If 2017 wasn’t your year, don’t you worry one bit. Because 2018 is going to be so much better. At least in terms of long weekends and holidays, 2018 seems to be a promising year with tons of time to relax and utilize your holidays. Because guess what? There are 16 long weekends in 2018. The year 2018 has started already and we are already very thrilled because India’s 69th Republic Day is here. So if you haven’t traveled last year, you can thank 2018 for its extended weekends! It is the ideal time for those who can take the time (or plan ahead) as January is a fantastic month for a big trip. Crowds generally empty out, airfare is cheap and a ton of places around India are still enjoying the beautiful weather. And what better time than the Republic Day weekend to start on your vacation?
So we’re pleased to bring to you 15 perfect place weekend getaways from Delhi. Pack your bags already!
1. Auli, Uttarakhand
With the great Himalayas encircling it, and perhaps going skiing is an awesome way to spend the first weekend of 2018 in Auli. Located in Uttarakhand, Auli should have no problem attracting the tourists. With its serene beauty, this charming place has been rightly handpicked by the tourists when it comes to places to visit in Uttarakhand. It is the winter that does the trick here.
2. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
One of the most colorful places to visit in Himachal, Shimla is an amazingly picturesque place to spend a lovely and relaxing weekend. Visiting Shimla when it’s covered with snow is one of the best things you can experience during the winter. The scenery here is simply breathtaking, but it's not the only thing you will enjoy. Further enhancing Shimla tourism, this place offers some exciting winter activities, including mountain biking, heli-skiing and river rafting to make your snowy getaway all the more memorable.
3. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
One of the top winter destinations is undoubtedly, Manali. With its snowy Alps and charming views, this destination will never fail to take your breath away and leave you wondering whether you’re immersed in a dream. Mesmerizing places such as Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Kunzum Pass, Parvati Valley are few of the most prominent places to visit in Manali - easily make this place the perfect winter destination, especially for a honeymoon couple.
4. Chakrata, Uttarakhand
Chakrata, a nearly 7,000-foot-high mountain, stands in Dehradun district of Uttaranchal state. Visitors can take taxi car to the top and enjoy amazing views as well as the multitude of scenic hikes with a variety of trails, perfect destination for exploring the Alps. While you’re here, you can venture down the Deoban trek around the summit for more fabulous views. Visiting for a weekend and feeling like coming back is always a good thing when it comes to exploring places like Chakrata.
5. Prashar Lake, Himachal Pradesh
Nestled amidst the Dhauladhar ranges of Kullu, Lake Prashar is no doubt one of the most beautiful mountains lake in India. The lake is situated at an avg. height of 2730m (8,960 ft) in the lap of mountains. The deep blue lake lies in a saucer shaped valley and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The primary inflows to the natural sweet water lake are rain water and glacier runoff/meltwater and the lake depth is unclear as of now.
6. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Nestled amidst the foothills of Himalayas, Jim Corbett National park is one of the best places for wildlife enthusiasts in India as it hosts to high diversity and density of flora and fauna with the exceptionally beautiful landscape. Now, this is the perfect getaway for everyday life. You end up reacquainting with the wild side of things while staying in the any of the spectacular Jim Corbett resorts. That's sound like a good idea, right?
7. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
You can’t talk about winter destinations without mentioning captivating Dalhousie. Nestled in Himalayan range of Dhauladhar, Dalhousie is one of the most beautiful and scenic hill stations in India. Spanning over an area of 14 sq km with the snow-capped mountains at the backdrop, Dalhousie has mesmerized visitors for a long time. To add to the charm of this hill beauty, the town is dotted with Victorian-style and Scottish colonial buildings.
8. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
For a pleasant vacation without breaking the bank, Kasol is the place much more than a delight. An ideal getaway for a two-three day for those of you that love snow. This quiet and easygoing place is situated in the Parvati valley and somewhere every Indian dream of visiting this place at least once in their lifetime. Nestled amidst the forests and mountains environed with breezy winds, Kasol lures thousands of travelers as it is known for a number of hippies for an obvious reason.
9. Tungnath, Uttarakhand
Located at an altitude of 12, 073 feet, no other place can reward you with such amazing views and such little effort. Being a part of Chandrashila trek, it is number one trekking destination in terms of efforts vs rewards. At Tungnath mountains, you can also find the oldest Hindu shrine of Lord Shiva.
10. Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh
Unofficially known as the paragliding capital, Bir is the place which offers both serenity and adventure at the same time. The crazy weather would make you want to extend your stay there. You can do paragliding there and experience something which we don't get to do so often. Bir has some lovely cafes and monasteries which you can visit. Bir also has many wine and beer shops where one can have a lip-smacking mountain wines.
11. Udaipur, Rajasthan
Set in the foothills of Aravali Mountains, Udaipur is a picturesque location. Also famously called the 'Venice of East', it is a city surrounded by the magnificent royal palaces and beautiful lakes making it famous by the name of 'Lake City'. Pichola Lake is one of the finest examples of architectural and cultural marvel that prevails in the city. The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake along with the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh) on the hill above enhances the beauty of this magnificent city.
12. Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Located in Kullu district, Tirthan Valley is the utopia we all would love to discover someday. It is an off-beat valley and is nothing like a usual valley one might visit. Fed by the beautiful Tirthan river and blessed with breathtaking vistas, Tirthan Valley is a paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers and solitude addicts. There are a number of activities that you can indulge in Tirthan Valley such as trekking, hiking, fishing and can also immerse yourself in the local culture. Lush greenery, snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes and divine tranquillity characterize this Neverland.
13. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
The city in the Thar, is a magical land rising from the sands of the desert. The city is famous for its ‘Jaisalmer Fort’, built with the golden and yellow sandstones, inspired by the golden sands of the Thar Desert. A camel ride in the desert can leave you speechless wondering how beautiful our country really is.
14. Nainital, Uttarakhand
Indians are traveling like never before and going to countries all over the world. But a lot of us seem to forget that what we seek abroad. If you live up busy city life, the average trip up to the Nainital is just not going to cut it anymore. Nestled in the foothills of Kumaon in Uttarakhand, Nainital is a sparkling jewel in the Himalayan necklace that offers a wonderful opportunity to the visitors to enjoy the nature’s splurge to the maximum. Sanctified with the picturesque natural splendors and diverse natural resources, it offers a wonderful opportunity to the visitors to enjoy the nature’s splurge to the maximum.
15. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
A scenic hill station at a very convenient distance from the Kangra valley, Dharamshala is divided into two parts: Upper Dharamshala and Lower Dharamshala. While Lower Dharamshala remains a commercial center with the city feels, Upper Dharamshala is the abode of tranquility and religious heritage of the spiritual Tibetan people. Book any of the hotels in Dharamshala which suits your kind of view and fall for this beautiful place over and over again!