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There’s something special about the month of August. It is brimming over with festivals and thus offers a good time to plan ahead for long weekend getaways. We suggest you take a look at the bank holidays mentioned below and add a day or two to earn a fun-filled week amidst natural retreats in India. Check ahead for your kids’ school leave calendar and make the most of the monsoon time seasonal offers on luxurious getaways.
Independence Day: August 15 (Wed)
Parsi New Year: August 17 (Fri)
Bakrid / Id-ul jiha: August 22 (Wed)
Onam (first day): August 24 (Fri)
Almora has always been attracting extended families to the scenic hills of Uttarakhand. One of the popular hill stations, the pleasant weather here has been a big plus for travellers.
Almora town is situated amidst the southern part the Kumaon Hills of the Himalayas.
Almora in Uttarakhand was established in the 16th century. Adventure enthusiasts flock here to undertake groups treks, photography tours and rejuvenation sessions. Being a hill station, Almora`s cool climes make for an ideal place for some fun and frolic.
The town is surrounded by beautiful pine, fir and rhododendron trees. Once here, make sure you take a local guided tour of the following locations including:
Rudreshwar Mahadev Temple
Kasar Devi Temple
Binsar Mahadev Temple
You can stay over at fabulous retreats perched up in the hills here and try mountain biking or even river rafting.
Pachmarhi is sure to make you feel calm, the way you felt when you put your bare feet on the garden grass for the first time, as a child.
Situated at 1100 m, Pachmarhi, popularly known as ‘Satpura ki Rani’ (Queen of Satpura), sits beautifully, embellished by nature and history, amidst the Satpura range. Legend says the Pandava brothers visited Pachmarhi during their exile. This beautiful region in the hills was discovered by Captain James Forsyth in 1857. This Madhya Pradesh is a treasure with ancient caves of the Buddhist era residing in harmony with serene waterfalls.
A walk through Mandu will leave you awestruck, the way you used to be listening to stories from grandparents. Floating over its own reflection, the Jahaz Mahal in Mandu looks like a ship that`s about to sail. However, for centuries this ship made of stone and mortar never did. Instead, it stood floating over the twin lakes, bearing a silent witness to Mandu’s long, rich and varied history. The city of Mandu is adorned with spell-binding Afghan architecture surrounded by baobab trees, native to Africa. The grand palaces are still alive with royal romance while the gateways (darwazas) speak of a history of imperial conquests.
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