The first three months of 2018 are going to be great when it comes to holidays. It starts with the Republic Day in January, Maha Shivaratri in mid-Feb and Holi, Mahavir Jayanti and Good Friday/Easter all squeezed in March. Ola and TripAdvisor have put together a guide to help you make the most of your long weekends. ALSO READ: Public Holidays and Long Weekends in January 2018 to Plan Your Getaways This Month Also Read - Easter 2018 Long Weekend: Best Places to Visit in India
For Mumbaikars – Ajanta/Ellora and Aurangabad
Mahajanaka Jataka wall painting in Ajanta Caves, Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
Ajanta and Ellora caves are famed for their intricate sculptures, rock caves and carvings. One of the most revered tourist destinations in India, Aurangabad has its own story to tell. Visit the Daulatabad Fort, Shivaji Maharaj Museum and Bibi ka Maqbara too. Also Read - Republic Day 2018: ITBP Wins Best Marching Contingent Trophy
For Chennaites – Pondicherry and Auroville
The streets of Pondicherry
Pondicherry, keeping its Frenchness intact, offers wonderful cuisine, serene beaches and loads of spirituality. Auroville is just 15 km from Pondy and is a township built on the principles of harmony, continuous learning and sustainable living. A place to acquire inner peace. Also Read - PM Narendra Modi's Op-ed on 'Shared Values, Common Destiny' Published in 27 ASEAN newspapers in 10 Languages
For Delhiites – Ajmer and Pushkar
Hills around Pushkar in the Monsoon, Photograph Courtesy: 4ocima/Creative Commons
Ajmer is a colorful and attractive city enhanced by the Ana Sagar Lake. The most important Muslim Sufi pilgrimage centers can be found here, along with some spectacular architecture. Just 15 km from Ajmer is Pushkar, home of the only temple dedicated to the god Brahma.
For Punekars – Khandala and Kamshet
Nestling in the bosom of the Sahyadri Mountains, they are the perfect weekend getaway destinations. Khandala and Kamshet earn their place with their imposing, forested and dense green hills, historically important and fascinating caves, waterfalls and crystal clear lakes.
For Bengalureans – Madikeri and Mysore
Mysore Dasara scenes
Madikeri is known for its natural scenic splendor. The lush forests and paddy fields sooth souls and are perfect for some rest and relaxation. Mysore, known as the City of Palaces, is home to a number of beautiful monuments and, yes, palaces that proclaim its rich history.
For Hyderabadis – Warangal and Karimnagar
Warangal, once the center of the Kakatiya kings, is today a town with many temples and a fort. It also houses the splendid Parkhal Lake and some sanctuaries. Around 80 km further is Karimnagar, rich with architecture in the form of Jagityala, Dhulikatta and Elagandal forts.
For Kolkatans – Chandipur and Digha
Chandipur is famous for the amazing 5 km wide strip of sea floor that is exposed at low tide. It is also home to a huge colony of horseshoe crabs. Digha, meanwhile, has large swathes of Casurina trees and golden beaches that take you close to nature and her tranquility. NOW READ: 2018 Holiday Calendar: List of Long Weekends and Where to Go in The New Year
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Story Courtesy: Ola and TripAdvisor