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Are you bored of the big city life? Live in one of the main metros of the country? You are just the person we were looking for. Don’t spend this weekend lunching and drunching! Instead, drive out of the city to places that will change you forever. Here are some destinations that are sure to catch your fancy.

1. Nashik: Stroll through the wine capital of India

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Get ready for a day of wine sampling and grape stomping. If you like wine or are just plain curious, spend your time on wine tasting tours. Pick the grapes yourself and crush them in a barrel. Yes, it’s just like the movies!

After a long day in the vineyard, lower your feet in a pool and while away your time in the lap of comfort. What more? It’s wine, wine and more wine! Order a glass of wine from V Resorts’ in-house bar, which serves the best of Soma’s local produce. You will also be taken on a guided tour, explaining the step-by-step process of winemaking.

Wake up to the views of the surrounding vineyards at V Resorts Soma Vine Village, Nashik. The resort will help serve the desire of the wine-lover in you. Located just 17 km from Nashik and 173 km from Mumbai, dreams are not that far away.

HolidayIQ reviewer Parag Joshi says, “There are many beautiful beaches and villages where one can stay for a long time in this state. Mumbai and Nashik are the best cities in Maharashtra, which has a number of religious places and natural beauty.” 

2. Alleppey: Of backwaters, tranquil canals and lagoons

Alleppey might just be an island, but it is called the Venice of the East for a reason. The subtle waves and tickling sands complete experience of the intricate canals and waterways. Spending time on a houseboat here is a must. This island is only accessible by boat and is a haven for hundreds of migratory birds.

Confused about where to stay? The V Resorts The Backwater Rhapsody lends a glorious view of the Vembanad Lake. Built in traditional Kerala style, V Resorts are located at about 17 km from Alleppey and around 47 km from Cochin. You can also visit nearby beaches like Marari beach and Alappuzha beach, which are about 12 km and 20 km from the resort.

HolidayIQ reviewer Pradeep Kumar says, “Alleppey is called as the Venice of the east. The enchanting backwaters attract all the travellers from the world. The paddy fields that are a carpet of green are simply a feast for the eyes.”

3. Sariska: Explore the abode of the royal Bengal tigers

Located at an easy driving distance from the national capital, Sariska is a place which can surprise wildlife enthusiasts and travellers in more ways than one. Home to the Royal Bengal Tigers and a host of other wildlife species including leopard, deer, hyena and nilgai among others.

If you’re looking to unwind and relax amidst the quietude of this tiger reserve, then V Resorts Utsav Camp Sariska is where you must be staying. Located on the slopes of Aravallis, this luxury-tent-resort offers a luxurious stay at a distance of just about 7 km from the entrance of the Sariska National Park. While the majestic Aravalli Hills are there to enchant the traveller at all times, the night sky can leave him speechless with its multitudes of stars. If you didn’t know, this place is considered to be one of the best for stargazing in the country; so, don’t forget to carry your mini telescope along.

When you are tired after an entire day of exploration, dine under the stars by availing the bush dinner offered by V Resorts Utsav Camp Sariska. Before heading out for your exploration in the morning, you can also fill your picnic bags with the sumptuous delicacies served by the in-house restaurant.

Once you’re done soaking in the charms of the Sariska Reserve, you can also go ahead and explore the nearby forts and temples either on foot or bicycle.

HolidayIQ reviewer Anshumaan says, “At a stone’s throw from the metropolitan city of Delhi lies an exquisite wilderness of dry forests, vast grasslands and mythological stories. After the Tigers went extinct from Sariska, a few have been successfully relocated from Ranthambore. Besides, the many species of flora and fauna, a temple (called Pandupol) from the age of the Mahabharata is also situated right in the middle of the jungle.”

4. Coorg: Relax in the picturesque town of Kodagu

Immerse yourself in the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere of Coorg, a popular getaway from Bangalore. Although the verdant charms of the coffee plantations never fail to charm anyone, Coorg has a lot more to offer to its visitors than just the beautiful landscape and lively waterfalls.

