Long Weekend Republic Day Getaways That Are Perfect For The Season

India is set to celebrate its 74th Republic Day in 2023. And as January 26 falls on a Thursday this time, you can make it a long weekend (just take an off on Friday) and use it to unwind and ease your way into the year – by travelling!

India became a republic on January 26, 1950. This is the day the country’s constitution came into place, and the country became a sovereign republic. January 26 is one of the national holidays, which celebrates India’s law-book and its ruling.

In the year 2023, Republic Day falls on a Thursday. Flags will be hoisted, and people across the country will dress up in the Indian tricolour to take part in celebrations. 2023’s Republic Day is also coming as a boon for travel enthusiasts – take one day off, and you practically have a four-day long weekend – give or take a few hours, if you plan it out well. And even if you don’t take an off, you can easily work from anywhere on Friday (that is, if you are still working from home) and spend the rest of the days in ultimate bliss.

In case you’re like us, you’ll definitely want to jump at this chance of going on a weekend getaway. Since it’s January, the hill stations will be chilly (and you may even be able to see some snow), and if you head towards the plains, the warm days and cool nights will be blissful enough for you to want to extend your vacation.

So, in case you want to plan your first trip in 2023, check out these weekend getaways from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru to make the most of your leaves. These trips will rejuvenate you, and bring you closer to yourself and to your surroundings in ways more than one.

Weekend getaways you can take to make the most of Republic Day

Dehradun is a beautiful hill station located about six hours from Delhi. The place is a hub for education, with various boarding schools and colleges, and is a popular tourist spot. Accessible via road, rail and air, Dehradun is complete with lush gardens, cool air, caves and temples which paint a stunning picture. Nature trails and birdwatching spots make it a place to visit for wildlife and nature enthusiasts looking for some calm. All this and more makes Dehradun a great place to visit for a long weekend.

Distance: 280 kilometres

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Located about 45 minutes from Chandigarh is the quaint hill station of Morni. Thanks to its location, the place isn’t as cold as most Himalayan hill stations, and at the same time, it provides one with the comfort and calmness that hills provide. The place in itself is great for a day or two, in case you want to couple it with touristy activities such as visiting Tikkar Lake and the nearby fort. However, it makes for a great long weekend if you use the trip to explore Chandigarh, too, or if you simply want to unwind amidst nature over your long weekend.

Distance: 283 killometres

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Jaipur is a delight to explore, and January makes it all the more better. The warm sunshine on your back as you explore India’s historical past at Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort will provide you a sense of comfort and awe, and the delectable Rajasthani cuisine you find at restaurants (especially Choki Dhani) will delight your tastebuds. This is not all – places such as Birla Mandir and Galta Ji, City Palace and more will ensure that you make best use of your days there! This is not all – shop for local wares, silver jewellery and colourful clothes at the various markets in Jaipur – but be sure to check the timings, as most of them remain closed on Sundays.

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Distance: 280 kilometres

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Amritsar is a great place to learn about India’s freedom struggle, thanks to the Jallianwala Bagh and its close proximity to the Wagah-Attari border (the India-Pakistan border). Reach here via road, train or air, explore local places such as Golden Temple, markets and the Bagh. Over the other days, visit nearby sites such as the border, partition museum and various forts to make the most of your weekend. Oh and, be sure to indulge in some amazing kulchas and Punjabi cuisine here!

Distance: 400 kilometres

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If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, this one’s definitely for you. Block your calendars and head straight to Corbett to spend four days in the midst of nature. Book your safaris, pack your binoculars and go tiger-spotting in the dense forest. You’ll be sure to witness several other magnificent creatures such as deer, nilgai, birds and more. Spend the rest of your time in the resorts there, soaking in the sun and the clean air while you catch up on some reading or spend time with your loved ones.

Distance: 246 kilometres

If you want a break from the bustle of Mumbai, make the most of your long weekend with a getaway to Panchgani. Nestled in the Sahyadris, Panchgani is dotted with quaint cafes that will make for the most amazing coffees (and books) with a view, viewing spots and nature trails to help you occupy your time here better.

Distance: 244 kilometres

Lonavala is one of the most popular places for Mumbaikars wanting to go away on a weekend expedition. The beautiful hill station is made better by its waterfalls and misty skies. This is not all – for those looking to explore, Lonavala has ample treks and small forts around to visit. In addition – the drive to and from Lonavala is one of the most scenic in the region and will rejuvenate you.

