9-5 jobs in metropolitan cities can be boring. Are you one suffering from the same boredom? Here are the top 5 ideas for you to pack your bags and hit the road right away (or just wait for the weekend). But if you also love traveling and want to wander off to someplace near for a change, you must totally try these places out. The places mentioned aren’t some places you haven’t heard before, but you surely can check them out during a long weekend. Since 2019 calendar is packed with so many long weekends, you can invite your friends, family, colleagues or your partner to go somewhere near and chill! And also no more hankering for leave approvals.
1. Nainital- The Lake District of India
Distance- 337 Km
Nainital is India’s most popular hill station. It’s always as fun as the last time if you visit this place more than once. This charming gem of Uttrakhand is just 337Kms from New Delhi which is just 6 hours’ drive away. The epicenter of the town’s popularity and beauty lies within the gorgeous volcanic Naini Lake. This quaint little place is also known as ‘City of Lakes’, because of the seven lakes. Nainital is perfect for avoiding the scorching heat of Delhi for a day or two. You can go for boating, relish some local dishes, go shopping in the Tibetan market or enjoy the ropeway ride. There’s actually quite a lot that you can do over the weekend.
2. Mussoorie- The Queen of Hill Stations
Distance- 299 Km
This tranquil place is just 299Kms from Delhi. If you wish to plan a getaway in the laps of mountains, untouched nature, Mussoorie is the place to be. The pristine beauty is nestled amidst the foothills of Himalayan Ranges in Uttrakhand. The pleasant weather throughout the year, snow-capped peaks of Himalayas, makes this place the perfect hill station. The colonial vibes because of the British archaic architecture, tops of the churches and hotels make the hill station truly stand out. The hill station is 7 Hours away from Delhi if you drive. Kempty falls and the mall road are the main tourist attractions but there are so many places that you can visit to please your mind & eyes. Lal Tibba, Lake mist, Cloud’s end, Dhanaulti (yet another hill station from Mussoorie, must check out!), Nagg Tibba trek, and many more. Start planning your itinerary now!
3. Kasol- Krush over Kasol
Distance- 517 Km
Hippie-small Himalayan Village, situated on the banks of Parvati River, is another place with mountains and river that you can plan your escape to. If you’re driving, this place is 11 hours. The road journey could be beautiful and fun but if you wish to save some time, you can opt for air traveling. The flight is only till Kullu. Kasol is bagpackers’ delight. One can find hippie destinations in this place to hang out. You can take a walk by the river Parvati, visit Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara, and try Israeli food or shop. To explore more, you might want to visit neighboring places, hit the trek to Tosh, Malana or Kheer Ganga. Kasol is another great hideaway to unwind in the lap of nature.
4. Lansdowne- The Black Hill!
Distance- 287.2 Km
Perched amidst the Garhwal hills of Uttrakhand, this place is also known as ‘Kaludanda’ which means ‘Black hill’ in Garhwali. Lansdowne is known by Lord Lansdowne, is a small cantonment area in Uttrakhand. This hill-town is not really as famous as other hill stations known in India. Tourists, bag packers still need to explore this place. The town is 287kms away from Delhi, so you can easily drive there. It takes about 6 hours. Lansdowne is perfect for a hideaway from the hush and rush of the cities since it’s the quietest hill stations in India. Famous for Garhwali Museums and Bhulla Tal (man-made lake), the place has a lot more to offer than just its beauty. Lansdowne has an interesting history with the British Raj which is for sure a must to explore or to-do things when you visit this place. The summers are the perfect pleasant time to visit here, which also means, the perfect time to escape horrible summers of Delhi.
5. Auli- The Ski Destination of India
The best way to reach Auli is to take a bus from Delhi to Rishikesh. This is an overnight journey. From Rishikesh, either you can take a private cab direct to Auli (9 hours). The journey can get a little tricky to reach this place but the destination is totally worth it. Dotted with the apple orchards, old oaks and pine trees there is no dearth of natural beauty in Auli. This place resembles the mountain ranges in Switzerland, in literal terms. Apart from skiing, the place offers beautiful treks. It is no less than any European Village in Asia. Though the best time to visit is November-March the place is so serene and has a stunning landscape that you can visit in summers as well because of the pleasant weather it offers. The activities that you can do there include Camping, Trekking to Gorson, Tali, Khulara & Tapovan, experience amazing views of Auli from a cable car ride, relish the highest artificial lake in the world. The place is ideal for calm and peaceful getaways, & I guess you are looking for one!
You have top 5 peaceful & amazing places that offer great times, so start planning your itinerary for next weekend getaway.