If you have been craving for a vacation, chances are that you are really looking forward to the long Holi weekend which begins on March 24. While it gives you four full days off, you can add a couple of leaves (Wednesday, March 23 and Monday, March 28) and what you have is an entire week to go on your first summer vacation of 2016. From adventure lovers to introverts who just like to relax and read, and from backpackers to family vacationers, all kinds of travelers are spoilt for choice in India during the months of March-April. Also Read - Lift Lockdown Gradually to Prevent 'Second Wave' of Coronavirus, Experts Warn China As Wuhan Lifts Travel Ban

We give you eight great trips that you can take during this amazing and long Holi weekend. Also Read - Two Doctors of Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital Assaulted While Buying Grocery, Case Filed



1. Varanasi

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If you like the festival of colors, Varanasi is an excellent choice for you to celebrate it with your friends. Holi is celebrated with great pomp in this part of India and you can either participate in the festival yourself or just observe people going berserk on the ghats. No better time and place to witness the colorful culture of India!



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2. Pondicherry

Pondicherry

For those who prefer to go somewhere quiet, away from the crazy Holi madness, Pondicherry is a soothing option. From Auroville to the Aurobindo ashram, and Promenade beach to the quaint streets that remind you of the French, Pondicherry is a great place to spend a peaceful vacation.

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3. Gulmarg

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Just in time before the end of the skiing season, the second last week of March is a great time to visit the amazing ski slopes of Gulmarg. A ride in the highest cable car in the world — the Gulmarg gondola — is the cherry on the cake.

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4. Goa

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Yes, Goa ia an all-year destination and India’s biggest tourist offering. However, what’s special about Goa in March is that it hosts both the festival of Holi and its Goan equivalent, the Shigmotsav, with great fervor. Travelers from all around the world are treated like locals and covered in powder colors and the atmosphere is as festive and convivial as it gets.

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5. Sikkim

Sikkim

What better place to rejuvenate yourself than the northeastern part of India with majestic views of the Himalayas? Whether you are a trekking enthusiast or a nature lover, Sikkim offers a delightful experience. From the serene Gurdongmar lake to the scenic Zero point, Sikkim is a breathtaking in every aspect.

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6. Dharamsala

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One of the venues for the ICC world T20 2016 tournament, Dharamsala has no matches lined up for the Holi weekend. However, it is the most awesome time to be in this part of the country due its lovely weather and spectacular, clear views of the surrounding mountains. Just laze around all day in the cozy cafes or take the trek to Triund, stroll around on the streets or mediate in the family monastery where His Holyness the Dalai Lama resides — Dharmasala can give you the vacation you have always dreamed of.

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7. Darjeeling

Darjeeling

Famous for its tea plantations and rolling green hills, Darjeeling is a delight during the months of March-April. With a very pleasant weather and spectacular, clear views of the Kanchenjunga, even walking around the streets of Darjeeling is totally worth it. Add to it the ropeway ride and the lip-smacking local cuisine, and you have a memorable vacation on your hands.

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8. Kasol

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A backpacker’s delight, Kasol is the ultimate escape from everything that bothers you. With great views of the Parvati valley, cheap accommodation, funky Israeli cafes serving delicious food, the Parvati river flowing right by, and several amazing trekking options like Kheerganga and Malana, Kasol is bound to give you a high.

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Where are you going during the long Holi weekend? Tell us! We’d be delighted to hear from you!