Itching for a vacation? Well, the festive season is coming and that means short weekend getaways are around the corner. Next weekend, for example, is the perfect time to plan a weekend getaway. Take leave on Monday and Tuesday, and if your office gives you a day off for Dussehra, you have a 5-day block to get away from the city. If you live in Delhi, these places will not just soothe your soul but also rejuvenate your mind and body as well. Here are eight beautiful weekend getaway destinations near Delhi you can explore.
1. Dausa, Rajasthan
Dausa, which means, ‘beautiful like heaven’, is a small village located near Jaipur. The village is surrounded by various Shiv temples like Somnath, Baijnath, and Nilkanth. You can experience the authentic local culture as well as authentic local gastronomy here.
Other places to visit around Dausa: Chand Baori, Bhandarej, and Bandukui
Activities you can enjoy: Jeep safari and camel safari
2. Karauli, Rajasthan
Karauli is known as the ‘land of red sandstone’. It shares its borders with Madhya Pradesh and is surrounded by Dausa, Dholpur, and Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. The city is rich in Mughal architecture and was built with pale red sandstone. Karauli is also home to decorated havelis and multiple shrines.
Other places to visit around Karauli: Kaila Devi Temple, GomtiDham, Kaila Devi Sanctuary, and Chattri of Raja Gopal Singh
Activities you can enjoy: Boat rides and water rafting
3. Mandawa, Rajasthan
Mandawa is a quaint little town, located in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. The beautiful frescos painted on the walls of the havelis have earned it the nickname ‘Open Art Gallery’. Mandawa is replete with mansions and palaces.
Other places to visit near Mandawa: Murmuria Haveli and Chokhani Double Haveli
Activities you can enjoy: Walking tour and shopping
4. Alwar, Rajasthan
The city of Alwar is one of the many historical sites that house royal palaces and forts. The city is a good choice for history buffs and wildlife enthusiasts. Alwar has a picturesque landscape that’ll soothe the soul. You can easily take a trip down to the Sariska Tiger Reserve or visit the popular Bhangarh Fort.
Other places to visit around Alwar: Bala Qila, Alwar City Palace, The Palace Museum, and Garbhaji Falls
Activities you can enjoy: Jeep safari, parasailing, and boat ride
5. Naukuchiatal, Nainital
Naukuchiatal, also called the ‘Lake of Nine Corners’, is located in Nainital, engulfed by nature and lush greenery. It is home to various lakes, temples, flora, fauna, and a soul-enriching experience. It’s the perfect choice for a long weekend getaway.
Other places to visit near Naukuchiatal: Bhimtal Lake, Sattal Lake, and Jungliagaon
Activities you can enjoy: Boating, yachting, and paragliding
6. Kanatal, Uttarakhand
If you want to be seduced by nature and the hills, look no further. Pack your bags for Kanatal today. Close to the better-known Mussoorie, Kanatal is a little slice of heaven. Walk into a scenic frame surrounded by sun-kissed peaks and coniferous trees. Visit the apple orchards, pick a few wildflowers, or just take a walk through the long winding roads to enjoy your visit to this little heavenly site.
Other places to visit around Kanatal: Kodia Jungle, Tehri Dam, and Surkanda Devi Temple
Activities you can enjoy: Trekking, camping, and nature walks
7. Chakrata, Dehradun
If you are looking to get away from Delhi, Chakrata is a good option. A secluded spot up in the mountains, Chakrata is a picturesque beauty. Nature lovers and bird watchers will have a gala time at this little slice of untouched nature.
Other places to visit around Chakrata: Tiger Falls, Kalsi, and Chilmiri Neck
Activities you can enjoy: Trekking, camping, and village walks
8. Kaladhungi, Nainital
Situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, Kaladhungi will serenade you with its beauty. It’s a spot for sightseeing, hiking, and spending time with yourself. Kaladhungi is home to the famous Jim Corbett Museum and Corbett Falls. You are guaranteed a relaxed time here.
Other places to visit around Kaladhungi: Jim Corbett Museum, Corbett Falls, Garjiya Temple, and Haldwani
Activities you can enjoy: Hiking and camping
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