10 Tips and Getaways Around India for the Long Weekends this Year! | HolidayIQ Blog

10 Tips and Getaways Around India for the Long Weekends this Year!

10 Tips and Getaways Around India for the Long Weekends this Year! Shutterstock

Unwinding on weekends should be about exploring and not just hitting your neighborhood bar. Luckily 2020 is packed with long weekends, so you can travel to your heart's content without worrying about how much leave you have left.

Besides, going places is much easier than it was before. From improved infrastructure to accessibility like the Club Vistara SBI Card PRIME enables, you can now book and cancel flights hassle free and enjoy collecting points apart from other privileges.

Here are some tips and experiences straight from HolidayIQ travellers

1. February 21st - 23rd: The Mahashivratri weekend - Goa

February 21st - 23rd: The Mahashivratri weekend - Goa Share source: Shutterstock

Missing Goa on New Year's eve? Worry not! The Goa carnival starts on the 22nd, which is right in the middle of the long Mahashivratri weekend. Apart from the zestful carnival, you can relax on the beach watching the sunset while sipping on your beers. The major locations for this annual celebrations are Panjim, Mapusa, Madgaon and Vasco da Gama.

When (Goa Festival): Feb 22nd - Feb 25th, 2020

How to get there

● Closest airport - Dabolim (46 km) Insider tip: The Club Vistara SBI Card PRIME privileges promises a complimentary ticket on joining and airport lounge access!

● Closest railway station - Madgaon (29 km)

● Prepaid taxis are available from the airport and railway station

2. April 10th - 12th: The Good Friday weekend - The Rann of Kutch

April 10th - 12th: The Good Friday weekend - The Rann of Kutch Share source: Shutterstock

Head to the Rann of Kutch and be a part of nature and how! With a host of activities like camel safaris, horse rides, desert cart rallies and the aroma of mouth-watering local cuisines, the Rann Utsav celebrates the enigma and mysticism of the salt desert.

How to get there: Dholavira

  • Closest airport - Bhuj
  • Closest railway station - Bhachau BG (89 km)

“It's an amazing experience to visit Dhordo - White desert of Kutch. If you are travelling to Bhuj during December to March time frame; you must visit Rann utsav arranged by Gujarat Tourism. There is a tent city created over here in which you can rent a tent. Renting a tent is little bit expensive; but it's worth if you want to experience night at white desert. Dhordo is name of village where this Rann Utsav is organized. It's just 65-70 km away from Bhuj.” shares HolidayIQ traveller Nishith.

3. May 1st - 3rd:The May Day weekend - Shillong

May 1st - 3rd:The May Day weekend - Shillong Share source: Shuttershock

Hike to the Shillong peak and let the photographer in you run amok. Do visit Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia, which is just a couple of hours away.

How to get there: Shillong

  • Closest airport - Shillong
  • Closest railway station - Guwahati

“It’s an awesome place for stressed people. The cleanliness here can't be found anywhere else. Waterfalls dot the countryside. You see them everywhere as you drive through the hills of Meghalaya but some of the falls are truly spectacular – Elephant falls, Nohkalikai falls, Crinoline falls and many more – now hiding in the clouds, now peeking out from the mist.” shares HolidayIQ traveller Sai Rourkela.

4. May 23rd - 25th: The Eid Ul Fitr weekend - Devbagh beach

May 23rd - 25th:  The Eid Ul Fitr weekend - Devbagh beach Share source: Shuttershock

Located in the fishing village of Karwar, the Devbagh beach is devoid of commercial tourism and thus serves as a perfect destination to happily frolic on the beach. Between building sand castles, combing the shore for seashells and chasing crabs, the Devbagh beach will be a happy reminder of your childhood. 

How to get there:

  • Closest airport - Goa
  • Closest railway station - Kudal

Sravan Reddy: “We visited this beach on our way to Karwar. We are surprised to see such a calm, quiet, and clean beach. There we can see some Islands in which we can stay and enjoy the beach view. The best time to visit is during the evening to watch beautiful sunsets. It is a good place for fishing and can also see a lot of shells there. It is very crowded in the weekend times and finally it is one of the best places to hangout with friends, enjoy it.”

Fun fact: The Devbagh beach is famous for dolphin-sighting.

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5. July 31st - August 2nd: The Bakrid weekend - Hyderabad

July 31st - August 2nd: The Bakrid weekend - Hyderabad Share source: Shuttershock

Use the long weekend to experience the best of Hyderabadi Biryanis in the ‘City of Nizams’. Visit the areas near the Old Masjid to get a real taste of the festive Mughlai food.

