Delhi Weekend Getaways
Time and energy are the resources of our productivity. The time cannot be renewed but the energy can. The energy exhausted during the entire weekend can be renewed with freaking out and recreation on travelling.
From Delhi, there are many closer travelling destinations not very far from. These destinations are closer enough and can be visited during the weekends to refill the energy for the next week. Statistics say that recreation is important also in a way that refills the energy and the happiness and joy in recreation make you energetic, stronger and more productive in all walks of the life.
Delhi Weekend Getaways
Planning to get away from hustle and bustle city, avid travelers can find good number of offbeat weekend travelling destinations from Delhi.
Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh
CAMP CARNIVAL, KANTAL
Just 300km away from the capital city, Kantal is a small town near Mussoorie, hardly found by the busy and commercial world. Independence from bustling city and dusty hair is the moment of truth you would find here. And following are the lust green valleys, snow covered mountains, peaceful and serene in this hamlet. The tranquil weather mesmerizes with the magic wands of beautiful sights, verdant forests, invigorating winds. Early morning scenic views are the best spas for your soul.
It is the largest lake near Nainital. This beautiful island isolates you from all the busy life and responsibilities and gives serene experience in the lap of the nature. The ducks dwelling on this water welcome you and say hello on the way. The water in Bhimtal is cleaner than Nainital and less crowded too. Adventure can be blended in this recreation by exploring the jungle around this lake.
Also have a visit to the huge Victorian dam with terraced flower garden on its both the sides. Add spiritual blend also to this tour by visiting Bhimkeshware temple of Bhim and Godhakal temple just 3 km from this place. Other added flavours of this tour can be Kumaon Umang Mahila Samiti for woolen and special pickles and Museum of Folk Culture (Lok Sanskriti Sangrahalaya) for arts and crafts along with folk painting.
Naukuchiatal is lake of nine corners. This place is specialized for orchards and surrounding dense jungle. Keep up the adventurous spirit exploring inside the jungle. The underground perennial spring is also another specialty of this lake. Boating and angling can further enjoy the cooler breeze of from the orchards.
Another name for seven lakes, multiplies the joy of lakes to seven times. Though boating is the major recreative thing, adventure and diverse range of food can be of other attractions.
Recreation at hill stations
The best recreation for anyone in the summer would be hill station. Two days stay hill station makes the body cool and gets it prepared to bear the upcoming burning sunny days. Let us see some of the hill stations near Delhi to visit in the weekends. There are hardly inspiring souls in the worlds who do not get inspired from this kind of environment.
The refreshing cool and pure air makes your body refresh and staying here unfolds the spirit to dance like a peacock with the nature and its beauty. Beautiful soft sights are sure to relax your body and minds.
Chail gives you the feel of Shimla. Apart from the cool weather, you can also visit the religious places like Gurudwara Sahib, Siddh-Baba-Ka-Mandir and Kali-ka-Tibba around it. A large cricket ground laid down by Maharaja of atiala is also situated nearby.
Chakrata was established over 125 years. The hill is covered with delightful greenery. The tourist here enjoys the magnificent view of Himalayas. This is another important place to relax yourself and can add adventurous blend with trekking in the nearby places.
Close by Chakrata, there are many other places to visit are Tiger Falls, Ramtal, Deoban.
CAMP CHAKRATA is yet another recreation that could be set atop of step farms, just 25 km from Chakrata.
It is yet another hill station, which is away from 24 km Missoorie and little more distant from Chamba. The greenery carpet, with snow touching and moving over the head nourishes your body from head to toe along with the soul inside you.
Palampur is a fascinating spot in amid tea gardens and pine forests, somewhat close to Dharmasala in the state of Himachal Pradesh. People also visit this place for its pine scented air and healthy climate here is believed to have curative properties. You would receive pleasant welcome from this rural environment and lovely response and aggressive majestic hills. It stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains.
Including the joy from the nature the visit can be more excited with the rope way and the amusement park. Agricultural university and tea factories are setting up here. Have a cool and relaxed walk and reach beautiful Bundla stream, which is a thin streak running over stony ground and becomes more aggressive roaring with thunder voice in monsoon seasons.
The important places not to miss out in this place are, Tea factory, Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Temple of Bunslamata, Neugal Khad, Gopalpur, Chamunda Devi, Andretta artists village, Sujanpur Tira for palace, Baijanth Temple along with the adventure activities of Hand/Para Gliding at Palampur, Trekking at Palampur.
Narkanda, which is also called as Thanedar is treated as gateway of the apple country, Himachal Pradesh where the way long you would find, full of apple and cherry orchard and dense forests which tempt to walk or trek, watching the spectacular view of snow ranges. This place is famous for skiing on wide range of slopes and winter sports. Skiing courses are run throughout the year. Narkanda include the forests of fur and spruce and consists of smattering of maple, aspen and cedar trees.