If you’re looking for a relaxing retreat away from the urban chaos, then head to V Resorts Yedamakky Plantations. A large part of the resort is covered with coffee and pepper plantations, along with other fruit trees and garden.

Located at just about 31 km from the main city of Coorg, the ‘Scotland of India’, this leisure resort lets you spend quality time soaking in the natural beauty around. Wake up to the views of misty mountains and aroma of freshly brewed coffee, and end your day by reliving the day’s adventures sitting beside a bonfire and enjoying a barbeque.

HolidayIQ reviewer Dinesh says, “Coorg had that simple charm of a small hill station, and ticks most checkboxes of expectations. It has a decent water body in Nisargadhama, many elephants, an old fort in Madikeri, an awesome ride to Talacauvery; the origin of Cauvery. More than the falls, the walk to Abbey falls is exhilarating.”

5. Mandawa: Experience grandeur at Mandawa Fort

Mandawa is a treat for heritage lovers. While the town’s very own 18th-century fort acts as its centre-stage, the village safari is the star tourist attraction here.

If you want to experience the essence of Rajasthani royalty, we recommend you to stay at the V Resorts Paawana Haveli Mandawa, which is essentially a heritage resort housed within a restored 100-year-old haveli. Located next to Mandawa’s 300-year-old Raghunath Temple, a stay in this resort can take you on a trip to the bygone era of Rajasthan.

This resort boasts of a chaupal-style seating area, arched niches, and numerous jharokhas. The walls of the haveli are adorned with numerous paintings depicting the culture of the state. If you drive along the Mandawa Bissau Road for a little over an hour, you can visit Churu Fort which is about 41 km from the resort.

If you are someone who loves photography, then there’s no better place to be than Mandawa. However, capturing the brilliance of the region’s Shekhawati art on the camera requires skills and practice. If you want a hands-on training of these skills right on the streets of Mandawa, that too under the guidance of accomplished photographers, join the Mandawa Photowalk now.

HolidayIQ reviewer Gourav says, “If you are looking for a one day quick getaway from New Delhi, then Mandawa is the right place for you to be at. It has temples, castles and above all, it has tasty lip smacking food. We went with family and friends and we had a chance to see Bollywood movie stars during our stay too. So that was an added bonus during our stay at the place.

6. Varkala: Immerse yourself in this cosy coastal town

A visit to Varkala is worthless without a trip to the beach, which is the town’s most popular attraction. What sets this beach apart from the others are the cliffs that fringe at one end. The breathtaking view from atop the cliff is something you can’t afford to miss out on.

If you’re an eco-conscious traveller, then V Resorts Bohemian Varkala is where you must stay. Located at just about 1 km from Varkala beach, the resort is made up of mud and clay. Take a stroll along the beach once you’re settled in here, and don’t forget to carry your chilled beer along.

A trip to this place is incomplete without experiencing the rejuvenating Ayurvedic spa. The Ayurveda centre at the resort gives you the perfect dose of both spa therapy and yoga.

You can also steer things up a bit with adrenaline pumping water sports like parasailing and scuba diving. An outdoor candlelight dinner is also a big hit among the lovey-dovey couples.

HolidayIQ reviewer Manmohan says, “Varkala is surely a traveller’s paradise. The Arabian Sea, red cliffs, unlimited food junctions which offer almost all the cuisines possible etc are a delight. The beach is a long stretch. The view from the cliff is breathtaking.”

7. Murud: For an idyllic getaway amidst hills and beach

There is so much more to the quaint town of Murud than just its exotic beaches, majestic sea forts, and lush greenery. While sauntering along the coastline of the sparsely crowded and clean beaches of Murud is a must, a visit to the Ahmedganj Fort and Kasa Fort can help you turn the pages of history. Head to the Garambi Falls and the Garambi Dam to cool off. If you are a foodie, walk around and explore the lip-smacking Konkani cuisine served locally.

