Extended weekends are a rare treat, something that should be made the most of. Republic Day being a Monday this year, most people have been looking forward to this weekend and have come up with plans to make it memorable.
Media student Sameer Patankar will make a trip to Ratnagiri. “There are many historical places there such as Thibaw Palace, and not to mention the breath-taking beaches. Ratnagiri is the best destination for a long weekend like this,” he said.
Others are more intrepid than Sameer. A group of adventure enthusiasts have geared up for a long road trip on rented motorbikes. “Renting bikes reduces the cost of the trip — you can rent a Royal Enfield for around Rs 1,200 a day. It also gives you the freedom to explore places the way you want to,” said Pritin Chachad, a student from Kandivli, who’s headed for a road trip to Daman with friends.
The pleasant weather and the network of national highways are pushing up the trend of road trips. Sanjay Bhasin, CEO, Goibibo.com, said, “There is a spurt in bookings during extended weekends and our numbers jump two to three times as compared to a regular weekend.”
For some, this is the ideal time to devote to adventure sports and trekking-related activities. Nahur resident Dijesh Menon, who plans to go for white water rafting at Kundalika River near Kolad, said, “I love the thrill of adventure sports. White water rafting is something different than typical weekend plan.”
IT professional Ameya Gaokar intends to go at Karnala Fort, located inside the Karnala bird sanctuary, with friends. “We have earlier visited places such as Jaipur and Sikkim on extended weekends,” said Gaokar.