The New Year is hovering right over us and in another 2 weeks we will step into 2019. We hope you’ve got your New Year resolution in place; and sorted where all you want to travel in the first 6 months of 2019.
No matter which part of India you want to explore, we’ve got you covered. Here is our list of the top getaways in India for this holiday season:
GETAWAY NEAR MUMBAI
About: Spread across 7 square kms in Raigad district of Maharashtra. Nestled in the western ghats, and being a hot favorite among the residents of Mumbai, this beautiful hill station has been declared an eco-sensitive region by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change, Govt. of India. There are no private vehicles allowed. Weather stays pleasant from October to May.How to reach: Situated 100 kms from Mumbai (approx. 5 hours via train). Since cars are banned, take a train from Mumbai to Neral; and from Neral take a toy train operated by MLR (Matheran Light Railway) to Matheran (approx. 30 mins)
What to do: The place is home to some of the finest Parsi bungalows and British architecture. Panorama point offers a 360º view of western ghats. The best way to explore the place is via walking. The roads are not metalled and are made of red laterite soil. For adventures junkies, Vikatgad offers a fantastic one day trek comprising of high cliffs and deep ravines.
GETAWAY NEAR DELHI
About: Often known the stoners’ paradise, Kasol is located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the banks of Parvati river of Parvati valley, the place is a melting pot of various cultures. As soon as you enter the town, you are welcomed by small Israeli cafes and local eating joints resting under gigantic deodar trees. Being a home to lot of Israeli families, the place is also knows as Mini Israel of India. If you like snow but not too much of it, this is the place where you want to be this holiday season.How to reach: Situated 512 kms from Delhi, Kasol is well connected via rail, road and air. Take a direct bus from ISBT, Kashmere Gate; train to Chandigarh from New Delhi railway station and then complete the next leg via road; take a road trip (approx. 14 hours). There are flights that operate from Delhi to Bhuntar (nearest airport).
What to do: The place is famous of chilling (wink wink). It also serves as a base camp to the famous Kheerganga trek, Tosh, Pulga, Malana and Gurudwara Sri Manikaran Sahib. Enjoy Israeli delicacies during the day in the local cafes and welcome the cold evenings around a bonfire with friends.
GETAWAY NEAR CHANDIGARH
About: Kasauli is primarily a cantonment area located in district Shimla of Himachal Pradesh. Due to its proximity to Chandigarh, the place has always been a quiet escape for people of Chandigarh. Kasauli has moderate climate for most of the year and hence remains as a favorite for tourists, especially as a weekend getaway. The place was developed by British Raj in 1842 as a Colonial hill station and the local architecture refuses to leave British era behind.How to reach: Located about 65 kms from Chandigarh, Kasauli can be reached in about 2 hours via road. Since parking is limited, its advisable to take a bus from Chandigarh.
What to do: Take a walk to Manki point and enjoy a soothing sunset. If you stay longer, you might just see Chandigarh glistening in all its glory. As it is located in the Air Force area, you’ll have to take a walk, and you entry and exit is recorded at the starting point. For whiskey loves, The Kasauli Brewery is a place to visit. It is the oldest extant distillery for scotch whiskey in Asia; you might just get to take some of it if you can pull few strings.
- BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK
GETAWAY NEAR BENGALURU
About: Home to 6 villages, Bannerghatta National Park offers diverse flora and fauna. It has a zoo, animal rescue centre, snake house, aquarium etc. The park offers a guided tour via bus through 6 kms. The park is home to elephants, tigers, lions, chitals, and leopards.How to reach: Just 35 kms from Bengaluru, this park can be reached via train and road (approx. 1.5 hours)
What to do: Its a heaven for animal lovers and a great place for wildlife photography.
- KOILKONDA FORT
GETAWAY NEAR HYDERABAD
About: Koilkonda Fort is the erstwhile outpost of the Qutab Shahi Dynasty. Reach the fort is like solving a mystery, or perhaps open a gift box. You have to cross 7 doors before you reach the fort. If you enter from the west side, gear up to climb over a profound canyon. If you are coming from east, you’ll be crossing 2 small streams.How to reach: The fort is well connected via road from Hyderabad at a distance of 125 kms (approx. 3 hours)
What to do: The fort in itself has a lot to offer. With the doors passing by, you will find a mosque and Idgah. Next the fort, there is Koilsagar dam which is another major tourist attraction.
With the Christmas and New Year just ahead of us, we have sorted the best places for you. Each of these places has something unique to offer, you might just want to try the place that is ‘not so near’ from your city. Make your bookings in advance as few of these places are jam packed in holiday season. Happy traveling!