Thursday, 27 April 2017

My Bucket-list ‘Weekend’ Getaways In India

A long weekend is always a hint at planning a quick road trip around your city. Does an idea of a ‘long weekend’ escape enrapture you? Well, I have some great ideas for you!

With OlaOutstation, you can take a road trip anywhere around your city. I used OlaOutstation while I was in Odisha to travel from Bhubaneswar to Raghurajpur, and it was quite comfy.

So, here’s a look at some of the awesome weekend getaways across India –  

From Mumbai – Kolad
I’d like to visit Kolad (a village in Raigad district, Maharashtra) for its laid-back atmosphere. I have heard it’s a haven of natural wonders, and thus, it’s a favourite with adventure lovers. It’s a perfect place for day-trips and weekend trips. The top activity that you can enjoy in Kolad is rafting for its gushing white waters. Also, you can encamp near the Kundalika River for the night stay, which would be great fun.

From Pune – Kamshet
Kamshet, a place around 50 km from Pune, is a blend of nature and art.  Though Kamshet is famous for its adventure activities, such as paragliding and boating, I’d like to just sit lazily and take in its hilly charm. Besides the serenity of forests and lakes, Kamshet has interesting temples and historical sites to amaze you.

From Delhi – Triund
Triund (Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh) is a lovely ‘trekking’ getaway from Delhi.  I’m sure it would be a memorable experience to trek in the midst of beautiful surroundings – the divine Dhauladhar Mountains on one side and the scenic Kangra valley on the other. 

From Bangalore – Madikeri
The aroma of coffee at Madikeri can’t wait to rejuvenate you. Madikeri, in Karnataka, is a nature retreat mingled with some British nuances. I’d like to be there just to sip coffee straight from the farm, gaze the craggy landscapes and wander through its forests and peculiar villages. 

From Kolkata – Bishnupur               
Bishnupur, in West Bengal, is a fascinating town near Kolkata ideal for travellers looking for art and culture. It’s renowned for its unique terracotta temples and Baluchari sari. I’m really keen on capturing the artistic beauty of Bishnupur through my lens. 
From Chennai – Yelagiri
Yelagiri is a great escape from the heat of Chennai for it’s a place of natural treasures – mountain views, lakes and cascading waterfalls. It’s an ideal place for picnickers and nature lovers. But, I’d like to visit it for its villages and tribal folk. It would be interesting to learn about their way of life – customs and culture.

From Ahmedabad – Kumbhalgarh
Kumbhalgarh, in Rajasthan, is one place where I definitely want to go for its obvious mystical grandeur and enchanting history. Besides the regal charm of the Kumbhalgarh Fort, there’s so much more to see and experience in Kumbhalgarh, such as 360 temples and palaces within the fort, the view of the Thar Desert from atop the fort walls, and Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary in close proximity.

So, WHERE are you planning your next long weekend?
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  1. Comprehensive n informative.. Tried some but most of them needs to be exploited by me..

    1. Great! I'm glad you are inspired.

  2. Great collection. Have been to Madikere and it was a great place indeed ! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. You're welcome, Atul :-) I really want to visit Madikeri for its coffee plantations.

  3. Thanks for the ideas. I am yet to visit Bishnupur. Shantiniketan and Mayapur are some popular weekend getaways from Kolkata you might like to visit.

    1. Thanks for adding to the list, Moon :-) I hope to visit Kolkata sometime in the future.Maybe you can be my guide and unleash some of the secrets of your city :-)

  4. I've hardly heard of any of these!! And I lived in Chennai for almost 2 years and never saw Yelagiri... hmmmm! I'll need to go back! Great tips Renuka - thanks! :)

    1. Welcome Tim! Yes, these are some great weekend getaways in India. I hope to visit them all one by one. :-)

  5. This is an amazing bucket list, Renuka! ;)

  6. Excellent collection. Funnily enough, I have never been to Kolad, being so near Mumbai...


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