If you are a resident of New Delhi, Gurgaon, or Noida, you are spoilt for options where in weekend getaway destinations are concerned. Here are some of the choicest recommendations that are a must-do on every travel-lover’s list:
Dehradun is one of India’s oldest hill stations. It is around 235 km far from Delhi. The hill station of Dehradun has a number of tourist attractions like Sahastradhara, the Sulphur rich waterfall, Malsi Deer Park, or the Dehradun Zoo, a popular picnic destination among families, Robber’s Cave, or Guchhupani, which is a river cave formation that offers a thrilling and a peaceful experience at the same time, Lachhiwala the picturesque picnic spot to spend a lazy evening, Tapkeshawar Temple the famous cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva for a spiritual rendezvous, Tibetan Mindroling Monastery which is one of the largest Buddhist monasteries in the country and much more. Most people prefer to spend a day or two in Dehradun while on their way to Mussoorie which is just 30 km far from here. The journey from Delhi to Mussoorie by car will take around 7 hours to cover. Hence taking a break at Dehradun and enjoying the beauty of the place is a good idea.
The lake town of Nainital is a perfect destination for a rejuvenating holiday in the lap of nature. Roadtrip from Delhi to Nainital by car will take around 7 hours and the journey is as much pleasing as the destination itself. For a completely relaxing experience, you can choose your accommodation at one of the many luxurious hotels in Nainital that offers great views and amenities. If not hotels, stay at one of the homestays to experience the local hospitality, culture, and tasty Pahaadi food. The lush greenery of Nainital presents the best atmosphere for a leisurely walk around the town with your loved one. End your day by enjoying the sunset colours at one of the viewpoints in the region. And if the adventure enthusiast in you feels restless, head out for a session of rock climbing, rappelling, river crossing, or trekking.
Filled with tall pine trees and dreamy rhododendrons, the hill station of Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh exudes an old-world charm. The hill station is at a distance of around 480 km from Delhi. The place provides the perfect break from the scorching summer heat and the busy city life of Delhi with its natural beauty and pleasant weather. If visiting during winter, you can enjoy snowfall in Kalatop, one of the top points in the town. A stroll around the little town is sure to mesmerize you with its colonial-style buildings, mansions, and churches.
Known as Little Lhasa due to the presence of large Tibetan population, McLeodganj is a beautiful town to relax and unwind. The town receives heavy snowfall in winters. So, if you want to experience snow, head there in winters. A roadtrip from Delhi to McLeodganj takes around 11 hours to cover the distance of 500 km. McLeodganj is famous among trekkers, as it has a number of popular trekking trails. If adventure is not on your agenda, then you can just soak in the spiritual feel of the place and spend your time in one of the monasteries. If that does not do it for you, simply enjoy the mighty hills, beautiful valleys and gushing waterfalls of McLeodganj.