India is a land filled with culture, tradition and unrivaled beauty. The country is divided into four regions North, East, West, South. Every region has its own unique specialty. For example, North is famous for its scenic hill stations, while South is famous for its backwaters, east is famous for its temples and West India is famous for its beaches. In this article, we will cover top- notch weekend destinations region wise.
North India is famous for its scenic beauty and gastronomical delight. The people here are friendly and are known for their generosity.
1 Chandigarh, Punjab– The capital of Punjab, Chandigarh is divided into different sectors and is worth visiting for. The city is famous for Rose Garden- where you can experience nature to its best. The garden is packed with blooming rose flowers. The place remains occupied by the nature enthusiasts. Another destination that is worth visit in Chandigarh is Sukhna Lake- the lake is a paradise for the nature lovers, Rock Garden- it is a garden made from recycled materials, Pinjore Gardens, Shakti Kunj- a cricket stadium.
Best Time To visit- From October-March
Nearest Airport-Chandigarh Airport
2 Dehradun, Uttrakhand- If you want to visit heaven on the earth, Uttrakhand is the right destination. The destination is filled with tourist places like Sai Mandir, Clock Tower, Robber’s Cave, etc. If you have time you can even visit the nearby destinations like Haridwar, one of the most religious places among the Hindu community. Pithoragarh, is another scenic destination that is worth visiting for.
Best Time To visit-March-June
Nearest Airport-Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
3 Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir– there is no land in India other than Ladakh that is famous for super abundant natural beauty. The place is enveloped with fabulous landscape and amazing culture. The city is covered by two powerful mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and Karakoram. Ladakh is a mystical city where you can find traditional north- India delicacy Gol Gappa to Tibetian momos. Its attractions include Pangong Lake, Magnetic Hill, Chadar Trek, Zanskar Valley.
Best Time To visit-April-June
Nearest Airport– Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar, Dehradun, Mumbai
East India is covered with tea plantations and hills. The welcoming sunrise, the traditional Tibetian cuisine will pull you magnetically towards this region.
1 Darjeeling, West Bengal– If you are fond of natural beauty or wish to explore the cultural diversity, Darjeeling is the safest place to visit. The destination is also called as the Queen of Himalayas, and the lush green slopes are dotted with various tourist places. The toy train is a delight for the children. It was established way back in the year 1881 and still runs. There are several tourist destinations to visit including Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, Tiger Hill, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Nightingale Park, Ropeway, etc.
Best Time to visit- March-May
Nearest Airport– Bagdogra, Kolkatta and Delhi
2 Gangtok, Sikkim– The mesmerizing beauty of this place attracts the travelers often. This extremely alluring destination is enveloped with the clouds, and from here you can view, the spectacular- Mountain Kanchenjunga. This pristine hill station is abundant with natural beauty. There are several natural attractions here like Tsomgo Lake, Enchey Monastery, Ganesh tok, to name a few. If you are a sports fanatic, then rafting in river Teesta would be a life-time experience. The destinations worth visit are Nathula Pass, Mg Road and Monasteries.
Best time to visit-October- December
Nearest Airport- Bagdogra and Delhi
3 Majuli, Assam-Majuli is a pristine place dotted with fresh water lakes. The place attracts the tourists all year long and is considered as one of the most cherished surreal place. It is also popularly called as the cultural capital of Assam. There are several destinations to visit here including Kamalabari Satra, Dakhinpat Satra, Garmur and Auniati Satra. These destinations reflect the cultural beauty of Assam.
Best time to visit-October-March
Nearest Airport- Jorhat Airport
West India is dotted with beaches and is popular for its universal same climate all-round the year. There are several destinations in India that reflect that our country is a strong contender in every segment.
1 Mumbai– the place from where urbanization crept in. The city is decked up with shopping malls, beaches, seas, local market and street delicacies. Starting from traditional burger or Vada Pav to Italian Pizza to Chinese cuisine, here you will find a twist for everything. The delicacies here are mouth-watering and yes no one can forget the traditional Poha filled with nutrients. The popular places to visit here are Madh Island, Juhu beach and Hypercity chain of malls.
Best time to visit-November-February
2 Goa- located in proximity to Mumbai, Goa is a destination that is worth a visit. The place is occupied by the tourists all year long. Thanks to its pristine beaches, churches, this place has clocked the highest revenue for the tourist department of India. The city local cuisine is fish. The fish available here is delicious and is luscious to eat. If you are fond of Malwani cuisine, this place is worth visiting for.
Best Time to visit– March, April, May and October
3 Aurangabad- if you have missed visiting Delhi, then this destination is worth a visit. The place s famous for its Mughlai culture. Here, you can have a kaleidoscope of Mughal culture and tradition. The tourist destinations that are worth visiting here are forts, Mahals, and you should never miss to taste its local delicacy- Biryani that is served with dollops of ghee.
Best time to visit-October-March
South India is famous for its backwaters, beaches, temples and pristine natural beauty.
1 Bengaluru– There is several weekend getaways in case you plan to visit this city. The Garden City of India or the Silicone Valley of India is surrounded with myriad of hill stations and quaint towns. The popular among them are Gokarna- it is a wonderful beach holiday destination that is situated 500 km away from Bengaluru. It is famous for pristine beaches like Om beach, Paradise Beach, Half Moon beach, etc. Other destinations that are worth exploring for are Chikmagalur- famous for its gorgeous landscape and scenery, etc.
Best time to visit-October-February
2 Coorg– Coorg is a destination from where romance breathes. This is the place where you can sit back and relax with your partner and spend some time with each other. There are a lot of things that you can do in Coorg, so embark on this journey.
Best time to visit-December-February
3 Ooty- The destination needs no introduction. This beautiful hill station is located near to Bengaluru and it makes a perfect romantic getaway. Here, you can take romantic boat ride in the backwaters or take a ride to Nilgiri Mountain railway. The destination will give you several reasons to fall in love. If you are a wildlife lover, Kabini is a perfect choice for you. The destination is truly a surprise for the nature lovers.
Best time to visit- October- June
To conclude, we can say that India has several weekend getaways, every region has different places to visit. The list we have mentioned here is not exhaustive. But make sure that you book the hotel or resort in advance otherwise visiting these places would be a costly affair.