Beaches to unwind and hills to relax. Sounds exactly like the holiday you are waiting for? Murud offers you the best of both worlds. Especially if you pick the right hotel. Surrounded by hills that slope down to the beach, The V Resorts Mahua Bagh in Murud can make a family’s weekend getaway perfect with its tailored offerings for the guests in the form of picnic lunches, bonfire, and outdoor meals while birding.

Sunny and chic cottages that offer a spectacular view of the sea are just a few of the lovely things that this resort is capable of offering to its guests. Nestled in between coconut trees, this can be the ideal tropical getaway you have been waiting for.

HolidayIQ traveller Neha Gupta says “This offbeat beach is a brilliant place to relax and enjoy nature. Take the road from Alibaug to Kashid and then to Murud. You will experience nature at its best.

8. Vaitarna: Channel your inner artist

Pack your DSLR and head off to Vaitarna for a ‘picture perfect’ holiday. If you feel like you are dreaming, then pinch yourself. It’s the scenic charms of the Vaitarna Dam and Vadivale Lake. Enjoy the rustic lifestyle while you explore the friendly little villages.

Go wilderness rafting and navigate the crazy rapids of the Vaitarna River. Not just that! How about waking up to a sweeping view of the Vaitarna Lake and the rolling hills in the distance? Located in the middle of a picturesque landscape, a stay at the V Resorts Mridur can be a perfect one for any nature-loving traveller. Stay in a boho-inspired luxury tent, and go on nature treks, play a game of carrom, or just relax at the infinity pool while enjoying a cocktail.

HolidayIQ traveller Desiree Saldana says “This place is untouched, pristine and serene and makes you feel like you are one with nature.”

9. Amer: Enjoy a bit of that old-world charm

A visit to Rajasthan is incomplete without visiting the Amer Fort. Built by the Rajputs during the 11th century, Amer Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from the forts of Amer, the temples are something that should be on your bucket list, along with the Sheesh Mahal. With its incredible architecture, it is a true stunner.

Amer’s iconic history is mirrored beautifully by the understated details of the V Resorts Adbhut. The simple-yet-classy-rooms of this resort welcomes heritage travellers with open arms, and boast of being home to the stunning views of the Amer Fort and the numerous temples. The resort is also home to a friendly in-house labrador called Sophie, for a dose of light-hearted entertainment on the lawns.

Once you are done visiting the Amer Fort, the Anokhi Museum and the several step wells located behind the resort, head back to the restaurant and experience a romantic candlelight dinner under the open skies tailormade by the resort staff and sample the delectable Rajasthani cuisine prepared by the chef.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Amit Kumar Das shares, “The Indian version of Chinese wall-Amber Fort; As soon as you leave the Jaipur city and proceed towards the Amber Fort or Amer fort, the landscapes around changes all of a sudden. The plane lands of Jaipur is suddenly replaced by rocky granite hills.

10. Kotagiri: Enjoy a quintessential coming together of luxury and lush greenery

Known for quiet waterways, lush green tea estates, and artisanal shops, Kotagiri can be the ultimate destination to relax in. A quick pit stop at Ooty will give you enough time to explore the Ooty Lake, Thread Garden, St. Stephen’s church and Doddabetta, where you can treat your eyes with spectacular views.

When you are done exploring for the day, head to the V Resorts Kotagiri to ease up on a hammock and relish a cup of tea while reading your favourite book. The resort is essentially a beautiful 4-room villa, which is tucked away in the midst of lush green tea plantations. The rooms are tastefully designed with soothing colours, and the views are breathtaking in all directions. Go on a photography tour or a trek, and do not miss out on a visit to the tea plantations.

HolidayIQ Traveller Toshal Shenai says, “A good place to relax, unwind and breathe in the fresh, crisp air. Not many sightseeing places, but it is a good place to be in the midst of nature and tea gardens with great food.”

Make sure you experience all of this on your next weekend getaway! Plan your trip now and get absorbed in the beauty of the gorgeous hill stations and the quaint beach towns. Content Source!


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