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When the hectic city life wears you out, the best part of the week a.k.a the weekend comes to your rescue! Now if you’re wondering which direction you should head on to escape the crowd and immerse yourself in nature, we’ve got you covered!

We have created a series of blogs called ‘Weekend Escapes’ where we tell you about 5 of our most loved destinations near you that would be perfect for a weekend getaway!

So read on to find out more about places that are not too far away from Ahmedabad for that much needed weekend escape!

1.     Mount Abu

About 233 km from Ahmedabad is Mount Abu which is quite popular as it is Rajasthan’s only hill station. Mount Abu is an ideal weekend destination that you could head over to inorder to escape the heat and chaos of the city! Mount Abu is nestled in the Aravalli Ranges and hence get ready to experience stunning mountain top views! While here, you could take a sunsent boat ride in the Nakki Lake or visit the 1000 year old, intricately built Dilwara Jain Temples. Sunset point or Guru Shikhar is where you should be in Mount Abu to see the most spectacular sunsets!

2.     Udaipur

A city of serene lakes, royal palaces, gardens and lanes lined with blue and white houses is Udaipur City! About 249 km from Ahmedabad, Udaipur can be the weekend escape where you travel back in time to get a grand tour of the royal life of the Marwar royalties. Head on for a sunset boat ride in the beautiful Lake Pichola or enjoy chai and pakoras along the banks of Fatehsagar Lake. Do not miss visiting Chittorgarh Fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the royal Kumbalgarh Fort perched atop the Aravali mountains. Also, drop in a visit to the majestic and grand City Palace built alongside Lake Pichola and the stunning Sajjangarh Palace!

3.     Gir National Park

Experience the thrill of seeing Asiatic lions roaming around before your eyes by visiting Gir National Park, which is around 350 km from Ahmedabad. You HAVE TO book yourself an open jeep safari and spot lions that curiously walk past your jeeps! There are a number of luxurious hotels near the National Park perfect to relax and unwind. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast looking for a relaxing weekend getaway, Gir is where you should be!

4.     Kutch

Where white sand meets the blue sky is where you will find Rann of Kutch. About 390 km from Ahmedabad, lies acres of Kutch salt desert which is one of the world’s largest salt deserts! The best time to visit Rann of Kutch would definitely be on a weekend in the months of October to March when the infamous Rann Utsav is in progression! Imagine folk dancers, colorful tents, vibrant kites and camels dotting the vast white desert. Definitely visit Kala Dungar which is a high point from where you can experience one of the most striking sunsets as the orange hued sky meets the vast white desert spread underneath. You could also visit the relatively unexplored Mandvi beach or take an ATV ride in the desert!

5.     Daman Diu

Around 354 km from Ahmedabad lies this previously Portugese territory of Daman and its adjoining island of Diu. Daman has become synonymous with blue sea, rustic beaches, picturesque villages and relics from its Portuguese past. Daman has a number of budget and luxury hotels built along the coastline offering stunning views of the endless ocean ahead. You should visit the Diu Fort that is surrounded by sea on 3 sides and the St. Jerome Fort. Spend a relaxing evening lounging at Jampore, Ghogla or Nagoa Beach! Daman and Diu is perfect for a mini beach-cation!

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There are 2 things that every person leading a busy city life needs- weekend getaways and good photos! You’re all caught up with the destination ideas; now simply hire a vacation photographer from Travographer to make sure you get those good pictures as well!