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Diwali is here with a bang, rather and with it come a dozen preparations! It’s that time of the year when sweet shops witness long queues despite rising cholesterol levels and crackers burst raucously despite global warming alerts. While some of you are looking forward to the jazzy festivities, others are juggling their time to finish a long list of things-to-do.

Every year, amidst the hullabaloo, your Diwali week just slips away without giving you a much-wanted break. So, why not beat the noise and go on a holiday? This Diwali, celebrate togetherness with an extended weekend getaways with your family. Now, before you brood over a crackling destination, let’s unveil some great weekend getaways destination for Diwali this year.

Mount Abu, Rajasthan


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A quaint hill-station in the otherwise arid state of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is no less magnificent than its other counterparts. Apart from the famous sunset point, the cool evenings are spellbinding. Located in the southern part of Aravalli Ranges, November is a good time to visit this city.

Matheran, Maharashtra


It’s not Lonavala or Khandala but Matheran which is scoring a hit with travellers, especially Mumbaikars. A short journey from Mumbai, this picture-perfect hill station paints a cool canvas for you. Acknowledged as an eco-friendly zone, Diwali is actually the best time to visit Matheran.

Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh


Buckle up and grab your binoculars for an exciting wildlife safari at the Bandhavgarh National Park. Situated in Madhya Pradesh, almost 200 kilometres from Jabalpur, this sanctuary opens only from October to June when  chances of spotting a tiger are high!

Goa, Goa


Be it January, February or Diwali, Goa can never go wrong. So what if you could not book for Christmas or New Year this time, hit this beach party destination around Diwali for some fun in the sun.

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