Traveling is the new habit of the millennium. People have left their life up to what places make them and often choose to travel throughout the year to keep exploring new places.
The thunderous monsoon is upon us and what better to do than traverse destinations with loved ones?
You can also know more about these places with a core interest in what you can do, what are the prime locations and what to look out for as you go on seeking adventure in these new places.
Weekend plans are the best hence; these locations are the best Weekend destinations that can help you escape to mindful locations to seek tranquility and a great time.
Here are 5 destinations for this weekend that can take you on a journey of a lifetime:
It might not feel like a good decision at first, but this lush green landscape will show you a unique side of Gujarat. The weather is pleasant and moderate, while you drive around on broad roads which lay elegantly on the land. Saputara is the perfect destination for a relaxing weekend which can be a good idea for families looking for a trip and who want to seek vistas that are soothing to the eyes to lie on.
Green lands and blue skies will captivate you to stay in Saputara.
• Gira Waterfalls
• Lake Garden
• Pandava Gufa
• Saputara Tribal Museum
• Echo Point
Things to Do:
You can attend the popular Dang Darbar festival here which is similar to Holi. People come in crowds as they indulge in Gujarat’s culture of music and dance, Garba, and have a gala time. Traditional costumes on people can be seen. Another special festival is the monsoon festival of Saputara which is even more popular. It hosts heritage walks, food tours, laser, and other cultural shows as well as water sports which attract people from all over. Do not miss these two festivals as you venture into Saputara.
Rows of hedges stretch as far as the eyes can see, wrapping around hills and terrain of all sorts. This is what Ooty is all about. Luxuriant sceneries and azure skies are the perfect excuses to travel to this place of a picture-perfect paradise. Boasting more natural wonders it is rightfully also called Queen of the Hills. The lakes are also praiseful here as they shine with emerald waters and crystalline reflections. Tea plantations are the pride and joy of this city of Tamil Nadu.
• Doddabetta Peak
• Ooty Rose Garden
• Ooty Toy Train
• Avalanche Lake
• St Stephens Church
Things to Do:
Ride in the toy train and experience secluded views in the comfort of a ride. While you are at it, capture some of the best moments. Take a stroll at the numerous gardens present at this hill station and visit the tea factory to observe the process of tea making. Picnicking at gardens in Ooty is a must and camping is also a good idea. Try to explore all these things while you are here.
Imagine back and forth convergence of peaks, absolute immaculate skies, and colorful places of worship against the simple backdrop of shades of brown, white and blue. Ladakh is perfect literally with some of the highest mountain passes in the world, thrilling adventure activities, Buddhist Monasteries, and festivals. With such deep-rooted culture and beauty, it is a must-visit location for all.
• Pangong Tso
• Khardung La
• Thiksey Monastery
• Zanskar Valley
• Gurudwara Pathar Sahib
Things to Do:
Keep an eye for snow leopards in Hemis National Park which is another attraction, also have Maggie at the highest café in the world at Khardung La. Explore the monasteries and have a conversation with monks for some teachings for your inner soul. Yak cheese momos are also available which one can give a try. A bike ride is an obvious choice while you travel to Ladakh, even if you don’t come here by bike, try and rent one for a short time to experience the raw roaring roads.
Picturesque views and a deep-seated Tibetan influence certainly change the atmosphere of this place. Known for some of the best trek trails, Lahaul-Spiti is a place to remember forever.
• Tabo Monastery
• Lahaul Valley
• Chandratal Lake
• Hamta Pass
Things to Do:
Out of most places, Lahaul-Spiti has everything, from trekking to various dangerous passes to camping outdoors in calming environs to star gazing at the night sky. Opt for yak rides and see the natural splendor and feel the calming winds. Rafting is a specialty but beware as cold waters lie under your raft and some challenging waters. To all this and more, Lahaul-Spiti will never cease to amaze you or anyone.
If by any chance hill station is not your cup of tea, this might be. The city of Udaipur mixes the best of both, history and beauty in itself. Immense palaces, ancient forts, crystal clear lakes, verdant green gardens, longstanding temples, and surreal romantic backdrops the praise is endless. This city of lakes is the destination for anyone looking for a weekend trip.
• City Palace
• Lake Pichola
• Shri Ekling Ji Temple
• Sajjangarh Palace
• Jagdish Temple
Things to Do:
A boat ride in Lake Pichola is a must as you wander around and spot the majestic heritage hotels which surround the lake. If this wasn’t enough, the sunset or sunrise is quite unique in this place. Paying respects at various places of worship and trying the local cuisine should also be considered.
Best Time to Visit
All these destinations can be looked at all year round, but the season of monsoon is surely the best. The greens get brighter as the skies dim their lights for the land to shine away in pearls of water. Festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi & pleasant weather in September give you the best chance to plan your tour.