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Republic Day Holiday Plan: Your Long-Weekend Getaway from Mumbai & Delhi

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Though the new year called for hopeful beginnings, changing times and free travel, it seems like 2022 may just have had something else in store. The new COVID-19 variant – Omicron – put a dip in everyone’s travel plans. The recent spike in the cases, a consequence of the new year festivities, has called for more precaution. There have been revisions in travel guidelines throughout the country, wherein each state has reintroduced curbs, curfews and mandatory testing. 

Well, these travel restrictions certainly make inter-state travel difficult. With each state tailoring their rules and regulations, that are directly impacted by the number of cases, and new developments taking place on a day to day basis, it is rather cumbersome to predict the future and chart out a travel itinerary. But who said you cannot make the most of the approaching long weekend? 26th January, a public holiday, falls on a Wednesday this year, meaning, you can choose to take a leave on Thursday and Friday and make a vacation, or a staycation, or even a workation out of it! You can still get away, and stay in with us! Plan a workation or a staycation, relax and unwind, and enjoy a spread of lavish amenities and curated experiences all handcrafted for you! The need for safety and privacy cannot be overstated, and Vista promises just that!  

Take a look at a few destinations around the cities of Mumbai and Delhi that make for ideal long-weekend staycation destinations.

Shimla

Often referred to as the ‘Queen of Hills,’ Shimla is a sight to savour. Effortlessly capturing the essence of Himachal, the previous ‘Summer Capital’ boasts narrow bylanes, delectable food and mesmerizing landscapes. Shimla is a rather beautiful paradox. A far cry from empty streets and open spaces, this hillstation is brimming with clusters of homes, restaurants and buildings, yet is a quaint and serene getaway. What makes Shimla an ideal getaway from the monotony is the fact that it is a mere 7-hour drive from Delhi.

How to reach Shimla

  • Nearest Railway Station – Kalka Railway Station
  • Nearest Airport – Indira Gandhi International Airport and Chandigarh Aiport
    Moreover, Shimla is a 7-hour scenic drive away from Delhi, so you might want to consider making a road trip out of it!
The scintillating landscapes of Shimla

Villas and Homestays in Shimla

Explore our best offerings of this quaint town. 

Woodhouse Retreat 

What we love about this home –

  • 3 bedrooms, ideal for 9 guests
  • Location amidst nature 
  • Soothing views of Himalayas
  • Al-fresco dining 
  • Classical decor 
  • Gazebo, that makes for an ideal meeting spot for virtual meetings 

Book here – https://www.vistarooms.com/villa/wood-house-retreat 

The verdant exteriors of Woodhouse Retreat

Hilltop Farmstead

What we love about this home –

  • 3 bedrooms, ideal for 9 guests
  • Overlooks blissful mountainscapes 
  • Private garden with seating 
  • Acres of vibrant orchard
  • Regal interiors with notable furnishings
  • Classic collection of the best literary arts

Book here – https://www.vistarooms.com/villa/hilltop-farmstead 

This beautiful villa in Shimla has it all.
The facade of Hilltop Farmstead

Lonavala

At a comfortable elevation of 2000 ft., Lonavala is every Mumbaikar’s respite from the cacophony that this city of dreams almost always has to offer. A perfect balance of solace and adventure, this hillstation offers a host of experiences. Housing forts, lakes and home to a range of adventure activities, Lonavala caters to all, making it a favourite destination. Enjoy the republic day staycation amidst the mountains and refreshing breeze. 

How to reach Lonavala

  • Nearest Railway Station – Lonavala Railway Station
  • Nearest Airport – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
    By road, Lonavala is a quaint 2-hour drive from Mumbai, with winding roads and ghats.
This hill station offers solace and serenity

Luxury Villas in Lonavala

Explore our best offerings in this serene hillstation.

