If you’re not up for a strenuous adventure right now, but you’re craving an escape from the concrete jungle, here are your best options. Head out on a weekend getaway and make the most of the chilly weather.

Camp by the river in Jayalgarh, near Rishikesh
2 nights, 3 days for INR 3700 per person.
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Live along the banks of the Alaknanda, with the sound of the river in the background. You’ll have plenty to do, from chilling on the banks of the river to exploring the forests that fringe it. The days are filled with adventure activities and outdoor scenery, and in the evenings, when the night grows cold, a crackling bonfire sets the mood for a singsong session or a barbeque.

This package does not include the cost of your adventure activities. Instead, you can decide what you want to do and pay on location. Every day, you can choose from a range of activities like rafting, rappelling, kayaking, local walks, village explorations, or just decide to spend time in the lap of nature.
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Wilderness Adventure in Dandeli, Karnataka
2 nights, 3 days for INR 6600 per person
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This wild multi-adventure trip takes you into wild boar territory, where you’ll live in a cosy forest lodge, and head out every day to try your hand at different adventure activities. Your package includes rappelling, zip-lining, kayaking, a coracle cruise in the river, and nature walks, as well as one thrilling jungle safari. You can expect to see wild boar, crocodiles, jackals, giant squirrels, flying squirrels, and if you’re very lucky, tigers, leopards, black panthers, elephants, sloth bears, or civet cats. In the evenings, you’ll retire to your lodge, where you can relax by the bonfire or riverside, and discuss all the events of the day.
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Lakeview lodge stay at Tehri Lake, Uttarakhand
2 nights, 3 days for INR 6000 per person
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Make this delightful lodge your base for three days while you explore the many adventure options around. The lodge nestles in the midst of a fragrant pine forest, with views of the emerald waters of Tehri Lake and the snowy slopes of Nanda Devi, India’s second highest peak. Every day, you can choose from a range of activities like rock-climbing, rappelling, jhumarring, or you can go for treks, cycle rides, or a rafting trip.

A short walk from the lodge offers you views of the lakes, the mountains, and the pine forests. You’ll be able to choose from trying your hand at a range of adventures both on and off the lodge grounds, or if you’re looking for a more relaxed holiday, plop down into one of the many cosy nooks around the lodge and play a board game, practise some yoga, read a book or take a nap. There are walking trails through the forests, short drives taking you to scenic spots like Kanatal or Dhanaulti, or visit some of the local sites.
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Snow lodge stay in Auli, Uttarakhand
2 nights, 3 days for INR 7300 per person
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This 2 night, 3 day adventure is a perfect escape to a wintery wonderland. You’ll stay at this charming little lodge, located on the snow-covered slopes of Auli, with mesmerising views all around, and lots of snow activities to choose from. Auli is a large meadow, or bugyal, which means that it is blanketed with thick snow during the snow months. From here, you can see peaks like Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat, and more. Spend your days on the slopes of Auli: you can make a snowman, throw snowballs at each other, race down the slopes on tyre tubes, or make snow angels or snow castles! After all that fun, your cosy lodge beckons to you, to come and warm your frozen toes and fingers by the fire.
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Apple orchard lodge in Prini, Manali
2 nights, 3 days for INR 7000 per person
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Set in the middle of the apple orchards of Prini, this lodge is 3 kms away from Manali, and lets you experience the fun of a popular mountain getaway without the crowds. With natural hot springs, charming temples for local deities, apple orchards, winding walking trails through pine forests, this location has plenty to offer. From the lodge, you can walk out into thick snow, where you can build snowmen, have a snowball fight, or build castles in the snow. You’ll be provided with snow tubes to try snow-tubing down the snowy slopes. You’ll also be driven to Hampta Valley or Solang Valley to explore the iconic snow vistas there.

Apart from all this, you can visit Manali or Naggar for sightseeing, to visit the famous hot springs, or to do some shopping and try out the Israeli and Tibetan cuisine in central Manali. If you’re in the mood for extreme adventure, there are activities like rafting, paragliding, river crossing, rappelling and rock climbing, all payable on the spot.
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