The end of July and early August comes with the monsoon receding a little, and there’s no better time to travel. Whether you wish to enjoy the rains or find a spot away from the monsoon, the Independence Day long weekend is the perfect 4-day holiday for a getaway. If you are up for impromptu plans, here are some places you should be looking at!
Six Senses Vana, Dehradun
If your idea of a vacation on the Independence Day long weekend is all about self-discovery, health and recovery, Six Senses Vana in the heart of the Himalayas, Dehradun, is the wellness retreat you need. The resort offers health and healing through Ayurveda, Yoga, Tibetan Medicine, and Natural Healing Therapies combined with a rich daily activity schedule, deep commitment, and personalized support. You can even choose a program based on a specific wellness intention, with diagnostics and targeted guidance from the experts, be it sleep, detox, weight management and more.
A fairly new property, Noormahal in Karnal is all about living like royalty. A 3-hour drive from the capital, upon reaching the destination you will instantly escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Spread over 10 acres and 35000 square feet, Noormahal Palace offers 125 spacious and well-appointed rooms, along with seven suites fit for royal living. Nature lovers can soak in the beauty while those who wish to unwind can take a plunge in the pool or make their way to the steam, sauna and Jacuzzi facilities.
Courtyard by Marriott Aravali Resort
Immerse yourself in luxury as you set out for an unforgettable weekend getaway or a scrumptious brunch during the forthcoming Independence Day long weekend. This lavish resort, tucked away in the breathtaking Aravali mountains, guarantees leisure and business travellers an experience they will never forget. Surrounded by nature, escape the bustle of the city in a tranquil setting. The guests can relax by the beautiful pool, and take leisurely walks around the lush gardens. For a relaxing and rejuvenating experience, the guests can also avail of the spa packages at Levo Spa for a perfect weekend getaway.
The Aravali Kitchen, an all-day dining restaurant at the property is the perfect place to relax and relish on a Sunday Brunch, along with, Huang, the Pan-Asian speciality restaurant. Whether you’re seeking a rejuvenating daycation or a lavish brunch experience, the resort promises an oasis of serenity and opulence that will leave you with cherished memories.
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Whether you’ve been to Jaipur once or many times, the luxurious Rambagh Palace never fails to impress. If you are looking for a getaway this Independence Day long weekend that promises good weather and ambience, it’s time to book a stay. Indulge in rich Rajasthani food and make your way to the local market for block-printed goods amongst other things. Book the suites to truly appreciate the beauty of the palace that has been lavishly embellished with hand-carved marble ‘jalis’ or latticework, sandstone balustrades, cupolas and ‘chattris’ or cenotaphs, and ornate Mughal Gardens. The greatest fine-dining restaurants in Jaipur may be found within this most spectacular of palaces reflecting the best of Rajasthan’s regal heritage.
JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove and Spa
The Queen of the Hills, Mussoorie is a top getaway destination given its proximity to Delhi. Favourable weather conditions and pristine views of the hills make the destination a top contender. has got the moniker for several reasons. One of the best luxury hotels is undoubtedly JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove and Spa. If you want to enjoy the forest while simultaneously nestled in comfort, this is the place for you. Indulge in wood oven pizzas with an outdoor patio and let your little ones keep busy with a plethora of activities offered by the resort. For those who want to relax, the resort also houses the Cedar Spa by L’Occitane, which features five lavish treatment rooms and an array of invigorating treatments inspired by the indigenous cedar trees of the region.
Brij Gaj Kesari, Bikaner
Rajasthan is a land of opulence and splendour for good reason. If you wish to sit back relax and take in the architectural marvels of the state, Bri Gaj Kesari, Bikaner should be on your Independence Day long weekend list. While the hotel offers a range of dining experiences and preserves natural beauty, it also allows guests to get an experience on the dunes on camelbacks. The sunset high tea on the dunes is a must-do.
Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Taj Falaknuma Palace is a treasure in the clouds and a perfect getaway spot for those who wish to explore a new city. This beautiful palace hotel in Hyderabad overlooks the glittering City of Pearls and oozes romance and grandeur reminiscent of Nizam’s reign. The 32-acre five-star luxury hotel transports you to the gilded eras when wealth and excess are embraced and savoured in equal measure. Explore the fashion of Hyderabad or try the biryani to truly enjoy the Independence Day long weekend here.