Chaukori is a hill station, surrounded by Himalayan peaks and dense forests and best known place for its great snow peak views including the unbound views of the Nanda Devi and panchchuli peaks, and most visited during October to March.
It looks like a bowl, cupped among the Himalaya heartland. Not just the watching the views, the tourists here can do many of the activities like Nature walk and bird watching, day picnic, treks, adventure activities, folk dances and music. You can witness huge tea gardens, fruit orchards, jungles of pines, oaks and Rhododendrons. Don’t chance to miss the fabulous sunrise and sunset and millions of stars on the widen sky during the sky.
Mashobra is one of the two Presidential Retreats in India, where the president visits this place at least once a year. And the other one is located in Secunderabad. The specialty of this building is the complete wooden structure which was constructed in the year 1850.
Generally the tourists, who visit Shimla do not miss this place which is combination of reserve forest area as well as snow peaked mountains with lush green gardens, valleys and must specify of apple groves which print the views everlasting in the minds of the tourists.
Naldera name is derived from Nag temple which came into notice in the beginning of the century by British viceroy and located in Himachal Pradesh. It has an altitude of 6706 ft and located near Shimla. It is famous for the golf course with 9 holes in India and is a venue for many of the competitions.
The important places in Naldera include:
The world famous Golf Course
Tattapani for hot sulphur springs with good medicinal values
Mahunag Temple of god snake
Kogi Village for traditional Himachali houses and temple of Kogi Mata and chowka which is also called seat of the elders, the one sculpted in wood
Kasauli is in the state of Himachal Pradesh, which is located at the altitude of 6360ft. This is unperturbed tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh with gorgeous hill station for graceful Victorian mansions surrounded in pleasant environment with picture of serenity embedded with green oak trees, willows and firs. You would experience green welcome by the paved boulevards of oaks, chestnut and pine forests. The less pollution magnificent snow clad mountains, intense forests and lush foliage attribute would inhibit your soul to leave this place.
It is not surprise to find the inhabited in the wildlife sanctuaries of numerous endangered species in this hill station. The blizzards towering, the gurgling torrents along with captivating alpine meadows print everlasting scenery in the minds.
If you are a shopping lover, you can also visit an array of shops and commercial establishments which intersect Upper and Lower Malls. The black cool shades of tall green pleasant trees nurture your soul with relax walk.
The important tourist attractions to feast your eyes and soul, which are not worth missing out, are Man-ki Point, Anglican Church, Lower Mall, Upper Mall, Kasauli Club, Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Scandal Point & Lover’s Lane, Gilbert Trail, CRI. Feast also your tongue and stomach also with Bandsamosa, famous wines and non vegetarian lip smacking Salami and Ham.
Rajasthan, Punjab Uttar Pradesh and MP
Bhartpur is one of the important places for sanctuary and the specialty of the sanctuary here is that it is artificially made by Maharajas. This is one of the best places for the bird and animal lovers. Many indigenous water birds and migratory water birds from Siberia and Central Asia, make this place as a part of their long journey in the winter. Migratory birds to list are Cranes, pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycathers, Buntings, Larks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails an pipits and many more. Not just the birds, also large animals like Sambhar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar are also can be seen as in they are living in the forest.
Apart from the many of the species from our planet earth, the other attractions are Bharatpur Government Museum which preserved the articles of royal past of Bharatpur. And the other interesting place to visit is the Bharatpur palace which is a creative blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture.
Ajmer, a literally an oasis surrounded by the rocky Aravalli hills is located at the heart of Rajasthan. Its eventful history, spiritual sites and Pushkar village made it as a major tourist destination.
Its tourist attractions to enlist are Dargah Shareef of Khwaja Moinuddin, Pushkar Lake and Foy Sagar which is a rare temple for Brahma, Taragarh Fort, Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra, Ana Sagar Lake. And the list extends with Circuit House, Mayo College, Daulat Khana, Daulat Bagh, Akabr’s Palace, Shah Jehan Mosque and Museum, Nasiyan Jain Temple. Special attraction of this place is the annual Camel Fair. Silver jewelry shopping is famous here.
Bikaner is a desert town in the middle of the Thar Desert, in the North-West Rajasthan. This is the place to experience a rich Rajput culture with most beautiful palaces and the temples of richly sculptured with red and yellow sand stones. Extreme temperatures with hot summers and chilly winters are the hub here. The desert king camel offers you camel safari and also enjoy the jeep safari, night safaris and desert camps to experience the complete desert life.
The important tourist places of must visit are Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, Lalgarh Palace, Bhandeswari Temple, Shiv Bari Temple, Jain Havelis, Gajner wildlife sanctuary. And the fairs and festivals to festive the eyes are Camel Festival with Camel races, Camel dances in January, Kolayat holy Festival to take a dip in holy water of Kolayat Lake in November, a long Ganguar Festival for Goddess Parvathi for 18 days long in the month of April.
Neemrana is an ancient historical town, one of the Fort-Palace built in 1464 AD which was the third capital of the descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan III. It is the closest fort palace on the Delhi-Jaipur highway nearby Delhi of around 122 km.
