Those of you who haven’t planned a summer getaway yet, and the trapped professionals who couldn’t secure a few leaves for the summer, listen up! The upcoming long weekend in June 2017—from 24th to 26th June—is your chance to plan a quick break away from the noise of the city life. Wondering where to go? We’ve narrowed down some ideal options for you to make this long weekend getaway an exciting one! Read on…
1. Head to the Cooling Peaks of Dharamshala
If holidaying in a calming Himalayan hamlet is your thing, Dharamshala is the place for you. Though more crowded in the summer vacations than the rest of the year, Dharamshala is about stunning vantage points, beautiful temples, and sloping tea estates. Located in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh, the hill town is about 475 km away from Delhi and makes for an ideal weekend getaway. Cooler climate than the metro cities and stunning vistas of the valleys all around will refresh your mind and body—just what you’re looking for, to escape the heat this summer!
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2. Get Drenched in the Monsoon Showers of Munnar
Admire the rain pouring down while sipping a hot cup of tea from the window of your resort in the beautiful hill town of Munnar this summer! Located in the Idukki district of the south-western Indian state of Kerala, and about 115 km away from Cochin International Airport, Munnar is easily accessible to all. Home to emerald-green tea plantations, vantage points that nestle valleys and lakes, a tea museum, and Eravikulam National Park—the hill town gets as laidback and dreamy as you wish for, during rains. If you do not mind getting drenched, just take a walk on the sloping terrains of Munnar under an umbrella, and you’ll come back refreshed and relaxed.
Carry along: raincoats, umbrellas, warm clothes, extra bags for wet clothes, medicines for common cold and cough, extra towels, and salt shakers to ward off leeches.
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3. Gorge on Delicious Eid Fare in Lucknow or Hyderabad
Forget the calorie count and devour the best of Eid fare in the cities that celebrate the festival in full vigour—Lucknow and Hyderabad.
Lucknow: If you’re stationed in Delhi, take a road trip to Lucknow to make the journey count too (it takes only about 7-8 hours via Taj Express Highway and Agra-Lucknow Expressway). Head to Aishbagh Eidgah or Aasifi Masjid in Lucknow to offer prayers; and fill your stomachs with kebabs, biryani, gulabi chai, or imarti—to make the Eid weekend in City of Nawabs a memorable experience!
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Hyderabad: To take in the authentic flavour of the Eid festival in Hyderabad, head to Charminar! Streets decorated with lights, vendors open till late selling their wares, and locals breaking their fast in the lawns of Mecca Masjid—all corners of Hyderabad fill up with celebrations and heartening rituals during Eid. If you wish to offer prayers, visit Mecca Masjid, Secunderabad, Masab Tank, Mir Alam Tank or Madannapet.
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