If you are visiting Delhi or you stay here and are looking for a weekend getaway, there is plenty that you can do. Delhi doesn’t disappoint when it comes to sightseeing, adventure activities and a sprinkling of natural beauty. You can take a break from the city any time you want and go to some weekend getaway spot to come back fully rejuvenated. Get ready to explore historical places, visit pilgrimage sites and get plenty of sightseeing experiences to make the weekend memorable.
Here are several places of interest around Delhi for those looking for that much-needed break!
Kurukshetra is quite famous for its mythological history. It is associated with the Hindu epic of Mahabharata and the Kurukshetra war. Located in Haryana, it makes for a perfect getaway from Delhi. The ancient town dates back to the pre-Harrapan times and has many temples and lakes. It was here where Lord Krishna preached the theory of ‘karma’ in the Bhagwad Gita to Arjuna.
Damdama Lake is a natural lake, which makes it the ideal getaway spot from Delhi, for a day or even a weekend. You can come here for a picnic with friends or family and you can even stay at one of the resorts here. You can take part in a number of adventure and fun activities conducted around the lake, such as rock climbing, boating, hot air ballooning, parasailing, angling, trekking, etc.
Another beautiful getaway option to escape the hectic city life of Delhi is Sohna. The lush green town is located at the foothills of the Aravalli Mountains and is just the ideal spot for a short vacation. There are medicinal water springs here and a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has a number of resorts where you can spend a fun weekend.
At a distance of just 100 km from Delhi, lies Unchagaon. Fort Unchagaon is just the kind of place you would love to explore on the weekend. Get free of all that stress of city life and relax within the splendid fort. Raja Surendra Pal Singh inherited the property and looks after it. Today, it serves as a heritage hotel where you can enjoy a blend of immaculate hospitality services and other modern facilities.
Kuchesar village is located in Uttar Pradesh state, and it was a princely state during British rule. It is a perfect place to escape to from Delhi because of its peaceful surroundings. Linked to rich history under Jat rulers as well as Sikhs, Marathas and Rajputs, the village offers a much-needed break from the hustle-bustle of city life. Kuchesar is enormously popular because of the Mud Fort that is run as a heritage hotel now.
Neemrana is located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. This lovely historical town is nestled in the Aravalli ranges and is famous for the Neemrana Fort. It is a much—favoured weekend getaway from Delhi as it just a short drive away from Delhi and is perfect for a short break. Neemrana Fort operates as a heritage hotel and has a rustic charm to it. It is the calm ambience of Neemrana that lures tourists and travellers from all over.
Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna is located in Uttar Pradesh. It is a short distance away from Delhi and has many temples, shrines as well as Ghats and kunds. There are various stories and myths connected with this holy city. As it was the holy abode of Lord Krishna, you will find several monuments and other structures related to him. These reflect an interesting blend of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles.
Vrindavan is another holy city related to Lord Krishna and his playful youth. Situated on the banks of the river Yamuna, the city is a reminder of the time that Lord Krishna spent here with the Gopis. Vrindavan gets its name from Vrinda, which is another name for the Tulsi plant that grows in plenty in the city. One will find references to Lord Krishna and his life in almost every nook and corner of this lovely city.
Alwar is an important part of the heritage of India and it never ceases to amaze visitors because of its numerous architectural splendours. The city boasts of forts, temples, lakes and palaces, and this is what makes it an interesting city to explore and see.
Sariska is famous because of the Sariska Tiger Reserve. Thus, you will find many wildlife enthusiasts eager to visit Sariska and enjoy its rich flora and fauna. Apart from the tiger reserve, the town boasts of several temples and lakes. A trip here with your family and friends will indeed be a memorable one. It is a haven for nature lovers and wildlife photographers.
Mandawa village was founded in the mid-18th century by the wealthy merchant families. The amazing mansions and haveli of the town add to its charm and attract a large number of tourists from Delhi, especially during the weekends. There is also a music festival held here every year, ‘Taalbelia’, which attracts people from all over the country and the world. A visit here will take you back in time. One can shop for wooden items, paintings, antiques, toys and much more. Do not miss out on enjoying the local delicacies when here.
Lansdowne was a very popular hill-station for the British in the pre-independence era. The town is named after Lord Lansdowne who was its founder. The town carries strong links to Indian history, and the popular famous Garhwal Rifles are in command here. Surrounded by beautiful Pine and Oak forests, it is the ideal destination to escape the Delhi heat and relax amidst the serene surroundings and enjoy the exceptional beauty of this area.
There is much more to do around Delhi, and these are just some of the popular places you can escape to from Delhi to rejuvenate and refresh your weary mind and body.