The last decade has witnessed major transformations in Indian travel patterns. Instead of the usual solitary annual vacation, Indian travellers are stepping away from the norm by taking shorter, more frequent breaks to rejuvenate themselves. And what better excuse for a quick getaway than long weekends! Typically known for putting in long working hours, Indians are now turning towards long weekends for a chance to escape the clutter of day to day life. This holds true even more so in 2018, with nearly 17 long weekends on offer! Also Read - Monitor Lizard Casually Walking Around 'Jurassic Niwas' in Delhi Sends Shivers Down Netizens' Backs

With Dussehra falling on a Friday, the upcoming long weekend has already gotten Indian travellers packing their bags and exploring the best quick getaway options around their cities. While traditionally Indians preferred staying home during festivals, over the last few years, travel during festive periods has started gaining increasing popularity. Also Read - COVID-19 Cases in India See Biggest Jump of Nearly 25,000; Total Tally Rises Above 7.6 Lakh | Key Points

Offbeat, memorable and refreshing – below are the top unique Indian destinations that could be great for Indian travellers during the Dussehra long weekend: Also Read - Unlock 2: After Hotels, Maharashtra Govt Now Plans to Open Restaurants, Gymnasiums Soon

Getaways from Mumbai:

Malshej Ghat

A beautiful mountain pass in the Western Ghats, this well-known weekend retreat near is perhaps one of the most picturesque regions you can experience in Maharashtra. The place is adorned with an abundance of flora and fauna, especially birdlife. The Siberian migratory birds that flock here during the rains make for a spectacular sight.

Kolad

If you are game for pulsating adventure activities over the long weekend, Kolad is the place to be. An excellent place for long treks (the most sought-after being the one to Plus Valley), Kolad is also home to the gushing Kundalika River flowing by this little village. Its scenic landscape along with several waterfalls emerging from the surrounding mountains makes it idyllic for camping too.

Kamshet

Kamshet – also known as the ‘paragliders paradise’ – is yet another beautiful destination near Mumbai that makes for a perfect weekend hideout. It also is a haven for those who fancy exploring and going off the beaten track in quest of an unconventional expedition; the beautiful and ancient Buddhist rock-cut caves adorning the destination are sure to offer you a splendid treat.

Getaways from Delhi:

Kasauli

A quaint British-era hill station around 300 kms from Delhi, Kasauli is perfect if you are looking for someme-time this long weekend. The colonial ambience of Kasauli is reinforced by stretches of cobbled road, quaint shops, and ancient houses with charming facades and neat little gardens and orchards. Tall, rain-washed trees, and fresh mountain air add to the charm and beauty of this place.

Dalhousie

For a beautiful weekend amongst lush greenery, misty mountains and clouds descending on the hills, book your tickets to Dalhousie. The Pir Pinjal mountain range of Dalhousie is as overwhelmingly gorgeous with the uninterrupted breeze with drizzling rains and scenic views creating a picturesque setting.

Mussoorie

Snuggled in the foothills of the majestic Himalayas is Mussorrie, which is rightly bestowed the title of ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’. Located on an amulet shaped ridge, at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level, Mussoorie’s evergreen hills and rich fauna species surrounded by clouds, thrills and captivates travellers.

Getaways from Bangalore:

Wayanad

As you wander through the coffee plantations and breathe in the pure air, you will wonder why Wayanad hadn’t been on your weekend getaway list from Banaglore all along! A little piece of heaven on earth, Wayanad is located in Kerala and nearly 5 hour drive from Bangalore. Wayanad is renowned for its trekking trails which are covered in lush green forest passing through thickets, waterfalls with splendid sight of wildlife in their natural habitat.

Coorg


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Located in the Western Ghats, Coorg is one of Karnataka’s most popular tourist locations and is a mere overnight journey away from Bangalore. With its mist-covered coffee plantations, pleasant weather and clean air, elephant rides and treks – it is the perfect spot for nature and adventure lovers!

Nandi Hills

Nandi is an ancient hill fortress that has numerous legends associated with it. While trekking and paragliding are popular activities in Nandi Hills, the most popular place to visit here is Tipu Sultan’s summer palace. Over the years, the hills have turned into a very popular holiday destination – replete with spectacular views and surreal experiences.