Best Places For Short Trips in India

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The weekend is just around the corner, and it would be a shame to not put it to good use and go on that short trip in India you know you had been stalling for long. The leaves accumulated throughout the year coupled with the festivities are just the perfect excuse for taking one of these short trips in India. Now, wondering where to go? Best places to relax and unwind or to gear up and explore or maybe both? Look no further; we’ve covered just about everything for you. From the best beaches to snow-clad mountains, caves and forts, find your choice of destination at and make the most of this chilly weather!

Here is the list of 19 Best Places For Short Trips in India

1. Gokarna, Karnataka - Land of palm trees, blue seas and golden sands

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Known For : Om Beach Mahabaleshwara Temple Paradise Beach, Gokarna

If you’re looking for the best places to chill among long weekend getaways, then this is where you need to go. Abundant in natural spaces – beaches, hills, sprawling green landscapes and long roads with a gorgeous view; Gokarna and Murudeshwar, two quietly mesmerizing places situated in Karnataka, offer the best getaway one could ask for. Located close to Bangalore, Goa and Mumbai, it makes for a good short trip in India, where the drive is just as calming as the destinations.

Best Time: Throughout the year

2. Murudeshwar, Karnataka - Seashore, Scuba Diving and the Shiva

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Known For : Murudeshwar Temple Netrani Island Murudeshwar Beach

With its major attraction as the huge Shiva temple, Murudeshwar is a religious site which also serves as the connecting point for popular scuba diving destination Netrani. Murudeshwar is home to the second tallest statue of Lord Shiva in the world. Escape into the mesmerising beauty of Gokarna and Murudeshwara.

Best Time: October to May

3. Orchha, Madhya Pradesh - The Hidden Treasure

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Known For : Jehangir Mahal, Orchha Fort Ram Raja Temple Raja Mahal, Orchha Fort

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Two of Madhya Pradesh best offbeat destinations, Sanchi is housed the oldest Buddhist sites and is one of the important places of Buddhist pilgrimage while Orchha is rich in King’s legacy with elaborate stone carved temples, cenotaphs and palaces. The distance between Orchha and Sanchi is approximately 195kms, which makes it an easy drive with pit stops at Pachmarhi to explore The Pandava Caves – the mythical home of the Pandava princes and at Bhopal to see the little remains of the ancient city. Exploring these places in this October mists would be quite surreal.

Best Time: July to March

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4. Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh - The land of the Stupas

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Known For : Sanchi Stupa The Great Bowl Ashok Pillar

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A symbol of the vast heritage present throughout the culturally rich India, the Buddhist monuments of Sanchi are one of the oldest stone structures in India. Designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the Great Stupa was installed in the 3rd century BC by Emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty. The sculptures and monuments present at the site are a fine example of the development of Buddhist art and architecture. The stupa sits atop a hill in Sanchi, surrounded by lush gardens, providing visitors peace and serenity at this grand tribute to the peaceful religion of Buddhism. With its breathtaking architecture, Orchha and Sanchi attract lots of tourists every year.

Best Time: July to March

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5. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Sitla Mukteshwar Temple Mukteshwar Inspection Bunglow

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Located in Uttarakhand, Mukteshwar is one of the gorgeous short trips in India. Uninterrupted beauty of snow-capped mountains in the distance proceeded by a range of green pastels, it is filled with overwhelming beauty. A little ahead of it, resides a small charming village of Dhanachuli which houses a popular hill station of Uttarakhand coupled with humble people and inviting apple orchards. A little quint trip to make the perfect use of this long weekend getaway.

Best Time: October to June

6. Dhanachuli, Uttarakhand

Placed at an elevation of 7000 ft above the sea, lies Dhanachuli- a lush green village right amidst the lap of nature. You can witness subtropical forests and coniferous trees all around. Dhanachuli, a tropical Pahari destination, is at a distance of 14 kms from the Mukteshwar Mahadev temple in the Dhari tehsil of Nainital. This supreme paradise-like location can be easily accessed by road. Located in Uttarakhand, Muktheshwar and Dhanchauli are blessed with the lush green beauty of nature.

