9 weekend getaways in India for the perfect escapade
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9 weekend getaways in India for the perfect escapade

It is incredible how a short break over the weekend can do wonders for a person's well-being. Which is why, after the tiring 5-day grind each week, a weekend getaway is undoubtedly the perfect way to recharge and re-energize yourself.

Fortunately, if you're in India, there is no lack of options when it comes to weekend getaways. Whether you're looking to spend your 2-day break in a jungle lodge, a beachfront hideout, hillside retreat or even a palace, there is a wide range of alternatives to choose from.

We put together a list of inspirational getaways in India you can escape to over the weekend. And they're all available to be booked with us, so if you see something you like, follow the links to get started on your weekend getaway plans.

GOA

Goa is an ideal weekend getaway from anywhere in India. Also known as the party capital of India, people from all over the country take trips to this state for a long and relaxing weekend.

Anamiva Goa

THE PROPERTY: If you want to escape to a sought-after spot, head over to Anamiva Goa. Set in the heart of Goa's popular Anjuna, you'll find it easy to get around the most happening places while still enjoying peace and quiet within the confines of the hotel. Tastefully designed, the Anamiva is perfect for the discerning traveller, with works of art, from elegant decorative pieces to vibrant murals, decorating the spaces and walls of the boutique hotel.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE: Spending a chilled out evening at the hotel's MOYO bar + Kitchen, where you can enjoy the performance of various artistes during the musical MOYO sessions held on select weekends.

PLACES OF INTEREST: Some of the best places to visit near Anamiva are the Anjuna market, Anjuna beach, Chapora fort and St. Michael's church.

GETTING THERE:

MUMBAI: 585 km. The hotel is 42 km (approx 1 hour) away from Goa airport. There are regular flights operating between Goa and Mumbai daily. But if you'd like to drive there instead, you can get there in 11 hours as it is 585 km away from Mumbai.

PUNE: There are regular direct flights between Goa and Pune. Alternatively, you can also get to the resort via an 8.5-hour drive.

DELHI: There are a number of regular direct flights between Delhi and Goa everyday.

BANGALORE: You can get to Goa from Bengaluru via flights that connect them directly on a daily basis.

Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel

THE PROPERTY: An old Portuguese church that opens on Sundays stands next to Fort Tiracol, a retreat that has been converted from a 17th-century fort. Set in the quaint village of Tiracol on the Northernmost tip of Goa, you'll see Goa's other side here. From sweeping views of the Arabian sea to Goa's rich heritage and the serenity of a quiet part of Goa, a stay at Fort Tiracol is an entirely wholesome experience in itself.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE: Fort Tiracol sits on a clifftop, and as such, the views from your room and the hotel's restaurant will leave you breathless! Also, because the hotel has only 7 exclusive rooms, you'll enjoy the experience of personalised services as well.

PLACES OF INTEREST: When in Tiracol, you can visit a number of places, the best ones being Querim Beach, Terekhol river and not to forget the fort itself.

GETTING THERE:

MUMBAI: There are direct flights between Goa and Mumbai operating daily. The hotel is 72 km (approx 2 hours) away from the airport. As an alternative, you can also drive to the hotel from Mumbai which is 551 km away and takes about 10.5 hours.

PUNE: Goa and Pune are connected by direct flights that run between them daily. You can also get to the hotel with an 8.5-hour drive from Pune.

DELHI: It is also convenient to get to this hotel from Delhi as there a number of direct flights operating between Delhi and Goa everyday.

BANGALORE: You can get to Goa from Bengaluru via a number of flights that connect them directly.

Alila Diwa

THE PROPERTY: The Alila Diwa is perfect for families who want to enjoy a 5-star getaway together. It is located in Majorda village, within easy reach of the beach, shopping centres, restaurants and bars.

But its convenient location and spectacular views of the lush paddy fields are just extra plus points! Having been declared the 6th best resort in Asia, and also awarded the "Best Family Hotel" in India in 2019, its settings, services and facilities are, by and large, what will make you fall in love with it.

With all these plus the free stay it offers for 2 children under 12 years of age, there's really no reason why you wouldn't.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE:  Don't forget to take a dip in its impressive infinity pool, it is one of the best ones in India!

PLACES OF INTEREST: Basilica of Bom Jesus, Gonsua Beach and Ancestral Goa are some of the best places to visit near Alila Diwa.

GETTING THERE:

MUMBAI: You can get to Goa from Mumbai via a direct flight. The hotel is 18.6 km (approx 30 minutes) away from the airport.  However, if you don't mind a long drive, you can hit the road and get on a 12-hour drive (611 km away) to reach the hotel.

