Apart from the festivities, Diwali brings long weekends that can be perfect for that short getaway. Are you the kind that seeks respite in the quiet of a jungle, or do you like soaking in the culture of a temple town? Or do prefer to laze your time away in a houseboat adrift on the backwaters? We bring you great travel ideas that you can plan on a short notice.

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

The beautiful Jim Corbett National Park is home to stunning flora where the grass towers over you as you walk through. It is ideal for tiger and other animal sightings as the tall grass provides the perfect cover for the animals. Here, the verdant riverine vegetation grows along the Ramganga and Kosi rivers, and the thick jungles of sal and deciduous trees fill the air with perfume. Get away from the noise and pollution of the city and retreat to the pristine air of fragrant forests this holiday season.

Bhuj, Gujarat

The White Rann that extends over 7,500 sq. km can often be overwhelming. Uniformly barren, with no markers of boundary or property, the desert is covered in layers of salt, almost like a white, snow-covered landscape. The salt crunches beneath your feet as you walk, like the delicate crumble of glass. As the sun sets and the moon rises over the desert, it washes the land in its ethereal, cold luminescence. Take a romantic camping trip to Bhuj - the perfect getaway for the festival of lights.

Puri, Orissa

The 13th-century Konark Sun Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its exotic carvings and lies 35-km east of Puri. Puri is the holy city that is the last stop on the char dham pilgrimage, and is always bustling with life. The temple complex is a mini-city, filled with tourists, locals, priests and devotees, all trying to get a moment of divine commune with the gods. Spread over 400,000 sq. ft., this temple is home to the wooden deities of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra. Spend Diwali in pious company this year, soaking in the rich architecture of Puri.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Home to the largest population of one-horned rhinos in the world, these squat animals peep at you from the tall elephant grass as swamp deer and elephants mill about lazily. Kaziranga Tiger Reserve is home to many wild birds and animals including the wild Asiatic water buffalo, the Bengal tiger, hog deer and Assam roofed turtle. Catch a glimpse of these beautiful beasts and make memories to last a lifetime.

Sakleshpur, Karnataka

Nestled in the Western Ghats, between Coorg and Chikmagalur, lies Sakleshpur, permanently swathed in robes of emerald and jade. Here, the hills are covered in Arabica coffee plantations, stunning waterfalls and trekking routes to suit enthusiasts of all abilities. For those who prefer to spend their holidays reading or enjoying some quiet time, choose a homestay to unwind at. Otherwise, the Western Ghats offer a range of exciting activities for the more thrill seeking, including chasing frogs and hunting orchids.

Kasargod, Kerala

Kasargod is the kind of place that indulges afternoon siestas, where the shops shut down for afternoon naps, and restaurants only serve limited-menu thali meals. But this laid-back lifestyle has a charm entirely of its own. With not much to do besides exploring the temples and forts, you can hire a houseboat and spend the night over the backwaters of Kasargod, or explore the beaches near the district.

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