Delhi Weekend Rescue for Stress Relief!

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Delhi is the heart of culture, politics, cuisine and shopping. It also stuffs you with extended working hours and traffic snarls, long power cuts in the scorching heat, polluted drinking water and never-ending queues for paying electricity, water and telephone bills. There is less of happiness and more of everyday woes.

Don’t you think it makes sense to rush out of the city madness once in a while? There are a whole lot of interesting tourist getaways from Delhi that take only a few hours to travel by road.

Come join us in choosing the tourist destinations near Delhi that are idyllic and family-oriented. These 1-day and 2-day weekend getaways near the capital city won’t cost you much. But what they do promise you is a connection with peace, relaxation, adventure and God!

One-day Weekend Getaways from Delhi

  1. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Rajasthan)

Distance from Delhi: 198.5 km via Taj Express Highway/ Yamuna Expressway.

Travel time from Delhi: 3 hour 17 min.

Best time to visit: August to November (for resident birds) and October to February (for migrant birds).

Painted_stork

 

Pic credit:  “Painted stork” by Krishna Kumar Mishra – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Place: Home to over 350 bird species, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park is one of the finest stop over for bird lovers. The name Keoladeo goes back to an ancient Hindu temple, devoted to Lord Shiva, which is located in the center of the park. The Park has also been declared as a World Heritage Site.

Activities:

–     Bird-watching is the foremost attraction point for tourists in Bharatpur.

–     There is also wildlife viewing and biking to do.

–     Apart from several migratory water birds such as Pelican, Geese, Crane and many others, you will also get the chance to see animals such as Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

–     Lohagarh Fort built from iron in the 18th century.

–     Bharatpur Government Museum (located in the premises of Lohagarh Fort) is a  major crowd puller every year.

–     Ganga Mandir which has the marvellous deity of Ganga Maharaj.

–     Gopal Bhavan that has a rich ancestral history and houses a stunning war trophy.

Reviews from Tripadvisor

PiyaliA: “Great treat for bird watchers and a photographer’s paradise”

(Source: Trip advisor)

  1. Haridwar (Uttarakhand)

Distance from Delhi: 212.2 km via NH58.

Travel time from Delhi: 5 hour.

Best time to visit: August to October.

haridwar

The Place: The apex destination for Hindu pilgrims, Haridwar is an entry point to the Char Dham which has the four main pilgrimage centers – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.

Activities:

–     Get into Udan Khatola for a fantastic bird’s eye view of Haridwar.

–     Take a holy dip in the Ganges and follow it up by participating in the Ganga Arati every evening at Har Ki Pauri.

–     Step into Patanjali Yog Peeth, the hub of Yoga and Ayurveda for tourist pilgrims.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

–     Har ki Pauri where the pilgrims float diyas in the river in commemoration of their ancestors.

–     Mansa Devi Temple is the temple of Goddess Mansa Devi (meaning one who fulfils wishes and desires).

–     Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar, the bird sanctuary situated on the Ganges.

–     Doodhadhari Barfani Temple is a temple complex made in white marble.

–     Pawan Dham, a modern temple made of glass pieces.

–     Bharat Mata Mandir, inaugurated by Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In this multi-storeyed temple, each floor depicts an era from the Indian history, starting from Ramayan to India’s independence.

–     Sapt Rishi Ashram, where the Saptarishis (or seven great sages) were said to have meditated.

–     Rajiji National Park, 30 min drive from Haridwar welcomes you with its tiger, deer, leopard and bird species.

Two-day Weekend Getaways from Delhi

1. Rishikesh (Uttarakhand)

Distance from Delhi: 232 km.

Travel time from Delhi: 5 h 26 min via NH 58.

Best time to visit: August to October and February to March.

rishikesh

The Place: Known as ‘The World Capital of Yoga’, Rishikesh is famous for its uncountable yoga centers meant for tourists. It is also a holy city located in the base of the Himalayas. The Beatles wrote many a song during their 1968 stay at a local ashram in Rishikesh.