Villa Aangan

What we love about this home –

  • 3 bedrooms, ideal for 8 guests
  • Over a century old heritage property
  • Embellished with handmade furnishings
  • Sprawling lawns with gazebos and a swing
  • Alfresco dining area
  • Home theatre system with a projector and projector screen

Book here – https://www.vistarooms.com/villa/villa-aangan

Villa Aangan is a spacious luxury villa in Lonavala.
The lush green exteriors of Villa Aangan

Sunset Glow

What we love about this home –

  • 7 bedrooms, ideal for 21 guests
  • Picturesque location amidst lush green hills and valleys
  • Spectrum of amenities that promise a comfortable stay
  • In-house theatre
  • Basement with a plethora of indoor games

Book here – https://www.vistarooms.com/villa/sunset-glow

Gather your loved ones for a getaway amidst the hills.
This beautiful home boasts a sprawling lawn.

Chandigarh

Charming, planned and alluring, the city of Chandigarh lies approximately 6 hours away from Delhi, and makes for an ideal getaway destination for the long weekend. Famed for its greenery, architecture and cleanliness, this city is an effortless mix of history and modernity. Boasting gardens, lip-smacking cuisine and bewitching sights, Chandigarh definitely is on our list!

How to reach Chandigarh

  • Nearest Railway Station – Chandigarh Railway Station
  • Nearest Airport – Chandigarh Airport
    By road, Chandigarh is approximately a 6-hour drive from Delhi.
The streets of Chandigarh

Luxury Villas In Chandigarh

Explore our best offerings in this planned city.

Lakeshore Cottage

What we love about this home –

  • Features 1 bedroom, ideal for 2 guests
  • Proximity to the lake
  • Blissful and calm location, by the waters
  • Modern and chic interiors with eclectic furnishings
  • Various outdoor sit-outs

Book here – https://www.vistarooms.com/villa/lakeshore-cottage

This luxury villa in Chandigarh is awaiting your arrival!
Lakeshore Cottage’s proximity to the lake is certainly one of the reasons why it is special

Ruhaniyat Farms

What we love about this home –

  • 4 bedrooms, ideal for 16 guests
  • Beautifully verdant lawns and gardens
  • Private swimming pool and jacuzzi
  • Striking, regal facade

Book here – https://www.vistarooms.com/villa/ruhaniyat-farms

Serene and soothing are some words to describe this property.
Make the most of the sprawling exteriors of Ruhaniyat Farms

Nashik

The country’s Wine capital proudly boasts different temples in the city. Peaceful and calm, Nashik is synonymous with green verdancy, scattered pockets of buildings and several vineyards. An ideal getaway for a the Republic Day weekend, that offers the best of the city yet the seclusion of a faraway town, Nashik aims to cater to all!

How to reach Nashik

  • Nearest Railway Station – Nashik Railway Station
  • Nearest Airport – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport or Ozar Airport
    By road, Nashik is a soothing and smooth 3-hour drive from Mumbai.
Witness the beautiful sunrises and sunsets while in Nashik

Luxury Villas in Nashik

Explore our best offerings of this beautiful hillstation.

Morning Dew Retreat 

  • Features 3 bedrooms, ideal for 12 guests
  • Private swimming pool
  • 3000 sq. ft. sprawling green lawn with a treehouse
  • Instructive Pottery workshops
  • Provisions for cycling

Book here – https://www.vistarooms.com/villa/morning-dew-retreat

Morning Dew Retreat is a luxury villa in Nashik.
Morning Dew Retreat is enveloped in serenity.

Leisurely Abode

What we love about this home –

  • 4 bedrooms, ideal for 12 guests
  • Private swimming pool with an outdoor deck
  • Sprawling lawns and gardens with a gazebo
  • Overlooks beautiful and serene landscapes

Book here – https://www.vistarooms.com/villa/leisurely-abode

Leisurely Abode makes for an ideal home for a getaway in Nashik!
Enjoy a refreshing splash in the pool.

The long weekend is not far away, you might want to book your staycation, workation or vacation ASAP!

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