PUNE: Regular direct flights fly between Goa and Pune daily. But if long drives are more your thing, then a 9-hour drive (469 km) will get you to the hotel.

DELHI: You can get to Goa from Delhi via any of the direct flights operating between them every day. And then from the airport, you can take a cab ride to get to the resort.

BANGALORE: There are regular flight that connects Bangalore and Goa directly on a daily basis.

RAJASTHAN

Rajasthan, being India's largest state, has a lot to offer. From colour-coded cities to rich history to magnificent palaces and forts, there is just so much to experience in the land of the kings. No wonder it is one of the most sought-after destinations for a weekend getaway from Delhi.

Narendra Bhawan

THE PROPERTY: This palace-turned-hotel was once upon a time the grand residence of Maharaja Narendra Singh, Bikaner's last reigning king.

Every nook and corner at Narendra Bhawan is decked with decor that exudes class and opulence. From the weaves by Ekaya Benaras on the wall to the lyrics of La Vie En Rose painted in gold on the grand piano named Edith in the hallway and more, you will be surrounded by luxury at this award-winning boutique hotel.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE: Each experience offered at Narendra Bhawan will appeal to your tastes. Whether it is enjoying a sundowner at an oasis deep in the desert, a dinner experience by the infinity pool or a museum dinner in the sumptuous Night Room, these are all experiences you just cannot afford to miss out on!

PLACES OF INTEREST: There is no lack of fascinating attractions in Bikaner. Some of the best places nearby that you can visit are Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace and the Sri Sadul museum.

GETTING THERE:

DELHI: There is a daily direct flight between Delhi and Bikaner. If you feel like taking the road instead, the hotel is an 8-hour drive (440 km approx) away from Delhi.

JAIPUR: From Jaipur, you can get to the hotel with a short 5.5-hour drive (335 km away).

MUMBAI: From Mumbai, you can take a direct flight to Delhi, from where you can catch the Delhi-Bikaner flight. Alternatively, you can also catch a flight to Jaipur from Mumbai. From the airport, you can get to the hotel in 5.5 hours (348 km approx) by car.

Nahargarh Ranthambore

THE PROPERTY: Surrounded by a 16th-century style fort, Nahargarh Ranthambore is built in the style of a hunting palace. Sitting on the foothills of the Aravali ranges near Ranthambore National park, Nahargarh boasts of architecture and facilities that are beyond grand, with splendid well-appointed rooms, 3 incredible pools, an astounding amphitheatre and more.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE: The Hathi Kund, one of the 3 pools is exquisitely designed to resemble a stepwell. You can either enjoy a refreshing swim or relish a delectable dinner beside this spectacular pool.

PLACES OF INTEREST: The National Park, Fort and Tiger Reserve of Ranthambore are some of the best places near the hotel for a visit.

GETTING THERE:

JAIPUR: From Jaipur, which also has the nearest airport to Nahargarh Ranthambore, is only a 3-hour drive (approx 170 km) away.

MUMBAI: Direct flights from Mumbai to Jaipur are available on a daily basis. From the airport, you can reach the resort by car.

DELHI: There are a number of direct flights that operate between Delhi and Jaipur every day. Alternatively, you can also arrive at the resort from Delhi via an 8-hour route ( 392 km away) by car.

KARNATAKA

Historical places, natural landscapes and wonders and rich wildlife are just some of the marvels Karnataka is known for. From the beaches of Gokarna to the world heritage site of Hampi and the National Parks of Bandipur, Nagarhole and more, a weekend getaway in Karnataka is filled with amazing experiences.

The Bison Kabini

 

THE PROPERTY: The Bison which is set right beside the Kabini river makes for an impressive getaway. The first and only African-style tented camp in South India, it is also the only resort that overlooks Nagarhole Tiger Reserve's tourism zone. The Bison offers unique accommodation, from tents to a machan to a more regular cottage.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE: You will be completely taken by the activities that are offered at the resort. With a plethora of choices like Safaris, treks, stargazing and even photography lessons, a getaway here is anything but ho-hum.

PLACES OF INTEREST: A visit to the Nagarhole National park, Kabini river and Bandipur National Park will add to your weekend experience at The Bison.

GETTING THERE:

BANGALORE: The best way to get to the camp from Bangalore is via a 4-hour drive (215 km away).

MYSURU: From Mysuru, it takes only a very short 1.5-hour drive (70 km away) to get to The Bison.

CHENNAI: There are direct flights between Chennai and Mysuru, which is the nearest airport to the property.

