With the busy-to-live lives we lead, long weekends are like an oasis in a desert filled with deadlines, reports and meetings. But more often than not, we are so caught up in the daily rigmarole, we don’t plan for them.
This Independence Day long weekend, it’s time for you to break free from your daily routine. Celebrate freedom the way you know best – in open skies, with the wind in your hair.
We bring you some irresistible weekend getaways to head to this Independence Day. What’s more? You can make a road trip of it!
Go on, be free.
The Glasshouse on the Ganges, Rishikesh
Honouring an extraordinary geographical site where the Ganga turns around and flows back north toward its source, The Glasshouse on the Ganges makes for a very special and peaceful stay. Get ready to wake up to birdsong and the sound of the gushing river; which are such a luxury after the cacophony of our bustling cities. This sought after property is a mere 269Kms from Delhi and is well connected by NH34. Hop on in the Ford Aspire for a comfortable 6-hour drive and enjoy the weekend amid enchanting views.
Narendra Bhawan, Bikaner
Featured as one of the 10 best luxury outposts by Robb Report India, Narendra Bhawan is modelled after the life and times of last reigning Maharaja of Bikaner, Narendra Singhji. An amalgamation of French, English, Portuguese, Rajasthani and urban styles, the property is reminiscent of the once opulent lifestyles Royals led. At 433Kms from Delhi via NH11, this makes for a great road trip. Imagine relishing the joy of Rajasthan monsoons through the panoramic sunroof of your Power Packed Ford Endeavour. Sounds like a dreamy drive, isn’t it?
A finalist in the 2016 Wellness Travel Award, SwaSwara is a mindful yet luxurious resort that believes healing, meditation, and natural living is the best means to rejuvenation. Paying an ode to its surroundings and overlooking the picturesque Om Beach, it is located in the tiny town of Gokarna in Karnataka. Indulge in some Organic cuisines, Naturopathy, Yoga and Art Therapy classes while staying here. A sizable 700 Kms from Mumbai, the drive is fabulous with long stretches of road that seems custom-made for an Urban SUV like the Ford EcoSport. Zipping along will feel like therapy too!
Glenmoor Cottages, Dharamshala
From Martin Scorsese to Pierce Brosnan and Richard Gere, Glenmoor boasts an impressive list of visitors who have fallen in love with this place. Imagine waking up in the lap of mountains, surrounded by trees and a steady rainfall. Expect exactly this at Glenmoor Cottages in Dharamshala. Situated amidst a forest of cedars, oaks, and rhododendrons on the slopes of the Dhauladhar ranges, the cottages look onto Kangra valley that spreads below it.
Dharamshala in the rains is a one-of-a-kind experience and is more than worth the 8-hour drive. Head there in a trustworthy SUV like the Ford Endeavour so that navigating the tricky roads and rains doesn’t pose a problem.
Le Dupleix, Pondicherry
Zip along the ECR (East Coast Road) as you drive down the 150-odd kilometers from Chennai to this Heritage Hotel. A French marvel, the best part about staying at Le Dupleix is that no two rooms are alike. The 18th-century structure took 4 whole years to be restored and that’s clearly visible in their penchant for attention to detail. With mostly narrow streets and by-lanes, your best bet is a compact car like the Ford Figo!
So, there you have it, tempting yet completely feasible weekend plans that are yours for the taking. Round up your gang or take off with a special someone. Just make sure you make the most of this Independence Day weekend!