Activities:

–     Watch the evening Ganga Arti at Parmarth Niketan.

–     Camping, rappelling, rock climbing, cliff jumping, trekking, kayaking, bungee jumping and yoga are all must-do in your travel itinerary.

–     Stop by the 120-year old Kailas Ashram Brahmavidyapeetham that promotes Vedantic Studies.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

–     Check out the hanging bridge Laxman Jhula.

–     Swarg Niwas & Shri Trayanbakshwar Temple are not to be missed.

–     Swarg Ashram which comprises of temples, ashrams, bathing ghats is the point where religious ceremonies are performed at sunrise and sunset.

–     Little Buddha Cafe is a treehouse-style restaurant where the tables overlook the River Ganges.

–     Devraj Coffee Corner is a German bakery that serves soups, sizzlers, brown bread with yak cheese.

Reviews from Tripadvisor

sunny_dun on Laxman Jhula: “Bridge to heaven” (Source: Trip Advisor)

  1. Lansdowne

Distance from Delhi: 259.7 km.

Travel time from Delhi: 6 h 4 min via NH 119.

Best time to visit: March to October.

lansdowne

The Place: This scenic town also known as Kaludanda has plenty of oak trees and pine forests. It is a cantonment town in Uttarakhand, the quietest hill station which is well connected by motorable roads.

Activities:

–   Make the most of adventure activities such as trekking trails, bird watching, boating, paddling etc. There are many colourful birds in Lansdowne to treat your senses.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

–    Kalagarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a virtual treat for bird-lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.

–    Go visit the Garhwali Mess which is the oldest building here built in 1888.

–    Check out the War Memorial, constructed in 1923 by the country’s Commander in Chief at that point of time.

–    The Regimental Museum, Bhullatal Lake (boating enthusiasts would love it), Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Durga Devi Temple, Bhim Pakora (it is a stone which vibrates when touched) promise you a memorable experience.

Reviews from Tripadvisor

Varunendra: “Oak and pine land” (Source: Trip Advisor)

  1. Dehradun

Distance from Delhi: 261.4 km.

Travel time from Delhi: 5 h 32 min via NH 1.

Best time to visit: July, August, September.

dehradun

The Place: This scenic place and the capital city of Uttarakhand is a beautiful resort and a tourist destination. It is believed that Lord Ram and his brother Lakshman took penance here after having killed the demon Ravana. Dehradun has some of the fine institutions such as Doon School and Welham Schools for girls and boys, Forest Research Institute, and many more.

Activities:

–    There is plenty of adventure waiting for you in Dehradun. Take your pick between trekking, cycling, golfing, hot air ballooning, water springs, wildlife and pilgrimage.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

–     Malsi Deer Park, the best picnic spot-cum-mini zoological park.

–     Robber’s Cave which is also known by the name Guchhupani is a 600 meter long cave with a small river in it.

–     Sahastradhara which means ‘the thousand springs’ is a great picnic spot in Dehradun. There is waterfall of 9 meters which has Sulphur spring known for its medicinal value.

–     Tapkeshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the oldest temples in Dehradun.

Reviews from Tripadvisor

India_Expl0rer: “A heritage well preserved” (Source: Trip Advisor)

Now that you know these happening places that are just a hop, skip and jump away, make the most of it this weekend. The lush greenery, the call of the wild, the religious chants and ringing bells of the temple aarti in the evening will fill you with poignant memories.

Share this article with your family and friends so that they know the best tourist destinations are just a few hours’ drive from Delhi.

 

Additional Reading:

http://www.rishikeshtourism.in/Yoga_Center_Rishikesh.html

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/uttarakhand-uttaranchal/rishikesh/things-to-do

http://www.haridwartourism.in/Pilgrimage_Places_To_Visit_Haridwar.html

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