MUMBAI: If you're planning to travel to the Bison from Mumbai, the best way to get there is to take a direct flight to Bangalore and then take a cab from the airport to the camp.

UTTARAKHAND

Famous for its hill-stations, temples and natural beauty, Uttarakhand will mesmerize you for the better part. With places such as Rishikesh, Jim Corbett National Park, Nainital, Mussorie and more,  it comes as no surprise that it is a popular choice for a weekend getaway for people from Delhi, Chandigarh and Gurgaon, amongst others.

WelcomHeritage Ashdale

THE PROPERTY: WelcomHeritage Ashdale was once a summer home that belonged to an Englishman in the 1800s. Presently, it is owned by the royals of Sahaspur-Bilar and has been converted into a peaceful retreat for travellers. Sitting cosily amidst the oaks and deodars of Nainital, you are bound to enjoy the sights from the balcony of your room and a night under the stars by the open fireplace.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE: The location of this classy mansion makes it possible for you to enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains and explore the city's busy streets which is only a 10-minute walk away, all in the midst of peace and tranquillity.

PLACES OF INTEREST: Some of the places that you can visit while in Nainital are Cheena Peak, Tiffin Top, Cave Garden and Nainital View Point.

GETTING THERE:

DELHI:  The best way to get to the hotel from Delhi is via a 6.5-hour drive (287 km away). Alternatively, you can also take a 1-hour flight from Delhi to Pantnagar, which is the nearest airport to Ashdale. The hotel is a mere 2.5-hour drive away from Pantnagar.

MUMBAI: There are direct flights available between Mumbai and Delhi on a daily basis. From the airport, it takes 7 hours by car (300 km away) to reach the hotel.

KERALA

Every part of Kerala is extraordinarily enchanting and breathtaking. After all, it is God's own country. Popular for its landscape, tea gardens and spices, Kerala is one destination you can't help but fall in love with.

Shola Crown

THE PROPERTY: Tucked away on a hillside in Munnar, the Shola Crown is an absolute dream! Alluring greenery and lush cardamom plantations encompass this hidden gem, adding to the charm of the place. The stunning views and a surreal serenity will definitely help you escape the unrest of city life.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE: The pleasant climate here will let you enjoy your getaway thoroughly. That coupled with a refreshing dip in the pool, the delightful food and enchanting views is enough to captivate you.

PLACES OF INTEREST: If you are planning a stop at Shola Crown for your weekend trip, make sure you don't leave without visiting Thalakkulam View Point, Mathikettan Shola National Park, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate and the Cardamom Hills.

GETTING THERE:

KOCHI: Kochi has the nearest airport to Shola crown. From the airport, the retreat is only 4 hours (147 km) away by road.

CHENNAI: You can catch a direct flight to Kochi from Chennai and then take a cab to the resort.

BANGALORE: There are regular direct flights connecting Bengaluru and Kochi daily. Otherwise, you can also take an 8-hour drive (492 km away) to get to the resort.

MUMBAI: From Mumbai, you can take a direct flight to Kochi, and then get to the resort by car.

PUDUCHERRY

A charming destination, you can see a fusion of its French heritage and Indian culture in Puducherry. If a weekend getaway in a quaint place is what you are looking for, Puducherry is the place to be.

Palais De Mahe

THE PROPERTY: Shades of ochre yellow, white and ivory adorn this hotel in Puducherry's French Quarter, making Palais De Mahe look every bit the French colonial-inspired abode.

Located in the heart of India's little French corner, this quaint hotel captures the city's past beautifully with its colonnades, arched doorways and tasteful décor, complete with a cosy café where you can enjoy a tête-à-tête with your travel partner.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE: The architecture of this splendid property will charm you and leave you wanting for more of it. Additionally, Palais De Mahe's excellent food will make your stay all the more worthwhile. Do try the seafood and the exquisitely handcrafted desserts at the hotel's rooftop restaurant, Les Alizes'.

PLACES OF INTEREST: Do visit the Promenade, the Rock beach, The Sacred Heart Basilica and Sri Aurobindo Ashram while in Puducherry.

GETTING THERE:

CHENNAI: From Chennai, it only takes 2.5 hours (152 km away) by road to get to the hotel.

BANGALORE: The best way to get to the hotel from Bangalore is by car with a 6-hour drive (318 km).

MUMBAI: For travellers from Mumbai, there are regular direct flights operating between Mumbai and Chennai. From Chennai airport, the hotel is only 2.5 hours (147 km approx) away by car.

That rounds up our list of the best weekend getaways in India. And now that you're in the know about it, it's time to finally take that break. So get planning and start packing because your perfect weekend escapade is just a few clicks away!

 

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