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Don't have anything planned for the Dussehra long weekend? Here are deals to save the day

The only guide you need to plan your Dussehra long weekend.

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Updated: Oct 05, 2016, 06.04 PM IST
Spread over 32 acres, the Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur is the ideal luxury getaway from the National Capital.
Spread over 32 acres, the Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur is the ideal luxury getaway from the National Capital.
The festive season has begun and so have the celebrations and parties, but in the midst of it all comes a long weekend.

So why not make the most of this extended break and do something different this year?

With the increasing number of packages during this time, Rakshit Desai, Managing Director India, FCM Travel Solutions says the festive season is a great chance for travellers to plan a vacation, with many looking at family getaways.

"Some of the popular outbound destinations amongst Indians are Australia, Bali, Mauritius, Maldives, South Africa, Hong Kong and Macau, Singapore and Malaysia. At home, destinations like Andaman Islands and Goa have received a lot of interest," Desai says.

Flight Shop has taken advantage of this extended weekend and introduced a 'Diwali Bumper Sale' that offers deals on destinations like Mauritius, Dubai, Bali, Kerala, and the Andaman Islands.

In case you want to go elsewhere, here are some amazing deals to pick:

A party for every season: Goa

The weather is just getting better, the shacks are re-opening after the monsoon and you can experience the coastal town in all its glory without the mad rush of the crowd. There has never been a better time to sip on those Pina Coladas or sangrias (if you like) and watch the sunset over the horizon. Rent a yacht and spend the day at sea, indulge in some scrumptious Goan-Portugese food at Palácio do Deão - a restored 18th-century Indo-Portuguese mansion, shop to your heart's content at the Anjuna Flea market or just laze around at Arambol, there is something for everyone.

Don't have anything planned for the Dussehra long weekend? Here are deals to save the day
The pool side makes at The Leela for a perfect evening. (Image: Leela hotels)

If you're convinced to head to the colourful town for this long weekend, check into the Leela, and avail their Suite Indulgencies offer.

Priced at INR 50,100 (+ taxes) per night, the package includes airport transfers, daily breakfast, access to high speed Internet, a choice between half-day sightseeing or a private dinner for two, afternoon high tea, an hour-long spa treatment for couples, butler service, a dinner and 15 per cent off on spa treatments.

Re-visiting history: Agra and Jaipur

The cities of Agra and Jaipur, both located a few hours drive from the National Capital are the perfect getaway options for this long weekend. Steeped in history, one houses the Taj Mahal, while the other is home to the splendid Amer Fort. Gorge on sumptuous kebabs after your visit to the Taj or take a hot air balloon ride over the pink city, the trip will definitely be worth it.

Check in to the luxurious Oberoi Amarvilas or Oberoi Rajvilas in either of the cities and book their Unforgettable Holidays package.

Don't have anything planned for the Dussehra long weekend? Here are deals to save the day
Every room at The Oberoi Amarvilas offers a view of the Taj Mahal. (Image: Oberoi hotels & resorts)

Priced at INR 45,000 (+ taxes) per night, the package includes daily breakfast, champagne cocktail hour every evening from 7pm to 8pm, 25 per cent savings on spa therapies, Internet access, and additional room for two children, up to 12 years of age, at 50% of the offer price.

Detox at the foothills of the Himalayas

A detox holiday is a great way to prepare yourself for the holiday season ahead. With all the pending parties, food and drinks, some which are sure to leave a mark around the waistline, a detox trip is the perfect way get some rest for your body .

Head to Ananda in the Himalayas or Vana Retreats, both located at the foothills of the Himalayas, for the ultimate mind and body cleanse. While Vana crafts a bespoke retreat for each guest, at Ananda you can avail the Essentially Ananda package.

Chill by the pool at Ananda in the Himalayas. (Image: ​www.anandaspa.com)

Priced at INR 33,000 (+ taxes) per night, the Essentially Ananda package includes daily breakfast and dinner, and a choice of one 55 minute spa experience per person per night of stay, signature tea and a fresh fruit bowl, yoga, pranayama, meditation, vedanta talks, cooking demonstrations, weekly treks, and daily use of the hydrotherapy facilities.

Staycation: Mumbai

Not being able to get out the city? Fret not; the Millenium city itself has so much to offer. Explore your city like a tourist, and we promise you are sure to come across hidden gems you never knew existed. Hop into a kaali-peeli to explore the museums and beautiful boutiques at Kala Ghoda relish a meal at the Bombay Canteen, and party the night away at Aer.

Discover the dazzling and at times overwhelming city again, and who knows, you might just end up having the most perfect weekend of your life.

To be a traveller in your own city, check out of your home and into the stunning Taj hotel in Santacruz. They even have a Dusshera Special package to add a touch of luxury to your your weekend.

Don't have anything planned for the Dussehra long weekend? Here are deals to save the day
Indulge in luxury at the Taj hotel in Santacruz. (Image: Taj hotels)

Priced at 7500 (+ taxes) per night, the package includes daily breakfast, savings on food and soft beverages and 20 per cent savings at the Jiva Spa.
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