Make your travel plans for the long weekends for this year to come. 2018 is ready to offer the next  long weekends to travel for leisure and spike the monotonous day life.

To help you plan the vacations well in advance. Let’s make 2018 a year of travel !

January, Month of White Desert  

20th Jan -Saturday, Weekend

21st Jan – Sunday, Weekend

22nd Jan – Monday, Basant Panchmi (Restricted Holiday)

26th Jan – Friday, Republic Day (Compulsory Holiday)

27th Jan – Saturday, Weekend

28th Jan – Sunday, Weekend

Where to Plan : Gujarat, Rann of Kutch, the festival of Kites ad culture celebrated in the white desert of salt. This four months cultural tour of Gujarat is the best time to move for the relaxing weekend.  Gujarat gives you a vibrant mix of culture and food. Nearest Airport is Bhuj or you can travel by train. its connected by train from all the major cities of India. You can utilize any of the consecutive weekend for the Gujarat.

February, Month of Love and Mountains 

16th Feb – Friday, Losar Festival (Celebrated in Ladakh)

17th Feb, Saturday, Weekend

18th Feb, Sunday, Weekend

Where to Plan: With a long celebrations for love and valentine over a week, one can surprise their love one with the high altitude mountains for those celebrations. Losar Festival is the best time to visit Ladakh when the buddhist people celebrate the Tibetan New Year. Most of the  Monasteries in Ladakh are well decorated with the traditional props and ornaments. cultural events take place. Although Ladakh will be covered with snow. But still this will be a time cherish happiness and peace loving culture of Ladakh and Buddhism.

March – Month of Colours 

1st Mar – Thursday: Holika Dahan (Restricted Holiday)

2nd Mar, Friday: Holi (Gazetted Holiday)

3rd Mar, Saturday: Weekend

4th Mar, Sunday: Weekend

Where to Plan: The best thing about this weekend is that every corner of India celebrate this festival. Specially Uttar Pradesh- Mathura and Vrindavan. This festival is celebrate almost for 15 days n these cities and very much famous for its lath mar Holi of Barsana and ” Fullo ki Holi ” – Holi played with flowers of Bihari ji Temple, Vrindavan. One must participate in this festival. Well connected with Delhi via Yamuna expressway. Nearest railway station Mathura also well connected by the railway network from major cities.

29th Mar, Thursday: Mahavir Jayanti (Gazetted Holiday)

30th Mar, Friday: Good Friday (Compulsory Holiday)

31st Mar, Saturday: Weekend

1st Apr, Sunday: Weekend

Where to plan: Srinagar  is the best time to visit  with the out break of summers and end of autumn season at the geographical and cultural wonder of Dal Lake. floating gardens, to a circumference  of decorated historical buildings such as Hari Parbat, Hazratbal Dargah, Shankaracharya Mandir and Chashme Shahi, the Dal Lake stands as the last surviving symbol of secularism in Kashmir.

April – Month of Rising Sun 

27th Apr, Friday: Take leave

28th Apr, Saturday: Weekend

29th Apr, Sunday: Weekend

30th Apr, Monday: Buddha Purnima (Compulsory Holiday)

1st May, Tuesday: Labour Day & Maharashtra Day (Maharashtra only)

Where to Plan: Make use of this long weekend to explore the first states of Eastern India. West Bengal and Sikkim. You can plan to explore Gangtok and Darjeeling with Kalimpong. Explore the beauty of tea estate in Darjeeling and Himalayan peaks in Gangtok. Beauty of Gangtok with snow covered Himalayan mountains in the background are worth to spend such a long week of 4 Nights to explore these cities. Bagdogra is the nearest Airport  and New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station in West Bengal.

June – Month of Green – Prosperity 

15th Jun, Friday: Idul’ Fitr (Compulsory Holiday)

16th Jun, Saturday: Weekend

17th Jun, Sunday: Weekend

Where to Plan:  This weekend its best to plan Tirthan Valley. A gateway to the Great Himalayan National PArk.  To reach Tirthan from Delhi, you need to take a bus going to Manali and get down at Aut. From Aut, regular buses are available between, Gushaini, Banjar and Jibhi. Banjar is the biggest bus stand of Tirthan region and from here you can get the regular buses for Gushaini, Jalori and Jibhi. Once there, you can either stay at an apple orchard, go hiking or embark on multi-day trek in the Great Himalayan National Park or go fishing for trout in the shallow but pristine Tirthan River.

October – Month of Festivities. 

29th Sep, Saturday: Weekend

30th Sep, Sunday: Weekend

1st Oct, Monday: Take the day off.

