Gurgaon, now officially known as Gurugram, is a beautiful city of Haryana that is rapidly becoming one of the most important industrial hubs of India. The city is dotted with lofty skyscrapers, well-planned parks and entertainment centres like Kingdom of Dreams, CyberHub, etc.
In spite of having the best of everything, it is only natural to feel the urge to discover new or unexplored places on a long weekend. If you live in or around Gurgaon and have experienced this feeling, fret not. Read on to find out about the best weekend getaways that are located in close proximity to the city.
Being one of the largest lakes in Haryana, Damdama Lake is located only 24 km south of Gurgaon. The lake is mainly rain fed by the monsoon; therefore, it's best to visit the lake between July to September.
It is a habitat for almost 190 species of birds that include local and migratory birds; therefore, don't forget to grab your binoculars when you head to this picturesque getaway near Gurgaon.
You can also indulge in rock climbing, boating, ride on hot air balloons, etc. in Damdama Lake.
The well-designed city of Chandigarh is located 280 km away, which takes about 5-6 hours to reach by road. Explore the streets of this planned city that is dotted with gardens, shopping malls, a beautiful lake and more.
Some of the places you can visit in Chandigarh are Leisure Valley, Sukhna Lake, Open Hand Monument, etc. Have a refreshing getaway with your family by hopping to the various gardens, such as Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Pinjore Garden, to name a few.
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Located about 40 km from Gurgaon, the capital of India, Delhi is just a 1 to 2-hour drive. For the best of shopping experience, head to the shopping complexes galore found in the streets of Delhi.
You can also plan a heritage visit to the city by exploring monuments, such as Qutub Minar, India Gate, Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Jantar Mantar, to name a few.
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Neemrana is a town in Rajasthan that is particularly famous for the ancient Neemrana Fort Palace that was built in 1464, at the Aravalli ranges of mountains. This beautiful Fort Palace has now been turned into a luxury hotel where you can now experience, briefly, the life of our royal ancestors.
It is located 92 km from Gurgaon that takes 2 hours to be covered. Visit other places around Neemrana, such as Bala Qila, Sariska National Park, etc.
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The capital city of Rajasthan and the Pink City of palaces is a wonderful place to plan a weekend getaway to from Gurgaon, especially since the city is located just 242 km from Gurgaon and takes 4-5 hours to be reached. You can visit absolutely mesmerising palaces, like the Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, etc., at Jaipur.
Relish Rajasthani food and walk through the culturally rich streets of Jaipur, which will be filled with bazaars that sell unique trinkets, jewellery and other such intriguing accessories famous in Rajasthan.
Sonipat is a town located 85 km from Gurgaon and takes 2-3 hours to be covered. It is a historically significant place since it is believed to have belonged to Raja Soni, direct descendant of Arjuna from Mahabharata.
Some of the places that can be visited at Sonipat include tomb of Khwaja Khizr, river Yamuna, mosque of Abdullah Nasir, to name a few. Try out the food at the Dhabas of Murthal and sweets, like ghevar, peda, etc., that Sonipat is famous for.