Holi is just around the corner and even though it is celebrated across India, there are people who’d rather stay away from the festivities. If you are one such person, you are in luck because this year, Holi is on March 13 which is a Monday. This means, you get three days off, making it a long weekend. Three days are enough to take a small trip and come back refreshed and rejuvenated. If you haven’t planned one already, here are places you could visit to make the most of the long Holi weekend. Also Read - As COVID-19 Cases Cross 214-mark With 5 Deaths, Himachal Pradesh Extends Lockdown Till June 30

Goa

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Summer is officially here and the heat will only get worse from on so if you want to visit Goa one last time before the heat becomes unbearable, now is the time. Goa in March is also a welcome change as you will not find too many tourists and the accommodation options will also be cheaper. Even though you may not be able to step out on the beach in the noon, you can make use of that time by doing other things in Goa. READ Offbeat things to do in GoaGoa is home to a number of beach shacks that also offer cheap accommodation. And if you love to party, you will find several clubs and pubs in north Goa. Also Read - Suzuki Motor Resumes Operations in Gujarat Plant

Shimla

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons



A short trip to Shimla around this time is also a good idea. Most families who come to this hill station arrive during their kids’ summer vacation and March being exam time, you will find lesser crowds here. Visit it before the peak season begins to make the most of your time here. When in Shimla, visit the numerous cafes on Mall Road or indulge in adventure activities like paragliding, trekking, rappelling, etc. The weather will be pleasant in March but do carry a set of woolens to keep you warm. The hill station has plenty of accommodation options so you don’t have to book in advance. ALSO SEE 5 fun things to do in Shimla

Mahabaleshwar

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Maharashtra’s best hill station is perfect for March as the weather is pleasant and the crowds haven’t really arrived yet. Mahabaleshwar is known for its strawberry farms and sightseeing spots that offer a bird’s eye view of the surroundings. There are many resorts in the area that offer mid-range to luxurious accommodation but you will also find cheap stays. Mahabaleshwar is a hill station where you can also engage in leisure activities like boating, horse-riding, etc. and three days are good enough to explore this destination. Do eat corn patties and fresh strawberry milkshake when here.

Coorg

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A hill station in Karnataka, Coorg is known for its pleasant weather and natural beauty that consists of tea and coffee plantations. Lush greenery surrounds you here and the Western Ghats offer an unadulterated view of nature. Coorg offers homestays that are close to the plantations which means you can wake up to the smell of fresh coffee and tea every morning. There are also plenty of resorts in the hill station. Do try the Coorgi cuisine which is a specialty here and makes for a lip-smacking culinary experience. Also, visit the plantations to learn about how your favorite brew makes its way to your cup.

Nainital

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Uttarakhand is home to a number of hill stations and one of our favorites is Nainital. If you want a do-nothing sort of a trip, Nainital should be on your list. The Naini Lake is surrounded by hotels, houses, temples and more where people reside and just gazing around and breathing in the fresh air can be therapeutic for the soul. You can go for a stroll around the lake or go boating in the evening. The hill station offers a mesmerizing view of nature in a peaceful setting. The weather will be pleasant in March.

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