For all you tired and harried city folk trudging your way to office amidst heavy traffic and choking smog, the year 2015 is sure to ring in many cheers and innumerable sighs of relief. We give you a run-down of the many long weekends coming up during which getaways and nearby resorts seem heaven sent. No traffic, no rush, no planning, no delayed flights – just relaxed and tranquil breaks that will resuscitate. We give you a list of 6 offbeat destinations that are not only easily reachable but are brimming with nature’s goodness and sights that will leave you wanting more.
We give you first the list of holidays for 2015 which will help you decide which locations to vacation in.
January 1st Thursday – take the Friday off and voila 4 day long weekend
26th Monday – gives you a 3 day long weekend. Great way to celebrate Republic Day
March 6th Friday – 3 day long weekend
April 3rd Friday – 3 day long weekend
May 4th Monday – 3 day long or (4 days if you were to take the Friday off)
September 17th Thursday – 4 day long weekend with just one leave on Friday
October 2nd Friday – 3 day long weekend
11-13th Wednesday to Friday – 5 day long weekend
December 25th Friday – 3 day long weekend
Visiting Sattal is all about the relaxed environs and the crisp fresh air of this high-altitude region. The snow and cloud-capped peaks, lush verdant landscapes and the silvery shimmering blue waters of the lakes lend this region a tantalizing appeal. Its spectacular surroundings, sights to see and abundance of fresh healthy food make it seem cosier and more welcoming in comparison to other regions. Of course, there are a large number of activities to indulge in too – trekking, angling, boating, sightseeing and many others. Ideal for 3-4 day long weekends
Ramgarh is 6-7 hours drive from Delhi.
The ‘fruit bowl of Kumaon’ is silent, calm and enveloped in wispy mist that lightly teases the landscape. The spectacular 180 degree views of the snow-capped mountains lined with stately green vegetation are offset by the cheery colours of the luscious and abundant fruits that hang as jewels from the bent trees. Go trekking through the varied terrains or picnic amongst the fruit orchards – Ramgarh inspires you in more ways than one. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the ‘writer’s bungalow’ named so since literary stalwarts like Rabindranath Tagore and MahadeviVerma spend precious days here.
Pauri is 8-9 hours drive from Delhi
If a place, actually a village were to be described as having picture-perfect views and a charm that exudes being suspended in time, then Pauri matches this description. Quaint, peaceful, innocent and charming are not just adjectives they are a way of life here. Nestled among the higher reaches of Uttarakhand and gently laying its being among the adobe walls of spirituality, Pauri is a must visit. The large and small temples in the area add an earthy and godly grace to the region even as the bells toll adding to the mystical charm of the region. The sun set and the innumerable hues of red, orange and yellow at Pauri is perhaps one of the most jaw-dropping performances of nature.
Narkanda is 8-9 hours drive from Delhi
Narkanda is a wondrous mountain town known best for its skiing opportunities for all in the winter and as a playground for Rock climbing, hiking, waterfall rappelling, fox flying, Burma Bridge and much more in the summer. If winter brings blankets of shimmering white ice, spring and summer brings splashes of pink, crimson, red and wine hues in the apple and cherry blossoms that give way to the juicy tempting fruit. Best for the 5 day long weekend
Rajaji National Park is 6 hours drive from Delhi
The words ‘lush and jaded’ could very well have been coined to describe the Rajaji National Park with its untouched forests, stunning mountains and the many water bodies that feed and sustain it. Its cast of characters include large families of elephants headed by mighty Tuskers, majestic Tigers, panthers, wild boars, Bears and over 400 indigenous and migrant bird species. Its terrain encourages activities like trekking, mountain biking, river rafting and many others. The park is a nature lover’s dream come true with the melange of wildlife being reason enough to visit.
Auwa is 8-9 hours drive from Delhi.
Folded and nestled among the watchful and sturdy Aravali Range, Auwa is a village hideaway that is friendly and has a bewitching storybook ambience to match its alluring past and histrionics. It still keeps the ancient craft of pottery alive and its rich diverse cultural heritage is proudly preserved by the locals. The stone-walled and mud plastered streets have a certain mysticism that is rivalled only by the innocent charm of the village folk. Visit their homes for some hot tea and snacks. Take a ‘train and jungle’ safari to get close to nature and see the many unexplored sites of this region. Getaway for the long 5 day weekend and go back in time to relax.