7. Auli, Uttarakhand - The skiing destination of India

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Known For : Skiing in Auli Gurso Bugyal Camping in Auli

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Auli is a hill station in the Himalayan ranges of Uttarakhand, also popularly known as one of the best skiing destinations of India. October begins to welcome winter, and the temperatures are of a bearable cold to enjoy the panoramic view of the hills laced with coniferous trees and forests. While Badrinath, a famous pilgrim site being one of the char dhams in India, is located nearby where one can stop to visit the sacred temple, Vasundhara falls and explore the Vyas and Ganesha Caves.

Best Time: Throughout the year

8. Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh - Paragliding in the land of Tibetan monasteries

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Known For : Paragliding in Bir Billing Tibetan Colony Chokling Monastery

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For the trekkers and adventure enthusiasts, Bir-Billing area of Himachal Pradesh has some exciting activities lined up for this time of the year. Paragliding session operated here for Sept-Oct-Nov, while trekking and camping happen throughout the year. Bir is also known for its ancient Tibetan monasteries and The Bir Tea Factory which offers guided tours for those curious souls interested in the production of tea. These places are a must visit perfect for October trip.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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9. Bishnupur, West Bengal - The land of terracotta temples

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Known For : Rasmancha Lalji Temple Susunia Hill

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Bishnupur is the temple town of West Bengal, offers an extensive history of the different reigns and times left over in the architectural ruins of the numerous temples. Mukutmonipur, on the other hand, is small town located nearby famously known as a popular picnic spot of West Bengal for winter with a 38metre high Kangsabati Dam and an island right in the middle of the sprawling lake.

Best Time: October to March

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10. Mukutmanipur, West Bengal

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Known For : Parasnath Hills Kangsabati dam Ambikanagar

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One of the most popular short trips in India for Kolkata locals, Mukutmanipur in the Bankura district of Kolkata is a serene town with lush green forests, clear blue water and green hills in the backdrop. Sharing borders with Jharkhand, Mukutmanipur is located at the confluence of Kumari and Kangsabati. A small, serene town that it is, it attracts many tourists who come here in search of a peaceful vacation. The soul-soothing places Mukatmanipur and Bhishnupur are truly a perfect choice to have a relaxing short trip in India.

Best Time: October to March

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11. Gopalpur, Odisha

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Known For : Gopalpur Beach Ramha (Chilika) Gopalpur Lighthouse

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Some of the best destinations to fulfil your relaxing and rejuvenation needs – Gopalpur or better known as Gopalpur on Sea is situated along the Bay of Bengal housing what is known to be one of the gorgeous and calm beaches in the area. Palm trees and unperturbed sea and dunes to feed your solitude, it is also known commercially for its silk sarees and handicraft products. While 45km further lies one of the biggest inland saltwater lakes in India, known as Chilika Lake. The water produces a clear reflection of the skies above and becomes home to birds some of which come all the way from Siberia whereas water sports and boating facilities are also available here.

Best Time: November to February

12. Chilika Lake, Puri

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The Chilika Lake, which is a paradise on Earth for bird watchers and nature lovers, is the largest internal salt water pond that can be found in Asia. The pear-shaped lake is dotted with a few small islands and has fisheries and salt pans around its shore. This island is nestled in the heart of coastal Odisha and extends from Puri district in the north to Gunjan district in the south, and is separated from the Bay of Bengal by a 60 kilometres long narrow strip of sand-flats and marshy islands. The spell bounding sea view of Gopalpur, and Chilika lake is an ideal destination for a restful short trip in India.

13. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

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Known For : Sim's Park Dolphin's Nose Ketti Valley

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While Ooty remains one of the quintessential tourist destinations of the south, Coonoor is relatively less explored. Located quite close to each other, Coonoor is the second largest hill station of the Nilgiris range with a lot of exciting viewpoints. Dolphin’s Nose and Lamb’s Rock are two must-visit viewpoints near Coonoorwhile one cannot miss Ooty Lake and the Doddabetta Peak. These are one of the best options for a short trip in India.

