The year 2018 has come bearing the present of several long weekends. One such long weekend begins today – March 30 – thanks to Good Friday. You can utilize the three days to travel to some of the finest places in India. Summer is here already and you can feel the scorching heat making life difficult for you. What better time to take a break and head to one of the cool places our country has to offer, right? With that in mind, here are some great places to visit on this last long weekend of March 2018.Also Read - From Mandawa to Pangot, 5 Offbeat Places to Visit Near Delhi on Long Dussehra Weekend

Dharamsala

Dharamsala photo 11Also Read - Handy Travel Guide for Jharkhand - Check Out These Stunning Places on Your Next Vacay

The northern state of Himachal Pradesh is a delight during summer providing a respite from the heat of the plains. One of the best places to visit in this state during the summer months is Dharamsala. It has the perfect blend of splendid weather and serene ambiance. While upper Dharamsala or McleodGanj gets a bit crowded during summer, it is still worth a visit for its wonderful cafes, breathtaking views and the amazing trek to Triund. Also Read - Top 7 Offbeat Places Near Kolkata For a Fun-Filled Weekend Getaway

Rishikesh

Sunset at Rishikesh

Sunset at Rishikesh

Uttarakhand is another state which is simply marvelous for a summer break. Rishikesh, the yoga capital of the world, is a lovely place to spend a couple of days walking around. From ashrams to the riverside, there are a number of places for you to meditate and relax.

Darjeeling

Darjeeling Honeymoon

Darjeeling Honeymoon

Perhaps the most popular hill station in the eastern part of India, Darjeeling is known for its sprawling tea plantation landscapes and breathtaking views of the Kangchenjunga. Its ropeway provides picturesque views of the Eastern Himalayas and its street life is intriguing to say the least. Pleasant people, heart-warming weather and delicious food await you in Darjeeling!

Gangtok

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The capital of Sikkim is a exciting option for the summer months. Depending upon how much time you want to spend here, you can plan your itinerary including everything from visiting the ancient Rumtek monastery to going mountain biking. The cable car ride over the city of Gangtok can be quite an experience.

Manali

Hot balloon air over Manali, India

And then there is always the good old Manali which never ceases to amaze. No matter how many times you have visited it or have heard stories of people doing so, Manali is a classic summer vacation spot with everything that will make your trip memorable. Go paragliding in the Solang Valley or visit the Rohtang Pass to witness the snow. Check out the temples or camp by the Beas river. Take a trek on one of the nearby trails or just relax in your room and enjoy the weather.

So, take your pick from the above and enjoy the long weekend!