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Getaways from Delhi

Are you fed up of your daily schedule, traffic jams and pollution in Delhi? Then what you need is a ‘break’ from your routine. The fact that we need to often rejuvenate ourselves is stale by now, nevertheless the truth still remains that it works not necessarily in a spa. Go ahead and plan that long overdue weekend getaway. Here are some getaways from Delhi.

Delhi has numerous options for a holiday. It depends on the idea of your holiday. If you want to escape the summers of Delhi then the perfect idea would be going to a hill station. The best options would be Shimla, Nainital, Mussoorie, and Manali. In Shimla, you can enjoy shopping on Mall Road and take some leisure walks through the woods. Beat the heat on the hills and stay cool.

Manali is at the Northern end of the Kullu Valley. It has mesmerizing views of wooded slopes and snowcapped peaks. One of the favourite tourist spots in Manali is the Rohtang Pass, known to be a haven for skiing and famous for snow ball fights.

Yet another hill station, Nainital remains packed from April to November with tourists seeking escape from the heat of the plains and to sightsee. It is famous for its Naini Lake where you can go boating and yachting. The Queen of the hills, Mussoorie is also one of the most popular and fascinating hill resorts of Northern India. All these hill stations are well connected  to Delhi via all means of transport.

For wildlife lovers the ideal places nearby are Jim Corbett National park (Uttaranchal), Ranthambore and Sariska. At Jim Corbett, a jeep safari or elephant ride is a good idea and the experience is definitely one of a kind. Don’t forget to take your binoculars along.

If you are an adventure seeker then Rishikesh it is. From trekking expeditions to the Himalayan peaks to river rafting and some sightseeing.
For a spiritual journey you can visit Haridwar-the ‘City of Holy Ganges’. It is one of the holiest places in India and is famous for its temples, ashrams and the ‘aarti’ performed every morning and evening at the bank of the Ganges.

For heritage lovers the best holiday destinations surrounding Delhi are Rajasthan and Agra. Enjoy exploring the royal palaces of Rajasthan in the pink city, Jaipur. Jaipur’s most famous tourist destination is ‘Chowki Dhaani’, a well recreated Rajasthani village. Chowki Dhaani is popular for its Rajasthani dances, camel rides and traditional food. Jaipur is also famous for its enamel jewellery, lac and glass bangles. The much loved Bandhini fabric has its origin in Jaipur. In Agra, needless to say the breathtaking Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort and other monuments of the Mughal Era are the must sees.

Pick a place or even put them in the order you would like to visit them in. Pack your bags, camera and your most comfortable pair of shoes, there is a lot of walking to do. Get set, go!

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