Delhi is known for its rich history and culture, and is visited by people from not only different parts of the country but also from all over the world in large numbers. Because of its vast connectivity and resources, places around Delhi have also emerged as popular tourist destinations. Some of them are perfect weekend getaways from the city, and ideal for people looking to spend a day or two in solitude and away from the crowd and hustle in the city. All these places have their own charm and appeal, and are mostly visited by people from the city and around. This article gives a brief insight to some of the most famous and popular weekend getaways around Delhi which one can visit within an affordable budget of under 5,000 rupees.
An ancient historical town located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, Neemrana is an industrial hub in the state and lies at a distance of about 122 kms from Delhi. One of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi, this place is ideal for anyone looking to spend a day or two in serenity and away from the chaos and busy lifestyle in the city. The place has rapidly emerged as a famous destination in the past years, owing to the recent developments in connectivity and accessibility. Major tourist attraction in the area is the remains of an old 14th century fort (famously called the Neemrana fort), which has a lot of historical as well as cultural significance. Apart from this, other notable places of interest in the region include the Kesroli fort which is considered as one of the oldest heritage sites in northern India (now turned into a luxurious hotel), Bala Quila (also known as the Alwar fort), the Sariska National Park and Tiger Reserve, remains of the oldest Buddhist Vihara, Pandupole, Samadhi of the ruler saint Bhartrihari etc. in Kesroli, and so on.
A small and quiet hill station set at an altitude of about 1,780 on the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, Lansdowne lies in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, about 245 kms away from Delhi. The town was established by the British in 1887 as a military garrison, and named after the then Viceroy of India, Lord Lansdowne. The place is among the quietest and remotest hill stations in the country, and visited by many throughout the year. The town held immense importance during the freedom fighting movement of India, and museums have memoirs from the colonial period. The town is not only known for being the centre for the Garhwal rifles regiment of the Indian army, but also for its breathtaking scenic beauty of the snow laden mountains and dense forests of oak and pine. Main attractions for tourists in the area include places like the War memorial at the parade ground of the Garhwal rifles centre, the Regimental museum, the Tip n Top view point, the Kaleshwar Mahadev temple and the Santoshi Mata temple, St. Mary’s church, the Bhullatal lake, and so on.
A small village and hill station at an altitude of about 2,171 metres in the Garhwal Himalayan mountains, Mukteshwar lies in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, at a distance of about 343 kms from the national capital. The town got its name from an ancient temple dedicated to lord Shiva, known as Mukteshwar Dham, which sits at the highest point in the town. Apart from being a pilgrimage town, the place is also known for its breathtaking scenic beauty, as it offers stunning views to the snow capped Himalayan mountains, including the second highest peak in the country- Mount Nanda Devi, along with the lush green valleys and forests. The place also offers ample opportunities for various adventure sports, like rock climbing, rappelling, trekking, camping, paragliding and many more. A popular weekend getaway from Delhi, Mukteshwar is visited by a large number of tourists which include nature lovers as well as pilgrims.
Chail, Himachal Pradesh:
A small hill station in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, Chail lies at an elevation of about 2,250 metres and at a distance of about 341 kms from Delhi. Best known for its spectacular views of the snow laden mountains of the Lesser Himalayas and the lush green valleys and thick forests, Chail is another popular weekend getaway from Delhi under an affordable budget. Main attractions in the region include the Chail Palace (built as a summer retreat by the Maharaja of Patiala, best known for its colonial architecture), the cricket ground (also the highest cricket ground in the world) and polo ground, the Chail Sanctuary, the Chail Gurudwara and Kali ka Tibba, and many more. The region is also frequently visited by trekkers and hikers, and is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers.