Nature’s bounty is not far from the reach of Delhiites. If the computer files, heavy traffic on roads and metro station crowds have started testing your patience, a weekend escape to any of these destinations is all you need!
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A drive away from the national capital, Jaipur makes for a comfortable weekend outing. The city can appropriately be listed as one of the favourites as it gives a lot to explore. From colourful, chaotic streets to royal, magnificent palaces, Jaipur is like a gateway to India’s most flamboyant state. Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Amber Fort are the city’s main attractions.
Wildlife lovers can head to Bharatpur, which is famous for its wonderful UNESCO-listed Keoladeo National Park- a wetland and significant bird sanctuary. Apart from the park, Bharatpur also has a few historic vestiges, which add-on to the visitors’ list.
If the magnificent Taj has been alluring you towards itself, just pick the best weekend to break away from the routine and dive in the city of Mughal era magnificence. If, at all, you are able to get enough of Taj, there’s a lot in Agra to experience. So, make the most of your time to indulge in the rich Mughal architecture and history.
Mountain lovers can directly land onto this hilly town in Himachal Pradesh, which, with minimal private construction, looks much like it must have been a few decades ago. The best way of enjoying Kasauli is to just give in to the all-pervading nostalgia. Walk, don’t drive; don’t turn on the TV, gather over a carrom board instead. Rediscover the pleasures of doing very little, very slowly.
Another cute and quiet hill town, quite apart from the busier Himachali resorts, Chail has an air of exclusivity. Thick deodar forests, panoramic views, the highest cricket ground in the world and a sprawling palace hotel, are the offerings of this alpine haven. Solitude is easily available here so those who enjoy long rambling walks and picnics on the hillside can pick Chail with no second thought.
This small sleepy town in Uttarakhand has no busy bazaars or noisy restaurants to distract from the breathtaking views of the Garhwal Himalayas. Its spectacular cloud cover will charm the most jaded traveller. The strong scent of pine cones hangs in the air as you walk down the lanes.