New Delhi: The best way to beat the summers is to travel to a beautiful destination you have been longing for years to go.
In order to save your time and money, online travel aggregator ixigo has listed down seven gorgeous weekend getaways to help you choose the best destination in the country.
Don’t forget to add these gorgeous destinations to your wish list:
1. Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park, an intoxicating mix of hills and woods, is one of the most preferred holiday getaways from Delhi. The park has two main tourist zones, Bijrani Range and Dhikala. Spend your mornings roaming around in an open-top jeep, and afternoons swaying along atop the elephants.
Distance – 237 km from Delhi
Travel Time – 5 hours 10 minutes
Best mode of travelling – Travel by train to Ramnagar Railway Station (87 km), and then book a cab further.
2. Sariska National Park
With an abundance of flora and fauna, the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect nature retreat. A little bit of history, with a dash of religion and the wonders of nature, you will find these all at one place. Also, there are some lovely hotels to take care of all your accommodation needs!
Distance – 200 km from Delhi
Travel Time – 4 hours 30 minutes
Best mode of travelling – Book a cab from Delhi to Alwar
3. Kashid
Lonavala, Khandala, Panchgani, and Mahabaleshwar, some popular weekend getaways from Mumbai, are passe. So, where do Mumbaikars go for a weekend break? Well, the latest getaway is Kashid. From lush green rice fields, blue seas, white sand, lovely mountains to flowing streams and lakes, Kashid has got it all.
Distance – 160 km from Mumbai
Travel Time – 3 hours 30 minutes
Best mode of travelling – Take a cab from Mumbai to Kashid
4. Matheran
This tiny hill station-only 8 sq. km-has managed a remarkable balancing act. It is one of Maharashtra’s prime tourist destinations but still maintains its old world charm. There are many ways of making the journey to Matheran, which itself is part of the fun. Apart from trekking, you can go up on horseback, in hand-pulled carts or riding Matheran’s very own toy train.
Distance – 83 km From Mumbai
Travel Time – 2 hours 4 minutes
Best mode of travelling – Toy Train from Neral
5. Coorg
Aptly called as the “Scotland of India” due to its old world charm, Coorg is a must visit if you are looking for that much-needed break with only your thoughts for company. The hill station of Coorg is the perfect escape for any weekend. You can also refer to the three day itinerary for Coorg if you can take a day’s leave.
Distance – 268 km from Bangalore
Travel Time – 5 hours
Best mode of travelling – Direct bus from Bangalore to Coorg
6. Pondicherry
Spending some relaxed time at the famous French Quarters will be a great idea. Although terribly rushed day-trips from Chennai are possible, at least an overnight stay in Puducherry is a must. A two-day stay would enable the pilgrim to visit Auroville, one of the famous places to visit in Pondicherry.
Distance – 170 km from Chennai
Travel Time – 3 hour 13 minutes
Best mode of travelling – Take a cab from Chennai to Pondicherry.
7. Shantiniketan
The name evokes peace, doesn’t it? Today Shantiniketan is more popular as a pleasant weekend getaway from Kolkata than as a university. It is a retreat of different kind, a place where you can park yourself near the Kopai River and watch the world pass by. Walk, cycle, sit under a tree and read a book-Shantiniketan is ideal for a quiet and relaxed holiday.
Distance – 165 km from Kolkata
Travel Time – 3 hours 25 minutes
Best mode of travelling – Book a cab from Kolkata to Shantiniketan or take a train.
So, what are you waiting for? Gear up for a wonderful trip to these exotic weekend getaways.
Keep calm and explore the world!! 

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