How to get there: Hyderabad

  • Closest airport - Hyderabad
  • Closest railway station -  Nampally

“Hyderabad is a city which has a lot of sightseeing places. Plan your trip properly and do not keep it very short as it will be impossible to cover all the spots. The city is popular for its dum biryani and kebabs.“ shares HolidayIQ Deipali Gore.

6. August 29th - 31st: The Onam weekend - Kaas plateau

August 29th - 31st: The Onam weekend - Kaas plateau Share source: Shuttershock

August is the perfect time to watch the flowers bloom at the Kaas plateau. The morning mist shields the whole plateau and creates a mystical environment. The misty lake and waterfalls add to the natural splendour of the place.

How to get there: Satara

  • Closest airport - Pune
  • Closest railway station -  Satara

“After the valley of flowers, Uttarakhand, the Kaas Plateau is only one place in India where flowers bloom naturally in large amount and 46 species of them found in red data book of rare flowers. It's natural world heritage site for its unique biodiversity. More than 850 species found in Kaas region.” shares HolidayIQ traveller Ashish Hunkeri

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7. October 2nd - 4th: The Gandhi Jayanti weekend - October - Andamans

October 2nd - 4th: The Gandhi Jayanti weekend - October - Andamans Share source: Shuttershock

Book your tickets to Andamans in advance because October is the perfect season to visit these beautiful islands! Watch the majestic sunset at Radhanagar Beach and enjoy snorkelling at the Elephant Beach on Havelock Island.

How to get there: Havelock Island

  • Closest airport - Chennai (1390 km)
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  • Closest railway station -  Port Blair

“Never miss Havelock when you visit Andaman Island. Some of the activities are scuba diving, snorkeling etc. Attractions such as Radhanagar beach it's a huge beach. With mesmerising beauty. Kala Patthar, Elephant Beach” shares HolidayIQ traveller Anurag Kshirsagar.

8. October 24th - 26th: The Dussehra weekend - Gangtok

October 24th - 26th: The Dussehra weekend - Gangtok Share source: Shuttershock

How about using this big break to explore the misty mountains and frozen lakes of Gangtok? The intriguing culture and the monasteries, coupled with the pleasant climate and stunning view make up a great itinerary for this long weekend.

How to get there: Gangtok

  • Closest airport - Bagdogra (124 km)
  • Closest railway station -  New Jalpaiguri (148 km)

“If you want to visit most clean sophisticated and beautiful hill station of India then Gangtok stands second to none. A place full of warmth(of its people) and natural beauty with clean roads and streets. Most important tourist spots are Nathula pass, Tsomgo lake , Baba mandir(Lt Indian Army soldier Baba Harbhajan Singh's shrine).” shares HolidayIQ traveller Prateek Vijay.

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9. November 13th - 15th: The Dhanteras weekend - Sundarbans

November 13th - 15th: The Dhanteras weekend - Sundarbans Share source: Shuttershock

November is the perfect season to explore the world’s largest river delta before the arrival of scorching summers. Sundarbans houses India’s largest mangrove forest and is also home to the majestic Royal Bengal tiger. Besides the stunning hotels and resorts here will leave you spoiled for stay choices. With the  Club Vistara SBI Card PRIME  Rewards get hotel gift vouchers on milestone spends!

How to get there: Sundarbans

  • Closest airport- Kolkata
  • Closest railway station - Howrah junction (5.06 Km)

“No other big sanctuary with an exception to Sundarban allows you to explore the terrain and the woods on a boat. Spotting a tiger might prove you to be really lucky. The sky at dawn looks as lights from heaven are lighting up the stage. The place turns gold.” shares HolidayIQ traveller Tansy A.

10. December 25th - 27th: The Christmas weekend - Rajasthan

December 25th - 27th: The Christmas weekend - Rajasthan Share source: Shuttershock

Is there is any place better than Rajasthan for your last trip of the year. Experience the culture, forts, palaces and joy of desert safari. Feeling adventurous? You can try zip-lining and flying fox here.

When: Rajasthan

How to get there: Jodhpur

  • Closest airport - Jodhpur Jn
  • Closest railway station -  Dimapur (148 km)

“Rajasthan, the dwelling place of 'The Ship of the Desert'. But apart from such a description Rajasthan has a lot more to speak of itself, speak of its varied wildlife at abrupt climatic conditions and also speaks of the power of 'The Sand' ” shares HolidayIQ traveller Tushnik Chakraborty.

No matter what you are in the mood for, the Club Vistara SBI Card PRIME will ensure you experience the best, right from lounge access to great deals on flights! Ensure you long weekends are not just brilliant new stories to tell but luxurious ones at that.

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