Long weekends are like a blessing in disguise. It gives people to enjoy a rejuvenating escapes without being absent for too long from the office. Many people plan these short escape in advance, while some acts on a knee jerk reaction. So those of you are planning for a quick jaunt away from the hustle bustle of the cities and pollution we bring your five budget and beautiful destination for a quick refreshment.
Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
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This quaint hill station nicknamed as the Varanasi of hills, Choti Kashi or Kashi of Himachal mainly because of the 100 temples dotting the stunning hill station. The journey to Mandi will spiritually enlighten you. The hill station is a perfect concoction of peace, spirituality and adventure, as the place is laden with simmering lake, breathtaking landscapes, and hundreds of temples. It is estimated that there are more than 300 Hindu temples bejeweling the hill station. The history of many temples goes hundreds of years. The most famous is the Bhootnath temple built 1520.
The place is also highly revered amongst the Buddhist and Sikhs. Shri Guru Gobind Singh Gurudwara dedicated to the tenth Guru The place was visited by the tenth Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Gobind Singh. To pay their reverence in 1930 the Guru Gobind Sing Gurudwara was built in Mandi. For adventurers Mandi is a paradise. Tourists could embark on a range of adventure tours such as mountaineering, rock climbing, river rafting, camping, trekking, paragliding are some of the major activities. Mandi is an all year round tourist destination.
How To Reach
Mandi can be reached by air, road and train. The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport in Kullu (60km). Joginder Nagar Railway Station is the closest 50km away. By road the Mandi is well-connected with regular bus services from Delhi, and Chandigarh.
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Kantal once a quaint little village has now emerged as a popular tourist destination specially for those looking for a quick, laid-back and adventurous escapes. The tiny hamlet is perched at a height of 8,500 feet above sea level on the Mussoorie – Chamba road. Surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks, coniferous trees, and beautiful valleys the experience of enjoying a vacation in Kantal is just surreal. Charmed for its pleasing weather and refreshing outdoor ambience is quite enough to lure any traveller to this stunning destination. Escaping here during Dusshera becomes even more special as the pace is away for the hustle bustle of the chaotic festivals like Dusshera and Diwali. Furthermore the pollution free environment rejuvenate and invigorate both your mind and body.
The best thing about the place is that it is relatively unexplored. Travellers could enjoy stroll in Orchids, could smell the rhododendrons leaves, pick the flowers, sit anywhere cherishing the amazing views. The destination is a great place to bond with the nature. The place also makes a perfect launching pad to visit the Tihir Dam. Adventurours could go for treeking in the Kodinali Jungle spooting elusive hill animals. Other places to visit from Kantal are Chamba, Mussoori and Dhanulti.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport and train station both located in Dehradun. Kantal is well-connected by the road with regular bus service from Dehradun, Rishikes and Haridwar.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan
The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is in proximity to the capital and makes a perfect weekend escapes for this Dussher festival. The park officially known as Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park, is a UNESCO affiliated world heritage park. Just 4 hrs. drive from the national capital, the park teems with hundreds of species of birds, reptiles and big cat. Several species of birds from Afghanistan and Siberia migrates the park during winter.
Apart from its astonishing wildlife, Bharatpur’s rich historical past also entices tourists. The Bharatpur Palace illustrates a perfect blend of Mughal and Rajputana architecture. Deeg Palace, another opulence example of Rajputana luxury and the invincible Lohagarh Fort. Birdwatchers flock the Bharatpur Park to get the glimpse of the several bird species both native and migrated. Apart there are also a host of adventurous activities travellers could engage.
How To Reach
Bharatpur is well-connected by Air, Train and Road network. The nearest airport is Agra, and the town has its own railway station. The town is well connected by roads with daily bus services from Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.
Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Nestled in the Himalayan foot hills Jim Corbett National Park is undoubtedly the most illustrious and celebrate wildlife park in India. Carrying a rich legacy under its belt the park is named after the famous British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist under whose guidance the park was set up. The park is in proximity to the national capital. It is a popular weekend escapes among the wanderers and adventurers. Wildlife enthusiasts will have a blast. The park boasts hundreds of wildlife and plant species. Holidayers from all over the country thronged the destination to get the glimpse of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Not just wildlife but the scenic landscape of the park which consists of grasslands, hills, guzzling rivulets and forests.
The park comes packed with a lot of adventurous activities. The Ramganga River passing inside the park is perfect for White River rafting, camping, trekking and photography and fishing. Travellers could also embark on a short drive to Garjia Devi Temple. The temple is located in the middle of the river perched on an elevated rock. There are several ancient temple located in and around the park, perfect for outdoor excursion. Jim Corbett also acts as a launching pad to escape further interior visit famous holiday places like Ranikhet and EON hills.
How To Reach
Jim Corbett is well connected by road, rail and air. By air Pantnagar airport is the closest, Ramnagar railway station is the closest. Corbett is well connected by road with regular buses from Delhi ISBT.
Pushkar is an ancient town is in the proximity of Ajmer. The town is celebrated for its famous camel fair and various festival. The town being a pilgrimage site for Hindu beguiles tourists from all wakes of life. It is the landscape and colourful vibrant ambience which thrills and its proximity to various tourist spots. Dotted with several ancient temples exploring them is quite interesting. Every temple has got an interesting mythological fable attached to it. It is also quite interesting that virtually every houses has a temple in Pushkar.
But out of hundred temples the one temple which entices and is highly revered is the Bhrama Temple. As per Hindu mythology Bharama is the creator of the Universe. And it is only this place which has a temple dedicated to the god. In the middle of the town there is a Pushkar Lake. The lake is revered and people take bath to wash their sin during auspicious festival occasions. From Pushkar travellers could venture out several nearby famous tourists spots like Jaipur, Taragarh Fort in Ajmer, and Jodhpur.
How To Reach
Pushkar can be reached by air, train and bus. The nearest airport is Sanganer Airport, Jaipur 146km, Pushkar Terminus Railway station is the closest. Regular bus services to Pushkar is available from Ajmer and Jaipur.
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