Mahashivratri Long Weekend 2020
The Mahashivratri long weekend 2020 is just around the corner, and it’s a great opportunity for you to make those travel plans you have been ditching for a long time now. Put this long weekend 2020 to good use and plan a road trip with friends and family. Wondering where to go? We’ve got you covered! Here are the best places to visit in India in 2020.
Places to visit in North India
Rishikesh, known as the ‘Yoga Capital of the Country’, is an ideal place to visit for tourists seeking a peaceful sojourn in summer vacation 2019. Here you can spot sadhus clad in saffron clothes walking around the pious Ganga, travelers dressed in Indian attire and experience the religious richness. Rishikesh is also an adventure seeker’s paradise. From hiking, camping, river rafting to bungee jumping, kayaking and flying fox, there is plenty to indulge in Rishikesh. Another major highlight of this holy city is the ‘evening Ganga Arti on Triveni Ghat. The city is also popular for the Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula, the rope-fastened bridges that offer a panoramic view of the entire city.
Rudraprayag is situated at a distance of nearly 160 km from Haridwar, Uttrakhand. The place is famous as the confluence of river Alaknada and Mandakini. Located at a distance of 34 km from Srinagar, Rudraprayag is a must-visit spot for pilgrims going to Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham. During your visit, you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the place or visit the temples of Rudraprayag.
Located at an elevation of 1,220 m above the sea level, Barkot is one of the lesser-known hill stations of Uttarakhand. It is nestled enroute Yamunotri, a pilgrimage destination for Hindus. Barkot is circumscribed by lofty snow clad mountains, lush valleys, and apple orchards. It is a perfect getaway for spending peaceful time with friends and family.
Joshimath has become a popular tourist destination in Uttarakhand, over the past few years. The place offers a picturesque view of the Hathi Parvat and enjoys close proximity to the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga at Vishnuprayag. A major highlight of this place is the Lord Narsimha Temple, which is 1200 years old. Joshimath is also a perfect spot for adventure seekers. You can opt for camping and trekking here.
Valley of Flowers
If you want to spend time in nature’s lap, then Valley of Flowers is where you should be for summer vacation 2019. It is located in Uttarakhand and is bordered by Nepal and Tibet. The perfect time to visit the valley is from June starting to September end because for the rest of the year, the valley is covered with snow.
Reckoned as the ‘Queen of Hills’, Mussoorie is one of the well-known hill stations in Uttarakhand. It is located at an altitude of 2003 m above the sea level in the Garhwal hills. This hill town is popular for its lush green hills, varied flora and fauna, the Doon valley and magnificent view of Shivalik ranges. You can also indulge in a number of adventurous activities like trekking, rappelling, rock climbing, etc. To enjoy the most in Mussoorie, you can visit these places – Kempty Fall, Gun Hill, Camel’s Back Road, Mussoorie Lake and Jwalaji Temple.
Perched atop Kashaya Hill, at an elevation of 1638 m above sea level, Almora allures tourists with its cultural richness and picturesque landscape. Nanda Devi and Chetai Temple are two of the most significant spots to visit in Almora. You can also visit the 200-year old market, Lala Bazaar.
The hill town of Nainital ranks amongst the few handpicked places to visit in Uttarakhand. The place is titled as the ‘Lake District of India’, the wonderful place is known for its mystical lakes, tranquility and snow-covered peaks. Some added plus are the ancient legends associated with this hill town and the appeal of the British. Naini Lake, Naina Devi Temple, Land’s End, Hanuman Garhi, etc. are some of the best places to visit in Nainital, during summer vacation 2019.
Jim Corbett National Park
If you are seeking an exciting wildlife adventure, then Jim Corbett National Park, in Uttarakhand, is the place you should visit in summer vacation 2019. You can enjoy wildlife safari, sightseeing to nearby attractions and a comfortable stay in beautiful resorts nearby.
Ranikeht is situated in the Almora district of Uttarakhand. Along with the weather, the pristine environment and amazing flora make Ranikhet a must-visit tourist destination in Uttarakhand. Ranikhet is also popular for apricots, chestnuts and peaches plantations.