Best Time: October to March

14. Ooty, Tamil Nadu - Queen of the Nilgiris

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Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway Ooty Lake Emerald Lake, Ooty

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The Blue Mountains have always been shrouded in mysticism, and Ooty is no exception to that. For every mountain lover, the very idea of travelling to the city known as the Queen of the Hills holds an allure like no other. Once regarded as the summer headquarters of the East India Company (and for a very good reason), Ooty, also known as Udagamandalam, is a hill station in Tamil Nadu which serves as a very popular tourist destination for anyone looking for a picturesque place to relax and unwind. The mind-blowing scenery of Ooty and Coonoor is a visual retreat for nature lovers.

Best Time: Throughout the year

15. Bundi, Rajasthan - The Queen of Hadoti

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Known For : Taragarh Fort Moti Mahal, Bundi Badal Mahal, Bundi

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Rajasthan’s friendliest little blue town, Bundi has many attractions and warm people that over the decades attracted Indians and foreigners alike. A few October days in Bundi is enough to know the rich traditions of the common people, ancient forts, and the art of Bundi Painting taught here at the Bundi Palace. While you’re at it, spend some time at Kota exploring the various palaces, Museum, City Fort, Haveli of Deaji and Chambal Gardens all still intact in their past glory. While in Kota, you can also check out the educational areas which made Kota so famous in the modern era. Don’t forget to try out the amazing Masala Patties, Pyaaz ki Kachoris, milk-shakes and food at Amar Punjabi Dhaba!

Best Time: October to March

16. Kota, Rajasthan

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Known For : Seven Wonders Park Kishore Sagar and Jagmandir Palace Garadia Mahadev

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Kota, the third most populous city in Rajasthan, lies alongside the banks of River Chambal which is both its beauty as well as a lifeline, being the source of water supply to the city and a site of scenic beauty itself. Locals and tourists alike visit the river shores for watching crocodiles, sighting birds and for boat riding in general. Kota is famous for its thriving coaching culture and every year more than four lakh students visit and live in the city to receive training for engineering and medical entrance examinations. The perfect blend of greenery and lakes makes it irresistible to visit these two beautiful places Bandi and Kota of Rajasthan.

Best Time: October to March

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17. Aurangabad, Maharashtra - The land of Ajanta & Ellora

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Known For : Grishneshwar Temple Bibi ka Maqbara The Ajanta caves

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For the exploratory and curiosity-driven kinds, this pleasant weather can be spent exploring the ancient structures and formations that echo the stories of the eras gone by. The Ajanta- Ellora caves themselves need at least two days to explore while the remaining days can be spent in Aurangabad visiting Bibi Ka Maqbara, Panchakki, Himroo weaving factory or Aurangabad’s very own set of caves which though not as magnificent as the Ajanta-Ellora but are a fine specimen of their rock-cut architecture.

Best Time: October to March

18. Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra - The World Heritage Caves

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Known For : Ajanta Caves Grishneshwar Temple, Ellora The Buddhist Caves, Ellora

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Ajanta and Ellora caves are considered to be one of the most important tourist destinations in the world owing to the magnificent paintings of Ajanta and well-carved sculptures of Ellora. The rock-cut caves containing carvings are the finest example of Indian paintings and sculpture. The breathtaking architecture of Aurangabad and Anjantha-Yellora caves speaks the rich heritage of Karnataka.

Best Time: June to March

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19. Paragliding Course in Kamshet

If adventure is your calling, Kamshet provides the best getaway. A couple of hours’ drive from Mumbai, this place is a haven for the adrenaline junkie. It is a picturesque hill station in the Western Ghats, renowned for paragliding and flying schools. It also has rock cut caves (Bedsa and Bhairi) dating back to 1st century BC and the Kondeshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. But getting back to the main attraction, many flying schools offer all-inclusive (food, acco, equipment) paragliding courses for the duration of 2-4 days with the onset of winter. Book your seats before they run out. More information can be found here and here.

It is always great to take one of the short trips in India. Which one of the above places would you travel to next?

This post was published by Sneha Powar

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