Indian Republic Day is around the corner and a number of tourists are all set to fly down to the country and become a part of the celebration. While an excellent parade and salute event held at Rajpath – a ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi is a major draw of the national day for travellers; these are some of the ideal weekend holiday destinations they can choose to explore:
Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Home to one of the modern wonders of the world – the Taj Mahal, Agra, on the banks of the river Yamuna, sees millions of tourists every year. You can plan a short trip to the city and explore some other historical delights along with the Taj Mahal such as the Agra Fort, an integral part of the Mughal history of India, Buland Darwaza, one of the largest gateways in the world and Itimad-ud-Daulah, a draft of the Taj Mahal on the eastern bank of the Yamuna River.
Popular as a pocket-sized paradise in India, Goa is an entertainment hub with something for all age groups. While the beaches, pubs and restaurants in the state fill your vacation with thrill and excitement, the ancient churches, streets and museums astonish you with rich Goan culture and history. Anjuna Beach, Dudhsagar Falls and Calangute Beach are the prominent nature bounties to discover in the state. Besides, Fort Aguada, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Chapora Fort and Cabo de Rama are some major historical and cultural attractions you can visit here.
With awe-inspiring history, amazing cultural traits, natural landscapes, beaches and lakes, the largest district of India, Kutch, makes for an ideal holiday destination in Gujarat. You can choose to visit Kutch and attend Rann Utsav Festival, a carnival of music, dance and natural beauty of White Rann that takes place from November to February. Besides, Aina Mahal and Prag Mahal are some major historical havens to visit here.
Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
If you have a keen interest in history, Khajuraho is undoubtedly the place to be. This heritage site in India is home to a group of monuments and Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples. While the nagara styled architecture of the monuments is a treat for sore eyes, the annual dance festival amazes visitors with many Indian classical and international dance forms. Badal Mahal Gate, Koshak Mahal, Archaeological Museum, Kati Ghati and Chanderi Fort are some prominent tourist attractions here.
The cultural glory, architectural wonder and scenic man-made ambiences make Jodhpur a must-visit tourist destination in Rajasthan reflecting the grandeur of India. It is known as the Blue City due to the blue painted houses surrounding the Mehrangarh Fort, one major attraction in the city. You would love to discover here the medieval streets, narrow lanes and massive forts during your visit. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada and Ghanta Ghar are some of the prominent attractions among them.