Long Weekend Alert: Make A Splash This Holi At These Places

The festival of colours is almost here and it calls for a long weekend plan. If you’re wondering where to go, we have some suggestions.

Given the ongoing pandemic, your Holi celebrations may not be the same this year. Playing with colours in crowded streets may not be the best way to celebrate. But since the festival is on a Monday (March 29) it allows a long weekend getaway.

So, instead of dousing yourself with garish hues, why not stick to shades of blue and green? Confused? Well, instead of splashing colours on each other, we suggest you splash in these offbeat water bodies!

Bhandardara Dam, Maharashtra

Head to Bhandardara, a camping and trekking hideout that’s a 165 km drive from Mumbai and 162 km from Pune. On the way you could beat the heat by taking a dip at Arthur Hill lake, Umbrella falls, or Wilson Dam. You can also visit Harishchandragad, a historical fort that is 50 km from Bhandardara. If camping is not your thing, there are many accommodation options available, from resorts to homestays.

Drive to this sparsely populated town for a quiet Holi in your Ford Figo. This hatchback’s inbuilt navigation will make sure you always stay on course, while its automatic climate control will ensure a comfortable journey.

Paliem Lake, Goa

While you don’t really need a reason to go to Goa, the summer makes it perfect for yet another visit. But this time, besides exploring the beaches and shacks, dive into the sweet water lake at Paliem village, a relaxing haven for those who want to enjoy the silence of nature. From Arambol beach, the lake is just 20 minutes away on foot, and the walk is exciting as it involves a narrow trail through dense greenery.

While exploring the forests, fields, and beaches of Goa, keep the panoramic sunroof of your Ford Endeavour open so that you can take in the clear blue skies, refreshing breeze, and scenic views.

Manchanabele Dam, Karnataka

Tired of staring at your laptop or phone screen? Rejuvenate your eyes with the soothing greenery at Manchanabele Dam, just 40 km from Bangalore. Built on the Arkavathi river, this reservoir is a great picnic spot and campsite. And the surrounding areas are full of interesting flora and fauna, making it ideal for a serene escape. There are also a handful of hotels and resorts around Manchanabele.

To stay entertained during the drive, access a variety of music and entertainment options on the infotainment system of your Ford Aspire.

Nachikuppam, Tamil Nadu

Mango orchards, rolling hills, woods, and a lake – sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? That’s what Nachikuppam has in store for you. This outdoor retreat is 96 km from Bangalore and 287 km from Chennai. You can start a campfire by the lake, fire up a BBQ, or gaze at the starry sky, all in the company of your loved ones. During the day, you can trek up the nearby hills, visit the local temple, or just laze around. You could even take your cycle along to explore the countryside.

Your Ford EcoSport lets you carry everything you need, from tents to barbecue grills to bicycles. Its 346 litres of boot space – which can be expanded to 705 litres – is perfect for accommodating all your luggage.

Silisreh Lake, Alwar

When you think of lakes around Delhi, there are many usual picnic spots that visitors throng over the weekend. But Silisreh Lake near Alwar is unlike those touristy places. Nestled amid Aravalli mountain range, the calm and serene lake will be etched in your memory forever.

A three-hour drive from Delhi, this lake is conveniently located to suit any impromptu travel plans with your family. Get in your Ford Freestyle and plan a peaceful weekend to this beautiful and serene lake. Don’t forget to visit Sariska Tiger Reserve which is not very far from this place.

Seize Your Weekend!

We often complain about how the weekend gets over too soon, and why two days is just not enough. So, now that you are getting three whole days (March 27–29), why sit at home? Go somewhere new in your Ford and #DiscoverMore!