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Mahatma Gandhi Statue

India celebrates the birth of one of its greatest leaders, Mahatma Gandhi, on October 2, 2017. This year, though, it falls on a Monday, which means that the month starts off with a long weekend. It’s good news for anyone looking for an excuse to escape the grind of daily life and travel. The monsoon season has also ended in many parts of India, which means that there’s plenty of places to head to for the weekend. But if you prefer something a bit more exotic, here are a few international holiday spots for the Gandhi Jayanti 2017 long weekend. ALSO READ: Best Places to Visit in India on Gandhi Jayanti 2017 Long Weekend

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo

Colombo

Head off to the capital city of Sri Lanka, Colombo, for two days of rest and relaxation. You can spend your time exploring the city and its treasures, like the Buddhist temples nearby and the Gangaramaya Temple and Colombo Fort. Shop at the Pettah Market and snack on some delicious seafood for a couple of days before heading back home.

Krabi, Thailand

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Krabi’s pristine beaches

You may not be able to hit the beautiful beaches of western Sri Lanka, but you can fly out to the island of Krabi and enjoy its blue waters and white sandy beaches. Squeeze in a few hours of scuba diving to explore the coral reefs and underwater treasures off the Krabi coast, or head into the forests for an exhilarating trek. Or spend two days chilling by the beach; whatever floats your boat. CHECK OUT: Top 5 beach stays in Thailand that won’t burn a hole in your pocket

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu in Nepal

Kathmandu in Nepal

If beaches don’t excite you for the Gandhi Jayanti 2017 long weekend, you could head to the mountains instead. Fly across to our northern neighbor Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu for an unforgettable experience. Kathmandu, a thriving city high in the Himalayan mountains, is a unique blend of modern and ancient. You can visit Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage, or Kathmandu’s palaces and temples like the Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhinath Stupa, and shop at Thamel for souvenirs of your quick trip.

Dubai, UAE

Dubai skyline with Burj Khalifa

Dubai skyline with Burj Khalifa

If it’s neither the mountains nor the beaches that are calling you, Dubai could be a great place to spend the long weekend. There’s just so much to do here. For a short two-day trip, we would recommend just exploring the city’s Bastakiya district and the Deira Gold Souk, or going to the Burj Khalifa to see the view from the top of the world.

Phuket, Thailand

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Phuket

Finally, if you want an alternative to Krabi or have already been there, you could head to Phuket instead. pocket-friendly and inviting, Phuket has clear ocean waters and sandy beaches, along with some killer parties to dance the night away after relaxing under the sun during the day. NOW READ: Gandhi Jayanti 2017: How is Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday Celebrated in India

Before we end this, for those looking at Bali as a destination for the Gandhi Jayanti 2017 long weekend, head to Krabi or Phuket instead. Bali usually has the better weather this time of the year, but with Mount Agung’s imminent volcanic eruption, we advise against heading to the beach paradise until it is declared safe.