“The world is a book and those who do not travel read a single page.” – San Agustin.
India is a fast growing tourist attraction not only for foreign travelers, but Indians travel like never before. Indians are coming of age and recognize the beauty and landscapes of their own country. Going out on weekends is a growing trend in metropolitan cities. These short trips are the perfect way to explore destinations in and around your city and come back refreshed. Fortunately, Delhi, the capital of India, has numerous destinations in its periphery. Here are a few:
The world famous Taj Mahal rests here and its proximity to Delhi at only 200 km makes it a favorable destination for the inhabitants of Delhi. Agra Fort, the red stone fort on the bank of the Yamuna is another tourist attraction. Other tourist attractions in Agra are: Jama Masjid, Mehtab Bagh, Samadhi Swamiji Maharaj Bagh, Chini-Ka-Rauza, Taj Nature Park, Itimad-Ud-Daulah and the Museum. Popular places to shop in Agra are: Subhash emporium and Khadi Gramodyog. The destination has many places to tempt your taste buds and there are numerous stay options available for all budgets.
Jaipur is a famous destination for sightseeing, shopping, and enjoying Rajasthani cuisine and culture. Some of the most famous tourist spots in Jaipur are its forts: Jaigarh, Amber and Nahargarh. Other tourist places to visit are the Jantar Mantar Observatory, the Galta Monkey Temple, Hawa Mahal and the City Palace. One must enjoy shopping and food here. Also, if your budget allows you to stay in one of the heritage hotels, it will make your trip even more memorable.
An adventure hub not far from Delhi, Rishikesh is popular for rafting and camping. It is a favorite destination for adventurous tourists. The culturally rich destination is also ideal for hiking. Rishikesh is perfect for immersing yourself in spirituality and yoga with numerous yoga centers offering short-term and long-term courses. Some of the tourist attractions in Rishikesh include Neelkantha Mahadev Temple, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram, Swarg Ashram and Neer Garh Waterfall.
Corbett National Park
The famous reserve is a great destination to immerse yourself in natural beauty through forest safaris, and if you are lucky, you will also get to see a tiger! The park has observation towers overlooking the water holes that you can climb to discreetly observe wildlife. You can go on a gypsy safari or even go on an elephant safari.
If spirituality and meditation is your calling, this is the ideal destination for you. Approx. 215 km from Delhi, Haridwar is good for taking a dip in the Ganges, visiting temples and attending the evening aarti.
The best way to beat the Delhi heat is to head into the hills for the weekend and, at 258 km, Mussoorie is the perfect escape. Tourists flock to Mussoorie from April to June to beat the Delhi heat and from December to January to enjoy the snow. Mussoorie lies at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level.
A quaint little cantonment is the ideal destination to relax and spend a quiet holiday in the hill station. If long walks, trekking or just absorbing the scenic beauty that surrounds you is your idea of a vacation … this is the place for you. The Upper and Lower shopping centers are where you can find a wide variety of shops and commercial establishments. The distance between Delhi and this picturesque destination is 298 km on NH 22.
Your chance to see tigers is only 4 hours from Delhi in Sariska National Park. The park is surrounded by many options to stay. You can also visit Silerh Lake, just 20 km from the wildlife sanctuary.
This destination is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. Soak up the dense forest and the birds singing … the fresh air and the cool breeze. The proximity of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary to Delhi at 200 km makes it an ideal weekend getaway.
Located approximately 7000 feet above sea level, Chakrata is a picturesque destination. Nature lovers, hikers, bird watchers, and wildlife enthusiasts would love this destination.