Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.
Weekend, the sacred promise of joy that gets most of us through our gloomy workdays. The only days that we have control over and our wishes boxed up for. Take it a mile further this time. Leave the crowd and the hum drum of the city behind. No, you don’t need to plan it with your travel agent or scroll through a hundred websites to book the best deal. Sometimes, the clothes you’ve got on, the money in your pocket and your car keys are just enough for a sweet road trip. What you’ll need is a little direction and we’ve got that covered for you (you can thank us later). Here’s a list of Weekend Getaways From Delhi:
1) Mussoorie : 270 Kms | 6-7 Hrs
Up the winding roads of Dehradun, sits the “Queen of hill stations” — Mussoorie. Established in 1823, the shadow of the colonial era still looms over the architecture of the town’s churches, summer palaces and hotels. The walks around Mussoorie offer fascinating views and the town has some really good eateries to calm your growling stomach. Eat away and enjoy the view!
2) Dalhousie : 565 Kms| 11-12Hrs
Dalhousie is another of those summer retreats left behind by the British. Built on and around five hills and resting on the western edge of Dhauladhar Mountains, it’s perfect for a relaxing weekend. Surrounded by snow capped peaks and valleys clad with pine and cedar opening up into meadows, it has some very picturesque vistas. Pack for a small picnic on the hills or the valleys and sit and enjoy the view. You’ll forget about the rest of the world!
3) Kasol : 535 Kms | 11-12 Hrs
Kasol — the backpackers paradise. You must visit Kasol, once in your lifetime! What’s even better? Take along a few close friends to double the fun.The beautiful mountains, clean fresh air, Israeli cuisine and ‘POT’ anywhere you look (literally), makes for the perfect hippie weekend. This town also serves as the base camp for SarPass, Yanker Pass, Pin Parbati Pass and Khiriganga Himalayan treks. Don’t miss out, make it a point to take a trek, especially the midnight treks. They are absolutely stunning with the lamps outside the houses lighting your trail as you go. Let the lights guide you home.
4) Dharamshala & Mcleodganj : 490 kms | 9-10 Hrs
Mcleodganj, the home of Dalai lama is just outside Dharamsala. Mainly inhabited by Tibetan exile community, its a Little Tibet in itself. You’d find the place brimming with a comforting vibe that will soothe all the stress away! Tourists from all over the world come here to meditate, take courses on Buddhism, trek along the lofty mountains or just to enjoy the authentic Tibetan cuisine. You can also head out to Bir & Billing for some adventure sports. Hiking, Para gliding, Snow Trekking, Camping…just name it!
5) Jim Corbett : 245 Kms | 4Hrs 30 mins
Named after the legendary tiger hunter, this national park is a great escape into the Wild. Corbett is known not just for tigers but also wild elephants, birds and a variety of other species. One must stay at one of the guest houses within the park to truly experience the atmosphere of the jungle. Just the thought of playing neighbour to a tiger for a night is immensely exciting! You can sign up for Jungle tours by foot, take safaris and also visit the Jim Corbett museum. Get in touch with your Wild side!
6) Alwar and Neemrana: 159 Kms | 2.5 Hrs
Midway on the road to Jaipur, is Neemrana Fort Palace. The Fort has been restored into a luxurious hotel and makes for the perfect romantic getaway. Get ready to be swept off your feet! Alwar, a small city near Neemrana is known for its scenic spots, surrounded by the Aravali ranges. It has a variety of beautiful temples, restaurants & museums ideal for sightseeing. For the adventurous hearts, Neemrana has got ziplining to get your adrenaline rushing. Flying Fox organises amazing zip tours across 5 zip lines about the Aravali . Go ahead and Fly the Fox!
7) Rishikesh: 229 Kms| 8-9 Hrs
The “Yoga capital Of the World”, is filled with ashrams and thousands come here for meditating and taking Yoga classes. You could join in and release your Chi. It might just turn out to be a good idea to practice yoga, helps with all the stress! Not your thing? We’ve got a better idea. Just head out a bit North of the town for adventure sports. River rafting, Cliff diving or trekking; take your pick. And even if that’s not enough, the picturesque views and forested hills will surely overwhelm you! Don’t forget to drive down to Haridwar to catch a darshan.
8) Bharatpur : 196 Kms| 3 Hrs
Bharatpur,once part of the well fortified Mewar, has humbled over the centuries. Today, only the Lohagarh (Iron Fort) remains of the ancient city. The city is now famous for Keoladeo National Park, which is one of the most important wetland and Bird sanctuary. Thousands of birds migrate during the extreme weather conditions for shelter from Siberia, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and China. This sanctuary provides for a quaint and refreshing environment, surrounded by wildlife. The walkways are great for exploring, bird watching or just a solitary walk. Don’t forget your binoculars and cameras. If nature’s calling you, head to Bharatpur. (Tip: Early mornings are the best time to visit.)
9) Lansdowne: 250 Kms| 5-6 Hrs
Yet another cantonment town from the era of the British Raj, Lansdowne is named after Viceroy Lord Lansdowne. The lesser known hill station in Uttarakhand, hidden away from the throngs of tourists is absolutely picture perfect. The thick blanket of Pine and oak trees surrounding this city and the hilly backdrop is sure to mesmerize you. Lansdowne, unlike its counterparts hasn’t commercialized yet and the tranquility of this place can take you years back into history, and the stupefying views will refresh you for months to come.
10) Chail: 352 Kms| 7 Hrs
Tucked away in Himachal Pradesh, is another pretty hill station — Chail. On the thickly covered Solang valley, the lofty mountains shelter Chail Wildlife Sanctuary. You might want to spend some time rekindling your relationship with nature. There’s not much to see but this tiny village is just the place to laze around and rejuvenate yourself from the week’s overload. The beautiful Chail palace, now a premium heritage hotel, is perfect for indulging in some extravaganza.
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