2nd Oct, Tuesday: Gandhi Jayanti (Compulsory Holiday)

Where to Plan: Wayanad is the rural district in Kerala with lush green scenic beauty and wildlife sanctuary. It’s a high altitude region, home to animals including Asiatic Elephants, tigers and Leopards and egrets. Trivandrum, Cochin and Bangalore are the nearest Airports and Kozhikode is the nearest railway connecting Wayanad.

18th Oct, Thursday: Ram Navami (Gazetted Holiday)

19th Oct, Friday: Dusshera (Compulsory Holiday)

20th Oct, Saturday: Weekend

21st Oct, Sunday: Weekend

Where to Plan: This weekend will be best to go to Mysore famous for its Dussehra festival. Mysore Dussehra is world famous for its 10 days celebrations. One must witness this festivite once in a lifetime. Bangalore is the nearest airport and regular busses are available for Mysore.

Novemeber – Month of Celebrations 

3rd Nov, Saturday: Weekend

4th Nov, Sunday: Weekend

5th Nov, Monday: Dhanteras/ Take the day off.

6th Nov, Tuesday: Take the day off.

7th Nov, Wednesday: Diwali (Compulsory Holiday)

8th Nov, Thursday: Govardhan Puja/ Take the day off.

9th Nov, Friday: Bhai Duj (Restricted Holiday)

10th Nov, Saturday: Weekend

11th Nov, Sunday: Weekend

Where to Plan: A good weekend to celebrate and go for a long holiday. List of suggestion go long, but you can even plan a trip to  SingaporeMalaysiaDubaiThailandSRI LANKAVIETNAM

22nd Dec, Saturday: Weekend

23rd Dec, Sunday: Weekend

24th Dec, Monday: Take the day off.

25th Dec, Tuesday: Christmas Day

Where to Plan: Best time and a good weekend to plan a trip to Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Desert is the best time to see the golden sunrise in sand dunes, Dune Bashing and camping in the Thar Desert. Jodhpur has a airport and nearest is the Udaipur airport. Well Connected with Indian railways as well.

If you are tired of the Monotony of the crowded Hill stations in around Delhi. Then Prashar Lake in Mandi District is the Best way to go in the laps of Nature.

The Deep Prashar Lake is situated in the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh in a saucer shaped valley surrounded by the snow caped mountains touching the sky above them. This place is named after the famous Hindu sage Rishi Prashar at a height of 2730 meters above the sea Level. The three storied Pagoda shaped temple dedicated to the Rishi Prashar and a small revolving island in between the lake could also be seen which changes its position on the regular intervals.

The Lake offers a amazing natural beauty surrounded by the dense forest of Deodar trees to feel and relax in the quite nature.

How to Reach Prashar Lake 

From Mandi you can easily reach Prashar Lake. The distance from Mandi is only 50 Km approx. You can take Mandi – Kullu route via Kataula crossing Runjh,Katindi, Kamand, Kataula, Shagli and Baggi villages.

Kataula is the main village in this valley and Baggi is the last village to enter the on the road leading to the Prashar Lake.from here the destination is only 11 Km away but the road from here is really rough and passes through the dense Deodar forest which will keep you excitted and energetic all the way to the lake. The nature would surprise you all ove the way with water falls and the deep lush green valley down at points of time.

Taxi could be hired from Mandi or Kullu if travelling by bus. the Buses run between Mandi and Prashar lake on daily basis. The time table could be checked from the local HRTC Bus office.

Accommodation: 

It would be a great idea to stay here for a couple of days – to explore the serenity around.

There is a PWD guest house and a Forest department guest house at a walking distance of about 300 -400 mtrs from the lake. The view from the guest houses is magnificent.

Both of the guest houses has caretakers to provide basic facilities along with cooking.

The PWD Guest House having 5 suites can be booked at:

  • EE Padhar Tel: 01905-222151 (ee-mandiv1-hp@nic.in)

The Forest Guest House can be booked at:

  • DFO office Mandi Tel: 01905 – 235360
  • RFO Kataula, Tel : 01905 – 269469

Apart from that, you can also stay at the temple authorities dormitory-type-rooms with very basic facilities.

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit the place is April to July and October to November. when the weather conditions are good. In winters and rainy season the roads are not good so the destination should be avoided as there are the chances of Landslide and slippery road due to snow and some times with the heavy snowfall the roads are even closed.

Tips:

  • Book the guest houses on prior basis from the above mentioned numbers as the room might not be available due to many visitors or peak season (Apr – Aug approx).
  • The road to the Prashar lake is not an easy one. It’s very important to hire a good car and an experienced hilly driver.
  • As the temple is east facing, best time to visit the temple is before 8 am when the sun is just rising above the mountains in front of the temple.
  • Due to snowfall in winters be prepared to trek the last 5-6 km stretch to the lake.
  • In winters there might be scarcity of water due to broken water pipes owing to freezing temperature, so carry some potable water bottles along with you.
  • Fill your fuel tanks with enough petrol @ Mandi or Kullu, as there is no petrol pump in the hilly region.
  • You might enjoy local festival in June.

