Delhi Peeps, We've Got The 10 Best Getaways For The Upcoming Republic Day Long Weekend!

Photo of Delhi Peeps, We've Got The 10 Best Getaways For The Upcoming Republic Day Long Weekend! by Namrata Das Adhikary

Winter's here to last a little longer, and with Republic Day giving us the much-needed holiday this month, the travel bug has begun to bite almost all of us. Thankfully, Delhi’s proximity to the Himalayas and other touristy places makes the city a traveller’s favourite– only a few hours on the road lead you to some of India’s most breathtaking places! From losing your soul amid the snow-laden mountains to experiencing slow-paced and authentic village life, let’s look into some of the most magical getaways that you can explore from Delhi during the upcoming long weekend!

1. Go for an authentic Kumaoni experience in Uttarakhand

Photo of Uttarakhand, India by Namrata Das Adhikary

Come and experience the beauty of Kumaoni culture in a peaceful retreat located in Hariyal village near Nainital. During your stay, take a guided hike through the wilderness to enjoy snacks with an amazing sunset backdrop, savour local delicacies, and have fun-filled evenings with barbeque nights under the stars. Sip on freshly brewed herbal tea while watching clouds caress the hills!

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2. Spot tigers in the forests of Garhwal

Photo of Lansdowne, Garhwal Division by Namrata Das Adhikary

Experience the wonders of nature by going glamping in the lush forests of Garhwal and witness tigers roaming around in their natural habitat. Gather your friends for a unique mixology class under the beautiful crimson sunset of Lansdowne, followed by a romantic candlelight dinner and an evening spent stargazing around a cosy bonfire. Enjoy high tea with breathtaking views during your stay at luxurious glamping tents!

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3. Go kayaking over the backwaters of the Suvarna River

Photo of Suvarna River, Mysore Division by Namrata Das Adhikary

Did you know that even Bollywood celebrities have been spotted surfing at this hidden gem near Mangalore? Right on the coast of the deep blue Arabian Sea, this fishing village offers an adventure of a lifetime. Get ready to surf the waves, kayak in the Suvarna River's backwaters, learn skating and live amidst the ocean and the backwaters. Plus, you can even get lessons from experienced instructors and have lunch with the locals!

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4. Sleep amid the moonlit sand dunes of Jaisalmer

Photo of Jaisalmer, Jodhpur Division by Namrata Das Adhikary

Did you ever wonder what it's like to sleep underneath the stars in the middle of a desert? Well, if you're looking for a magical experience to remember, then Jaisalmer is the place for you! Also known as India's Golden City, the Thar desert in Jaisalmer will transport you to Arabian Nights with its majestic sand dunes and camels. The two most popular dunes are Sam Sand Dunes and Khuri Sand Dunes - both offering different experiences. While Sam has become more touristy due to better roads, Khuri still remains untouched by commercialization making it an ideal spot for offbeat exploration.

5. Experience the best of mountain living in Jibhi

Photo of Jibhi, Mandi Division by Namrata Das Adhikary

A paradise hidden in the Himalayas, Jibhi is a perfect getaway for those looking to explore nature's beauty and indulge in mountain living. From luxurious stays to curated hikes up to the majestic Jibhi waterfall, an excursion to Bahu village and its lake, as well as a visit to Shesh Naag Temple, there's plenty of adventure on offer here. Indulge in a delicious lunch by the Beas river before cosying up for the night with views of millions of stars overhead - it all adds up to an unforgettable experience!

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6. Practice yoga & rejuvenate your soul on an organic farm in Rishikesh

Photo of Rishikesh, Garhwal Division by Namrata Das Adhikary

Imagine being surrounded by an organic farm in Rishikesh, with lush green surroundings and the sound of murmuring rivers nearby. Spend this Republic Day break immersing yourself in the beauty of nature while doing yoga and hiking. Rejuvenate with energizing yoga sessions each morning, and explore the mountain trails to reach a stunning waterfall. Savour delicious meals made from local ingredients, and take this opportunity to reconnect with your inner self as you soak up the tranquillity that envelops you!

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7. Live like a royal in a 200 Year-Old Luxury Haveli in Rajasthan

Photo of Mandawa, Jaipur Division by Namrata Das Adhikary

This winter, take an escape from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life and relish in the tranquillity that Mandawa has to offer. Enjoy a luxurious stay coupled with fun-filled activities at the 200-year-old Mandawa Kothi. This majestic building was abandoned for years until its owner Rajendra Singh Palawat decided to restore it back to its former glory while still preserving its uniqueness and royal feel. Learn how to make traditional Rajasthani dishes such as Gatte Ki Sabzi and Laal Maas in their regal kitchen!

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8. Stay in a Kathkuni Home Hidden in Manali's Forests

Photo of Manali, Mandi Division by Namrata Das Adhikary

Experience the rustic and untouched beauty of the mountains in an entirely new way. Spend your time living in a traditional Kathkuni house, situated amidst lush deodar forests and breathtaking views. Indulge in local Himachali delicacies such as Siddu while tasting herbal teas and wild honey. Explore the estate of Russian painter Nicholas Roerich, which depicts mountain life through stunning artwork. Take hikes into nature's playground to collect souvenirs and discover its hidden treasures, all underneath the starry night skies!

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9. Experience the raw, untouched and slow life in the hills of Mukhteshwar

Photo of Mukteshwar, Kumaon Division by Namrata Das Adhikary

Jim Corbett, a renowned hunter and admirer of nature, was captivated by the beauty of Mukteshwar in Uttarakhand when he visited the place to hunt for tigers. This serene hill station is situated atop an elevation of 2,171 meters and remains relatively unknown compared to its more popular neighbours like Nainital and Mussoorie. Bask in the sun, take in the fresh air and explore the wonders of this hilly hamlet. Indeed, Mukteshwar is the perfect place for a tranquil holiday.

10. Go skiing through the snow-laden mountains in Manali

Photo of Manali, Mandi Division by Namrata Das Adhikary

White snow-covered mountains, lush apple orchards and peaceful vibes make this place a perfect holiday destination. This Republic Day, take a break from the hustle of city life and go skiing on the pristine slopes of Manali. Enjoy activities such as snowman-making, sledging and learning how to ski with professional instructors. Explore Burwa village while taking in the breathtaking views of nature around you. Spend some time stargazing by the bonfire in an evening under a sky full of stars and if you have pets, bring them along for some fun!

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So whether you're looking for a serene escape into nature or an adventure-filled journey, these offbeat getaways from Delhi are sure to give you the much-needed break and a memorable experience. So, go ahead and plan your long weekend trip now!

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