5 Quick Getaways For The Long Weekend

It's an unwritten rule—long weekends are meant for packing up your bags and heading out of town. So let's go!
Pack a bag and head over to this nearby destinations for the weekend
Pack a bag and head over to this nearby destinations for the weekendShuuterstock

Haven't planned ahead for the upcoming Independence Day weekend? While we can't guarantee that your boss will give you the extra day off, here are five last-minute getaway ideas from Delhi that will have your stay sorted. Each unique property offers wonderful experiences, and the best part—they are a quick drive away, so what are you waiting for?  

Patan Mahal, Rajasthan

Nestled in a valley formed by three hills, the 13th-century Patan Mahal is a four-hour drive from the capital. The historical hotel offers a bird's eye view of the nearby 13th-century ancestral fort and Badal Mahal. The home of Rao Digvijay Singh, the 18-room heritage hotel is the perfect place to escape to for a few days and immerse yourself in history. The restored palace features beautifully appointed rooms that reflect both Rajputana and Patan heritage while offering all the requisite modern conveniences. Kids will delight in staying in the room with a trapdoor or opening the tiny doors that open onto staircases that lead straight up to the turrets. You can find out more here

Amritara Chandra Mahal Haveli, Uttar Pradesh  

Located in Paharsar village, 25 kilometres from Bharatpur, the Amritara Chandra Mahal Haveli dates back to the 1840s. Built in the Persian architecture style (incredibly unusual for this region), this charming haveli will transport you back in time. Painstakingly restored, the well-appointed accommodations offer a perfect blend of modern amenities in a heritage setting. We highly recommend you book the Royal Suite with Terrace for a chance to luxuriate in the Jacuzzi. Even though it's off-season, you can enjoy a trip to the neighbouring Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary to spot some birds. The resort also offers an opportunity to enjoy a tractor ride, camel cart ride, or a village walk to allow you to get a glimpse of rural life. 

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Kikar Lodge, Punjab 

Nestled in the foothills of the Shiwaliks in Punjab, the Kikar Lodge is an ideal getaway for nature-loving enthusiasts. The resort is located inside a 1,800-acre lush, green private forest reserve. The tastefully decorated accommodations, from comfortable tents to luxury cottages and suites, are equipped with all the mod-cons. But the highlight of the property is the fact that you are completely surrounded by nature. Go on a nature walk and try and spot some of the 180 avian species that are found here. You could also come across small wildlife on your trail, so don't forget your camera. The lodge also offers a variety of exhilarating outdoor activities like zip lining, quad-biking, rappelling and horse riding, so adventure junkies will have plenty to do during their stay.  

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The Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort, Himachal Pradesh  

Located in Parwanoo at 5,000 feet, the luxurious Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort is a wonderful oasis to retreat to. The 62 tastefully designed suites offer breathtaking views of the lush green Shiwaliks. Take a dip in their gorgeous infinity pool or head straight to their Ayurvedic spa and unwind with a relaxing treatment. Dine on their delicious fare at the scenic restaurant while here. And, of course, no trip to Parwanoo is complete without taking a trip up the mountain in the cable car that operates between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.    

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Aloha on the Ganges, Uttarakhand 

Located right on the banks of the mighty Ganga River, Aloha on the Ganges is a charming boutique resort. Just a kilometre from Rishikesh's Laxman Jhula, yet away from the hustle of town, the property offers a serene escape. The upper floors boast of one-and-two-bedroom apartments complete with a living area and kitchenettes. The Patio is perfect to enjoy al fresco tea service as the river gushes by, while meals are an elaborate fare at Latitude which serves up both Indian and international fare. Looking to unwind? Take a dip in their pool that overlooks the river, or head to the spa for a relaxing massage. They also offer daily yoga and meditation sessions. For kids, there is a play area with table tennis, chess and a library where you can dive into a book. And don't miss out on experiencing the evening aarti that will leave you spellbound. 

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