While visiting the hilly areas, please pack warm clothes & carry the first aid kit.

Not a very far away destination from the capital city of India. Alwar city is surrounded by the historical evidences, rich heritage and culture. If you looking for the relaxed weekend to spent we can count on the new destination Alwar. Alwar was already a famous city for its delicious sweet -“Milk Cake”. But now we can see the city with lot more things to do around it.

Never thought of seeing the small town of Alwar can be surrounded with such a rich heritage. A close proximity to Alwar we always plan to go 6Neemrana Fort. Today will tell its not only Neemrana but lot more excursions can take place in an around the weekend.

One of the places that we will be talking about this place is Tijara. One of the biggest industrial area of the Indian State Rajasthan is also a part of rich historical Mewar Region. Tijara is famous for its 19th Century Fort.

Once you go you tend to wake up your self in a historic era. Tijara Fort is a well known heritage hotel by Neemrana heritage hotels. With all the basic amenities you looking at, spend a quite and relaxed weekend from the crowed Capital region of India.This fort is divided into three parts. Sheeh Mahal located at the centre and either you have Mardana Mahal and Janna Mahal. With a beautifully located swimming pool to relax in.

Enjoy this spectacular fort palace few hundred kilometres away from Delhi. Top of the hill gives you a amazing view of the arravali mountains and the farmland surrounding this small village. Once a major route for Mewar Dynasty.

This is the only place to stay in an around this area. It’s advisable to plan accordingly and get in contact with the hotel for the reservations. This is a private property, therefore the rights of admission can be reserved with the hotel management.

Google maps show the exact location to reach once you cross Biwadi. Local people and sign birds could be found for Tijara village easily.

How to Reach Tijara Fort 

Nearest Airport – 72 Kms from Indra Gandhi International Airport.

Nearest Railway Station –

  • Khanpur Ahir -31 Kms
  • Rewari – 32 Kms
  • Alwar – 62 Kms

Its Easily approachable by road from Delhi via Gurgaon Jaipur Highway.


                         

Auli is a famous Ski destination around 500 Km from Delhi in Uttarakhand at an altitude of approx. 3000 meters above the sea level.  Auli is surrounded by coniferous and oak forests, with a panoramic view of the lofty peaks of one of the greatest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas. The slopes here provide enough thrill to professional skier and novice as well. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (GMVNL) a state govt agency which takes care of this resort, and Uttarakhand Tourism Department conduct winter sports competitions at this place to encourage skiing in India. 


How to Reach Auli 
Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is nearest airport 281 Km from Auli. Taxi and cabs are available from the Airport to Auli which cost 4000 INR approximate. Delhi is the nearest international airport. 
Hotels in Auli 
  1. Hotel Cliff Top Club
  2. Himalyan Eco Lodge and Camps
  3. Himalyan Adobe Camp Auli 
  4. Auli Resort
  5. Alpine Camp 

 




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Mandawa is a small town situated in Jhunjhun district of Rajasthan, 170 KM from Jaipur. Mandawa is well known for its forts and havelis. This place stand out for its Open Art Gallery. The architecture of marvelous havelis and Mansions dots it as an important tourist destination in Rajasthan. 


Best to Visit: 
The best time to visit Mandawa is October to March in winter times. 
the temperature here remains from 7 degree to 20 degree. The town looks best at this point of time. 

How to Reach: 
The nearest airport to Mandawa is Jaipur. Jaipur is the is the nearest domestic airport from Mandawa and New Delhi is the nearest international airport. From here you can avail bus or taxi to reach Mandawa. 

Nearest railway station is Jhunjhunu well connected from Jaipur, Delhi and Bikaner. 

By road Mandawa is well connected from all over the country. 

Tourist Attraction: 
  • Mandawa attracts its visitors for the historical architecture and vibrant culture. Mandawa fort ,is the main reason to visit Mandawa. It allures it visitors with the vibrant arch gateways and wall paintings of Lord Krishna and cows. 

  • Goenka Double Haveli has images of horses and elephants and Rajasthani women’s. 

  • Murmuria Haveli is known for its paintings of Nehru, cars, Venice, trains and Goerge V. 

The other attractions in Mandawa consists of 
  • Binsidhar Newatia Haveli
  • Goenka Chattri
  • Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli 
  • Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli 
  • Jhunjhunwala Haveli 
  • Thakurji Temple


Where to Stay: 

  • Mandawa Haveli 
  • Hotel Holiday Haveli 
  • Castle Mandawa Hotel 
  • Desert Resort 
  • Hotel Shekhawati 
  • Paanawana Haveli
  • Hotel Heritage Mandawa 
  • Hotel Desert and Dunes Mandawa 

Lot more options can be explored.


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