With the pleasant spring bidding a farewell, summer is here to stay for a while. Now and then we are looking for ways to escape to a pleasant place to beat the heat. With extended weekends around the corner, you are surely planning quick getaways from the city. If you are in Delhi, let us tell you about the places that you can visit from Delhi, over the April-May long weekends.
Distance from Delhi: 65 km
Located in the foothills of the Aravallis, Sohna is a perfect weekend getaway from the bustling Delhi city. This town in the state of Haryana, gets its name from a Hindi word 'sona', which means gold, from the gold dust that engulfs the area. Sohna is famous for its sulphur water springs and ancient temples.
Visit the 100-year-old Shiva temple and natural spring of sulphur-rich water while in Sohna. For a leisurely activity, visit Haryana's biggest lake - the Damdama lake and go boating. The adventurers can go rock climbing and day hiking at the Aravalli hills. Those who are interested in history can visit the nearby villages that have a few archaeological sites.
Distance from Delhi: 247 km
Nestled in the Doon Valley at the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand. Bordered by the famous Ganga and Yamuna rivers, the city is known for its pleasant climate. Dehradun is a gateway to many pilgrimage centres and famous hills stations like Mussoorie and Nainital.
While in Dehradun head to the Robber's cave, a 600-metre long river cave, that is believed to be a hideout place of robbers during the British period. Visit the Sahastradhara falls, which means 'a thousand fold spring' for a rejuvenating experience. A few temples and the Mindrolling monastery can also be visited.
Jim Corbett National Park
Distance from Delhi: 248 km
Situated in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India. Jim Corbett is the place to be, especially for the wildlife lovers and adventure seekers. Home to the endangered Bengal Tigers, and exclusive flora and fauna, the place is blessed with abundant natural beauty.
It is known that April through mid-June is the best time to spot the tiger. Wildlife enthusiasts can go exploring the rich wildlife by taking the jeep safaris, or guided elephant tours. A bird-watching tour also happens in a nearby Kalagarh Dam. Do not miss the Corbett Falls that cascades amidst a thick forest.
Distance from Delhi: 260 km
Surrounded by thick oak and blue pine forests, Lansdowne is a hill station town in Uttarakhand. It is a perfect place for a relaxing and unwinding holiday experience, due to being less crowded and an offbeat holiday destination. Maintained by the Garhwal Rifles regiment, this cantonment town is one of the closest hill stations from Delhi.
Lansdowne has numerous adventure activities including treks, birding and boating. The Tip n Top viewpoint offers some of the best views of the magnificent Shivalik range. A man-made lake called Bhulla Tal is a serene spot for boating and paddling. Visit the churches, temples, and museums and explore the place leisurely.
Distance from Delhi: 280 km
Famously known as 'the Queen of Hills', Mussoorie is a hill station located in Uttarakhand. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the Doon valley, the place is charmingly beautiful. With its verdant hills, rich flora and fauna, pleasant climate and stunning views of the Shivalik range Mussoorie is a favoured destination for all kinds of holidays.
Feel the old world charm of this cool place as you stroll through the Mall Road and Camel's Back Road. Watch the town from above by riding on the Mussoorie ropeway, that takes you to the Gun Hill which is the highest point in Mussoorie. Visit the Jharipani Falls and Kempty Falls which are 6 km and 15 km away, respectively.