This monsoon don’t be a bore..

This monsoon don’t be a bore..

Get out and explore

Did you ever wonder about holidaying over a long weekend without much planning? Well, everything is possible when we have BlaBlaCar. You just need to decide a place where you want to go.

For the upcoming 15th August, Independence day long weekend we have a list of cities to cover you. And don’t worry, we also kept monsoons in mind while preparing this list for you :) So while you’re enjoying the chai, pakodas and samosas which makes this monsoon so magical you can also plan a holiday without any stress!

Narkanda: 175 kms from Chandigarh  ( approx. 5h 30 mins drive via NH5)

You can trek over 8 kms to the top of one of the highest peaks of Narkanda-The Hatu Peak. The trek is not a rigorous one and in case you find it difficult, you can also drive up to the peak. There is a little temple at the top of the peak dedicated to Hatu Mata. A small tea stall is also there at your service to dole out some local tid-bids and steaming tea in summers. Sit and enjoy the picturesque view of snow-clad mountains, apple orchards, green fields, and swirling mists.

Local tip from our members for your monsoon getaway: 

If you’re looking for a pocket friendly camping site you can go to “Vanvas”- The Tangri Camps or if you wish to meditate then, “Agyaatvas” is the best option.


Lansdowne:  275 kms from Delhi ( approx. 6 hours 15 mins drive via Meerut Pauri National Highway)

This place is heaven for trekkers and a paradise for adventure enthusiasts. It’s perfect to go for hiking, but don’t forget to carry your rain gear as it pours during monsoon. Wild life fanatics can visit the Kalagarh Wildlife Sanctuary for a memorable experience of the wildlife tour. Also known as a birdwatchers delight, you will spot various species of birds there.

Local tip from our members for the monsoon getaway: 

The road from Delhi to Lansdowne passes through Ghaziabad, Modinagar, Meerut, Bijnor, Najibabad and Kotdwara. If you want to taste the famous Jain Shikanji (a health-friendly lemon drink) of Modinagar, you can stop there, it’s just 23 kms after Ghaziabad.

One should also try the popular “Mithais” at the local sweet shops mainly known as ‘Chocolate’ (Not the real ones though) and “Baal Mithai”.  If you’re looking for a place to fill your tummies, you can find some restaurants located near Gandhi Chowk. (It’s the centre of the town)


Mount Abu: 500 kms from Jaipur ( approx. 7 hours drive via NH 48 )

Mount Abu is home to a number of tourist attractions from natural beauty to historical and architectural places like The Achalgarh fort, Nakki Lake, Guru Shikhar peak and many more.

Local tip from our members for your monsoon getaway: 

If you want to be more adventurous, do a mountain biking and experience the fun.


Kolad: 122 kms from Mumbai  (approx. 2hours and 30 mins drive via Mumbai- Bengaluru highway and SH 92)

Its situated on the bank of Kundalika in Maharashtra and is an emerging destination for those who want to try adventure sports.

Local tip from our members for your monsoon getaway: 

Those who haven’t tried out White Water Rafting during monsoons, this is the right time to go and encounter the thrilling event as Monsoon is the “Best Season” for rafting at Kolad.


Coorg: 245 kms from Bengaluru  ( approx.. 5 hours drive via NH275)

Coorg is apparently the best hill station to be in monsoons. It’s lush green beauty attracts many and is often called the ‘Scotland of India’.

Bangalore- Mysore- Hunsur- Kushalnagar- Madikeri is the suggested route by our members. You will find many food joints on your way but “Café Coorg” at Hunsur bypass, right on highway SH-88 is the place you can stopover. From sightseeing to trekking trails, safaris and a tour of coffee plantations, this place is ideal for a short monsoon getaway. You cannot go without tasting Kadabu dish- the famous


Kotagiri: 307 kms from Bengaluru (approx. 7 hours drive via NH 275 )

Situated in the Nilgiris, Kotagiri is a destination you should definitely head out to if you are looking for a long drive and a chilling site.

We have mentioned 3 best routes from Bengaluru to Kotagiri:

  1. a)  Bengaluru – Kanakapura – Chamarajnagar – Bannari – Mettupalyam – Kotagiri
  2. b)  Bengaluru – Mysore – Ooty – Kotagiri
  3. C)  Bengaluru– Salem – Avinashi – Mettupalyam – Kotagiri.

The recommended routes by our Members are (a) and (c), but if you choose to go from route (b), you can definitely stop over this ‘24 hours Coffee Shop’ at Orange Pekoe Hotel on the Ooty-Kotagiri road. (Its literally the 24*7 coffee shop..:P)


You can search for rides to these cities or if you’re planning to drive and have few seats empty in your car, you can post your ride on BlaBlaCar and share your fuel cost so you have extra money to spend during your holiday :)

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