With Holi and Good Friday falling back-to-back a fortnight from now, we tell you how to make the most of the extended weekend
Banaras callingDashasamedh Ghat at Varanasi. Pics/AFP
What better time to visit the multi-hued city in UP than during the festival of Holi? Sign up with White Collar Hippie for a four-day trip that includes a walk along the Varanasi ghats kissed by Ganges, tucking into streetside eats and the paan, witnessing sadhus and aghori settlements, and understanding their culture.
Trip Dates: March 23 to March 27
Hit the tiger trail
A tiger with a tracking collar in the wild
Tread into the deciduous Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan with a team of experienced drivers and naturalists from
Jungle Lore in search of the big cat. The itinerary features three jungle safaris, a stay at The Tiger Moon Resort and a visit to the 10th century Ranthambore Fort.
Trip Dates: March 23 to 27
Log on to: www.junglelore.net
Cost: Rs 14,800 plus taxes (excluding travel fare)
Say hello to Sikkim
Mount Kangchenjunga seen from Pelling in Sikkim
If you’re looking for a longer escape, Sikkim might be a good idea. Starting from Bagdogra, the eight-day journey includes visits to the Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling, a monastery in Rinchenpong, mountain hikes to Lamarhatta, tea tasting sessions and a visit to famous Nathu La Pass, 14,140 feet above the sea level.
Dates: March 23 to 30
Log on to: www.theblueberrytrails.com
Cost: Rs 34,800 plus taxes (excluding travel fare)