Holi, while immensely enjoyable for several people, can prove quite a nuisance if you don’t enjoy being vigorously drenched in water and colours that refuse to fade. However, this Holi weekend being a long one is just the ideal excuse to indulge the traveller within, and escape to quieter, more scenic places. We’re surely going to make our mini Holi holiday special and you should too.
If you find yourself with no travel plans, but a strong desire deep inside to get away on this short weekend, we’ve got you covered – we’ve curated a list of places that will provide you the refuge you seek this long weekend. Read on
1. Hidden Burrow, Jibhi, Himachal Pradesh
A majestic tree house located in the picturesque paradise of Jibhi, Hidden Burrow is a unique retreat built on a tree to give you a chance to be close to nature. There are live tree trunks and branches that are interwoven with your room. It opens up to glorious views of the mountains and you can hear the soft sounds of the flowing river and a variety of mountain birds.The two balconies are both great spots to unwind and enjoy a cuppa as the day passes you by and in the evenings you can enjoy.
2. Aashyana Lakhanpal, Candolim, Goa
Nothing beats not celebrating Holi in this villa set on a hidden stretch of beach in Candolim amidst lush vegetation. Your getaway here is all about good vibes and an easy-going pace of life. There is a 5 bedroom villa, if you decide to make this a fam getaway or you can choose to reside at one or more of the three Casinhas – each complete with an individual, private gardens right by the beach. Leisurely walks along the shore and savouring the gentle swaying of the waves really help you the solitude to be found.
3. Mahua Kothi, Bandhovgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
This earthy and eco-friendly lodge makes for the perfect escape from a city covered in colour where you can explore the natural hues of greens and blues of the forest and wildlife of Bandhavgarh. The Lodge sprawls over the 40 acre grounds, just 20 minutes from the park entrance. The original kothi (homestead) comprises the guest areas and has been beautifully renovated. Each is accessed through private courtyards with shaded seating and traditional mud floors. Interiors include wooden shutters, tapered mud coloured walls in lime and earth washes (finished by hand), open rafters with roughly hewn wooden beams, and handmade pottery roof tiles.
4. Spice Coast Cruises, Kumarakom, Kerala
Spice Coast Cruises is a houseboat made up of natural materials, powered with solar energy and vegetable oils to reduce their impact on the lake. The crew of these houseboats are fisherman who not only navigate the waterways but prepare meals for their guests as well. Meals here will include a lot of fresh flavours with strong spices and ofcourse fish is among their specialities and the fresh catch from the lake is truly a delight. Quite the contrast from the noisy and polluted city, don’t you think?
So what are you choosing for this long weekend?
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