A week in a busy city like Delhi is full of stress, noise, pollution and worries for most. For the same reason weekend is awaited eagerly as it offers a break from the hectic schedule. While most of us laze around in our homes, there is something far better we can do on weekends.
Delhiites surely have an added advantage as there are many getaways from Delhi where one can relax and unwind. Some of the most enthralling hill stations lie within the proximity and one can indulge in adventure sports to break monotony. Read on, to know about the five best weekend getaways from dil walo ki Delhi!
When: March to October
Distance: 250 kms
Destination type: Hill station
Ideal for: Honeymooners
Attractions: Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Tip-in-Top Point, Bhulla Tal Lake, Darwan Singh Museum.
Activities: Nature walks, hiking, trekking, fishing.
Lansdowne is a beautiful hill station in the Puri district of Uttarakhand. The quiet and unexploited destination is one of the best weekend getaways from the hustle bustle of Delhi. It is surrounded by thick oak and blue pine forests which add to its charm and serenity.
While most of the people come here in search of peace and relaxation, the place also offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including trekking, bird watching, boating, hiking and much more. A mere stroll in the lush green surroundings can fill you with refreshing energy as you adore the magnificent vistas. Gaze at the Chaukhamba & Trishul mountain peaks and admire the beautiful sunrise and sunsets.
When: November to June
Destination type: Wildlife park
Ideal for: Wildlife lovers
Activities: wildlife safari, bird-watching, jeep safari.
Away from the city, in the lap of nature, all the wildlife lovers can can laze around and relax. Established in 1936 as Hailey National Park, Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India. Located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, the park spans over an extent of 520 square kilometers. One can spot Serow, Goral, Himalayan Tahr in this park besides Tigers. Corbett is known as birdwatcher’s paradise also as the park is home to 650 species of residents and migratory birds.
When: November to February
Destination type: City
Ideal for: Groups, honeymooners
Attractions: Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Amer Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall Museum.
Known as “Pink City” for its trademark building color, Jaipur is one great city with a touch of royalty. It is an enthralling historical city with palaces, museums and forts which sing a saga of bygone era. Resplendent in the hues of its magnificent past, Jaipur is one of the most colorful capitals in India. When you are in Jaipur, do not forget to shop at local market for Jaipuri jutis and bandhej dupatta. Have your meal at Chauki Dhani and dance to the beat of Kalbelia. This city surely has a lot to offer.
When: March to May
Destination type: Pilgrimage
Ideal for: Adventure Seekers, Religious Trip
Attractions: Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula, Rajaji National Park, temples
Activities: river rafting, cliff jumping, bungee jumping, waterfall trekking, camping, meditation
Rishikesh is primarily known as a religious site and an adventure spot. There are a number of temples for people with religious inclination and for adventure seekers there are wide range of outdoor sports. Besides, it also has many ashrams where one can practice yoga and meditation to feel peaceful and relaxed. Nestled in the Himalayas with the holy Ganges flowing by its side; Rishikesh is a great weekend getaway from Delhi at just 260 kms.
Bharatpur Bird Century
When: August to November
Distance: 184 Kms
Destination type: National Park
Ideal for: wildlife lovers
Activities: Bird-watching, boating, nature walks
Attractions: Government Museum, Lohagarh Fort, Deeg Palace
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, is a perfect place to spot exotic species birds. The place is known as the Bird Paradise and the eastern gateway to Rajasthan. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is home to over 300 species of birds including the Siberian Crane, Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar. Migratory birds at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary include several species of Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and Pipits, etc.