Places to visit in South India
If you are planning a short trip near Bangalore, Shivanasamudra Falls is the destination you should pick. Shivanasamudra Falls is a popular waterfall dotted in the Mandya District of Karnataka state. Situated on Kaveri River, this waterfall is segmented, with several parallel streams formed adjacent to each other. The view of the waterfall is breathtaking. This place is perfect for those seeking a quick and quaint getaway close to the city.
One thing you should avoid doing here is, swimming.
Distance from Bangalore – Approx. 130 km
Nandi Hills, also known as Nandidurg, is a hill fortress in the southern state of Karnataka, India. It is best to reach here early around 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. to enjoy the weather and places. To reach here early, the best option would be to rent a car in Bangalore. Nandi Hills is a great place for nature lovers. For sightseeing in Nandi Hills, you can visit the two Nandi temples & the temple dedicated to Yogi Nandeeshwara. You can also take a tour of the famous fort restored by Tippu Sultan. Trekking and cycling are two more things you can try here.
Distance from Bangalore – Nearly 61 Km
Bheemeshwari is a small town in the Mandya district of the south Indian state, Karnataka. This place is an ideal destination for anyone seeking an escape and just wants to experience Mother Nature at its best. Trekking, coracle ride, camping, river crossing, and river rafting are the few activities you can indulge in. You can enjoy and stay in jungle lodges here.
Distance from Bangalore – Nearly 9 km
A short trip to Kabini from Bangalore is probably the best way to move away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Jungle stays are quite popular here. There are many resorts you can choose from like Orange County, Serai, JLR Kabini River Lodge, and Red Earth etc. You can opt for a boat safari or a jeep safari.
Distance from Bangalore – Around 200 km
Often times recognized as Udhagamandalam, Ooty is a hill station in Tamil Nadu. Here you can take a joyride in the Nilgiri Mountain Toy Train, visit the Botanical gardens, take your self driven car to Dolphin’s Nose, trek up to Doddabetta Peak or visit the tea museum. In short, there are plenty of things to do in Ooty.
Distance from Bangalore – Nearly 274 km
Yercaud is a popular hill station town in Tamil Nadu. The place is dotted in the Shevaroy Hills, famous for its orange groves, coffee & spice plantations. Yercaud boasts of verdant peaks, lakes, gardens, waterfalls, and many beautiful landmarks. You can visit the Yercaud Lake, Pagoda Point, Silk Farm and Rose Garden, bear’s cave, etc.
Distance from Bangalore – 230 km
There are plenty of things to do in Wayanad – Night Camping, Visit the Edakkal Caves, trekking, cycling and camping Tour, Trek to Neelimala View Point and Wildlife Safari at Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary. Wayanad is a great place to visit near Bangalore for a short trip into Mother Nature’s lap.
Distance from Bangalore – 277 km
Skandagiri also is known as Kalavara Durga, is a mountain fortress. It is located in the Indian state of Karnataka. The most popular activity here is trekking. The trek takes you through a spectacular journey into the wilderness. You can opt to camp at the hilltop.
Distance from Bangalore – 60 km
Coorg is a picturesque place in the state of Karnataka, India. It is also known as Kodagu. Here you can enjoy trekking & camping, barapole river rafting, sunset jeep drive at Mandalpatti or visit Abbey Falls. The place is ideal for both adventure enthusiasts and peace seekers.
Distance from Bangalore – 265 km
The Biligiriranga Hills, also known as the BR Hills, is a hill range located in south-eastern Karnataka. You can visit BRT Wildlife Sanctuary and Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple or indulge in river rafting and trekking.
Distance from Bangalore – 170 km
Coonoor, the popular hill station in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, is known for its tea estates (in the surrounding Nilgiri hills). The unparalleled beauty of this place draws tourists all along the year. Here is a list of thrilling things to do in Coonoor for a fun vacay – Enjoy Nilgiri Mountain Railways Joyride, trek to the hidden valley, hike to the Law’s Falul and explore Droog Fort.
Distance from Bangalore – Nearly 290 km
Puducherry was formerly known as Pondicherry. The place is a perfect destination for tourists seeking peace and quiet. The place has plenty to serve all kinds of tourists. Right from lazing around at the beach to going places for sightseeing, the place never falls short of things to be explored. You can enjoy a boat ride, scuba diving, surfing, houseboat ride, cycling, sightseeing, etc.
Distance from Bangalore – 312 km