“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine.
India is a fast growing tourist attraction not only for foreign travellers but Indians are travelling like never before. Indians are coming of age and acknowledging the beauty, landscapes of their own country. Heading out on weekends is a growing trend in metro cities. These short trips are the perfect way to explore destinations in and around your city and come back refreshed. Fortunately Delhi, the capital city of India has number destinations in its periphery. Here are a few:
The world famous Taj Mahal rests here and its proximity to Delhi at just 200 km makes it a favourable destination for Delhiites. Agra Fort, the red stone fort on the bank of the Yamuna is another tourist attraction. Other places of tourist interest in Agra are – Jama Masjid, Mehtab Bagh, Samadhi Swamiji Maharaj Bagh, Chini-Ka-Rauza, Taj Nature Park, Itimad-Ud-Daulah and the Museum. Popular places to shop in Agra are – Subhash emporium and Khadi Gramodyog. The destination has many places to tantalize your taste buds and there are numerous stay options available to suit every budget.
Jaipur, tops as a famous destination for sightseeing, shopping and enjoying Rajasthani cuisine and culture. Some of the famous sightseeing places in Jaipur are its forts – Jaigarh, Amber and Nahargarh. Other sightseeing places to see are the Jantar Mantar Observatory, Galta Monkey Temple, Hawa Mahal and City Palace. One must relish the shopping and the food here. Also, if your budget allows do stay in one of the heritage hotels, it will make your trip even more memorable.
An adventure hub not too far from Delhi, Rishikesh is popular for its white water rafting and camping. It is a favorite destination for adventurous holiday-goers. The culturally rich destination is also great for trekking. Rishikesh is perfect to immerse yourself in spirituality and yoga with numerous yoga centers offering short term and long term courses. Some of the places of tourist interest in Rishikesh include Neelkantha Mahadev Temple, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram, Swarg Ashram and Neer Garh Waterfall.
Corbett National Park
The famous reserve is a great destination to immerse yourself in natural beauty through forest safaris and if you’re lucky you may spot a tiger too! The park has observation towers overlooking water holes which you can climb to unobtrusively watch for wildlife. You can take a safari in a gypsy or even enjoy an elephant safari.
If spirituality and meditation is your calling then this is the ideal destination for you. Approx. 215 km away from Delhi, Haridwar is good to have a quick dip in the Ganga, visit temples and attend the evening aarti.
The best way to beat the Delhi heat is to head to the hills for the weekend and at 258 km, Mussoorie is the perfect escape. Tourists flock Mussoorie from April to June to beat the Delhi heat and from Dec-Jan to enjoy the snow. Mussoorie is located at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level.
A small and quaint cantonment is the ideal destination to unwind and have a peaceful hill station holiday. If long walks, trekking or simply absorbing the scenic beauty around you is your idea of a holiday… this is the place for you. The Upper and Lower Malls is where one can find an array of shops and commercial establishments. Distance between Delhi and this scenic destination is 298 km on NH 22.
Your chance to see a tigers is just 4 hours away from Delhi in Sariska National Park. The park is surrounded with many stay options. One can also visit Siliserh Lake, just 20 km away from the wildlife sanctuary.
This destination is haven for bird watchers and people who love nature. Immerse yourself in the dense forest and birds chirping…the fresh air and the cool breeze. The Bharatpur bird sanctuary’s close proximity to Delhi at 200 km makes it an ideal weekend getaway.
Located at approx 7000 feet above the sea level, Chakrata is a picturesque destination. Nature lovers, trekkers, bird watchers and wild life enthusiast would love this destination.