As news of worsening air quality floods newspapers everyday, we bring you some recommendations for a quick getaway from Delhi this weekend. A short road trip away, these destinations are every bit of calming and beautiful. Resorts and homestays are welcoming visitors within stringent sanitation and health conditions, and we have just the places in mind to restart our travels after months of being trapped within our homes.
Nearest to Delhi in our list is this lake in Sohna District of Haryana. Reach this place in just two hours by personal or public transport and enjoy at this quaint reservoir. You can go boating in the lake, or spend your time at luxurious resorts having barbecue parties with your friends. Go on adventure sports and camp overnight for ‘child of the mountains’ feels. To get there, take a cab from Arjangarh or Huda City Metro Station, costing 600 bucks or less. You can book a cab, a car or just take a bus from your nearest bus station and surprise yourself with a mountain getaway just 60 kilometers away from Delhi.
Lansdowne is a small town in the Garhwal Hills of Uttarakhand. This serene and peaceful place is only 6 hours away from the busy and hectic life of Delhi. Get a peek at the breathtaking views and colonial era architecture that this place has to offer. Venture out into forests of pine and oak trees, camp by the side of the river, catch up on birdwatching across the city, trek to Tiffin top, and go on a forest safari. There are plenty of luxurious resorts available for a cozy stay with multiple fine wine and dining options. Make the most of a weekend by getting a car or a bus to a well-rounded and complete vacation to Lansdowne, that’s only 245 kms away from Delhi.
Located in Himachal Pradesh, Kasauli will surprise you with what the hills can offer. At 287 kms from Delhi, Kasauli brings an easily accessible experience with beautiful countryside walks, the breathtaking scenes of the mountains and lush green forests where clouds might just give you some company. With houses built in the colonial era, Kasauli has everything from the everyday to the unique Tibetan market for shopaholics, bars for party animals, treks at the Gilbert trail and Timber trail for adventure seekers. Get some spiritual peace at the numerous places of worship. All you need is to take a car, bus or book your train tickets and reach in just 6 hours to this beautiful place; in this season, you might just find some snowfall waiting for you.
The city, only 231 kms from Delhi houses one of the seven wonders of the world. Even so, there are many brilliant places to visit in and around Agra – Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, the ever vibrant Kinari Bazaar. We suggest a detour to the city of Fatehpur Sikri and a visit to Akbar’s Tomb in Sikandra. Leaving early in the morning will save you the hussle with traffic, and the brilliant view of the sun rising behind the Yamuna Expressway will give your trip a delightful start. If you can, get off your car and ride a ‘Tonga’ for the fun of it. A major tourist spot, Agra offers interesting boarding options from backpackers hostels to resorts at the bank of Yamuna. A cab, a train or bus can take you to the city where you can spend your weekend and click the forever young picture of you holding the Taj by its top.
All of Rajasthan’s beauty and vibrancy is only 6 hours away from you in Jaipur. Discover indigenous tastes at flea markets and handicraft markets, Dhabas with authentic Rajasthani foods, and a blast of art, culture and history for everyone, including all the selfie-lovers. The pink city’s heritage ranges from forts through streets to parks and local food joints that have been there for the longest time. Book a cab or a bus or go on a road trip with your friends and enjoy all the colors of the day overlapping on those of the night in this brilliant city which is only 273 kms away from Delhi. The best time to visit the city is just beginning right now in October, and it’s here to stay till March.