The allure of a girls’ getaway is hard to resist. The promise of laughter, bonding, and adventure with your closest female friends is a recipe for unforgettable memories. Girls’ getaways are an essential way to unwind, strengthen friendships, and create unforgettable memories. Sometimes, life gets busy, and we find ourselves planning a girls’ getaway at the last minute. But fret not! Last-minute trips can be just as exciting and rejuvenating as meticulously planned ones. Here are some fabulous last-minute experiences for the perfect girls’ getaway, from serene spa retreats to spontaneous city escapades and everything in between:
Perfect Last-Minute Plans For A Perfect Girls’ Getaway
1. A Sojourn Of Heritage & Luxury In Rajasthan
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Just a few hours’ drive from Delhi, Jaipur offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and shopping. Indulge in traditional Rajasthani cuisine and enjoy a hot air balloon ride to get a bird’s-eye view of the city.
However, if you want to go beyond Jaipur, then take an easy flight to Jodhpur. Delhi-Jodpur flights take an hour and run daily. If you have a day’s time, explore Jaisalmer from Jodhpur which would take another 3-4hrs of road trip. A vacation to these captivating destinations promises an unforgettable experience. As the rain brings respite from the scorching sun, the landscape transforms into lush greenery, enhancing the architectural wonders and the desert beauty of these cities.
In Jodhpur, a stroll through the bustling Sardar Market, mighty Mehrangarh Fort with the aroma of local delicacies like Mirchi Bada, Pyaaz Kachori, and Mawa Kachori will make your trip worthwhile. From Jodhpur, take a day’s trip to Jaisalmer and experience the mesmerising sunset at the Sam Sand Dunes. In August, the temperature is relatively pleasant–go on desert safaris, and enjoy folk performances under the starlit sky.
Places to stay: Suryagarh (Jaisalmer); Ajit Bhawan (Jodhpur); Samode Haveli (Jaipur)
2. Serene Retreat In The Himalayas
#HiddenGems#Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is known for the rarest species of animals, birds, butterflies, and wildflowers. This is a must-visit for the nature lover.#Uttarakhand #UttarakhandTourism #SimplyHeaven pic.twitter.com/qgGGWQq3Ef
— Uttarakhand Tourism (@UTDBofficial) August 27, 2019
August brings with it the enchanting monsoon season, transforming the landscape of Kasar Devi into a picturesque paradise. A last-minute girls’ getaway to Kasar Devi sounds like a fantastic idea! It is a serene hill station known for its natural beauty and pleasant weather. And so is the journey. The best route would be taking the morning train to Kathgodham taking 6hrs and reaching by 12 pm. From there, a serene hilly drive of 2hrs takes you to the lap of the Kumaon region, the mystical hamlet of Kasar Devi. This idyllic destination has been a magnet for spiritual seekers, artists, and nature enthusiasts for decades.
The picturesque village, blessed with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills, is a hidden gem for travellers seeking solace in the lap of nature. A short drive from Kasar Devi takes you to the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, a paradise for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. The sanctuary, nestled amidst dense forests, is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Trekking through the lush greenery during the monsoon season is a refreshing experience.
Places to stay: The Kumaon (Kasar Devi); Mary Budden Estate (Binsar)
3. Underrated Charms In Mangalore
Maravanthe – a uniquely positioned beach in Karnataka with Arabian Sea on one side and Souparnika river on the other. 🛣️🌊
This unique combination of sea & river on each side of a highway is hard to find elsewhere and is said to be the only one in India.
— Mangalore City (@MangaloreCity) January 9, 2022
Along the pristine coastline of Karnataka, lies the coastal gem of Mangalore. Nestled between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, Mangalore offers a delightful mix of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and delectable cuisine. Mangalore boasts pristine beaches that come alive during the monsoon season. A journey of 7-8 hours from Bangalore takes you here.
A visit to Tannirbhavi Beach and Someshwara Beach creates a picturesque setting that invites you to unwind and soak in serenity. From spicy seafood dishes like Mangalorean Fish Curry and Prawn Sukka to delectable vegetarian delights like Goli Baje and Neer Dosa, the local food is a gastronomic journey in itself.
