“What is a life full of care; we have no time to stand and stare?” This famous quote is a very relevant example of how our digitized lifestyle has turned our weekends into never-ending cycles of boredom and monotony. So a question like “when was the last time you did something different like exploring a new place? “would leave most of us in deep thoughts. However, as the long weekend approaches, it gives the backpackers as well as the beginners an opportunity to break the monotony and visit some beautiful weekend destinations near their cities. A few of them are as follows:
Kasol: A weekend destination with a backpack
At a distance of 500km from Delhi (phew!), this small, picturesque village in Himachal Pradesh, stretched along the river Parvati has a wonderful surprise in store for every traveler looking for a quint weekend destination! May it be trekking to Kheerganga Pass or camping at the Forest department tents, the serenity of this place invokes a writer or poet in every soul! To add to it, the warmth of the locals coupled with binge-ing on to sumptuous Israeli delicacies like Shakshouka, Falafel and desserts at German bakeries, this is one destination that is a must on everyone’s checklist.
Kolad: Mumbai’s favorite weekend destination
A close getaway from Mumbai and Pune (around 120 kms), this sleepy village offers a perfect break from the bustling city life. This weekend destination is known for the various adventure sports activities that it provides; the major one being river rafting and rappelling in river Kundalika ,a rejuvenating experience only second to the one at Rishikesh in our country. Apart from this, trekking along the Talgad, Ghosalgad fort and Tamhini Ghats waterfall are activities that adventure junkies can watch out for!
Iruppu Waterfalls: Majestic white
Located amidst the thick forests of the Western Ghats in the Brahmagiri Hills, this magnificent waterfall is one of the popular weekend destinations and tourist attractions of the Coorg Region. The majestic view along with the experience of standing at the bottom of the cascade is indescribable. For all you cycling enthusiasts, there are overnight road trips organized from Bangalore to Iruppu along with other activities like trekking to the Narimale Camp, trips to Nagarhole National Park etc. If you reside somewhere around and are proud to call yourself a travel bug, this weekend is the best time to visit this amazing weekend destination of majestic waterfalls buddy!
Malvan: West coast weekend destination
This one is for the water babies and spicy food lovers! This serene coastal area is home to a number of beaches having a beautiful stretch of clean sand and clear waters and a picture-perfect weekend destination near Mumbai. For all the adventure freaks who want to go scuba diving or snorkeling, Tarkarli, Karwar and Devbaugh beaches provide you with ample opportunities to do so. Another major highlight for the non-vegetarian foodies is the multi-flavored and mouth-watering Malvani sea food preparations. So what is holding you back? This weekend plan a scuba diving in Tarkarli ,hop into a train from Mumbai /Pune and spend some time with these flora and faunas!(blup blup!)
Rishikesh: The weekend destination in the North
A 4 hour road journey from Delhi brings you to this pristine haven of stillness, sunrise and beauty. Rishikesh is one place which does not only provide the visitors with a dose of spirituality but also a taste of the thrill of adventure sports, river rafting in Rishikesh being a key attraction. The best example of such an offering is bungee jumping, flying fox and the Giant swing right over the river. One should consider visit various shrines and ashrams like Haridwar, Shivpuri, Swarg Ashram etc while visiting this peaceful weekend destination as well as a prime place for adventure sports in India.
Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park is definitely the best place to visit in Uttarakhand for the people who love to explore the flora and fauna. Jim Corbett National Park is located in Ram Nagar, Uttrakhand and covers an area of 521 square kilometers. Jim Corbett National Park consists of about 488 different plants like Bel, Chbilla, Bakli, Sissoo, Bamboo, Semal, Khingan, Sal, Ber, Kuthber, Khingan Kharpat, Rohini, Pula, Dhak etc. Apart from plants Jim Corbett National Park has wide ranges of fauna. It is the oldest National Park of India.
Jim Corbett National Park remains open to the public from November to June. One can walk down towards the Jim Corbett Park or can also hire open jeep safari and view the thrilling forest with different species. Lakhs of people come every season to visit Corbett Park.