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Don’t we just love national holidays — especially if it stretches the weekend by one more day.

Don’t we just love national holidays — especially if it stretches the weekend by one more day. This Independence Day,instead of hauling yourself to work,you could stroll through palaces,feast your eyes on greenery at a jungle safari or participate in kite flying battles. Check out the I-Day packages on offer and pack your bags. Travel light,safely and travel with the ones you love because this is a break you know you need.

Feeling Wild?

The Jim Corbett National Park (six hours by road from Delhi) in Uttarakhand has announced an Independence Day Special tour package between August 13-15. Apart from seeing eye to eye with tigers and the barasingha,you can also try your hands at adventure sports such as rappelling and river crossing. The package includes accommodation in cottages,meals,and elephant and jeep safaris. So,make your date with nature.

Damage: Rs 6,150 per person

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Contact: +91-9212777224,

Royal Break

Travel portal Makemytrip offers a two-night holiday package at Cambay Spa and Resorts in Udaipur (nine hours by road from Delhi) over the weekend. The highlight of the holiday is a guided tour of the Monsoon Palace,City Palace and the Nathdwara village,famous for its miniatures. The package also includes spacious rooms,two complimentary meals,a day at the spa and a complimentary airport/ railway pick-up.

At the end of the day,you can sit back with complimentary beer and watch the sun set over the Aravallis. Or,you could amble down the streets shopping for silver jewellery and bandhini designs .

Damage: Rs 4,899 onward per person.

Contact: 1800-102-8747

Feeling Sporty

At Shiva Resorts in Behror,Rajasthan (three hours by road from Delhi),you can celebrate Independence the traditional way — attending a flag hoisting ceremony and following it up by flying kites. On August 14,you could put on your dancing shoes and attend a special cocktail where the DJ promises to spin foot-tapping numbers through the night. The Independence Day Package also packs in swimming and volleyball games among others.

Damage: Rs 18,975 per couple

Contact: 9999600365

Sounds of Silence

If tranquility is what you seek,get far from the maddening crowds of Delhi. Escape to the picturesque hills of Kasauli (six hours by road from Delhi),Manali (nine hours by road from Delhi),Nainital (four hours by road from Delhi) or Shimla (seven hours by road from Delhi) on the two night-three day packages offered by Yatra and Makemytrip. Soak in the lush greenery and the joys of doing nothing. Deluxe rooms,breakfast and soothing massages are a part of the package.

Damage: Rs 2,679 onward per person

Contact: 18605000500,,18605005566,

First published on: 12-08-2011 at 03:32 IST
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