Places to stay: Goldfinch Hotel Mangaluru; Hotel Manorama; The Ocean Pearl Inn
4. Quaint Escapade To Pondicherry
Early Morning Clicks of #Pondicherry
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— Pondicherry Tourism (@pondytourism) December 17, 2016
August brings a refreshing embrace of the monsoon season, drenching the coastal town of Pondicherry in a cascade of raindrops. The French Quarter, with its quaint streets lined with mustard-yellow buildings, is a delightful place to stroll with your girls and immerse oneself in the town’s European heritage. Taking just 6 hours from Bangalore, the city gives a rejuvenating experience.
About an hour’s drive from Pondicherry lies the majestic Gingee Fort, a historical marvel perched atop a hill. The fort’s grandeur and architectural brilliance are best appreciated during the monsoon season when the surroundings are lush and green. So, pack your bags and head to Pondicherry for a serene and magical vacation.
Places to stay: Palais De Mahe; La Maison Pondichéry; La Villa
5. Blissful Retreat In Mandarmani
Along the serene coast of West Bengal lies Mandarmani, a tranquil beach destination that promises a perfect escape for a girl’s vacation. The monsoon showers cast a magical spell on this coastal paradise, making it an ideal time to embark on a blissful retreat with your girlfriends.
As the evening descends, gather around a bonfire on the beach, sharing stories and laughter under the starlit sky. Just 4 hours of a road trip from Kolkata, this seaside retreat village welcomes you to the rhythmic sound of waves and the panoramic view of the Bay of Bengal. As the evening descends, gather around a bonfire on the beach, sharing stories and laughter under the starlit sky.
Places to stay: Tarangamala Resort; Bombay Beach Resort; Sun City Resort Mandarmani
6. At The Pristine Beauty Of The Himalayas In Lepchajagat
— Way Explorers (@wayexplorers) September 13, 2017
Lepchajagat is an offbeat destination that offers opportunities for trekking, bird watching, and enjoying the pristine beauty of the Himalayas. The village is surrounded by dense forests and is an excellent place to experience the charm of nature in the lap of the mountains. It is situated amidst the forests of the Singalila National Park and offers stunning views of the Kanchenjunga mountain range.
The most common way to reach Lepchajagat from Kolkata is by road. It takes around 12-14 hours by car. Another way would be taking a flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra Airport, which takes around 1.5 hours. From the airport, you can hire a taxi to reach Lepchajagat, which is approximately 90 kilometres away.
Places to stay: Pine View Homestay
7. Nature’s Paradise At Karjat
— wanderingsouls (@iwanderingsouls) July 25, 2023
August, with its refreshing monsoon showers, paints the landscape of Karjat in vibrant shades of green. The lush hills, gushing waterfalls, and serene ambience of Karjat during August create an idyllic setting for a memorable getaway with your girlfriends. Just an hour away from Mumbai, the place greets you with a cool breeze tinged with the aroma of wet earth greets you, setting the tone for a blissful retreat. Karjat’s proximity to Mumbai and Pune makes it an easily accessible destination for a quick weekend escape.
Whether it’s trekking through the hills, savouring local delicacies, or enjoying waterfalls and river rafting, you will love spending your days lounging amidst lush gardens, enjoying yoga sessions, or simply savouring the serenity of the surroundings.
Places to stay: SaffronStays Kairos Athena; Casa Riviere; Oleander Farms
8. State Of Greenery In Dapoli
Dapoli, a scenic town in the Konkan has a lot to offer to the explorers. One of the hidden gems in this quiet little town is Ladghar Beach, which creates a picturesque landscape in every frame!
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— Maharashtra Tourism (@maha_tourism) June 3, 2022
Situated on the Konkan coast and known for its beautiful beaches, lush greenery, and pleasant climate, Dapoli takes around 4 to 5 hours from Mumbai. The scenic beauty and relaxed atmosphere is unmissable. It is known for its historic temples, serene beaches, and picturesque landscapes, making it a great destination for nature lovers and travellers seeking a peaceful retreat.
Places to stay: SagarHill Resort, Comfort Inn Emerald
So, where are you heading to?
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