7 destinations to tick off your bucket list this long Independence Day weekend – India.com | Gmx Pharm

Independence Day Long Weekend: The season of celebrations has already begun as we say goodbye to the July rains. This year August is full of celebrations and a long weekend is just around the corner. In layman’s terms, this August you might be able to take a nice long break in the week of Independence Day 2022. Yes it is not only one day national holiday but combined with the break for rakshabandhan if you take this friday off my friend there is your long awaited break.Also read – Fort of Jhansi: One of the first sieges looking back on this Independence Day

Events: August 11, Thursday (Rakshbandhan), August 12, Friday (can take off), August 13-14 August (weekend) and August 15 Monday (Independence Day) Also Read – Celebrate 75 Years of Freedom on the Wagah Border This Independence Day | A first-hand guide here

This could be the perfect time to explore the places around you or just to escape from the four walls of your home and get a fresh breath of freedom. We have selected some places that might be waiting for your presence. While not uncommon, these popular spots make great spontaneous getaways. This is the time to tick these top tourist destinations off your bucket list.

Udaipur-Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Where the mercury rages in summer, this time of year makes it one of the most ideal places to visit. Every corner of this state shines with the colors of culture and heritage. While Jaipur might be a bit mainstream (but always a good option), its neighboring spots – Udaipur-Jaisalmer – are worth all your time.

Things to do:

  • Sightseeing in Udaipur – the city of lakes has beautiful lakes to visit and palatial palaces that represent Rajasthani royalty
  • The Manaspura Karni Mata Cable Car offers a bird’s-eye view of the city
  • Jaisalmer – The Jaisalmer Fort is an architectural marvel that simply cannot be missed. The sand dunes in the Thar desert offer some exciting options such as quad biking, parasailing which add color to the excitement alongside the royal history of the various palaces here. Night camping in the desert, camel safari are also unique experiences.


Well, this is an all-around destination that somehow suits any season, any mood, with any type of company. From beaches to hikes, Goa has a little bit of everything

Things to do:

  • Sunbathe on multiple beaches in Goa, beach hopping might be fun!
  • Enjoy eating at local kitchens and shacks
  • Get your thrills by indulging in various water sports activities like parasailing, banana boat ride, jet ski, etc
  • Explore the back streets of Goa on rented two wheelers, it’s a lot more fun!
  • Enjoy the rain in wildlife with Goa Tourism’s new monsoon treks

Idukki, Kerala

An enchanting retreat in God’s Own Country, Kerala, Idukki is the perfect place for a complete makeover. Kerala is also referred to as a good wellness destination. Aside from the famous Ayurvedic spots, the natural riches here offer nothing short of a serene and peaceful environment. Surrounded by lush green tapestry of mountains, waterfalls and exotic vegetation, Idukki is a Stone Age civilization with a wealth of historical ruins to explore.

Things to do:

  • Enjoy the spectacular sunset and sunrise at Hill View Park, Thommankuthu Falls; Meesapulimama (second highest peak in South India) for trekking; Vala waterfalls, etc. are also great tourist attractions
  • Painavu is a good pit stop for a quick bit of shopping
  • Periyar National Park, Anamudi Shola National Park, Eravikulum National Park and some others are a treat for nature lovers as one can explore and spot some endangered animal and plant species here

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

The verdant valleys that surround this scenic destination, Kodaikanal, never fail to enchant tourists. It sits at an elevation of around 7000 feet above sea level and is an idyllic destination for all the nature lovers out there.

Things to do:

  • Refreshing boat trips and exploring the caves are some popular activities here
  • Dolphin Nose or Periyakulam Trek is a good place to start your trekking experience
  • Visit Pillar Rocks Lookout and Green Valley Lookout for breathtaking views
  • This place is also famous for its homemade chocolates, so don’t miss the delicious sugary delicacies from here

Dapolis, Maharashtra

Dotted with coconut palms, Dapoli is a popular beach destination. It is a tropical place with pleasant weather most of the year. Especially from July to September this place is full of life.

Things to do:

  • Sightseeing – Harni Harbour, Suvarndurga and the Sea Fort will take you back in time. If you are a history buff this place is for you
  • Plunge into the Unhavre hot springs and explore the Pankhelja Caves
  • Water sports activities – swimming, surfing, parasailing, trekking, hiking, etc
  • If you are looking for a local gastronomic experience, then try authentic Konkani food

Lansdowne – Damdama – Neemrana, Delhi – NCR


There are always a number of options to choose from when it comes to Delhi-NCR, but when the time comes to choose do we suddenly feel like we have no options? Here are three places that can offer you an unusual escape this long weekend.

  • Neemrana Fort – Enjoy a royal experience at the luxurious Neemrana Fort, situated on the Delhi-Jaipur highway. With a swimming pool, spa, camel safari, zipline tours, vintage car rides, this place is buzzing with life. Colorful cultural events are also often held here.
  • Damdama Lake – there are many activities to choose from once you get to the lake – parasailing, hot air balloon rides, rock climbing adventures, zip lining, paddle boats on the river and relaxing your mind. It is the largest natural lake in Haryana and an ideal destination for fun picnics.
  • Lansdowne is the epitome of a tranquil retreat. With its breathtaking sunsets and sunrises, it remains untouched by the chaos of the city. Bird watching, green walks and other fun activities make it the perfect place for family outings.

Gokarna, Karnataka

Gokarna is a picturesque coastal town of Karwar, Karnataka. It is best known for its beaches and temples, but the panoramic landscapes will put you in a serene state.

Things to do:

  • Beach trekking, beach tires, hiking through the Yana forests is a good starting point
  • Mirjan Fortress and Mahabaleshwar Temple are two of the most famous places to visit
  • Water sports activities – surfing, diving, snorkeling, parasailing and jet skiing.

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What’s your choice to make this Independence Day long weekend a little more special?

PS: After the monsoon rage, especially on the hills, these are best avoided for safety reasons.

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