New Delhi: The month of August has arrived and when you’re engrossed that half a year is already over, here’s a reason to boost your enthusiasm. Indeed, a long weekend is about to come! With Indian holidays for Rakshabandhan and Independence Day, you can plan a weekend getaway with your friends or family from August 11 to 15, 2022. As you explore your list, here are some places you can consider to enjoy this holiday.
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Jodhpur in Rajasthan can make for a wonderful weekend in August, as the weather is pleasant to explore the historic Rajputana clan city. Known as the ‘Blue City’ an option to explore royal palaces, historical forts and temples. It also offers an option to shop for traditional Rajasthani artwork and handicrafts and taste delicious Rajasthani cuisine. The long list of places to visit includes Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort and Museum, Jaswant Thada, Mandore Garden, Chamunda Mata Temple, Balsamand Lake and Kailana Lake.
Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu offers a beautiful view of the confluence of the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean with pleasant weather during the monsoon in August. The city also has a magnificent temple and the Vivekananda Rock Memorial. Triveni Sangam, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Thirparappu Falls, Kumari Amman Temple, Lord Subramaniam Temple, Vattakotai Fort and Thanumalayan Temple are some of the places to visit. One can buy handicrafts and handloom sarees in Kanyakumari.
For those living in Mumbai and Pune, the hill station of Lonavala in the Western Ghats can be a much needed plan from city life. In monsoon, the greenery of the hills and the layers of clouds covering them are pleasing to the eyes and soul. The places to visit include Lonavala Lake, Bushi Dam, Tiger’s Jump, Lohagarh Fort, Walwan Dam, Lonavala Wax Museum, Kun Falls and Bhaja Caves. Those who love adventure can also visit Della Adventure Park, Bushi Dam, or go for trekking to Rajmachi Point and Lion Point.
Mount Abu in Rajasthan is a popular destination in both summer and monsoon. As August receives moderate rainfall, the natural beauty of the mountains and the lush green valley increases. The place is also famous for temples and other picturesque sites including Dilwara Temple, Guru Sikhar, Achalgarh Village, Arbuda Devi Temple, Toad Rock, Gaumuk Temple and Raghunath Temple. You can also enjoy a boat ride in Nakki Lake and visit Trevor’s Tank and Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. There are also options for those who love to shop as you can buy local crafts, paintings and leather goods there.
Goa is one of the cheapest places to visit in India in August. The fun of visiting Goa in the monsoon season is something else if you want to see those places. Where there is not much crowd. The beaches provide a much needed retreat for couples as well as party goers. Turtle watching is popular in Goa in August at Agonda, Galgibaga and Mandrem Beach. You can also take a day walk in the highlands of South Goa.
If you are a bird lover then Bharatpur in Rajasthan is a place worth visiting. Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur is an ideal place for bird watching. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the national park is one of the major bird breeding and feeding grounds in the world. A three-hour drive from Jaipur, one can spot many birds including Bharatpur peacock, Indian spot-billed duck, painted stork and waterfowl.
The average temperature in Delhi in August is 32 degrees, with intermittent rains that will take you by surprise. From the Red Fort to Humayun’s Tomb to the India Gate, a visit to the many heritage sites that show the grandeur of Delhi can never lose its charm. The myriad options also include Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid, Lodi Garden, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib and Kamal Mandir.
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