As the year enters its final quarter, the gentle nip in the air reminds us softly of the wonderful festive season around the corner. Nothing could be more fun than heading off on holiday with the people you love to enjoy the festivities all around. From across the country, there are many exciting locales that offer the perfect setup for your Diwali, New Year, and Christmas holiday trips. And now for the best news: this year all these festivals fall on long weekends; thus, making holiday planning easier than ever. So, here is rounding up some fabulous long weekend tours in 2018 to look forward to.
Rann of Kutch
The Great Rann of Kutch comes alive every year in winters during the Rann Utsav. An eclectic display of Kutchi culture and tradition, the Rann Utsav sees visitors flock from across the country to experience the magic of this great salt desert. Rows of tents dotting the sand, traditional music and art, a myriad of leather and silver souvenirs to choose from, and a camel ride under the moonlight are some of the experiences to be cherished here. This year the Rann Utsav dates extend between 1st November 2018 to 20 February 2019.
This UNESCO World Heritage site is a town with a deep and rich history. The ideal getaway for those looking for an old-world charm, monuments and temples date back several centuries and add to the mystical feel of the surroundings. Winters are pleasant and the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold. The perfect New Year’s getaway for a group of friends, Hampi is a backpacker’s paradise with numerous hostels, budget-friendly shopping options, and quaint cafes around every corner.
The epitome of Indian culture, Varanasi is not a destination but rather, an experience. One of the holiest sites of pilgrimage in the country, Varanasi could be the perfect Diwali holiday trip for you and your family. Feel the blessings of divine intervention as you visit one of the numerous temples, pay homage to the sacred Ganga river and later, indulge in some truly mouth-watering savouries that Varanasi street food is so famous for.
Yet another UNESCO World Heritage site in India, Khajuraho is most noted for its ancient temples depicting religious, royal, and erotic art. The perfect locale for the adventurer in you, Khajuraho beckons the solo traveller as well as a group of friends. Winters are not too cold and yet, the nip in the air provides the perfect respite from city heat. Post exploring the world-famous Khajuraho temples, head straight for a safari at Panna National Park.
Nicknamed as the ‘Golden City’ for its yellow sandstone architecture, Jaisalmer is a winter desert beauty. One of the most popular locales for New Year trips in India, this desert town has much to offer the discerning traveller. Experience the magic of staying in a tent in the desert, go for camel rides, and experience the deeply rooted Jain heritage that dates back to the 12th century. With temperatures dipping low, the crisp winter winds will truly thrill and provide a respite from the heat of polluted cities.
One of the most revered places of pilgrimage in the country, Pushkar could be just the place to plan your Diwali holiday trip. The sacred town comes alive during the festival of lights to colours and sounds that will truly delight. Streets dotted with diyas, the fragrance of marigolds in the air, and the inviting aroma of milk sweets and fried savouries will truly delight you. The best time to visit Pushkar is in November in time for the annual Pushkar Camel Fair.
This beachside town in South India is apt for anyone looking for a seafront winter holiday but wanting to avoid the rush in neighbouring Goa. White sand beaches, crystal clear waters and an unending horizon stretched against the blue sky: all this and more defines the beauty of Gokarna. Book a shack by the beach and indulge in some sun, sand, and delicious seafood. Gokarna is the perfect location for Christmas holiday trips or to bid adieu to the year gone by and ring in a happy new year.
Long weekends are not to be wasted for, Plan it ahead and join us for these amazing tours.