#TripotoRecommends 2 Long Weekends, 4 Destinations To Make The Most Of March 2018

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March is a very confusing month for us Indians. Some parts still have the winter, some parts have started resembling June and some parts are just a a mix of rains, and dry winds. It's the month where you just don't know whether to wear a sweater, a light jacket or just your cotton tees! But, we've got good news! The holiday Gods have been kind in 2018 and there is not one, but two long weekends in the month of March! And we have the most perfect getaways for both:

A rising star amongst the world’s most sought-after holiday destinations, Sri Lanka is home to dreamy beaches, and is a treasure trove of history – boasting of eight UNESCO World Heritage listed sites. Sri Lanka has been unfairly overlooked in favour of India and South East Asia for long, but it is that one destination that deserves your attention. Sri Lanka's 2000-year old history is intricately captured in its legendary temples, caves and forests. Move out of the historical centre and there is a massive coastline with untouched beaches waiting to be explored. The soft sands and crashing waves can lull anyone into a sense of calm and peace. And once you are done with rejuvenating on the beach, head to one of the many national parks, and have a chance of spotting leopards, water buffaloes, the magnificent elephant and all kinds of birds.

See and do: Wander past colonial gems in Colombo; see the sacred home of the world’s oldest living human-planted tree in Anuradhapura; stand awestruck by the sight of hundreds of elephants gathering in Minneriya; discover a favourite beach from one of many dotting the coastline from east to west; meditate in a 2000-year-old temple; try to keep a count of all dishes served to you with rice and papadam in a traditional thali; go crazy over the freshest seafood delicacies prepared right in front of you; catch a fish or two and learn how to cook it in a traditional Sri Lankan way; hike the many rainforest peaks; end your day with a pleasant cup of tea from a sprawling tea plantation.

Can't wait to travel to Sri Lanka? Book an amazing vacation to this island country right here

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Dubai is known for majestic skyscrapers, expansive deserts and pristine beaches. Sunshine, seas, deserts, shopping and a whole lot of fun has positioned Dubai as the destination du-jour. The glitzy holiday hotspot of United Arab Emirates, Dubai is admirably a city of superlatives. It is also one of the most exotic and desirable getaway destinations on the planet with a breathtaking collection of premier resorts frequented by some of the most famous and influential celebrities in the world. When in Dubai, you will never fall short of things to do – have breakfast with falcons, ride a bike underwater, dine inside vintage cars, visit an indoor theme park, learn to surf, or just gorge on some of the most delicious Middle-Eastern spreads. 

See and do: Buy yourself a ticket to be on the (world's highest) observation platform of the tallest building on this planet, Burj Khalifa; experience the dancing Dubai Fountain with the Burj Khalifa in the background; have an adrenaline pumping ride on a desert safari; visit the extraordinary artificial island of Palm Jumeirah and see one of the most iconic hotels in the world, the Atlantis; watch a show at the iconic Dubai Opera; experience thrill and excitement at the world's largest indoor theme park, IMG Worlds Of Adventure; don your filmi hat and head to the only Bollywood Theme Park in the world; shop till you drop at one of the many fashionable malls of Dubai.

Can't stop yourself from travelling to Dubai? Book your vacation right here

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Framed by China on the north, and Indian states of Sikkim, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on the east, south and west, the tiny country of Bhutan is dotted with fluttering prayer flags, colourful monasteries, fluffy clouds and snow-capped mountains. The last great Himalayan Kingdom, Bhutan is a country where traditional Buddhist culture is carefully embracing global developments. Bhutan is one country that measures its progress in terms of Gross National Happiness and not Gross Domestic Product. A breathtaking chain of national forests presents lovely forest hikes and stunning bird-watching sites. Trekking around towering peaks or strolling across rhododendron blooms is just one of the many things you can do in Bhutan. And while you are here, don’t forget to gorge on some Bhutanese delicacies, especially that of Ema Datshi, a spicy preparation of chillies, cheese and chhang, the local beer made from rice or millet. Bhutan offers the last pristine pockets of Himalayas, and you cannot miss it. Read all there is to know about Bhutan right here.

See and do: Soak in the serenity permeating the air with haunting sounds from various monasteries; visit the 12th century old Changangkha Lhakhang monastery, one of Bhutan’s many glorious attractions; bike across the hilly pathways; trek through the spectacular Dochula Pass, at an elevation of 3,088m, where 108 stupas stand guard; trek to Paro’s illustrious Tiger’s Nest; explore Bhutan's untouched wilderness as you kayak or raft down the untamed Bhrahamputra; shop at Thimpu's local weekend market and score some authentic handicrafts and organic produce.

Visit the last great Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan by booking your vacation right away

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Welcome to the Maldives, an archipelago of 1200 islands, where sands are as white as the smiles of the locals, where they meander around happily in the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean and where the sun engulfs you in its warm loving arms! Maldives is a world that is so beautiful that sometimes its difficult to imagine you are still on earth! Lovingly called the sunken garden, Maldives' marine life is some of the best on earth. Maldives guarantees a true holiday of a lifetime with pristine white-sand beaches, unrivalled luxury and dreamy weather! Entire islands are occupied by resorts where you can stay and indulge in some beach-side fun. Probably the most exciting part about visiting Maldives is how you have to take a seaplane or a ferry to reach your resort! From honeymooners, to family vacationers to even divers, Maldives is one destination you will keep returning to!

See and do: Witness the exotic marine life with a snorkelling or diving trip; swim with sharks; shop for some of the freshest seafood you'll ever taste in the Male fish market; lounge around on the beaches; engage with stingrays; go for fishing; get a couple's massage on the beach; watch the sun sink into the ocean from a boat cruise.

Book a vacation of a lifetime to Maldives right here

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