5 Great Trips to Take under Rs. 5000 During Holi Long Weekend

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Second last week of March seems to be the most exciting one, isn’t it? Colourful Holi, Good Friday and the weekend following them! Hope you have already bracketed this L-O-O-O-N-G weekend in your office calender. If not, do it now! Pause for a moment, think for a while and imagine that four precious days are knocking at the door. Why to waste it, especially when weather is perfect for a vacation? Ummm! Not sure where to go? Wait! We have some recommendations for you, which are perfect to travel in the upcoming long weekend and that too under a budget of Rs. 5000. Yayyyy!

Chikmagalur near Bangalore

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Shravanabelagola on the way to Chikmagalur | Photo Credit: Pratik Dhar

From trekking trails to coffee plantations, from waterfalls to temples, from wildlife to interesting locals, Chikmagalur has everything for everyone. Nothing can beat the fun of golfing amid green landscape, pleasure of walking around aromatic coffee plantations and joy of trekking to Kalahasti Falls. UNESCO World Heritage sites like Shravanabelagola, Halebidu and Belur temples on the way to Chikmagalur are places to leave your footprints too.

Distance from Bangalore: 250 km approximately

Mode of transport: Ordinary and Volvo buses (fares start from Rs. 250 one way for a non AC seater bus)

Accommodation: As low as Rs. 811 per night

Suggested days of stay: 2nights/3days

Total trip cost: Under Rs. 5000

McLeodganj near Delhi

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Naddi village in McLeodganj | Photo Credit: Ujjal Deb Roy

Cheap bus ride, affordable hotels and pocket friendly food stalls, McLeodganj is the most affordable hill station near Delhi for a peaceful holiday during the Holi Good Friday long weekend. Every attraction in McLeodganj is just a walk away. So be there, visit the Dalami Lama Ashram, take a trek to Triund, camp overnight and relish the home-style Himachali and Tibetan meals, desserts, tempting coffee and affordable liquor and end your short trip on a sweet note. Book your stay!

Distance from Delhi: 478 km approximately

Mode of transport: Private and government Volvo buses (fares start from Rs.700 one way)

Accommodation: As low as Rs. 880 per night. Basic home-stays are available at cheap rates

Suggested days of stay: 3nights/4days

Total trip cost: Under Rs. 5000

Matheran near Mumbai

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Matheran toy train | Photo Credit: http://www.matheran.net.in/en/

A popular weekend getaway for Mumbaikars, the cool unruffled hill station of Matheran gives respite from hustle bustle of the city. The no-vehicles hill station makes way for horse rides and transports one to dreamy imaginations of bygone era. From peace to green landscape, from romance to fresh air, Matheran leaves one spoiled for choices at an affordable cost. The toy train ride from Neral station to Matheran is a journey to remember forever!

Distance from Mumbai: 126 km approximately by train 83 km approximately via Sion-Panvel Highway

Mode of transport: Train along with state transport buses that ply between Mumbai and Pune. Train fare is Rs. 260 per person one way

Accommodation: As low as Rs. 1,999 per night

Suggested days of stay: 2nights/3days

Total trip cost: Under Rs. 5000

Darjeeling near Kolkata

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Tea gardens and Kanchenjunga hills of Darjeeling | Photo Credit: Manasij Kanjilal

A vacation near Kolkata time and again reminds of Darjeeling, the sole hill station of West Bengal. The coming Holi Good Friday long weekend is the best time to plan a trip to the beautiful ‘land of Gorkhas’. Impressive Kanchunjenga mountains, Himalayan toy train, aromatic tea gardens and bundle of historical landmarks, Darjeeling is a paradise for mountain lovers. Take a trip to this paradise in an unbelievably low budget. Book now!

Distance from Kolkata: 570 km approximately by train and 632 km via NH 34

Mode of transport: Trains till New Jalpaiguri (minimum fare around Rs. 320 per person one way) and buses till Siliguri (fare starts from Rs.500 per person per way). Local taxis and buses are available from Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling

Accommodation: As low as Rs. 1,100 per night

Suggested days of stay: 3nights/4days

Total trip cost: Under Rs. 5000

Khajuraho near Bhopal

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Temples of Khajuraho | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wnkwalker/7251861276/in/

Conjured by images and structures of timeless beauty and serenity, Khajoraho is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is just perfect for a weekend getaway near Bhopal. A land of countless Hindu temples, historic sculptures and artistic carving along with the best kept Panna National Park, Khajuraho can be explored in a pocket friendly budget. Reserve the Holi Good Friday long weekend for a historic trip to Khajuraho.

Distance from Bhopal: 308 km approximately by road from Bhopal

Mode of transport: Regular bus service between Bhopal and Khajuraho

Accommodation: As low as Rs. 600 per night

Suggested days of stay: 2nights/3days

Total trip cost: Under Rs. 5000

Gear up folks! Ditch the pocket pinch and get set for a splashing and vibrant Holi this time.


5 Places to Celebrate Holi in India

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A still from Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani

Bollywood songs like ‘Holi ke din dil khil jaate hain..’, ‘Holi khele raghuveera awadh mein..’ and ‘Balam pichkari jo tune mujhe maari…’ have captured beautifully the spirit of the colourful festival on big screen. This year, on March 24 people all over India will celebrate Holi, with great excitement and enthusiasm. The celebration comprises applying colours, throwing water balloons, drinking bhang, eating delicious gujiyas and dancing on latest hit bollywood songs. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at 5 Indian places and their unique style of playing with colours:

1. Mathura

Religious Holi of Mathura

In Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, people play Holi for about a week with immense zeal and fervour. On the main festival day, a huge number of devotees can be seen at the Banke-Bihari Temple of Vrindavan, passionately chanting the name of Lord Krishna and Radha, whose divine love is intimately associated with this festival.

2. Bengal

Basant Utsav Holi in Bengal

In Bengal, Holi is celebrated as Basant Utsav or Spring Festival following the traditional way as started by poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore at Shantiniketan. People of Bengal joyfully welcome Spring, the season of hope not just with colours but with songs, dance and chanting of hymns in the peaceful ambience of Shantiniketan.

3. Barsana

Lath Mar Holi in Barsana

Barsana village is famous as the birthplace of Radha, located 42km away from Mathura. Here, this festival is celebrated with laths (sticks)! On the first day, men from Nandgaon (Krishna’s village) visit Barsana to play Holi with the women of the latter village, who playfully chase them away with their laths. On the second day, the  same ritual is repeated with Barsana men going to Nandgaon.

4. Gujarat

Fun-filled Holi in Gujarat

Gujarat welcomes this festival with the chants of the folk song, “Govinda aala re, aala…zara matki sambhal Brijbala…” The tradition of breaking earthen pots full of buttermilk, tied high on a rope is observed in various places of the state. Hundreds of people participate by forming a human pyramid in order to reach the pot and break it. The one who breaks the pot is crowned as the ‘Holi King’ of the locality for the year.

5. Rajasthan

Cultural Holi in Rajasthan

A bonfire before the night of this festival, marks the beginning of Holi celebration in Rajasthan. On the second day, which is known as Dhulandi, people apply different colours on each other. The festival is also marked by a number of cultural programmes like folk dances performed by women.

So friends, let’s play Holi!