About Weekend Getaways from Delhi
Delhi is the nation’s capital and one its premier cities. The seat of the Government of India’s executive, judiciary and legislative functions, the city is a hub of activity and is a leading centre for trade and commerce. For work-weary individuals craving some respite, peace and calm, Delhi is also conveniently close to a treasure-trove of attractions, which range from religious sites to wildlife sanctuaries. That said, here’s a look at some of the best weekend getaways from Delhi.
One of the country’s most popular hill stations, Nainital is named for its beautiful lake, which splits the town into two – Tallital and Mallital. Here, you can feast your eyes on spectacular views of the Naini Devi Peak, which is accessible via the Ariel Express Ropeway, trek or ride a horse up to Tiffin Top, go boating in the lake or tee off at the Himalaya Mini Golf Course. Adventure buffs will enjoy Water Zorbing in the Bhimtal Lake and paragliding in Naukuchiatal. Once you set foot in this scenic, laidback town, you’ll definitely find it hard to go back to the chaos and mayhem of city life.
Propelled into popularity by The Beatles who stopped by Rishikesh in the 60s, this old-world hill town has attracted spiritual seekers from around the world ever since. Today, Rishikesh is known as the Yoga Capital of the World, and is known for its array of yoga and meditation classes. And yet, Rishikesh is so much more than a spiritual sanctum – the fast-flowing waters of the Ganges River make this a popular spot for river rafting, while the surrounding mountainous landscape is excellent for rappelling, rock climbing, bungee jumping and cliff jumping.
Alwar is Rajasthan’s oldest kingdom and dates back to 1500 BCE, when it was a part of the Matsya territories of Viratnagar. Since then, Alwar has played an important role in the country’s historical heritage, having served as the seat of the 18th Century ruler Pratap Singh and for being one of the first Rajput states to ally itself with the British Empire. Today, the city is home to several historic sites, including Deewanji Ki Lal Haveli that was built in 1754, the haunted Bhangarh Fort and the Fairy Queen – the oldest working locomotive engine in the world. The Sariska Tiger Reserve is nearby, which is famed for its population of Bengal tigers.
The birthplace of the beloved Lord Krishna is one of the country’s most vibrant and religiously significant destinations. Mathura is one of the seven holy cities in Hindu tradition and attracts hordes of pilgrims on Janmasthami – Krishna’s birthday. Mathura is also famous for its Holi festivities – Lath Mar Holi, celebrated a few days before the actual festival, sees women from one village chase men from another village with sticks. While here, don’t forget to stop by the Archeological Museum that has beautiful sculptures salvaged from the ruins of Mathura’s 20 former monasteries – today, these are all that remain of the city’s Buddhist past. Mauthra is famous for its milk-based sweets (pede) and its breakfast of kachori and jalebi – feast on a plate or two of these tasty snacks while in the city.
If you’re in and around Delhi and craving a break to recharge, rejuvenate and to simply let your hair down, do take a minute to browse through Musafir.com’s handpicked suggestions for a memorable, relaxing weekend getaway.