February 01, 2022
CM Content Team
As the naive buds bloom into towering flowers, 2023 has opened doors to reconnect with the outdoors in more authentic ways. Journeys have found their way back and have fanned the travel instincts of curious travelers, over again. This is why we have brought together the best of travel destinations for you to make the most out of short holidays this year.
Dodge the travel guide as our list of short-haul holiday destinations is meant to satiate your appetite for travel. Be ready to pack your bags and hit the roads, scroll through some of the top tourist hotspots perfect for short-haul holidays rounded- up, just for you.
Ideal for short holidays, Mussoorie the “Queen of Hills”, is a colonial hill station, set 280 km from Delhi. Home to the world-renowned writer, Ruskin Bond, this whimsical settlement is often covered with mist. What does one get to see here? Are the awe-striking distant views of the snow-capped Himalayas, lush greenery, and serpent-like roads leading to bungalows, churches, and libraries that date back to a different time. Here cable car ropeway rides, sightseeing, trekking, shopping, and café-hopping are sure to keep you busy.
Where to Stay in Mussoorie – Club Mahindra Mussoorie and Club Mahindra Kanatal
Call it a backpacker’s crash-pad or a hippie- hangout or a perfect haven for families, Manali is a year-round magnet set 538 km from Delhi. A wonderful pick to enjoy short holidays, this captivating township encircled by the majestic mountains is a tipping point for some of the most fascinating treks. Antiquated houses, dusty little museums, archaic temples, and jaw-dropping mountain views are a must-see. A visit to an apple orchard set in a rustic old village in Manali is surely going to be a treat. Trekking, skiing, and river-rafting are a few of the activities travelers can take pleasure in.
Where to Stay in Manali – Club Mahindra Snow Peaks and Club Mahindra White Meadows
An ultimate getaway from Mumbai, the City of Dreams, Alibaug is set 95 km from the bustling metropolis. A much-needed respite, Alibaug is all about sun-kissed sandy strips, historic ruins, and tantalizing seafood. During your short holidays here don’t miss out on mesmeric sunset views, balmy beach walks, and a languid boat ride to romantic Portuguese-era churches. An idyllic spot to enjoy some “me-time”, at Alibaug, relaxation is guaranteed. Topless jeep rides, ferry rides, and horse rides are sure to add on the desired fun.
Where to Stay in Alibaug – Tropicana Resorts and Spa
Holiest and one among the oldest cities, Nashik is set 167 km from Mumbai. Just the right escape from the city’s hum-drum, timeless temples, and primeval bathing ghats make Nashik an idyllic spot to shun your weariness and rejuvenate. Dreamy views at dusk and sprawling vineyards, on the other hand, offer connoisseurs the golden chance to sample the finest wine. Cliff jumping, rafting, village tour, and bird-watching are activities that are going to interest you in this engaging city.
Where to Stay in Nashik – Club Mahindra Hatgad
Set 267 km from Bengaluru, Coorg is going to be the right pick, to experience a string of utterly fascinating short holidays. Famed as the Scotland of India, emerald landscape, dramatic terrain, and tempting local cuisines are absolute allures. Much acclaimed for trekking and white-water rafting, Coorg is going to be the best bet for thrill-seekers, nature lovers, and explorers.
Where to Stay in Coorg – Club Mahindra Madikeri and Club Mahindra Virajpet
The magnificent architectural ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire are going to set your eyes reeling at Hampi. Approx. 341 km away from Bengaluru, this treasured gem is going to feast your eyes with bizarre yet intriguing scenery you must have never witnessed before. Lose yourself to the rare beauty of paddy fields, banana plantations, and palm groves jade-green in colour. If you are on the lookout for an offbeat travel destination to spend short holidays, then this is it.
Where to Stay in Hampi – Vijayshree Resort & Heritage Village
Meant to make you gaze open-mouthed, Darjeeling is a fairytale that is sure to get etched in your mind. Rhododendrons in full bloom, colonial bungalows peeping out from the verdant tea estates, soaring oaks, all of them set against the gigantic backdrop of the striking Khangchendzonga, is sure to make your heart skip a beat. Trek the trails less ambled, try out mountain biking or wander past age-old churches and mansions. Hopping in a centuries-old steam-billowing toy train is one thing you shouldn’t miss.
Where to Stay in Darjeeling – Summit Hermon
A great travel spot to unplug oneself from the city’s commotion, Kalimpong is set quite close to Kolkata. Laid-back vibes and spectacular Himalayan views will simply make you fall in love with this place. Dotted with historic monuments and monasteries adorned with fluttering prayer flags, the winding roads of Kalimpong will beckon you to wander and explore. Embark upon some engaging hikes or visit the ever-teeming bazaars, short holidays at Kalimpong are going to be amazing.
Where to Stay in Kalimpong – Summit Barsana
Home to the largest tiger reserve, Thekkady is a paradise for nature lovers. Take a plunge into nature’s absolute best and capture the scenic terrain of this picture-postcard place. Indulge in activities like sightseeing, jungle safari, and bird-watching. Soak up in the charming stretches of cardamom, coffee, and tea plantations. Rolling green mountains, gurgling waterfalls, and diminutive settlements are sure to steal your heart.
Where to Thekkady – Club Mahindra Thekkady
Not too far from Chennai, Munnar a quaint destination in the hills will offer you enough leg-room to unwind. Thin crowd, mist clinging to mountain tops, clipped and finely contoured tea –estates are sure to make you rub your eyes in disbelief. Varied vantage points opening up to stunning views of the rocky terrain, hidden lakes and rivers will gift you experiences of a lifetime. Trekking and camping in the woods or a night stay in a treehouse located amidst the rambling tea estate will be enthralling.
Where to Munnar – Club Mahindra Munnar and Club Mahindra Mount Serene
Bundles of experiences await you at Mahindra Holidays along with an unforgettable stay at your choice of plush resorts set at diverse locations. Pull the throttle at places you haven’t discovered before, this year celebrate the wanderer in you.
Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited (MHRIL), India’s leading player in the leisure hospitality industry, offers quality family holidays as also stated by Club Mahindra Membership Reviews and Club Mahindra Reviews, primarily through vacation ownership memberships. While Club Mahindra is the flagship brand offering Club Mahindra Membership, other brands offered by the company are – Club Mahindra Resorts Fundays and Svaastha Spa. As of Mar 31, 2019, MHRIL has 61+ resorts across India and abroad and its subsidiary, Holiday Club Resorts Oy, Finland, a leading vacation ownership company in Europe has 33 resorts across Finland, Sweden and Spain.
Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL), a part of Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Mahindra Group, offers quality family holidays primarily through vacation ownership memberships and brings to the industry values such as reliability, trust and customer satisfaction. Started in 1996, the company's flagship brand ‘Club Mahindra’, today has over 250,000 members , who can holiday at 100+ resorts in India and abroad.