The Source by Sula Vineyards, Nashik
Looking for an experiential to enjoy on the Independence Day long weekend? Then head to the SOurce by Sula Vineyards to get transported to Tuscany. The Source by Sula located in Nashik by the Gangapur Lake resembles a Tuscan-style cottage, and each room is named after a wine-growing region from across the world. However, the highlight is the Tree House suite and of course, a wine-tasting session paired with culinary delights.
Who needs an excuse to head to Goa? Noone right? If you wish to soak in the rains, Goa in August is the best idea. The perfect monsoon getaway, nestled in the heart of Goa, TheWestin, Goa promises a rejuvenating retreat with its luxurious amenities, delectable dining options, and a host of special surprises for guests seeking an unforgettable escape. The Westin Goa has a special curation just for the Independence Day long weekend from a lavish brunch at The Market to exclusive long weekend rates. Another highlight? Hot pot dinners at Thyme & Ash, a unique culinary adventure that combines the flavours of the Orient with the magic of the Goan rains. Hot pot, a traditional dining style originating from China, takes centre stage in this exquisite dining experience. So make the most of your time in Goa.
Soul and Surf, Kerala
Looking for something offbeat? Then there’s a new chain we recommend exploring. A unique haven that offers life-changing experiences to like-minded individuals seeking balance, self-discovery, and connection, Soul and Surf combines surf, yoga, mindfulness, massage, music, sustainability, art, and design to create temporary communities.
Nestled in Varkala, Kerala Soul & Surf is more than just a boutique stay. It’s a vibrant community, embracing both yogis and surfers of all levels, all year round. Hoping to create a space that allows those seeking a unique experience: One that offers a soulful surf culture, in a sustainable, Earth-friendly format and serves local, hearty meals that are playful twists on regional fare. The rooms at the retreats are simple, but offer magnificent views, ensuring serene rest to be followed by either a meditative surfing session or a yoga session by the beach, in the morning.
Aramness Gir Safari Lodge
Paying tribute to its name, which means peaceful village, the Aramness Gir is a luxury safari lodge located in the heart of lush teak forests. The owner’s passion for wilderness and outskirts gave rise to the 18 private kothi-style villas. The décor of the hotel incorporates local design elements, and every product has been sourced from in and around the state of Gujarat. Its proximity to the Sasan Gir National Park makes it the perfect option for wildlife lovers.
Palais de Mahe, Pondicherry
Looking for a pristine escape with Dutch and French influences, white sand beaches and delicious food? Make your way to Pondicherry for an experience like no other. Palais de Mahe is a stunning colonial-style hotel located in the charming streets of the French Quarter. Its high ceilings and arched doorways create a French Mansion vibe, while also seamlessly blending history and modernity. Les Alizes is the hotel’s restaurant, offering an innovative fusion of flavours, and Earth Café serves locally roasted South Indian coffee and refreshing beverages. Guests can unwind with Ayurvedic therapies, take a dip in the pool, or explore the diverse culture of Pondicherry. Palais de Mahe beautifully combines the colonial allure of France with the vibrant essence of India’s Coromandel coast
Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle
Enjoy the rains and pristine beauty in the quaint town of Galle, Sri Lanka. With the hassle-free e-visa hassle, soak in the panoramic Indian Ocean views, adjacent to Galle’s Dutch Fort designed by architectural marvel Geoffrey Bawa. Make a trip to Galle Fort to get a glimpse of the culture, take a plunge in one of the two pools, and enjoy wood oven pizzas or authentic Sri Lankan food. Unwind at the spa and overlook the ocean as you wake up in the morning. AN epitome of luxury, there is no more divine than a quick break here.
Jehan Numa Retreat
Sprung from nature as it were, Jehan Numa Retreat is a luxury spa getaway located on the outskirts of Bhopal, adjoining the Van Vihar National Park. An intimate collection of 28 earthy cottage units nourished by the lush environment and a premium spa, the retreat offers a harmonious reconnection of the body, mind, and soul with the luxurious gifts of nature. A fantasy refuge to leisure and business travellers alike, the retreat also serves as a gateway to the nature trails & National Parks in Madhya Pradesh.