These cities are our best choice for short weekend getaways in India post COVID-19
Weekends are something all of us look forward to and are excited about, and when they coincide with travel plans, it is the perfect recipe to relieve stress and have some good fun with friends and family.
So if you are thinking of enjoying memorable weekends once we are past COVID 19, then this awesome list of weekend getaways in India that we have curated, will be just right for you.
With easy access, great culture, and lots of fun things to indulge in, we are sure these weekend getaways in India will be the perfect break you were hoping for.
01. Jaisalmer - A Taste of Arabian Nights
No place better evokes desert mystery than the sight of a massive sandcastle rising from the sandy plains like a mirage from a bygone era. That’s Jaisalmer for you folks. Replete with the fairy-tale architecture of Havelis, colorful bazaars, and the prospect of camel safaris in the vastness of the Thar, it is hard not to be enchanted by this desert citadel. Trust us – A well planned weekend here will be one of your best travel decisions.
Getting There – Go Air , Spice Jet & Indigo have daily flights from Mumbai & Delhi. Train services are available as well. You can check the schedule here
Where to Stay – Stay at Suryagarh and feel like a royal or choose a traditional Haveli and get a feel of living in a fort. Plenty of options exist for every budget.
Top Things to do – Camel Safari , Sunset over the Fort , Havelis Explorations, Visit to Haunted Village , Desert Road trip to Tanot Mata.
02. Khajuraho - A Living Work of Art
India’s most titillating town, famed far and wide for the erotic stone carvings that swathe its temple walls, contain some stunning sculptures that together make up some of the finest temple art in the world. Coupled with easy access to the nearby Panna Tiger reserve and Raneh falls, A weekend in Khajuraho makes for a delightful and quiet weekend getaway in a small town with an easy-going traveler vibe.
Getting There – Direct daily flights from Mumbai & Delhi on Vistara, Indigo & Go Air. Train services are available as well.
Where to Stay – Stay at The Lalit Temple View for a luxury staycation experience or the Radisson Khajuraho for a hassle free stay.
Top Things to do – Cycling Tours of the Temple , Visit to Raneh Falls , Croc Safari on Ken River , Tiger Safari in Panna Reserve, Sound & Light Show.
03. Bhuj - India's Wild West
The most entrancing city in Gujarat, it has creaky old palaces full of twinkling treasures and grand dining rooms, and an old town full of colors and chaos beckoning you to explore. It is also the ideal springboard for visits to the surrounding villages and to places of superb natural beauty in the Great Rann, which attracts tourists from all around the world with its textile, tribes, and natural splendor.
Getting There – Direct daily flights from Mumbai & Delhi on Vistara & Indigo. Train services are available as well.
Where to Stay – Stay at Bhuj House – a Traditional Parsi homestay or choose to live in Local Bhunga at the Kutch Safari Lodge.
Top Things to do – City tour of Bhuj , Visit to White Rann , Textile tour of Tribal Villages & Shopping at LLDC.
04. Hampi - A Lost Temple City
Envision markets burdened with silk, precious stones, bejeweled courtesans, gold-gilded palaces, extravagant festivals, and flamboyant arts and music scene. This is a fabled lost city with a bold and bizarre, stark landscape of rambling ruins, gravity-defying rocks and boulders all interspersed with verdant banana plantations. Once a laid back town, this yesteryear capital of the Vijayanagara Empire—one of the greatest Hindu kingdoms in India’s history—is a superb southern gem.
Getting There – By Road from Bangalore or Hospet. Or flight to Hubli
Where to Stay – Evolve back Hampi for an award winning stay experience or Hyatt Palace for a rejuvenating and comfortable experience.
Top Things to do – Tour of Hampi Ruins, Visit to the 3D Museum, Bouldering Classes & Visit the gypsy tribes.
05. Pondicherry - Crossroads of Culture
The pulsing, crayon-bright city of Pondicherry in southern India by way of the south of France, a mood board mixing Hindu spiritualism and old-world gallic architecture. And on its outskirts is an extraordinary experiment quietly seeking a new social order. Tranquility is easily found here, but if its active adventures you seek, then there’s plenty to keep you busy as well. Pondy makes us pause to wonder, It helps us hear our thoughts above the din and sometimes, the sound of a voice within.
Getting There – A Short 4 Hr. drive from Chennai. Direct flights available from all over India
Where to Stay – Villa Shanti for a colonial French experience or Le Pondy for a resort experience.
Things to do – Meditation at Auro Ville , Food & Cycle Tour of Pondi, Visit Paradise Beach & Incredible spa treatments.
These 5 Cities are our top picks for weekend getaways and each one promises a bouquet of memorable experiences to ensure you have a memorable break with your friends and family
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