The natural beauty and grandeur of Rajasthan can be explored at nearby town called Kesroli which has considerable significance in the Hindu Mythology, Mahabhrath. In Mahabharath, it has been believed that the Pandavas had spent the last year of their exile of longer period. This place is also witness for the old reservoirs as well as statue of Hanuman which is arranged as the memorial of the ruler saint called Bhartrihari and Talavriksh.
Kesroli is situated the heart of the golden triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Don’t forget to visit the diminishing species of the world, tigers from tiger sanctuary, and then Kankwadi fort, Neelkanth Temples, Pandupol and monuments of Tijara. The additional tourism places to visit here are Siliserh Lake, Jaisamand Lake, Bhangarh-Ajabgarh. The hot springs in Talvriksh, Rajgarh, Machari, Viratnagar, Deeg, Baba Khetanath Ashram and Jat mud fort of Govindgarh and then the ancient city of Mathura and its museum which is renowned for visitors.
This is one of the important tourist places in voyage of golden triangle. This is situated in Rajasthan. It is a great journey to the actual rural life in India and this place is famous for Havelis and forts with numerous castle-like buildings and forts. You will have gracious welcome by the array of paintings which indeed mind-boggling and these havelis are decked up with beautiful frescoes. You are sure to experience with visiting the forts, camel trips, rural life with rich Rajasthani traditions.
Gwalior, which is also called as fort city, named after a sage named Gwlipa, is in Madhya Pradesh which is one of the significant tourist places in the golden triangle tour. It is 321 km far from Delhi.
The tourist places in Gwalior include
The fort, which is the most significant monument and it dominates the city. The huge and long outer walls covering over two miles with the height of 35 feet, is treated as a symbol of the pride of the royal fort.
Gujari Mahal, which became an Archaeological Museum housing with rare antiquities, though the outer walls remained as it is. This fort shows the medieval architecture and is gifted by Raja Mansingh Tomar to his intrepid Gujar Queen, Mrignayani.
Man Mandir Palace, which is again built by Raja Mansingh and now still can find the survival of beautiful entrance, and traces. The rooms still carry the former glory, with vast chambers of fine stone screens which were music halls then.
Ghaus Mohammed’s Tomb, is particulary exquisite with pierced stone techniques as delicate as the place.
Orchha is a pleasant tourist place, founded in 16th century, on the banks of Betwa River, beside the Malwa plateau, in Madhya Pradesh. Orchha always has moderate and bearable temperatures.
The important tourist attractions here include
Fort complex – It is divided in three parts, called Raj Mahal, Jehangir Mahal and Rai Parveen Mahal.
Ram Raj Temple, where Ram wished to be here as the idols once kept on the ground is refused to move.
Chaturbhuj Temple, with lotus emblem with beautiful exterior ornamentation. Constructed to enshrine the image of Rama which was remained in Ram Raj Temple.
Laxminarayan Temple, with interesting synthesis of fort and temple moulds of style.
Phool Bagh, which is a complex testifying the refined aesthetic qualities of Bundelas.
Sundar Mahal, a small remained place after ruining, of pilgrimage for Muslims.
Cenotaphs, or memorials, to number are 14 grouped of the rulers of Orchha, which gives beautiful view of the river when climbed on its roof.
Dudhwa Tiger Reserve
Dudhwa tiger reserve was declared as a wild life sanctuary in the year 1977 and is located at the foothills of Himalayas amidst Terai forests in Lakhimpur-Kheri district in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The best time to visit this place is from November to May. Dudhwa tiger reserve is a wild life sanctuary especially for the diminishing species, tigers. This place is between indo Neal border and Suheli River. If you are an animal lover and enthusiastic to explore wild life, this is the best place, for perfect with aesthetic blend of conservative wild life with rich green flora and fauna.
This sanctuary is a house for the most endangered species called tiger, Royal Bengal Tigers, leopard, swamp, deer, hispid hare, Bengal floricans and many of them in extreme climate temperatures. The other animals include in this sanctuary are elephant, jackal, civet, sloth bear, fishing cat and over 450 species of birds making it a chirping destination to the bird lovers too. In 1984, the great Indian one-horned Rhinoceros was also introduced.
Damdama Lake is one of the biggest natural lakes and also most popular weekend and picnic spot located in Gurgaon, just 60 km from I.T.O. Delhi, which is more pleasant to visit from October to March, though year long tourists reach here.
Damdama Lake fills a depression within the Aravalli hills, making it mesmerizing nature beauty. This place is good for fun picnic day trip, for adventure not just for friends and families it is preferred by corporate groups also. Boating is the major activity in row boats, paddle boats and motor boats. The adventure sports to specify are hot air ballooning, Para sailing, kayaking, rock climbing, cycling, angling, trekking, bungee jump and camping. Corporate generally conduct the activities and games for obstacle courses, team building, HR Training programs.