The daily humdrums of life: crowd, heat and the long queues of the metro can take a toll on anyone. We drain ourselves at work, and feel uninspired which may impact our health too. Thus, it becomes imperative to maintain a work-life balance.
The central location of Delhi comes as a respite for the city dwellers as short journeys can take them to beautiful locations in the hills, deserts and historical monuments to refresh themselves. One can think of an adventurous trek, a scenic stroll or just a lazy getaway. Here are a few suggestions that can help history lovers, leisure mongers and adventure junkies choose the perfect getaway destination for long weekends:
At a distance of merely 310 km from Delhi, Nainital is one of the most pleasant places to visit around Delhi. The temperature is just perfect to sport your light winter jackets, or even ditch it to finally wear that evening dress. The boat ride on the Naini lake, or a walk through Nainital's famous Thandi Sadak, with occasional tea and soup, can definitely give you a breath of fresh air. Another advantage of Nainital is that many small hill stations lie near it, namely Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Sattal etc, filled with lakes, temples and museums.
Kasol is a new favourite among Delhi students and youth as it is not very populated. Located at a height of 5,180 feet above sea level, Kasol offers unexplored treks and sites. The most popular ones are Parvati Valley, Tosh and Kheerganga. The place also offers relaxing sulphur hot springs amidst cool temperatures. And the best part, you can enjoy it by taking an overnight bus or cab.
Agra, one of the most popular cities in Uttar Pradesh, is a perfect haven for historical heritage built during the Mughal empire – The Taj Mahal. It is a sneak peek into the architectural history and legacy of the Mughal empire with two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Apart from that, food lovers have another reason to visit Agra as it is known for its pethas and stuffed parathas. You can visit Agra on a cool weekend to be amazed and astounded, plus it will only take you 4 hours and 16 minutes to reach there.
Located on Delhi-Jaipur highway, Neemrana Fort is a culturally vibrant and exciting place for Delhi visitors. You can experience the luxury of Neemrana Fort Palace, go for a vintage car ride, and visit the stepwell. There is something for everyone at the Neemrana Fort. You can reach Neemrana from Delhi by road in about 3 hours.
Encircled by the dense oak and blue pine forests, Lansdowne appears like an old painting. Some consider Lansdowne as the most unspoiled hill station of Uttarakhand. You can bask in the fresh sunlight of the Himalayas, and trek in the lush green flora. Wildlife enthusiasts must visit the Kalagarh Wildlife Sanctuary to spot tigers. The best way to reach Lansdowne is by road, which will take you 6 hours, 15 minutes.
The union territory of Chandigarh is a beautiful city with planned infrastructure, places worth visiting and pleasant weather. Major attractions in the city include Sukhna lake, Rock Garde, Rose Garden and Leisure Valley. It is also the site of beautiful public offices, malls and parks. If you like exploring cities, Chandigarh can be a great weekend getaway option. You can reach Chandigarh in nearly 6 hours on road, or an hour long flight.
Nothing can be more majestic than Kempty Falls in all their monsoon glory. Mussoorie, the famous hill station in Uttarakhand is known for its pleasant weather, verdant hills, lush green flora and luxurious resorts. It is also the home of author Ruskin Bond. The road distance can take nearly 7 hours. You may also consider a flight to Dehradoon and thereafter a cab to Mussoorie.
The pink city of Jaipur, is part of The Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The city beautifully amalgamates the old and the new. It is home to UNESCO World Heritage sites including Amer Fort and Jantar Mantar. Moreover, Jaipur holds many magnificent forts, palaces, temples and museums and brims with bustling local bazaars where you can shop to your heart's content. Popular markets in the city include Bapu Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar and Johri Bazaar. You can also try the local food including the Ghewar, Pyaaz Kachori and Dal Baati Churma, for the complete Rajasthani experience. You can easily reach Jaipur by bus or train within 5 hours.