape the city crowds. Surprisingly, Lansdowne does not have a heavy footfall of tourist in spite of offering salubrious weather, a tranquil environment, and being surrounded by pristine beauty.
Some of the popular activities in Lansdowne include bird watching and trekking at the Kalagarh Wildlife Sanctuary, boating, and witnesses picturesque panoramic views from Hawaghar, Snow Viewpoint, and Tip N Top.
Probably one of the most famous and well-known hill stations in India, Manali is a perfect weekend getaway destination for all kinds of travellers. The town welcomes honeymoon couples, adventure enthusiast, leisure seekers, and almost everyone looking for a break from the busy rat-race of the city life.
Manali lies in the laps of the Himalayas, surrounded by lush mountains, pinewood forest and sit along the banks of the River Beas.
The Solang Valley is perfect for someone looking for an adrenaline rush or some form of adventure. Some of the activities offered include river rafting, zip gliding, zorbing, paragliding, trekking, and rock climbing.
You can also plan a day visit to Rohtang Pass to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and mesmerizing views of the snow-clad surrounding. Also, you can indulge in some fun-filled adventure sports lie skiing, mountain biking, snow scooter rides, and much more.
In case you not into adventure sports or outdoor activities, you can also enjoy some local sightseeing by visiting popular tourist sites such as Hidimba Devi Temple, Vashisht Village, Gayatri Temple, and Manikaran Gurudwara.
Weekend Getaway Destinations Near Mumbai
Located in the basin of Ulhas River, Karjat is a popular weekend getaway destination for Mumbaikars. It offers scenic vistas of ancient rock-cut temples, fort, nature, and mountains.
Karjat is also famous for a wide range of outdoor activities such are trekking, waterfall climbing, boating, river rafting, or simply enjoying a peaceful picnic. Other places to visit in Karjat include the Ilhas Valley, Bhor Ghat, Kondona Caves and the Peth Fort.
Located about 80 km from Mumbai at an altitude of over 2500 feet above sea level, Matheran is probably the most popular and famous hill station in Maharashtra. Placed magnificently on the top of the Western Ghats, Matheran offers some of the most untouched ambience, lush green pastures and serene environment which Mumbaikars are deprived off in their city lives. You can enjoy a ride on the toy train, trekking, valley crossing, horse riding, and walking amidst nature.
Some of the must-visit places in Matheran include Luisa Point, One Tree Hill, Lords Point, Panorama Point, Echo Point, Hera Point, Charlotte Lake, and Malang Point.
3. Khandala and Lonavla.
Popularised by the Bollywood song sung by Aamir Khan, “Aati kya Khandala,” the twin-hill resorts of Khandala and Lonavla are the most popular weekend getaway spots for Mumbaikars.
Khandala and Lonavla offer Mumbaikar a much-needed escape from the concrete jungle and the busy rate race and lands them straight into the lap of nature filled with mesmerizing serene beauty and tranquillity. The twin-hill resorts offer ample opportunities for trekking, camping, and immersing oneself into the arms of nature.
Some of the popular places to visit while in Khandala and Lonavla include Bushy Dam, Nedsa Caves, Lonavla Lake, Korigad Fort, Lohagad, Tiger’s Leap, Duke’s Nose, Pavna Lake, Tungarli Lake, Karla, and Bhaja Caves.
Located about 169 km from Mumbai, Nasik is often referred to as India’s Wine Capital and is the most visited Indian destination by wine lovers. One of visit some of the oldest and most popular vineyards in the country, including the well-known and popular Sula Winery.
You can learn a lot about winemaking and participate in grape crushing and wine tasting tours. Also, Nasik offers a wide range of religious and other popular tourist destinations to explore. These include Pandavleni Caves, Muktidham, Trimbakeshwar, and Mhasoba Temple.
With the long weekend just around the corner, you can take a break from your academics and take a trip with your college gang for some fun-filled activities, bonding, and a much-deserved break after undergoing the stresses of studies and academics.