Distance: 83 kilometres

Hours away from Mumbai is Pune, the city popular for its student crowd. Spending four days here is a super comfortable experience, with all comforts that you could imagine. Visit places such as Shaniwar Wada, eat endless plates of Misal Pav and Vada Pav, or simply walk around the city, soaking in its relaxed, quiet charm.

Distance: 152 kilometres

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Located only a few hours from Mumbai, Nashik is a great place to visit in case you want to spend time amidst lush greenery. Home to places such as the Sula Vineyards and several temples, Nashik makes for a great place to visit this January. Spend time visiting Shirdi, located a couple of hours from here, get a tour of the vineyards, indulge in fresh produce and have the time of your life as you relax into 2023.

Distance: 166 kilometres

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One of the most attractive things about Igatpuri is the Vipassana International Academy. Apart from that, Igatpuri is blessed with bountiful nature, and adventure activities such as trekking, which will keep you occupied for the long weekend.

Distance: 120 kilometres

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Another one for wildlife enthusiasts! In case you’re in West Bengal (especially Kolkata), spend your Republic Day weekend with some time away at the Sundarban National Park. The park is known for its Royal Bengal Tigers and thousands of mangrove trees, crocodiles and more. The place will definitely keep you engaged for days, as you go for safaris and experience new creatures each time.

Distance: 109 kilometres

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Shantiniketan (or Santiniketan) is a historical destination located close to Kolkata. The destination holds importance as the place where Rabindranath Tagore penned a lot of his historical works. The place is filled with culture, and is known for various festivals that take place here throughout the year. Thus, it’ll make for a great, quiet weekend getaway from Kolkata this January.

Distance: 162 kilometres

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Darjeeling is among the most pleasant places to visit in Kolkata, thanks to its fragrant tea gardens and overall ambience. The destination warrants a long weekend getaway from Kolkata given its distance, but we promise that the trip will be worth it. Spend your time exploring the plantations here, go on a ride on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Darjeeling Toy Train, and enjoy trekking and soaking in nature.

Distance: 656 kilometres

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Located close to Darjeeling, Kurseong is best known for its lush greenery and tea gardens. Explore its temples, viewpoints, deer park and more, or spend some time in the nearby town of Darjeeling. The stay here will be a calming and peaceful one for sure!

Distance: 629 kilometres

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Kalimpong is a quiet, sleepy town nestled amidst the Eastern hills. The place, a Budhist town, is known for its panoramic views, handicrafts, monasteries and more. Located about 50 kilometres from Darjeeling, the place also offers visits to the town’s tea gardens and more.

Distance: 667 kilometres

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Coorg is known for its coffee and spice plantations, which make for a wonderful spot to visit. This, combined with the fragrant air and panoramic views, will make for a great long weekend getaway from Bengaluru this January 26.

Distance: 250 kilometres

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Soak in nature amidst the calm Nandi Hills, located a mere 61 kilometres from Bengaluru. The destination is known for its quaint calmness, lush greenery and a calming aura. The destination is great for treks, which will help you spend your weekend better. Visit Amrita Sarovar and Tipu’s Drop, or go paragliding, or simply soak in nature as you sip on coffee.

Distance: 61 kilometres

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Characterised by its lush greenery, water bodies and waterfalls, Chikmagalur is a quaint hill station in Karnataka Visit Hebbe Waterfalls, Bharda Wildlife Sanctuary and its many temples. Spend time taking walks by yourself and sure to soak in your surroundings.

Distance: 240 kilometres

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The road to Ooty is a scenic one, passing through destinations such as Bandipur. The hill station itself is known for its pleasant weather and towering mountains, which make for a great place to spend time with your loved ones – even your pets. Walk around the waterfalls, go on hikes and treks, go on the toy train or visit its temples.

Distance: 277 kilometres

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Wayanad in Kerala is best known for its spice plantations. The hill station makes for a great place to visit on the long weekend, and will relax you like no other destination. Witness its magnificent waterfalls, soak in the sun and visit spice and other plantations for an enriching experience, which will make you fall in love with the destination even more.

Distance: 270 kilometres

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Related: 20 Best Places To Visit In January In India To Make The Most Of Winters

Long Weekend Republic Day Getaways That Are Perfect For The Season
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